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 begin at 6 p.m.

Among the items on tonight’s agenda is approval of a new contract with the city’s AFSCME-represented employees. The two-year contract provides at 2.75 percent wage increase retroactive to June 26 of this year and a 3 percent wage increase for 2018. It also includes some reductions in health insurance costs for the city.

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

Meeting called to order at 6:01 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Payroll and bills approved.

A 3.1 – Pure Technologies contract for large diameter water mains inspection. $579K.

Public Works Agency Director Dave Stoneback says this project includes inspecting the 48 inch main that delivers water to all customers from the water plant (except for the Northwest Water Commission).


A 3.2 – Anthracite purchase from Carbonite Filter Corporation $23K Approved.

A 3.3 & A 3.4 – Rock salt sale to School Districts 65 and 202. Approved.

A 3.5 – GovSense and NetSuite-Oracle purchase of rental registration and inspection software. Approx $22K per year with an $18.5K one-time implementation, customization and training cost.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says if this works like it’s supposed to it will be spectacular, “like a dream come true.”


A 4 – Collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME.


A 5 – City open data policy adoption


A 6 – Grant for senior meal program at Levy and Fleetwood


A 7 – Franchise with Collective Resources Inc. for food scrap disposal


Several liquor license items ….

A 8 & A 9 – License change for new owner of Jilly’s Cafe … same Class D license.

Approved for introduction and A8 for action.

A 10 – Class C liquor license for Rock n’ Ravioli at 1012 Church St.

Approved for introduction and action.

A 11 – Amendment of to code to allow Class C liquor licenses to sell alcohol to registered hotel guests

Still couldn’t take the booze outside the hotel.

T.J Callahan, owner of Farmhouse restaurant in the Orrington Hotel explains that the hotel has dropped its own restaurant and bar service for lunch and dinner hours and he wants to be able to pick up the service to provide room service liquor service to hotel guests.

Approved for action.

A 12 & A 13 – Switch Farmhouse license from Class D to Class C.

Approved for introduction

A 14 – Decreasing liquor license due to closure of Sam’s Chicken & Ribs, 1639 Orrington.

Approved for introduction and action. 

A 15 – Prohibiting parking at certain times on Kedzie Street

Alderman Rainey objects to this proposal. Says Evanston residents should be allowed to park there. Says if you live three miles from the beach you can’t walk there.

Alderman Robin Rue Simmons says she agrees with Rainey.

Fleet Manager Rickey Voss says this would make it consistent with the rest of the lakefront — barring parking after 9 p.m. in the summer and after 11 p.m. the rest of the year.

Rainey says she doesn’t object to the 11 p.m. closing — but people should be able to park on the street when the parks are open.

Vote is unanimous against the proposal.

A 16 – Resident parking only provision for Sheridan Square

Voss says have been concerns about illegal activity along the beach there.

78 spaces would be available all day to anybody, but 22 spaces would be restricted on the east side of the street for neighborhood residents for 24 hours a day.

Rainey says should charge people $60 a month if they want that.

Vote is unanimous against the proposal.

Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

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

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