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

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

A packet with information on tonight’s agenda items as available online

Meeting called to order at 6:09 p.m. Alderman Burrus is out of town. Alderman Holmes is not feeling well.

Minutes approved.

Payroll and bills approved.

A3.1 – Oracle maintenance and support agreement. $70K. Approved.

A3.2 – Contract for water distribution system materials with Mid American Water for $65K. Approved.

A3.3 – Granular materials contract with G&M trucking for $35K. Approved.

A3.4 – Contract with Lake Erie Diving for 48-inch diameter water intake heating sytem and upgrading zebra mussel control system. $1.4 million. Approved.

A3.5 – Supervisory Control and data Acquisition support services agreement with CDM Smith for $133K. Approved.

A3.6 – Maintenance contract extension with DataPark Inc and Revcon Technology Group for maintenance of parking access and revenue control systems. 6 mo for $15K/mo. Approved.

A3.7 – Tree inventory agrement with Davey Resource Group. Related story. Paul D’Agostino, forestry chief, says its been nine years since last inventory. Hopes to have work done by June. Approved.

A3.8 – Purchase of three sidewalk tractor plows. Related story. Alderman Grover says sidewalks here — where residents shovel them — look better than in Wilmette, where the village plows them. Contract approved.

A3.9 – 12-passenger van purchase for Parks, Recreation and Community Services from Currie Motors. $25K. Approved.

A3.10 – Tire purchases from Wentworth Tire Service for $65K. Alderman Braithwaite asks why can’t get local firm to purchase tires from outside of Evanston. Lonnie Jeske, fleet manager, says tires are purchased through a state-wide pricing agreement. Says pricing is effectively from wholesale distributors. Says doesn’t know of any other municipality that doesn’t use state bid pricing on the tires. Says for sedan-type vehicles best price could find from local vendor was 50 percent more than the state bid price. Contract approved.

A4 – Sale of surplus fleet vehicle. Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says this is the former police mobile command post. Says thinks there’s interest from would-be food truck operators in it. Motion is to hold the item and that’s approved.

A5 – Three-way stop at Grenleaf and Hartrey. Approved.

A6 – Add more streets to resident parking limits. Its the eastern part of the Brummel Park neighborhood and the Elks Park neighborhood, says Alderman Rainey. Says has been working on the plan for six months. Wants to suspend the rules to give it immediate adoption tonight. Approved.

A7 thru A9 – Decreasing liquor licenses because of closing of taco Diablo, Lulu’s Dim Sum and Pine Yard restaurants. Approved.

Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons, asked about delay in demolishing the two restaurants that burned, says he believes weather has caused delay on that.

A10 – Decrease of class U liquor license fees. For patrons of a threater presenting live stage performances. reducing from $1.3K to $500 per year. City attorney Grant Farrar says when checked with other communities found they tend to charge less than what Evanston charges. Says size of venue suggests the lower fee.

Grover says it would be a good move to encourage more business for the four theaters in town — none of which now have the liquor licenses.


Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

City Council meeting to start at 7:15 p.m.

No Planning and Development Committee meeting tonight.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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