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Administration and Public Works Committee

Here's a recap of our live coverage of this evening's Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting.

Meeting called to order at 7:08 p.m.

Minutes approved.

A packet with information on tonight's agenda items is available online.

Payroll approved.

Bills approved.

Sewer main root treatment contract approved $44K.

Pump control valves contract approved $43K.

Chicagoland paving contract for street resurfacing $1.059 million. Approved.

Bolder Contractors contract for davis Street water main and sewer replacement project for $1.025 million. Approved.

Chicagoland Paving contraqct for parking lot improvement project at Central Street and Stewart Avenue. Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, questions the $20K cost for a covered bike shelter. Says what's the point of having it covered? Couldn't buy more bike racks. Suzette Robinson, public works director, says it does provide shelter for the bikes and the item includes racks for 12 bikes. Related story.

Rainey says it's not going to keep any bike dry. Robinson says it's designed to keep bikes out of the weather — are similar ones in Chicago she says.

Burrus says similar issue came up in project downtown and that it was eliminated on Church Street project.

Robinson says was approved for Church and two are planned for Davis. Says haven't actually installed the one on Church yet — not being relocated to library sidewalk.

Burrus says she's pro bike …but not convinced that covered rack is best use of funds. Mentions one requested on Dempster.

Robinson says the owner there wanted a bike corral, that would have eliminated car parking.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says wants to facilitate and encourage bike traffic to that business district.

Rainey says going to change her mind — since Grover wants it — its a test — if it's the greatest thing in town will want to do more.

Holmes says expects each location for bike racks is going to be different

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says wants to return to the council regarding the whole issue of bike corrals. Initially wanted to do cost sharing with EAC and then council decided shouldn't charge for it. Wants to get guidance for policy going forward. Hopes to have a meeting on it within the next several weeks.

Project approved (with the bike shelter).

Police Department ford Expedition purchase $35K. approved.

Noyes Center chimney and roof repair project $1.073 million. Related story.

Rainey questions the 5 percent preference for Evanston-based contractors. Says appears to discourage more competitive bids.

Paul D'Agostino of parks department says there was no Evanston preference on this project, because the project uses state funds.

Rainey says thinks should require local hiring, rather than a local contractor preference. Bobkiewicz says the issue is currently before the MWEBE committee and proposals should be coming to council soon.

Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons says city is also looking at simplifying information required of contractors to encourage more to bid on projects.

Roofing contract approved.

Sherman Plaza garage facade repairs for $274K. Approved.

Elevator inspection proposal withdrawn by staff for further review.

Post-debt issuance procedures manual .. approved.

Howard-Hartrey TIF surplus declaration … approved.

Sale of surplus property … approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:41 p.m.

Planning and development meeting to start about 7:52 p.m.

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