Recap: City Council


Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council meeting, which is scheduled to include discussion of a proposed office building on Chicago Avenue downtown.

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

Mayor Steve Hagerty defends job done by City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. Says Bobkiewicz met or exceeded expectations in each category evaluated in last annual evaluation last fall.

Says he has the right to apply for other jobs. Says has seen no decline in his service or its quality.

Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, says he apologizes for indelicate language in his 6h Ward newsletter. Says isn’t looking to do another evaluation of the manager. 

Representatives of Evanston Own It report on their support of the summer youth program and other activities. Making new contribution of $7K to summer jobs program and $1K to the Officer and a Gentleman Program. Several churches have contributed funds to the programs.

Public Comment

Junad Rizki says everything here is a mess.

Ray Freedman says should use public comment to foster dialogue.

Madelyn Ducre says immigrants are taking jobs from people.

Consent agenda

A 3 – Amazon credit card activity.

P 4 – 2626 Reese held in committee

P6 – 524 Main St. Off consent at request of Suffredin

With those exceptions, consent agenda approved. So the 1714 Chicago Ave. office building development was introduced on the consent agenda and will be up for a possible final vote in two weeks.

As detailed in our coverage of the Planning and Development Committee meeting, the developers at that meeting proposed reducing the height of the building from 13 to 11 stories, providing all 74 public parking spaces now in the surface lot on the site in the office building and leasing spaces in city-owned garages for parking for the office building’s tenants.

A 3 – Amazon credit card … approved 7-0 with Suffredin abstaining

P 6 – 524 Main St. … NorthShore University HealthSystem medical office.\

Suffredin asks re pickup and dropoff.

Community Development Director Johanna Leonard says have talked to ride share companies to geofence for pickup and dropoff. Says have suggested limits on Ridge Avenue and certain other locations.

Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, suggests NSUHS should accept County Care and expands some other services to serve entire citizen base.

Special use approved 8-0.

Call of the wards

Fiske … asks for dog beach update to HSC … and wants HSC to look at special events that want to use parks but don’t have a connection with an Evanston non-profit… and what they’re charged.

Wilson… Crown Center meeting 6p on Wednesday

Rue Fleming … 5th Ward meeting 7p.m. Wednesday at Civic Center.

Mayor has town hall meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7p at ecology center.

Council votes to go into executive session.

Public meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

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