Recap: City Council


Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin shortly after the Planning and Development Committee meeting ends.

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

The aldermen tonight are scheduled to create a working group to review policies and procedures for citizen complaints about the Police Department.

The Human Services Committee earlier this month recommended creation of a committee with no more than nine members to report back to the HSC with its proposals in six to nine months.

Meeting called to order at 8:37 p.m.

Mayor Hagerty praised EFD, EPD and NUPD for a safe Dillo Day on Saturday. Related story.

Hagerty proclaims National Public Works Week.

City Manager announced awards to employees with 20 or more years of service.

Mayor Steve Hagerty and Public Works Agency Director Dave Stoneback with Jim Nelson, marking 30 years of service in the Public Works Agency. One of numerous employees honored this evening.

City Clerk Devon Reid says he’s working to set up live streaming of City Council meetings on Facebook. Also announces that clerk’s office is open until 7 p.m.

Public Comment

Karen Courtright complains about small size of proposed police working group. Wants “over-policed” communities to be over-represented on the committee.

Madelyn Ducre says should be changes in ethics board. Says happy that will soon get signs back up for Butler and Twiggs parks.

Tina Paden complains about high school constructed-home that’s to be placed next to a property she owns at 1507 Emerson. Says one of the previous ones looks like a trailer. Says neighbors should have been notified about the project.

Bobby Burns says there’s community concern about who’s going to appoint members of the police complaint review working group. Says if it looks like an extension of the police department investigation, community won’t be impressed with that.

Betty Ester of Citizen Network of Protection says many communty members are deeply frustrated and concerned about the police review process. Say means the process won’t be independent of political and law enforcement influence. Says CNP has been working to change policies for eight years.

Carlis Sutton says citizens should have opportunity to participate in negotiations for new police union contract. Also urges scattered site locations for affordable housing — not concentrating it in the 5th Ward.

Consent agenda

Taken off the consent agenda …

A 2 … The bills list (because of Suffredin lobbying work for Amazon in Springfield … city makes various small purchases through Amazon)

A 3.4 … parking pay station purchase …  off consent at request of Alderman Braithwaite

P 3 … 1726 Hinman Ave. landmark designation … held until June 12 meeting.

H 2 .. Citizen Complaint Working Group proposal … off consent at request of Alderman Fiske.

Consent agenda approved.

Bills approved (with Suffredin abstaining)

A 3.4 – Parking pay stations

Alderman Braithwaite asks for more information on costs of parking meter repairs. (City manager promises to provide that soon.)

Purchase approved unanimously.

H2 – Citizen complaint working group

Alderman Fiske says goal is to provide a venue to establish trust with the citizenry. Says she’s heard from number of citizens that need to have committee reflect the communities most impacted — says is sure mayor will do that — doesn’t want to have anybody feel their excluded.

Alderman Fleming agrees with Fiske that its an opportunity for trust and transparency.

Alderman Revelle says need a special application form for this group.

Approved unanimously.

Call of the wards

Fleming … two ward meetings this week … Thursday night at Chute … Saturday morning at Pope John

Fiske … ward meeting June 6 at EPL … discussing downtown development. Makes referral to P&D committee regarding  developing vision for donwotnown and codifying it in zoning ordinance … references disparities between downtown plan and the zoning code.

Braithwaite … Penny Park dedication Saturday at noon.

Rue Simmons … June 15 7p ward meeting at Gibbs Morrison.

Suffredin … Lovelace Park ward party in late June.

Revelle … Thursday community meeting in Parasol Room 6:30 p.m. about the Central Street bridge reconstruction project.

Rainey … Howard reconstruction meeting at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Civic Center

Meeting adjourned at 9:46 p.m.


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