New top cop for 13th District

Police Supt. Jody Weis replaced 21 of the city's 25 district.commanders in March. The new Wood Street commander is Judith Martin, the police department's former domestic violence operations coordinator.

Channel 5's Mary Ann Ahern reported that in a private ceremony, Weis told newly promoted officers that all eyes will be on them.

"You will be held accountable to an even higher standard that defines this department's commitment to police service and personal responsibility," Weis said.

Plan this year's garden with an expert

Ducky daylilyBy John Scheer 

Wicker Park veteran gardener Richard Tilley offers his view of gardening in the city April 1 when the East Village Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Happy Village Tavern, 1059 N. Wolcott.

Tilley teaches seed starting and tool sharpening workshops, has 3 city lots of gardens, grows great vegetables and about 2,000 flowers from seed each year. Richard also is one of the teachers in Wicker Park each Saturday.

He has about 50 years of experience in urban gardening and is a very interesting speaker. He is interested in addressing starting plants from seed, giving timetables for vegetable plantings and tips on good vegetable gardens, and working with flower and shrub gardens.

A new East Village Association board springs into action



President’s Message by John Scheer 

The seasons are changing, the clock has been changed for daylight saving time and the EVA officers have transitioned. I am pleased to tell you that your new officers and supporting board members have completed the turnover activities and are
actively working on their responsibilities.

Thank you to the EVA members who cast your vote of confidence for the new officers: myself for president, Greg Nagel for vice president, Brian Thompson for treasurer and Joe Hunnewinkel for secretary. Our transitional board meeting was in March.

I want to extend a major thank you to the previous officers: Mary Szpur, president; Brian Thompson, vice president; Julie Rudloff, treasurer; and John Sekowski, secretary. Each of these officers deserves a big round of applause for their dedication and leadership. And a second round of applause for the EVA board members and volunteers that supported these officers throughout last year. Their time and effort is greatly appreciated.

Marjie Isaacson deserves special thanks and acknowledgement for her ever-present, always appropriate and historically accurate support that keeps all of the rest of us focused on the best course of action. And a hidden thank you to Brian Roman who worked in the background, remote for part of the year, as the EVA newsletter producer. Brian maintained such a low profile that most of you may not have known he was doing his job. We appreciate you support, Brian.

I am pleased that Scott Rappe will be continuing his board member role as head of the Planning Preservation and Development committee. Scott has distinguished himself with his in-depth knowledge of building, zoning and design. You can expect to see more communications from Scott on a list of initiatives in our neighborhood.

Rich Anselmo will continue his board position and will be the EVA representative in support of the 32nd ward Master Plan. Once completed, it is hoped that the same type of plan can be adopted for the 1st ward modeled on this Master Plan. And the technical award goes to Steve Rynkiewicz, the EVA webmaster. Steve successfully launched the EVA website last year and continues to add improvements on a monthly basis. Steve has a list of new improvements and additions in the works.

With the change in officers, there are two board member positions now open. I will ask anyone who has an interest in participating in support of the EVA board and may have a personal passion for a specific community initiative to please contact myself or any one of the officers with your interests to be considered.

The next membership meeting is at 7 p.m. April 1 at the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott. Richard Tilley of the Wicker Park Garden Club will offer his view of gardening in the city. Please join me with neighbors and Chicago officials in this next year, to grow with our city and community.

East Village Landmark District: When are renovations wrong?

Planning, Preservation and Development 
By Scott Rappe
 

Recently there has been a spike in illegal window replacements and other alterations in violation of the city's landmark ordinance.

When the city reviews a construction project in the East Village Landmark District, the Department of Planning and Development issues a summary of "approval conditions" that outlines the approved work.

The following summary of approved work in the East Village and Ukrainian Village landmark districts has been excerpted from the city Landmarks Division approval summaries for the past 12 months.

Work not listed or in conflict with the description should be reported to the 311 city-service hotline.

1056 N. Damen1056 N. Damen
1139 N. Winchester, 1056 N. Damen (Photos/S. Rynkiewicz)

Damen (Ukrainian Village District)
1056 N. Damen
3/22/2007 Renovation/alteration - basement and 1st floor conversion from commercial to residential use per Landmarks stamped plans dated 3/22/07. For all windows the existing vertical mullions between ganged double-hung windows shall remain in place and be repaired as required. The existing brick molds shall be repaired to match existing in size and profile. Brickmolds and trim shall not be covered over with metal or other materials. New brick shall match existing brick in size, color, textrue, etc. Tuckpointing mortar shall match existing in type, color and joint profile. Brick sample shall be submitted to Landmarks staff for review and approval prior to any work. 5/9/2007 Interior work only on the 2nd and 3rd floors only as per Landmark stamped plans dated 05/09/07. NO CHANGE TO EXISTING WINDOWS, STREET FACING FAÇADES, STOREFRONTS OR ROOFLINES ALLOWED WITH THIS PERMIT.
9/13/2007 Exterior: Mechanical equipment replacement and HVAC work as per plans 2nd and 3rd floor only as per Landmarks stamped plans dated 13 September 2007. No other work allowed with this permit.

