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October 19th Meeting Minutes

October 19, 2021 via Zoom

Board members present: Maureen Martino, Heather Way Kitzes, Michael Zink, Jean O’Neill, Tom Rothschild, Patrick Nagle, Brandon Cunningham, Tim Lindsay, Gregory Ratcliff,

Board members absent: Kit Welch, Terie Kata, Brian Murphy, Marty Wallace, Mark Usiak and Patrick Carlson

At 6:02 pm, President Michael Zink called the meeting to order.

Report from IL 5th District Staff: Yoni Pizer

Congressman Quigley and other members of the Chicago area delegation held a field hearing regarding the USPS. Service from the USPS has been on the decline and Congressman Quigley and others feel it is time for the Postmaster General to resign. This hearing gave constituents a chance to voice their opinion.

The new congressional map based on 2020 Census date is still being considered. From Pizer: The Congressman is confident East Lake View will remain in the IL 5th.

Rep. David Price (DC-NC 4th) is retiring. This is important because he is the chairman of the THUD Appropriations subcommittee to which Congressman Quigley is the vice-chair. This retirement could lead to the subcommittee chairmanship for Congressman Quigley.

Report from the 46th Ward: Alderman James Cappleman

Repaving of inner LSD to beginning. The 46th Ward gained population and will therefore likely shrink in geographic size.

Hearing have been held for the 2022 city budget and now awaiting full City Council vote.

He reminds everyone to register for Smart 911.

His longtime chief of staff, Tressa Feher, has moved on to a new role in the private sector. ELVN thanks her for her service.

Report from the 44th Ward: Calvin Cottrell and Alderman Tom Tunney:

On Monday, October 25th at 6 pm, CPD 19 will host a community conversation/strategic planning session which is open to all community members. Information can be found at 44thward.org.

Kelly Park on Grace Street is slated to receive state funding for improvement. The park’s community led PAC will be applying for those funds via a grant (although the money has been committed via State Senator Feigenholtz and State Representative Croke).

Northalsted Business Alliance will be hosting their annual Halloween Parade this year after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is available at 44thward.org.

Resident Linda Cohn had questions for Alderman Tunney regarding Redefine the Drive project. Specifically, in regard to scope, timeline and budget/financing. She asks if residents will “actually have a say” in the design concepts before they are finalized. Alderman Tunney assures her there is still time for input and nothing is finalized yet. He does not have timeline and process specifics.

Michael Zink adjourns the meeting at 6:30 to a closed board session.

September 28th, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Directors Roll Call

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Terie Kata
  • Kit Welch
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Maureen Martino
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Mark Usiak

Reports-Elected Officials

46th Ward Update James Cappleman

  • Menu funds will be used to install license plate readers on main through streets in the 46th
  • Budget talks are ongoing
  • Daily parking passes may be able to be purchased in similar to the way parking is paid for through the park Chicago app. This may be a few years down the line.
  • Smiley Brother Brew Pub opened this week
  • Dakin and Sheridan intersection bump outs will be installed at some point in the near future. Once the CDOT study has been done they have to take action. If an Alderperson tries to go against the findings of a study like this it is a big problem for the city legal department.

44th Ward Update

  • Security cameras and license plate readers have been added to inner lake shore drive to help curb and track car jackers.
  • Redefine the drive project is still in planning process and there is still a lot of work to be done with the community. Nothing is moving forward without a lot more community input.
  • Engine 78 is closed and is supposed to be reopened in October. Floor foundation needs to be replaced.

12th District State Rep Croke

  • New map has moved the 12th district south so that it just touches the south end of East Lakeview.
  • Ethics reforms around ComEd are coming.
  • Bill to allow civil law suits to be brought against gun dealers, manufacturers and straw buyers.
  • Lake Shore drive has been exempted from speed cameras in the original speed camera legislation. This was done to prevent cars suddenly slowing down at the camera and causing accidents.

