ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina began his legislative update on Oct. 19 with news about the recent grand opening of Fox Valley Volkswagen.
Alderman Dan Stellato then held off with some surprise news until near the end of the luncheon at the Royal Fox Country Club, as he announced that an Audi dealership is coming to St. Charles in 2017.
Those two news items were just two highlights of the many things discussed, as Rogina and Stellato took turns handling the mic and discussing the most recent happenings in the city.
“I’m very proud to say that Volkswagen came from West Chicago to St. Charles,” Rogina said. “It’s very important for us because a car dealership brings in solid tax revenue. We went to the grand opening the other day, and they’ve got a remarkable operation.”
Rogina and Stellato especially praised what the Audi group had to say about working with the city to put that development in motion.
“They said that they were very pleased with the professionalism of the city staff,” Rogina said. “They said we’ve been a pleasure to work with and that they [look] forward to being a long-term benefit to our community.”
An update on AJR Filtration, a leading full-line manufacturer of quality engineered dust collection, liquid and custom filter bags and cartridges in St. Charles, was also provided.
Aurora, Batavia, Geneva and two cities in Mississippi were all potential relocation sites for the expanding AJR Filtration, but St. Charles was able to get it to stay, offering tax incentives.
“We got them because so much of our staff worked very hard to get a tax incentive for them,” Stellato said. “They get a unique break from school and park taxes. It’s going to bring 150 new jobs this year and 200 new jobs in the next couple of years. It’s a home run for us.”
A small bit of news was provided about the state of The Quad property, which was formerly known as Charlestowne Mall. Construction of a Cooper’s Hawk restaurant and a Starbucks continue to go as planned, but nothing new was shared.
“The mall continues to be a work in progress,”Rogina said. “But, I’m confident that things will be happen at the site.”
Finally, Rogina praised the group who helped St. Charles receive a five bloom rating out of a possible five blooms in the prestigious annual America in Bloom National Awards Program.
“We entered last year and we got a ‘B’ and some constructive criticism,” Rogina said. “We went back at it this year, and we got an ‘A’ on our report card. I didn’t get many ‘A’s’ in high school.”
St. Charles also received an outstanding achievement award for landscaped areas.
The city was evaluated on overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas and floral displays. They were also judged on community involvement across municipal, residential and commercial sectors.