find fun and opportunity for
artistic expression in Adventure Zone
27, 2001] In
addition to the balloons and artists visiting our community,
numerous other activities filled the streets and parks of Lincoln
this weekend. A children’s Adventure Zone offering multiple
activities occupied the corner of Pekin and Kickapoo streets.
Tickets available for a minimal charge could be redeemed for a wide
variety of entertaining distractions. Proceeds went to Main Street
Lincoln to fund ongoing economic development and historic
in the children’s area was the children’s art fair tent,
sponsored by the Lincoln Area YMCA, offering art and craft
activities for the younger art fair attendees. Abe’s Carmelcorn
provided a 30-foot inflatable Jelly Belly with discounted candy
items available. The Whopper Hopper, an inflatable jumping tent for
children, was manned by Lincoln Burger King personnel, and the
Lincoln Public Library provided a free reading corner for
[Greg Harmon of Lincoln works on a craft at the
children's art fair tent, sponsored by the Lincoln Area YMCA.]
new addition to the children’s activities this year was a
community puzzle. Children were given the opportunity to decorate
6-inch-square puzzle pieces that will be assembled to create a giant
community puzzle. The puzzle will be permanently mounted and
displayed in the Lincoln Public Library. Emily Bakken, a Lincoln
High School student who volunteered her services as part of a
leadership seminar she attended earlier this summer, manned the
[Ashley Polk (left) and Mallory White, both of
Lincoln, lend their talents decorating 6-inch-square puzzle pieces
that will be assembled to create a giant community puzzle.]
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annual favorite for the children’s area was the massive cardboard
maze created by volunteers for Main Street Lincoln. Local businesses
saved large appliance boxes throughout the year to supply the
material necessary for the massive structure, which this year was
based on a "2001 Space Odyssey" theme. Children were seen
scrambling in and out of the space shuttle’s door throughout the
27, 2001] One
artist at the 2001 art and balloon fest originally traveled to
Lincoln as part of a balloon chase crew.
Brooksher’s 23-year love of ballooning has taken him to the
Albuquerque Festival eight times. When he relocated to Grayslake in
Illinois, he continued his hot-air passion by volunteering with the
Windy City Balloon organization. Three years ago, when the
Chicago-based California Dreaming balloon participated in the
Lincoln festival, Brooksher tagged along as part of the pilot’s
[Judy Rader interviews artist Jim Brooksher]
pleasant surprise awaited this professional artist when he had the
chance to stroll through the art fair in Latham Park. Impressed with
the quality and variety of fine art available, he applied for
acceptance into the 2000 fair. The judges, obviously also impressed
with his selection of oil and watercolor paintings, many of which
featured his second passion, hot-air balloons, agreed to accept his
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was great for me," stated the artist, "The Lincoln Art
Fair was my best show of all 2000!"
works at Abbott Laboratories in package design but says that his
"love and dream is to be able to paint and make a living
selling artwork. Mixing my art and hot-air balloons fits a niche in
my life. It’s my midnight oil and therapy."
Stone invites seniors to visit website
27, 2001] Senior
citizens can access information about laws, programs and services
directly affecting them through a new section on the Senate
Republican caucus website, according to Sen. Claude Stone. Stone,
R-Morton, said the purpose of the site is to make information from a
variety of agencies available in one location.
the past few years, the Legislature has passed a lot of laws
directly affecting senior citizens, and they should be able to find
the information quickly," said Stone. "This new website
offers information about these laws, programs and services all in
one place, regardless of which state agency offers the
site can be accessed through the caucus home page at www.senategop.state.il.us.
It contains information on laws and programs concerning crime
prevention, health care, prescription drugs and tax relief.
the programs listed on the site are the newly expand Circuit Breaker
program through the Department of Revenue, the attorney general’s
consumer fraud programs and the Illinois Department on Aging’s
Elder Abuse and Neglect Program.
citizens may also download brochures and other information from the
the major sports:
I vote for hot-air ballooning
25, 2001] Thursday
night I had the opportunity to go up in the Sun Kissed balloon
piloted by Randy Conklen of New Holland and co-piloted by Jack
Holland of McLean. It was an almost perfect
night for the flight.
