Voters will find contests for
some school board seats

[APRIL 2, 2001]  Logan County voters will see some contests for seats on area school boards in Tuesday’s general election, and voters in Williamsville Community Unit School District 15 will decide a $7 million bond issue for school construction.

The Williamsville school district, which includes parts of Logan, Sangamon and Menard counties, has a proposition on the ballot to issue $7,800,000 in school building bonds to build and equip additions to Sherman Elementary and Williamsville Junior and Senior High School buildings. The district will receive a construction grant of $5,277,703 from the state board of education if the bond issue passes.

Voters in Williamsville District 15 must also choose four candidates from a field of five for the school board. They are Kevin R. Traeger, Jack Caldwell, Kim Fowler, Terry L. Casson and Jody F. Freedlund.

In Chester-East Lincoln School District 61, five candidates are also running for the four full terms. They are Jim Meyrick, Jennifer Dalrymple, Aaron Leesman, Gladys M. Elkins and Bob Buse. No candidate has filed to fill the unexpired two-year term.


Five candidates are running to fill four seats on the board for Mount Pulaski Community Unit School District 23. They are Deron Powell, John V. Olson, Julie A. Milner, Raymond R. Smith and Cheryl D. Roberts.

Voters in the Delavan Community Unit School District 703 also have a choice of five candidates for four terms. They are Jeff Klokkenga, Carla J. Shay, Mark E. Allen, Mark Tomm and Kent E. Kurtz.

Illini Central Community Unit School District 189 has five candidates running for three seats: Fred Wiemer, Karen Miller, Rick Hayes, Noreen N. Frye and Cindy Dodson.

Warrensburg-Latham Community Unit School District 11 has four candidates running for three seats. They are Roger Edgecombe, Brian Wright, Richard Carlson and Pamela Stone.

Voters who live in Athens Community Unit School District 213 also must chose three board members from a field of four candidates. They are Rob Holtsclaw, Dennis G. Herrington, Mark Mathewson and Gregory A. Muller.

In Greenview Community Unit School District 200, four candidates are also running for three seats: Evelyn Smith, David G. Willis, Steven E. Phillips and Pamela J. Curry.



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However, there are no contests in Lincoln Elementary School District 27, West Lincoln-Broadwell District 92, Lincoln Community High School District 404 and New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88.

Running for the four four-year terms in District 27 are Marilyn Montgomery, W. James Wilmert, Bruce Carmitchel and Stephen Rohrer. In West Lincoln-Broadwell, the four candidates for four-year terms are Scott Goodman, Patricia Quint, Laurie Muck and Augustus Scott Jr. Douglas Muck is running for the unexpired two-year term.

On the ballot for Lincoln High School District 404’s four seats are Jim Mammen, Tom Ackman, Larry P. Gleason and Robert W. Meinershagen. New Holland-Middletown has three candidates for three four-year terms: Teresa J. Tripplett, Thomas "Rusty" Skelton and Diane Meyrick.

Two districts did not field a full slate of candidates. In Hartsburg-Emden Community Unit School District 21, only three candidates are running for four terms. They are Patricia Sparks, Craig Conrady and Robert W. Coers.

In Olympia Community Unit School District 16, three candidates are also running for four terms: Sondra R. Hayes, Paul Walker and David M. Mattson Jr.


Two area community college districts also have contests. In Lincoln Land Community College District 526, five candidates are running for three seats: Jim Dodge, Drinda O’Connor, Craig Findley, Carol Hansen Posegate and Mary Ellen Madonia.

Heartland Community College District 540 also has five candidates vying for three full terms. They are Charles Sila, Larry L. Littell, Roger L. Tuttle, V. L. "Budd" Fairfield and Harry Dunham.

Illinois Central College District 624 has two candidates for two seats, Robert R. Ehrich and J.E. (Jerry) Wright.

For members of the Regional Board of School Trustees for Logan, Mason and Menard Counties, two candidates are running from Logan County for two full terms: Edwin P. Dahmm and Walter A. Harmsen.

[Joan Crabb]

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Lake Fork Community Sale another success

[APRIL 2, 2001]  The 28th annual Lake Fork Community Sale was this past Saturday, March 31. Several thousand people, ignoring forecasts for thunderstorms, made the journey to this tiny farming community located near Mount Pulaski.

[Click here to see photos from the 28th annual Lake Fork Community Sale]

The community sale is sort of a large, outdoor consignment shop — for one day only. Sellers bring their items to the grounds around the Lake Fork Community Center during the week, even right up to the last hour on Saturday. Sellers must register their items, receiving a sale number afterward. Anyone wishing to purchase items during the day must also register and receive a number. All items are then auctioned off during the course of the day.

"We’ve been doing this for 28 years," says Richard Stewart, president of the Lake Fork Community Sale. It has really grown over the last seven or eight years. Last year we purchased additional land adjacent to the Community Center to handle the growth. The sale now covers 5 to 6 acres (last year it was held on about 3 acres). We have probably 250 to 300 consigners this year, up from 210 last year."


