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November 10, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Maureen Martino
  • Terie Kata
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Gregory

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • In the middle of budget talks
  • Chicago sculpture will be installed at Freemont and Seminary tomorrow
  • Traffic study at Grace and Seminary
  • Traffic study being done at Dakin and Sheridan, neighbors would like a stop sign at that intersection
  • Continuing to pressure CTA to fix lights under the “L”
  • 3636 N Lake Shore Drive in front of the 3660 N Lake Shore Drive would like to change the look of the exterior of the proposed building

Question: Who is proposing that we need a stop sign at Sheridan and Dakin? We do not know, but the goal is to slow traffic.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Tunney, Calvin Cottrell

  • Street resurfacing going on, keep an eye out for those
  • 19th district police strategic plan is under review now and your input is needed
  • Grant money from city program is now available, there are a couple weeks to sign up

Question: Will the tax increase be reverted back after this year? Ald. Cappleman is for it to return to pre coronavirus rate. Ald. Tunney, the tax raise is not a forgone conclusion and everyone’s input is very important.

Question: Will the tax increase be reverted back after this year? Ald. Cappleman is for it to return to pre coronavirus rate. Ald. Tunney, the tax raise is not a forgone conclusion and everyone’s input is very important.

12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Rep. Pizer & Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 | RepYoniPizer.com
  • Thank the residents of East Lakeview almost 80% participation in the ward
  • Covid-19 is still not going anywhere for months, must remain vigilant and try to avoid Coronavirus fatigue.
  • Next assembly meeting will be in January now, moved because of increase in Covid-19 Cases
  • Next Monday there will be a zoom meeting about the Facebook privacy settlement. You could get up to $400 in compensation if you have a Facebook page.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Cubs book drive going on now, if you drop off books you can get a 20% off to the Cubs store. Spanish books are especially needed for pre-K to 4th graders

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 plus currently in bank account
  • We are distributing money to charities and hopefully will be going out at the December meeting.

3221 N Broadway Packaged Liquor License – Tom Moore and Nick Patel

  • Needs a special use for a B-3 zoning

3440 N Broadway Rebel Hospitality Seeking rezoning from B-32 to B-33 and Special use for hotel – Gene Kornota, Walt Eckenhoff

  • 167 Hotel Rooms
  • 103,000 square feet
  • 60 cars parking on site
  • Parking for this and project to the north are sharing a single driveway into the property to limit the amount of curb cutting needed.
  • Boutique, independently owned hotel
  • Eckenhoff architects

New/Old Business

  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on December 8th at 6:00pm.

October 13, 2020 East Lakeview Neighbors Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m. Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Terie Kata
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Gene O’Neill
  • Patrick Carlson

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Henry Maltezos

  • Don’t forget to fill out Census
  • Vote by mail help
    • BIG Grants still available, get your applications in
      • https://accionilin.formstack.com/forms/big
    • Unemployment benefits is currently the most common issue.
      • People can’t get through to IDES with issues
      • People have had their identities stolen and applied for unemployment
    • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141

12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Rep. Pizer & Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
  • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • Census Deadline is coming, please fill out before September 30th deadline.
  • Make a plan for voting. Get your mail in ballot as early as possible and returned to make sure your vote is counted. Visit chicagoelections.gov/dropbox
  • Ballot drop boxes are available at every early voting site Fraudulent drop boxes have popped up in California, be vigilant.
  • Don’t forget to get your flu shot, incredibly important this year with COVID as a focus.
  • Saturday 9-12 prescription medicine safe disposal

Q&A at meeting

Q: Can anyone vote at any early voting site? Yes

Bridget Gainer

  • Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210
  • Small business grants still available through the county
  • Safety around highways and Lake Shore Drive Plate readers
  • Introducing the county budget next week, the budget will be balanced
  • Robust conversation about funding for Law enforcement and courts. This is about 25% of total budget

5th Congressional District Update – Ellie Song

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • Please reach out to office with Immigration issues.
  • Office is available to help with seniors issues including Life line phone service
  • Office can help facilitate IRS issues

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Business interruption grants now available, $220 million in new funding
  • Seminary shared street, CDOT placing signs is underway
  • 2020 City of Chicago budget shortfall stands at $800 million. City needs input on budget.
  • Accessory dwelling units ordinance coming to help with affordable housing by allowing things such as coach houses and dwellings above garages.

