Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee

Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight'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 6:12 p.m.

A 3.1 – Water plant valuation 

$39K contract with  Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City. Required every five years under contract with Northwest Water Commission. Kevin Lookis of water department says it appears Morton Grove and Niles are moving toward buying water from Evanston. Two Evanston officials are meeting with officials in Park Ridge tonight to discuss whether that community wants to buy Evanston water as well. The valuation helps determine the rate that Evanston can charge its other municipal customers for water. Approved.

Payroll and bills. Approved.

A 3.2 – Central Street Streetscape project. $1.1 million contract to A Lamp Concrete Contractors. Includes filling in a vault under the sidewalks. Approved.

A 3.3 – Baker Park renovation. $494K contract with Elanar Construction. Approved.

A 3.4 – Financial advisor services contract with Public Financial Management $20K. Approved.

A 3.5 – Parking Access and Revenue Control System with Automated Parking Technologies LLC. $1.34M. 

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, complains that plan doesn't include option for drivers to use credit card to enter and exit garage. Could add $40K to $45K to the cost of the project.

Committee votes to hold the issue for two weeks to get firm pricing on that extra functionality. (It already exists in the Sherman Plaza Garage.)

A 4 – Church Street Boat Ramp Improvement Project. Vote to use city contingency funds in place of a $200K state grant that has been cancelled. Contract for the project already has been awarded.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says funding for several other state-funded projects is now in doubt because of the lack of a state budget.


A 5 – Easement agreement for The Barn Investment LLC

Approved. Related story. Restaurateur Amy Morton says the building was constructed sometime between 1883 and 1893 as a delivery stable or the Bordon Milk company. She says the building has been vacant, or just used for storage, since the laate 1920s. Says she hopes to open the restaurant next February. Hasn't determined what the menu will be yet.

A 6 – Extending electric franchise agreement with ComEd. Five year extension approved.

A 7 – Civil Service Commission rules amendments. Approved.

A 8 – Liquor sales in 22-ounce containers for consumption offsite. (Applies to Smylie Bros. Other breweries in town already have permission to do that.) Approved.

A 9 & A 10 – Transfer of liquor license to new corporate entity at The Merion. Approved. (Explained as ownership change from father to son.)

A 11 – Liquor license for Hyatt House hotel under construction at 1515 Chicago Ave. Hope to open in first quarter of 2016. Approved.

A 12 – Liquor license for La Principal at 700 Main St. Approved.

A 13 – Liquor license for Giorrdano's at 1527 Chicago Ave. Approved.

A 14 – Liquor license for 800 Degrees Pizzeria at 812 Church St. Approved.

A 15 & A 16 – Change of liquor license class for Cheesie's Pub & Grill, 622 Davis St. Approved (but not placed on consent agenda so can get more details on the change).

Discussion of cannabis tax budget allocation — postponed until next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m.


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