hookup decision near
for Campus View homes
16, 2001] Lincoln
Christian College has opened the way for the city to provide sewer
hookups for 12 residents living on the far end of Campus View Drive,
but the Lincoln City Council must now decide whether to foot the
Eaton, sewer plant manager, told the council at its work session
Aug. 14 that LCC has agreed to give the city an easement for the
sewer line if the city will take over the sewer hookup for the other
homes on Campus View Drive, estimated at about 20.
the homes on Campus View Drive are officially in the city, the
street itself belongs to the college, and the city must have
permission to put in the sewer line. The 12 homes at the far end of
Campus View, which curves around the back of the college property
and then comes to a dead end, have septic systems. Two homeowners,
Kevin Bateman and Mike Robbins, have come to the council to complain
about problems with sewage backup, because their lots are not large
enough for an efficient septic system.
don’t think it’s a bad deal. It’s fair to the city and fair to
the college," Eaton said, in regard to the easement the college
is willing to grant. The other homes on Campus View Drive presently
connect to the LCC waste disposal system.
suggested just running a line that would serve the existing homes,
rather than a line that would allow for future growth. He said the
existing line serving the other homes line is shallow and will
require a lift station with a standby power system.
question now is whether the council will decide to spend the
$300,000 necessary to provide the hookup for the 12 homes,
especially as City Attorney William B. Bates gave it as his opinion
that the city is not legally required to offer the hookups.
said the way he read the ordinance, the city has an obligation to
offer sewer hookups to an existing neighborhood with septic systems
within seven years.
however, said the way he interpreted the ordinance is that
homeowners who have septic systems but who have a city sewer line
within reach have an obligation to connect to the city system.
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that’s the way you read it, I don’t know how you people are
going to vote to spend $300,000 for 12 homes," Bateman said.
know I speak for all 12 homeowners, that not a soul in this town is
going to buy any property out there the way it is," he added.
Melton, chairman of the sewage and drainage committee, asked where
funding might come from.
answered that the money is not available now but will be when money
comes in for the sewer plant upgrade. He said more and more people
are asking to be connected to the city sewer plant and that the
council needs to consider raising rates to pay for this work and for
the sewer plant upgrade loan from the Illinois Environmental
also told Bateman and Robbins that even if the council approves the
expenditure, it could take as long as six months before all
paperwork is done and the IEPA approves the project.
asked that the proposal be put on the agenda for a vote at the next
regular council meeting Aug. 20. "We’ve waited as long as we
can," he said.
other business, Street Superintendent Donnie Osborne said he would
like to go back to the original plan for work on the Hamilton Street
garage. Rather than put up a new building, he said he would request
the city to put a new roof on the present structure.
Alderman Glenn Shelton
reported that many residents are concerned that the Illinois
Department of Transportation is planning to wait until next year to
upgrade railroad crossings at Tremont, Pekin and Broadway streets.
He complimented Osborne on following up his request to contact IDOT
to urge them to move more quickly on the upgrades.
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District 27 schools
may get academic warning
16, 2001] Two
District 27 schools, Jefferson and Northwest, will probably be on
the State Board of Education’s Early Academic Warning List this
year, Superintendent Robert Kidd told school board members at their
meeting Aug. 15.
is a result of not having done as well on the ISAT (Illinois
Standards Assessment Test) as we had hoped over a two-year time
period," Dr. Kidd told the board.
Jefferson the test results are for reading, writing and math at the
third-grade level, and at Northwest for reading, writing, and math
at the third- and fifth-grade levels, as well as social science and
science at the fourth-grade level.
is not a shock," Kidd told the board. "We know that test
scores correlate with income level, which we know by the free and
reduced lunch numbers. We know Jefferson has 60 to 70 percent free
and reduced lunch numbers, depending on the time of year, and
Northwest always has 50 percent or greater," he said.
is not an excuse, but it is a challenge," he added.
results and actual tests scores have not yet been sent to District
27, Kidd said. "Until we get the actual scores we won’t know
where the problem really is. Then we will try to come up with
something more effective.
have never made this list before, but being on the warning list may
allow us to get some funds to expand our summer school
program," he added.
