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 is available online.

Meeting called to order at 6:04 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Payroll approved

Billls approved.

Credit card activity approved

A 3.1 – Computer aided dispatch system software contract. Approved.

A 3.2 – Salt dome construction contract. Approved.

A 3.3 – Material testing and inspection contract. Approved.

A 3.4 – Harley Davidson lease agreement for seven police motorcycles. Approved.

A 3.5. – Arbortect fungicide purchase contract. Approved.

A 4 – Fraternal Order of Police contract agreement. Approved.

A 5 – AFSCME contract agreement. Approved.

Both contracts to be available on city’s transparency website shortly, Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says.

A 6 – Liquor license amendment for P-1 and creation of P-2 license class … both for craft breweries.


A 7 – Sketchbook Brewing Co, 825 Chicago Ave.

Resident Nicky Hiltwein, 820 Hinman Ave., objects to plans for the brewery that, she says, doesn’t have any street access — only access off the alley.

Likes the owner, she says, but says residents should have had more opportunity to raise concerns about it.

Says she’s concerned about amount of sampling allowed.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says need to have a lid on samples and not permit sale of samples. Says she loves the P1 concept — but ordinance doesn’t now reflect what she wanted.

Hiltwein says she also objects to the midnight or 1 a.m. closing hours for the business.

Hiltwein says she thinks the business should be treated as a special use. Rainey says can’t do that for this application because it’s already underway. But could consider that revision for future applications.

Sketchbook owner Casar Marron says only plan to be open until 10 p.m. Only a few hours a day.

Says limited to three, two-ounce free samples by state law.

Only will be selling quarts and growlers (half gallons) for consumption off premesis.

Randall Hustins, 824 Hinman Ave., also objects the the alley location. Says it’s poorly lit, industrial building, adjacent to homes and apartments across the alley. Says alley not designed for pedestrian traffic. Claims it will diminish property values. Worries about increased crime … parade of strangers through residential neighborhood.

Says fears customers will park in the alley jamming it up.

Rainey proposes amendments to the ordinance that creates the P1 license — that would limit to three two-ounce samples and no charging for the samples.

Also makes reference to Plan Commission to consider making microbreweries a special use.

Grover asks for limits on hours on license for Sketchbook.

Community Development Director Mark Muenzer says the existing zoning code doesn’t require having a street entrance as opposed to an alley entrance. Says the quantity of beer being proposed to be brewed is small enough that it fits under the zoning code as a retail goods establishment, which does not require a special use permit.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, suggests need to revisit those rules.

Committee votes to approve the the ordinance for Sketchbook Brewing (and to make requested changes to the ordinance authorizing P-1 and P-2 liquor licenses.

A 8 – Regulation of collection boxes.

Alderman Rainey says large number of boxes on Howard Street in her ward on the curb…owners of businesses say they have no warning they’re coming. Creates the worse mess ever with junk left around the boxes. Says would like to have enforcement start earlier than the October date proposed in the ordinance.

Rainey suggests having contractor pick up the mess and impose lien on box owner — says already have ordinance about flydumping.

Grover says doesn’t think makes sense to charge fee for just fractional year…perhaps impose the fee only January 1 … but start enforcing the other ordinance rules sooner.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says could move up the enforcement date to July 1 from Oct. 1.

Representative of container owners group says the regulations are reasonable, think would be plenty of time to comply. No reason to delay.

Rainey moves to start enforcement July 1. Grover moves to prorate the fees — half for 2013.

Approved as amended.

Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee meeting to start at 7:15 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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