An email missive from the Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens organization claiming city officials plan to “fast track” demolition of the Harley Clarke mansion brought out several speakers for public comment at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
A copy of the email the Lakehouse group sent to supporters Monday.
None of the speakers offered any clear evidence to support the claim contained in the email, and Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, noted that nothing about the mansion was even on the Council’s agenda.
Under City Council procedures, such a proposal would likely require at least two Council votes at separate meetings — one to authorize the demolition and another to approve a contract to do the work.
Discussion of the fate of the mansion also is not included in the preliminary listing of Council agenda items for the next few months contained in the latest city manager’s weekly report.
The City Council last month rejected a proposal from the Lakehouse group to lease the mansion after aldermen concluded the group’s fundraising plan for the project was insufficient.
The vote left unresolved what the next steps for the mansion would be.