Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti, Councilman At-Large
City of Wheaton
Hello, and welcome to my website. I am truly honored to be your Councilman At-Large. In order to be an effective representative, I believe that we must communicate by engaging in an honest dialogue. I do not expect to agree with everyone, but I believe that if we all keep the best interests of Wheaton at heart we will find common ground. This website is being funded by me without the use of public funds. I want to hear from you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 630-665-9560 with your questions, concerns or ideas. You can also link up with me via Facebook by searching for Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti.
Below are various issues that our city faces and my positions on them. If you desire to find out more information on my positions, please contact me. I look forward to discussing these issues and exchanging ideas with you over the course of my term in office. I will be posting statements from time to time on issues as they come up on the news section of this website.
Hubble Middle School Site
I am strongly in favor of the development of a Mariano's Fresh Market at the site of the old Hubble Middle School. The way that this has worked out from my perspective is a win for the City of Wheaton. I know there are those that are upset with the process that led up to this point, but as a City we must be about looking forward and learning from mistakes.
The reason that I favor Mariano's Fresh Market coming to our community on this site is that it is a great fit for our gateway. In addition, Mariano's will generate much needed tax revenue and JOBS!!! Also, from what I have seen of the plans for the store, it should fit in nicely with the neighborhood and our gateway into the downtown. This will be open for public discussion in the weeks and months to come, and I encourage all of you to voice your opinion to your city government.
Finally, I could not be happier with the prospect that the Wheaton Park District will get to keep the playing fields and gyms. This was an important issue in my campaign this year, and I believe that Wheaton will benefit by having these open green spaces.
As a City that was willing to work with the developer, CUSD 200 and the Park District, we have truly represented our citizens well.
I strongly opposed the Focus Development proposal that passed the City Council on a 4-3 vote. The City and the citizens of Courthouse Square bought into a vision for our downtown, and now a developer has been allowed to switch gears and place a large scale institution under the guise of "senior living." A makeshift hospital is not senior living, and does not add anything to our downtown other than more cars and less available parking spaces.
Arguments were made that property rights should allow Focus to go ahead with its plans. However, this developer took our tax dollars and promised a residential community. By accepting government assistance in the first place, Focus lost the moral authority of the free market and absolute property rights. As a developer it should have considered building apartments like those being constructed right across the railroad tracks. Instead, it took the present approach which I find highly offensive.
In the future, Wheaton should not be in the business of financing private development unless there is some great public benefit. A vibrant downtown is a public benefit, and the 4-3 vote that allowed this change in the law is not.
There are two types of flooding that Wheaton faces. First, over taxing of the sewer system during extensive heavy rains has caused sewage to flow into some residents' homes. The second type of flooding is due to the fact that much of Wheaton was built on a flood plain.
To its credit, the city along with other local governmental entities already started to address the first type of flooding by starting projects designed to update our sewers. You may have received notices about the smoke testing in our neighborhoods to find faults in the system, and have seen crews of workers fixing and expanding the present system.
The second type of flooding associated with storm water is much more problematic. There is no silver bullet solution to this flooding problem in Wheaton. The City of Wheaton will not be able to stop this flooding without taxing us out of our city.
Therefore, I will make it a priority to be forward thinking about our flooding problem. Specifically, I will reach out to other units of government to develop intergovernmental agreements. In doing so, we will work together in mitigating flooding. I will help develop and maintain incentives for property owners to make property improvement choices with an eye towards permeable choices.
Wheaton Grand Theater
There is no question in my mind that having an operational theater in the downtown would be good for business and the community. At issue is the role that government should play, if any, in this venture. That is why I am pleased that Mr. Jim Atten took the lead and purchased the theater without the use of our tax dollars.
Mr. Atten is to be commended, and I look forward to seeing his vision for one of the center pieces to our downtown.
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