Congressman Quigley – Yoni Pizer

  • Debt ceiling crisis is looming
  • House democrats pass the equal act that eliminates sentencing disparity for crack and powder cocaine offenses
  • Preventing future pandemics act is included in the national defense authorization act sponsored by Rep Quigley
  • FDA is updating blood donation rules

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Race to Wrigley is this Saturday. $5 off for people who live in the neighborhood.
  • There will also be a STEM fair at Wrigley Field this Saturday.
  • November Northwestern Football game.
  • Contact Heather at neighbors@cubs.com

Adjournment

May 11, 2021 Meeting Minutes

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

Directors Roll Call

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

Reports-Elected Officials

  • 46th Ward Update James Cappleman
    • Sheridan L stop, Stop would actually have to move to Irving Park on the north side of the street. This will take minimum 10’s of millions of dollars and federal money is a must for it to happen.
    • CDOT study on Sheridan is complete
    • Semenary shared street is funded and should start this summer
    • Waveland underpass getting cleaned, painted and new lighting will be installed
  • 44th Ward Update Calvin Catrel
    • What input about how people feel about the renaming of lake shore drive
    • 19th District Police are offering free security assessments. Reach out to aldermans office to schedule
    • Block parties and Yard sales applications should be opening up soon, no exact dates yet.
    • Will street closures still be a thing for restaurants? Southport, Broadway and Sheffield will have closures for restaurants
    • Will ward boundries be changing in light of the census? 44 and 46 may shrink as both have had population growth
  • Rep Croke – Jessica Lach
    • Please contact office with unemployment issues
    • Crypto currency bill and womens rights bill both passed the senate and looking to pass the house
    • COVID Vaccines distribution going well
    • Create better policy for moms in the state of Illinois
    • Redistricting is coming, our district may actually shrink because our district has grown in population.
    • CPS
  • Cubs Update 
    • Neighborhood Grounds Crew Event June 6th 10am meet at Wilton and Waveland last Sunday in June
    • Vaccination site still up and running at Wrigley around 36,000 people have been vaccinated. Walk ins still available every day.
    • Some Gallagher Way programing is coming, starting slow in June with fitness classes and family oriented events.
  • Congressman Quigley – Yoni Pizer
    • 10 community funding projects selected from 100 applications center on haltead youth housing, CPS elementary schools capital improvements, Lincoln Park zoo upgrades, advocate Illinois Mosonic expantion,
    • Upgrade of CTA blue line Irving Park Stop and making all stations accessible
    • Espanssion of 606 trail to Elston avenue 1.5 million
    • Mail delivery issues, USPS is short on staff and mail is not getting delivered
    • Q: Will the Sheridan L stop be getting repaired? A: funding was not granted in this round, but hopefully can get funded in the upcoming infrastructure bill.
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Crime Update
    • Carjacking’s-Be aware entering and exiting your car even as incidents have been on the decline.
    • Catalytic converter theft have increased 5 fold over the last few months
  • New Business/Old Business
    • Lincoln Park Zoo Rat/Public Health Study-Jacqueline Buckley 
    • Next meeting is June 22, 2021 via Zoom
  • Adjournment

12th District Representative Margaret Croke

  • Contact (773) 348-8974
  • AIDS Garden grant money is coming through.
  • COVID vaccines for CPS teachers will be administered at Wiess Hospital March 24th
  • BIG Grants may be coming back for businesses in need.
  • May be a good idea to get an IRS pin number if you have been the victim of identity theft with unemployment benefits.

Questions:

What is the state holdup in cannabis laws? Cannabis expansion is getting stalled by the black caucus because of equity issues and this is also causing problems with zoning.

Bridget Gainer

Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210

5th Congressional District Update – Yoni Pizer

  • Offices are open for phone and Email

Elli.Song@mail.house.gov

  • 773-267-5926
  • American Rescue Plan will send $1,400 to people making less than 75k per year
  • ACA has reopened
  • HR1 For the People Act is strengthening voting rights
  • Restoring the post office is a top priority.

Questions:

Where will the 2 trillion dollars to pay for the American Rescue Plan? Hoping to reestablish past tax rates to pay for bill. Spending in time of need will more than pay for itself in the future.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Sewer collapse repairs continue should be completed by March 22
  • North Sheridan & Dakin Traffic Study – No stop sign, but bump out curbs would be appropriate.

Questions:

Is it possible to use a federal arts grant for 10k to be used on an art project under the Irving underpass? Yes, will look into it further, and am all for it.

44th Ward Update – 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: https://www.44thward.org/
  • 3440 N Broadway passed zoning, but still needs to pass final step for a use variance.
  • Former Treasure Island grocery store site is pushing traffic down Cornelia. Aldermans office will monitor.

