The Evanston City Council Monday voted to spend $1.48 million to replace the Civic Center’s leaky roof.

The vote to approve the contract with G. A. Johnson & Son of Evanston came after city staff answered several questions about the project by Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, who complained that the initial information provided aldermen was insufficient.

The Evanston City Council Monday voted to spend $1.48 million to replace the Civic Center’s leaky roof.

The vote to approve the contract with G. A. Johnson & Son of Evanston came after city staff answered several questions about the project by Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, who complained that the initial information provided aldermen was insufficient.

The winning contractor’s price was about $200,000 less than what had been estimated for the work by city staff, and $300,000 less than the next lowest of the four bids received.

The project will replace the current slate roof — parts of which are nearly 100 years old — with asphalt shingles designed to resemble slate that have a 50 year guarantee. It’s scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

The aldermen also approved:

  • A $2.5 million contract with A. Lamp Concrete Contractors of Schaumburg for water main replacement and street resurfacing on Oakton Street west of Dodge Avenue and in several other parts of town.
  • A $2 million contract renewal with CPS Parking of Chicago to manage the city’s parking garages.
  • A $434,000 contract to buy seven new vehicles including a street sweeper and several trucks.
  • A $310,000 contract with CDM of Chicago for engineering services to rehabilitated filter facilities at the water plant.
  • Two contracts for $200,000 each with Chapman & Cutler LLP for legal advice and with Public Financial Management for financial advisor services both in connection with anticipated bond sales this year.
  • A $20,000 contract to lease seven motorcycles for the police department from Chicago Harley Davidson of Glenview.
  • A $13,000 contract for new air conditioning units at the police 911 call center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. City Hall to Maple and Emerson ?
    Maybe things have changed since 1890 Maple was considered to become condos and the other buildings [and vacant land] west of there were poorly occupied, but why not move city hall there and get rid of the ancient and dilapidated current building. For the sake of a group [who this time seem to live in the 1890s] we keep repairing a build lost past its useful life and too big for the government we need—like the old saying nature abhors a vacuum and the city government seems bent on filling every position they can find room for.

    Reply:
    And how would you propose to fund construction of a new civic center? The lack of cash to build new is what stalled the idea in the last several years. Can’t get enough for the old site to cover the cost of a new building, if — as the aldermen insisted — you’re going to keep neighbors of the old site happy by limiting the density and height whatever might be built by new owners on the old site.
    — Bill

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