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 start 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.

Public Comment

Mike Vasilko objects to hiring city manager search firm, the expansion of the Howard-Ridge TIF and the bond issue for Chiaravalle Montessori School … among other things.

Consent calendar

Off consent …

GovHR USA contract for city manager search … at request of Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward.

Regulation of Collection Boxes …. off at Request of Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward

Also off … Purchses of Goods and Services and Sale f Surplus Property … both t request of Fleming.

GovHR USA contract for city manager search 

Suffredin says he wants to interview other firms.

Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, and Suffredin and Fleming all vote no.

Motion fails 3-2

Rainey says GovHR is by far the most blue-ribbon organization in municipal search, and they’re reasonably priced.

Regulation of Collection Boxes

Ike Ogbo says change clarifies language regarding where collection boxes can be located.


Purchases of Goods and Services

Increase limit at which City Council approval is required form $20K to $25K.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, says it would have only eliminated council approval for three items in past year.


Sale of Surplus Fleet Vehicles

Fleming asks whether sedans might be sold to city staff.

Fleet manager says could look into the idea.

Rue Simmons says should consider that for pickup trucks as well, that could be used by small businesses.

Sale approved.

Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee to start at 6:45 p.m.

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