Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting.

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  1. Lumberyard / Holmes Comment

    Ms. Holmes' comment, "Holmes says the lumberyard has been there forever. Sometimes its like people who move next to O'Hare" shows a complete lack of knowledge on the subject of trucks on Oakton.  As a long time resident of Oakton Street, my neighbors and I have seen an explosion of trucks using our street in the past three years.  Prior to that time, it was odd to see an 18-wheeler on our street headed anywhere other than St. Francis or Cleason's Greenhouses.  Now that these trucks think our street is a pass-thru on their way to a further destination and have begun regularly using the street, my neighbors and I are experiencing structural damage to our homes in many areas… chimneys breaking up, interior walls developing large cracks, window panes cracking, etc.  My home is on a slab and the entire structure literally bounces when these trucks drive along our street.  While re-paving the street is a fix, what happens when the street again becomes cracked and damaged from these trucks?  We all know Evanston is constantly in a budget crisis and will not always be able to address streets in disrepair.  Oakton is not now, nor has it ever been a designated truck route and trucks need to be redirected to the truck routes and a way to enforce the truck routes added.  Three schools and a mini-sports arena where you bring your children to play is no place for an 18-wheeler that does not have business in the area.  A child is going to be hit and hurt, or worse, killed before the growing issues faced by the residents of this street are brought to the forefront for all citizens in our city to see.

    One further comment, with the redevelopment that has taken place at James Park and west of Dodge, there is a heightened level of traffic on Oakton street.  For those of you not familiar with the neighborhood, there are a number of us with homes that do not have an alley.  Our only egress is directly onto Oakton Street.  Next time you drive down Oakton toward a red light and a line of queued up cars and you see someone attempting to back out of a driveway, perhaps you could exercise some good neighbor behavior and, instead of blocking the apron with your vehicle as you join the queue, leave some room for your neighbor to back out.  Since getting out of our driveways has become something akin to a war, the change of pace would leave us quite grateful to you.

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