[Click here to view
pictures of the balloon fest]
all the balloonists, crews, media and chamber members met out at the
Holiday Inn Express to receive their assignments and their
no one said this directly to me, it appeared that one of the goals
was to take the balloons over or near the Maple Ridge Care Centre
and Retirement Village. So I traveled with the Sun Kissed crew out
to the old Abe Lincoln School. That’s where we set up shop.
of the back end of Randy’s pickup truck came everything but the
kitchen sink…at least, everything that you might guess would be
important for a successful launch. Things like a big basket to ride
in and the balloon or the envelope or whatever you want to call that
thing that actually lets you sail in the wind. It looks, acts and
smells like a parachute to me.
we removed all the paraphernalia onto the ground, we stretched out
the balloon, hooked up all the lines and cables, and then started up
the fan. The fan looks just like the ones you see on the sidelines
during National Football League games on Sunday. The difference is
we didn’t have any 350-pound linemen sitting next to the fans to
help us ready the balloon.
what seemed like minutes waiting for the balloon to inflate, Randy
pumped a few shots of the hot propane right in the center of the
balloon, and after a few hits of the gas, it finally seemed to perk
is…alive!" I said. Then someone told me to cut the commentary
and to just get into the balloon.
were several balloons next to us, so we waited for them to take off;
then our turn rolled along. And just like the magic in the Wizard of
Oz we began to climb. I resisted the urge to say, "There’s no
place like home," or "We’re going back to Kansas,
Toto"; but it was hard.
Lincoln residents were on hand to witness the liftoff. One of those
people, a little 8-month-old lad that I spotted in the crowd, was
especially good-looking. Many of them waved hysterically, while
others acted like they see this sight every day.
is an exhilarating feeling to climb those first few hundred feet.
You see the majestic beauty of the balloons up above you, and you
look down to the ground and watch the crews below feverishly
scrambling to get their balloons airborne. You see the beauty of God’s
creation everywhere you look.
is an especially skilled pilot considering that he’s in only his
third year at the helm. In fact, he’s in his rookie season as an
official pilot, having received his pilot’s license last November.
He is very conscientious and does not take his attention off what he
is doing. He won’t even pause to use the binoculars or to take a
picture. He suffers my stories and my constant snapping of pictures
and just smiles all the way.
wonder people love this so much. It is awesome.
glide almost over the top of Maple Ridge, and I pause for a moment,
hoping that at least the residents there have their day brightened a
little bit more.
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we mosey parallel with old Route 66 over some of the most
spectacular checkerboard scenery on God’s green earth. Those who
think Illinois is boring and not that beautiful have never seen it
from that angle before. It is breathtaking.
reminded of one of the many reasons I choose to live in Illinois.
From up in the air you realize that we truly are the heartland and
the heart of the country, if not the world.
serenity that you experience while you drift wherever His winds take
you reminds me that I need more times of quiet reflection in my
life. I am reminded to be grateful for everything I have.
see the Stars and Stripes flying from flagpoles all over town, and I
am reminded of how wonderful it is to live in a free country. I
thank every veteran and every veteran-to-be for all the sacrifices
made on our behalf.
see what looks like some bumper crops, and I see some that remind me
of the grass in my yard that has serious heat fatigue. At any rate,
I am grateful for central Illinois farmers who against all odds
struggle to keep going.
see balloons headed for the water just shy of I-55, and then I see
what I think is Jim Ireland’s balloon make a "splash and
dash" run just before they hover over the interstate.
it happens. Northbound and southbound truckers start to see the
balloons and go bananas! They’re just like a bunch of little kids.
They start honking and waving and slowing down and pulling over. It
is a sight to behold.
we see a good landing area just north of the highway. Randy radios
his partner, and the next thing I know, we’re doing a splash and
dash in a soybean field! Then suddenly we come to a farm road and
run head-on into our crew.
told me that we didn’t have any brakes! Does my insurance man know
this, I wonder.
the eagle, I mean the Sun Kissed, had landed, our crew walked us
into the short grass, which is a place I seldom find myself during
the golfing season.
the flight is far from over. They kicked me out of the balloon, and
we began the tear-down assembly. It seems to be the reverse of
putting the balloon up, but it seems to go a lot faster. This crew
is tremendous and so is this sport.