1101 N. Damen
5/8/2007 Exterior only: Repair brick arches on Thomas facade and repair and replace as necessary limestone base on the same facade. All brick to be reused. New mortar to match historic in regard to joint width, color, and finish. New imestone to match existing and not to exceed 16 linear feet. No window replacement or other work to occur with this approval. Photographs were reviewed with this application.

1108 N. Damen
10/16/2007 Exterior work only: Architectural surface cleaning using dry grinding and tarpaulin for dust supression. Care to be taken not to damage surrounding masonry or mortar. No plans were reviewed with this permit. No other work to occur with this permit.

1133 N. Damen
5/11/2007 Exterior: Remove and replace existing porch and stairs, same size and location as per Landmarks stamped plans dated 11 May 2007. No window replacement to occur with this permit. No other work allowed with this permit.

825 N. Winchester1108 N. Damen1133 N. Damen
825 N. Winchester1108 N. Damen
1133 N. Damen


Haddon (Ukrainian Village District)
2022 W. Haddon
2/27/2008 Exterior: Erect a detached frame garage, 20'x20' with two 1-square-foot roof vents; alley access. No window replacement or work allowed to the residence.

2146 N. Haddon
11/23/2007 Flat roof recover only - no structural work. NO NEW NEW RAILINGS AND NO ROOF-TOP ENCLOSURES ALLOWED WITH THIS PERMIT. NO CHANGE TO FAÇADE, WINDOWS, OR DOORS ALLOWED WITH THIS PERMIT.

Hoyne (Ukrainian Village District)
1053 N. Hoyne
11/6/2007 Exterior only: Repair wood porch, same size and location per Landmarks stamped plans date 11/06/07. No window replacement or other work permitted with this approval. 11/15/2007 Fence: Construct 24 linear feet of new 6' high wood fence at the alley of a mid-block property per Landmarks stamped site plan dated 11/15/07. No other work permitted with this approval. 12/4/2007 Electrical only: Install new electrical meter at the rear of the home. No plans were reviewed with this permit.

1138 N. Hoyne
10/12/2007 New Construction: Conversion and addition per Landmarks stamped plans dated 10/12/07. All vertical and horizontal window mullions to remain and be repaired. Project to include new front porch, new windows, rear additions, and rear attached garage. 1/17/2008 Mechanical: one meter, 100A temporary service. No window replacement or other work allowed.


Iowa (Ukrainian Village District)
2235 W. Iowa
2/7/2008 New Construction: Erect detached frame garage (27' x 20' x 12') with alley access. Garage to be located behind house on mid-block lot.

2335 W. Iowa
3/6/2007 Interior and exterior: Renovation of existing 6 dwellings unit masonry building with new rear porch, stairs, and rooftop mechanical penthouse per Landmarks stamped plans dated 3/6/07. Water cleaning not to exceed 400 psi. Existing front door sidelights, transom and frame to remain. New windows to match existing and retain or replicate historic brick molding. 11/6/2007 Exterior: Relocated existing AC units from grade to roof. Revision to permit #100144462. No window replacement or other exterior work allowed with this permit.

2238 W. Iowa
3/29/2007 Erect a 6'-0" high wood fence at the rear yard only. No fence in the front yard approved with this application. No work to the building with this approval.

Leavitt (Ukrainian Village District)
923 N. Leavitt Ukrainian
2/13/2008 Exteriors only: Replace existing rear porch with new 3-story open wood porch and stairs as per Landmarks stamped plans dated February 13, 2008. No window replacement or other work allowed with this approval.

1049 N. Leavitt
11/28/2007 Exterior: Replace existing open wood porch same size and location at rear as per Landmarks stamped plans dated 28 November 2007. No window replacement or other exterior work allowed.

1053 N. Leavitt
4/23/2007 Window replacement using wood windows on front elevation, does not include basement windows. Brickmoulds to be retained or replaced to match existing as necessary. No other work to occur with this permit. Plans were reviewed with this application.

