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 committee’s agenda items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 4:38 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Payroll approved. Bills list approved.

A3 – Emergency repair to fire truck

A4 – Cisco SmartNet contract
Pulled from agenda by staff. No action tonight.

A5 – Contract for leaf hauling and disposal

A6 – Solid waste franchise fee increase
Authorizing staff to direct such an ordinance.

At this point, about 4:46 p.m. power goes out at Alderman Tom Suffredin’s home and he drops off the virtual meeting. That means the committee has lost its quorum and so the meeting is paused, at least temporarily.

Only three of the five committee members were on the virtual meeting to start — Suffredin plus Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, and Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward and Alderman Cicely Flemin, 9th Ward, were not present for the start of the meeting.

Suffredin is able to get back on the call by phone at 4:52 p.m.

A7 – Water quality lab renovation contract


A8 – Shoreline improvement project contract


A9 – CDBG improvements change order


A10 – Joining amicus brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

Case is before U.S. Supreme Court, city doesn’t want to be involved with social service agency that won’t allow gay couples to foster children.

Nick Cummings, deputy city attorney, says a group of attorneys for other cities sought to have other communities join in the case.


Alderman Braithwaite arrives at the meeting at 5:03 p.m.

Pollinator habitat improvement on North Shore Channel


A12 – USPS lease at the Maple Avenue garage


A 13 – Extending state of emergency to Sept. 13.
A 14 – Intergovernmental agreement for coronavirus relief funds with Cook County.
A 15 – Greenwood Street parking amendment.
All approved to remain on the consent agenda.

A 16 – Business regulation — infrastructure maintenance fee.
Change is expected to save money for the city.

Overall consent agenda approved.
(… excepting item A4 that was removed by staff)

Items for consideration (not on consent agenda)
A2 BMO Harris amazon cerdit card activity
Approved (Suffredin abstains)

Meeting adjourned at 5:13 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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