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Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee

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Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting. Aldermen are scheduled to approve a variety of proposals, including an engineering services contract for improvements to Main Street between Maple and Hinman Avenues.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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

Meeting called to order at 6:07 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Consent agenda … approved ex 10cept for Kamen Park item, removed at the request of Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward.

A 10 – Kamen Park.

Lawrence Hemingway, parks director, says cost to the city is about $18,000. Donation from Ridgeville Park District to provide $12K.

Approved

A 3 – Amazon credit card activity.

Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, says happy to see the charges going down. But says still seeing items that aren’t on the city’s approved list.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the bills are from before the policy went into effect Sept. 1.

A 4 – Third Quarter financial report

Hitesh Desai, finance director, says budget is in stable condition ending the 3rd quarter.

Report accepted and placed on file

A 5 – Contract with Patrick Engineering for engineering services for the Main Street improvement project.

Lara Biggs, city engineer, says covers the Main/Chicago business district from Maple to Hinman. Replace sidewalks, repaving street. Replacing aging street lights, some traffic signals to be updated, making ADA compliant.

Says may be able to get grants for the project, but need additional detail in the proposal to do that.

Likely construct the improvements in 2021.

Approved

A 7 – Comcasst franchise extension

Erika Storlie, assistant city manager, says the city has contracts with Comcast, RCN and AT&T. This is a six-month extension while the city continues negotiation on a longer-term agreement.

Approved.

A 12 – Lease agreement with Northwest Center Against Sexual Abuse

Office space in the civic center $577.50/month

Braithwaite moves to give immediate final approval

Approved.

APW 1 – Pace North Shore Garage Bus Parking Expansion

Quad Indoor Sports wants additional parking — to get it need to work out a property exchange between Pace Bus and the city.

Owner says growing facility needs more parking.

Has about 72 parking spaces now. Hopes to increase it by 50 or 60 spaces with the new plan.

Wants to do a 17,000 square foot swap. Pace would get land that’s now west of Mount Trashmore in James Park. The city would get land to the north of the existing Quad Sports property.

Alderman Fleming asks who will pay the cost of the parking space and what’s the use of the space now.

Bobkiewicz says the park area involved is very little used. Says haven’t sorted out the cost issues yet. Would get into that if the council wants to move forward.

Alderman Rainey says she favors the proposal.

Consensus is to move forward with negotiations.

Meeting adjourned at 6:56 p.m.

 

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