Recap: City Council


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

The meeting is just getting underway at 11 p.m.

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

(What was expected to be the big item on tonight’s agenda, the 601 Davis development, was rejected in committee — so it won’t be discussed at this meeting.)

Public comment

One speaker objects to plans for the Rubie’s restaurant on Simpson Street.

Consent agenda

Items taken off the consent agenda ….

A 3.3 – Fountain Square engineering services contract change order … at request of Suffredin

A 3.5 – Divvy contract extension

P 1 – 710 Madison .. tabled in committe until Feb. 26 meeting.

P 4 – Rubie’s .. held in committee.

P 5 – 601 Davis … rejected in committee.

Consent agenda approved.

A 3.3 – Fountain Square engineering services contract change order

Suffredin says asked staff to seek an accomodation rom the firm, given the amount of business the city does with them.

Approved 8-1. Suffredin votes no.

A 3.5 – Divvy contract extension

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the city plans to work over the next 12 months to come up with a new plan with Divvy, or explore possible new vendors using dockless bike systems. Expects to have a proposal in time for the budget discussions this fall.

Braithwaite suggests holding off.

Bobkiewicz says NU isn’t ready to move forward with a dockless program now, and neither is the city. Says should continue to look at options. Says Divvy is proposing some changes. May be able to pick up some additional stations, because of Oak Park’s withdrawal. Also plans to look at improving east-west service.

Motion to hold for 30 days fails 6-3. (Braithwaite, Fleming and Fiske vote no

Motion to approve the contract approved 7-2 (Braithwaite and Fleming vote no.)

Executive session that was scheduled for tonight rescheduled to next Monday’s meeting.

Call of the wards

Wynne … ward meeting Thursday, Jan 25 at Lincoln School 7p.

Meeting adjourned at 11:49 p.m.



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