Oakley (Ukrainian Village District)
906 N. Oakley
3/30/2007 Exterior work only: Tear off and reroof with single ply modified and shingles. New gutters and downspouts. Roof coping tiles. If replacement of roof joists is required, new joists will be sistered to existing. If rebuilding of brick firewall is required, new firewall will be constructed at the same height and in the same materials as existing. No structural changes to roof allowed with this permit. No window replacement allowed with this permit. No plans were reviewed with this application.

1001 N. Oakley
12/11/2007 Exterior only: Repair existing rear open wood porch. No change in size or location. No window replacement or other work permitted with this approval.

Rice (Ukrainian Village District)
2238 W. Rice
9/24/2007 Mechanical: Install 20-amp circuit for vertical lift. No other work allowed with this permit. 1/15/2008 Interior only: Addition to existing permit #100145647 to install an interior enclosed vertical wheelchair lift in existing church per Landmarks stamped plans dated 01/15/08. No other work permitted with this approval.

Thomas (Ukrainian Village District)
2018 W. Thomas
5/7/2007 2 story rear addition, new dormers, and interior and exterior alterations per Landmarks stamped plans dated 5/7/07. Replace approx. 200 bricks at front elevation, new brick to match existing in color, size, finish. Tuckpointing mortar to match original in type, color, and joint profile. No other work to occur with this approval.
7/25/2007 Same approval conditions as original permit submittal: 2 story rear addition, new dormers, and interior and exterior alterations per Landmarks stamped plans dated 5/7/07 or 07/25/07. Replace approx. 200 bricks at front elevation, new brick to match existing in color, size, finish. Tuckpointing mortar to match original in type, color, and joint profile. No other work to occur with this approval. 8/9/2007 Exterior: Foundation underpinning to an existing single-family residence as per Landmarks stamped plans dated 8/9/07. No window removal permitted with this approval. Removal of front stairs to be permitted.

2034 W. Thomas
6/28/2007 Interior and exterior: New rear addition and rehabilitation of an existing masonry 2-story house with basement and new garage per Landmarks stamped plans dated 6/28/07. Permit includes selective window replacement with aluminum clad wood windows and new dormer additions. Decorative transom window on front façade to remain. Existing horizontal and vertical mullions to remain in place and be repaired. Existing wood bricks molds to remain and be repaired where possible. If repair is not possible new brick molds with profiles to match the historic may be installed. Existing front door and sidelight to be replaced with new double doors.

Walton (Ukrainian Village District)
2030 W. Walton
11/9/2007 Interior work only: deconvert existing 2 dwelling units into 3 dwelling units as per Landmark stamped plans dated 11/09/07. NO CHANGE TO FRONT DOOR OR WINDOWS ALLOWED WITH THIS PERMIT.

2039 W. Walton
1/4/2008 Interior only: Replacing drywall and refinishing floors and associated electrical at a first-floor unit. No plans were reviewed with this approval. No window replacement or other work permitted with this approval.

2147 W. Walton
11/15/2007 Exterior: Erect a wood frame garage 20x20x15 at rear of property. No work allowed to existing property. No other work allowed with this permit.

2251 W. Walton
1/22/2008 Mechanical: Replace one water heater.

Cortez (Ukrainian Village District)
2028 W. Cortez
7/6/2007 Exterior only: Remove and replace six steel lintels on the south elevation, same as existing, and remove and replace up to 170 bricks on the secondary elevations, per Scope of Work dated 6/18/07. Mortar to match existing in regard to type, color, and joint profile. New masonry units on secondary elevations to match historic in regard to size, color and finish. No window replacement or other work permitted with this approval. No plans were reviewed with this approval.

2124 W. Cortez
6/11/2007 Exterior: Tuckpointing partial side of a (2) story wall. Work to be done within property lines. Replace 250 bricks above window and replace 4 six foot lintels. No plans submited for review. No window replacement to occur. Replacement brick to match existing in size, color and texture. Mortar to match historic in composition, color and joint profile. No other work allowed with this

2125 W. Cortez
4/4/2007 Exterior and interior: Four aluminum-clad wood replacement windows on the third floor per Landmarks stamped sketches dated 4/4/07. Historic brick molds to remain. Stained glass transom panel to remain. No other work permitted with this approval.

2330 W. Cortez
11/27/2007 Interior only: Alterations to basement per Landmarks stamped plans dated 11/27/07. No window replacement or door replacement permitted with this approval.

Thomas (East Village District)
1815 W. Thomas East Village District
5/8/2007 Exterior only: Grinding and tuckpointing entire house. New mortar to match historic mortar in regard to joint profile, color, and finish. Care to be taken not to damage surrounding masonry. No window replacement or other work permitted with this approval. No plans were reviewed with this.