Questions:

Will Broadway pedestrian space on street be available again this year? Yes, on the weekends. Would also like to expand to close more streets for pedestrians.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • April 1st 1:20 Opening Day.
  • Cubs schedule is currently unchanged and is expected to go forward as scheduled
  • neighbors@cubs.com
  • Fans back at 20% for start of season
  • Safety measures in place: timed entries, touchless entry, no cash, Gallagher Way will not be open, designated bathrooms,
  • Cubs neighborhood advisory meeting is Thursday at 6pm on zoom.
  • Hoping to open mass vaccination site in Cubs building, may open as early as March 25th
  • No Remote parking will be available at the beginning of the season.

New/Old Business:

Brandon Cunningham:

  • Green team is looking for recruits.
  • Seminary shared street is moving forward.
  • Kelly Park Earth Day event April 24th
  • It’s Your Park Day at Kelly Park will be in May.
  • Construction plans are next step in Kelly Park renovation.

Sculpture requests are in, top 5 choices have been selected. Please send in location suggestions.

Lakeshore Drive Task force meets on Thrusday.

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Be vigilant when getting in and out of your car, carjacking’s are on the rise in the neighborhood

36636Lakeshore Drive Development- Jack George

  • New York building issues have been resolved
  • Still some sticking points with the building to the north but a compromise appears to be eminent.
  • ELVN Board will vote on approval when issues are resolved with all neighboring buildings.
  • For info on this project go to: http://james46.wpengine.com/infrastructure/development/

ELVN Board Election

  • Motion to seat slate of candidates by Mike Zink
  • Seconded by Gregory Ratcliff
  • Slate of Candidates was approved by acclimation

August 10, 2021 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m. Meeting was held over Zoom and in person at 19th District Community Room.

Directors Roll Call

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Marty Wallace

Reports-Elected Officials

  • 46th Ward Update James Cappleman
    • Menu process is starting early this year. 1.5 million allocated
    • Email office with suggestions and needs for funding
    • There will be police pod cameras and license plate readers being installed on lake shore drive to help with the carjacking problems.
    • 2022 budget engagement forum will be at Truman College Thursday 6pm
    • 19th District will be a test area for mental health responders there will be a forum on August 30th at the 19th district
    • City ward remapping is coming soon
    • 640 Irving Park Road Islamic College is not yet ready for zoning committee
    • Questions: What are your thoughts on redistricting? Population loses are on the south and west sides and those are the Alderpersons running the process for redistricting. Personally feel that redistricting should not involve alderperson input.
    • Why can’t Lake Shore Drive have speed cameras? It is a state law, Not sure the exact reasoning, but will find out.
  • 44th Ward Update
    • Shred event coming Saturday September 25th
  • Rep Croke
    • Back to Business Plan will have similar grants as the BIG Grant had 25 million allocated to restaurants. There will be grants available to other industries totaling $250 million.
    • Kelly Park has received around $500,000 grant from the state
    • Illinois Credit rating was upgraded in the first time in a long time
    • Changing state districts will move Representative Croke’s district, but district will still include East Lakeview Neighbors.
  • Congressman Quigley – Yoni Pizer
    • Infrastructure bill looks like it is going to pass. This will help with Redline extension and replacing lead water pipes throughout the city.
    • Congressman is looking to pass other bills that would create more green jobs and lower prescription drug prices.
    • Question: What is the time frame for making CTA stations ADA compliant? Starting with Blue and Purple Lines now, hoping to do the rest over the next couple years.
  • Adjournment. Meeting was cut short by technical difficulties

March 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes

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

Directors Roll Call

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Terie Kata
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Kit Welch
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Brandon Cunningham

12th District Representative Margaret Croke

  • Contact (773) 348-8974
  • AIDS Garden grant money is coming through.
  • COVID vaccines for CPS teachers will be administered at Wiess Hospital March 24th
  • BIG Grants may be coming back for businesses in need.
  • May be a good idea to get an IRS pin number if you have been the victim of identity theft with unemployment benefits.

Questions:

What is the state holdup in cannabis laws? Cannabis expansion is getting stalled by the black caucus because of equity issues and this is also causing problems with zoning.

