A Weighty Agenda and Some Opportunity Snags in the May 10 Town Council Conferences

A letter from the Mullen Regulation Business at the Westside Justice Center in Chicago is casting question on the legality of the remaining assembly of the 80th Evanston City Council and the initially meeting of the 81st City Council, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively on Might 10.

The letter, from attorney Ed Mullen, was sent by means of email on Might 7 to the six people today who will be new faces at the City: Mayor-Elect Daniel Biss, City Clerk-Elect Stephanie Mendoza, and Aldermen-Elect Clare Kelly, Jonathan Nieuwsma, Bobby Burns, and Devon Reid.

Mr. Mullen writes, “I have been requested to deliver you with a lawful belief as to whether the Metropolis of Evanston’s scheduled Metropolis Council meetings on May possibly 10, 2021, whereby the outgoing City Council is scheduled to meet up with and perform company at the initially conference [scheduled for 4:30 p.m.], adopted by a 2nd assembly [scheduled for 7:30 p.m.] in which the newly elected Metropolis Council will be sworn in to start their phrases, complies with the Illinois Municipal Code.”

The agenda of the 4:30 p.m. conference is made up of quite a few sizeable things on which users of the current, or 80th, Town Council will vote.

These involve the lease of the Harley Clarke mansion, adjustments to the City’s leaf-blower ordinance, approval of the deal for providing h2o to Skokie, approval to get started to negotiate the sale of the Metropolis-owned house on Central Avenue that formerly housed the North Department Library, the approval of meeting dates for a general public listening to and a Joint Assessment Board assembly about the proposed Fifth Ward tax-increment funding (TIF) district, and two objects that remove citizen input from public processes: proposed change in the City’s Board of Ethics techniques and sure specific use procedures.