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Recap: City Council

Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight's Evanston City Council meeting.

The packet with information on tonight's agenda items can be found here.

7:47 p.m.

Meeting called to order.

City manager says will have recycling fair at ETHS Saturday morning. Details here.

Entrance, Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says, will be from the Lake Street entrance west of the high school, off Dodge Avenue.

7:51 p.m.

Citizen comment

Mitchell Harris, 1590 Judson Ave., opposed to B&Bs says its a beautiful area and one certain things are lost they won't come back. Suggests should only allow one or two of them in a ward. Or at least have a 750 foot separation rule.

David Reynolds, 204 Davis St., says don't need B&Bs to rescue houses — says willing buyers are available who want them as single-family homes. Claims B&Bs pose some of the same issues as group homes, which have a 900-foot separation rule.

Several other people also speak in favor of strict limits on B&Bs.

Bonnie Wilson, township assessor, says many tax bills for senior citizens were calculated incorrectly — suggests calling her office at 847-332-2465 if have questions.

Consent agenda

Items taken off consent agenda …

A3.2 – Contract award to G.A. Johnson & Son for ADA east entry project at the Civic Center.

A5 – Evanston Roadmap for the Arts $25K funding request.

P4 – City code amendments regarding bed and breakfast establishments.

Items approved on the consent agenda….

A1 – Payroll

A2 – Bills

A3.1 – Purchase of Abortect Fungicide from Rainbow Treevcare Scientific Advancements.

A3.3 – Contract award for Church Street improvement project.

A3.4 – 2012 Alley Paving program project.

A3.5 – Four replacement vehicles for city departments

A4 – Change order ofr motor control center replacement at the water plant.

A6 – FY2011 audited annual financial report

A7 – Liquor license for Found Restaurant, 1631 Chicago Ave. (For introduction)

A8 & A9 – Sale of city-owned property at 1131 Sherman Ave.

A10 – Approval of 2012 general obligation bond issue.

P1 – Honorary street name "Sharlene Garfield Way" for Elinor Place between Wesley and Ashland.

P2 – Grant to Connections for the Homeless for the homeless management information system.

P3 – $100K grant from RTA for Main Street Station transit oriented development plan

H1 – Approval of Township payroll and bills.

O1 – Amendments to Utilities Commission ordinance

Appointments to various committees

Vote 8-0 (Alderman Mark Tendem, 6th Ward, is absent tonight.)

Items debated on council floor

A3.2 – Contract award to G.A. Johnson & Son for ADA east entry project at the Civic Center.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says would be better to improve the accessible entrance on the west side of the building, doubts many people will used the new accessible entrance.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says would like to see a roadmap for what the right accessibility actions are.

Suggests postpoining the vote until the next meeting.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says city now only has one entrance that is accessible. Says ADA rules don't necessarily require more — but staff felt that needed to have more than one accessible.

Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, says need more information. Says there's no parking on the east side, so seems people with handicaps would be more likely to use the west entrance.

Rainey says should make the rear entrance much more accessible, with a better drive access — says there's a big incline into the building, that makes it not easy to get in for somebody in a wheelchair.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says she'd like to have more information as well.

Bobkiewicz proposes withdrawing it from the agenda and coming back with more info at a future meeting.

Aldermen agree to have him do that.

8:37 p.m.

A5 – Evanston Roadmap for the Arts $25K funding request.

Wilson says wants more discussion with the public arts committee, the arts council and others involved on the issue. Wilson says he's not real comfortable with the proposed role of the consultant.

Bobkiewicz says have been trying to take baby steps on the issue. Made presentation in May on it.

Says want to have as big a tent as possible. Intend to have all the arts groups in town involved.

Wilson says doesn't see why need to spend $25K to have someone organize our people.

Bobkiewicz says he thinks it's an excellent investment for the city's future. Says sooner have the resources, sooner can move forward with it.

Wilson says he doesn't see in the proposal what the consultant is actually going to be doing.

Bobkiewicz reads from list of consultant tasks included in the packet.

Says has met with 15 separate arts organizations that are involved in this project, and will meet with them again this Thursday.

Says the proposed study is similar to one that's already underway in Chicago.

Approved 8-0.

8:47 p.m.

P4 – City code amendments regarding bed and breakfast establishments.

Mayor announces that Alderman Tendam, who's traveling in Russia, has asked to have the item held over so that he can be present when the vote finally is taken.

Alderman Wynne says she won't be present for the July 23 meeting. Says she's concerned that it will be postponed again until Aug. 13 and not sure will have everybody present then.

Appears that everyone will be present Aug. 13, after aldermen ask around.

City Attorney Grant Farrar suggests using motion to postpone to a definite time — Aug. 13.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, says understands Col. Pritzker effectively asked for the delay. Says she thinks it's bad form for the council.

Burrus moves to postpone the vote until Aug. 13. Grover seconds.

Delay is approved 7-1. Fiske votes no.

8:52 p.m.

Call of the wards

Burrus — 9th Ward meeting at 7 p.m., July 17 at Grace Lutheran Church

Braithwaite — Thursday at 7 p.m. at D65 admin building. (And meet the owners of Felony Franks.)

Holmes — Thursday, July 19, ward meeting at Fleetwood at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned

8:56 p.m.

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