## Q&A at meeting

How can we give feedback on the city budget? : Follow link

What is the Seminary shared street? : A way to slow traffic and make street more pedestrian friendly.

Where will elevated train be getting cleaned under? : Seminary and Waveland

Can under elevated train lights be turned back on for safety? : Office will continue to pester CTA about this issue, they are being slow to respond.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Tom Tunney & neighborhood liaison Calvin Cottrell

  • Contact Info – calvin.cottrell@cityofchicago.org or at (773) 525-6034
  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list
  • Early voting is at Interamerican School on Waveland
  • Street closures for expanded outdoor seating has been a success
  • 19th district will be taking public feedback to form a strategic plan for next year Oct 24th noon to 4pm. Share your opinions to help make us all safer.
  • Budget conversations

Q: what can we do about abandoned bikes on bike racks in the neighborhood? : Bikes are recycled with not for profits. Owners of bikes are attempted to contact with a not on bike before removal.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Very quiet winter
  • No events at Gallagher way this winter
  • Book drive coming up, books to go to local schools. Details will follow.

Special Thank You to Heather and Brandon for cleanup in Kelly Park

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 currently in bank account.
  • Expenditures include PO Box and Website work

(Q&A at meeting)

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Armed Robbery during daylight hours.
  • Virtual CAPS meeting is coming up, please attend.

Howard Brown Youth Center: Noah Luken

  • 1023 W Irving Park Road
  • Masonry building
  • Patch work quilt façade
  • June 2021 projected completion
  • Moving and expanding existing operation from nearby Broadway Avenue location

Q&A at meeting

Have you had youths hanging out after hours? : No, safety coordinator is on site till close and is last one to leave property.

What if a client causes a problem in the neighborhood and runs into the youth center? : Howard Brown will follow the law.

Do youths have somewhere to go after the shelter closes? : Youth shelters, but there is limited supply of available beds.

Why isn’t housing more of a service provided by Howard Brown? : Housing has not been a part of Howard Browns offerings in the past, and there are no plans to offer it.

New/Old Business

  • Kim Walz, throwing a Halloween party Saturday for the kids at the house of the good shepherd battered woman’s shelter. Can use volunteers and needs donations of hats, gloves and other winter items. Also needs supplies for virtual learning. Kimberlyjwalz@gmail.com
This Saturday from 12-1:30, DM me if you would like to help! We can always use more candy. For hats/scarves/gloves there are 8 moms (as of today) and 16 kids. 4 girls under age 1; 4 kids ages 2-3 (1 boy, 3 girls); 3 kids ages 4-5 (2 boys and 2 girls); 3 kids ages 6-8 ( 1 boy,2 girls); 2 teens ages 15-17 (1 boy 1 girl). You can drop off any items for the party to me before the event at 3550 N. Lake Shore Drive or if you have something the day of the event you can bring to the shelter at Clifton/Grace.
  • Get in the Kitchen Cooking School. Pairs something fun with cooking. Has a culinary gadget store.
  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on November 10th at 6:00pm. Please continue to note the new start time.

September 15, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Maureen Martino

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Henry Maltezos

  • Don’t forget to fill out Census
  • Unemployment benefits is currently the most common issue.
    • People can’t get through to IDES with issues
    • People have had their identities stolen and applied for unemployment
  • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141

Q&A at meeting

Q: Any updates about fraudulent credit cards being sent out to people who didn’t file for unemployment? IDES uses these cards to get unemployment benefits to people. : A: No, please contact our office and we will facilitate getting you help. This is an ongoing issue. You can also reach out IDES directly. 12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Rep. Pizer & Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
  • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • Census Deadline is coming, please fill out before September 30th deadline.
  • Make a plan for voting. Get your mail in ballot as early as possible and returned to make sure your vote is counted.
  • Howard Brown has broken ground on the Howard Brown Youth Center 1023 W Irving Park Road with a June 2021 completion projection. This project was completed with state funding.
  • Kelly Park cleanup day was a big success.
  • Working on Clean Energy Jobs Act

5th Congressional District Update – Ellie Song

  • Offices are open for phone and Email Elli.Song@mail.house.gov
    • 773-267-5926
  • Please reach out to office with Immigration issues.
  • Office is available to help with seniors issues including Life line phone service
  • Office can help facilitate IRS issues

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Business interruption grants now available, $220 million in new funding
  • Seminary shared street, CDOT placing signs is underway
  • 2020 City of Chicago budget shortfall stands at $800 million. City needs input on budget.
  • Accessory dwelling units ordinance coming to help with affordable housing by allowing things such as coach houses and dwellings above garages.

