Wheatland Township welcomed a new trustee Thursday when Bruce Wronski was unanimously approved to replace the departed Darren Bennefield, who was appointed to the Will County Board.
Wronski, 60, is a retired Chicago police officer who moved to unincorporated Wheatland Township in 2010 after 32 years in law enforcement.
“I need to learn about the internal workings of the township,” Wronski said in a telephone interview Friday when asked about his immediate priorities. “I really need to get my feet wet.”
Wronksi worked on Mitt Romney’s campaign for president in 2012, in the process becoming interested in local politics.
What particularly interested him was the battle over the proposed $1.5 million township facility, an idea put forward by the previous township administration that led to a dramatic August 2011 meeting that saw electors (registered voters) direct the township to quash the plan.
“I’m a fiscal conservative,” Wronksi said, stressing that he preferred limited government.
The controversy over the building led to the election of the current township administration, but when Bennefield was appointed to the Will County Board, Wheatland solicited applications for his replacement, receiving four applications that Township Supervisor Chuck Kern said were all very impressive.
“It was a difficult decision,” he said.
Kern said that tipping the balance in Wronski’s favor was not only his law enforcement experience but also the fact that, unlike any other trustee, he lived in the unincorporated area of Wheatland.
Moreover, Kern noted that Wronski wouldn’t be distracted by other commitments.
“He’s retired,” he said. “He’s got time to pitch in and help.”
In other business, the board signaled that it is ready to crack down on homeowners who aren’t taking care of their lawns.
“We’ve got abandoned properties and we’ve got renters who aren’t taking care of their property,” Kern said.
The board approved a new ordinance that called for a fine of as much as $10 per 1,000 square feet of property for lawns that owners let become eyesores.
Kern said that currently there were seven or eight properties that were in danger of being fined and that the new ordinance would only apply to properties in unincorporated areas, not superseding other city or village ordinances.
He also said that the new ordinance was similar to Naperville’s grass and weed ordinance.
“It’s going to cost some people well over $500,” he warned.Tags: Wheatland Township