Elmhurst Weekly: Alderman Mark Mulliner's Views on Issues Important to Elmhurst Taxpayers

Alderman Mark Mulliner's views on issues that are important to Elmhurst taxpayers.

Elmhurst’s City Manager recently released the City’s “Five Year Capital Plan.”  The Plan budgets for the City to spend a total of $77,846,902 over five years. The plan (attached to this article) is a good plan which takes into account and covers many of the pressing concerns of our residents. 

The City’s Capital Plan breaks down capital expenditures according to Priority (on a scale of A to D; A being an “essential and immediate need”, and D being “optional but beneficial to the City in social, cultural or aesthetic ways”).  

The Capital Plan for a York Road Prairie Path Underpass is ranked as an A level priority.   My view is that this is more of a C or B level priority. Whether it is considered an A or B level priority, there are simple ways to improve the safety of this Crossing at a fraction of the cost.  

Several Aldermen have weighed in on the Prairie Path Underpass concept; and I echo the statements of those who have suggested that there are other way more pressing concerns.  The residents of this City are still waiting for implementation of a plan to mitigate the looming issue of storm water flooding and runoff.   Homeowners of this City are anxious and fearful of what the next big rainstorm will do to their property.  

As a City, we need to re-focus our vision so that our City delivers the necessary city services and projects, not projects that just seem like a good idea.  We should not be enamored with a project simply on the basis that there is a contingent state grant to fund a portion of it.  Much like buying something you don’t need simply because it is “on sale”, the role of City government is to provide core services, not spend your taxpayer dollars on extravagant projects.

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Doremus Jessup January 14, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I will seriously consider any candidate for mayor who pledges to stop buying private property for public use, i.e. 162 S York Road( School District), 375 W. First St(Park District), and 149 N Addison Ave.(City of Elmhurst). Every time one of these government bodies purchases private property our tax base goes down.
Likes Facts January 15, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Alderman Mulliner has his facts wrong. The underpass at York and the Prairie Path is marked as a "Project Classification" type IV, which is defined as a project to "Improve the safety of the citizens and/or employees" of Elmhurst. There are 6 total project classifications. Within each classification, projects are prioritized as Mulliner writes above. This project is marked, by city staff, as a type "A", which is defined as "Essential and Immediate Need". So, if Alderman Mulliner's view is really consistent with the city manager and staff, he will support this project (once he checks his facts, of course). Or, he will keep his same position against this project, against city staff and against the safety of Elmhurst citizens and employees. Don't believe me? Check my facts at the link below, page 62. The link will take you to the city's website where the budget documents are shown. http://www.elmhurst.org/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1944
B Rush January 15, 2013 at 04:03 PM
even though public sentiment is vastly against this underpass --- alderman healy "is still in favor of the project" according to his comment last night. I hope the voters in ward 5 send healy out of office. He does not listen to the people. it makes sense to put money toward more important things now
Mark Mulliner January 17, 2013 at 08:09 PM
to "likes facts": Thank you for taking an interest in this issue. While I respect the report of our city staff, this issue needs to be viewed in a broader light. There are many other parties and stakeholders to be considered. For example, the Prairie Path itself is under the jurisdiction of DuPage County Forest Preserve, and is maintained by the Elmhurst Park District. Then there are the various user groups that should be consulted: three high schools (and Elmhurst College) that use the Prairie Path for track/cross country, the Elmhurst Bike Task Force (and Bicycle Club), the Elmhurst Running Club; just to name a few beyond the casual everyday user. If this is a true community issue, then we need input from all of our stakeholders, and the public at large. The Prairie Path is one of our greatest assets; we need to plan first and then make the decision for the good of the community.
B Rush January 17, 2013 at 08:25 PM
..never met mulliner but his idea sounds like a good way to approach this underpass...
Likes Facts January 17, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Thanks for the response Mark. I see you corrected your blog to reflect the facts. What happened to the rationale of standing with the city manager when you, mistakenly, thought the project had a D ranking? That reasoning is now wrong? "Ooops, didn't mean that". So, in effect, you now stand against the city manager and his reasoning? Are you OK with 6 accidents at that intersection in 3 years, including 2 vehicle on pedestrian? Seems to me that you flip flopped positions. Much like you have seemingly done on TIFs. You were for until you were against...just in time for your mayoral run. I see a pattern developing here...
8675309 January 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Likes Facts, you obviously don't live in a part of town that is severley impacted by the flooding from storm water. If you did, you certainly wouldn't be more worried about a prairie path underpass, you'd be sick every time it rains hoping to God that your house doesn't flood again and that you lose thousands of dollars and have a major clean up headache AGAIN. My advice- look both ways before you cross the street.
Voice of Reason January 17, 2013 at 10:27 PM
whoa fact liker ... sounds like you are more interested in slinging a little mud than engaging in a constructive dialogue about the relative merits of government spending OUR money to make something else in life idiot proof. if there's a low cost solution, i'd like to hear it from any one of the 3 candidates. but the idea that government can protect people from their own stupidity, or negligence, or whatever, is absurd. the schools cannot lock down our kids to the point where they are safe any more than elmhurst city planners can prevent cars from hitting pedestrians. even with an underpass, or an overpass, there will still be people who decide that they will cross where they want. i think mulliner, and several other aldermen that were quoted, have fairly well deserved reservations about this project (aka- pork barrel), at this juncture. in fact, i'd even be willing to bet that all 3 mayoral candidates, if pressed, would agree on this issue; but don't let that keep you from being negative ! it's highly unlikely that morley will comment because that's not his style, but I think gutenkauf will weight in if she is asked.
fittnessfanatic January 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM
As a frequent prairie path user, it is the responsibility of the runner/walker bike rider to watch where they are going. Who asked for this underpass? Talk about safety issue, go around and look and smell the underpasses that are in town now.go check the Salt Creek Greenway trail underpass south of Butterfield just after it rains, you mignt not be able to get thrugh,because of the water, or if it has gone down, the mud and sludge left over. Who is going to maintain this underpass? If the city feels that this is a top priority issue, then we have real problems here. What about the flooding, electricity always going out, vacent stores in downtown Elmhurst, just to name a few. At least Ald. Mulliner is suggesting that the facts be studied, and not rammed down residents throats, like other issues have been done here.
fittnessfanatic January 18, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I agree with voice of reason. Also, is there a big public outcry for an underpass at York street? This is news to me.
B Rush January 18, 2013 at 02:55 PM
#fitnessf in 5 ward there is large opposition to underpass at york and p path..... we just need our elected officials here in 5 ward to listen but.... they won't
fittnessfanatic January 20, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Ward 5 seems to be selfish, isnt that where they want the next tif to go also? There is probably a large opposition to the underpass in most of the community. It would probbly flood too. then I would have to swim instead of run.


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