With the sun poking out occasionally on a cool, hazy spring morning, the throng of buyers and sellers gathered early. Those who were hungry could get a tasty breakfast of sausage and pancakes. Orange-vested volunteers assisted Stewart and his colleagues on the Lake Fork Community Center board. They helped guide and arrange the sellers during their setups. Considering that sale items varied from heavy farm implements to baby ducks, this was not an easy task, but one done smoothly, enabling everything and everyone to be ready on time.

At 9:30 a.m. Richard Stewart gave an opening ceremony speech, welcoming and thanking all in attendance. Immediately afterward, auctioneer John Laurenzana of Springfield got things rolling with a sale of a stuffed bunny for $7. Moments later six auctioneers, spread throughout the sale grounds, were blazing away with their machine-gun chatter. The auctioneers, 12 in all, graciously donated their time and skills.




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The items for sale varied from the small to the very large. Rabbits, roosters and baby ducks pondered their future over by the bales of hay — also for sale. Heavy farm implements, even tractors, were lined up for their future owners. A sailboat (with sails billowing in the wind), powerboats, buses, and many cars and trucks were available for the right price. Even the recently replaced Beason Fire and Rescue vehicle, still ready to roll in case of emergency, was up for sale. Smaller items included furniture, toys, computer and electronic equipment, tools, and other things. Among the more unusual items was a 5-gallon bucket containing thousands of furniture leg glides.

Sales were brisk throughout the morning, with people happily snatching up valued items. Even a light sprinkle didn’t damper the enthusiasm for sales. The auctioneers gave each other breaks, allowing their tired vocal chords a chance to rest. A group of volunteers manned the concession stands; amongst the varied offerings were sausage sandwiches, corn dogs and soda.

As the afternoon wore on, the barking of the auctioneers and the din of the crowd seemed to wane from its early frenetic pace. Then, around 2:30, the sprinkles returned, with the skies seeming ready to make good on the promise of the forecasters. The threat of worsening weather seemed to re-energize everyone. Auctioneers picked up the pace. As the auctioneer trucks neared each other, it seemed as though they were battling each other for the crowd’s attention. At one point, five of the six trucks were within an auctioneer’s bark of each other. The sold items were hastily carted away. As it turned out, a very light rain was the worst of the weather.

Many a profit was made, with the easiest going to a lucky winner of $1,489 from the 50-50 drawing. The final count of proceeds will take a bit to tally, but it was hoped to see $3,000 go to the Lake Fork Community Center.

"And," says Richard Stewart, "next week our committees will gather for the planning of next year’s event."

[Jim Stone]

Township elections will offer few contests

[MARCH 31, 2001]  Many candidates for township offices in Logan County will be running unopposed in Tuesday’s consolidated general election, but a few townships will have contests for the offices of supervisor, clerk, highway commissioner and the four township trustees.

Aetna Township

Aetna Township has races for all posts except multi-township assessor. Alan R. Roos, a Republican and current trustee, and Pamela S. England, a Democrat, are running for the position of township supervisor. Kevin Coers, a Republican and current trustee, and Dale Karrick, a Democrat, are running for township clerk. Democrat Dennis D. Karrick is challenging Republican incumbent John W. "Bill" Howe for highway commissioner.

Four Republicans and two Democrats are running for the four four-year trustee terms in Aetna Township. Republicans are Edwin Dahmm, present township clerk Mary E. Hamilton, Jacob D. Johnson and incumbent Mark Carlin. Democrats seeking the seats are Linda L. Rentmeister and Dale Maxheimer Sr. JoEllen Maske, a Democrat, is running again for multi-township assessor for Lake Fork, Laenna and Aetna townships.

Atlanta Township

In Atlanta Township, the only races are for the four four-year trustee seats. Incumbent supervisor L. Randall Geddert, a Republican, is running unopposed, as is incumbent highway commissioner T. R. "Junior" Renfrow, a Democrat. No candidates have filed for township clerk.

Four Republicans and three Democrats are vying for the four trustee seats. Republicans on the ballot are incumbents Rodney D. Leesman, Ronald M. Kindred and Robert E. Johnson, along with F. Alex Hoblit. Democrats are Leo J. (Jack) Mayberry, Everett L. (Leon) Renfrow and Mary Powell. Incumbent Gerald B. Connor is running unopposed for Oran and Atlanta multi-township assessor.

Broadwell Township

Broadwell Township voters have no contests at the township level and will be re-electing all Republican incumbents. They are Doris Oltmanns, township supervisor; Judy Aper, clerk; Robert Pharis, highway commissioner; Ben. D. Conrady, Robert Farmer, Francis Schreiner and Bill Cosby, trustees; and Sally Fleshman, Broadwell and Corwin Township multi-township assessor.

