Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council meeting.

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

Meeting called to order at 7:40 p.m.

Aldermen Grover and Wynne are absent tonight.

Presentation on the occasion of city planner Dennis Marino’s retirement.

Fourth of July Association leaders announce plans for next month’s celebration. Fireworks display will have 2,300 shells … $10K more fireworks than last year.

Also adding more playground games sites…. egg tosses … watermelon-eating contests, etc. Also roller skating at Fleetwood-Jourdain center Details:

City manager reads city code restrictions on chairs, blankets, etc., on parkway of parade route.

City offices closed on July 4 and July 5 (but rec centers and beaches will be open on July 5).

Garbage collection — none on July 4 … postponed until July 5.

Fire Department announces recruiting for firefighter exams. Details here.

Citizen Comment

Kristen White, 1801 Hartrey, owner of Kazoom, asks council to suspend the rules and give final approval to the special use permit for her children’s goods resale store tonight.

Jordon Zoot, 617 Grove, opposes proposed assault weapon ban. Says no purpose to have one — aren’t used in crimes here.

Stephan Baccus, 531A Chicago Ave., asks how much city is budgeting to defend the assault weapons ban? Suggests cost could be $2 million to $4million.

Several more speakers opposing assault weapons ban.

Michael James, 326 Callan, says society needs fail-safe policies to prevent guns from ending up in the wrong hands. Asks “When can children go out on the playground again?” Says children are the ones who are suffering — not the gun owners.

Ellen Chiocca, 736 Central, says she’s a pediatric nurse and has seen children with their faces blown off from guns. Says must restrict guns to have safety for public.

Additional speakers say they support an assault weapons ban.

Special Order of Business

“Dr. Richard E. Lyons Way” honorary street sign for former 8th Ward alderman…Austin Street between Asbury and Barton avenues. Approved.

Consent Agenda

(Including assault weapons ban)

Off consent agenda:

  • June 10 City Council minutes
  • P1…the honorary street name already approved.
  • Bed & Breakfasst at 1622 Forest Avenue

Consent agenda approved 7-0.

Minutes to be revised and resubmitted at upcoming meeting.

Kingston Grill, 1164 Dodge … liquor license given final approval.

Special use for Kazoom children’s clothing resale establishment … given final approval.

1622 Forest B&B … at request of Alderman Wynne, who’s attending a conference, action held until next council meeting.

Call of the Ward

Tendam … starlight concert coming up … Day in the Life of Evanston photo contest coming up.

Burrus … July 10 ward meeting 7p at Levy Center.

Council votes to go into executive session.

Public meeting ends at 9:29 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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