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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.

The meeting is schedueld to begin at 5:45 p.m.

A packet with information on tonight's agenda items is available online, and a couple of late additions to the agenda can be found here.

Meeting called to order at 5:49 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Payroll approved.

Bills and credit cards approved.

Street light units 147 to upgrade the wattage of Tallmadge street lights from 85 to 165 watts on several blocks in CDBG areas. $59K to Elcast Lighting. Staff says it will take several months to get all of them installed using city staff. Approved.

Grant to Youth Organization Umbrella. Approved.

Free holiday parking in city garages ant Lot 60. Approved.

Commercial signs on sidewalks, amendment to existing rules to provide additional flexibility in positioning. Approved.

Increasing fines for snow emergency parking violations. From $45 to $55 for ticket and relocation fine from $105 to $150. Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, says will vote against it, says gouging people too much on this. Says need better system, make more allowance for seniors and people with disabilities.

Assistant Public Works Director Jim Maiworm says the increase was designed to come closer to covering city's costs Says using lots of techniques to try to inform people of the need to move.

Burrus says still need to be more responsive to residents need to help them out.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says lack of consistency in enforcement is a big problem — as are chronic abusers.

Rainey says shouldn't ticket people who park after the plows have come through.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says trying to alleviate complaints from residents — using text messaging and Twitter. Says agrees with Rainey about ticketing after streets plowed. Says plowing work has improved substantially over past few years.

Says if want to wait another year — can come back with report in spring.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says need to cover costs. Suggests going ahead with increases.

Vote is in favor of raising the fines 4-1.

Removing snow and ice from sidewalks. Rewriting ordinance. Doesn't change substance.

Burrus says need to work harder on volunteer program to help seniors and people with disabilities.

Rainey says doesn't think seniors are the big problem. Says have lot of volunteers. Says there are huge violators — young people — who just don't care enough to shovel their walks.

Approved 4-1, Burrus votes no.

Parking restrictions on Austin Street from Elmwood to Sherman. Approved.

New class M liquor license. Would permit home delivery of wine.

Kevin Ball, owner of  "In Grape Company" with business office at 828 Davis St. Plans to offer delivery service and consultation.

Sales be made in the store, then delivered to home. No wine being sold at parties at homes.

Ball says he expects to do $80K to $100K in business the first year, perhaps substantial growth later.

Says the business model is fairly well established in California, but new in this part of the country.

Host of events would get the wine at a discount.

Holmes says, it's a little like Mary Kay.

Approved.

Adopting new national model building codes. Approved.

General obligation bond issue .. .to reduce interest cost on existing debt. Approved.

Cancel liquor license for Pensiaro restaurant (closed for renovation). Approved.

Class B liquor license for Starbucks on Sherman Avenue. Approved.

Meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee meeting to start at 7:15 p.m.

Rainey announces plans to change start time for A&PW meeting to 6 p.m., starting two weeks from tonight.

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