City hopes to evict rats from plaza planting beds


Evanston aldermen tonight will be asked to spend $40,377 to evict rats from 14 planter beds around Sherman Plaza downtown and install new plantings.

In a memo to the City Council, Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says the contractor she wants to hire for the job, Landscape Concepts Management of Chicago, has done similar work successfully for the city on planters near Church Street and Orrington Avenue.

The project involves removing most of the soil and plant material and installing a steel mesh liner that discourages rodents from burrowing into the soil.

The contractor would also make repairs to the lighting and irrigation systems included in the planter beds.

Update 11:10 a.m. April 29: Aldermen approved the contract Monday night. More discussion here.

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