Chester Township

Chester Township voters will see one contest: five candidates for four four-year terms as trustee. Republican incumbents Lowell "Bud" Petty, supervisor, and Laura L. Slayton, township clerk, are running again unopposed, as is Democratic incumbent highway commissioner Homer S. Sheley. Four incumbent trustees, Republicans Eugene C. Hassebrock, David W. Klockenga and Harold L. Strampp are running, along with Democratic incumbent David E. Gleason. Challenger is Republican Gregory L. Bradley.

Corwin Township

Voters in Corwin Township also will find no contests for township offices. Republican incumbents William Graff and David A. Johnson are running for township supervisor and highway commissioner, respectively, with Republican Richard Deters, a trustee, running for township clerk. Incumbent trustees Joe Ott, Charles Lindsey and Otis Triplett are running, along with newcomer Edward Tibbs. All are Republicans.

East Lincoln Township

East Lincoln Township voters also face no contests. Republican incumbents Rodney L. Alberts, supervisor; Nancy E. Schaub, clerk; and Dale Steffens, highway commissioner, are running again. Republican incumbent trustees Rick Charron, Joanne M. Donath and Dan "Boon" Lee are running, along with Republican newcomer Lynn W. Sheley.

Elkhart Township

Voters in Elkhart Township will see a few changes, but no choices, on the ballot for township offices. John V. Olson replaces Wayne Hanner for township supervisor, and Rebecca Dobey replaces Hilma Schilling as township clerk. Incumbent highway commissioner Richard Lanterman will run again, as will incumbent trustees Carole Davis, Louis Davis. Harold Pankey and David L. Olson. All are Republicans.

Eminence Township

In Eminence Township, voters will find familiar names, a few changes and no contests. Greg Crabtree will run again for township supervisor, and Dale Allen will run again for highway commissioner. Dean Sasse, presently a trustee, is running for clerk, while present clerk Donald D. Klockenga is running for a four-year term as trustee. The other three trustees running are incumbents Randall D. Pech, Doug Garey and Dick McKown. All are Republicans.

Hurlbut Township

Hurlbut Township voters will also see familiar names and no contest. Incumbents Moulton D. Dowell and Carolyn S. Brooks, Republicans, and Robert B. Gleason, Democrat, will run again for supervisor, clerk and highway commissioner, respectively. Three incumbent trustees are running: Steven A. Anderson, Roger A. Dennison and Raymond R. Smith. Dana L. Hudson is also running for a four-year term as trustee. All trustees are Republicans.


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Laenna Township

Voters will see no changes in Laenna Township offices. Democratic incumbents Charles Rand and Carol Bridges will run for supervisor and clerk, respectively, and independent incumbent Robert D. Altig will run again for highway commissioner. The four incumbent trustees, all Democrats, will also be on the ballot. They are Carl. D. Faith, Elisabeth Purcell, John W. Drake and Robert L. Maske.

Lake Fork Township

In Lake Fork Township, voters will choose four trustees from a field of six candidates. Republican Robert H. Davis will run unopposed for township supervisor, and Democratic incumbents Jean E. Davis and Robert W. Westen will run unopposed for clerk and highway commissioner, respectively.

Three Democrats and three Republicans are running for the four four-year trustee seats, including Democratic incumbent John S. Grathwohl and three Republican incumbents: Franklin Gaisler, Charlotte Baldwin and Richard L. Seefeldt. The two other Democrats running are Herbert J. Seitzer and Jennifer K. Proctor.

Mount Pulaski Township

Mount Pulaski Township voters will see only one race at the township level. Republican Dale E. McCain is challenging independent Leslie "Foxie" Hild for highway commissioner. Republican Diane S. Blaum, present township clerk, is running for supervisor, and Republican Shirley R. Schaal, a trustee, is running for clerk. Three incumbent trustees are running: Carl E. Oglesby, Scott A. Faith and Ronald R. Leesman. Kent Brooker is running for the trustee seat vacated by Schaal. All are Republicans.

Oran Township

Oran Township voters will see a race for trustee seats, with four Republicans and four Democrats running. Democratic incumbents Dan White, Emil Walker and Jerry Overbey are running for supervisor, clerk and highway commissioner, respectively, with no opposition. Republican incumbents Ed Voyles and Harold Drake are running for the four four-year trustee terms, along with Republicans Connie Snyder and Randy Wolf. Democratic incumbent Dave Lock is running again, along with Democrats John Roche, Tom Ramlow and Jack Welch.

Orvil Township

Several contests face voters in Orvil Township, although incumbent supervisor William Boerma, Democrat, is running again unopposed. Republican Roberta Rademaker is running unopposed for clerk, but Democratic incumbent highway commissioner Richard W. Reiners is being challenged by Republican Scott Behrends. Four Democrats and two Republicans are vying for the four four-year trustee terms. Democratic incumbents William E. Rademaker and Ivan Rademaker are running again, along with newcomers D. Bruce Struebing and Clarence Duane Melton. Republican incumbent Dale R. Eeten is also running, as is Luther Leesman.

