A friend of mine called me recently about an issue on her street. The street light in front of her home hadn’t worked in the 9 years she had lived there. I reported the outage to City staff who relayed the message to ComEd, and it was fixed within days. If you notice something that isn’t right — whether it’s a broken street light or a sagging power line or a pot hole — please report it to the City. You can call the pothole hotline at (847) 926-1178 with the address/location of potholes, or report street light outages here.
The City of Highland Park is currently seeking input on our sustainability program for the coming year. Please lend your voice to the conversation by taking this survey. The survey will be open until December 11.
If you don’t yet have a smart thermostat, now is the time to upgrade. Not only will it help you save energy (and money) when the temperature drops, but you can get a nice rebate. Click here for details. Thanks to the Environmental Law and Policy Center, my former employer, for their work on this program.
The City is seeking student and adult volunteers to serve on its Commissions. Applications and a list of Commissions are here. If you are interested in serving, now is the time to apply. Appointments are generally made towards the end of the year for terms beginning early in 2016.
Kim has a proven track record of leadership in our community. Prior to her election to City Council in 2013, she served on the Highland Park Transportation Commission, Advisory Committees of North Shore School District 112 and the Park District of Highland Park, and the Boards of Directors of Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care and the Active Transportation Alliance.
In addition, Kim has over 20 years of non-profit management and environmental experience. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and on the Board of Directors of Community Partners for Affordable Housing. Kim graduated from Middlebury College and received Masters degrees in Population Planning and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. A third generation Highland Park resident, Kim loves being an involved member of the community. She lives in Highland Park with her husband and children.
Any communication via this site is the personal opinion of Councilwoman Kim Stone and is not necessarily the stated opinion of the City.
The City Council has been seeking proposals for redevelopment of the theater property for several years, and is looking for your input. Five developers presented their proposals at an open meeting on September 21. Please share your feedback through the online survey before October 17. Results will be presented to the Council on October 26.
Visit the HP Library during September to view a special exhibit on the Great Lakes designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. A public program and discussion of the issues and exhibit will be held on September 20 from 2 – 4 pm. Click here for details.
Just before her 99th birthday, we convinced my grandma to give up her driver’s license. While I’ve been an advocate of Complete Streets and Active Transportation for many years, I’ve been thinking more about how someone like my grandma can continue to live independently in the suburbs without a car. There are many options now that did not exist in past years, like ride share services and safer streets. AARP is a proponent of Complete Streets, and here’s a video about why it’s a good policy for older adults. Share your thoughts on this subject by emailing me.
If you received a letter recently from ComEd that indicated that your electricity contract is expiring, don’t worry — your electricity service will continue uninterrupted. The City of Highland Park recently entered into a new contract for the purchase of electricity for residents. During the transition, all homes in the program will go back to ComEd temporarily before switching to Integrys. This will happen automatically — you don’t need to do anything. There’s a more detailed explanation here.
Highland Park is hosting a Bicycle Fair on May 16 from 10 am – 12 pm at the Highland Park Metra Station, southeast parking lot. Join me for a pre-fair community bike ride at 9:15 am. The family friendly fair will include a children’s bike rodeo, Biking 101 workshops, maintenance clinics, helmet checks, and more. Working Bikes will be there to collect bicycles that you want to donate. Other activities happening in celebration of National Bike Month include:
May 4, 10:30-11:30 am: Senior Cycling Presentation hosted by Trek at the Police Department Training Room. This event is free and registration is not required.
May 5: Bike to School Day. Information is here.
May 6, 10 – 11:30 am: Senior Bike Expo at Trek Highland Park, 1925 Skokie Valley Road. Try innovative bikes, including recumbents and 3 wheelers, as well as new accessories to make your ride more comfortable. Register by emailing Laura.
May 12, 9 – 11 am: Bicycle Repair Clinic. Register by May 7. Learn how to handle simple bicycle breakdowns with confidence, including; 1) changing and repairing a flat tire, 2) re-engaging a dropped chain, and 3) creating a survival kit with basic items to keep you rolling. Trek Highland Park, 1925 Skokie Valley Rd. Register by emailing Laura.
May 21, 1 pm: Senior Ride, contact Laura by May 15 for information and to register. This ride is appropriate for people of all abilities ages 50 and up.