Resolutions dominate city council meeting

Evanston City Attorney Dennis Boal speaks to city council members during a meeting on July 2. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

EVANSTON — The July 2 regular meeting of the Evanston City Council began with the approval of board appointments. Sherry Black was approved to replace Mark Smith on the Lodging Tax Board until January 2022. Tim Ridenour was approved to replace Dave Huggins on the Planning and Zoning Commission Board of Adjustments until January 2021. Lindsey Kennedy was reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Board to serve until June 2022.

Some permit requests were on the consent agenda.

Rachel Reifon requested an open container and street closure permit for an after Brew Fest party from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 20, on Main Street from 9th to 11th Street and 10th Street from Front to Main Street.

A limited malt beverage permit was requested by the Uinta County Fair for Wednesday, July 31; Thursday, August 1; and Saturday, August 3, all from 5-11 p.m.

The permit requests were approved.

Under unfinished business two ordinances were approved on their third reading, including Ordinance 19-05 to set forth the permitted and conditionally permitted uses for the commercial and business districts and amending Section 24-105 to add the definitions of light rental services and office, and Ordinance 19-06, authorizing the planning department to approve the transfer of a conditional use permit and an existing use in certain circumstances.

Under new business were several resolutions to be approved, including Resolution 19-38, authorizing the execution of a contract for services with the Evanston Youth Club for Boys and Girls; Resolution 19-39, authorizing the execution of a contract for services with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce; and Resolution 19-40, authorizing the execution of an agreement with Arts, Inc., DBA Young Musicians to provide music education and cultural activities and opportunities for the youth. 

Other resolutions included Resolution 19-41, authorizing the execution of a contract for services with the Evanston Rodeo Series; Resolution 19-42, authorizing the execution of a contract for services with Cowboy Days Incorporated; and Resolution 19-43, authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Uinta County Human Service Board. 

These resolutions were all approved. 

An additional resolution, Resolution 19-44, would declare the intention of the governing body of the city to vacate a portion of Kimberly Avenue of the Fair Meadows Park addition and hold a public hearing.

Attorney Dennis Boal said, “They are paving the trailer park and we need to move forward on the vacating process so we don’t hold them up.”

City Engineer Dean Barker added, “Utilities would be replaced with the easement and we have an agreement with them on maintenance. This vacating would make it easier for property owners and residents in the trailer park for access and for snow removal.”

The council approved moving forward with a public hearing on Resolution 19-44.

The council then moved to public participation.

Travis Hogman of the LumberYard gave a prepared speech thanking the council and Mayor Williams for the opportunity to be involved in the discussions on Ordinances 19-05 and 19-06. 

“I am proud of my involvement and the freedom to engage in open discussion. Persistence has brought us to where we are now, and I am grateful. Change is the law of life and thank you for bringing change to Evanston,” Hogman said.

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