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 meeting.

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

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

Minutes approved.

Payroll and bills approved.

A 3.1 – Post employment benefits report. Approved

A 3.2 – Contract with Capitol Cement for Howard Street signal and resurfacing project. Approved.

A 3. 3 – Contract with ESI Consultants for Howard construction engineering. Approved.

A 3.4 – J.A. Johnson paving contrat for MFT street resurfacing. Approved.

A 3.5 – Schroeder & Schroeder contract for 50/50 sidewalk replacement program. Approved.

A 3.6 – Change order with Bolder Contractors for Sheridan water main lining project. Approved.

A 3.7 – Rainbow Treecare arbortech fungicide purchase. Approved.

Paul D'Agostino head of the city's forestry operation, says the fungicide use has cut loss of elm trees to about 20 a year from 200 to 300 a year previously. The city, he says still has about 2,000 elm trees.

A 3.8 – JCS Industries contract for automated chlorine shut-off valves. Approved.

A 3.9 – Contract with Sebis Direct for utility bill printing and mailing. Approved.

A 3.10 – Sidewalk cafe for Beth's Little Bake Shop, 1814 Central St. Approved.

A 3.11 – Sister City relationship with Bentol City, Liberia.

Cost of sending two city staffers on a trip there is about $7.5K

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says why couldn't send just one person.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, asks "who's wonderful idea was this?"

Kimberly Richardson, assistant to the city manager, says the mayor of Bentol City has asked repeatedly for assistance.

Erika Storlie, deputy city manager, says they were interested in greenway maintenance issues. Says if not interested in funding now could just continue conversations.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says given the distance — couldn't there be some video produced that would be informative. Says sure could help in a million ways.

Can't see sending a fire truck or garbage truck to Liberia … though were able to do that or Belize.

Alderman Brian Miller, 9th Ward, asks what have done with existing sister city in Belize.

Rainey says thought had ended that relationship.

Holmes says Sam Hunter from fire department had been contact. Mark Muenzer, community development director, visited there on vacation.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says delegation from Belize visited Evanston one or two years ago.

Miller suggests amendment to cut the spending.

Holmes suggests moving it to full council to give them some input

Rainey says should recommend the sister city relationship — without the travel — but with some funding. Thinks the $7K could be spent better helping the other city.

So, as amended — to cut the travel funding — the proposal passes.

A 3.12 – Storefront modernization program grant $6.3K for 601 Dempster. Approved.

A 3.13 – Storefront modernization program grant $1.2K for 607 Howard. Approved.

A 4 – Lease of 50 parking spaces at the Church Street garage to Northwestern University. Approved.

A 5 – Prevailing wage resolution. Approved.

A 6 – Intergovermental agreement with Chicago for Howard regarding Howard repaving. Approved.

A 7 – Temporary construction easements for Howard repaving. Approved.

 A 8 – Plumbing code amendments. Approved for introduction.

A 9 – Sale of wine in 22 oz containers. Approved.

A 10 – Liquor license for Old Dixie Cafe, 811 Church. Approved with suspension of the rules. Hope to open in June.

A 11 – Liquor license for Terra and Vine, 1701 Maple.  Approved with suspension of the rules. Hope to open in August.

A 12 – Liquor license or The Whiskey Thief, 616 Davis. Approved with suspension of the rules. Hope to open as soon as license is issued.

A 13 – Liquor license for Table to Stix, 1007 Davis. Approved for introduction with suspension of the rules. (Restaurant is already open.)

A 14 – Liquor license for Cupitol Coffee and Eatery, 812 Grove. Approved.

A 15 – Liquor license for 1560 Oak Banquet Facilities (the Museum of Time and Glass). Banquet hall on top floor of the four-story building. Also will be roof garden and reception area on first floor. Owner says hope to be open by the end of the year. Approved.

A 16 – Decrease of liquor licenses or closing of Sips on Sherman, 1741 Sherman Ave. Approved.

Discussion items

APW 1 – Alley paving program.

Dave Stoneback, public works director, seeks OK to do three alleys … which would top budget allocated by about $129K.

Stoneback suggests using revenue from $200K in utility easements paid for by Northwestern University to provide the extra funds.

Committee members support doing that. Will be on City Council agenda for June 13 for approval.

APW 2 – Police Outpost 633 Howard

Good to Go has July 1 2017 lease termination

Rainey says have planned meeting with Straw Dog within next two weeks to try to clarify situation.

To be on June 13 council agenda.

Meeting adjourned.

Planning and Development Committee to meet at 7:15 p.m.

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