October 2008 EVA minutes

General Meeting minutes for Oct. 7, 2008 Membership Meeting
Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel

Attendance 7
Members: 6
Non-members: 1

Introduction and welcome to Guest Speaker Lionel Martin of the OEMC.

1. Mr.. Martin highlighted the functions of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

1. OEMC coordinates the city's delivery of police, fire and emergency medical resources to all 311 and 911 calls. OEMC is the central hub for all city services.

2. OEMC prefers to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to addressing potential problems, as well as coordinating city operations.

3. Mr.. Martin stressed the importance of emergency planning with a focus on prevention of potential problems. It is important for residents to build emergency kits and have a plan in place in case of a crisis.

4. Website is alertchicago.org. A new program "Notify Chicago" is in place for residents can sign up for emergency notification.

2. Kristin Chiczewski from the Chicago Police Department Preventative Programs spoke to members on personal safety and ways to avoid potential attacks on the street, in your car, on public transportation, and at home.

3. Meeting adjourned.

Board Meeting minutes for 10/13, 2008
Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel

Attendance
Board Members: John Scheer, Greg Nagel, Brian Thompson, Joe Hunnewinkel, Rich Ansalmo, Scott Rappe, Steven Rynkiewicz

Non- Board member: Margie Issaccson.

1. It was decided that the November General Meeting and Board Meeting be combined on Monday, 11/10 due to the November 4th election. The focus of the meeting will be planning for the December Holiday Party.

2. Discussion of possible future guest speakers.

3. It was decided that Barista Coffee House, 852 N. Damen would be the site for EVA's first Movie Night at 4 p.m. Oct. 26. "High Fidelity" will be the film.

3. No progress on landmarks enforcement. No response from either the City or the Alderman's office.

4. No progress on the state of the former Pizza Hut property at Division and Ashland.
Walgreen's has not proposed a new plan for the potential structure. This may be due to the state of the economy.

5. Meeting adjourned.

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