Here’s a recap of our live coverage of the Monday evening meeting of the Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee.

The meeting was scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

A packet with information on the agenda items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 5:08 p.m.

Consent agenda

Off consent: A1, A5, A6, A9, A10.


A1 – Payroll and Bills

Approved after some questions discussed.

A5 – Poplar Avenue street and parking lot improvements

Ald. Clare Kelly (1st) moves to table until there’s a community meeting.

Interim Deputy City Manager Dave Stoneback says the project is in the 7th Ward and the council member of that ward, Eleanor Revelle, has approved of it.

Ald. Jonathan Nieuwsma (4th) says he’s heard from Revelle and she’s supportive of it.

Kelly says it can’t hurt to have a community meeting.

The project is budgeted at $1.35 million.

Stoneback says the majority of the project is to resurface the parking lot, it also involves moving the lot three feet to get it off of Union Pacific property.

Staff says delaying the project could result in delays in finishing the project before winter.

Motion to table fails 1-3.

Motion to approve contract carries 3-1.

A6 – Sidewalk improvement contract

$487,900 contract to Schroeder & Schroeder of Skokie.


A9 – ArcGIS software contract renewal with Esri, Inc.


A10 – Alley improvements change order

$343K cost increase in $1.49M contract with Capitol Cement


A14 – Palatine intergovernmental agreement

For loan to Palatine of police motorcycles for training.


A15 – Liquor license to Shop Now, 1942 Maple Ave.

Burns says members of the firemen’s neighborhood group is opposed to the licnes.

Issue fails for lack of a motion to approve.

A16 – Liquor license for movie theater at 1715 Maple Ave.


A17 – Liquor license for Lao Sze Chuan, 1633 Orrington


A18 – Liquor license for Tomo Japanese Street Food, 1729 Sherman


Meeting adjourned at 5:57 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee meeting to start at 6:02 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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