What happened: Administration officials updated the committee on efforts to support walking, biking, scooting, and public-transit use. One program involves creating protected bike lanes on Superior Avenue between Public Square and E. 55th Street. Another would add protected bike lanes on Lorain Avenue between W. 20th and W. 65th Streets. Ward 17 Council Member Charles Slife said the city should consider projects beyond downtown and adjacent neighborhoods. Director of City Planning Joyce Huang said the city is prioritizing neighborhoods on the East Side.
Costs increase for plane de-icer: The committee advanced legislation that would allow the city to pay more for chemicals used to de-ice planes. The city is in the final year of a three-year contract with Nachurs Alpine Solutions, LLC. The contract expires in November 2023, said Port Control’s Dejan Radosavljevic. He said the vendor is asking the city to pay 40 to 50 percent more than anticipated. The vendor won’t continue to sell at the original price, according to Radosavljevic. Ward 16 Council Member Brian Kazy said the city should take a stand. He said vendors “can’t keep holding the city hostage” with price increases.
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