Evanston aldermen Monday night pulled a proposed set of revisions to the city’s noise and other nuisance ordinances after several aldermen voiced concerns about various provisions.

The action followed publication of an Evanston Now story Monday morning that noted the ordinance would appear to require anyone wishing to use a smartphone outdoors to get a permit from the city.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, said he was concerned that the ordinance wouldn’t adequately address noise complaints that have come up in his neighborhood.

Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, objected to a provision that would have banned amplified music at block parties.

And Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, said he was opposed to a different provision that would have lifted the city’s ban on spitting on sidewalks.

Wilson said he would present a set of proposed revisions to the proposal at a future City Council meeting.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Just Plain Silly

    Who is coming up with these ideas lately for consideration?  First it was the suicide nets on the parking garages, now the loud smart phone issue.  Is there someone being paid that comes up with these cockamamie ideas?  Also, why are these crack pot ideas even coming up at council meetings for discussion?  Aren't the alderman filtering this stuff prior to the meeting?  They don't seem to be prepared.

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