Prairie Creek Township

In Prairie Creek Township, there is no candidate for township supervisor, but there is a five-candidate race for the four trustee seats. Republicans Julia Cross and Kevin R. Ubbenga are running unopposed for clerk and highway commissioner. Present supervisor Blair Hoerbert is running for trustee as a Republican, along with Republican incumbents William Zimmer and Lisa Wrage and newcomer David E. Parr. Democratic incumbent Keith Rummel is also running. John LaMothe is running unopposed for Sheridan and Prairie Creek Township multi-assessor.

Sheridan Township

Sheridan Township voters will see mostly familiar names but no contests. Russell Funderburg, Republican, is running for township supervisor, while Republican incumbent Carla Harnacke and Democratic incumbent James L. Shelton are running unopposed for township clerk and highway commissioner. All four incumbent trustees, Republicans Franklin "Hank" Podbelsek, Mike Patrick and Quint Harnacke and Democrat Bruce Buchholz, are running again.

West Lincoln Township

West Lincoln Township voters will re-elect all incumbents to township offices, all of them Republicans. They are Gary Long, supervisor; James LaMothe, clerk; Robert Sheley, highway commissioner; and Russell Farmer, Eugene Miles, Brad Sheley and Galen Marten, trustees.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

[Joan Crabb]

Robbery suspects apprehended

[MARCH 30, 2001]  Lincoln City Police and Sheriff’s Department officers apprehended two robbery suspects after a lengthy foot chase late this morning. The suspects are accused of entering a Carroll South dorm room at Lincoln College at 1:45 this morning and forcing the victim to give them money. No weapons were used. Following the incident the whereabouts of the suspects was unknown. When identified later this morning, the suspects fled on foot. Two 19-year-olds from Joliet are in custody and being charged with robbery.


Voters have choices Tuesday in
some Logan County municipalities

[MARCH 30, 2001]  In six of Logan County’s 11 municipalities, voters will have to make choices for city and village offices in Tuesday’s consolidated general election. In Lincoln the only contest is the race for mayor, but voters in Mount Pulaski have choices for mayor, aldermen in two of the three wards, park district commissioners and rural fire district trustees. In Atlanta, voters will choose between two mayoral candidates and aldermen in one of the three wards. San Jose and Latham have mayoral races, and both those villages as well as New Holland have competition for trustee seats.


In the Lincoln mayoral race, Republican Elizabeth "Beth" Davis faces Democrat Kenneth S. Gray. Davis, a member of the Logan County Board, has been active in many area organizations. Gray is a newcomer to local politics.

In other city races, incumbent Juanita "Nita" Josserand, Republican, is the only candidate running for the four-year term of city clerk, and Lester D. Plotner, also an incumbent and a Republican, is the only candidate running for city treasurer.

No contests exist in the races for aldermen. Benny L. Huskins Sr. is running again for a four-year term as Ward 1 alderman. Verl A. Prather, a former alderman, is running unopposed for the Ward 2 aldermanic seat. David R. Armbrust is on the ballot for the seat in Ward 3 to be vacated by retired Judge Gerald Dehner. Glenn Shelton, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term in Ward 4, is running for a full four-year term. Michael T. Montcalm, incumbent, is running again for the Ward 5 seat. All are Republicans.

There are no also contests in the race for Lincoln Park District commissioner or trustee of the Lincoln Public Library District. John Andrews, Dave Perring and James Sparrow are running for park district posts and Eileen Morris and William Vinyard for library trustees.


Voters in Atlanta face contests for mayor and for Ward 2 alderman. Mayor Bill Martin, Republican incumbent, is facing Democratic challenger Taplia "Jack" Renfrow, former 1st Ward alderman. Kenneth R. Martin is running unopposed for another term as clerk, and Vicki Martin is running for another term as treasurer. Both are Republicans.

Fred R. Finchum is running unopposed for the 1st Ward seat vacated by Renfrow, and incumbent Billie J. Cheek is running unopposed for the 3rd Ward seat. Democrat Ricky G. Lynch and Republican Darrell Deverman are vying for the 2nd Ward seat being vacated by Kenneth Timm. Deverman is a former member of the Logan County Board.

Two candidates are running for two six-year terms for commissioners of the Atlanta Memorial Park District. They are Douglas J. Thompson and William D. Seymour. Only two candidates, Karen E. Horn and John A. "Andy" Glass, are up for three six-year terms as trustee for the Atlanta Public Library District. James R. Applegate is running for one unexpired term of four years for the library district.

Mount Pulaski

Mount Pulaski voters will decide contests for mayor and for alderman in two of the three wards. In the three-way mayoral race, William C. Glaze, Robert W. Letterle and Delmar L. Steward will vie for the position. Glaze is currently 1st Ward alderman, while Steward has previously served as mayor. Incumbent Marla K. Durst is running unopposed for clerk and Dee A. Anderson is running unopposed for treasurer.

In Ward 1 John W. Poffenbarger is unopposed for a four-year term, and John N. Bates Jr. is unopposed for an unexpired term of two years. In Ward 2, incumbent James R. Jackson and James P. Fuhrer are both seeking the open four-year seat. In Ward 3, three candidates are seeking the one open four-year term: incumbent Rhonda Ann Mattern, Robert L. Bates and Thomas A. Gupton Jr.

