Evanston aldermen are scheduled to have what’s expected to be a brief special meeting Tuesday evening to give the interim city manager authority to keep paying the city’s bills while the City Council takes a break from holding regular meetings because of the COVID-19 crisis.

The resolution would authorize the manager to pay the bills and fund payroll “for the period of March 16, 2020 to April 13, 2020 or later, depending on the changing circumstances surrounding the recently declared federal disaster declaration.”

The agenda also calls for approval of:

  • An annual report to the federal government about the city’s handling of federal community development funds.
  • Increases in several community development grants to match actual amounts received from the federal government.
  • A contract with Speer Financial, Inc. to advise the city on bond issuance plans.

Mayor Steve Hagerty on Sunday encouraged residents to watch Tuesday’s meeting online rather than attend in person as the city tries to maintain social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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