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New Public Works Agency Employees

Welcome the newest additions to the Public Works Agency Team. Their work has already made an incredible impact on the City: Paul Moyano Paul Moyano is a Senior Project Manager with the Bureau of Capital Planning and Engineering, working primarily on water treatment, distribution, and collection capital improvement projects.  He started working for the City June 8th.  He comes to the City with 20 years of experience as a consulting Professional Engineer working for municipal clients around the world.  As a consultant, he prepared several hydraulic studies of the Evanston water distribution system, and is excited to now be part of the team, working both at the Water Plant and the Civic Center.  Paul can be reached at pmoyano@cityofevanston.org or at x8217.   Hannah Grooms Hannah Grooms started working full-time for the City of Evanston on October 24th as a Civil Engineer II (Water and Sewer).  You may remember her from her internship at the...
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Help Evanston win $20,000 for a park

Help get our city nominated for the Meet Me at the Park initiative, which kicks off this April during Earth Month. If we win, one of our parks will receive a $20K grant for improvements. Meet Me at the Park was created by The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to help revitalize parks across the country. When you nominate our city, you’ll be entered into a contest to win a tablet outfitted for the outdoors from the NRPA. The city with the most nominations at the end of April will receive the funding. Parks help make our lives better. They inspire healthy living, help protect the environment and bring people together. Support our local parks this Earth Month by visiting them and nominating our city to improve a lucky park! Nominate our city today...
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Register for Public Health Week Events!

Join the Health and Human Services Department in observing National Public Health Week April 3-9!  Registration is requested for the following events: Unnatural Causes Video Viewing and Discussion Monday, April 3 at 6 pm Civic Center Parasol Room Register <https://cityofevanston.wufoo.com/forms/k1u0syz8126c9e2/> Join Evonda Thomas-Smith, Director of the City of Evanston’s Health & Human Services Department, her staff, and community members to watch the Unnatural Causes video and discuss causes and solutions to inequity in our community. Unnatural Causes is the acclaimed PBS documentary series broadcast used by thousands of organizations around the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.  Snacks will be provided. Rodent Activity and Control in Evanston Presentation Tuesday, April 4 at 6 pm Civic Center Parasol Room Register <https://cityofevanston.wufoo.com/forms/k14t63d0stcis1/> Join Ike Ogbo, City of Evanston Public Health Manager, for a presentation on rodent activity and control in Evanston.  Ike will discuss factors that contribute to rodent activity, diseases spread by rodents, and...
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Welcome Sandra Orozco – HR Assistant/Benefits Coordinator

Please join me in welcoming Sandra Orozco to the HR Division as our new HR Assistant/Benefits Coordinator.  Sandra is responsible for all benefits administration for City employees and retirees.  She comes to us with nearly 10 years of experience in benefits and a wide range of HR experience.  Sandra has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management as well as an MBA.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three children and as a lifelong Cubs fan, she is still celebrating their win!  Sandra started on March 20 and can be reached at sorozco@cityofevanston.org and at x8241....
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New Gmail Training Opportunities

City Staff, You did a great job of transitioning to Gmail but this was a huge change and you might feel like you still want to learn more.  Below are some opportunities to get more training or just drop in and get questions answered.   Drop-in:  Stop by and get questions answered one-on-one No registration needed Civic Center —  Room 2600 3/16 2-3pm 3/30 2-3pm Library — 4th Floor Board Room 3/21 11-Noon 3/23 2-3pm PD  —  2nd Floor Training Room 3/10 9:30-10:30am 3/14 3-4pm Service Center — Lunch Room 3/9 2:30-4pm 3/20 2:30-3:30pm Water Plant — Engineers office 3/17 2-3pm 3/21 2-3pm   Advanced Training Are you thriving with Gmail?  This class is for you.  Learn some advanced features that can help improve your communication and productivity.    Sign up Tuesday, March 14th 2-3pm Team Training   Would you like to set up a training for your team to make sure...
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Lunch and Learn: Diet & Fitness 101

