Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council meeting — which turned out to be unusually short.

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

Meeting called to order at 6:49 p.m.

Mayoral proclamations

  • Vogue Fabrics 70th anniversary
  • Bike Safety Month
  • Public Works Week (May 17-23)
  • 100 Best Fleets recognition

City manager announcements

  • New bike maps available … other bike safety steps
  • Award for CAFR (annual financial report)
  • Civic Center parking lot repaving project to start May 25. Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says construction will start May 25 and run in phases through mid-September. Will have several different porous paving materials and will offer the opportunity to evaluate the performane of storm water infiltration and material durability.  Will move about 50 employee parking spaces to the service center for the duration of the project.
  • Memorial Day holidy trash collections.

Public Comment

Mike Vasilko says favors the Howard Street theater request for proposals process. And he thanks the Harley Clarke committee for its work in developing alternatives for use of the site.

Consent agenda

Only one item taken off the consent agenda:

O1 – Grant to Curt’s Cafe taken off consent agenda at request of Alderman Mill

Consent agenda approved.

Final approval for sale of liquor for catering (A 13). Approved.

Final approval for ending Cosi’s liquor license (A16). Approved.

O1 – Curt’s Cafe $42K grant.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says a lot of effort spent on this by himself, Tendam, Grover and Braithwaite. Says some people in business community may not be pleased, but have had success with the program. Says this enterprise is working with some of the most difficult cases. Need something there and supportive. Will be very disappointed if can’t get this going along.

Alderman Brian Miller, 9th Ward, terms of grant …for a year…with Oct. 1 report update?

Johanna Nyden of economic development committee says do get approvals…and working with 

Miller says likes Curts …but want to make sure following best process

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says was concern other business owners. Says there is concern about whether these are really Evanston kids. Says need to clear up with staff. Doesn’t think another meeting’s delay would hurt anything. Says some other business owners do same sort of things. Says she supported Felony Franks, says this type of program is needed for individuals who don’t fit into usual boxes. But need to make sure they’re are Evanston residents and that we provide same kind of support to other businesses that hire felons and keep them.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, says residency concernts have been brought up, and case management. Says staff making sure that residency issue and case management issues are taken care of. 

Nyden says the dollars don’t go direct to the student but to Curt’s Cafe for the costs of operating the program. 

Curt’s operator says its a reimbursement program — Curt’s gets the money after proving the students have completed the program.

Miller and Holmes move to have the item held until the next meeting.

Call of the Wards

Rainey says she believes the Harley Clarke committee process has been excellent. Expects to come up with excellent presentations for the May 18 public meeting.

Says also getting lots of theater professionals involved in planning for the Howard Street theater project.

Braithwaite … ward meeting Thursday 7p at D65 HQ.

Wynne … next town hall meeting Thursday, June 4, 7p at Lincoln School multipurpose room

Holmes … ward meeting May 21 at Fleetwood

Fiske …1st Ward meeting Tuesday June 2, 7 p.m. at EPL.

Council moves into executive session.

Public meeting ends at 7:43 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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