Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote on a nearly three-year renewal of a contract with Central Parking Systems to manage the city’s three downtown parking garages.

A staff memo says a review panel ranked Central Parking’s proposal for operating the garages highest among the six received from parking management firms. CPS also offered the lowest price — $4.2 million — for the 32-month contract term, $148,000 less than the next lowest bidder.

The memo also says that cost savings to the city from contracting out the operation of the garages will total over $1 million over the contract period, compared to having comparable city employees perform the jobs.

Central Parking has also agreed to employ subcontractors that will allow it to have a total of 30 percent of the work at the garages done by minority- or woman-owned or Evanston-based businesses, exceeding the city’s 25 percent goal for such employment.

Related document

City memo on garage contract (.pdf)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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