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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 agenda items is available online.

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

Minutes approved.

Consent agenda

Items taken off consent agenda: A3, A5, A8, A9, A10, A13.

Remaining items on consent agenda approved.

A3 – Evanston Cradle to Career annual payment
Held at request of applicant

A8 – Request for qualifications for administrative hearing officers
Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd) says is seeking it to provide more diversity in the set of hearing officers.
Approved.

A9 – 2022 Sidewalk improvement program
Ald. Devon Reid (8th) claims there’s been misinformation about the project.
Reid says aren’t voting tonight to eliminate the 50/50 sidewalk program.
City Engineer Lara Biggs says staff is proposing elminating the 50/50 cost share.
Says staff wants to focus on critical facilities around schools and senior living facilities.
Residents could get their project included if they paid 100% of the cost.
Biggs says staff will propose budget limits in memo at budget time — but Council can change if desired.
Motion to accept and place on file is approved.

A10 – City manager search consultant contract
Reid says the recommended firm is the only one interviewed that kept track of its diversity placements.
Ald. Jonathan Nieuwsma (4th) says firm had well-thought out approach to community engagement.
Approved.

A5 – Contract with CDW for Cisco SmartNet support services
Approved.

A13 – City commitments concerning Five-Fifth TIF
This was on agenda by mistake. No action taken.

Discussion item

D1 – Sewer service repair costs
Dave Stoneback, public works director, says unclear how much such a program might cost.
Says many different situations exist that could be very expensive to replace.
Says there are many companies that provide insurance against sewer system repairs.
Says should change the city code to make sure that when someone purchases a home they know where the sewer service is.

Item for Consideration

C1 – Lakefront parking pilot program update
Mike Rivera, parking division manager, says program has generated over $73K in revenue since start of August.
Seeks expansion of program year round and to additional lakefront locations.
No vote tonight — except to give staff direction.
Reid says he supports the program. Great money for the city that Evanston residents don’t have to pay.
Rivera says pay box shows exemption for wheel tax holders on its screen.
Nieuwsma says wants to hear more from council members who represent the lakefront wards.
Rivera says will have a proposal for introduction at next month’s first Council meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 5:32 p.m.

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