–  Q&A at meeting

How can we give feedback on the city budget? : Follow link

What is the Seminary shared street? : A way to slow traffic and make street more pedestrian friendly.

Where will elevated train be getting cleaned from? : Seminary and Waveland

Can under elevated train lights be turned back on for safety? : Office will continue to pester CTA about this issue, they are being slow to respond.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Bennet Lawson

  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list:
  • Calvin Catrell is the new community liaison.
  • Fill out your census.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • NL playoffs will take place in Texas
  • AL will be in California
  • World Series will be held in Arlington Texas
  • Gallagher Way will remain closed for the foreseeable future
  • Zachary Hotel is open with extra seating on Paterson to help with social distancing

Special Thank You to Heather and Brandon for cleanup in Kelly Park

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 plus currently in bank account

Q&A at meeting

What is the plan for donations to neighborhood organizations this year with no funds coming in from Oktoberfest? : Please send ideas in to Michael Zink to be discussed at future meetings. Generally donations are distributed around the holiday season.

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away Crime Update – Mike Zink
  • Armed Robbery during daylight hours.
  • Virtual CAPS meeting is coming up, please attend.

Howard Brown Youth Center: Noah Luken

  • 1023 W Irving Park Road
  • Masonry building
  • Patch work quilt façade
  • June 2021 projected completion
  • Moving and expanding existing operation from nearby Broadway Avenue location

Q&A at meeting

Have you had youths hanging out after hours? : No, safety coordinator is on site till close and is last one to leave property.

What if a client causes a problem in the neighborhood and runs into the youth center? : Howard Brown will follow the law.

Do youths have somewhere to go after the shelter closes? : Youth shelters, but there is limited supply of available beds.

Why isn’t housing more of a service provided by Howard Brown? : Housing has not been a part of Howard Browns offerings in the past, and there are no plans to offer it.

New/Old Business

  • Lake Shore Drive meeting about the entirety of project will be around the End of September
  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on October 13th at 6:00pm. Please note new start time.

August 12, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Tim Lyndsey
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Tom Rothschild

5th Congressional District Update – Mike Quigley

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • House of Representatives passed Heroes Act 10 weeks ago
    • 100 Billion for Schools to reopen
    • 1 trillion for state and local governments
    • Continued unemployment benefits
  • Post office is being manipulated as a political tool
  • Senate has just started crafting Coronavirus relief bill 9 days ago
  • Big Cat Bill
  • Bird Safe Buildings Act

Q&A at meeting

Will payroll protection plan be extended? : Would like to see it extended to help the people in need, but there is a stalemate on extending relief for the pandemic currently.

Why are we paying people extra to not work with extra unemployment benefits? : Research has shown that people want to go back to work and the data suggests that people are not taking advantage of this program. People legitimately can not make the same amount at their job, or their fob is unsafe to go back to.

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Henry Maltezos

12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 | RepYoniPizer.com
  • Unemployment fraud is running rampant contact IDES or Rep Pizer’s office.
  • Merlo Library Reopened.
  • Don’t forget to fill out your census.
  • Passed legislation to support a women’s right to choose.

Q&A at meeting

Is it smart to push voting by mail when fraud seems to be an issue and why is the state pushing for it? The Pandemic makes it difficult and dangerous to vote in person.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Lots of trees fallen from the recent storms. More than 2000 streets blocked in the city
  • Howard Brown is currently taking input from the triangle neighbors about their new facility on Broadway.
  • Howard Brown New Youth Center on West Irving Park Road is breaking ground.
  • Police Reform:
    • CPAC Bill– May violate state law and needs to be sorted out, does not get the support of Alderman Cappleman
    • GAPA Bill- Supported by both Alderman Cappleman and Tunney, but stuck and may not move forward.
  • Homeless people living under viaducts in the ward
    • Hire 1 agency to oversee services and reach out
    • Use results oriented approach

Q&A at meeting

Why is Howard Brown not engaging community about the youth center project on Irving Park Road? : They have been, but don’t legally need any approvals to do what they have planned for the space.