1839 W. Thomas East Village District
12/18/2007 Exterior only: Replace rear enclosed wood porch with new open steel porch to meet current building code per Landmarks stamped plans dated 12/18/07. No window replacement or other work permitted with this approval.

1110 N. Wolcott1118 N. Wolcott1134 N. Wolcott
1110 N. Wolcott
1118 N. Wolcott
1134 N. Wolcott


Wolcott (East Village District)
846 N. Wolcott
3/1/2007 Electrical only: 200 A Service upgrade (4) Apartment (1) Public.

1043 N. Wolcott
5/4/2007 Exterior: Windows (replacement only) quantity: 22. Five front windows wood clad; exterior brick mold remains. No other work allowed with this permit.

1110 N. Wolcott East Village District
1/24/2008 Exterior only: Rebuild rear open wood porch, same size in existing location, front building only as per Landmarks stamped plans dated 1/24/08. No window replacement or other work permitted with this

1114 N. Wolcott
4/18/2007 Exterior: Install 4MM torch-down modified bitumen membrane. Apply aluminum coating. Clean up. No other work allowed with this permit.

1118 N. Wolcott
8/7/2007 Interior and exterior: Interior renovation of existing residence, lower basement slab, new 3 story masonry rear addition, new rear steel porches and roof deck per Landmarks stamped plans dated 8/7/07. New front façade windows to be aluminum clad wood. Existing vertical and horizontal wood mullions and brick molds to be repaired and restored. Existing metal cornice to be repaired and restored. Project to include chemical cleaning with Prosoco Light Duty Masonry Cleaner per product specifications. Water rinsing not to exceed 400 psi.

1134 N. Wolcott
8/22/2007 Exterior: Rehab existing 6 dwelling unit brick building; erect new 4 car masonry detached garage and 6' high, 4' by 10' wood trash enclosure as per Landmarks stamped plans dated August 22, 2007. New mortar to match historic mortar in composition, joint profile and color. New brick to match historic in EXACT size, color and texture. Brick sample to be submitted to Landmarks staff for review and approval prior to ordering and construction. No other work to occur with this approval.
1/31/2008 Exterior: Revise existing 4-car masonry garage per Landmarks stamped plans dated 1/31/08. New Chicago common brick sample to be submitted to Landmarks staff for review and approval prior to ordering and construction. No other work to occur with this approval.This is a modification of permit #100179355 previously approved.

1020 N. Winchester1136 N. Winchester1040 N. Winchester
1020 N. Winchester
1036 N. Winchester
1040 N. Winchester


Winchester (East Village District)

825 N. Winchester
11/1/2007 Remodel of existing 4 apartments and new wood doors with recessed panels, existing front windows to be retained and repaired as per Landmark stamped plans dated 11/01/07. NO ALTERATIONS TO FRONT FA&ÇADE MASONRY ALLOWED WITH THIS PERMIT

1020 N. Winchester
11/1/2007 Exterior only: Replace front door of a single family, 3-story residence per Landmarks stamped exhibits dated 11/01/07. Door to be paneled wood with a single pane of glass. Sidelights to be paneled wood with a single pane of glass. Transom to be included per exhibit. No window replacement or other work permitted with this approval.

1036 N. Winchester
5/9/2007 Replace front façade vinyl windows (installed without a permit) with new aluminum clad wood double-hung windows in existing masonry openings per Landmarks stamped drawings dated 5/9/07. The round profile wood brick mold to be retained/replaced to match original profile and exposed, no aluminum or other panning to be installed over the wood brick mold/trim. No other work to occur with this approval.

1040 N. Winchester
7/9/2007 Exterior: New roof top deck and stairs per Landmarks stamped plans dated 09 July 2007. No window replacement to occur. No other work allowed with this permit.

1043 N. Wolcott1111 N. Winchester1136 N. Winchester
1043 N. Wolcott1111 N. Winchester
1129 N. Winchester


1111 N. Winchester
4/27/2007 Exterior and interior: Total rehab of existing 6 dwelling units and new construction of porch as per Landmark stamped plans dated 27 April 2007. No window replacement on west bay and west façade. No other work allowed with this permit.
March

1129 N. Winchester
9/14/2007 Exterior only: Replace front windows and doors per Landmarks stamped sketches dated 9/14/07. New windows to be clad wood with decorative trim and mullions. Wood brick molds to be exposed and retained. New transom windows to be clear glass. New front doors to be paneled wood with clear glass. No other work permitted with this approval.