Stephan Fouche, the owner of NLS Athletic, is a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist.  Stephan has over 13 years of experience in health and fitness AND he currently teaches a fitness/nutrition class on Monday evenings for City of Evanston staff.   This interactive lunch and learn will discuss getting back on track when it comes to exercise and diet.  Stephan will discuss low/no cost methods of getting in shape and offer small changes that can lead to big results.  He will also tackle your questions.  Please join us: Wednesday, March 15th Noon Morton Civic Center – 2404 Lunch will be provided starting at approximately 11:45 a.m. Please note that attending non-mandatory lunchtime sessions are considered to be a lunch break. Space is limited, so please register via the link as soon as possible. Once capacity is reached, a waitlist will be started. You will receive an e-mail informing...
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New Nursing/Mother’s Room now open at the Civic Center

Over the course of the past month staff have been working on a renovation of the former lounge on the third floor to a dedicated Nursing/Mother’s Room (Room 3461).  The renovation is now complete and the room is available for use by both employees and the public. The purpose of this room is to support nursing mothers upon their return to work and to offer members of the public a clean, safe place to breastfeed and/or pump.  Employees may use this room on a first-come, first-served basis and you may request a key to the supply cabinet in Room 3461 from Facilities at Ext. 2916. We ask employees to please be considerate of nursing mothers that need to use the space by not using the room for other purposes or leaving the door to the room open. The door should be closed at all times to maintain privacy.  For...
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Efiom Appointed Equity and Empowerment Coordinator

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has appointed Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Efiom as the City’s Equity and Empowerment Coordinator. This position was created last year to provide coordination and leadership regarding issues of access, equity and empowerment to City services, programs and offerings to the Evanston community. Dr. Efiom served as the chief executive officer of the Ebenezer AME Church in Evanston from 2010-2016 where she was responsible for the spiritual guidance and strategic leadership to the members, staff and ministries of the Church. Her responsibilities also included managing two senior Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) properties housing 200 residents in Evanston. Dr. Efiom has also served as the project director of the Garrett-Evanston CDF Freedom Schools Program since 2014. Prior to coming to Evanston in 2010, Dr. Efiom held several administrative positions with Indiana University. Dr. Efiom received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Indiana University, a...
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Gmail Tips and Tricks – Choose Where to Download (save) Attachments

You can choose a location on your computer where downloads should be saved by default or pick a specific destination for each download. On your computer, open Chrome. At the top right, click More   Settings. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings. Under the “Downloads” section, adjust your download settings: To change the default download location, click Change and select where you’d like your files to be saved. If you’d rather choose a specific location for each download, check the box next to “Ask where to save each file before downloading.”...
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City Use of Google Hangouts

Many city employees are already utilizing Google Hangouts for chat, instant messaging and video conferencing with other city employees. Hangouts is available as part of our Google launch and can be a great communication tool for work.  It is also available as an app for Android & iOS smartphones. A full guide to Google Hangouts is available on our Go Google page. Please be responsible when communicating via Hangouts and understand that this communication is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and records retention policies similar to email. Electronic communication by city employees is covered in the Resources Policy on Acceptable Use. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you, Luke Luke Stowe Chief Information Officer City of Evanston 847-448-8177...
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Commitment to a Healthy Work Environment

A committee of various staff throughout the organization has provided input on a refreshed version of our Healthy Work Environment (HWE) Commitment.  In the upcoming month, supervisors will be meeting with staff to discuss these documents and recommit to maintaining a healthy work environment in the City of Evanston.  Since the implementation of this commitment we have seen vast improvements in the ways in which we all communicate with each other and for that I would like to say thank you.  Treating our fellow employees with dignity and respect are part of the City’s core values and creating a healthy work environment is the responsibility of each and every one of us. Health Workplace Strategy Healthy Work Environment Commitment If you have questions about the HWE, please feel free to reach out to me or the Human Resources Division. Thank you, Erika Storlie Deputy City Manager Administrative Services Director...
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