Recap: City Council committee meetings

Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight's Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee and Planning and Development Committee meetings.

Here’s a recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council Administration and Public Works Committee and Planning and Development Committee meetings.

The P&D Committee has a very short agenda tonight, so we’ve decided to include it at the end of our A&PW Committee coverage.

Packets with information on the committee agenda items are available online.

The A&PW Committee meeting is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

The video stream of the meeting is available on the city’s YouTube channel and on our home page.

Meeting called to order at 4:35 p.m.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, is absent. Present: Aldermen Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward; Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward; Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, and Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward.

Fleming chairs.

Items taken off the consent agenda:

A1, A2, A3, A8 and A9

Except for those items, consent agenda approved.

A1 – Payroll

Approved.

A1 – Bills

Suffredin says he’s opposed to some items. Will vote against.

Other committee members ask to hold four items requested by the city clerk pending explanation from him of the expense.

Bills approved.

A2 – 2019 Comprehenvsive Annual Financial Report

Auditor says firm is providing a “clean opinion” — the best rating they can give.

Says financial results are “pretty impressive.”

Approved 3-0. Rainey has lost connection to the meeting.

A3 – MWEBE fund transfer

Rue Simmons says the penalty fees from major construction projects will be used under this plan to provide funding for entrepreneurship grants

Approved 4-0. Rainey is back on the line.

A8- Contract award to Capitol Cement for alley paving projects.

Approved 4-0.

A9 – Water shut-off, late fee and payment arrangement recommendations

Proposal would match the late fee deadline set by the state for private water utilities.

Late fees would be assessed in September for bills issued in August.

Fleming says she’d like to see the late fee waiver extended for an additional month.

Rue Simmons seconds that extension.

Approved as amended 4-0.

A11 – Change order for Crown Center construction management

Funding for $400K increase to be provided by the Friends of Robert Crown Center.

Lora Biggs, city engineer, says soils problem discovered while construction was underway exceeded the scope of the contingency clause included in the contract.

Approved 4-0.

A12 – Tenant eviction notices moratorium

Rainey says she supports the concept, but concerned about what the expiration date would be.

(State moratorium now set to expire Aug. 22.)

Rue Simmons says is concerned about small landlords who may not be able to pay their mortgages if rent’s not coming in.

Fleming says the proposal is a replica of what’s been done in Chicago.

Motion by Fleming is to hold this, awaiting more info. Approved 4-0.

A13 – Grant aplication to MWRD for funding onf Main Street Improvement Project

If awarded, would cover 75% of the $430K project cost

Approved. 4-0.

A14 – Extension of declared state of emergency untl Aug. 10

Fleming says she doesn’t want to continue the state of emergency.

Tie 2-2. (Moves forward to Council for consideration, without a recommendation.

No public commenters tonight.

Meeting adjourned at 5:28 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee to start at 5:45 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee

Meeting called to order at 5:47 p.m.

Rainey chairs.

Committee members present: Fiske, Wynne, Wilson, Rue Simmons, Suffredin, Revelle and Rainey.

Minutes approved.

No one signed up for public comment.

P1 – Renewal funding to administer the inclusionary housing wait list.

$40K to Community Partners for Affordable Housing.

Sarah Flax, city grants administrator, does presentation. Highlights:

  • 305 households on waitlist now, 199 added in past 16 months. About half quality for local preference.
  • 68% of applicants on the wait list are one- or two-person households.
  • City has 40 existing units.
  • It’s a 20-month contract for the $40K fee.

Flax says CPAH has more than one person working on the project. They also manage Highland Park and Lake Forest waitlists. It’s not an easy thing to do, she says.

Approved 7-0.

Meeting adjourned at 6:09 p.m.

City Council meeting to start at 6:15 p.m.

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