Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council meeting.

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  1. Equal justice under law for ZBA appeals
    I am puzzled by Fiske’s comments about the fees for transcripts for ZBA appeals. If I heard her correctly, she believes that the intention of the fees was to prevent ‘frivolous’ appeals by ‘developers’, not appeals by ‘concerned residents’ (or whatever euphemism she chose to use for NIMBYs).

    Who is the judge of which ZBA appeals are ‘frivolous’ and which ones are ‘legitimate’? Is she suggesting that fees are OK for ‘developers’, but that they should be waived for people whose cause she supports?

    The City has a right to charge fees for preparation of documents – transcripts, FOI, whatever…these fees should be no more (and no less) than what is necessary to cover costs.

    I don’t want my tax money going to subsidize these ‘concerned residents’ who are trying to shut down Northwestern’s dining hall. They should pay their own fees for their ZBA appeal.

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