I love basketball, football and baseball, but I’m rapidly becoming
a balloon enthusiast. If you’re as interested in this sport as I
have always been, I suggest that you seek out one of this year’s
sponsors and ask to crew for them. I think I have crewed every year
that this event has been in Lincoln, and it is the highlight of the
year for me!
if anyone has a few thousand bucks that they want to get rid of and
would like to train and hire a new rookie pilot, please call
732-7443 and leave a message for yours truly. I promise to call you
back within minutes.
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balloon fest off to a great start
Glorious mass ascension followed by
a charmed evening glow
25, 2001] The
first official day of the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival was
deemed a success by event organizers.
[Click here to view
pictures of the balloon fest]
weather with gusty winds had been hinted by earlier weather reports,
but at zero hour for the first official balloon launch, the skies
cleared and the green flag was given for a mass ascension. Gusty
breezes created minor problems with shifting balloon envelopes
during inflation, and a few landings were slightly rougher than
Three sites were laid with targets for balloonists to drop
beanbags onto and attempt to score competition points. The target
sites were chosen for their accessibility to the fast moving
balloons and were located beside Big R, Hicks Gas and on the
Schwartz Family Farm.
Balloons returned to the fairgrounds at dusk
and delighted the crowd with a traditional balloon glow which
included the specialty balloons, Mr. Potato Head, Rubber Duckie, a
large goldfish named Sushi and the Lady Jester
highlight of the evening was the surprise appearance of bride and
groom Sara and Shawn Lockard. After the couple’s 6 p.m.
wedding service at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln, the
wedding party detoured through the fairgrounds en route to the
reception to allow the couple to take pictures at an unusual picture
site, their favorite french fry tent.
According to bridesmaid Carrie
Fletcher, Sara, the daughter of Marilyn and David Armbrust of
Lincoln, met her future husband at the Logan County Fairgrounds, where
her parents have regularly manned the grandstand ticket booth for
the Logan County Fair. Shawn came to the Logan County Fair as a
summer employee of Culler’s French Fries Stand, which had returned
to the grounds this weekend to accommodate the balloon festivities.
After a picture session at the fry stand, a
crew member from Dean
Carlton’s balloon, Ca-Zoo, invited the couple to join them in the
infield during the balloon glow.
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evening’s festival crowd also enjoyed the carnival, a petting zoo,
craft booths and the free grandstand show featuring Sister Groove
and the Cross Town Jam. Lincoln Junior High student Rachel
Kasa stated, “I love the balloon glow, the funnel cakes and the
rides. The Scrambler is my favorite!”
24, 2001] The
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival kicked off Thursday evening when
visiting balloon pilots treated the local media to a pre-festival
[Click here to view
pictures of Bob's balloon flight]
a dozen balloons carrying local reporters, photographers and other
lucky passengers floated across the city during the early evening
hours, luring city residents out into their yards and neighborhoods
to catch the first glimpse of this year’s variety of inflated
colors, shapes and sizes.
Ridge Care Centre invited the entire community to a free kickoff
party in its parking lot and, as promised by Georgina Viner, Maple
Ridge marketing director, most balloons obliged the center by
floating directly overhead during the festivities.
Daily News photographer Bob Frank was treated to his first view
from aloft by Mary and Don Bragg of Albuquerque, N.M., in their
balloon, Mad Adventure. The Braggs’ balloon, locally sponsored by
Key Printing, is participating in its second Lincoln balloon fest.
a college administrator, and Don, a computer manager, have enjoyed
ballooning for over 10 years and were drawn to the Lincoln festival
by other pilots who told them about "this great little festival
where the whole town comes out."
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stated, "It is amazing that a town of this size can pull
together and show so much community pride. Not to mention, we are
treated like kings!"
Seggelke of Key Printing recruited the crew for Mad Adventure,
calling on family and friends. Even the most inexperienced
volunteers quickly found themselves drawn into the hands-on
experience of setup, inflation and "the chase."
festival flights for the weekend, weather permitting, include mass
ascensions from the Logan County Fairgrounds Friday at 6 p.m., as
well as Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. A balloon launch with
balloons inflating at remote locations and attempting to navigate
over the fairgrounds is scheduled for Sunday at 6:45 a.m.
competitions will be conducted throughout the weekend. According to
the festival scoring coordinator, Beth Green of Lincoln, cash prizes
of $10,000 will be awarded to competing balloonists.
stalled by setback requirement
24, 2001] The
off-again, on-again status of the Casey General Store’s plan to
put a facility on the lot at 314 S. Jefferson St., across from the
Postville Courthouse, is off again, at least for the time being.
of the national chain of convenience stores and the owner of the
Jefferson Street property hit another stumbling block when they
appeared before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Aug. 22 to ask
for a 16-foot variance from the rear setback line.
to members of the zoning appeals board, Casey’s must provide
evidence that they meet the exact specifications for approving a
variation, specifically that the hardship they face under the
present setback requirement is not "self-created."
decision on the final status will now wait for a survey of the alley
behind the lot to determine who owns it, the city or Walter Goodman.
