Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this afternoon’s meeting of the 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.

Alderman are trying out holding a hybrid meeting — with some participants in the City Council chamber and others joining using Zoom.

Meeting called to order about 4:35 p.m.

Items taken off the consent agenda …

At request of Suffredin: A2, A4, A5, A6, A17, A21
Fleming: A13, A19
Braithwaite: A7

With those exceptions, consent agenda approved.

A2 – Amazon credit card activity
Approved 4-0-1. Suffredin abstains.

A4 – Special events approvals
Alderman Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward, requests amendment to reduce the number of Post 42 patio concerts to 17.
Approved 5-0 as amended.

A5 – NU agreement for Crown Center hockey use
Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, says concerned about schedule for use. Doesn’t want to vote until have more details.
Parks Director Lawrence Hemingway says the funds will initially be paid to the Friends of Crown who will forward the money to the city.
Hemingway says city’s youth skating programs get scheduled first. NU typically would be, for example at 10 p.m. or 6 a.m. — not prime times.
Says can’t tell yet what schedule for any of the programs will be for this fall. Says the university hasn’t asked for a specific time and the city hasn’t committed to one — but the city’s schedule will have priority.

Approved 4-1. Suffredin votes no.

A6 – Portable LED screen purchase
Approved 4-1. Suffredin votes no.

A7 – Automatic vehicle location service contract
Approved 4-0. (Fleming had dropped off the Zoom video.)

A13 – 54-inch water intake heater cable replacement contract
Approved 5-0. (Fleming is back.)

A17 – Civic Center relocation feasibility study RFP
Fleming says haven’t had discussion about Civic Center now and what’s happening with the building post-pandemic.
Storlie says center has been closed since March 2020. Anticipates will start having hybrid meetings — with people attending at the Civic Center soone.
Says the collector’s office has been operating out of Crown — may keep it there — or relocate it within the Civic Center.
Also looking at how the Climate Action and Resilience Plan will impact staying at the center — looks like it would add significant costs and consulting work.
Says once have additional information can have community discussion about what the best option is moving forward.
Says could have a new facility that might include space for other government or education groups or possibly affordable housing.

Approved 5-0.

A19 – Settlement Elijah Murphy v. City of Evanston
Fleming asks for more info on number and size of settlements involving police actions.

Approved 5-0.

A21 – Restricted parkway plantings
Held in committee on a 5-0 vote.

Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee to start at 5:40 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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