Two celebrations interrupted Committee and Council meetings Monday night, Jan. 14. First, the City honored Northwestern's football team, congratulating them on their first bowl win since 1949.
Second, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented Keys to the City to NorthShore University HealthSystem for their contributions to the ETHS Health Clinic. The celebrations fit between the usual Water Department allocations, City purchases and zoning adjustments.
Mayor Tisdahl had a nifty trophy complete with adorable stuffed alligator to present to Jared Carpenter, the MVP of the Wildcats' triumph over SEC's Mississippi State on Jan.1. NU Director of Athletics Jim Phillips was also on hand. Mr. Carpenter, a 5th-year senior, praised his entire team and thanked the City for the honor.
Keys to the City went to President and CEO of NorthShore University Health System Mark E. Neaman and COO J.P. Gallagher, with special recognition to Medical Director Dr. Julie Holland and Lead Nurse Kathy Swartout. The award recognized the decision some 14 years ago to open the clinic and, in the face of criticism, include family planning services at the clinic.
On to Water Department expenses: The City selected Carollo Engineers to provide engineering services for the 48-inch intake improvements project at a cost of nearly $160,000. The Water Department picked Carollo over Baxter and Woodlawn, whose bid was some $54,000 less, because Carollo was judged to have a better team and more experience.
Also on the docket was $600,000 worth of sewer rehabilitation split between Davis Street and Cleveland Street. The good news is that both locations are within TIF districts and will be paid for out of TIF funds.
The Fire Department is replacing seven cardiac monitor/defibrillator/pacer units because existing units have reached the end of their useful life. Funding comes from a grant from Homeland Security with a $33,000 match from the City. The City portion will be covered by a gift from Northwestern as a part of the 2011 ambulance gift.
The Chicago-Main TIF was removed from the agenda and will be back for debate and vote in two weeks. No reason was given at the meeting Monday night.
Finally, the Alden Estates special-use zoning ordinance requires the establishment to maintain eight Medicaid beds for Evanston residents. Alden Estates dropped its request that the number of beds be reduced from eight to five. Alden Estates will continue to reserve beds for Evanston Medicaid residents and the number of such beds will not be reduced.