Bridget Gainer

Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210

5th Congressional District Update – Yoni Pizer

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • American Rescue Plan will send $1,400 to people making less than 75k per year
  • ACA has reopened
  • HR1 For the People Act is strengthening voting rights
  • Restoring the post office is a top priority.

Questions:

Where will the 2 trillion dollars to pay for the American Rescue Plan? Hoping to reestablish past tax rates to pay for bill. Spending in time of need will more than pay for itself in the future.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Sewer collapse repairs continue should be completed by March 22
  • North Sheridan & Dakin Traffic Study – No stop sign, but bump out curbs would be appropriate.

Questions:

Is it possible to use a federal arts grant for 10k to be used on an art project under the Irving underpass? Yes, will look into it further, and am all for it.

44th Ward Update – 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: https://www.44thward.org/
  • 3440 N Broadway passed zoning, but still needs to pass final step for a use variance.
  • Former Treasure Island grocery store site is pushing traffic down Cornelia. Aldermans office will monitor.

Questions:

Will Broadway pedestrian space on street be available again this year? Yes, on the weekends. Would also like to expand to close more streets for pedestrians.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • April 1st 1:20 Opening Day.
  • Cubs schedule is currently unchanged and is expected to go forward as scheduled
  • neighbors@cubs.com
  • Fans back at 20% for start of season
  • Safety measures in place: timed entries, touchless entry, no cash, Gallagher Way will not be open, designated bathrooms,
  • Cubs neighborhood advisory meeting is Thursday at 6pm on zoom.
  • Hoping to open mass vaccination site in Cubs building, may open as early as March 25th
  • No Remote parking will be available at the beginning of the season.

New/Old Business:

Brandon Cunningham:

  • Green team is looking for recruits.
  • Seminary shared street is moving forward.
  • Kelly Park Earth Day event April 24th
  • It’s Your Park Day at Kelly Park will be in May.
  • Construction plans are next step in Kelly Park renovation.

Sculpture requests are in, top 5 choices have been selected. Please send in location suggestions.

Lakeshore Drive Task force meets on Thursday.

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Be vigilant when getting in and out of your car, carjacking’s are on the rise in the neighborhood

36636 Lakeshore Drive Development- Jack George

  • New York building issues have been resolved
  • Still some sticking points with the building to the north but a compromise appears to be eminent.
  • ELVN Board will vote on approval when issues are resolved with all neighboring buildings.
  • For info on this project go to: http://james46.wpengine.com/infrastructure/development/

ELVN Board Election

  • Motion to seat slate of candidates by Mike Zink
  • Seconded by Gregory Ratcliff
  • Slate of Candidates was approved by acclimation

February 9, 2021 Meeting Minutes

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

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
  • Call to order
  • County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
    • Contact office if you need help with COVID Vaccine appointments
    • Property Tax Exemption applications will be open soon
    • District10@cookcountyil.gov 312-603-4210
  • State Senate Update-Office of Sen. Feigenholtz
    • 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
  • State Representative Update-Office of Rep. Croke
    • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
    • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • 46th Ward Update
    • Birdcage Sculpture, Grace & Fremont will be ending its stay in May
  • 44th Ward Update
    • Reinevent the Drive meeting are coming up. Keep and eye out for more information.
  • Cubs Update
    • Cubs season is planning on going forward as planned
  • Crime Update 
    • Carjackings-Be aware entering and exiting your car
  • New Business/Old Business 
    • 3636 N. Lake Shore Drive Project; Zoning
    • Seminary Shared Street Project-Chester Kropidlowski
    • Elections! March 16, 2021-Nominate Yourself or Someone Else
    • Annual meeting is March 16, 2021 via Zoom
  • Adjournment

January 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

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

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Terie Kata
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Gene O’Neil
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Kit Welch
  • Maureen Martino
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Brandon Cunningham

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Trenton Crawford

  • Contact henry@senatorsara.com 773-296-4141
  • State Senate is meeting in virtual work groups.
  • Vaccine rollout has been extremely bumpy so far.
  • Getting kids back in school is number one priority.
  • Senator Feigenholtz is now the chair of the tourism committee.