Is Islamic College project moving forward? : No further communication has happened on this project and it is unclear if it is moving forward.

Are developments moving forward at a normal pace in the ward with the pandemic? : Yes everything seems to be moving forward as normal.

Is there any new information about the New York Building front lot development? : They will actually be presenting to ELVN at an upcoming meeting.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Bennet Lawson

  • Look for information on ward website
  • Parks are still closed, if people do need to use parks they are not being cleaned and people should plan to disinfect and be sure to wash hands after using. Even thought parks are closed we understand that people do need to leave their apartments.
  • If you would like to help restaurants in the neighborhood thrive, please reach out to the 44th ward office.
  • The lake is very dangerous at this high of level, please stay away and be safe.
  • Treasure Island site on Broadway is starting excavation.
  • Adjacent Parking lot structure to south of Treasure Island site on Broadway has come down, more details to follow.
  • With all the trees and branches that fell during the recent storms please stay away from power lines that are down. All power lines should be assumed to be charged

Q&A at meeting

Will there be a Boys Town name change? The strip of Halsted is known as North Halsted Entertainment District and the term Boys Town is not used for any official purposes. The Alderman’s office is currently researching the issue and will be continuing a conversation on the idea of a name change to the area.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Hotel Zachary has reopened to the public as of August 3rd. Hotel bars are still closed, West Loop Bakery has reopened
  • Neighborhood grounds crew cleanup September 5th. Kelly Park and Challenger Park will be focused on.

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Nothing new to report in the neighborhood, please stay vigilant will all the unrest going on in the city.

New/Old Business

  • Maggie Koehler is moving out the ELVN border and will be stepping down from her board position. There will be a appointment process to replace her
  • Seminary shared street is requesting a letter to move forward making Seminary a shared street to both vehicle traffic and pedestrians. Chester is formulating a letter.
  • Next ELVN Meeting will be held in September8th at 7:00pm over Zoom

June 16th 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting by Zoom Conference

Call to order by East Lakeview Neighbors President Mike Zink 7:00 pm

State Representative Update- Rep. Pizer

  • Capital Projects
    • Howard Brown Health is getting funding
    • AIDS Memorial Garden is getting funding
  • Workers Comp eased for first responders
  • Supporting vote by mail efforts
  • City of Chicago Casino Deal is in good shape
  • BIG – Business Interruption Grants

46th Ward Update: Tressa Feher Chief of Staff

  • Neighborhood boarding up
  • Expects rioting and damage to property in wake of George Floyd murder

Cubs Update

  • Lakeview Pantry still operating out of Wrigley Field
  • No timeline for baseball to return
  • All Concerts at Wrigley Field cancelled for 2020

Crime:

  • Mass Mailbox Thefts
    • Criminals appear to have the post office carriers key and are using it on medium rise buildings without door attendants
  • Shots Fired-Dakin/Irving Park alley

Howard Brown-1023 W. Irving Park David Ernesto Munar President & CEO

  • Services provided: Social support, emotional support, sexual health clinic
  • Services ages 12 to 24
  • All in one services for LGBTQ community
  • 1600 people served out of current location in 2019
  • Goal is to double number of served
  • Security will be trained in nonviolent intervention
  • Cameras will be located on the outside of the facility
  • Weapon Free Zone
  • Will bring in police when the law requires
  • Security will perform hourly perimeter checks

Adjournment/Closed Session

April 14th 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting by Zoom Conference

Call to order by East Lakeview Neighbors President Mike Zink 7:00 pm

Director Roll Call

Board Present

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Maureen Martino
  • Terie Kata
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Kit Welch
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Heather Way-Kitzes
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Marty Wallace
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Gregory Ratcliff

5th District Congressman Mike Quigley:

  • Offices Closed; Phones still work (773) 267-5926
  • $2 Trillion Bailout Plan
  • SBA Loans:
    • Rollout problems
    • Money flowing to big companies first
    • Money will runout by Thursday of this week
    • Adding money to this is a priority of Congress and his
    • Lack of Information flow
    • Expect changes to be made
  • Unemployment
    • Extended and expanded
  • This is only the beginning of bailout, there will be more

