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.
Meeting called to order at 6:05 p.m.
Minutes approved. Payroll and bills approved.
A 3.1 – Purchase of 30 Taser units. $60K
Deputy Chief James Pickett says about half the officers have been trained in Taser use so far. Says the chief wants to have all officers have them available, so they have "an additional tool" available.
Says Tasers will be camera-equipped so there'll be a recording of the incident for later review.
Aldermen Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, and Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, note that there is a balance left in the narcotics seizure reserve account after this purchase. They suggest purchasing cameras that could be used for surveillance of crime hotspots.
Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons says the funds might also help pay for body cameras for the police.
Taser purchase approved.
A 3.2 – Tennis instruction contract renewal with E-Town Tennis, Inc.
A 3.3 – Sewer rehab contract with Insituform Technologies. $192K.
A 3.4 – Accela support contract renewal. $128K.
A 3.5 – Auditing services, four year contract with Sikich LLP. $348K + $10K for CAFR.
Assistant Manager Marty Lyons says the new firm does 40 municipalities in Illinois, including others the size of Evanston.
Says fee for this year is less than than last year's cost.
Lyons says have been happy with existing auditor, but under council policy has to change firms every few years to get a fresh look at audit issues.
A 4 – Easement agreement with 1571 Maple Avenue LLC
The easement is to install underground foundation caissons for the 12-story apartment building in the public right of way.
A 5 – Appointment of Eleanor Revelle as 7th Ward alderman.
Approved. Chair Brian Miller, 9th Ward, notes that Revelle is out of town and will take office at the 4th Monday meeting of February.
A 6, A 7 – Advanced Disposal settlement
Braithwaite and Holmes move to hold the proposal in committee until after there's time to get community feedback. So it's held.
A 8 – Repeal of waste transfer station fee ordinance and new host community fee with Advanced Disposal
Also held until next A&PW meeting, on Monday, Feb. 8
Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.