Mount Pulaski voters must also decide which of four candidates win the three four-year terms for Mount Pulaski Township Park District commissioner. On the ballot are Stuart R. Erlenbush, Terri Ann Meister, Kenneth J. Durst and Timothy W. Milner.

The Mount Pulaski Library District has only three candidates running for three trustee seats: Betty Phillips, Cheryl L. McCue and John Drake.

The Mount Pulaski Rural Fire District also has a race, with six candidates running for three six-year terms as trustees. Candidates are Gregory L. Holmes, Karol Gibbs, Roger L. Hayden, Jason L. Veech, Frederick A. Lipp Jr. and Leslie "Foxie" Hild.

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San Jose

San Jose voters will choose between candidates of the Citizens Party and independents for mayor and three trustees. Vying for mayor to replace George Weyhrich, who is stepping down, are Citizens candidate Duane Worlow and independent Ida M. McWilliams. Joy Zimmerman, incumbent, is the only candidate for village clerk. Three Citizens Party candidates are running for three four-year terms as trustee: Raymond Satchfield, Ken Kastner Jr. and incumbent Jim Higdon. The three independent candidates for the same seats are Billy Blackstock, Danny McWilliams and Larry Andereck.

In the San Jose Park District election for park board director, two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms, Vernon Rademaker and Joyce A. Aggertt.


In Latham, Anti-License candidate and incumbent Gary A. Letterly will face independent Jim Altig in the mayoral contest. Incumbent clerk Pam Coogan has no competition. Four independents are running for three four-year terms as trustee: incumbent Beverly K. Altig and newcomers Steve Coogan, Staci A. Cheseldine and David Woodside.

New Holland

New Holland voters will have choices to make in the races for village trustee but not in the races for village president or clerk. Jeffrey P. Mammen, a former trustee, is the only candidate for village president, and incumbent Jennie L. Dean is running again for village clerk. Four candidates are running for three four-year terms for trustee: Timothy F. Merriman, Suzanne E. Aper, Judith Funderburg and Jennifer Tobias. Two candidates are vying for an unexpired trustee term of two years: Frank Reliford and Guy F. Podbelsek. All are independents.


No contests are on the ballot for Elkhart voters. Dayle Eldredge, a former trustee who was appointed mayor last August to fill the unexpired term of Terry Moore, is running for a full four-year term. Village Clerk Gwen Rosenfeld, incumbent, is running for another four-year term. Running for four-year terms as trustee are incumbents Dan Durchholz and Timothy Gleason, along with Joseph Olson. Running for a two-year term to fill Eldredge’s unexpired term is Charles Matthews. All are members of the Citizen’s Party.

Elkhart also has just four candidates running for the four four-year terms as trustee of the Elkhart Public Library. They are Angela Olson, Angela McIntyre, Kelly Elias and Cheri L. Gieseke.


Broadwell voters also face no contests for municipal offices. Warren Bradley, a former alderman, is running for village president, and Deanna Bradley is running for village clerk. Running for the three four-year trustee terms are Paul Muchow, Darrell "Lee" Benner Jr. and William H. "Bill" Kennett. All are Peoples Party members.



Emden voters also have no contests to decide. Ivan Rademaker will run again for mayor and Frank D. Pieper will run again for village clerk. Running for three trustee seats are incumbent Joseph Hackett and newcomers Crystal Flatley and Kay Melton. All are Peoples Party candidates. Brad Lessen is running for one six-year term as Emden Park District commissioner.


In Hartsburg, no seats are contested. Incumbents Thomas B. Anderson will run again for mayor and Doris Last for village clerk. Incumbents Philip R. Langley and Thomas P. Mikelson will run again for trustee, along with Dean Leesman.


In Middletown, three candidates are running for three four-year terms as trustee: incumbents John R. Renfro and Harold S. Stout, along with newcomer Dale K. Nelson. Damon White is running for an unexpired term of two years as trustee. Middletown’s village president and clerk are not up for election this year.

Districts vs. at large

The last page of the ballot for all Logan County voters is the question of dividing the county into districts for the purpose of electing county board members. At the present time board members are elected at large.

Polls will be open in all precincts from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

[Joan Crabb]

B-and-B ordinance to go to council

[MARCH 29, 2001]  The questions have been answered, and the ordinance regulating bed-and-breakfast establishments in Lincoln will be on the agenda at next Monday’s City Council meeting, where it will come up for a final vote.

"What I want is an ordinance that will be user-friendly and accepted by everyone. I want to see this passed," said Glenn Shelton, chairman of the ordinance committee. The committee met before the council’s work session on Tuesday to iron out the remaining problems and send the ordinance to the full council.

If approved, the ordinance will exempt bed and breakfasts from having to meet off-street parking requirements of one parking space for every sleeping room. One of the homes being considered for a bed and breakfast is on a corner lot and would not be able to provide the required parking spaces, Shelton said.