If the alley is private property, and if Casey’s can buy it, they
will not need a setback and can go ahead with the construction of
if the alley belongs to the city, Casey’s will be back before the
appeals board, possibly as early as Sept. 19. This time, they will
be asking for a variation of only 8 feet because they can use half
the 16-foot city alley to meet the setback requirements. They will
then still have to prove they meet the specifics of the city zoning
was hoping you had read our zoning code before you came here,"
City Attorney Bill Bates told Diane Ahern, Casey representative. He
said the board, under the city code, has to determine there are
"practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships" before
granting a variance.
also said the zoning board had had an "unfortunate"
experience in the Appellate Court, which emphasized to them that
they must meet these specific requirements. The incident occurred
before he was city attorney, Bates said, and neither he nor zoning
board chairman John Sutton would comment on it.
code says the Zoning Board of Appeals must determine three things:
The plight of the owners is due to special and unique circumstances
in determining the hardship, and the hardship cannot be self-created
by the petitioning party.
The variation, if granted, will not alter the essential character of
That after balancing the interests of the surrounding property
owners, the benefits of granting the variance outweigh the
depreciation of neighbors properties, if any."
major sticking point for zoning board members was the issue of
to Ahern, Casey’s needs the setback to allow adequate room between
the store itself and the gasoline pumps. "The distance between
the pump and the buildings is as short as we can go," she said.
"The lot is smaller than we usually use."
suggested that Casey’s was trying to put too much on the lot.
"You’re trying to put 10 pounds of potatoes into a 5-pound
bag," he said. "It’s your choice to go with this
configuration for safety reasons, and you also chose a lot you knew
to be short."
said the company has several other stores on lots the same size, and
noted it was hard to get a lot 150 feet deep. The Jefferson Street
lot is 125.71 feet deep, according to Les Last, zoning officer.
knew you were going to have to ask for a variance," zoning
board member R. James Johnson said.
said it was not unusual for Casey’s to ask for a variance, and
they usually get it. She said she believed the safety factor of
having adequate space between the gas pumps and the building should
meet the code specifications.
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standard for us to put a store on this size lot," Ahern said.
also said the original owner of the lot and the alley, Walter
Goodman, had agreed to give Casey’s enough room for a setback. The
surveyor Casey hired, however, said there was no record that Goodman
owned the alley and that it probably belongs to the city.
that was a city alley, they could use half the 16 1/2 foot alley as
part of their setback requirements. That would give them 8 1/4 feet
and they would only need 7 3/4 feet," Last told the board.
however, said as far as he knew it was not a dedicated alley.
"The street department said, ‘We don’t take care of it, it’s
said there was no way to know who owned the alley without a title
search, and he could assure Casey’s that the city would not go to
the expense of a title search.
also asked if the Casey layout could be reconfigured by moving it
Otto, who attended the meeting with Jefferson Street property owner
Larry Riva, said one reason for the setback was so Casey’s would
not obstruct the view of the Postville Courthouse.
a brief conference with Riva, Otto, and several others who attended
to support the Casey project, Ahern asked for a continuance of the
meeting. She said the company would pay for the title search of the
four members of the seven-member board attended the meeting: Sutton,
Johnson, Mannie Gaston and Tom Culnan.
appeals board meeting was the third hurdle Casey’s has had to jump
to get permission to build on the Jefferson Street property. At a
meeting Aug. 16, the Lincoln Planning Commission voted 6-3 against
rezoning the property from residential to commercial, but at the
Aug. 20 city council meeting, that decision was overturned by a vote
on both sides were presented at both meetings. Main Street Lincoln
coordinator Wendy Bell and Looking for Lincoln steering committee
member Jan Schumacher opposed the rezoning because they support a
plan for a historic preservation district along the Fifth Street
corridor from Postville Courthouse to Postville Drive. They believe
the Casey store does not conform to the use in such a district.
and Perry Harris, who owns property across the street, spoke in
favor of the rezoning, as did Larry Goodman, Walter Goodman’s son
and owner of a nearby business, V. Goodman Excavating and Transfer.
