Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee

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

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

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 p.m.

Minutes approved

Public comment

Four people speak in favor of postponing contract award for alley improvement because of concerns about environmental issues.

Four people from Canal Shores golf course say because of new MWRD agreement the golf course has a $100K hole in its $600K budget. Says were MWRD to demand full $259K payment, it would force Canal Shores into bankruptcy.

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Say Canal Shores had no notice from MWRD of the dispute over the golf course operation.

Debra Shore, from MWRD board, says the board appreciates the efforts of Canal Shores in caring for the land. Says what staff recommends is fair and will permit continued operation of the facility. Says MWRD has board meeting June 20 would like to approved the resolution then.

Attorney for Woman's Club of Evanston urges rejection of library lot purchase and sale agreement extension. Joined in that view by three Woman's Club leaders.

Consent agenda

Off consent ...

A5 - Refuse vehicle purchase

A11 - New class P5 liquor license

Rest of consent agenda approved.

A5 - Refuse vehicle purchase

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, asks about reasons for replacement. City staff says old vehicle is from 2008 and has had oer $409K in repairs.

Approved

A11 - New class P5 liquor license

Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, asks about hours.

City attorney says would be limited to light manufacturing zoning hours.

(The new ordinance class is being proposed. The would-be license is for the Ice House building on South Boulevard.)

Approved.

A 3 - Amazon credit card activity

Approved 4-0-1. Suffredin abstains

A4 - 2019 alley improvements contract with Capito Cement.

Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, says proposed alley in 5th Ward can't be improved this year because of engineering concern. Wants to have it replaced with another 5th Ward alley, rather than have all in the 2d Ward.

Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says proposal now is to do all the ones in the 2nd Ward this year and all of them in the 5th Ward next year.

Says the 5th Ward alley is now only 8 feet wide and are negotiating with ComEd to widen it to 16 feet.

Says there's a lot of other sewer work that needs to be done before any of the 5th Ward alleys can be done appropriatedly.

Stoneback says a green alley would cost 20 to 25 percent  extra and the soil conditions aren't appropriate for it at these sites.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, says some members of the environmental committee have participated in the discussions and were informed about the infeasible nature of doing green alleys. Says "I'm a big environmental fan but it's just not cost effective to do it in this neighborhood."

In response to question from Rue Simmons, Stoneback says doesn't believe can finish the job before school starts if delay the approval two weeks.

Contract award approved 5-0

A8 - Purchase and sale agreement extension for 1714-1720 Chicago Ave.

Approved 4-1. Suffredin votes no.

A9 - MWRD/Canal Shores agreement

Fleming says she has a hard time loaning the non-profit these fund. Says concerned that someone seems to have "dropped the ball" on this.

Approved 4-1. Fleming votes no.

A10 - New Class R1 Liquor license .. that would allow for alcoholic beverage sales at Welsh-Ryan arena

Approved 4-1. Suffredin votes no.

Meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee meeting to start at 7:20 p.m.

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