44th Ward Update Bennett Lawson, Chief of Staff

Chicago Cubs Update Heather Way-Kitzes

  • Lakeview Pantry using Wrigley Field as satellite distribution center
    • Drive up on Wintrust Gate
  • Zachary Hotel open of Illinois Masonic staff temporary housing
  • Cubs are expediting grants to 19 local Lakeview schools
  • Camry Lot parking permits are not being renewed
    • Expired permits will be accepted

Howard Brown: Frankie Reynolds

3501 N Halsted Proposed Development: Howard Brown Relocation

1023 W Irving Park Road Proposed Development: Youth Center Relocation

  • Day Respite 9am to 7pm
  • No building residents
  • There are no zoning approvals necessary
  • Will come to a future meeting to discuss further

Lakeview Pantry volunteers needed: Lvpantry.org/volunteer

Adjournment/Closed Session

November 5th, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Directors Roll Call

Present

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • John Fitterer, Secretary
  • Jim Spencer
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Brian Murphy
  • Terie Kata
  • Marty Wallace

44th Ward Update – Bennet Lawson for Alderman Tom Tunney

  • Wrapping up infrastructure projects:
    • Paving 3600 block of Wilton
    • Clark street paving will complete in December
    • Smart lighting installations will be complete by end of November City of Chicago budget meetings are in progress with all areas looking for reductions
  • Charitable items:
    • 19 th District Chicago Police Dept Coat Drive under way
    • Canned Goods Drive at Lakeview Pantry through Nov 22 nd
    • Night Ministry Supply Drive for Adult size gloves, underwear, hats
      • Bring donations to 44 th Ward Office
  • Reminder to call 311 or use 311 app for street or alley lights out
  • Question from audience on concerns for parking, police and fire services with additional high-rises going up in ELV
    • Answer that the infrastructure plans takes into account increased population

Cubs Update – Heather Way-Kitzes

  • Christmas Tree lighting will take place on Gallagher Way near Banks statue on December 2
  • Gallagher Way will also conduct a Menorah lighting
  • Gallagher Way Kristkindlmarket will kick off on November 22
  • The ice rink will be up and running prior to Kristkindlmarket
  • Only construction in offseason will be on the Audi Club

Cubs/Tunney Item – Heather Way-Kitzes, Bennett Lawson

  • The City ordinance governing Gallagher Way expires at the end of 2019
  • A new version will be put into effect to start 2020
    • Will give better clarification on public events
    • Liquor sales end: 10pm Fr–Sa, 9pm Su–Th (previous was 11pm)
    • Day game closure: 3 hrs after game Fr-Su, 1 hr after game Mo-Th (previous 1 hr after)
    • Liquor available in Gallagher Way, in addition to beer, wine (previous only beer, wine)
    • Negotiating for non-ticketed fans to be able to enter, but not approved at this point
    • Large crowd events limited to 5 concerts and 7 other (previous 5 concerts and 12 other)

Treasurers Report – Aileen Tien

  • Checking/Savings totals $46.3k, an increase of $12k since early September
    • Main Revenue items: $20.6k increase from Oktoberfest
    • Main Debit items: $2.5k Kelly Park, $2.5k Chgo Park Distr, $3k Legacy Project
  • Ideas for deserving groups in need of donations can be sent to Friends@EastLakeView.Org

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • No Trespassing Signs need to be posted in common areas of apartments or large condo complexes if loitering is an issue. This allows police to remediate the issue.
  • A Prescription Take Back Event will allow residents to dispose of expired drugs on Nov 9th with drop-off at Office of State Rep Sara Feigenholtz

New/Old Business

  • Under consideration to double size of ELVN boundaries with south boundary moving from Addison to Belmont – will be voted on by ELVN Board
  • Marty Malone is resigning his board position to pursue public office; the executive committee plus one will determine his replacement after regular meeting ends
  • Oktoberfest increased its Net Revenues to $20.4k, which is over a $1k increase from last year. Some sponsor donations are still pending which could bring in another $1k.
  • The Legacy Project Gala was a success. ELVN Board had reps in attendance.
  • Redefine the Drive – The City is addressing 50+ formal comments from community mtgs
  • Green Team is in a holding pattern until the spring season
  • The ELVN Holiday Party will take place on 12/3 at Murphy’s Bleachers at 7pm. The $15 entry fee covers ELVN dues for 2020 and food & drink at the event.

