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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Aurora Seeks Access to Lake Michigan Water Supply



The City of Aurora is asking for access to water supplies from Lake Michigan in addition to what it currently gets from the Fox River and aquifiers.

Daily Herald reports the DuPage Water Commission is considering the request as part of a study to extend the pipeline to Aurora:

Allan Poole, a muncipal representative to the commission and director of public utilities for Naperville, said there are a 'tremendous number of issues' in regard to supplying water to Aurora, including the fact the commission has never allowed partial service for a customer and concerns about the system's ability to handle additional users.

Commission member Liz Chaplin, however, believes the panel has the capacity to serve Aurora and would be a "good neighbor" in doing so.

"If the study comes back and shows we can provide water to them, I hope we do it," she said. "I just hope Aurora wouldn't find (the quarter-cent sales tax and connection costs) to be cost prohibitive."

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is anyone hearing who/what todays layoffs at the city included??

Anonymous said...

Yes, all part time employees were let go (or supposed to have been let go). That means only the two supervisors at 264 info are still there. The mayor kept all five of his assistants. Most of the persons let go were front line employees, not managers of friends of Tom.

Anonymous said...

Back on subject-the residents of Aurora can't afford to pay anymore taxes, etc. Just why do we need acciss to Lake Michigan anyway?
Hope someone out there can answer this question.

Anonymous said...

Most of the employees were union employees, in violation of the contract. I have heard of only two executives who were laid off. Alayne is still employed, as is Rosario's wife, sons, cousins, brother, nephew, etc.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, they laid of people of value. I hear Ms. Ergo still has a job though...

Anonymous said...

Did Mark Anderson get RIF'fed? He hasn't contributed anything but aggravation to this city in many years??

Anonymous said...

Mark Anderson is still employed. None of the mayor's cronies left. He still has all of his assistants. Rosario DeLeon's son, who was hired in spite of the hiring freeze, just last month, was not laid off, but others in his department who had been there for years were.

Anonymous said...

Does Manny still have a job?

Anonymous said...

Mayor Wiesner>YOU SUCK! Your laying off the frontline employees who do all the dirty work for you and this is how you reward us? Oh heres a good one, Steven Meyers is retiring this month, so why is his personal secretary still have a job? You laid off the other secretary who was here much long than Dee, but she is still going to have a job! WHY????? A lot of BULLSHIT IS STill going on with Wiesner...You taxpayers better hope those leftover city employees will be on the street when it snows this comming winter..I might just stay home and say no...Street dept employee 20 plus years!

Anonymous said...

Sick is not the word for this. It seems to be compounding also. Can someone please tell me why our union is suddenly trying to negotiate layoff language? Or is that a secret also? Both the Mayor and the union should be ashamed of themselves if this is in fact what is going on. When you chose to go to part time you did so knowing you would be the 1st one laid off so why are you bitching now? We should not be negotiating layoff language, it is what it is!

Anonymous said...

So if you raised taxes $300.00 per year how many jobs would that save?

Anonymous said...

So if you raised taxes $300.00 per year how many jobs would that save?
Prolly None, because Wiesner would take the extra money and use it for his new Park down by the river. Wiesner does not care about any of his union employees, if it where up to him we would all be laid off or fired! GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS, HE WANTS THAT PARK BUILT IN HIS HONOR BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE..THATS HIS BIG WIG!> WORK IN PROGRESS GOALS...He gets what he wants...just watch & see.

Anonymous said...

The union better stand strong and not give in to Weisner on this or anything else. This is an unfair labor practice. You don't lay people off and then tell them that if they want to change their demands for the current contract negotiations that maybe they will reinstate some of the positions or that maybe no one else will be laid off. The mayor will take the concessions, keep those laid off laid off and then lay off more. Notice that he still has four assistants.

Anonymous said...

According to Rick Lawrence, Caputo told him that if they lay off every employee in the City, the City will still not have enough money to meet payroll in 2010. The City is looking at a $30 million deficit. Stop spending money on the stupid riverside park. If Weisner wants a riverside park named after him, we can call the Shodeen pit "Weisner's Folly".

Anonymous said...

I bitched about the Park to my Alderman, he told me it was money from another source, and not effected by the city's budget issues...

Hmm.

Anonymous said...

Just the monies to acquire the land are from another (federal) source. The funds for the landscaping, pavilion, paving, etc. are all from the city budget. Which alderman told you this? Must have drunk Weisner's koo;aid.

Anonymous said...

Things may have changed but the last study I read on this subject was that by treaty with Canada and other states Lake Michigan water can not be used beyond DuPage County. Meaning that any water Aurora might get from DuPage would have to be approved by the governing body of the Great Lakes. What needs to happen instead of draining the Fox River and Lake Michigan is to institute a policy of ending the rampant destruction of the Prime farmland here in Kane and Kendall counties. We are overburdening the aquifer and destroying the ability of future generations to feed themselves. That means no Hastert Sprawlway, no more ticki-tacki subdivisions, no more grotesque strip malls. The short-term greedy profits of banks and real estate speculators need to be put aside for the benefit of everybody. All those people who need work can be put to work rebuilding our bridges, building new ones to lessen the traffic congestion at railroad crossings, rebuilding our cities. We can let the greedy bosses have their way and continue the destruction of America or we can say no lets try a better way.