An appeals process was also added to the ordinance, allowing potential bed-and-breakfast owners to go before the council if the building code enforcement office turns down their applications.

The committee also agreed to amend the city code to make a bed-and-breakfast establishment a permitted use in an R-2 (residential) district.

City Attorney Jonathan Wright told the committee that according to state statutes only two people may sleep in one room, no matter how many beds the room has. This would mean a couple with a child could not allow the child to share their room. However, he added, most bed and breakfasts are intended for couples, not for families.

At its work session, the council heard a request from Paul Smith, owner of T-N-T Truck Repair Service, 1760 W. Fifth St., to be included in the city’s enterprise zone. Smith repairs tractors, trucks and semi-trailers and is planning to install a state truck inspection lane. The inspection lane will require about $240,000 worth of computerized equipment which will be used to weigh vehicles, check the braking distances and check the wheel alignments for up to eight axles.

Smith’s business is adjacent to and across the street from an enterprise zone, according to Robert Menzes, Logan County regional planning commissioner, and Smith wants the zone extended to include his repair shop. Inclusion in an enterprise zone provides tax relief for a business.

Alderman William Melton said he was glad to see this type of business coming to Lincoln, noting that state inspections have never been available in Logan County. Smith currently provides federal inspections, but commercial vehicles must go out of Logan County for state inspections.



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Menzes said that Smith has letters of support from farmers and businesses in the community and from Lincoln Street Superintendent Donnie Osborne. Smith has three employees now and plans to add two or three more when he opens the state inspection line.

Smith must go before both the Logan County Plan Commission and the Lincoln Plan Commission and must have his request approved by both the County Board and the City Council.

Chief Ken Ebelherr of the Lincoln Fire Department reported that the bids have been opened on the department’s new rescue-pumper and that Pierce of Appleton, Wis., has made the best offer.

"They gave us the firetruck we asked for," he said, and the firm can have the truck built 6½ to 7½ months after the paperwork is finished.

Pierce quoted a price of $255,095 but will allow up to $5,700 in deductions if the department pays for the truck as it is being built. This will be possible, Ebelherr said, because the department already has a fund of $238,000 for equipment purchases, and he expects the council to add another $70,000 to the fund at the beginning of the fiscal year in May.

"We have the money now because we began putting it away several years ago," Ebelherr said. "We have a yearly set-aside fund of $70,000 which we use for the specific purpose of purchasing apparatus."

Along with the pre-pay discount, the Pierce company will give the fire department a guaranteed trade-in value for two vehicles, a pumper and a rescue vehicle, which the new truck will replace. He said the company will assist the fire department with trying to sell the old trucks, and if they cannot be sold will accept them on a trade-in.

"When we factor in the trade-in and the deductions, Pierce offered us the best total package," Ebelherr told the council. The council will vote on the purchase at its regular meeting April 2.

[Joan Crabb]


Proposed new subdivision
would add affordable housing

[MARCH 28, 2001]  A plan for a 16-lot subdivision that would add affordable homes to Lincoln’s housing mix would be a "win-win" situation for everyone, according to developer Rodney White.

It would provide home lots for under $10,000 and homes for $80,000 to $100,000, give work to local builders, add $1.5 million worth of new real estate within the city, benefit the local economy and school districts, and provide for expansion within the city limits in the future, White said.

In return, White would like the city to upgrade Sherman Street, which the 16 new homes would face, widening the street and adding curbs and gutters from the 900 to the 1200 block, sometime within the next three to four years. Cost of the street upgrade would be about $230,000, according to Street Superintendent Donnie Osborne.

White made his proposal Monday night to members of the streets and alleys and sewers and drainage committees of the council, asking for some kind of commitment before putting in the rest of the infrastructure. A sewer line runs along Sherman Street, but White will have to put in a water line and provide gas, electrical and telephone service.

Although the streets and sewer committees cannot formally guarantee a commitment to White at this time, the consensus of the eight council members present appeared to be favorable.

Alderman Gerald Dehner asked if upgrading Sherman Street was on the list of priorities the city has for its street improvement program. Alderman George Mitchell, chairman of the streets and alleys committee, said putting the upgrade on the schedule three or four years down the road would not be a problem. Osborne agreed that "work is warranted on Sherman Street. We were looking to make some improvements on it anyway."

White noted that he is not asking the city to upgrade Sherman Street until most of the 16 lots have been sold.

City Attorney Jonathan Wright pointed out that before any formal steps can be taken, the plan commission must approve the plat. Other requirements include a public hearing and a vote by the full council.

However, as an initial step, aldermen directed Wright to "put language together" to deal with the financial aspects of the agreement so they could study the plan, particularly the money issues.

White’s proposal for 16 lots is phase one of a possible subdivision between Burlington and Sherman streets on Lincoln’s east side, in the same location as the East Park subdivision proposed in 1997 by Steve Bock. That subdivision was finally approved by the council but was never developed. The original plan called for 57 homes, but White emphasized that at this time he is planning to develop only the first 16 lots. He also noted that, unlike the previous developer, he is not planning for any multi-family housing.