McCumber, owner of the Fifth Street Food Mart, and a group of
neighbors appeared at both meetings to oppose the rezoning. McCumber
said that a national chain like Casey’s could lower its prices
until it drove out competition, then would raise them. Neighbors
said they did not want the noise, traffic and lights that a
convenience store would bring to the area.
City council members, in
overriding the planning commission’s decision, spoke in favor of
bringing more business, jobs and sales tax revenue to the city and
getting productive use out of the vacant lot.
authorizes airport golf course feasibility study
22, 2001] The
Logan County Board in its meeting Tuesday night voted to spend up to
$9,500 to determine the economic feasibility of a golf course at the
airport. THK Associates was hired to investigate whether the
community can support a nine-hole public golf course built on the
grounds of Logan County Airport.
Committee chairman Roger Bock said the study could be completed in
30 to 45 days. After that, if the projection is favorable, a
developer would have to be found and a layout planned. Bock
acknowledged that some holes might have to be short to work around
Griffin, Dick Logan and Dale Voyles voted against the resolution,
which passed 8-3 with the full board present. Clarence Barney,
representing the Lincoln Park District, said that once the course is
built the park district would probably be interested in running it
and hiring the firm that maintains it.
collection of historical documents no longer in use by the county
clerk’s office will be loaned to the Lincoln College Museum for
archival preparation and cataloging. Paul Gleason explained that he
and museum curator Ron Keller will open the documents, some of which
have been folded since the 1860s, place them in acid-free folders,
catalog and return them.
Clerk Sally Letterly said the collection contains no Lincoln
documents but some materials from his era, including warrants for
payments to Civil War volunteers. Cataloging will make access to
these materials much easier. Gleason estimated that the project will
take two years.
other business the board voted to:
Accept the $10,000 bid of Mark Gates to complete sidewalk repair at
Hire Industrial Appraisal Co. to reappraise all county equipment and
buildings at a cost of $6,375.
Authorize a $40 fee to be applied to each tax sale. The fee is to
pay interest and costs when the price paid in a tax sale must be
refunded. County Treasurer Mary Bruns said at Thursday’s committee
of the whole meeting that state law authorizes counties to charge up
to $60 as a tax-sale-in-error fee. Jim Griffin was the lone
Approve a holiday schedule of 12 days off for county employees. Dick
Logan voted no.
Approve 12 fund-raising raffles for county organizations.
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chairman Dick Logan appointed a committee to negotiate a salary
agreement with sheriff’s deputies. Members of the committee are
Doug Dutz as chairman, Lloyd Hellman and Dale Voyles, with Logan as
called a special meeting of the board for Monday, July 27, to
interview candidates for the unexpired board term of Phil Mahler and
to select a replacement.
chairman Rod White reported that in budget hearings the combined
total of requests for senior citizen funds exceeds the maximum levy
by 17 percent. The maximum is $93,000, with $67,500 being allotted
in 2001. The Oasis has requested $53,300, CIEDC $46,900 and Rural
Health Partnership $10,000.
requests so far include $35,000 for economic development and
$385,900 for State’s Attorney Tim Huyett. Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce and Explore Logan County, neither of which
received funds in 2001, have asked for $1,500 and $1,000
respectively. Budget hearings will continue on Wednesday and
said that the predicted decline of 10 percent in assessed valuation
of county farmland in each of the next two years is expected to be
offset by a slight rise in non-farm values. Non-farm assessed
valuations have risen an average of 5 percent for the past few
years, and that pattern is expected to continue.
chairman Dale Voyles said insurance carrier Roger Garrett verbally
assured him that workers appointed or approved through the board
will receive health insurance coverage like other county employees.
