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5 highlights from City Council meeting

ELMHURST – The first City Council meeting of 2014 was only about a half-hour long Monday on one of the coldest evenings Elmhurst had seen in decades. Here are five highlights or future dates that were discussed.

1. Findzall Contract

The City Council officially extended the contract for Findzall, which provides marketing and economic development consulting services, through June 30 of this year. Aldermen Diane Gutenkauf and Michael Bram voted against the resolution as they’ve opposed it all along. Bram questioned why the city would extend the contract because he thinks Findzall’s roles in relation to a new marketing and communication manager position the council budgeted for this year still haven’t been defined.

2. North York Plan

City Manager Jim Grabowski reminded residents that even though Houseal Lavigne Associates hosted resident and business community meetings last month, people can still give input to help guide decision making and investment for the 2-mile stretch of York Street between Grand and North avenues for the next several years. By visiting the North York Plan link on the city’s homepage, individuals can submit their comments electronically. Third Ward Alderman Michael Bram requested another meeting take place as well.

3. Addison Parking Deck hearing

The Zoning and Planning Commission will provide a public hearing on the City of Elmhurst’s variance request for a six-story building in the 100 block of Addison Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Elmhurst City Hall. The request includes a conditional use permit for a building taller than 45 feet, yard setback variations and variations to the requirements for a loading dock. Related documents, including civil engineering plans and conceptual drawings, are available on the city’s Board Docs site, which is linked to on the city’s homepage at

4. Third Ward townhall meeting

Third Ward Aldermen Dannee Polomsky and Michael Bram will host a townhall meeting for third ward residents at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Elmhurst Public Library.

5. Voter registration

Superior Ambulance will host two voter registration events. The first will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 and the second will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 7. Both will be in the Superior Ambulance cafeteria at 395 W. Lake St.

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