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.

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

One item on tonight's agenda (A 3.2) is a proposal to turn an unusally wide alley behind the Symphony nursing home into a city parking lot. We reported on that plan last month.

Meeting called to order at 6:12 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Payroll and bills approved.

A 3.1 – Increased funding for back-up building inspection and plan review services. Approved.

A 3.2 – Garnett Place right of way parking lot. Approved.

A 3.3 – Sole source purchase of street light poles and LED fixtures from PG-Enlighten, Inc. Related story. Approved.

A 3.4 – Trees 'R' Us contract for business district tree and stump removal. Approved.

A 3.5 – Material testing and inspection services contract change order #2. Approved.

A 3.6 – Computerized maintenance management system purchase from Data Transfer Solutions. Approved.

A 3.7 – Hiring contractual employee to implement the computerized maintenance management system. Approved.

A 3.8 – Insurance claims administration contract with Cannon Cochran Management Services. Approved.

A 3.9 – Porable generator purchass for service center and police/fire headquarters data centers. Approved.

A 3.10 – Contract renewal with Motorola for 911 center. Approved.

A 3.11 – Storefront modernization program $3K for 807 Howard — Dreamland Cleanwash Laundry. Appoved.

A 3.12 – 2017 City Council meeting schedule. Approved.

A 3.13 – Post bond issuance report. Accepted and placed on file.

A 3.14 – Renewal of service provider agreement with Presence Behavioral Health. Approved.

Alderman Brian Miller asks about interaction between this contract and one with Trilogy.

Sarah Flax, grants administrator, says they deal with a different set of clients — different referral agencies.

Says city departments would refer direct to Presence, whereas other agencies in community will be referring to Trilogy.

A 4 – Renewal of Hoffman House Catering contract for senior meal food programs. Approved.

A 5.1 through A 5.12 – General obligation debt property tax abatements. Approved.

A 6 – Increasing municipal parking tax from $25 to $35 per month. Approved.

Rickey Voss, says parking deck fees won't increase until February, but tax increase can be effective in January.

A 7 – Reducing speed limit on Dodge Avenue from 30 to 25 miles per hour. Approved.

Rainey moves to suspend the rules to give the change immediate effect.

A 8 – Adding parking restrictions on a portion of Brummel Street. Approved.

A 9 – Liquor license for Kabul House, 2424 Dempster St. Approved.

Restaurant owner says "thanks." 

APW 1 – Discussion item – Decibel level allowed from mechanical equipment.


Gary Gerdes, manager of building and services, says this covers AC units and similar equipment.

Says city had 55 decibel level in 2003 code. When adopted 2012 national code switched to 65 decibel level.

Says the increase actually doubles the noise level — because the measurement is on a logrythmic scale

Says background noise level in Evanston tends to be 48 to 49 decibel level.

Says there are alternative solutions to quiet units.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, says she favors the lower noise limit — says doesn't think aldermen understood the extent of the change in 2012.

Miller asks how many installations would be affected.

Gerdes says can't go back and change rules for units already installed.

Says have only gotten about three complaints.

Says some new residential units can meet the noise standard at the unit — measurement though for code, is actually made at the property line.

Meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.

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

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