After several years of trying to reduce the cost to taxpayers of running city recreation facilities, Evanston aldermen Monday night appeared to be on the verge of abandoning the cost-cutting effort and instead start spending more than they had before.
Four years after Evanston officials first considered disposing of the city-owned lakefront Harley Clarke mansion, a community group has finally started raising funds in hopes of leasing the property from the city.
After hearing an hour of public comment and a 45 minute report from a committee appointed by the mayor, Evanston aldermen Monday night voted to postpone further consideration of what to do with the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion until this fall.
The smell of fresh paint permeated the atmosphere of the new quarters of the Evanston Art Center at 1717 Central St. this weekend as staff and volunteers scurried to have the facility ready when classes resume on June 10.
One new concept that emerged at Monday night's Harley Clarke mansion meeting at the Evanston Civic Center was a proposal that the mansion building be expanded at its south end -- so the main building would connect with the existing coach house.
The mayor's Harley Clarke Committee found this morning that nobody wants to present the case at a public meeting next Monday for demolishing the city-owned mansion on the Evanston lakefront -- but it did select speakers to make the case for four other options.