ISAT tests have replaced the Illinois Goal Assessment Program tests
formerly given to elementary school students. The reading, writing
and math tests are being given for the third year, and the science
and social studies for the second year.
in the district have not done as well on state standardized tests
since the change from IGAP to ISAT, Kidd said. He said it takes a
while for both teachers and students to "catch up" to the
demands of a new test.
also noted that the number of special education students at
Jefferson, which is a small school, may have skewed tests results
there as well.
also reported on the success of this year’s summer school. Of the
44 students mandated to attend summer school if they wished to be
promoted to the next grade, 36 passed; five failed either for work,
discipline or attendance; and three chose not to come to summer
79 students recommended, but not mandated, to attend, 62 completed
the summer school program, Kidd said.
board also heard the progress of improvements to the ball diamond at
Ralph Gale Field. Kidd credited baseball coach Darrick Reiley and
the crew of volunteers working with him for many of the
year, dirt was added to the field so it drains better. New bleachers
have arrived and are being assembled, and a new scoreboard, batting
cage and dugouts have been added. New lights will also be installed.
said the hollow tree at the corner of Kankakee and Broadway has to
be removed, but he hopes to move some smaller trees from the Central
School grounds to Ralph Gale Field to provide shade for spectators.
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president Bruce Carmitchell also reported on the agreement with the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The IHPA wants to be sure the
school district properly recognizes the historic significance of the
buildings that will be demolished. The district has agreed to
document the old buildings with photographs and videotape and to
include in its curriculum information about the structures that were
Dave Leonatti and construction manager Bill Ahal reported that the
design development for the new Central School is completed and the
development of final documents needed before construction begins is
10 percent completed.
drawings are scheduled to be finished by Oct. 20 so bids can be let.
The project will be assembled in "bid packages," with
foundation work being the first to be let.
Leonatti and Ahal said they hoped to see ground broken before the
end of the year. The building program is behind schedule because of
the extra time needed to bring the cost of the two new schools,
Central and a new junior high school, in line with the funds
available. Total square footage of the new Central School will be
47,375, slightly smaller than the original plans, and the cost
estimates are in the range of $119 to $125 per square foot.
reported that the sewer line on the Central School grounds will have
to be moved, as right now it runs under the site of the new
building. However, he said that was "not a major problem."
said that as work progresses it may be necessary to call special
meetings of the board or the construction committee to approve plans
as they are completed and expedite the bidding process. Board
president Bruce Carmitchell said the board would be ready to act
whenever it was necessary.
Leonatti and Ahal said the timing is right for the district to
realize some cost savings. Contractors are finishing jobs on
existing schools in time to meet fall school schedules and are
looking for new projects, they said.
later in the year, the better off we’ll be as far as the
market," Ahal said. "This has been true in all my 24 years
of experience. I am seeing much more availability of
Leonatti said he has had a
larger than usual number of contractors bidding on projects right
ordinance put on hold
15, 2001] If
the city of Lincoln is going to have a historic preservation
ordinance, it won’t be soon.
is not going to be a quick procedure," said Pat Madigan, vice
chairman of the city council’s ordinance committee, reporting on
the proposed ordinance which council members received a week ago.
"There are a lot of things to be ironed out before we are done.
don’t think we can resolve this in a couple of meetings and push
it through," he added.
assessment of the 13-page document, which was shared by other
members of the committee present, sounded like good news to a group
of citizens who came to the committee meeting, most of them property
owners on or near the Fifth Street corridor which Mayor Beth Davis
has said she would like to see as a historic preservation district.
Goodman, who owns V. Goodman Transfer, a trucking and excavating
company at 1202 Fifth St., said he was relieved to hear the council’s
have a little more confidence since I’ve heard you speak that this
will not be railroaded through," he told the ordinance
committee. He said he had been wondering if he would be able to pass
on his property to his children, so they could run the family
business as the fourth generation.
he questioned whether there was anything historical in the proposed
Fifth Street corridor.
been on that corner since 1926. If there was any history there, I
think I’d have been aware of it."
