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Aldermen balk at trimming boards

An effort by the city manager to trim administrative costs by consolidating some of Evanston’s three dozen advisory boards ran into more obstacles Monday night.

The City Council’s Rules Committee voted to put off a decision for at least two months on consolidating three panels that deal with parks after two members of one of the groups objected.

An effort by the city manager to trim administrative costs by consolidating some of Evanston’s three dozen advisory boards ran into more obstacles Monday night.

The City Council’s Rules Committee voted to put off a decision for at least two months on consolidating three panels that deal with parks after two members of one of the groups objected.

Jim Larochelle and Virginia Beatty of the Ladd Arboretum Committee argued that the arboretum is unique and couldn’t be appropriately handled by the proposed Parks and Recreation Board.

Beatty said, "Anybody involved with parks realizes that the recreation component is very strong and the leisure time activity aspects are not too terribly important a consideration."

Amina DiMarco of the existing Playground and Recreation Board said her group is in favor of consolidation. "It would save staff time and therefore some money," DiMarco said.

She added that the group’s agenda "hasn’t been so full that it couldn’t take on additional issues."

No one from the third group proposed to be part of the roll-up, the Lighthouse Landing Complex Committee, spoke at the meeting.

Currently the lighthouse group meets quarterly, the arboretum committee meets every other month and the recreation panel meets monthly. The three groups now have a total of 24 members.

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