Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee

Garden Park is due for a redesign. (Google Maps)

Here's a recap of our live coverage of this evening's Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting. Key items on the agenda include buying new pay terminals to replace parking meters and a design contract to renovate Garden Park

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

A packet with information on the agenda items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 5:58 p.m.

Items removed from consent agenda:

A 3 - Amazon credit cards.

A 5 - Public Safety pension funds actuarial report.

A 7 - Garden Park renovation architectural services contract.

A 9 - Tree planting contract.

A 11 - Supplemental plan review contract.

A 16 - Martial arts program contract at Levy Center.

A 19 - Moran Center professional services agreement.

Consent agenda approved at 6:10 p.m.

Items removed from or not on consent agenda ...

A 3 - Amazaon credit card charges. Approved. Suffredin abstains.

A 5 - Pension report

Hitesh Desai, city treasurer, notes three rate of return assumptions contained in the report.


A 7 - Garden Park renovation

Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, voices concern about public parking in the area.

Contract approved.

A 9 - Tree planting contract.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, asks about funding. Told its typically split into two parts -- spring and fall.

Contract approved.

A 11 - Supplemental plan review contract


A 13 - Parking station lease-to-own agreement

Braithwaite asks about payment plan. Erika Storlie, assistant city manager, says vendor will be paid from revenue generated by the pay stations.

Says it's about the same amount of money as the city paid for parking meters that have lasted about five years. New pay stations are expected to last 15 to 20 years.


A 24 - Dissolution of Washington National Tax Increment Financing District


A 25 - Agreement with CTA


A 16 - Martial Arts program contract

Braithwaite says there are many martial arts studios in town -- contract is with firm in Wilmette.  Asks why?

Parks Director Lawrence Hemingway says city put out request for proposals. It went out to every martial arts program in Evanston. Only got one qualified response.


A 19 - Moran Center contract

Braithwaite says state acted to have records automatically expunged. Asks why still have to fund expungement program.

Patrick Keenan Devline, of Moran Center, says the automatic expungement bill approved by the legislature only applies to juveniles. Says a different law, regarding sealing records, only applies to adults. Says as a result center is actually getting more requests to deal with.


Discussion item

Braithwaite asks for more information about outstanding fines ... what the breakdown is between residents and non-residents.

Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.


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