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 5:50 p.m.

Minutes approved. Payroll approved.

Information on tonight’s agenda items can be found online.

Contract with Standard Equipment Company for Street Sweeper Maintenance $34K. Approved.

Wirfs Industries maintenance contract for heavy fire apparatus. $95K. Approved.

Elevator maintenance contracts… OTIS elevator for $67K. ThyssenKrupp $38K. Both approved.ervices for $85K

Azteca Cityworks agreement $22K. Approved.

Auto liability and workers comp administration to Cannon Cochran Management Services for $85K. Approved.

Capital Improvement Plan Projects reimbursement resolution. (Measure designed to reduce total borrowing cost.) Approved.

Dempster traffic signal modernization engineering agreement. Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick of Elgin. 66K. Approved.

Various amendments to the motor vehicle code. Lets city issue citations for equipment violations under the state vehicle code. Lets them be treated as parking citations — and if there are enough — five or more total — the car could be booted. Approved.

Soliciting and Panhandling

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says allowing panhandling or soliciting until 9 p.m. is too late. Says should stop at 7 p.m. Moves that change. Burrus seconds.

Suggests city should provide a downloadable sign on the city website that people can use to say  “no soliciting.”

City Attorney Grant Farrar says panhandling is now barred after 4 p.m.

Suggests 7 p.m. limit for solicitation should be OK.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, asks what the fines would be for violations. Farrar says range is typically $50 through $500 if there’s not a specific fine set out in the ordinance.

Says also is some latitude for staying fines under certain circumstances.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, suggests 9 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (it already says 6 p.m. on Saturdays).

Farrar OK with that change.

Rainey asks whether license solicitors.

Farrar says current version doesn’t speak to licensing.

Committee approves the ordinance with the 6 p.m. end time for soliciting.

Discussion item

727-729 Howard – City Lit Project

Community and Economic Development Director Steve Griffin says met with City Lit reps again last week. Looking at issues regarding amusement tax, liquor tax, etc.

Says hopes to have good numbers to bring back to the City Council for a future meeting.

Rainey says at meeting fleshed out all of the activities the theater group performs — including an arts program for the Chicago Public Schools, and a Shakespeare program for girls.

Meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.

City Council meeting to start at 7 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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