If you’ve noticed a thinning of the herd recently among the tables and chairs placed in Evanston’s Fountain Square — you’re not just imagining it.

Alderman Judy Fiske at Tuesday’s 1st Ward meeting asked residents of the Sherman Plaza development across the street to keep their eyes open for people stealing the tables and chairs.

She asked residents to call 311 if they see the furniture being removed.

In response to a resident’s comment that the furniture should be labeled with prominent “Property of the City of Evanston” signs, Downtown Evanston Executive Director Annie Coakley said the items all have City of Evanston tags.

Fiske said, “We were trying to be friendly, warm and fuzzy” by not making the city branding very prominent.

There are surveillance cameras in the square, but they apparently haven’t been effective in letting police identify who’s making off with the colorful, and light-weight, street furniture.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. How about listening to your phone messages, Ald. Fiske

    I called the alderwoman this afternoon to comment on this, but nobody answered. Then when my call went to voicemail, I got this message: “The mailbox is full and there’s no room to leave a message.” How about listening to your voicemails, then deleting them, and then let other constituents leave comments? Better yet, maybe have an aide – or, gasp, even yourself! – pick up the phone.

  2. there goes more tax payer

    there goes more tax payer money wasted by the city. what brilliant city officials we have in not thinking this through. of course it was going to be stolen, this is Evanston.

  3. Why Aren’t the Cameras Working?

    The theft of the tables/chairs is annoying (and predictable).  But the issue with the security cameras is much more concerning.  Whatever the issue is there needs to be fixed.

    1. Re: cameras

      I called the police department and the chief, through his spokeswoman, told me that the cameras were/are working. So, why aren’t the images of people stealing the tables and chairs being released so people can ID them? I asked. She didn’t know.

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