Davis assured him that the council had no intention of
"railroading" the ordinance through. She said she saw it
as a way to help property owners get grants to restore and maintain
historic structures. She said she had also hoped to have several
other historic sites on Fifth Street, a facade of the old Deskins
Tavern where Abraham Lincoln stayed and some replicas of early homes
in the nearby park.
Harris, also a Fifth Street property owner, said it appeared that
the ordinance was created to stop the Casey General Store from
building a facility on Fifth Street.
speed this appeared before the council is troubling. It seems like
the ordinance was created to stop Casey’s," he said.
Casey corporation has been negotiating with Larry Riva, who owns a
Fifth Street lot just west of the Postville Courthouse, to buy Riva’s
property to put up a convenience store. A representative of Casey’s
was present at Tuesday night’s meeting but did not speak.
not table the ordinance until the Casey’s issue has been
settled?" Harris asked.
Morrow told the committee that the proposed ordinance for Lincoln
was more sweeping and more restrictive than the requirements for
getting a structure on the National Historic Register and should not
be passed in its present form.
lot of businesses on Fifth Street are worried about it. They couldn’t
even change colors on their buildings under this ordinance. The
majority of people have no idea what this ordinance does.
can’t emphasize how much trouble this [type of ordinance] does in
other communities. It enslaves the property of the citizens of
the proposed ordinance, if a property has a historic designation,
changes to the outside or demolition of the property would have to
have the approval of the historic preservation committee.
Attorney William B. Bates pointed out that the ordinance had not
been created by the council but by Main Street Lincoln. Wendy Bell,
Main Street Lincoln coordinator, said the organization realized that
the ordinance was just a "starting point."
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the problems he found with the proposed ordinance, Madigan cited the
"power and autonomy" granted to the 11 members of the
historic preservation committee, who would be appointed by the
much power do we want to give 11 people not even elected by the
community? We may end up with a specialized committee that will have
an over-zealous view."
also objected to the power given the council. As the document is
written, a simple majority would be able to ratify a decision made
by the historic preservation committee. Madigan said he believed any
such decision made by the council should be either a two-thirds
majority or a unanimous vote.
Armbrust disagreed with the provision that the committee would be
able to nominate and vote on making a structure a historic landmark
without the consent of the owner.
is the owner who should be asking [for the historic designation],
not just someone who drives by," he said.
the owner doesn’t want to have the historic landmark designation,
he shouldn’t be forced. He should be able to modify his home as he
wants," Madigan agreed.
and Madigan also agreed that they did not like the provision that
one-third of the people in an area could nominate it as a historic
district. "I’d hate to think one-third of the people in a
given area could dictate to the others," Armbrust said.
also found the appeal process unsatisfactory. As it is presently
written, a property owner can appeal a ruling on his property only
to the commission, the same body that made the ruling in the first
is very little recourse for those that fall within the
district," Madigan said.
objection Madigan cited was the "what if" criterion for
historic designation. He cited one example from the proposed
ordinance: "An area that has yielded or may be likely to yield,
information important in history or prehistory."
we are going to designate a landmark, we need hard evidence. We can’t
say ‘what if’ or ‘This is going to be an important site
spite of his objections, however, Madigan described the document as
a "framework" that could be formulated to fit the city of
page will have to be addressed," he said. "We need a
better system of checks and balances. There are a lot of holes in
this ordinance that we are not going to be able to patch up on a
Madigan, who took over for
ordinance committee chairman Michael Montcalm, who is on vacation,
did not schedule a future meeting for the committee. In the
meantime, Riva will appear before the planning commission on Aug. 16
to ask for a rezoning of his lot from R-2 (residential) to C-4
(commercial), so that the Casey corporation could put up the
convenience store. If the planning commission agrees to the zoning
change, he will appear before the zoning board of appeals on Aug.
22. After that, plans for the Casey General Store will have to be
approved by the full council.
estate taxes come due
14, 2001] The
Logan County treasurer’s office announces the following dates:
5 — Final day to pay the second installment of real estate taxes
without a penalty.
