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Aldermen swept up in street sweeping details

Evanston aldermen Monday decided they wanted to devote more effort to managing proposed changes in the city’s street sweeping program, so they voted to schedule a special workshop session to dig into the dirty details.

Evanston aldermen Monday decided they wanted to devote more effort to managing proposed changes in the city’s street sweeping program, so they voted to schedule a special workshop session to dig into the dirty details.

Interim Public Works Director Suzette Eggleston proposed a variety of modifications to the program — mostly involving reducing the frequency of street sweeping on most streets where parking is permitted on both sides from every other week to every third week during the street-sweeping season that runs from April through November.

Eggleston said that would let the city reduce the number of street sweeping machines used from four to three, which would save $25,000 a year in maintenance and repair costs, as well as eventually avoiding the capital cost of buying a new sweeper.

But during the Administration and Public Works Committee meeting, several aldermen said they worried that some streets in their wards wouldn’t be clean enough under the new plan.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, also objected to Eggleston’s proposal to start street sweeping an hour earlier each day — at 8 a.m. rather than 9 a.m. — saying that would create a hardship for people who would have to move their cars earlier in the day, before they’d normally leave for work.

Under the plan one sided streets would see an increase in sweeping — from five to eleven times per year — and those streets would get new signs to permit parking on the side not being swept on street sweeping days. Currently motorists are barred from parking on those streets at all on the days that they are swept.

The plan also would continue the early morning sweeping each Monday of streets in the downtown business district.

The special meeting about street sweeping will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, in the aldermanic library at the Civic Center.

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