Here’s our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting. Key items on the agenda include transitioning the city’s dental clinic operation to Erie Family Health Center and creating a liquor license classification for craft breweries.

Agenda  – Meeting called to order at 5:51 p.m.

Information packet with details of the agenda items is available online.

Minutes – Approved.

Public comment – 

Payroll – Approved.

Bills and credit cards – Approved.

Wentworth Tire Service … tire purchases ($63K) and tire repair ($25K) contract. Firm is in Bensenville. Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, asks about whether there’s a local vendor. Staff says nobody in Evanston does the large tires the city needs replaced. Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says there’s a new place on Oakton as well as a long-time one on Howard, asks staff to check whether either of those could do the work. Approved.

Water utility roof replacemnt … contract with L Marshall Inc of Glenview for $133K. Approved.

Alternative stormwater management techniques … Engineering services agreement with Hey and Associates of Chicago … $25K. Approved.

Tree planting purchase … Suburban Tree Consortium … $38.9K. Alderman Rainey says she’s talked with St. Francis about helping replace some of the ash trees taken down on Oakton. Paul D’Agostino, forestry manager, says the hospital is purchasing the trees for that and city will be planting them. So those trees not on this contract. Approved.

Centennial Park Lagoon … professional design services contract with Kettelkamp & Kettelcamp of Evanston for $91K. Approved.

Ligting power centers change order #2 … $31.6K to Landmark Contractors of Huntley to include replacement of street light power centers throughout the city. Approved. City traffic engineer says the city has 109 power centers for street lights. About 40 have been replaced already. Another 45 or so will be replaced as part of this contract. Says these are like a fuse box for a house — when something goes wrong with them, the lights go out. Will still need to get about 18 more to complete the replacement project. This contract is for installing the power centers. Purchase was approved at an earlier meeting.

Single Audit for FY2011 … accept and place on file. Approved.

Tax exempt bonds … post issuance complaince procedure. Approved.

Erie Family Health Center … transition of services agreement for city dental clinic. Approved … “with enthusiasm,” says chair Jane Grover.

Craft breweries … new liquor licenses classification. Josh Gilbert of Temperance Beer Company speaks briefly in favor of the proposal. Approved.

Liquor license for Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles. General manager says it ooks like project is on target for Dec. 1. Says will probably start hiring employees about the first week of November. Says looking to hire 45 to 50 employees. Approved.

NU student presentation on collaborative composting.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says staff would never have had the resources to do the project in house.

Katherine Hurley, sustainability coordinator, says the project was a collaboration of the students, her office and the public works department.

Says about 70 percent of people who have bins are actually using them to compost.

City has more than 100 bins left. Anybody interested can call 311 to get one.

Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m. Planning and Development Committee meeting is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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