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Recap: City Council

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Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council meeting at which the aldermen are scheduled to consider plans to build a 13-story office building on a city-owned parking lot in the 1700 block of Chicago Avenue.

The meeting will begin shortly after the conclusion of the Planning and Development Committee meeting.

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


Update 8:05 p.m.: Because the Planning and Development Committee voted to hold the Chicago Avenue office building proposal in committee until Feb. 11, that item will not be discussed at City Council this evening.


Meeting called to order at 8:10 p.m.

Mayor Steve Hagerty thanks public works agency for hard work on clearing snow. Notes extremely low temperatures expected tomorrow through Thursday. Encourages people to stay inside.

Mentions prominent exhibit at the Block Museum and Black History Month coming up in February.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says didn’t get much interest in the city’s offer of financial assistance for federal employees, got four inquiries, but no applications.

Says snow route parking ban tonight and and snow emergency parking again tomorrow.

Says Public Works Agency has been doing a great job of snow cleanup after about 6 inches of snow fell.

Notes NU will be closed from 8 p.m. tomorrow through noon on Thursday. YMCA will close its main facility on Wednesday. D65 and D202 to decide tomorrow about whether to close on Wednesday.

Says anticipates extra work for water crews because of extreme cold weather.

Says may close some Parks and Recreation facilities, but have others open. Details once schools announce their plans.

Fire Chief Brian Scott mentions several cold weather tips ..

City manager mentions that residents can call 311 for information and assistance.

City Clerk Devon Reid recaps proposal for a voter initiative process.

Public Comment

Albert Gibbs, reacting to settlement of the Crosby case, says Evanston police are thugs and need to be psychologically tested monthly.

Consent agenda

Off consent agenda …

A 3 – Amazon credit card activity

A 9 – Sherman Plaza garage lighting upgrade

P2 – 2626 Reese …. held in committee until Feb. 11.

P 4 – 1714 Chicago Ave. office building … held in committee until Feb. 11.

P 5 – 1945 Jackson vacation rental … defeated in committee.

Consent agenda approved. 8-0 (Fleming left to deal with an emergency.)

A 3 – Amazon credit card activity. Approved 7-0, Suffredin abstains

A 9 – Sherman Plaza garage lighting upgrade.

Fiske asks what else has to come out of this budget.

City Manager Bobkiewicz says a portion of this will be reimbursed by the condo association. Says it’s a needed project. Says cameras will be the other cost in this budget this year. 

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says the garage needs to be lighted and thinks need to move forward.

Approved 7-1. Suffredin votes no.

Call of the wards

Rainey … neighborhood meeting Feb 5 at Peckish Pig … variety of issues. Says public works has done a fabulous job on snow. Says concerned many pipes will freeze in the cold.

Fiske … warns about frozen paws for dogs out walking during the extreme cold.

Wilson … says Crosby settlement notes that a lot of changes need to be made. Says sorry that it happened to Mr. Crosby, but also concerned about prejudices that underly such events. Need to tear down barriers that have been put up. Have to look to the future and effectuate real, long-term change.

Rue Simmons … 5th Ward meeting Feb. 13 in G300 at Civic Center at 7 p.m.

Aldermen vote to cancel the Wednesday special meeting about City Council goals because of the weather.

Council votes to go into executive session.

Public meeting ends at 9:33 p.m.

 

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