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

The meeting is scheduled to begin shortly after 9 p.m.

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

One of the items on tonight’s agenda, item A6, is a plan for the city to lease the former Shore Services property at 2525 Church St. from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for use as a new city park.

Meeting called to order at 9:07 p.m. Alderman Wilson and Fleming are absent tonight.

Public comment

Tina Paden complains that Airbnb properties (in single family homes) wouldn’t have to pay higher rental property tax rates.

Consent agenda

Items off consent agenda….

A10 – Brummel Steet Parking … addressed at last meeting

P1 – 710 Madison vacation rental held in committee

P3 – C1a zoning changes … held in committee

P4 – 601 Davis … tabled to date certain, Jan. 22

Items taken off consent

A 3.4 – Line of credit

Suffredin says he plans to vote against it.

Fiske also votes no.

Approved 5-2.

Call of the wards

Various “Happy New Year” comments

Wynne … Asks staff to develop a “bird-friendly” ordinace for new buildings. Bobkiewicz suggests making reference to Environment Board.

Rue Simmons … Congratulates Bishop Carlos Murray of Faith Temple on 61 years of service.

New 5th Ward meeting place… G300 in Civic Center … says will have bus service from Jacob Blake and Primm Towers.

Makes reference regarding micro-bus service from transit stations. Suggests Phoenix has partnered with Lyft.

Council votes to go into executive session.

Public meeting adjourned at 9:41 p.m.


Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.