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Fuzzy math holds up furry road-kill deal

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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