12th District Representative Margaret Croke

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 www.repyonipizer.com
  • New Speaker
  • Economic Equity, Criminal Justice Reform & Health Care
  • Anti predatory lending act
  • Criminal Justice reform – choke holds are banned and all officers must have body cameras
  • PPP 2nd round can now be applied for.
  • Working HIV exposure drugs to be over the counter
  • Crypto Currency

10th District Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

  • Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: district10@cookcountyil.gov and (312) 603-4210
  • If you are eligible and having trouble getting vaccinated please contact office.
  • Property tax exemption applications are open. Previous exemptions will be auto renewed.

5th Congressional District Update – Community Liaison Yoni PIzer

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • American Rescue Plan is 1st priority is to pass legislation to get the pandemic under control
  • February 12 will be the beginning of accepting tax returns
  • Congressman Quigley will focus on infrastructure plans
  • International agenda includes rebuilding relationships with foreign partners
  • Introducing the Gyms Act. Gyms have been hard hit by the pandemic

Questions:

Why are we sending money to foreign nations when we do not have a balanced budget at home? We do need to cut waste from these programs. This money builds relationships and saves us in the long term.

Is the $15 minimum wage a one step process, or will it be phased in over time? Also what effect does this have on taxed tip credit? All of this is still up in the air and everyones imput would be appreciated.

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • City Hall will be closed tomorrow for the inauguration and for security concerns
  • Moving into 1B for COVID vaccine distribution on January 25. This includes popel over the age of 65
  • Health Care employees will inform you when you can get the vaccine
  • Moving to Tier 2 mitigations for COVID. Restaurants still cannot open inside
  • Carjacking is on the rise, please take as many percussions as possible. Never leave car running, and do not sit in car.

Q&A at meeting

44th Ward Update – 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: https://www.44thward.org/
  • Car Jackings are a big concern, 19th district is assigning a special unit. License plate readers are being installed on Lake Shore Drive.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Excited to welcome back fans this spring
  • neighbors@cubs.com

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 16,000 currently in bank

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Be vigilant when getting in and out of your car, carjacking’s are on the rise in the neighborhood

3636 Lakeshore Drive Development- Jack George

  • 2 building development 19 story building and 6 story building
  • 328 Units
  • 145 indoor parking spots, 25 tandem parking spaces. 170 total spaces. All Underground.
  • Green space in very important to the development. Green spaces will not be open to the public
  • Main entrance will be on west side of building, sharing the roundabout entrance with the New York Private Residences
  • Results of shade study are back and impact is limited in the summer. Winter impact is more severe.
  • View project info here http://james46.wpengine.com/infrastructure/development/

New/Old Business

  • Chester – Lakeshore Drive update, the on and off ramp at Aldine is of great concern to the neighbors adding congestion to the neighborhood.
  • Elections are coming up, please send bios to Patrick Nagle prnchi@gmail.com if you are interested in running. March 2nd is last day to become a voting member of ELVN.
  • Board member and treasurer Aileen Tien will not seek reelection.

December 8th, 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
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Gregory Ratcligg
  • Terie Kata
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Call to order
  • 46th Ward Update
    • Seminary Shared Street Project-Survey
    • Best to do traffic study once building is complete on corner as well as when baseball is in season
  • 44th Ward Update
    • Christmas Tree pickup will be January 9 & 10
    • Be sure to get packages delivered at times when people are home, package theft is an increasing issue around the holidays
    • 3440 N Broadway development can be viewed on 44th.org, please comment to 44th office
  • Cubs Update
    1. No new news
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Currently around $31,000.00
    • Planning to distribute funds to charity
  • Crime Update
    • Be aware of package thefts
    • Car jackings still an issue, be vigilant
  • New Business/Old Business
    • Elli Song from Congressman Quigley’s Office-SSA/Medicare
      1. Please contact Congressman’s office with questions about Medicare
    • 2020 ELVN Donation Recipients
      1. Greely School $4500
      2. InterAmerican School $4500
      3. House of Good Shephard $3000
      4. Lake View Pantry $2500
      5. Police Steering Committee and Fire Department $2000
      6. Meal purchase for first responders $1000
    • 2020 ELVN Outstanding Neighbor of the Year Award
      1. Please submit applicants to ELVN
    • Next meeting is January 12, 2021 at 6:00 on Zoom
  • Adjournment/Closed Session

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.