Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote on a multi-million dollar wish list of help the city plans to seek from the state and federal governments.

Most of the projects don’t have assigned price tags — but those that do include $5 million for road infrastructure projects and $2.5 million in what’s called the sustainable communities challenge grant program — both being sought from the federal government.

Other goals include getting funds to help plan the expansion of the city’s water utility to serve new communities, to plan the creation of a federally qualified health center in the city and the get funding for improvements to CTA and Union Pacific railroad viaducts.

In all the priority list prepared by the city manager’s office includes fifteen different projects.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. farmer’s market

    i enjoy coming to the farmers’ market, but have grown increasingly dismayed over the years at the steady increase in prices.  when the market first came to town, the prices were reasonable, and i always liked seeing the great variety of people who came to buy and mingle.  in recent years i have noticed very few asian, hispanic and black people, and i attribute this to the steady increase in prices.  the farmers are smart.  they know this is an affluent area, with shoppers who don’t mind paying a premium, and who are believers in organic and locally grown produce.  i occasionally visit the market on western avenue at leland, and the prices there are more reasonable.  those farmers obviously know their customers too.

    it seems a shame that people who could benefit from the fresh produce and the community experience aren’t coming because prices are higher even than whole food’s.  the farmers have acknowledged that they earn much more from our market than they get from various canners, freezers and other jobbers.

    maybe the solution is to have two competing markets on the same day who’ll get into a price war!

    i wonder how many links cards are used on a given saturday.

     

    mary b.

    1. Remedy for this

      The remedy is an entitlement program for minorities directly related to farmer’s market pricing in Evanston.

      Perhaps a voucher, or a government subsidized refund. 

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