Adjournment at 7:50pm

October 1st, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Directors Roll Call

Present

  • Mike Zink, President
  • John Fitterer, Secretary
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Jim Spencer
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata

Rep Mike Quigley – 5th District

  • 5th District has a population of 750k+ ad stretches from Hinsdale to Uptiown
  • Major initiative in district has been the McCook Reservoir which prevents sewage backing into Lake Michigan during big rains
  • Involved in Intelligence Panel investigating the Ukraine dealings and potential impeachment of President Trump
  • Most US citizens want an impeachment investigation
  • Never has a president been so at-odds with the Us Intelligence community
  • Election only one year away and votes matter; 2016 presidential election determined by 78k votes in 3 states
  • Timeline of US-Mexico-Canada agreement is ongoing but fluid
  • Never has there been a time that representatives need to be aspirational, but practical
  • And all elected officials should walk in the oppositions shoes and find middle ground

46th Ward Update – Alderman James Cappleman

  • Very inspired and supportive of Rep Quigley and his ability to negotiate to a win-win solution
  • 600 block of West Grace got speed bumps installed
  • Speed feedback signs going up in front of Greeley School & Grace-Pine Grove intersection
  • After discussion at last ELVN mtg the police record of Garfield Beverage was looked at and it is clean
  • Flu shots are available at Ward Office on October 7th
  • Through the end of October, City Stickers can be purchased with no late fee
  • If you have an up-to-date City Sticker as of November 15th, you will be eligible to have any outstanding City Sticker tickets forgiven
  • 19th Distr Policing Strategy looking for input from community at 10/8 Buena Park Library

44th Ward Update – Abigail

  • The threshold was raised from 75% to 85% for condo-to-rental deconversion deals in Chicago. The Illinois Condominium Property Act now requires 85 percent of a condo association to say yes to a deal to sell every unit in bulk.

Cubs Update – Heather Way-Kitzes

  • The Cubs and Wrigley are gearing up for winter activities – skating rink, Christkindlmarket
  • Only construction in offseason will be on the Audi Club
  • Another Wrigley Field concert announced for 2020 (Pearl Jam)

Green Team Update – Heather Way-Kitzes, Brandon Cunningham

  • The Neighborhood Grounds Crew had their last clean-up in September with very good community participation; the Grounds Keeper of the year award was given to the Franz family with an on-field recognition ceremony
  • Working to have mural implemented on side of Wrigleyville North Bar building at Sheffield and Byron

Treasurer’s Report – Mike Zinc

  • Over $41k in ELVN bank account
  • Initial indication is that 2019 Oktoberfest made more than 2018, but tally still under way

New/Old Business

  • Marty Malone is resigning his board position to pursue public office; the executive committee plus one will determine his replacement
  • The Belmont Harbor neighborhood group would like to join with ELVN
  • Positive feedback from ELVN Board; decision should be made within 2 months
  • Treasure Island location looking to be re-zoned for large footprint rental building

August 6th, 2019 ELVN Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Directors Roll Call

Present:

  • Mike Zink, President

  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President

  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer

  • Tom Rothschild

  • Marty Malone

  • Jim Spencer

  • Maggie Koehler

  • Brandon Cunningham

  • Kit Welch

  • Terie Kata

46th Ward Update – Alderman James Cappleman

  • Gay Pride Parade/OEMC recap meeting was held on 7/25/19. Audience members suggested that crosswalk signs be larger and more prominent, have more tow trucks on hand, and better training for parade marshalls in the future.

  • Define the Drive will be holding two (2) open meetings in the neighborhood in August. The first meeting is August 12, 2019 at Temple Sholom. The second meeting is August 13, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. For more information please refer to the Alderman’s website.

  • City Club Development is planning a new building directly east and in front of the New York Condominium Building at 3660 N. Lake Shore Drive. The developer is meeting with New York Condo owners regarding the plans, however, the Alderman reports that the proposed building is within the current zoning for the site. They will have to go through the Planned Development process with the City.

  • There is a demolition permit on the building immediately west of Byron’s Hot Dogs on Irving Park Road. The Alderman indicated that he does not know what is planned for this site.

Cubs Update

  • MLB and the Cubs have posted the post season game schedule on the Cubs.com website.

