Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.

CTA officials discuss a  planned maintenance program on the CTA Purple Line.

Says last major upgrade as new rallroad ties installed in 1976. Says ties typically have a 25 year lifespan.

As a result about 16 percent of the line now is in “slow zone” status.

Will be working seven months this year to replace several thousand rail ties.

Will work overnight Sundays through Thursdays and during the day on the weekends. Will keep one track open. Says it will be noisy — sometimes like jackhammering — most of the time less noisy than that.

Will work south to north. In different zones will be a particular area for two to three months.

Says won’t be working in July — peak summer heat — because that’s not good for doing the work — and also means more disruption for neighbors when they would be most likely to have their windows open..

Says can manage to replace a tie in just a minute, when working at peak performance.

Shows pictures of various equipment to be used.

Are adjusting the work window so that noisiest equipment will be used between 9 p.m. and midnight, rather than the early morning hours.

Will be details on the city website about construction schedule.





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

SunGard Public Sector license renewal $73K. Approved.

3 Point Athletics golf instruction program contract $22K approved.

Green Bay Road landscape maintenance contract approved.

Tree purchase contract approved

Fire hydrant purchase approved.

Vehicle purchases approved.

Motorcycle lease agreement approved.

Purchase of 500 tons of hot mix asphalt approved.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says she’s concerned about severe potholes with all the recent rains.

Release of closed session meeting minutes and destruction of audio recordings of certain closed meetings. Both approved.

Bridge Street bridge engineering services agrement and easement with MWRD approved.

Davis Street sewer agreement with MWRD approved.

The Keg liquor license rescinded. Approved.

Central Street Cafe liquor licenses rescinded because business closed. Approved. Rainey notes that facade improvement grant to the cafe will be repaid to the city, because it closed before conclusion of the operating period to qualify for the grant.

Farmhouse Evanston liquor license for 703 Church St., in Orrington Hotel. Approved. (Plan to suspend rules to give final approval at full City Council meeting tonight.)

Alley paving project  north of Madison, east of Sherman. Approved.

Meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.

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

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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