Thank you to all the new and old faces who attended our last meeting. A special thank you to Bonnie Perry of All Saints Church for joining us and being such an incredible hostess. We covered a lot of ground in a short time. Attached are the minutes from the meeting taken by Ray Ballard (thanks Ray:). Please click: 12.02.13 Minutes to download them. Thank you also to Mary Stamler for your report from the CAPS meeting on February 8. Notes from which can be viewed by clicking: February 2012 CAPS meeting recap.
There were two main topics discussed that evening: Permit Parking and Block Audits. Bill Higgins, a representative of the Alderman’s office was in attendance to help answer questions.
As for permit parking, for those of you who would like to make changes to existing residential permit parking areas in our neighborhood, they must receive the petition submissions by March 1. If you want to add permit parking where there is none, there is no deadline but a petition of 65% of residents from the block interested in permits must sign the petition. Click here to download the petition form.
Another important piece of business was the Block Audit. This is a tool that the Alderman’s office is employing to get a better sense of what needs improvement in our neighborhood. They’ve asked neighbors to fill it out and return it to them by the end of March so that they can get going on planning the budget for the next year. There were questions about if one person was to fill it out for a number of block should each block be accounted for separately, and after talking the alderman’s office, the answer is yes. The more people who participate the better they can get a sense of the important trends on what needs improvement. Many people asked about an electronic copy. I spoke with the office about that too, and they said that they would work on it, but they preferred a hard copy because nothing beats walking around and writing your comments as you see things that need improvement. The squeaky wheel gets cleaned and since the weather is getting so nice, this can be good excuse to get outside:)
Please click: 47th Ward Block Audit to download it and begin helping the East Ravenswood Neighborhood improve. When you are finished please send or deliver it directly to the office at 4243 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60618. They are open M-F 9am – 5pm. If you have any questions about the block audit, please call the office at (773) 868-4747 or email email@example.com.