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The City of Evanston is seeking public input priorities for budgeting the roughly $1.2 million that was awarded to the city in a settlement with Advanced Disposal, the operator of the Church Street Waste Transfer Station.

Community members are invited to complete a survey online from now through Monday, Sept. 5.

Print versions of the survey are available at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.. the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St., and at the information desk at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The survey can also be completed by phone by calling 847-448-4311.

The survey results will be made public through the Environment Board and its Environmental Justice Subcommittee. City staff will use the survey results and conversations with community members as the basis for budget recommendations to Evanston’s City Council to be included in the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget.

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9 Comments

  1. Cut taxes

    Use this money to cut taxes …no matter how small the amount. Please don't fund anymore bankrupt businesses.

  2. Use the money to repair the Harley Clarke mansion

    Here's the perfect opportunity to repair and upgrade the Harley Clarke mansion and use it for a year round cafe and other events such as weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, etc.

    1. Do not spend more
      Al,

      I usually agree with you but not on this. Like every other piece of private property the city owns, it should be returned to the private sector, when possible. In the last 40 years, this property has cost Evanston taxpayers millions of dollars because the city council carried a deadbeat tenant, EAC.

      When all is said and done, the park next to this location will still be there and there the mansion and it’s land will return to the tax rolls.

      Also, if you read the documents associated with the survey, you will see that they are only deciding on what to spend this money, environmentally, in the neighborhood located near the transfer station.

      1. Our City Employees & Government Created this Nightmare Problem
        The city rezoned the property next to the transfer station so that residential homes could be built there. Any Evanston resident that traveled down Church Street in that vicinity could have told you BEFORE those properties were built that it was going to be a huge problem. The people that bought into that location were sold a bill of goods and completely hoodwinked if they didn’t know anything about the nearby transfer station. Our city staff and our city government created this problem and now our tax dollars are going to be spent well into the future to pay for massive amounts of oversight until that transfer station decides to move (if and when that ever happens). Rezoning that area to residential should never have been allowed…. and that begs the question what other “potential problem” locations could be rezoned in the future. I believe in development, but I’m starting to think that development in Evanston has little to no upside for the tax-paying resident.

        1. Why are people surprised?
          The Waste Transfer Station existed BEFORE the residential buildings were constructed. Anyone who purchased and moved into their property should be fully aware of this issue and related potential problems; noise, smell etc.

          The City of Evanston has a responsibility to ensure that the facility operates within the stated regulatory parameters.

          To me, this is similar to someone purchasing a property next to the Metra Train tracks or the El tracks and then later complaining
          about the noise.

          TP

          1. Check your facts

            It sure is easy to post without knowing the facts first. Yes there were condos built after the transfer station was built, however, there were many private homes built first. Their property also adjoins the transfer station. What about the parks and high school also in the area? The transfer station should never have been approved and needs to be moved to a more suitable location. The current location is not even recommended by their industry's own best practices.

          2. In the year 1984….
            …would you agree that the local neighborhood residents should have turned out in droves when the EPA issued a license for this transfer station? Historical Evanston zoning maps list this parcel as Manufacturing as far back as I checked in 1962 (got lazy after going back that far). Whenever anyone lives near a zoned manufacturing area, there is a risk which requires local neighborhood residents to stay vigilant and fight against anything that is going to decrease their quality of life. All of that conjecture aside, I agree that the transfer station should get out of town, but THAT is where our city government should have concentrated their efforts prior to amending zoning to the east of their operation. That amended zoning allowed for even more residents to be added into an already intolerable situation. My point isn’t a fact check, but a stated opinion that we are all ill-served by the city employees and city government that our very expensive tax dollars and fees are supporting. I also question why it took the building of those lovely townhomes to get anyone at City Hall to look at this issue. Were the complaints of the residents already local to the area not enough of a motivating factor prior to that time or were they simply not complaining? I find the latter hard to believe…
            Link to historic Evanston zoning maps: http://www.cityofevanston.org/evanston-life/maps/historic-maps/

          3. Fact Check
            Actually, that’s far from correct. The transfer station was placed in that location because of low property value, and there were in fact preexisting residential buildings already in place–albeit not as many. Regardless, this transfer station represents another example of low-income communities in a close proximity to environmentally hazardous entities–something many people are powerless over.

            We should instead be focused on helping these Evanston residents in harms way.

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