Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council meeting.
The meeting was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
A packet with information on tonight’s agenda items is available online.
Meeting called to order at 7:51 p.m.
Mayor says trick or treating is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday.
Bike safety event coming up Thursday … details here.
Laura Beth Nielsen speaks in favor of creating a skate park in Evanston. Says skateboarding is the primary form of sports activity for 8 percent of young people.
Mayor reads proclamation for “Evanston Own It” day, Saturday, Nov. 1.
Priscilla Giles says community hasn’t had a chance to talk about the Mason Park bike plan.
End of public comment
Special order of business … Church Street bike path
City Engineer Sat Nagar makes presentation.
Available online here.
On Church calls for off street path on ETHS property from Dodge to Brown, an off-street multi-use path on ETHS property from Brown to Pitner, and a two’way median-protected on-street bike lane on the south side of Church Street from Pitner to McDaniel.
Will require removal of 24 parking spaces on south side of Church from Pitner to McDaniel.
Also require removal of some trees on stretch from Dodge to Brown, but those are trees that are in need of removal anyway.
Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says that at city-school committee meeting last week was evident that this is a critical connector for students riding bikes to ETHS.
Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says there is available off-street parking on Fowler and McDaniel and on the north side of Church Street to take the place of the lost parking spaces.
Holmes says that Shore School at Church and McDaniel is closing next year and that location may provide an opportunity for additional parking.
At Mason Park the plan is to add a new bike path at the west side of the park, near an existing sidewalk that runs between the tennis and basketball courts.
Says there will be a public meeting about the plans at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Erie Health Center.
From there it will go to the Transportation and Parking Committee and then to City Council for approval.
Expect to construct the Mason Park path in 2015, and the Church Street project in 2015 and 2016.
We’ll note anything taken off the consent agenda.
- Liquor license for CVS at 3333 Central St. held in committee.
Nothing else taken off consent agenda.
Consent agenda approved.
Liquor license for CVS at 3333 Central St.
Held in committee for reasons detailed here.
Final action on Shell gas station, 2494 Oakton liquor license. Approved.
Final action on special use for Patisserie Coralie at 600 Davis. Approved.
Call of the Wards
Fiske calls for inclusion of IEPA review for all planned development. And urges adoption of light ordinance regarding energy efficiency, security and other factors.
Tendam … 6th ward meeting 7p Thursday at Three Crowns.
Meeting adjourned at 8:42 p.m.