Recap: Administration and Public Works Committee

Here's a recap of our live coverage of this evening's Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting.

A packet with information on tonight's agenda items and additional presentations are available online.

Meeting called to order at 6:12 p.m. Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward is absent. Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, filling in as chair.

Minutes approved. Payroll approved. Bills approved.

A 3.1 – Printing contract for "Evanston Life" magazine. $63K. Approved.

A 3.2 – Water distribution system materials $65K. Approved.

A 3.3 – Granual materials for the utilities department $36K. Approved.

A 3.4 – Cityworks maintenance contract $22K. Approved

A 3.5 – Vehicle purchase for Utilities Dept. from Currie Motors and Standard Equipment $413K. Approved.

A 3.6 – Fuel purcases from Palatine Oil Company $792K. Approved

A 3.7 – Clark Street Beach bird habitat restoration project  $27K.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says it will be a nice habitat to the city's renewal of the dune habitat at the beach.


A 3.8 – Repair and repainting of north and south standpipes. $3.3 million.

Alderman Rainey complains that the local hiring aspect of this is so small as to be "a joke."


A 3.9 – Emerson/Ridge/Green Bay intersection and Green Bay Road corridor engineering contract with ESI Consultants for $500K

Gerald Gordon, 1228 Lake St., suggests installing flashing warning lights rather than than rebuilding the intersection.

Sat Nagar, city engineer does presentation, which is available online here.

Says goals of project are to improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic conflicts by simplifying travel patterns and lane usage, modernizing and coordinating traffic signals, and improving the appearance of the viaduct area.

Additional details on landscaping concepts from landscape architect Ryan Kettelkamp. Details here.

Nagar says hopes to get council approval of a design approach tonight so can get state approval and get the project designed this year, with construction next year.

Alderman Grover asks about bike infrastructure. Nagar says travel lanes will be wider to accommodate bikes. Will have 13-foot wide travel lanes and will meet state standards for shared use with bikes.

Grover recommends the three-lane option — which got the most positive feedback. Holmes says she agrees, based on feedback from residents.

Contract approved.

A 4 – Automatic meter information system contract change order. Approved

A 5 – Police body camera grant application. Approved.

A 6 – National Towel Service sale of city-owned property.

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City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz responding to question from Alderman Rainey says proposal now is to sell it to National Towel, the current adjacent owner.

Rainey says why not selling to the developer who wants to build on the property — would make the city property worth more.

City attorney says can't amend the party to be negotiated with tonight, because public notice specified negotiating with National Towel.

Rainey says wants to sell the property — but wants to get the best price. Says its much more valuable to the developer than to National Towel.

Bobkiewicz recommends withdrawing the item from the agenda and will redraft the ordinance to not specify a potential purchaser.

So A 6 removed from agenda.

A 7 – Liquor license for CVS, 3333 Central St.

(Was held up by dispute last fall over CVS assistance to Little Beans at Asbury and Oakton.) Approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

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


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