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Wheaton Seeks Resident Feedback in Community Survey

Approximately 2,000 Wheaton households will be receiving an important piece of mail in the next few days that will help shape the community’s future.
 
Randomly chosen households will receive a community survey administered by ETC Institute.
The survey covers a broad range of topics and City services, ranging from public safety, infrastructure and public outreach to garbage service and perceptions of the city. Resident participation will help guide the City Council’s future decisions, gauge public sentiment and identify areas where the City can make improvements.
 
Individual results remain completely confidential. The City will not be informed which residents received or completed surveys.
 
If you receive a survey in the mail, you can either: 1) fill out the paper survey and mail it back to ETC Institute using the postage-paid envelope provided, or 2) use the online access code included with the paper survey to fill it out online. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.
 
If you do not receive a survey in the mail, you can still weigh in. An identical version of the survey will be available online in the next week.

While the responses from this survey will be kept separate from the randomly chosen survey participants, the City encourages residents to fill out the online survey so it can gain as much feedback as possible from the community.
 
Source: City of Wheaton press release 
Mindy Jones February 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM
One thing that really bothers me as a woman is all the bums that ask me for change around the train-station. I feel really uncomfortable. My husband does not like it when I come home late at night and I have to wait for him to pick me up. I was researching this late one night, and found out many of them are staying at the Public Action to Deliver Shelter (Pads) shelter. For whatever reason they allow anyone to stay overnight, without doing any mental illness or background check screening. I feel that our city was right when back in the 90's the Mayor wanted to require the PADS group to do a background check against sex offenders, people with felonies and serious misdemeanor(s). http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-01-23/news/9801230217_1_pads-wheaton-shelter-residents It seems like the current mayor and city counsel is not concerned about protecting woman in our community like me. In fact as recently as 2012 a man staying at this shelter, repetitively threw rocks at the Wheaton Police station and was charged with damage to government property for throwing a brick through the window of the Wheaton PD http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120716/news/707169834/ Something needs to be done about this, before someone in our community is seriously hurt. If individuals staying at that facility are throwing bricks at the Police, what is to stop them heaven forbid to throwing a brick at someone like myself, to steal my purse or cellphone, in order to buy drugs or alcohol? Which also researching police reports and what I have seen with my own two eyes, seems like a pervasive problem at that facility. As a woman I am compassionate that it's winter time and they need a place to stay, but we cannot allow serious criminals like this into our community and do nothing about it or have the city government ignore the issue(s).
Wheaton Watcher February 26, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Mindy, PADS DOES screen its clients. People with violent, dangerous, or police records, or are known substance abusers are not allowed to stay. In fact, they have to be registered and approved before they are allowed in. PADS does not let "anybody in". Many do have mental issues are there, but they are non violent. I have volunteered at PADS in the past, and I know for a fact these screening are in place.
Mindy Jones February 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Wheaton Watcher, that is so sweet of you to volunteer, especially at this time of year when it get's really cold outside. It is interesting you say that they do screen clients that stay overnight at their shelter - because everything that I have found in searching news reports about people that were arrested (for public iintoxication, vandalism, criminal destruction to government property). And the individual who I mentioned above in the daily herald article - where an individual was throwing rocks at windows of the wheaton police station a block away for months, that eventually culminated in him throwing a brick through the windows. Would suggest that PADS is not screening the people that stay overnight and if these people aren't known substance abusers - then I ask you why are there dozen's of arrests of individuals for public intoxication who have addresses reported at that shelter? I am just trying to look at this from the safety of not only myself, but other women in the community that ride the train and are hassled by these individual(s). Do we really want to be allowing serious criminals into the community? Who are violent and have a wide range of drug and alcohol addiction problems? And it's not just me, we get together once every two weeks for bridge club. And two other women that live in the community, also have complained about the issue with the panhandling and creepy guys, that are drunk and harassing them.

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