Evanston aldermen Tuesday night told city staff they want a better deal on picking up Wilmette’s road kill.

Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons said Evanston has had an informal agreement with the village for the past two-and-a-half years to pick up dead animals from village streets for a fee of $35 per animal.

Evanston aldermen Tuesday night told city staff they want a better deal on picking up Wilmette’s road kill.

Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons said Evanston has had an informal agreement with the village for the past two-and-a-half years to pick up dead animals from village streets for a fee of $35 per animal.

Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington said the city badly needs to replace its 2001 animal control van that “reached the end of its useful life about 18 months ago.”

Wilmette has a 2007 pickup truck equipped for animal control work that it hasn’t used for about a year.

So officials in the two towns worked out a deal for the truck, which they agreed is worth $19,700.

Evanston would pay Wilmette $9,700 in cash, and cover the rest of the cost by offering road-kill pickup service to the village for free for the next five years.

But after learning that the city has made over $10,000 in the past two-and-a-half years from Wilmette for picking up dead animals there, aldermen said the deal didn’t add up.

Over five years, the village would likely get cash and services worth an extra $10,000 beyond the truck’s value.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said Wilmette should be giving Evanston the truck if it was going to get the free pick up service, and added, “Those people up there are fussy. I don’t want  our truck to be up there all the time.”

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, said there are advantages to having good relations with neighboring communities, but, “we don’t want to lose money on it.”

The Administration and Public Works Committee voted to hold the proposal in committee in hopes staff can negotiate better terms over the next few weeks.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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3 Comments

  1. Lets take care of are own town.

    Lets just take care of are own town. I have a pick up truck, i will pick up road kill for $20 each pick up,except coyotes and deer.

  2. “Those people up there are fussy”?

    "Those people up there are fussy"?

    Thank you, Alderman Rainey, for elevating the dialogue.

    It is nice that we can count on elected officials to stereotype people based on where they live.

    How are the people in Skokie? Chicago? Cicero?

  3. Road Kill

    Seems to me that there are many questions that have not been asked and/or the information that has been provided does not represent the full picture and the associated costs.  How frequently will we be required to tend to their needs?  Is there a cost associated with the disposal of the animals that are collected?  What is the current procedure relative to picking up dead animals here, once a complaint has been filed?

    Recently, the City Manager indicated that programs and services would have to be eliminated to address our financial difficulties.  I understand that Wilmette cut their animal control program because to help their financial challenges.  So, if we pick-up up their dead animals for a nominal fee of $35 (that won't kick in for 5 yrs.) will they be willing to staff our Ecology Center should it be eliminated?

    This is being sold as a way of getting a animal control vehicle at a discounted rate.  Most of us know or have had the experience of finally the last payment on a vehicle and it falls apart.

    If we are going to build intergovernmental relationships there needs to be some equity in terms or what is provided and what is received.

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