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

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; Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward and Ann Rainey, 8th Ward are present. Suffredin is chairing the meeting.

Minutes approved.

Consent agenda

A1 – Payroll and bills removed from consent.

A6 – Water service line replacement removed from consent

Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, arrives in time for approval of consent agenda, less those two items.

A1 – Payroll and bills

Question raised regarding local employment fine for carpet contractor for the city. To get report during full City Council meeting

Payroll and bills approved.

A6 – Water service line replacement

Approved. (To be discussed at City Council meeting.)

Discussion item

D1 – Discussion on sewer service repair costs

Suffredin says issues comes up from time to time. Some residents face far higher rates for sewer replacement, depending on where the home is located. Says one resident on Elgin Road, a state road is faces with a $45K expense, while the cost on a side street typically would be $7K to $10K.

Proposal would encourage people to find out what the condition of their sewer (and water) service is before they purchase a home.

Fleming suggests informing people when they get transfer stamps for the sale. (But it’s the seller who has to pay the transfer tax.)

Stoneback says insurance is available for the issue, but there’s often “very fine print” that can lead to exclusions of payment. Buying insurance is totally at the discretion of the property owner.

Suffredin suggests that city advise people to have their sewer lines inspected at the time the city is replacing sewer lines on their street. Stoneback says that could be an approach.

Meeting adjourned at 5:08 p.m.

City Council meeting to start at 5:30 p.m.

(The Planning and Development Committee meeting for tonight has been canceled because of a lack of agenda items.)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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