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’Twas this year’s last meeting, and in Council hall
Evanston 150 held a party for all
Former aldermen, clerks and mayors and such
Who showed up because they are not out of touch.
Refreshments and catching up made the time pass
But soon work called the Council – alas!
Then aldermen took up their load for the night
Debating, discussing to their hearts’ delight
And Wally in his kerchief, and Liz in her cap,
Said, “Conclude City business ere our holiday nap.”
When, lo and behold: a bills list set to shatter
The record for single month spending – by interest-payment clatter.
Seven million due debt service, reminder to all
That borrowing money hurts when bills come to call.
And then parking meters, everyone’s favorite toy
Came up for purchase, Council frothy and coy
Said the City would purchase single-space devices
Rather than pay stations that require too many steps across ices
And other weather whatnot, after purchasing receipts
To be shown in the window but can fall onto seats.
Single-space meters will go everywhere
Except 600 Clark and surface lots – where
Pay stations allow putting money into
Individual space indicators. Technology! Whew!
The Main Street transit study, to be revealed by year end
Suffered a setback, said staff, so Council must bend
Certain deadlines included in the original proposal.
Because needed staff were not at their disposal.
We need folks most professional to find ways to connect
CTA and Metra, where Main and Chicago intersect.
Water and garbage rate increases were made final
As Council voted on garbage can increases for cans of big black vinyl
Or plastic, whatever, go up to about twenty bucks
Folks who don’t recycle are just out of luck.
And water rates up 10% this year alone
By a 6-3 vote, this deal was sewn.
The two more increases the staff memo did note
Were not yet approved, for not up for a vote.
Thinking of Santa Clause riding down the street
Each year on a fire truck and not reindeer feet
Council celebrated Downtown Evanston’s Carolyn Dellutri
Who arranged Santa’s arrival and other events and minuti
Over years and years, but now she’s resigned
To work elsewhere but will not leave Evanston behind.
Because she still lives here and loves it as well –
As do all who choose in this City to dwell.
She verily shouted as she departed off into the night,
“Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.”