Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee meeting at which aldermen are scheduled to vote on the proposed sale of the former recycling center to developers planning to turn it into a climbing gym.

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 6:12 p.m.

Consent agenda approved (after removing A2, A11, A16.)

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz makes public service recognition week awards to city employees.

A3 – Amazon credt card activity.

Approved (Suffredin abstains.)

A8 – Water main improvemtns contract with Joel Kennedy Constructing


A10 – Bulley and Andrews concrete restoration contract for parking garages


 A12  CAD software license agreement with CentralSquare Technologies


A13 – 2019 First Quarter financial report

Finance Director Hitesh Desai does presentation.

Sez performance is in line with expectations.

Accepted and placed on file.

A15 – Police patrol union contract


A 19 – Banning parking on Pitner from Washington south to the dead end.


A21 – Sale of 2222 Oakton St. to Clark Street Real Estate LLC

This is the former recycling center.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says she hasn’t supported the immediate sale of the property. Says planned user — rock-climbing wall — is OK by her. But says it will generate very little sales tax, mostly just real estate taxes. Says is not concerned about traffic — says doesn’t think there’ll be much.

Objects to selling it to a real estate developer. Offers various other objections

Approved 4-1. Rainey votes no.

Items taken off consent agenda

A2 – Bills list

Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, says she objects to some of the legal expenses.

Approved 3-2. Fleming and Suffredin vote no.

A11 – Natural gas purchase agreement

Dave Stoneback, public works agency director, says will be getting “a fantastic price” on gas with this purchase through Northwestern University


A16 – Master Pole Agreement with Cingular Wireless

Fleming says one of her constituents objects to “5G” networks.

(The New York Times on Sunday reported that the fears about 5G are being spread as part of a Russian disinformation campaign.)


Meeting adjourned at 6:56 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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