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Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee

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

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

The meeting is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

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

Meeting called to order at 4:31 p.m.

Ald. Braithwaite is chairing the meeting. Also present Alds. Kelly, Nieuwsma, Burns and Reid.

11 people signed up for public comment. Three minutes for each.

Five people actually spoke

Items taken off consent agenda:

  • A7, vending machine contract, by Kelly
  • A11, agreement with Housing Authority of Cook County, by Nieuwsma.
  • A12, lakefront parking fees, by Kelly

with those exceptions, consent agenda approved.

A 7 – Vending machine contract

Kelly asks for RFP process on the contract. Nieuwsma says there already was one.

Approved 5-0.

A 11 – City agreement with Housing Authority of Cook County regarding South Boulevard Affordable Housing Development

Nieuwsma praises the inclusion of Climate Action and Resilience Plan components in the RFP proposal.

Kelly asks how many affordable units? Sarah Flax of city staff says the minimum would be 30% affordable units. “Would like to see more,” she says, adding that a new state tax credit may make that possible.

Says housing authority will provide housing for the existing townhouse tenants during construction and they will have the right to units in the new building.

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Approved 4-1. Kelly votes no.

A 12 – Pilot program paid parking for non-residents along lakefront

Kelly asks about cost of the program. Parking Manager Mike Rivera says it would cost $100K+ to launch.

Says can use the new equipment elsewhere in the city if the lakefront pilot doesn’t work out.

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Reid says providing parking is expensive for the city to start with — says the city shouldn’t be providing parking for free.

Says a person who wanted cheaper parking could park at a downtown garage for less and walk to the beach.

Nieuwsma says he’s concerned about rushing the project through with limited time for public engagement.

Rivera says residents won’t be affected by the program and it provides a test of demand-based parking.

Approved 3-2. Kelly and Nieuwsma vote no.

D1 – Discussion on sidewalk improvement program changes

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City Engineer Lara Biggs does presentation.

Braithwaite suggests targeting safe school routes for attention.

Nieuwsma says sidewalks shouldn’t be different than streets — homeowners shouldn’t be asked to fund sidewalk improvements — we don’t ask them to fund streets.

Meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee meeting is now scheduled to start at 5:50 p.m.

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