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 p.m.

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

Meeting called to order at 4:03 p.m.

Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, is chairing the meeting. Aldermen Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, and Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, are also present.

No speakers present for public comment.

Consent agenda

Fleming askes to have A5, A7 and A8 removed
Suffredin asks to have A17 and A21 removed

With those exceptions, consent calendar is approved.

Back to public comment … Mike Vasilko objects to various items.

Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, arrives.

A5 – Sewer rehab contract
Fleming asks whether work is fairly distributed across the city. Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says this one is mostly in north Evanston. Two other contracts covering the rest of the city are scheduled to be issued later this year.
Approved 4-0

A7 – Hacienda Landscaping contract for Robert Crown playground
Laura Biggs, city engineer, says this playground project was removed from the main Crown project because of COVID-related delays in delivering equipment. This is being funded now from savings on the main Crown contract.
Approved 4-0

A8 -Water utility continuity of operations plan.
Approved 4-0

A17- Settlement of Johnson, et al. v. City of Evanston, et al.
Settlement pertains to inadvertent release of mugshots on Police Chief Demetrous Cook’s Snapchat account.
Approved 3-1. Suffredin votes no.

A21 – Sheridan Square parking restrictions
Suffredin asks whether this would increase or decrease access to the beach for residents who don’t qualify for the permit.
Mike Rivera says would have access for three hours during the day, would have to move vehicle after that.
Says several other areas along the lakefront have similar restritions.
Suffredin says would like to see set up where Evanston residents could park for free along the late but other people would pay to park.
Fleming says it seems to make it burdensome for residents to get to the beach.
Rivera says about two-thirds of the parking spaces in the area will be accessible for people who want to use the beach. Says there are 200 to 300 apartment units in the area.
Vote is 2-2. Moves to Council with no recommendation. Suffredin and Fleming voted no.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, arrives, says he thought the meeting was scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 4:29 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee meeting to start shortly.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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