Berwyn's Arts Blog
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Committee of the Whole
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We met Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at 6:30 pm. We discussed the potential mural to be painted on the south side of the Walgreen's at Cermak Plaza. I am all for beauty, as many of you know, and gladly support this project.

Everyone's trash bills will be going up as of August 1, 2005. That is per our contract with Waste Management. 2% is supposed to be the raise.

We also discussed the open forum changes and procedures that will be taking place at regular City Council meetings. We are ironing out the details. Bottom line, as I wanted, people will be able to talk about anything at the meeting, whether it is on the agenda, or not.

Finally, before we went into closed session, we discussed the infamous occupancy affidavit, or certificate of compliance. We are leaning toward the certificate of compliance, which would notify the new homeowner as to how many people are legally entitled to live at a residence. The question that needs to be answered now is when and how can this notice be given.

Next Committee of the Whole will be Thursday, July 7, 2005, at 7 pm. We will be discussing the Depot garage.

Mark - Can you provide any more information on the mural? The subject/theme, the artist(s), etc.? If it is done in the same "artistic" sense as the prior efforts throughout Cermak Plaza, it will only serve to make the place uglier. And on that subject, can anything more be done to rid the Plaza of some of that junk, and improve its attractiveness for potential new business? Seems to us that redesigning the parking areas, to improve and slow traffic flow, plus adding trees tthoughout the parking zones would create more appeal. Finally, what can be done to compell business owners to keep their store areas free of trash? We were in the Depot area recently, and the owner/manager of the Windsor Restaurant was out picking up trash outside on the street - we need more store owners to be committed to keeping their places tidy.

The artist said he had a website...did anyone happen to get the addy?
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