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.

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

Meeting called to order at 6:05 p.m.

Consent agenda approved. The body camera purchase was approved on the consent agenda. Related story.

A 9 – Amazon credit card activity. Approved.

A 10 – MWRD grant application.

Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says indication is that grant was favored for low income areas.

Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, says he understands that preference was community-wide, not necessarily for a particular neighborhood — so why not do some other alleys instead.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says the recommended alleys in her neighborhood would likely never get paved without a grant — extremely low income areas bordered on one side by land owned by public agencies that can’t be assessed for the cost. Says was pleased to see these had been chosen for the grant. Says there are prejudices against certain parts of the city getting benefits like this.

Suffredin says the staff choice was made under a misunderstanding of the rules.

Stoneback says will have more options for the alley choices in time for tonight’s full City Council meeting.

Issue is advanced to council for decision tonight.

A 11 – Small wireless facilities regulation. Approved.

A 12 – Vacation of land on Church east of Florence. Approved.

Public Comment

Junad Rizki complains about delays in Fountain Square project. Says not enough city staff to run construction projects.

Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

Planning and Development meeting to start at 7 p.m.




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