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White submitted a packet to the council, outlining his plan and including the plat of the former East Park subdivision. The packet also included letters of recommendation from Fred Plesé, superintendent of Lincoln Community High School; Cindy Olmstead, director of Lincolnland Technical Education Center; Robert Kidd, superintendent of Elementary School District 27; Mark Smith, director of economic development; Norman Newhouse of Mitchell-Newhouse Lumber Co.; and Rod Greathouse of Alexander Lumber Co.

White said he intended to use all local builders and all local materials so the money will stay in the community. Several local builders have asked him if lots would become available, he added.

He also said he would donate one lot to the Lincoln Community High School vocational program so students in the building trades program could build a home on it for next year’s project. Plese, who attended the meeting, said the school district would be interested in purchasing at least two more lots for future building projects. He said building lots, especially lots close to the school, are becoming hard to find.

Another lot will be dedicated for a roadway in case the rest of the subdivision is developed in future, White said. He also said that he has been approached by Lincoln Christian College about running a water line through his property. If the college decides to locate the line on his property, he will allow them to do so free of charge.

White said he wants to make his subdivision plan "create positive growth and benefit all who participate, but everybody needs to be on the same team."

"I think it’s an excellent plan. I don’t know of anybody on the council who is outright against this," Mitchell said.

White, a farmer and a longtime member of the Logan County Board and chairman of the board’s finance committee, lives in New Holland. He said he and his wife, Paula, have owned the Lincoln property for about a year.

[Joan Crabb]


Census reveals ups and downs

[MARCH 27, 2001]  The population of Lincoln is down by 49 people, and Alderman Glenn Shelton is sorry he said it wasn’t so. Alderman Michael Montcalm, on the other hand, is sorry Shelton wasn’t right.

"Several months ago, I spoke out against a statement made by Alderman Montcalm," Shelton told the council Monday night. "I thought it was true, and I owe him an apology. He said the population of Lincoln was going down, and I said that was not so. I was wrong. He was right."

Montcalm, however, didn’t want an apology. Instead, he said he wished he had been wrong and Shelton had been right.

According to the latest census figures, the population of the city dropped from 15,419 to 15,369. While this is not a large drop, it will lower revenue the city receives based on population.

Revenues received on a per capita basis include motor fuel tax funds, income tax receipts from the state, the state use tax collected on purchases of personal property from out-of-state retailers, and the local share of the photo processing sales tax, according to City Clerk Juanita Josserand.

Josserand estimated that the city will lose a little less than $2,000 in motor fuel tax funds, which are used for road repairs, and more than $3,000 from state income tax receipts.


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"It won’t make a major impact on us, but that money could pay a couple of bills," she said. "Every time people move out of town, it does affect our revenue."

For example, if state income tax receipts are refunded at $78.50 per person, as they are in 2001, with a population of 15,418 the city would have received $1,210,313. The same refund with a population of 15,369 will bring $1,206,466.50, or $3,846.50 less in revenue. The same principle applies to all other receipts based on population, Josserand pointed out.

"It’s everybody’s business how many people live in Lincoln," she said.

Although population is down in Lincoln, census figures for Logan County show an increase of 385 people, from 30,798 to 31,183 in the year 2000. The county also receives some revenue based on population of the unincorporated areas, including the state use tax and state income tax receipts, according to Treasurer Mary Ellen Bruns.

[Joan Crabb]


April 3 election notices

From the Logan County Clerk's Office



Lake Fork No. 1 

Lake Fork Township Hall, 260-200th Ave., Mt. Pulaski, IL

Laenna No. 1 

Latham Firehouse, Latham, IL

Aetna No. 1 

Chestnut Firehouse, Chestnut, IL

Oran No. 1 

Beason Firehouse, Beason, IL

Atlanta No. 1 

Atlanta Firehouse, 205 South East Vine St., Atlanta, IL

Atlanta No. 2 

Atlanta Township Office, 301 Arch St., Atlanta, IL

Atlanta No. 3 

Atlanta City Hall, 107 North East First St., Atlanta, IL

Mt. Pulaski No. 1 

American Legion Home, 104 Scroggin Ave., Mt. Pulaski, IL

Mt. Pulaski No. 2 

American Legion Home, 104 Scroggin Ave., Mt. Pulaski, IL

Mt. Pulaski No. 3 

Lake Fork Community Center, Lake Fork, IL

Mt. Pulaski No. 4 

American Legion Home, 104 Scroggin Ave., Mt. Pulaski, IL

Chester No. 1 

Chester Township Hall, 1197 1450th Ave., Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 1 

Senior Citizens Center, 501 Pulaski St., Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 2 

First United Presbyterian Church, 301 Pekin St., Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 3*

 *Faith Assembly of God Church, 1225 Nicholson Rd., Lincoln, IL 

East Lincoln No. 4 

Elkins Garage, 211 N. Main, Lawndale, IL

East Lincoln No. 5 

Masonic Temple, 2022 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 6 

James Johnson Garage, 503 N. Sherman St., Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 7 