  • There is a concert on Gallagher Way on Friday night. Go to Cubs.com for more information

  • The Camry lot will be closed to the public until August 19, 2019 for repairs and resurfacing.

  • The neighborhood Clean Up will be meeting on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Wilton and Waveland Avenues to pick up garbage in the neighborhood. All are welcome to pitch in.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Aileen Tien reported that we have approximately $36,000.00 in the bank. Recent expenditures were $1,000.00 for rental fee of the Oak Leaves Arch in Kelly Park and $472.00 for a mailbox rental at the UPS Store.

  • Aileen suggested that we conduct a survey and seek input from the community regarding what worthy causes and organizations to donate some of our funds to.

New/Old Business

  • Adam Silverstein, with Garfield Beverage Warehouse returned to ELVN at Alderman Cappleman’s request to address some concerns that members of the community have raised since our last meeting. We wrote letter of support for Garfield to move into a long vacant retail space next to Windy City Gyros on Broadway. A few residents have expressed concern about another retail liquor store moving into the area. They expressed their belief that the neighborhood is saturated with liquor stores and would like to see some other kind of retail use occupy the space. Aileen Tien said that she spoke with her neighbors in her building and noted that they were supportive of a liquor store in that space. Aileen noted that the space has been vacant for a very long time and it is time that it was occupied.

Oktoberfest

  • Patrick Nagle stated that Oktoberfest is September 29, 2019 at Murphy’s. Tickets are $30.00, in advance.

Open House/Happy Hour

  • ELVN will be hosting an Open House/ Happy Hour at F. O’Mahonys, 3701 N. Broadway on August 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Green Team

  • The Green Team is working on having a mural installed on the south facing wall of Wrigleyville North Bar.

  • There is now some outdoor furniture in place in the small, fenced- in park at Racine and Clark Streets. It was suggested that ELVN may donate funds to complete landscaping improvements to this park.

Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Update

  • Maureen Martino reports that a few residents within the boundaries of the now defunct belmont Harbor Neighbors Association are exploring re-forming the Associastion.

  • Lakeview Festival of the Arts will be held on September 13 and 14, 2019. This will be the 15th anniversary of the Fesstival and anyone who wishes to volunteer for the show should contact Maureen.

Adjournment

May 7, 2019 ELVN Meeting Minutes

Download these minutes (pdf)

Board In-attendance:

  • Patrick Carlson
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Jim Spencer
  • Aileen Tien
  • Kit Welch
  • Michael Zink

Board Absent:

  • Maggie Koehler
  • Marty Malone
  • Patrick Nagle
  • Marty Wallace

Agenda

Board of Directors Election Results (Elected)

2 Year Term

  • Patrick Carlson
  • Terie Kata
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jean O’Neil
  • Aileen Tien
  • Marty Wallace
  • Michael Zink

1 Year Term

  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Tom Rothschild

Officers

  • President – Michael Zink
  • Vice-President – Patrick Nagle
  • Treasurer – Aileen Tien
  • Secretary – John Fitterer

44th Ward Update (Chris Jessup for Alderman Tom Tunney)

  • Congratulate to 19th District Police Comdr Marc Buslik on his retirement after 39 years of service. He has led the 19th District since his assignment in November 2016.
  • The Commander’s celebration will be on Monday, May 13th, in the Community Room of the 19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Refreshments & dessert will be served. Please RSVP to 19th Distr Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 by Thu, May 9th.
  • Supt Eddie Johnson promoted Lieutenant Chris Papaioannou to Comdr of the 19th District. He has 19 years with CPD and previously led the Recruit Training Section of the Education and Training Division and has held several supervisory positions within patrol, gun and tactical teams. We look forward to welcoming Commander Papaioannou.
  • Police District Staffing as of May 6 th is at 379 versus goal of 400. Any interest in court advocacy training? Any interest in having a designated CAPS/Court Advocacy board member in community organizations?
  • The window to appeal assessments in Lake View Township is open April 30 – May 30. Staff from Commr Gainer’s office will be on hand to assist appealing 2019 assessments in the 44th Ward on Friday, May 17 th . For best chance to successfully appeal, consider bringing recent photographs of your home. Please note new rules this year:
    • The Commissioner’s office cannot appeal condos in buildings with more than 6 units.
    • For condo buildings with 6 units or less, they can only work with HOA president, treasurer or secretary.
  • If you are unable to attend, Commissioner Gainer’s office can appeal over the phone! Please call (312) 603-4210 during normal business hours to get started.
  • Redefine the Drive: Two community meetings with CDOT to be scheduled in June. Dates TBD.
  • Alderman Tunney has allocated Aldermanic Infrastructure funding for the following projects:
    • Residential Street Resurfacing of the 3700 block of Sheffield (Waveland to Grace)
    • Residential Street Resurfacing of the 900 block of Waveland (Fremont to Sheffield)
    • Residential Street Resurfacing may potentially happen in 2019 depending on a survey and cost analysis for the 3600 block of Wilton (Addison to Waveland)
    • Residential Street Lighting Upgrade of the 3700 block of Wilton (Waveland to Grace)
    • 44th Ward newsletters (past and present) are located online.
    • 46th Ward Update (Alderman James Cappleman)

