Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee


Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Adiminstration and Public Works Committee meeting at which aldermen are scheduled to vote on a contract award to begin engineering work for upgrades to Green Bay Road from McCormick Boulevard to Isabella Street.

The committee also has more than 30 other items on its agenda. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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

(Your reporter is under the weather with a cold, so to avoid spreading my disease around the press table, I’m watching the meetings from home. That also means there’ll be no live video streams tonight from Evanston Now.)

Meeting called to order at 6:10 p.m.

Public Comment

Cariis Sutton speaks in favor of making gym floor repairs at Fleetwood Jourdain gymnasium.

Mike Vasilko says the city wastes tens of millions of dollars each year. Says would like to see that money spent on reparations and affordable housing instead.

Minutes approved

Bills approved.

Consent agenda

A13 — Green Bay Road engineering .. off consent at request of Alderman Cicesly Fleming, 9th Ward.

A23 – Paid parking on South Boulevard … off consent at request of Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward.

Consent agenda … with those exclusions … approved.

Items for consideration

A13 — Green Bay Road engineering

Fleming asks why this project chosen to substitute for the delayed Central Street Bridge project

Sat Nagar, says it was the best project available to qualify for potential grant funding next year.


A23 – Paid Parking on South Boulevard (Chicago Avenue to the driveway at 516 Souith Boulevard.

Suffredin asks why this being done for business on the corner — when he could rent monthly spaces in a nearby off-street parking lot.

Says he doesn’t think should add metered spaces when there’s already available parking on the block.

Fleming says should prevent commuters from parking for free there and around other transit stops.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says she’s not crazy about meters, but the proposal would solve a problem.

Approved. 4-1. Suffredin votes no.

A3 – Amazon credit card activity.

Approved 4-0-1. Suffredin abstains.

A4 – Single Audit Report for fiscal year ending 12/31/18

(Available on city website). Approved

A8 – Emegency repair work on Vactor Truck #954


A14 – Fleetwood gym floor investigation project contract

Suffredin asks whether contractor could be held responsible.

Lara Biggs, city engineer, says its possible, but seems its from natural causes.

Suffredin asks what revenue the city makes from renting out the Fleetwood gym.

Lawrence Hemingway, parks director, says will have to research that. Currently can’t rent out the gym.

Rue Simmons says the problem has cancelled FAAM basketball, community rollerskating and other programming. Significant loss. Wants the contract approved.


A17 – Change order with Central Rug and Carpet for Fleetwood interior renovation.


A25 – Creation of small business parking permits for business owners in Main-Dempster Mile @ $50/month

Suffredin says should require that owners pay wheel tax equivalent, if the car isn’t registered in Evanston.

Amendment approved.

Ordinance approved.

A30 – Amend city code to permit E-bikes and implement bike share company regulations

Jessica Hyink, transportation and mobility coordinator says there are three classes

  • Pedal-assisted at up to 20 mph.
  • Throttle drive at up to 20 mph.
  • Pedal-assisted at up to 28 mph.

Regulations set by Consumer Safety Protection Act, compliant e-bikes are not considered motor vehicles. E-bikes, under state law, are not allowed to operate on sidewalks.

Says staff is attempting to make city regulations match the current state law.


A32 – Hotel tax due date change

(To match other home rule taxes.)

Approved for introduction and action.

Discussion item

APW1 – Crossing Guard Policy Discussion

Fleming says District 65 hasn’t contributed to the cost of the guards. ETHS does pay for its guards.

Erika Storlie, interim city mananager, say about five area cities split the cost with their schools.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, suggests adding it to the city-school liaison committee agenda.

Meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

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


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