In particular, Garrett affirmed that the Regional Planning
Commission director, though appointed by the commission rather than
the county board, is included. In response to a question from White,
Voyles quoted Garrett, "The county board determines who is
covered," and therefore should vote to approve employees hired
by other agencies if it wants them included in the insurance plan.
traffic routes in effect
for balloon fest parking
22, 2001] A
new one-way traffic route will be in effect for those who wish to
enter the fairgrounds for the balloon fest this weekend. Traffic
will be routed south on Jefferson Street, which will be one way,
then west on Short 11th, which will also be one way. Vehicles can
enter at the south gate or turn north on Postville Road and enter at
the west or northwest gates. Traffic coming north on Lincoln Parkway
(Old 66) can turn at Postville Drive to enter the fairgrounds at the
northwest gate. Traffic southbound on Lincoln Parkway will not be
allowed to enter Postville Drive at the fairgrounds but will have to
enter at Fifth Street. Click
here for a Lincoln map. For a close-up map of the fairgrounds
here for more information on the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival
Aug. 24, 25, 26.
overrides planning commission, OKs Casey rezoning request
21, 2001] "I
feel for both sides, but I cannot sit here and say ‘no’ to
business in this town," was the way Lincoln Alderman Steve
Fuhrer put it.
other aldermen agreed with him, one more than the number required to
override the recommendation of the city’s planning commission,
which Thursday evening voted 6-3 to deny rezoning the property at
314 S. Jefferson St. from residential to commercial so a Casey
General Store could be built on the lot.
with Alderman Fuhrer, Aldermen Benny Huskins, David Armbrust, Pat
Madigan, Verl Prather, George Mitchell, Bill Melton and Joe Stone
voted "yes." The two "no" votes came from Glenn
Shelton and Michael Montcalm.
said he feels for the people who go out of business because of
competition, but he was elected to make decisions for the entire
town, not just one neighborhood. "When I ran, I wanted to see
Lincoln grow. We’ve lost a lot of business already. We already
have an eyesore by Kroger’s —
purple and gold buildings."
referring to the site where an auto parts store once considered
building. After protests from neighbors, the company withdrew its
offer for the property, and the property owners subsequently painted
the empty buildings in vivid colors.
the vote was taken, several of the aldermen spoke to explain their
stand to the audience that filled the council chambers. Joe Stone
spoke eloquently for the zoning change.
greatly disturbed. We have made it increasingly difficult for any
developer to come in here and bring jobs and bring money.
are looking at a piece of real estate that’s a 10-foot-high mound
of dirt. Anything you would put on that piece of ground would look
better than what’s there now."
listed the businesses presently along Fifth Street, from the
Postville Courthouse west to Lincoln Parkway, an area Mayor Beth
Davis wants to see become a historic preservation district.
a box factory, an abandoned gas station, a couple of other gas
stations, an excavating company, a convenience store, beauty shops,
a bank, a real estate office, empty stores. I say to Casey’s that
if you want to come in here, I’ll vote ‘yes.’"
are legitimate arguments on both sides," Prather said. "I
understand McCumber. I’m sure Graue Pharmacy didn’t like
Walgreen’s coming in, either."
McCumber, who with his mother owns the Fifth Street Food Mart two
blocks away from the proposed Casey store, had spoken to protest big
corporations that come in and put small local merchants out of
Prather, too, noted that the vacant lot has always been an eyesore.
Replying to comments from those who opposed the Casey store next to
the Postville Courthouse, he asked, "How long did that vacant
lot sit there next to a historic site? This is an improvement."
Shelton, however, said he was surprised by the aldermen’s
comments, as he thought the council’s priority should be with
businesses already in the city. "Make sure they are going well
and strong," he said. "Casey’s can only hurt established
Montcalm echoed the comments of City Attorney Bill Bates, who
reminded the council that the vote should be regarded as a zoning
issue and not a choice of one business over another.
a zoning issue, and we got a recommendation from the zoning
committee. That’s the way I’m looking at this."
the vote, a Casey representative and several Lincoln residents
outlined their positions.
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Ahern, Casey representative, said the Casey store would benefit the
city, hiring 12 to 14 people with a $9,000 to $10,000 payroll every
month and paying sales tax on an estimated $1,000,000 yearly.
said the company has been looking for an appropriate site in Lincoln
for three years, a desirable site was not easy to find, and if this
site was not approved Casey’s would probably not locate in
also said she had not heard about the proposed historic preservation
district until a week and a half ago. Because the site is in close
proximity to other commercial properties and not a desirable home
site, she said the company believed it had the potential for a
zoning change to commercial use.
