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.

Contracts for the new Robert Crown Community Center are among the items on tonight’s agenda.

The meeting was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. It’s now 6:10 p.m. and we’re still waiting for it to get underway.

Meeting called to order at 6:11 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Consent agenda

Includes payroll and other items A1 through A 6

A 3 – CAFR taken off consent agenda at request of Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward

Consent agenda approved.

Alderman Cicel Fleming, 9th Ward, is chairing the meeting.

Also present aldermen Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, and Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward.

A 3 – Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Hitesh Desai, CFO, does presentation on the CAFR.

Auditor from Sikish says the report is an unqualified one — the highest rating they provide.

Report is available online here.

A 7 – Construction manager services contract award for Crown Center to Bulley & Andrews. $47.7 million


A 8 – Contract amendment for Crown for construction dministration with Woodhouse Tinuci Architects.


A 9 – CTA memorandum of understanding for Purple Line modernization

Lea Mooney from CTA makes presentation.

Says much of the Purple Line infrastructure is nearly a century old.

Hope to improve customer experience and run longer and more frequent trains.

Looks like at least two years away from doing any design work on the Purple Line section.

Community Development Director Johanna Leonard says Davis Street Station is a hub for downtown, so using the Washington National TIF funds for the project. Says can justify improvements to accessibility at other stations because they all feed into the downtown Davis Street station.


A 10 – Smylie Brothers lease termination for Recycling Center

Fleming says it’s very disappointing for the city.

Suffreden says he thinks the amount to get out of the lease is too low. Wants to have a full discussion at the City Council meeting later tonight.

Rainey says this could have been a huge disaster if Smylie had bought the building and then had the business fail. (She wants to not do an immediate sale of the property to a new user.)


A 11 – Request for qualifications and proposals for Recycling Center

Rainey says doesn’t like the way the proposal is phrased — says it’s way off the charts — “doesn’t speak to me at all,” she says.

Leonard, the community development director, says it’s a revision of a previous RFQ/P document.

Rainey says she would prefer a lease-to-own approach

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says says just one page of the document requests information. Says looks for either lease or purchase option.

Suffredin says he’s OK with either lease or purchase options.


A 12 – Loading zone at 1007 Church


A 13 – Loading zone at 609 South Boulevard


Meeting adjourned at 6;51 p.m.

Planning and Developmetn Committee meeting to start at 7 p.m.

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