6 — A penalty of 1½ percent will be charged on any unpaid second
installment of taxes. A penalty of 4½ percent will be charged on
any unpaid first installment of taxes.
20 — Warning letters for any unpaid taxes will be mailed.
4 — Certified letters will be mailed.
15 — Listings of any unpaid tax will be published.
Logan County treasurer’s office has been notified that E-Pay, the
credit card option established by the state treasurer’s office for
public fund treasurers, will not be available until Jan. 1, 2002.
The local office had hoped this option would be available in time
for the second installment; however, due to legislative action, the
effective date was changed. The Logan County treasurer’s office
has, however, installed a debit card scanner for all debit cards and
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Aug. 17, the county treasurer’s office will be able to accept the
Discover card. The Discover card company has a program for county
treasurers that has been in place in larger counties for some time.
County treasurers collect a user free from taxpayers who use the
Discover card to pay their taxes, thereby creating no additional
expense for the county.
in the past, the county treasurer’s office is asking that banks do
not collect any real estate tax after their close of business on
Sept. 5. The banks will again collect taxes for the 2002 fiscal year
tax cycle as they have every year.
Taxpayers are reminded of the
drop box in the city parking lot on North Kickapoo Street.
having any questions are asked to call 732-3761 between 8:30 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m.
women’s health and family
birthing facilities ready for use
13, 2001] The
community was invited to Sunday afternoon’s ribbon-cutting,
dedication and tours at ALMH. Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce ambassadors, ALMH medical and nursing staff and
administrators gathered to celebrate newly completely renovation.
here to view photos of the Women's Health Unit]
President and CEO Woody Hester spoke saying, "On this, the 12th
day of August, on behalf of — and in honor of — all of you and
all of those before us, I dedicate the Women’s Health Unit and
Family Maternity Suites to those we serve."
describing the completeness of the transformation, Hester said the
third floor went out the window, literally. A chute was placed at a
window and all the debris was sent down it. The entire third floor
was stripped down to the exterior brick. All that was left was the
walls and floor.
thanked the medical staff for handling the transition so well. For
eight months they were temporarily located on the second floor. He
was also thankful for all the community support. This kind of
commitment means women will not need to go to Bloomington or
Springfield for high-quality health care and child delivery.
touring the facility marveled at how much change has taken place
from the old rooms to the new, higher-tech, more private and
personable rooms. The nursing staff was even more enthusiastic. They
were particularly pleased with the effective layout that has the
nursing station centrally located to all the different sections:
nursery, maternity suites, gynecology suites, surgery.
lovely stained glass work depicting a mother and child highlights
the center of the new Women’s Health Unit. The window was donated
by Dr. Don Sielaff and his wife, Jan.
new Women's Health Unit and Family Maternity Suites reflect Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital's (ALMH) continued commitment to
recognizing and responding to the needs of patients, families and
physicians, as well as the dynamic health care changes in the 21st
state-of-the-art facilities are tremendous accomplishments for this
community. ALMH has been dedicated to improving the health and
well-being of the community through advanced technology, keeping
patient comfort as a priority. The Women's Health Unit and Family
Maternity Suites ensure that the hospital continues to provide
excellence in health care to those it serves.
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about the new Women's Health Unit include:
Construction began Jan. 3, 2001
Will begin seeing patients on the new unit
today, Monday, Aug. 13
Five private rooms, each with private
New nurses’ station
Focuses on women’s inpatient gynecological
Women’s Health Unit is designed to:
Provide individualized care in a comfortable
Promote the lifelong good health of women.
Provide the balance between a warm, caring
environment and the most advanced technology.
Make women's health one of ALMH’s top
Provide quality care for women in any stage in
about the new Family Maternity Suites include:
Construction began Jan. 3, 2001
Will begin seeing patients on Aug. 13
Four single-family maternity suites and two
private postpartum rooms
Surgery suite for Caesarean sections
New suites feature:
Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care
all in a spacious single room — no need for an uncomfortable move
to another room after delivery.
Private bath and hand-held massage showers.
Color television, VCR and phone.
Homelike furnishings, including a sleep chair.