Tucker spoke for residents in the neighborhood. "I don’t want
a Casey’s in my neighborhood. Do you want Casey’s? Do you want
to sit on your deck and look at it? To me it’s that simple. It’s
my neighborhood. Represent us, the people That’s what you’re
here for," she told the council.
also submitted a letter to the council signed by herself and seven
others in the area.
Street Lincoln coordinator Wendy Bell, Jan Schumacher of the Looking
for Lincoln steering committee, and Dale Bassi spoke to support the
plan for making the area a historic preservation district.
said that Main Street Lincoln is not anti-business and that a
historic preservation district does not need to hinder growth. She
read a letter from the director of the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency which said that "intense commercial use
would be incompatible with the Postville Courthouse" and would
have a negative impact on tourism there.
said tourism is also a way to bring economic growth to Lincoln, and
the Postville Courthouse is a vital part of the tourism program.
said that last year the state of Illinois spent more than $400,000
on improvements to the Postville Courthouse. Heritage tourism does
bring people in off the highway, he said, and when the new Lincoln
library opens in Springfield in two or three years, tourism in the
Lincoln area could increase.
is some momentum going on. Casey’s would hinder rather than
enhance the momentum we have gained."
Harris, who owns two lots across the street, spoke in support of
Casey’s. He objected to the idea that Casey’s doesn’t conform
to the use in the neighborhood, citing a junkyard and an abandoned
said if the city wants to use the property at 314 S. Jefferson for a
parking lot for visitors to the Postville Courthouse, a suggestion
made by Mayor Davis, they should make an offer and buy it.
problem in Lincoln is too little traffic and too many parking
lots," he said.
Now the Casey corporation
needs to get a variance for a setback requirement from the Zoning
Board of Appeals, which will hear the request Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
If that approval is granted, the company would be free to begin
line to Campus View homes
must wait for funding
21, 2001] Residents
who live on Campus View Drive may get a chance to hook onto a city
sewer line, but not in the immediate future. The Lincoln City
Council voted 8-2 to put in a sewer line when funding becomes
View Drive is a dead-end street that curves behind Lincoln Christian
College. Homes on the street are in the city, but the street belongs
to the college. Twelve homes at the far end of the street presently
have septic systems, which create problems of flooding and sewer
backup for some residents.
present the council does not have the money to extend the sewer
lines to the 12 homes, according to Grant Eaton, sewer plant
manager. Putting in a new line and a lift station could cost as much
as $350,000, he said. A possible alternative, using a lift station
belonging to LCC, would cost the city only $150,000 but would
require some or all homeowners to put in ejector pumps, which could
cost the homeowners as much as $6,000.
city uses the college’s lift station, they might also be asked to
maintain it, Eaton said. That would still be much less costly to the
city than any alternate proposal. Eaton said he is pursuing grants
and other funding sources, which are also needed for the mandatory
sewer plant upgrade.
Melton, chairman of the sewer and drainage committee, said he
believed the homeowners were entitled to have city sewer service,
but pointed out that the council would have the authority to reject
any specific funding allocation for the sewer line in the future.
The vote in favor of extending sewer service was 8-2, with Aldermen
Glenn Shelton and David Armbrust voting "no."
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Bateman, one of the 12 homeowners, said he was happy with the way
the city voted. "It was a good-faith vote to put sewers there,
to show us homeowners we have not been forgotten," he said.
and another homeowner, Mike Robbins, have been attending council
meetings recently to ask for help with the problems they are having
with their septic systems, which are backing up into yards and into
the lower level of Bateman’s home.
other business, the council deferred the request by Logan County for
a fiber optic right of way on city property until the next regular
meeting Sept. 4, so the city attorney can redraft the ordinance to
reflect the final changes. The new agreement will run for 10 years
at a nominal cost of $1 a year, and the county will provide the city
with two drops which the city can connect to if it wishes. The
county will maintain the lines.
council also agreed to vacate an alley between Adams and Monroe
streets, on property owned by Claude Brinner and being used as a
trailer court. Brinner owns the property on both sides of the alley,
which has not been used as an alley for at least 25 years. No city
utilities, in fact no utilities of any kind, are located in the
alley, according to city engineer Mark Mathon. Brinner has paid all
expenses of the survey.
Fire Chief Robert "Bucky"
Washam announced that the fire department will host an open house on
Monday, Sept. 3. Parents and children are invited to come and tour
the firehouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
estate taxes come due
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.
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