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Council Meeting Recap

April 26, 2024 -- At the Wednesday, April 24 City Council meeting, City Council recognized the first week of May as International Compost Awareness Week; the City is partnering with SWALCO and Go Green Highland Park on a celebratory compost giveaway event on May 5 (more information follows.) City Council also designated May as Highland Park Bike Month, highlighting ways to pedal through Highland Park's beautiful natural spaces this spring and summer, including the return of the Historic Preservation Commission's guided bicycle tours. Additionally, City Council recognized May as Historic Preservation Month, an opportunity to celebrate the City's efforts to preserve Highland Park's historic and architecturally significant character through policy initiatives, proactive planning, preservation efforts and community engagement. City Council also marked May as Jewish American Heritage Month, underscoring the importance of learning about and celebrating America's Jewish communities as vital to combatting antisemitism.

City Council also congratulated the 2024 graduating class of student commissioners, who completed 18 months of volunteer service as student representatives to one of the City's advisory groups, boards, and commissions. All students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of commendation for their service.

Councilmember Tapia provided a report on behalf of Moraine Township, for which he serves as Council Liaison. Councilmember Stone, Council Liaison to the Transportation Advisory Group, also provided an update. City Manager Neukirch presented highlights of the omnibus agenda.

City Council approved agreements pertaining to infrastructure improvements as well as the purchase of seven new hybrid police vehicles. The new vehicles will facilitate optimal safety and efficiency within public safety operations. Additionally, City Council approved an agreement pertaining to the redevelopment of the City-owned facility at 1201 Park Ave. W., home of the Highland Park Senior Center and the City's banquet facility for private events. Senior Center activities are temporarily located at 770 Deerfield Rd. (Christ Our Hope Parish School.) Asbestos abatement at 1201 Park Ave. W. is scheduled to begin on April 22, 2024 with additional demolition to immediately follow, with full renovation set to begin by mid-May. It is anticipated that construction will be complete in fall 2024.

During the Committee of the Whole, City staff reviewed the exciting lineup of events at The Lot for this upcoming festival season! The lineup includes returning favorites, including the Taste of Highland Park, Vintage Car Show, Oktoberfest and Stews and Brews, a weekly French Market, and two all-new events: Decades, a celebration of music from the '70s, '80s, and '90s, and the family-friendly Scarecrow Festival & Walk. See the full lineup at enjoyhighlandpark.com. City Council also continued discussion from April 10 regarding Citywide ethics policies; this will continue to an upcoming Committee agenda in May, 2024.