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July 16, 2018

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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Guestbook entry by: jim Signorelli

Why is it okay for issuance of an $85 million bond to re-construct Crowne while complaining that it would cost too much to refurbish and retain Harley Clark? Crown is NOT a money maker for the city having lst an average of $700,000 a year. Nothing against Crowne and what it provides the City, but I think a better excuse that "adding too much to taxes" should be used when discussing the demolition of Harley-Clark.



Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Bonnie James

On the Pumping Station: I am writing to correct the RoundTable’s reference to the City of Evanston’s claim of following “proper procedures for approving zoning.” The property on which the City approved the construction of the new pumping station is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and proposed to be built and operated by the Morton Grove/Niles Water Commission.
None of the water is proposed for the benefit of Evanston residents.
The City’s development of a water system is a private enterprise and subject to its zoning law and process.
In this case the City did not go through zoning. No notices to any landowners adjacent or near the proposed pumping station were sent. The City Agenda merely referenced the agreement to sell water to Morton Grove/Niles.
As residents in this community how do you feel about your City thinking it has the power to exempt itself and others from its laws? How would you feel if the City changed the zoning from open land to a special use that requires state-level permitting, including for potential diesel engines that pollute the air with contaminates and noise?
Evanston exempted itself from laws and violated the rights of the nearby residents, most of whom are lower income and minority. Are these the elected officials we want in office, or do we want people who handle transactions with transparency and invite public input – particularly when it has a direct impact on your quality of life and value of your property?




Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018
Guestbook entry by: John Tuzon

Comment on Gun Violence Article: There will be no end to gun violence until people – all people – are willing to give up their guns. Most individuals in the United States own guns and don’t want to give them up they want others to give up their guns, not they.
This is a subconscious cultural thing and culture is very difficult to change. One hundred fifty years ago, in the Wild West, self-defense might have been a necessity, but not any more. Still, the gun culture persists. I bet, most people don’t really know why they own a gun. It is just a gut feeling. They rationalize and have all kinds of lame excuses. Why not own a gun?
Well, there is a very good reason why not. Until individuals, all individuals are willing to give up their guns, gun violence will remain.




Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018
Guestbook entry by: John T. Kessler, for the Evanston Sunrise Lions Club

Pill Bottle Project Continued
Editor:
This letter is from the Evanston Sunrise Lions Club. We want to share with residents an update of our Pill Bottle Collection Project.
First and foremost: Wow! A huge thanks to all who have donated their pill bottles, cleaned the donated pill bottles, and/or acted as a collection site for the donated pill bottles.
The response has been super – almost overwhelming. More than 10,000 pill bottles have been donated – some by individuals and some by groups sending pill bottles by the hundreds. There are just too many to thank by name, but you know who you are: resident homes, churches, schools, banks, collectors, cleaners and of course individuals
The Lions wanted to continue the collection of pill bottles, both because people around the world need a safe container to take their meds home and because people here feel good when turning in their pill bottles to help others. Our club was delighted to help donors share with those who would benefit from the donations.
Nancy Troy, a Lion living at the Three Crowns, is a super-super pill-bottle washer. She has cleaned almost 1,000 pill bottles. Jane Roth decided that our project was a perfect one to ask others in the Mather Home to form a cleaning club, collecting and preparing the pill bottles to be sent to us so we could send them on to others.
The expense of sending the pill bottles overseas was quite high, but recently we found a wonderful solution to this difficulty. We learned of a stateside church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Matthew 25 Ministries, that has been and continues to accept pill bottles and sends them to areas around the world where they are needed.
So the tremendous news is that by the time of the printing of this letter 2,500 pill bottles will have been sent specifically to Haiti and 7,500 to Matthew 25 Ministries – that’s a total of 10,000 pill bottles sent from Evanston to those who can use them.
We plan to continue the project and would be grateful for additional pill bottles and donations of cash to cover transporting them.
Pill bottles can be dropped at any branch of the Evanston Bank and Trust or in the basket in front of 2333 Ridgeway Ave. Many retirement homes have collection boxes as well. Anyone who would like to have a collection box may call 847-492-1226.
The most usable pill bottles are those that have a label that can be peeled off cleanly.
Thanks again.




Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Guestbook entry by: S. Thiebaud

Save Harley Clarke with a proposal to energize and represent every ward in Evanston.In my opinion, the best and most influential use for the Harley Clarke Mansion would be a Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Its prominent lakefront location would affirm Evanston's commitment to ending hatred, discrimination and prejudice in the 21st century and inspire communities throughout the nation to prioritize this civic goal. This Center, through education programs, community engagement, exhibitions, collections and forums could transform public understanding and be a true agent of social change. We have a magnificent property in our possession worthy of preservation - why not utilize it to cultivate trust, respect, empathy and collaboration in our city while impacting and potentially transforming every visitor, school group and conference participant? We can raise funding from municipal, state and federal sources, leaders and foundations, corporate sponsors and local donors. If you like this idea, contact your council member.


Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Craig McClure

Move on, Demolish Harley Clarke
As an over-burdened property tax payer in Evanston, I am glad to see the City Council taking steps toward considering the demolition of the Harley Clarke mansion.
In economics, we learn that most decisions in life are “or” choices. The economics are about “guns or butter” not “guns and butter.” Many in Evanston don’t think the laws of economics apply. And while those folks are busy thinking of all kinds of new ways for the City to spend money, many people that I’ve come to know through living here have either quietly sold and moved out in order to escape the high taxes, or are contemplating doing so.
Evanston can’t do it all. The City is already taking on an enormous financial responsibility with the rebuild of the Robert Crown Center. And the City still has enormous pension liability issues. The list goes on and on of where the City has financial obligations, and we don’t need to add Harley Clarke to that list.
If the ELHG had been able to take full responsibility for the mansion – and that means everything – renovation, maintenance, utilities, and the cost of insuring it, then leasing the mansion to them might have been worth considering. But as it is, ELHG has been unable to raise the necessary funds, and wanted the City to indemnify it in the event of a major loss to the structure.
It’s time for the City to move on from this issue.



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