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

The meeting was scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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

Meeting called to order at 6:09 p.m.

Minutes approved. Payroll approved. Bills approved.

A 3.1 – Rock salt purchase contract with Morton Salt $522K. Approved.

A 3.2 – Panasonic computers for police squad cars and fire vehicles. $323K. Approved.

A 3.3 – New cable TV broadcast equipment $23K. Approved.

A 3.4 – Contract with Clauss Brothers for Clark Steet Bearch bird sanctuary restoration project $173K. Approved.

A 3.5 – Replacement vehicle lift from Mohaw Lifts for fleet services. $133K. Approved.

A 3.6 – Levy Center bus replacement $58K. Approved.

A 3.7 – Parking access control system contact $1.3M. Approved.

A 4.1 – Water meter improvements change order with Glenbrook Excavating & Concrete $152K additional. Approved.

A 4.2 – Water main replacement project change order $160K additional. Approved.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says trying to be very cautious, especially given legal issues around the James Park litigation. 

Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar says all parties are concerned about preservation of evidence during any work done underground in the area.

A 5 – Sidewalk Cafe for Vinic Wine, 1509 Chicago Ave. Approved.

Alderman Miller asks whether wine and cheese is “a meal” as called for in city code. Farrar says some revisions to code to address new business models are in the works.

A 6 – Resolution amending city manager’s contract. Approved. Related story.

A 7 – Appointment of a deputy treasurer. Approved.

A 8 – Sale of surplus fleet vehicles. Approved.

A 9 – Negotiate the sale of city-owned lot at 1941 Jackson Ave. (See photo above.) Approved. Related story.

A 10 – Four-way stop at Lake Street and Grey Avenue. Approved.

A 11 – Amendment of panhandling ordinance. Changes distance rules. Approved.

Alderman Holmes suggests that panhandling in residential areas should stop a 4 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. as in current ordinance. Requests staff to draft ordinance to that effect.

A 12 – Eliminating liquor license for Company at 1307 Chicago Ave. Approved.

Meeting adjourned at 6:32 p.m.

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

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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