      • Alderman Cappleman has officially won the last aldermanic election.
      • A new website can show where and when street sweeping is occurring around your neighborhood.
      • The 311 App is available to request city services such as graffiti removal, pothole complaints, rodent baiting, street light repair, garbage cart maintenance and more. The app also lets you track the progress of your request and give the city immediate feedback.
      • Smart street lighting will be installed in the 46th ward through August

      Cubs Update (Heather Way Kitzes)

      • There are two concerts scheduled for Gallagher Way:
        • Ludacris on June 1st
        • Billy Currington on Aug 9th
      • The Cubs will pave Waveland
      • On May 18 the volunteer Neighborhood Grounds Crew group will conduct a litter pickup. In addition to neighborhood volunteers, the Cubs and Hefty will end support and helpers. The group will meet at 9:30am at Murphy’s Wilton & Waveland parking lot. Volunteer via email.

      Treasurers Report (Aileen Tien)

      • Total available funds are $38,102 after an additional $220 in membership dues were collected

      Green Team (Brandon Cunningham)

      • Pints for the Park (for Kelly Park) will be held at Murphy’s Bleachers on Fri, May 31 at 7:00pm. The $40 admission fee covers all food and drinks, and entry into a raffle. The event will include a silent auction and review of the draft plans for Kelly Park.
      • A building sized mural is being considered for the south face of a building at 3716 N Sheffield. ELVN is co-sponsoring the work.

      Condo Seminar scheduled Sat, June 1 st from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the 850 W Addison Police Station

      ELVN Open House (Brandon Cunningham)

      • The ELVN Open House is a way for East Lake View Neighbors to promote and communicate information about the organization
      • The first open house will be held at PR Rustica Italian Bistro from 5:00-6:00pm on either Thu, May 30th or Thu June 13th.

      Maddon’s Post Restaurant (Zubin Kammula, Ben Galatz)

      • Joe Maddon’s restaurant opening on Tue, May 14
      • Located at 1119 W. Waveland (SE corner of Clark & Waveland)
      • Italian, Polish and American cuisine
      • Chef Tony Mantuano (James Beard award-winning chef) is partnering with Maddon
      • Restaurant’s second floor includes the Flamingo Room, a private bar and event space
      • Other Report Outs

        • Estelle from the Gill Park and Buena Vista Parks Advisory Council reported on work to improve and level the back grass area of Gill Park to make it useable for T-ball and other sports
          • It’s Your Park Day will be held from 9:00am – 2:00pm on June 1st
        • Next Meeting Date

          • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00pm at the 19 th District Police Station (850 W. Addison)

          Closed Board Meeting

          • Oktoberfest Review (Patrick Nagle via phone)
            • Review volunteer sign-up for event
            • Will continue to have wine-pull and beer stein sale
            • Band, food, and drinks are being handled by Murphy’s Bleachers
            • Posters and flyers will be printed
            • Continue to pursue sponsors, and assignment of merchants for solicitation will be sent out
          • Need to begin putting together a 3-person panel to determine candidate for the 2019 ELV Neighbor of the Year (Jim Spencer)
            • Beth Murphy was 2018 ELV Neighbor of the Year
          • Motion Proposed by Aileen Tien:
            • Due to time constraints on our volunteer web-masters the ELVN Board should hire a new web-master for website updates and other online needs at a rate of $75/hour
            • Motion seconded and approved