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Recap: City Council

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Here’s a recap of our live coverage ofl this evening’s Evanston City Council meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:25 p.m.

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

Items up for consideration tonight include plans for a new theater on Howard Street, contracts to rebuild Fountain Square and Northwestern University’s purchase of the 1840 Oak office building.

Meeting called to order at 7:31 p.m.

All alderman except Braithwaite are present.

Mayor announces results of youth jobs fair Saturday.

Alderman Don Wilson shows off some of the decorated mini-basketballs that were part of a city-sponsored public arts project at local restaurants Sunday evening after Northwestern’s basketball team was selected to participate in the NCAA tournament for the first time ever.

Presentation on Transit Planning 4 All Survey.

Public Comment

Mike Vasilki requests independent review of Howard Street theater project. Says city needs an independent watchdog.

Junad Rizki suggests it would create a conflict of interest issue to have a mayor who’s on the board of directors at First Bank & Trust, which now has agreements to handle some deposits for the city.

Madeline Ducre raises questions about police searches and related issues.

Consent agenda

Miller requests removal of bills from the consent agenda.

Miller requests removal of Howard Theater architectural services from consent agenda.

Fiske requests removal of NU voluntary annual payments agreement. from consent agenda.

Miller requests removal of Howard Theater lease from consent agenda.

Consent agenda approved.

Bills … Miller votes not to approve the bill from Evanston Now. 

Wilson says he’s seen objectionable comments in a variety of publications Says looks forward to having a conversation … which is expected at a Rules Committee meeting on April 10, 

A 6 – Howard Theater lease… approved 7-1. Miller votes no.

A 3.13 – Howard Theater architectural services … approved 7-1. Miller votes no.

A 3.15 – NU payments. Fiske says should be in perpetuity. Says doesn’t see any City Council vote to release the property from the Research Park agreement. Farrar says he’s negotiating those issues with the university.

Approved unanimously

City Manager says street sweeping rules are suspended through Wednesday. Says forecasts for snow tonight are anywhere from a trace to seven inches. There’s no snow emergency or snow route parking ban in effect for this evening.

Call of the wards

Holmes… 5th Ward mtg Thursday 7p at Fleetwood.

Revelle … Evanston Community Habitat project meeting, 7p Wednesday in Parasol Room … bird habitat along North Shore Channel

Rainey … 8th Ward 7p tomorrow Levy Center … James Park lawsuit and other topics.

Meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.

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