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… that the comfortably cool weather and comparative lack of rainfall have brought construction back to Evanston. Crews are already at work patch-patch-patching – removing the top two inches of ‘distressed and failing” asphalt and replacing them with “a fresh, smooth asphalt surface material.” The City says the work should improve nearly 25,700 square yards of pavement at approximately 180 locations across the City. As is typical, folks can expect a 48-hour notice and plan their parking accordingly.
… that the Illinois Department of Transportation will fund the resurfacing – not just patching – of Church Street from Gross Point Road to Dodge Avenue. The work will include replacing curbs as needed, installing accessible ADA ramps at intersections, repairing the base roadway, restriping the roadway and replacing the asphalt surface curb-to-curb. The dates are TBD but, as above, folks can expect a 48-hour notice. There will be sporadic “no-parking” areas during the daytime but those temporary restrictions will be relaxed from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
… that the City could soon begin to negotiate with the owners of Lush Wine & Spirits about the sale of the adjacent property, which used to house the North Branch Library. This opens up possibilities for titles of menu items, though it forecloses a great asset to the community and the nearby shop owners.
… that the City is going to purchase a portable LED screen for about $120,000. This screen will replace the portable inflatable screen used for movies in the parks. With this screen, movies can be shown most times during the day – not just after dark – so more families will be able to see the movies. Funding is available through some infrastructure savings and contingency money. A City staff memo says that amount could be saved within three years because the City will not need to rent the equipment and fewer staff members will be required to operate the equipment.
… that while reportedly many Evanston beaches are a bit wider than they were last year, Lake Michigan is still the boss. People and machines moosh the sand around from place to place; these machines were used to dredge the accumulated sand from the boat ramp.
… that the City will upgrade its software for keeping track of the location of its vehicles. Verizon Wireless, which holds the current contract for Automatic Vehicle Location Services (AVL) will migrate the vehicles from its Network Fleet to its new Reveal platform. AVL sounds suspiciously more like monitoring whereabouts than finding lost vehicles.
… that the City will purchase a Caterpillar skid steer loader with a jackhammer and snow-pusher and trailer, replacing the present one, which, the City says, is at the end of its useful life.
… that, while most of Evanston is heading into summer, some folks at the City already have their eyes on winter. Once again Evanston looks to be the salt maven – purchasing road salt, some to use, some to sell to School Districts 65 and 202. Northwestern is ordering salt as well, with a side of brine. Skokie wants just brine.
… that the CTA is piloting some new cars on its Blue Line. The cars are made in Chicago and have digital video screens at the center of the cars and embedded near the doors and “a new hybrid configuration of forward-facing and aisle-facing seats.”
… that, speaking of Chicago, there is momentum to rename Lake Shore Drive for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the founder of Chicago.
… that global warming is disrupting the locations of the North and South Poles. Eleanor Imster reports in EarthSky that the melting of the glaciers is considered the likely cause of a shift in the movement of both the North and South poles. Glacial melting due to global warming is likely the cause of a shift more than 20 years ago in the movement of Earth’s poles – which are not fixed, anyway. “Earth’s spin axis – an imaginary line that passes through the North and South Poles – is always moving, due to processes scientists don’t completely understand. The way water is distributed on Earth’s surface is one factor that causes the axis, and therefore the poles, to shift. According to the study, published March 22 in Geophysical Research Letters, melting glaciers redistributed enough water to cause the direction of polar wander to turn and accelerate eastward during the mid-1990s. Shanshan Deng, a doctoral student at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is lead author of the new study. Ms. Deng said in a statement: ‘The faster ice melting under global warming was the most likely cause of the directional change of the polar drift in the 1990s.”
… that, speaking of global warming, Chicago gas prices rose 7.6 cents per gallon over the last two weeks, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,437 stations in Chicago. Gas prices in Chicago are 10.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.30 per gallon higher than a year ago. “The nation’s gas prices perked up again last week as oil prices advanced to fresh multi-year highs on COVID-19 improvements overseas and the switch to summer gasoline, which is basically now complete,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
… that the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is not wholly finished, though the optimal times to see the meteors were this morning and May 4. And even if the meteors are lacking, early rises can see the moon pass Jupiter and Saturn.
… that the next two full moons, May 26 and June 24, will be supermoons.
From our readers:
TG: I contribute the attached photo I took about a week ago on Green Bay, just south of Simpson. It is the kind of impromptu public sculpture that one might see only in Evanston. At least the tree is protected from contracting COVID-19. (I know, the tree is not a person and cannot be a subscriber to the Round Table.) Stephen H. Carr
From TG: Thank you, Professor Carr. TG agrees – only in Evanston.
The Traffic Guy thinks …
… that a proposed ordinance restricting parkway plantings is meeting with legitimate resistance from folks who are sincerely interested in climate change and The World According to CARP. Many would like to see more native plants and less grass but it looks like the drafters forgot to talk to – oops! – the residents. Of course, no one wants views from vehicles obstructed by tall corner planting, but, from what it seems so far, the drafters of the ordinance neglected to talk to the very people who employ them and pay their salaries. TG hopes that will be cured forthwith.
… that the next column, on May 20, will be TG’s last. It’s been a good run, folks.