… that for about the next 11 weeks, the City of Evanston and the Village of Wilmette will be contracting roadway improvement work on Isabella between Highland and Ewing (14th Street up there). Crews will install a relief sewer, repair curbs (as needed) and the roadway base, resurface the asphalt and replace selected sidewalks and driveway aprons. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May. Street-sweeping and neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone when temporary daytime “no parking” is in effect. Some driveways and alleys may be temporarily obstructed; property owners can expect advance notice of that. Sprinkler systems should be flagged so crews can see and work around them. The contractor for this street improvement program is Berger Excavating Contractors, Inc., 1205 Garland Road, Wauconda, and the project is under the supervision of Village of Wilmette’s Engineering Division. The resident engineer in the field will be Dan Manis, who will be directly responsible for all aspects of the construction. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Resident Engineer
at 847-331-0560 or 847-853-7621.

… that the City has limited parking on the south side of Harrison from Green Bay Road west to the first north-south alley to 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily except Sunday.

… that there are a couple of changes in the “residents-only” parking districts. Now the south side of Harrison from Eastwood to Poplar and the west side of Eastwood from Lincoln to Central are residents-only areas 24/7. The resident-only restrictions on Davis near Hinman have been removed, since the Mather buildings have been completed.

… that the City has contracted with Granular Materials and with G & M Trucking, Inc. of Des Plaines to provide which materials for use in the water plant, at a cost of $34,747.50.

… that the City will purchase from Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. of Chicago the following materials: 350 cubic yards of concrete at a cost of $97 per cubic yard, 200 cubic yards of high early-strength concrete at a cost of $118 per cubic yard, and 50 cubic yards of flowable fill at a cost of $86 per cubic yard. These unit prices are the same as last year, and the total cost is $64,000.

… that a “quick-serve” Mediterranean restaurant, Naf Naf, may open at 1629 Orrington.

… that the City’s zoning map may be amended to rezone 1715 Church, 1703 Darrow and 1711 Darrow from the I2 General Industrial District to the MXE (Mixed Use Employment) district. Just a few blocks away, the map may be amended to rezone these properties from C2 (Commercial) to MXE: 2153 Ashland, 2143 and 2145 Ashland, 1523 Payne, 1515 Payne, 2150 Green Bay and 2156 Green Bay.

… that the 1900 block of Cleveland Street was closed briefly on Feb. 15 to repair a water main break.

… that these 12 street segments are slated for repair through the Motor Fuel Tax Fund and the Capital Improvement (CIP) Fund: Elinor Place from Ashland to Wesley; Forest from Keeney to Kedzie; Forestview from Grant to Colfax; Greenleaf from Chicago to Hinman; Lake from Elmwood Avenue to Sherman; Lee from Michigan to Sheridan; McDaniel from Church to Lyons; Oak from Greenleaf to Crain; Princeton from Central Street to the Dead End North; Sherman from Greenwood to Lake Street; Washington from Ridge to Chicago and from Dewey to Asbury Avenue. The proposed contract work, according to the City, consists of curb replacement, grinding/milling street surface, base repair, adjustment of drainage/utility structures and street resurfacing, as well as any necessary incidental construction. The City anticipates that the work will begin in May.

… that the City proposes to build sidewalk curb extensions at the following locations, all of them public schools: Dawes School, northeast corner of Dodge and Kirk; Chute School on both sides of Oakton at Wesley; Oakton School, northeast corner of Oakton and Barton; Washington School, southeast corner of Main and Florence; Dewey School, on Wesley across from Grove; Lincolnwood School, southeast corner of Grant and Bennett. It also proposes sidewalk replacements adjacent to the following schools: Kingsley; Haven; Lincoln; Nichols; Orrington; Willard; Dewey; Lincolnwood; Dawes; Chute; Oakton; Washington and also at 586 Ingleside Park Place and 800 Sheridan Road.

… that, on the heels of the nomination of Ward Eight on Howard Street as the “Best New Bar” in Time Out Chicago’s 2013 Eat Out Awards, Edzo’s Burgers on Sherman Avenue has been chosen as having the best burgers in the Chicago area in a Zagat survey; it joins 24 other restaurants nationwide, each recognized as “best” in its region or city.

… that the City will enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) for staff and consulting services to update the City’s Bike Plan. CMAP will fund $100,000 for the Bike Plan update project.

The City also notes, “Staff is preparing a Request for Proposal to select a consultant. The goals of the project are to gather feedback from residents and stakeholders via a robust community engagement plan, review the current City Bike Plan analyzing existing conditions and conduct a needs assessment, review and assess best practices, and recommend facilities network improvements and policies.”

… that Northwestern has formed a committee of nationally recognized scholars to investigate the role of John Evans, founder of NU and partial eponym of Evanston (the other being OrringTON Lunt), in the Sand Creek Massacre. Intensely loyal TG readers will remember that an item about Evans’s role in the massacre appeared in this column several years ago.
RT readers may also have noticed it in the RT’s January magazine. Among the scholars on this committee is Fred Hoxie, an Evanston resident, a professor at University of Illinois and a scholar of Native American studies. According to NU, “The group will examine the nature of Evans’ involvement in the Sand Creek Massacre, an incident that occurred in 1864 while he was the governor of what was then the Colorado Territory, and Evans’ later involvement with Northwestern. … The year 2014 will mark the 150th anniversary of Sand Creek, so it is appropriate to assess how and what we report about John Evans as part of our institutional history, and if and in what way we should continue to recognize his contributions to the University,”  Provost Daniel Linzer said in announcing the committee. The massacre occurred after NU was founded, but John Evans continued – at least nominally – as a trustee for several years after going to Colorado. NU is looking to see whether Mr. Evans’s later “financial support” of NU “could be attributed to wealth he obtained as a result of policies and practices he pursued while territorial governor regarding the Native American populations there.”

From our readers: TG: In the last four years, I’ve notified the people on my block in North Evanston  to move their cars for street cleaning, saving them more than $3,000 (roughly 120 cars x $25 tickets). Since we have a $100 million under-funded pension liability in Evanston, which is better: the government getting the money or the people keeping and spending the money? I wonder what economists would think… Sincerely, Not Sure If I’m a Good Neighbor, Alan Sanders

From TG: Thank you for your letter. Your candor seems (leaving out a massive amount of nuances) to encapsulate the debate that is causing gridlock in Congress: Should government generate revenues or leave the money in the pockets of the taxpayers? While TG is unashamedly progressive in most aspects of the political arena, where parking tickets are concerned, TG believes arbitrariness and greed (to name merely two factors) weigh mightily on the side of letting the taxpayers keep the money.

The Traffic Guy thinks …

… that, now that folks are openly admitting what John Evans did or approved of, maybe as part of the City’s sesquicentennial it could change its name. Any thoughts for a new moniker for the City that aspires to be the “most liveable City in the county?” Greenton? Luntville? Willardtown? Mortonton? Purpletown? While they’re at it, maybe the Evans committee could look into General Sheridan and his anti-Indian slogan.