Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee

Parkway swings would be outlawed under an ordinance to be considered tonight.

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

Among the items on the committee's agenda are a grant to the Youth Job Center to improve career prospects for high school graduates and updates to an ordinance restricting what homeowners can do with the public parkway in front of their properties.

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

The meeting called to order at 6 p.m.

Consent agenda

Items A 6, mowing contrat, and A 12, computer camp contract, taken off consent agenda.

Consent agenda approved.

A 6 - Contract with Cleanslate Chicago for 2019 Mowing Services

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, asks why more local contractors didn't bid.

Paul D'Augustino of city staff says many local contrators were invited to bid, but didn't.


A 12 - Sole source agreement with Robothink, LLC, for youth robotic and coding classes

Braithwaite says need to spend more locally. (This vendor is from Lake Bluff.)

Lawrence Hemingway, parks director, says the city offers several programs and were bidding out all of them for local participation over a three year cycle, starting last year with athletics programs.

Says this company has a specialty on robotics. Says this program will be bid out last year.

Says city now does other STEM-based programing with local partners.

Alderman Cicely Flemng, 9th Ward, says the Evanston firm that Braithwaite was thinking of has gone out of business.


A 4 - Lovelance park tennis court rehab


A 10 - Purchase/lease of city vehicles


A 11 - Service provider agreement with YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Fleming says she's concerned about duplication of services, since city already provides similar services.

Says made commitment to not dismantle city's victim services program.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says city is extremely fortunate to have YWCA domestic violence services here

But are proposing to pay $75K for same thing already getting -- except for one or two shelter beds.

Says it they provide any services beyond what htey proposed in their CDBG proposal, city should pay for that, but shouldn't pay one nickle more for what they're already providing.

Health Director Evonda Thomas-Smith says now city doesn't have 24/7 coverage. Says YW has already committed one bed and will commit another.

Says city victim advocates now are often tied up in court. YW staff could fill in then and do additional training for police.

Karen Singer from the YW says will be hiring additional staff for the grant program.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says social services review is continuing through mid-year. Says this grant is for six months. After that will ask further direction from City Council in June or July.

Police Chief Demitrous Cook says need to have continued training and for police on domestic violence incidents.

Approved. Fleming votes no.

A 18 - Loan agreement with Police Chief Demitrous Cook

Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, asks whether same as fire chief agreement?

City manager says yes.

Suffredin asks whether program should be continued or eliminated or expanded?

Bobkiewicz says it's a mixed bag depending on real estate market. and what community and council thinks at the time.

Says response from police and firefighters when surveyed several years ago was that there was little interest in moving into town.

Braithwaite says makes sense for first responders. For most who work 9-5, it's not so importatn for the city.

Need to be clear on where the money would come from for such a program.

Bobkiewicz asks rental and home ownership?

Fleming says yes, both, for the survey.

Loan agreement for Cook approved.

Meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.

Planning and Development meeting to start at 7 p.m



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