Recap: City Council

A rendering of an ice rink at the new Crown Center.

Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight's Evanston City Council meeting, at which the city is scheduled to receive a $5 million check from the Friend of the Robert Crown Center toward the cost of building the new facility.

The meeting is expected to begin sometime after 7 p.m.

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

Mayor Steve Hagerty praises Friends of Robert Crown for their fundraising efforts ... inclulding presentation of $5 million check tonight.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says this is an example of the community coming together to provides something that will serve everyone in the community.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says it's truly outstanding to have such support from the community.

Check presented.

Mayor praises contributions to community of Bennett Johnson, who's turning 90 years old. He's former president of Evanston NAACP chapter. Also co-founder of a black-owned publishing house. Many other accomplishments.

Mayor recognizes JoAnn Avery of Family Focus with May 19 as her day.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announces that Chicago Avenue - Sheridan Road "complete street" project won a regional award.

Dave Stoneback, public works director, says it took years to plan and develop. Won suburban branch and Chicago regional awards.

Mayor says it's now a much safer road.

City manager says there will be a formal dedication of the Fountain Square project at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Public Comment

Mayor says 10 people signed up ... 3 minute per ... should last 30 minutes. It's now 8:14 p.m.

Don Ziegler, chair Evanston health advisory council, says Evanston is experiencing a dramatic increase in suicides, also increases in sexually transmitted diseases.

James Engleman, 2424 Brown, asks for more cabs with ramps for disabled people.

Doreen Price complains that notice about 2222 Oakton was published in the Evanston Review, which she doesn't subscribe to. Says it's excluding low inome people.

Ray Freedman says he'd like to see minutes from all ward meetings -- praises Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, for starting to have minutes taken at her meetings.

Tina Paden suggests should have ETHS Geometry in Construction homes in other wards -- not just in the 5th Ward.

End of public comment at 8:39 p.m.

Consent agenda

Off consent ... A2, A11, A16, A19, A21.

Consent agenda approved.

A2 - Bills list and non-Amazon credit card activity

Suffredin and Fleming object to the payments on one of the legal settlements and so vote no.

Approved 7-2.

A 3 - Amazon credit card

Approved 8-0-1. Suffredin abstains

A11 - Natural gas purchase agreement

Approved 9-0.

A16- Master pole agreement with Cingular Wireless


A19 - Pitner parking prohibitied Washington Street south to the dead end

Suspension of rules approved.

Approved 9-0.

A21 - Sale of 2222 Oakton to Clark Street Real Estate LLC

For rock-climbing gym

Fiske and Rainey vote no

Approved for introduction 7-2.

Call of the Wards

Rue Simmons ... makes referral re rezoning R5 zoned area of Emerson to Foster, Wesley and Jackson to not having more than three-story buildings. Says residents in support of three story maximum with a planned development bonus. That's a referral to Plan Commission.

Also asks for diversity training for admininstrative hearing officers.

Also asks for a report on accessible transportation by Uber and Lyft in Evanston.

Rainey asks why demolition tax only applies to residential properties -- says it should apply to all properties.

Fleming ... Ward meeting Thursday 7p at Fire Station #2.

Suggests using vans city now owns for paratransit. Suggests using proceeds of Recycling Center sale to reduce Crown Center debt.

Braithwaite ... Robert Crown meeting re financing on May 20th. ... May 23 neighborhood meeting for Florence between Dempster and Greenleaf to look at ways to create more affordable housing. June 7 ... Evanston Sings concert at ETHS... benefits summer youth employment program.

Council votes to go into executive session.

Public meeting ends at 9:05 p.m.




Eths Geometry in Construction’s Houses

In response to Tina Paden’s comments, I think ETHS would gladly put their houses anywhere the city found empty lots. It happens that the 5th ward has provided the most availability. We are truly lucky that someone is doing something to create more affordable housing for our city

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