Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee

A new recycling program is up for consideration tonight.

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

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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

Our streaming video of the session is here.

Update 6:10 pm.: We're still waiting for the meeting to get underway.

Update 6:24 p.m.: Still waiting.

Meeting called to order at 6:25 p.m. Chair, Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, is still absent, but there's a quorum of 3 of the 5 committee members.

Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, acting as temporary chair.

Minutes approved.

Payroll and bills approved.

A 3.1 - Fuel purchase from Gas Depot Oil. Approved.

A 3.2 - Tire purchases from Wentworth Tire Service. Approved.

A 3.3 - Tire repair service from Wentworth. Approved.

A 3.4 - Fire equipment repair contract with Global Emergency Products. Approved.

A 3. 5 - Howard Theatre construction services contract. Skipped.

A 3.6 - Contract for west plant water filter study with Carollo Engineers. Approved.

(Alderman Rainey arrives.)

A 3.7 - Harris Computer Systems contract renewal. Approved.

(Rainey takes over as chair.)

Return to item skipped ...

A 3.5 - Howard Theatre construction contract with Structures Construction LLC for $1.385 million

Lara Biggs of Public Works Agency says city staff has been working for over a year to develop design for the project.

Says city got nine bids for the project, and there was about a 35 percent spread in the bid amounts -- which, she says, is fairly typical.

Suffredin asks what total costs would be. Biggs says there's an asbestos related contract and about $157K in architectural services.

Tie vote. Suffredin and Fleming vote no. Goes to council without comittee recommendation.

A 3.8 - Sewer flow monitoring contract with ADS Environmental Services. Approved.

A 3.9 - Great Lakes Recycling ... Simple Recycling contract for collction of soft recyclables.

Joan Farrell of Goodwill Industries says Goodwill uses the same recycling objects. Says Goodwill is non-profit and returns items to the community.

Says their Evanston store inventory comes from Evanston and surrounding communities and that those donations are essential to operating here.

Says have 45 employees at Evanston store, 17 of them from Evanston.

Suffredin asks whether use just "good stuff" or the "junk."

Ferrell says Goodwill sells about 65 percent of what it receives and recycles the rest on the secondary market

Says Goodwill can't afford to pick up material curbside.

Fleming says she shares concerns for Goodwill and other charities.

Paul Gardner a contractor for Simple Recycling, says about half of their material is recycled here and rest is sold overseas.

Says 85 percent of used clothing ends up in the garbage now.

Notes that material turned over to Simple Recycling doesn't get the people a tax deduction ... which turning over to charities would do.

Committee votes 3-1 against the proposal. Only favorable vote from Suffredin.

A 3.10 - Water plant sludge disposal contract. Approved.

A 3.11 - Oxcart Permit Systems contract for online oversize truck permits. Approved.

A 3.12 - Revision to street sweeping schedule. Approved.

A 3.13 - Water plan reliability improvemnts contract change order. Approved.

A 3.14 - Dempster beach office change order #5. Approved.

A 3.15 - Church Street south pier reconstruction change order. Approved.

A 4 - Memorandum of understanding between the city ant the Morton Grove/Niles Water Commission.

Resident Junad Rizki claims the plans aren't well done. Says nobody seems to know what the cost for the park will be.

Dave Stoneback, public works agency director, says cost for demo expected to be substantially more -- perhaps $250K -- what's in the proposal tonight is just the engineering study for the demolition.


A 5 - Release of certian closed session minutes. Approved.

A 6 - Appointment of interim chief financial officer and interim treasurer (Ashley King). Approved.

A 7 - Updating authorized signatories for city funds. For introduction and action. Approved.

A 8 - One-way traffic around Willard Elementary School. Approved.

A 9 - Permits for Excessive Weight and Size. Approved for introduction and action.

A 10 - City code amendment to include civil restitution. Approved.

Would have to be ordered by a circuit court judge in Skokie.

A 11 - Decrease liquor licenses for Yahala Inn (which has closed). Approved. 

A 12 - Increase liquor licenses ... for Good to Go.

Rainey says the owners have done a magnificent renovation of their new building at 711 Howard.

She recommends giving immediate approval. Approved.

A 13 - Increase liquor licenses ... for Target at 1616 Sherman. Approved.

A 14 - Speed limit reduction on Ridge from 30 to 25 mph. For introduction and action. Approved.

APW1 - discussion item on sidewalk inquiries held for the March 12 meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee meeting to start in 10 minutes.

As a result of the adverse committee vote, the contract proposal died without advancing to the full City Council for a vote.



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