Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this afternoon’s Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting.

The committee is scheduled to consider a contract to hire a consultant to develop a racial equity program for city staff and to expand a program to assist residents with replacing lead water service lines.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. A packet with information on the agenda items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 4:32 p.m.

Aldermen Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, and Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, are absent at the start of the meeting.

Aldermen Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, and Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, are present.

Suffredin is chairing the meeting.

Nobody signed up for public comment

Off consent … A1 at request of Fleming and, A9 and A10 at request of Suffredin.

Braithwaite now is present. He requests that A5 be taken off consent.

Consent agenda, with those exceptions is approved.

A5 – Snow removal intergovernmental agreement — adding Winnetka

Public Works Agency Dave Stoneback says the agreement was reached initially in December — to share staff if some our out because of COVID.

Says none have actually made a request for assistance so for.

Proposal tonight would add Winnetka to the agreement.

Approved 4-0

A9 – Contract for Staff Racial Equity training
With Kathleen Yang-Clayton of University of Illinois Chicago.

Fleming says its a huge amount of money ($50K).

Kimberly Richardson, acting assistant city manager, says the agreement is through a Great Cities collaborative agreement.
Says there’s a detailed workplan in the packet.

Richardson says Yang-Clayton worked on a previous smaller-scale training project for the city and got good reviews from staff.

Approved 4-0.

A1 – Bills list
Approved 4-0

A10 – Water service pipes
Removed from agenda at request of staff. Revised plan to be submitted in two weeks.

Meeting adjourned at 4:53 pm.

Planning and Development Committee meeting to start at 5 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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