January 2009 minutes

General Meeting minutes for January 6th, 2009 Membership Meeting
Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel

Attendance 21
Members: 19
Non-members: 2

Introduction and welcome to Guest Speaker Frank Perez, deputy commissioner for the Cook County Board of Review

1. Mr. Perez stated that recent lower sales prices should make it easier to appeal tax bills in 2009.

1. The city and county still need to raise the same amount of cash from tax bills. Commercial property owners likely will pick up the slack for falling home prices.

2. Dana Marberry of the Cook County Assessors office confirmed the prospect of lower tax assessments when Chicago properties are reevaluated this year.

3. Homeowners should pay attention to their assessed value. Careful review of tax bills for appropriate exemptions was recommended.

4. Board staffers helped members fill out tax appeals. Bringing your appeal directly to the board of review was highly recommended.

2. Representatives from St. Stanislaus Kostka parish presented a brief history of the parish and soup kitchen.

1. Church is open 24 hours. Soup kitchen is open for lunch 9am-1:30pm. Volunteers are free to drop in whenever available.

2. East Village Association presented a check for $300.00 to St. Stanislaus.

3. Jim Boatman, owner of 1744 W. Augusta, requested a zoning change from R4 to R5. to retain an existing, yet illegal basement unit.

1. Members discussed spot zoning as the larger issue, as this has been something EVA has tried to avoid in the past.

2. After several votes, motions were passed to not oppose a zoning change.

4. Developers of 1916 W. Chicago requested that the East Village Association support a zoning change to commercial zoning to allow a dry-cleaning plant on the premises.

1. After some debate, a motion was passed to oppose a zoning change for the site.

5. Meeting adjourned.

Board Meeting minutes for 1-12, 2009
Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel

Attendance
Board Members: Greg Nagel, Joe Hunnewinkel, Rich Ansalmo, Scott Rappe, Steven Rynkiewicz

Non- Board member: Margie Issaccson.

1. Wrap of general meeting.
1. Discussion on voting protocol-A board vote should take place prior to general meeting.
2. Discussion on possible new venue for meetings.

2. 1659 W. Division, Zoning request for proposed boutique hotel.
1. Board voted to agree with Planning & Preservation recommendation.

3. St Boniface.
1. Due to the urgency of time restraints, a motion was passed to recommend landmark status of the Church and School Facade, and that the vote not be taken to general membership.


4. Meeting adjourned.

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