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

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:25 p.m.

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

Meeting called to order at 8:29 p.m.

City manager’s announcements

United Way Neighborhood Network Announcement … Evanston one of eight communities added to the network (that now has two).

United Way offiical says will work with cradle to career initiative in Evanston … collective impact model … bold moves for the community … enhancing lives of youth in community to make sure they have the opportunity to be successful. United Way will get $50K initial planning grant.

In year two another grant, probably around $100K grant with another incremental grant in the 3rd year.

Will be also working on data sharing projects.

Promo for Nutcracker on Ice performance coming up this weekend at Crown Center.

City is getting sets from Oprah’s holiday show for use in Nutcracker performances 

Peaceable Cities

Announces new directory of services for violence prevention and related services.

To be online starting Wednesday. Also have print copies available.

First Night Evanston … musical offerings on New Years Eve. More details online.

Holiday trash pickup schedule … info online.

Public comment

John Walsh of Central Street Neighobrs Association objects to proposed changes in planned development site development allowances proposed by city staff. (This is item P4 on tonight’s agenda.)

Richard Weiland, 1012 Hinman Ave., urges keeping Harley Clarke mansion and land around it in public ownership perpetually.

Madelyn Ducre asks City Council to “stand up for justice” for all Americans. Urges changes for the better to help everyone in response to recent police shootings.

Carlis Sutton, 1821 Darrow, concerned about West Evanston Plan, wants better notice to residents about zoning changes. Doesn’t want to “accelerate gentrification” in the community. Says wants developers to pay for their own infrastructure and require bigger set asides for moderate income units. Also objects to bike lanes on Church Street. Wants rush hour parking restrictions on Emerson.

Wants former Boocoo building used for community purposes, not development.

Consent agenda

Items taken off the consent agenda.

  • Downtown Evanston budget contribution.
  • First Night Evanston funding request.
  • 633 Howard St. lease.
  • Central Street Overlay District text amendments
  • Harley Clarke update
  • Human Services funding summit recommendations

Consent agenda, with those deletions, approved.

Downtown Evanston funding

Burrus thanks Downtown Evanston for all they do.

Mayor says DE does a terrific job.

Approved unanimously.

First Night Evanston funding ($5K)

Burrus says she has concerns with budget and tardiness of request for aid.

Wilson says he doesn’t believe that group has misrepresented the budget.

Rainey says thinks they didn’t know what were doing when put budget together.

Braithwaite says will get info and tighten up the numbers in the future. “So just, fah, lah, lah, lah, lah,” Briathwaite says.

Approved 8-1. Burrus votes no.

Buffalo Wild Wings liquor license cancellation (because business closed). Final approval. Unanimous.

633 Howard (police outpost) lease for coffee shop. Rules suspended to give immediate approval.

Rainey says appreciate Chris Casas plan to open the business. Says property has outlived its usefulness as a police outpost … given the other improvements on the block.

It will provide a morning place to complement the afternoon and evening businesses (Ward Eight and Peckish Pig) recently opened on the block.

Approved 8-1. Wilson votes no.

745 Howard … new police outpost lease

Approved 7-2. Fiske and Wilson vote no.

Central Street zoning text amendment

Approved 8-1. Fiske votes no.

Harley Clarke update and moving assistance

Burrus says committee approved all aspects of this, except for the financial assistance for the move.

Holmes says want to come up with a policy in anticipation of future requests from other non-profit groups.

Approved 9-0.

Human Services Funding Summit recommendations

Role of alderman changed to be liaison to rather than a member of the committee.

Approved unanimously.

Boards, Committees and Commissions Update

Approved unanimously 

Call of the Wards

Holmes …5th Ward holiday party Thursday, Dec. 18 at Fleetwood.

Braithwaite… Dec. 11 6p … meeting on Penny Park plans.

Valli Produce tour … Dec. 9 and Dec. 13 … call 311 for details.

Council votes to go into executive session.

Public meeting adjourned at 9:37 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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