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

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m.

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

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

It’s National Park and Recreation Month. Various events announced. Promo video played.

Open house at water plant coming up Saturday morning, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. marking 100th year of safe water in the city.

Evanston Art Center has found new location at 1717 Central St. Says will add culinary, design, film, music and other programs to its programs.

Executive Director Norah Diedrich says it will accommodate all current facilities except the metal working studio. Hopes to combine that with a woodworking shop at another location.

Says in due-diligence period on the building now. Hope to purchase and be in the facility by next spring.

Needs to raise $2.5 million to fund the project. More information about that soon on the center’s website.

1717 Central St. in an image from Google maps.

Public Comment

Madelyn Ducre objects to proposed plastic bag ban — says people need the bags for dog poop.

Betty Ester, 2031 Church St., says human rights ordinance as drafted would protect against age discrimination only between age 40 and 65. Says it should be just 40 and up.

Woman from Norshore Cab complains about UberX service — says city is not enforcing taxi ordinance against ride sharing services. Says people are losing money and can’t support their families.

Consent agenda

The following items taken off the consent agenda:

  • Liquor license for DMK Burger & Fish.
  • 1409 Dodge and 1825 Greenwood rezoning

Consent agenda approved.

DMK Burger & Fish liquor license

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, suggests amendments limiting license to beer and wine.

Michael Cornick, co-owner of DMK, says want to be restaurant, not a bar. But real slippery slope if go into restaurant are served at bar while waiting for a table, and then decide to leave.

Fiske says, it’s not Sheffield Avenue or Smylie Bros. its in a residential neighborhood that closes down pretty much by 9 p.m.

Alderman Rainey says it is a business district.

Says the discussion about what it means to about meals. Suggests should say when it’s meals are available.

Fiske withdraws amendment. So vote is on ordinance as presented in packet.

Approved. 9-0.

1409 Dodge/1825 Greenwood zoning changes

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, whose 2nd Ward includes the property, says it’s a great project that will very much upgrade the property.

Approved 8-1. (Rainey votes no because of opposition to any reduction of industrially zoned property in the city.)

Final adoption of Human Rights Ordinance

Approved 9-0.

Call of the wards

Holmes … 5th ward meeting Thursday at Fleetwood.

Asks for more info on qualifications for partiicipating in citizens police academy.

Tendam…6th Ward meeting at Three Crowns 7 p.m. July 24.

Rainey …food truck fest at Brummel Park tomorrow evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Cash only.

This is Ravinia South, she says.

Council votes to go into executive session.

Public meeting adjourned at 9:38 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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