Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is asking aldermen to approve spending $150,000 as part of next year’s budget to buy a “mobile city hall vehicle.”
Asked for more detail about the project, Bobkiewicz responded that what he has in mind is something like Boston’s “City Hall to Go” step van pictured above.
He says the Evanston version is “intended to bring information and services to the community” in cooperation with the Evanston Public Library “reaching out to residents where they live and play.”
He suggests that the library would “create pop-up learning labs, transport story-times and crafts with ease and have a distinctive, easy to identify mobile presence throughout the city.”
And he says the city could use it as part of its age-friendly initiative. “As more and more residents age-in-place, the vehicle can come to residents to provide services normally rendered at city hall.
He says the $150,000 proposed cost would include the buying the vehicle and equipping it with laptop computers, internet connectivity and tables chairs and mats that would be setup outside.
Bobkiewicz says the idea is to have “more of an outside of the vehicle setup rather than a walk-up counter” as used in the Boston version.
He didn’t mention it, but Evanston is unlikely to be promoting the bottled water shown in the Boston photo — since it’s pushing use of the city’s own tap water.