Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Michael Zink at 7:00 p.m.
Directors Roll Call
- Michael Zink, President
- Patrick Nagle, Vice President
- Mark Lundgren, Secretary
- Aileen Tien, Treasurer
- Patrick Carlson
- Brandon Cunningham
- John Fitterer
- Maggie Koehler
- Marty Malone
- Beth Murphy
- Jean O’Neil
- Tom Rothschild
- Jim Spencer
- Kit Welch
- Absent –
46th Ward Update – Lexi of Alderman James Cappleman’s staff
- She announced she was available for any questions.
44th Ward Update – Bennett Lawson, Chief of Staff to Alderman Tom Tunney
- Announced that Clark Street between Buckingham and Roscoe would be closed for construction. See the 44th Ward website for updates.
- Blue Lot Update – See update in conjunction with Cubs update.
Chicago Cubs Update – Mike Lofrano
- Blue Lot update_ The Cubs and the City entered into an interim 3-year agreement. The Cubs will install landscaping and enable alley access to neighboring garages. There is a hearing scheduled this coming Friday at the Zoning Board of Appeals to get final approval to solidify the agreement.
Kelly Park – Brandon Cunningham
- Hired Mr. Chris Gent, Landscape Architect with Urban Landscape Collaborative, to assist with design concept elements for the park. Mr. Gent gave a presentation of the key design concepts presently under review and consideration. Planning a meeting in the near future for public input.
Treasurer’s Report – Aileen Tien
- Aileen reported that ELVN has a balance on hand of $39,309.80.
- She noted that as of this date approximately 90% of the charitable donations made at the end of 2018 have been cashed.
- Ideas being solicited for potential donor sources.
President Michael Zink
- Mike mentioned in the crime update that suspicious persons are posing as city workers or utility workers as they attempt to gain access to residences.
- New/Old Business
- Mike lauded the new agreement on the Blue Lot and thanked Alderman Tunney, the Cubs organization and the community for coming together to forge this agreement.
- The election of Board Members will occur at the next meeting on March 5th. Voting members must have paid their dues in advance to be eligible to vote.
- Sculptures – Terri is still working on candidates. Erik Santiago of the North Halsted Business Alliance indicated they are looking into funding a sculpture at the revised intersection triangle of Broadway and Halsted.
- Chester Kropidlowski mentioned that the office of Sara Feigenholtz is planning for a seminar for condominium owners to be held on a Saturday morning in March.
- Marty Malone mentioned that Friday is the deadline for the on time filing of Senior Exemptions to Cook County Assessor’s office.
- Pride Fest – Scheduled for June 21-22. The North Halsted Business Alliance is proposing relocating the north main stage to the intersection of Grace and Halsted intersection with hours of operation from 1:00 p.m. to 9:55 p.m. Discussions ensued with concerns there also are Cubs games scheduled that weekend and congestion of traffic would be adversely affected by this change, and alternatives are expected to be discussed well before the event.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m. and the Board went into closed session.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Mark N. Lundgren, Secretary.