1139 N. Winchester
4/19/2007 Interior only: Interior removal of drywall and upgrade electrical. No plans were reviewed with this approval. 7/6/2007 Exterior and Interior: Interior alteration, new CMU block garage w/deck as per Landmarks stamped plans dated 06 July 2007. No work allowed to front façade. New mortar to match historic in color, composition and joint profile. New brick to match existing in color, texture and EXACT size. No window replacement to occur on primary façade. No other work allowed with this permit.
11/8/2007 Mechanical: Revision to existing permit to replace electrical contractor and scope of work to remain the same as building permit #100185225.
11/28/2007 Interior and exterior: Two dwelling unit, 2 story residential remodel/new finished basement per Landmarks stamped plans dated 11/28/07. Project to include 2 new wood windows at the basement level front façade and removal of basement access stairs. No replacement of existing windows and doors on the first and second floors.

Earlean Collins an East Village no-show

East Village Association officers for the following year were elected Tuesday by show of hands:
John Scheer, president
Greg Nagel, vice president
Brian Thompson, treasurer
Joe Hunnewinkel, secretary

Scheer is seeking volunteers to serve on the board, which next meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Happy Village Tavern, 1059 N. Wolcott.


Earlean Collins, the Cook County commissioner representing East Village and the invited guest speaker Tuesday, did not attend. The county board voted just days ago to raise the sales tax.

EVA members gave details of a new West Town library plan and fund-raising to expand Commercial Club playground, 1845 W. Rice. Details will appear here soon.

Grateful thank you to Brian Roman, EVA newsletter editor

By Mary Szpur 

In my last President's Message for the EVA newsletter, to my dismay I realized I neglected to acknowledge the extremely important contributions of our devoted newsletter editor for the last year, Brian Roman.

Brian, who also served as EVA President for two terms in recent years, has worked tirelessly to design, lay out, and edit the EVA newsletter on a monthly basis. He accepted late admissions and revisions without complaint, and also oversaw the printing process of the newsletters.

While he served as EVA President, Brian worked to resolve important financial issues for EVA, and, among other accomplishments, started a popular monthly restaurant club. He has volunteered his time and efforts to countless community issues.

I would like to apologize to Brian for in error leaving him off the list of EVA accomplishments for the year. Please join me in thanking for all of his efforts.

Wicker Park Post Office: Don't get mad, get even

By Dan Nehm 

In December, our mail situation became intolerable. I searched through the U.S. Postal Service website and finally found a complaint page. (They keep it well hidden.)

When I have problems which I consider serious (Like getting someone else's first class mail, or mail I'm expecting, like my paycheck, never showing up) I've been filing an official complaint. This is happening about twice per month.

Every complaint is assigned an incident number, and I get a phone call for each one apologizing, and telling me they are monitoring my mail, or talking to the carrier, or whatever. Most of it is nonsense, but they do apparently have to respond, and I have no doubt someone higher up is tracking all this.

The more official complaints they get and need to respond to, the more the situation is going to be intolerable for them. So don't get mad, get even and file a complaint online when there is a problem.

The web page has a long, cryptic address which you will never be able to remember. So what I did is add the site as a button on the toolbar of my browser. It's always available now at the push of a button.

It is very fast, less than a minute to fill out the complaint. They make it a little confusing, if you've never done it before. Where it says "Enter your 'question," type in your complaint. Then under "topic" select "Delivery", and then "Delivery Issues" or one of the other selections that applies to your problem. Under "Comment Type", select "general inquiry". Then under "When you are done" push the submit button (or what appears for me, a missing icon represented by a question mark).

In a couple of days you will get an email with the tracking number for the problem, and asking you for all the information you already supplied on the form above. Again, it's less than a minute to respond. If you don't respond, the complaint will get dropped. That's it, now the problem is on record.

I also keep a log of all the incident numbers and dates.

It may all sound involved but it's really pretty simple and fast. If everyone complains via this formal route, we have a better chance at seeing results. Plus it puts you back in control of a frustrating situation.

Here is the page: https://hdusps.esecurecare.net/cgi-bin/hdusps.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php?p_sid=e*SnrvPi&xssl=1

While you're adding that bookmark, you might also want to add the following address for the 1st Ward advisory council on the post office problems: http://www.wickerparkcouncil.com/

The website contains information on monthly meetings, etc, sanctioned by the Chicago postmaster general and Alderman Manny Flores. More importantly, they are specifically asking you to contact them regarding complaints, which are then discussed at the monthly meeting.

So I might suggest that when you receive the followup email in response to a complaint you file on the USPS web site, that you cc: your followup response to the advisory council, advisorycouncil@msn.com. That way you're slamming them from both ends, up the food chain from the local advisory board and down the food chain from the national USPS organization.

For more links for local ward offices, schools and other resources, check the Community Contacts and East Village Business pages on this site.