24-hour visitation for fathers or support
In a time when small
community hospitals are getting out of child delivery, Hester says
he is proud of the hospital board and foundation in allowing these
Brother isn’t watching you,
he’s just moving traffic
13, 2001] You
may not even have noticed the four inconspicuous cylindrical cameras
perched on top of the light fixtures at the intersection of Keokuk
and Woodlawn streets in Lincoln. But if you have, don’t worry. Big
Brother isn’t watching you. Nor is the police department trying to
clock you to see if you are speeding.
high-tech cameras are simply the newest technology for activating
traffic signals, according to Bill Davison, traffic signal
supervisor of District 6 of the Illinois Department of
Transportation. The computer-like cameras scan the roadway and read
the number of vehicles approaching the intersection. If no traffic
is coming either way, the lights won’t change. If traffic is
coming, the lights will change to accommodate it.
were put in place Aug. 8 and 9 by a Decatur firm, Bodine Electric,
and are now fully operational.
cameras are passive devices, Davison said, not taking pictures and
certainly not able to clock your speed or read your license place.
They are doing nothing but controlling traffic, he explained.
could set them up to count cars if we wanted to record that data,
but mainly they are just there to move traffic," Davison said.
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cameras replace wire loops embedded in the pavement and are more
efficient in detecting oncoming vehicles. Another advantage is that
the pavement doesn’t have to be sawed open to install them. They
will eventually replace the loops in most areas, although they are
not appropriate for traffic lights on some hills or on streets with
a lot of trees, he said.
The cameras at Keokuk and
Logan are the first to be installed in Lincoln, although IDOT has
been using them for the past eight years in the 15-county area that
makes up District 6. Davison said the same devices may be installed
when IDOT improves the roadway at Kickapoo and Keokuk next year.
brochure outlines walking tour
10, 2001] Visitors
interested in local Abraham Lincoln sites can now find those spots
more easily, with a new brochure developed by two local students and
published by Main Street Lincoln.
on the Path of Abraham Lincoln: A Walking Tour of Historic Lincoln,
Illinois" was produced by J.R. Glenn and Angie Couch, recent
Lincoln Community High School graduates who undertook the project
for Ruth Sloot’s American Government class last semester. The city
of Lincoln paid for the printing.
walking tour begins with the town christening site at Broadway and
Chicago streets in downtown Lincoln. It continues with the Lincoln
Railroad Depot, State Bank of Lincoln, site of the Lincoln House
Hotel, Robert Latham home site, Logan County Courthouse, Lincoln lot
site and Rustic Inn.
Lincoln sites away from the downtown area are also listed. They
include the Stephen Douglas speech site, Postville Courthouse,
Deskins Tavern, Postville Park and Lincoln College and Museum.
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had such a demand for a walking tour brochure, we appreciate J.R.
and Angie’s developing it for Main Street," noted Wendy Bell,
program manager for Main Street Lincoln. "This is a great aid
for visitors," she added. "It's also useful for educators
who teach local history and for residents who are proud of our
city's Abraham Lincoln connections."
of the brochure are available at the Main Street office, 303 S.
Kickapoo St., as well as the Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln College
Museum, Postville Courthouse, Logan County Genealogical and
Historical Society, and various downtown Lincoln businesses.
here to see the material in the new brochure "Walking on the
Path of Abraham Lincoln."]
County Board sets budget review
Logan County Board will start its FY 2002 budget review hearings on
Friday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions will continue
Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon; Thursday, Aug. 23, from 1
to 4 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 24, possibly beginning at 8:30 a.m.
all hearings are completed, the information will be assembled for
analysis. After that the auditors will schedule and make a
presentation to the full board.
meetings are in the third-floor jury room at the Logan County
Courthouse and are open to the public.
the summer months, heat waves can occur anywhere in Illinois and
affect anyone. Young children, elderly people and people with health
problems are most likely to be affected. This is a reminder to
to check on the elderly and those with health problems at least
once a day during hot weather.
leave children in a parked car.
sure you drink plenty of liquids during hot weather.
small things can make a big difference.
public service announcement is brought to you by Lincoln Daily
News and the Logan County Health Department.
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