A sweeping look at ward cleanup


A Streets & Sanitation crew clears the Honore-Thomas intersection July 12. 

July 11, 2011 membership meeting minutes submitted by Dana Palmer

Meeting commenced: 7:04 p.m.

Guest speaker
Ward superintendent Manny Gonzalez presented issues regarding streets and sanitation:

Garbage cans/recycle bins: They are all owned by the city and are city property. If you need more or want some taken away, call 311. Be sure to get an SR # for your report/request. Currently the ward has 8 garbage trucks that pick up garbage weekly and 5 recycling trucks. Call 311 and follow up with Mr. Gonzalez for all issues regarding overflow of garbage or recycling or for issues regarding furniture removal from alley. Leaves and yard waste should be put in the garbage bins.

Parkway: Although this is city property, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain the area. Homeowners who want to develop the parkway or around it should consult the alderman's office first for recommendations and a permit.

Handbill ordinance: There is a $150 fine for companies or individuals who deliver handbills. Citations can be issued by Mr. Gonzalez or one other inspector. Call him directly or 311 to make a complaint.

Snow removal: The homeowner is responsible for snow removal from sidewalk in front of their property.

Dog waste: If you see someone who is not picking up dogs waste, you can call 311 to issue a complaint but will need the name and or address of the offender.

Graffiti removal: Call 311 to have it removed. Would be helpful to know if it is brick/blast job or wood/paint job.

Text alert: There is currently a text alert for our area to alert residents of street cleaning dates and times.


1st Ward Superintendent Manuel Gonzalez

EVA picnic
This year the picnic will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in at Commercial Park. It is a potluck but EVA hopes to have pizza and gelato provided.

EVA signs
Tom Tomek has researched prices and has come up with an estimate of $24.88 per sign and believes we will need 80 signs for the neighborhood. At the EVA picnic a fundraiser will be taking place with prizes from various local business to raise money to help purchase these signs.

Dog waste dispensers
Dana Palmer has been working with the alderman's office and now CGNA about combining both EVA and CGNA to purchase dog waste dispensers for both neighborhoods and to raise money to do so. The alderman's office has currently agreed to donate $500 to this effort.

Farmers market
The Polish Triangle is now host to a farmers market from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday nights.

Planning, preservation and development
Scott Rappe reported that St. Boniface Church is being developed to become housing for low-income seniors but that plans now will save almost of the original building. The EVA board authorized a letter on behalf of the is development group to help them receive a tax credit for low income housing to help fund their development project.

Pizza Hut site
The site has been sold. Scott Rappe and Neal McKnight have been reaching out to businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to express support for proper development of that site.

LaSalle II
Tom Tomek reported that the mural is almost complete and that LaSalle II is taking over the old Andersen School building.

CAPS
Tom Tomek reported that on the fourth of July the wood street police station received 480 calls regarding fireworks.

New business
The West Town Chamber of Commerce wants to do a fundraiser for Wells High School that might close down Ashland Avenue. Various food trucks would come into the area and donate a portion of their proceeds for that day to Wells.

Meeting adjourned: 8:22 p.m.

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