Lincoln Christian Fellowship Ctr., 211 N. Hamilton, Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 8* 

*Friendship Manor, 925 Primm Road, Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 9 

Lincoln Christian College Chapel, 100 Campus View, Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 10* 

*Faith Assembly of God Church, 1225 Nicholson Rd., Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 11 

New Wine Fellowship, 1500 N. McLean, Lincoln, IL

East Lincoln No. 12 

Faith Lutheran Church, 2320 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln, IL

Eminence No. 1 

Eminence Township Hall, 1450 2400th St., Atlanta, IL

Elkhart No. 1 

Elkhart Town Hall, 109 N. Bogardus, Elkhart, IL

Elkhart No. 2 

Cornland Firehouse, Cornland, IL

Broadwell No. 1 

Broadwell Town Hall, Broadwell, IL

West Lincoln No. 1 

Carroll Catholic School, 111 Fourth St., Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 2 

Carroll Catholic School, 111 Fourth St., Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 3 

Northwest School Gym, 506 Eleventh St., Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 4 

Lincoln Rural Firehouse, 912 Woodlawn Road, Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 5 

Northwest School Gym, 506 Eleventh St., Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 6* 

*West Lincoln Township Shed, 651 Stringer, Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 7 

West Lincoln-Broadwell School, 2695 Woodlawn Rd., Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 8 

St. John's United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St., Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 9 

Logan County Housing Authority, 1028 N. College, Lincoln, IL

West Lincoln No. 10 

Lincoln Rural Firehouse, 912 Woodlawn Road, Lincoln, IL

Orvil No. 1 

Emden Village Hall, Emden, IL

Orvil No. 2 

Hartsburg Firehouse, Hartsburg, IL

Hurlbut No. 1 

Hurlbut Township Shed, Elkhart, IL

Corwin No. 1 

Corwin Township Hall, 100 N. Monroe, Middletown. IL

Sheridan No. 1 

New Holland Village Hall, New Holland, IL

Prairie Creek No. 1 

Blair Hoerbert's Garage, 2506 100th Ave., San Jose, IL

*Denotes polling place change


MUNICIPAL OFFICERS: Mayor/President, Clerk, Treasurer, Alderman/Trustees of the following municipalities:

Elkhart, Broadwell, Lincoln, Mt. Pulaski, Atlanta, San Jose, Emden, Hartsburg, Latham, Middletown, and New Holland

TOWNSHIP OFFICERS: Supervisor, Clerk, Assessor/Multi-Township Assessor, Highway Commissioner, Trustees of the following townships:

Lake Fork, Laenna, Aetna, Oran, Atlanta, Mt. Pulaski, Chester, East Lincoln, Eminence, Elkhart, Broadwell, West Lincoln, Orvil, Hurlbut, Corwin, Sheridan, and Prairie Creek 

PARK DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS: for the following districts:

Emden, Chestnut-Beason, Atlanta, Armington, Mt. Pulaski, Lincoln, and San Jose

LIBRARY DISTRICTS: for the following districts:

Elkhart, Barclay, Mt. Pulaski, Ayer, Lincoln, and Atlanta

EDUCATION OFFICERS: for the following districts:

Regional Board of School Trustees for Macon and Piatt; Dewitt, Livingston, McLean; Logan, Mason, Menard; Sangamon; Tazewell. School Board Members and Community College Board Trustees of the following districts: Olympia School District #16, Hartsburg-Emden School District #21, Mt. Pulaski CUSD #23, Clinton School District #15, Williamsville School District #15, Illini Central CUSD #189, Greenview School District #200, Athens School District #404, Delavan School District #703, Lincoln Grade School District #27, Chester-East Lincoln School District #61, New Holland-Middletown School District #88, West Lincoln-Broadwell District #92, Warrensburg-Latham School District #11, Illinois Central Community College #514, Lincoln Land Community College, Richland Community College #537, Heartland Community College #540

FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT TRUSTEES: for the following district:

Mt. Pulaski Rural Fire Department

REFERENDA: for the County of Logan and Williamsville School District #15


DATED: March 4, 2001

Sally J. Litterly
Election Authority



Yes 293 à

No 294 à





Yes 230 à

No 231 à



(April 3, 2001)

Registered voters expecting to be absent from the county on the April 3, 2001 Consolidated Election may now vote in person at the Logan County Clerk’s Office, 2nd floor Courthouse, Room 20, Lincoln, Illinois from now until April 2, 2001.

Registered voters expecting to be absent from the county on election day or those who are permanently disabled to incapacitated, may now make application by mail to vote absentee. Applications will be received by the County Clerk until March 29, 2001. No ballots will be sent by mail after March 29, 2001 as provided by law.

Sally J. Litterly
Logan County Clerk


The polling place for East Lincoln #3 and East Lincoln #10 has been moved to Faith Assembly of God Church located at 1225 Nicholson Road, Lincoln, IL.

Sally J. Litterly
Logan County Clerk

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