Here’s a recap of our live coverage of Monday night’s Evanston City Council meeting.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.
A packet with information on the agenda items is available online.
Meeting called to order at 7:16 p.m.
Eight alders present. Ald. Clare Kelly (1st) is absent at roll call.
Five year service awards presented to Alds. Eleanor Revelle, Devon Reid and Tom Suffredin … and 25 year award to Ald. Melissa Wynne.
Mayor says executive session will be held at the end of the meeting tonight. (Presumably the topic is the choice of a new city manager.
Off consent: A2, A14 through A18, P2 and F1.
A15 was held in committee.
With those exclusions, consent agenda is approved. (Kelly is now present.)
A2 – Amazon credit card activity
Approved. Suffredin abstains.
A14 – Workforce development lead service line replacement program
Suffredin asks whether people who have replaced lead lines already can get a break on the rate increase.
Dave Stoneback, interim deputy city manager, says uncertain how would come up with a way to track permits for the replacement.
A16 – Changing city code to reflect changes in the public safety commission rules
Approved 8-1. Reid votes no.
A17 -Amending wheel tax
Raise rate $5, eliminate some penalties.
Approved 7-2. Kelly and Suffredin vote no.
A18 – Truck route and bike route changes
Vote is to refer back to committee. Reid says his constituents on Custer are opposed to the change.
Approved to go back to committee 9-0.
F1 – Increasing the 2021 FY budget
This is a bookkeeping change. Total spending for the year actually was substantially below budget total — but some funds went over, and therefore the adjustment is required. For technical reasons accounts that came in below budget don’t have to be adjusted.
Reid in conversation with CFO Hitesh Desai notes that general fund reserves now stand at $31 million — substantially over the $19.6 million that would represent the two months of reserves that is the council goal.
Call of the wards
Burns … says lead pipe replacement workforce development plan was nine months in the making — will be putting $700K a year back into the community with new jobs for local residents.
Reid … ward meeting last Thursday of month at 6 p.m.
Braithwaite …7 p.m. Thursday virtual ward meeting.
Council moves to go into executive session.
Public meeting ends at 8:12 p.m.