We had a nice turnout at this month’s meeting – thanks to all the new and old faces for attending. We started off with a quick review of last month’s meeting notes and did a quick revisit of the new ward map and what that means for Ukrainian Village residents. The short version is that most of the neighborhood defined by the city as Ukrainian Village (Western to Damen, Chicago Ave to Division St) will become part of the new 2nd ward. The western edge of the neighborhood, as well as those residents on the south side of Chicago Avenue and east side of Damen Avenue will be in the 1st Ward. For the details on when this all goes into effect, see the notes from the conversation we had with Paul Sajovec from Alderman Waguespack’s office last month.
- Permit Requests: We have been waiting to do a permit review on some proposed construction in the 2100 block of W. Haddon but it looks as though that project has been put on hold for now.
- Liquor License Requests – as of the time of the meeting we were unaware that Red Apple or the Damen-Augusta FoodMart had requested permits. Following the meeting however, Red Apple filed their request. In response, the 32nd Ward is hosting a meeting along with some of the folks from the CGNA on Tuesday 2/28 to organize community objections to the request. The community has 40 days to log comments before the request is granted or denied. The meeting will start at 6pm, at 2657 N. Clybourn. Call Suzi for more info: 312-371-7168
- New Alderman for Ukrainian Village: Alderman Fioretti’s office has already been in contact with the UVNA and we hope that we’ll see him at an upcoming event so everyone has a chance to meet our new 2nd ward alderman
- Blue Bin Recycling : We are slated to receive blue recycling bins on March 21st and to see pick-ups begin on April 2nd! Read more here regarding dates and times for neighborhood meetings with more details.
- Walking Tour of Churches in Ukrainian Village! One of our neighbors has already reached out to the churches in the neighborhood and has lined up 5 interested churches and chosen a workable date of June 16th. We’ve got the basic details up here on our website. Now we need to get some flyers/promotional materials designed, promote the event and organize the activities. WE NEED YOUR HELP! There are many tasks that will only require an hour or so of your time , so let us know how you can help by sending an email to email@example.com
- Expanding Our Boundaries: While we cannot change the boundaries that the city has defined for the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood without a vote in city council, we can change the boundaries covered by our Association. Based on requests from residents, we are considering expanding our southern boundary to Huron or Erie, or Grand. All thoughts and feedback are appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may put this to a vote at our next member meeting in April.
- Next month’s meeting : In March it will be a social event at a neighborhood bar. We’ll be inviting friends and neighbors from the surround neighborhood associations too ! Same date/time as the March meeting (3/15, 6:30pm) , location to be confirmed shortly.
Crime & Safety
- Suspect Caught: Pizza Robbery suspect caught while trying to steal a car – story here.
- Suspect Photo Released: Subway Shooting suspect still at large but this photo has been released
- Chicago Police Dept: Safe & Sound Seminar: Wed 2/29 6:00pm-7:00pm, Smith Park (2526 W. Grand Avenue)
- Chicago Police Dept Keeping it Real Forum: Saturday March 24th, St Mary’s Auditorium, 1127 N. Oakley
The Neighborhood Watch Group
This summer a few of our neighbors organized their own neighborhood watch group on facebook in order to share information among neighbors, post ideas, and support our community. You can find the group and request to join it here. They recently held their first get-together and shared these notes from their meeting:
- The founder of the group shared his map of mugging danger spots compiled over the last 8 months with data gleaned from the Chicago Clearpath system. More recently the activity has been in the Wicker Park area (Damen) and Noble Square area (Ashland). Over the Fall it was focused near Cortez & Oakley, and this past summer was along Grand & Western.
- They have been working to get more Neighborhood Watch flyers to hand out and post. We gave them a bunch the UVNA has received from CAPS and they are working with CAPS to get more. They have also created a printable version online.
- They are making more connections within CAPS and the Aldermen’s offices and are trying to connect existing block clubs and phone trees.
- They would like to lobby the Aldermen to hep bring more foot patrols to our area from the police.
- They are working to update their facebook group to make it more useful and easier to navigate for new users
Please be sure to mark your calendars for our social event on March 15th! Details to come soon!