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Thank you Barb and Connie for your community service. Easterday Construction Co., Inc. was glad to help. On a personal note, it was fun to drive by each day and see the changes as well as to see who I might recognize out there helping. Congratulations to all involved for the successful effort.
This past Labor Day Weekend was the 2nd annual Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival. I understand that this was the brain child of Dan Bickel, owner of the Lakeside Cinema and Edgewater Grille. Dan tells a little about his vision for the Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival here. He got a group together to put this on as a charitable event. Carol & John Zeglis are involved, so our “Record” became a “Reel of Film” to welcome attendees. The plan was to roll out the red carpet and make the Film Reel an arch for attendees to walk through.
Carol Zeglis commissioned this display piece and we designed it to be durable and reusable. It is made of a solid expanded foam interior encased in plywood. It disassembles into two half circle pieces and it has two separate base pieces to stabilize it. When assembled, the individual pieces are pinned together. It has a recessed edge on one face for the installation of rope lighting. We provided a ground fault interrupt circuit cord for use with the lights. Unfortunately, the display is rather heavy and assembly requires several individuals working together. It has been a hit in its two recent incarnations despite setbacks with installations.
Culver is moving ahead with annexation of the property on South Main Street where we hope to build a Garden Court next year. (Previously discussed here and here.) Annexation is not necessary for the Garden Court, but it will facilitate the installation of water and sewer lines that will serve the new Garden Court as well as open the surrounding area to further development. This is a positive step forward for the Culver community! I sincerely hope that Mr. Roberts reconsiders his position and joins the petition for annexation.
We’ve been working on a couple of projects for The Antiquarian & Historical Society of Culver. This is a continuation of the Museum room renovation we completed for them in the basement of the Culver Union Township Public Library. We’ve been working with their Museum Designer, Ted Swigon of Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc., as he creates the displays for the museum build-out. The first project is a simulation of the train station shelters in the hall leading to the museum entrance. Mr. Swigon had us recreate one of the posts from the west pavilion at the Town Park. The Park pavilions were formerly attached to the train station and served as shelters for loading passengers. The pavilions were later relocated to other areas in the park. We also created a simulation of the dentils at the top edge on a slightly smaller scale. We reduced them in size and eliminated some of the details. Mr. Swigon wanted the feel of the station but didn’t want the details to be overwhelming. The “CULVER” sign is a scaled recreation of the sign found shown in pictures of the station when it was in operation. A vintage picture of a train at the station will be blown up and adhered to the doors beneath the display. This not only will draw visitors to the museum entrance, but helps disguise the existing mechanical room doors at the end of the hall.
A special meeting of the Culver Town Council was held on June 9, 2009 to discuss the possibility of a Garden Court in Culver next year. As discussed earlier here, I had approached several property owners around Town about the potential for a Garden Court project on their land. I was given the opportunity to discuss it with several of them and one, Mr. Wade McGee, has chosen to pursue it with us. Mr. McGee and I met with the Town Council on the 9th and discussed various goals including water extensions, sewer extensions, fire protection, annexation, rezoning and future plans for that property as well as the adjacent properties. Some members of the Plan Commission and the BZA attended that meeting as well and the implications regarding their various needs and requirements were also discussed.
All and all the meeting went well. In premise, it was agreed that Mr. McGee would continue to work with Garden Court on their proposed facility and would request annexation, while the Town Council agreed to extend water and sewer to the property and to support the rezoning of the property from S-1 Suburban Residential to R-2 Residential. This change is in keeping with the Comprehensive Plan and with other goals currently being pursued by the Town Council.
Following that meeting was the regular Town Council meeting. At that meeting, Reverend Liechty, President of Garden Court, Inc., renewed their request for the Town Council to support the new Garden Court for Culver and to renew their financial pledge towards the project. A letter was requested verifying that a Garden Court would be acceptable on the proposed property. All these things were agreed to by the Council.
It looks like we’re moving forward!