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

Meeting called to order at 6:02 p.m.

Minutes approved.

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

Community Development Director Mark Muenzer demonstrates a new online building permit record tool, available to the public soon.

Payroll approved.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says she wants to know more about bills list item for Crown Center design work.

A 3.1 – Accela maintenance and support agreement. Approved.

A 3.2 – Joint contrqact with suburban purchasing cooperative for pavement markings. Approved.

A 3.3 – Chlorine feed system improvements contract $333K with Dashme Mechanical Industries. Approved.

A 3.4 – Cunbar Armored car contract $38K. Approved.

A 3.5 – North Shore Towing Contract. $45K. Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says the tow fee North Shore charges residents are not fees the city receives. Approved.

A 4 – Change order for large diameter sewer rehab contract on Central Park Avenue and on Main Street. Reduces contract by $60K Approved.

A 5 – 717 Howard purchase by city for $97.5K.

Alderman Rainey says owner stored rusted out heavy equipment vehicles on the site — it becam a junk yard. Says across the alley there are beautiful condos and apartment buildings — and they had to look at all the junk.

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Approved.

A 6 – Alley paving special assessment — north of Thayer east of Marcy. $145K from special assessment fund, and matching amount from adjacent property owners. Approved (and with recommendation to suspend the rules for final adoption tonight).

A 7 – Ban on disposable plastic shopping bags

Rosemary O’Neill, 2044 Sheridan Rd. speaks against bag ban. Says shouldn’t adopt it just because Chicago has. Suggests dropping the plan. Should give everyone a rest for a while, she says.

Rainey says she’s decided to support the ban, changing her mind. Says more think about it the more it makes sense. Says with Chicago doing it, the more people who do it, the more effective it will be.

It’s like smoking regulations, she says.

Says it won’t affect very small private businesses, although hopes staff will encourage independent stores to have customers bring their own bags.

Says not taxing anybody, not charging extra for bags.

Says Target actually pays you to bring your own bags.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, says he has some concerns — some stores, and for large grocer that may come to Evanston plaza .. .both in his ward.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says we’re not telling anybody what bags they can bring to stores. Can bring plastic if you want. Can stockpile disposable bags if you want to, she says.

Claims it doesn’t dictate any shopping bag option.

Says since Chicago has already done it, there won’t be as much inconvenience for the retailers here to adapt.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says she’s on the fence — wants to protect the environment — but concerned about the little guy. Says she’s convinced a year from now we’ll be back with a ban affecting the little guy.

Says has no big boxes in her ward but lots of small businesses that are very concened. Says will vote for the ordinance as long as it doesn’t affect the small merchants.

Rainey says she won’t support banning plastic bags for smaller businesses. Suggests using city “great merchants” grant money to provide reusable bags for merchant groups.

Approved 4-1, Braithwaite votes no.

Discussion item … Taxicabs

City Attorney Grant Farrar says there is legislation on Gov. Quinn’s desk to regulate ride share services — says it has a strong home-rule-premption provision in it. Governor has until at least end of August to decide whether to sign the bill.

Says best to let the action play out in Springfield, rather than acting now.

Says should know more by first City Council meeting in September.

Bill is HB 4075.

Rainey says Springfield should not continue to preempt home rule. Undermines the city’s rights and responsibilities.

Rainey says times have changed, thinks there’s an opportunity to have some very good conversations about it … not everybody’s happy with the way cab drivers conduct themselves and the way they’re maintained. Need to have conversation about that.

Rainey ask to have mayor to protest effort in this bill to undermine home rule … makes it a reference to the Rules Committee.

Cab owner Henry Elizar complains that ride sharing companies are continuing to operate with no rules. Says if its going to take time — meanwhile what should do .. eliminate all inspection and driver training. We have the same technology he says –we’re just sitting by and losing our share of customer business.

Can’t be that one guy has hands tied behind their back.

Holmes says think that’s a fair question.

Says it’s new to everyone. Didn’t realize how it is affective Evanston businesses until a couple of months ago.

Another owner, Eli Parett, says cabs pay $15K to $20K a year. Uber pays nothing.

Says cab drivers are switching to drive for Uber instead. Says are at least a dozen Uber cars in Evanston. Younger people will get in any cars that will get them cheaper.

Rainey says every time she’s been in a traditional cab, she’s told how horrible it is to work for a cab company that takes $75 out of his pocket before he drives a mile.

Says it might be helpful for you to begin doing, not the inspection training like the city does but maybe some customer service training for drivers — maybe all be worthwhile bevcause peple will have a more pleasant experience with Norshore cabs.

Says she’s now a user of Uber.

Meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.

Planning and Devleopment Committee meeting to start in 10 minutes.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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