February 2012 Meeting Minutes


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 info@chicago47.org.

In other news, I want to introduce our to new logo designed by neighbor Sharon Banis for our fliers, Thanks Sharon, we are moving forward with style! And I also want to send a huge thank you to the people who flier our neighborhood to announce upcoming meetings. We have 1500 neighbors and only 150 names in our email list and many who subscribe to the blog, but it’s imperative we include everyone. It is so successful and we don’t want to leave out any block. We are still looking for people to flier the 4600 block of Hermitage and Ravenswood, 4700 block of Hermitage and Ravenswood and the 4600 block Hermitage and Paulina. If you live on one of these blocks and would like to pass out fliers before we have neighborhood meetings, please contact me at eastravenswoodrep@gmail.com so I can send you the information before our next meeting. And if you haven’t already subscribed to the blog, please do so.
We’ll look forward to meeting you at the next meeting!

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Michelle on February 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Just wanted to say I love the new logo. Very cool!


  2. Posted by Marcus Twain on February 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    So “East Ravenswood” does not include the area from Ashland to Clark Street (between Montrose and Lawrence)? Where did you come up with the neighborhood of “East Ravenswood”?


    • East Ravenswood Neighbors is a block club association that has been acknowledged by the 47th ward aldermanic office for many years. With the advent of the Ward Council by Alderman Pawar, they designated the area between Montrose to Lawrence, Ashland to Ravenswood as Area 5 and neighbors of this area decided to continue to use the block club name. East of Ashland to Dover was designated by the Alderman’s office as a separate area. I know not all the areas have a representative to the Ward Council and if they do, the Alderman’s office will be able to point you in the right direction. Thanks for your comment. We hope you continue to read our blog as many things will effect our neighboring areas as well.


  3. Posted by Neighbor on February 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Q: Why would any neighborhood need 24/7 permitting?
    A: You don’t. New petitions have to exhibit a high impact to grant restrictions.
Pawar is hoping employers start to subsidize mass transit for employees. The city is still catching up to national trend. There are people who move here because of the closeness to public transit.

    So for this area that is in question about it being 24/7 permitting that got changed…
    do we have to worry about it being changed back to 24/7 without some of us knowing?
    Some of us didnt even want permit parking at all and the permit parking signs just showed up one day! We live on Hermitage and see no need for 24/7 parking permits.

    How can we stay informed on this decision?


    • Thanks for your comment. None of the current times for permit parking will be changed (unless neighbors on that block get 65% of block residents petition for it). The permit numbers in our area will be consolidated into #62. They were changed by the previous aldermanic adiministration without the current administration or constituents knowing. If you want more information please feel free to email Bill Higgins at Bill@chicago47.org. He is managing this transition and trying to make it as smooth as possible. Thanks!


  4. Posted by Michael Glatt on February 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    How did the February 21st meeting with Alderman Pawar go?. Any updates regarding Mariano’s and the Sears development in general? Is everything moving forward as previously announced?


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