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Articles Posted in: January 2011

Thoughts on Housing Occupancy Issues

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM in General Announcements

A good part of last week was spent on reports of City enforcement strategies of housing rental occupancy laws in Evanston.  The City issued a release that goes over the specifics. It was a frustrating series of events.  Many renters in Evanston are students at Northwestern University.  The student newspaper, the Daily Northwestern, wrote an article Tuesday that started a chain of events that played out over the next several days.  The article stated that the City would start enforcing…

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Topics: Northwestern University

Special City Council Meeting Monday / 311 and Mass Notification

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM in Administrative Services, General Announcements

The City Council will be meeting Monday at 7 PM to discuss and approve two new policies to help us roll out two new City services. First, the City Council will get an update on our launch of 311 on March 1 (3-1-11).  In addition the Council will be asked to approve service level agreements for the operation of 311.  These service level agreements will be the City's contract with the community on the time frame the City responds to…

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Topics: 3-1-1, Mass Notification

New Art Space at Civic Center Opens Friday: Gallery 4502

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 25, 2011 at 4:14 PM in Events

The City of Evanston, in partnership with the Evanston Art Center, is opening a new public art gallery at the Civic Center.   Gallery 4502 will open with its first show "The Grounded Gaze: Escape Through Landscape - An Exhibition of Landscape Inspired Paintings by Evanston Artists" with a reception on Friday January 28 at 5 PM at the gallery located on the 4th Floor of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue.  Exhibited artists include Maureen Crowley,…

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Topics: Civic Center

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 23, 2011 at 7:43 AM in General Announcements

All links Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files unless indicated: 1.  There has been a lot of discussion recently about drinking water quality in the news.  Utilities Department staff will be doing a presentation sharing information on how we regularly test our water, including a video tour of of water testing lab. 2.   Update on progress of selecting team to design, build, operate and finance new Recreation and Ice Center at Crown Park.  The three final firms will be introduced to…

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Topics: City Council Meeting Newsy Items

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks In Good Shape

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM in Forestry and Recreation

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Doug Gaynor tells me that the City's three outdoor ice rinks at Ackerman Park, Baker Park and Dawes Park Lagoon are in good shape for skating and temperatures should allow good skating through the end of January. I had received several complaints from folks about the condition of the rinks.  Part of the problem has been the flux in temperature and part of the problem has been staff resources to keep up flooding and…

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Topics: Winter

City Launches New Transparency Website

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 12, 2011 at 6:42 PM in General Announcements

The City of Evanston strives to promote transparency in all operations. By providing as much data as possible through our website, residents can be better informed about what is going on in their city. Transparency promotes accountability and openness and it is our hope that by being transparent we can help improve our effectiveness and the efficiency of city operations. The launch of our new Transparency site exhibits our commitment as a city to our residents to do just that.…

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Topics: Transparency

City Council Actions - January 10, 2011

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM in General Announcements

Special Order of Business  (SP1) FY 2011 Capital Improvement Plan of the City of Evanston HELD FOR ACTION UNTIL FEBRUARY 14TH, 2011 The City Council decided to hold the CIP until staff responded to several additional questions. The City Manager recommended that the City Council consider reducing the amount of new CIP projects by approximately 1 million dollars. Administration & Public Works (A3.1) Approval of Fire & Life Safety Department Vehicle Replacement Purchase PASSES ON CONSENT AGENDA (A3.1) Approval of…

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Topics: City Council

Alderman Jean-Baptiste on WBEZ on Haiti

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM in General Announcements

Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste was on WBEZ this afternoon talking about the one year anniversary of the earthquake and Haiti and his activities in support of disaster recovery efforts.…

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Topics: Haiti Earthquake Relief

Snow Route Parking Ban in Effect

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM in Snow Alert

The City is declaring a snow route parking ban for tonight. No parking in snow routes from 11 PM to 6 AM. More details and map for snow routes. We have had little over three and a half inches snow today. Not enough to declare snow emergency. We are expecting more snow later tonight starting around 8 PM. Unclear on accumulation. Stay tuned.…

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Topics: Snow

Evanston Vehicle Sticker Update

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 7, 2011 at 12:06 PM in Administrative Services

The deadline to purchase 2011 City of Evanston vehicle permits is Monday January 10, 2011. The City is offering extended hours to purchase the permits tomorrow, Saturday January 8, from 9 AM to 1 PM on the first floor of the Civic Center. The Civic Center will also be open on Monday January 10 until 7:30 PM to purchase permits. A penalty of 50% of the fee will be added to all applications received/postmarked after January 10, 2011. The process…

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Evanston Nobel Laureate Big Trip to Stockholm

Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jan 5, 2011 at 1:24 PM in Events

Northwestern University's news group has posted a great article with photos of Dale Mortensen's visit to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize last month.…

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Topics: Nobel Prize, Northwestern University

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