Logan County ready for
action if terrorist event occurs
4, 2001] Even
though the public may not have been aware of it, agencies all over
the United States, including those in Logan County, were preparing
for terrorist attacks well before the destruction of New York’s
World Trade Center, and they are ready to take action if an event
County has been working on this," said Dan Fulscher, director
of the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency for the county.
"We recognized, and the state of Illinois recognized, that an
attack was likely.
have been preparing very solidly for a year, with a task force that
was formed in Logan County. Two weeks before the New York tragedy we
had already made a request to the state of Illinois for specific
equipment that would allow us to protect the citizens of Logan
County better if there was a real terrorist event."
six-year plan, which was submitted at the end of August, would
provide more training and equipment for local agencies, including
suits to protect fire and police personnel against chemical and
biological agents, chemical detection kits, gas monitors, thermal
imaging cameras, and decontamination equipment such as giant scrub
brushes, cleaners and soaps to neutralize the chemicals.
request also includes better equipment for the Logan County Health
Department and for other government entities that could be involved
in a terrorist attack, such as highway department personnel and
emergency room workers, Fulscher said.
Storer, assistant director of ESDA, said that area fire and police
departments are well trained to respond to emergencies such as
chemical leaks or spills, and that training would allow them to
respond to a terrorist incident as well.
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us, it would be business as usual," Storer said. "If we
had a terrorist attack using chemical or biological agents, it would
be handled in much the same way that we would handle an industrial
leak or spill.
responders, members of the Fire Department, would be sent to the
area of the attack. They would immediately treat any injuries and
then would identify the chemical and make an action plan.
of the Fire Department have been trained to identify chemicals and
know what to do," he added. Also, they could get help from
Health and Human Services Department has Metropolitan Medical
Response Teams, primary response units that can move into any area
that has been attacked. These teams have equipment caches with
pharmaceuticals and other supplies that they can get very quickly.
"We are able to make
one phone call to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and they
can contact any state or federal agency that we may need, whether we
have a terrorist attack or an ordinary emergency situation,"
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politicians speak at LCCS banquet
4, 2001] Lincoln
Christian College and Seminary has just finished its 2001 Strauss
Lectures, named for Dr. James Strauss, a former professor and living
legend at the school. The speaker this year was Nancy Pearcey, a
Christian author and intellectual historian. Part of the lectureship’s
schedule was a Tuesday evening banquet in Taylor Hall on the LCCS
campus. The banquet featured two prominent politicians.
Patrick O’Malley from Chicago, a Republican candidate for
governor, spoke about his background and family, stating that he
felt it was important for his audience to know something about him.
He talked about his parents and how they raised 14 children. He
talked about his wife and about their two children. He spent a long
time talking about his daughter Brigid. Because of a brush with
infant death syndrome, she is able to do very little for herself,
but she can smile. With love in his voice, he spoke of how that
smile has changed his life. He spent a little time talking about his
political background and views, but he left that mainly to the
flyers and mouse pads his campaign associates handed out.
here for related article, "Patrick O’Malley runs for
Redmond, Lincoln Christian Seminary alumnus and former congressman
from the state of New Mexico, was the main speaker for the dinner.
He gave a sermon on the response that Christians must take to the
Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. During that sermon, he told the
story of the "Star-Spangled Banner" in a way that had most
of the audience truly hoping that "the flag was still
there." He said that early in the history of America, the
country was thought to be an experiment, unknown from day to day if
it would fall. And today, it is up to God whether we rise or fall.
He said, though, that we must follow the words of the Bible,
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble
themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked
ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and
will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14). Redmond concluded
the evening with a stirring reading of Isaiah 41.
runs for governor
By Patrick O’Malley,
candidate for Illinois governor
come before you to share my candidacy for governor of Illinois.
Today, I’m formally announcing my intention to seek that
office in the March 2002 Republican Primary Election.
almost a decade now, I’ve been honored to serve as state senator
of the 18th District, in southwest Cook County. The
18th District is truly a microcosm of the state. As state
senator, I regularly meet and listen to the people I represent. In
recent months, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and listen to
people from many other parts of the state. In the coming months, I
intend to meet and listen to many more.
hard, if not impossible, to describe the level of frustration I’ve
encountered and continue to encounter. The
citizens of Illinois are the true "shareholders" of state
government, but these days one hears little, if any, pride of
have lost confidence in both the integrity and credibility of those
who seek and those who serve in public office. They look to their
elected officials to say what they mean and do what they say. But,
more often than not, they find that campaign promises and
commitments end when terms of office begin.
say more and more people are turning off and tuning out is an
accurately, they’re turned off and, for the most part, tuned out.
running for governor because I believe I can change this. I
believe I can get the citizens of Illinois to tune in and turn on.
I believe that working together we can reshape the Republican Party
and state government. Together, we can change politics in Illinois!
believe I have a vision to share with
those who feel their vote or their priorities no longer matter. I
believe I have the ability to re-establish their confidence and
engage people from all parts of Illinois to work with me for
stronger families, better schools, more jobs with better wages, a
healthier environment and safer neighborhoods.
will provide leadership that all citizens of Illinois can count on. Working
together, we can make things better, and in the process state
government can begin to serve the many instead of the few.
every office I’ve sought, I’ve received great support. I’d
like to think this is because I’m one public official who says
what I mean and consistently does what I say I’m going to.
voters come to know me, they see this. My
record as a public official and as a legislator is clear and
based my public service, as well as my professional and private life
on the values learned and practiced in the homes, neighborhoods
and communities of Illinois; the same values instilled in Ronald
Reagan as a boy growing up in Illinois and the same values he
employed to change the world. These
are the values I will champion as governor of Illinois!
I was growing up, there was a ballplayer who liked to say,
"Baseball has been very good to me." My family and I would
be the first to say this nation and this state have been very good
to us. We have lived the "American dream." I look
upon this campaign and subsequent service as governor as the
greatest opportunity the people of Illinois can give to me "to
give something back."
no mistake; I seek the office of governor to be governor. I’m not
"maneuvering" to run for another office. And
my candidacy does not hinge or rely on anybody else’s candidacy or
non-candidacy. I’m in this for the long haul, and as my Irish
ancestors would say, I fully intend "to play all the innings
out and, in the end, to carry home the prize."
we’re beginning a journey of more than 400 days. I’m inviting
people from all parts of Illinois to join with me. It’s time
for a new beginning. Working together, we can and will make a
J. O’Malley biography
Oct. 22, 1950, in Evergreen Park; second-oldest of 14 children;
graduated from St. Walter’s Grammar School and Marist High School;
earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in
finance from Purdue University, a juris doctor degree from The John
Marshall Law School; married to Mary Judith (Stump); residence in
Palos Park; two children, Brigid and Patrick Jr.; a daughter-in-law,
Elizabeth; and a granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth
in 1992 to represent the 18th District; reelected in 1996 and 2000
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of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee; vice chairman of the
Senate Education Committee; member of the Senate Insurance and
Pensions Committee; member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
as a member of the board of trustees of the Palos Fire Protection
District (1985-1994), serving as board president since 1987; served
as elected member of the board of trustees and chairman of the
Finance Committee for Moraine Valley Community College (1989-1992)
University Health System board of directors; Saint Xavier University
board of trustees; United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater
Chicago board of trustees; Veterans Outreach Program of Illinois
(American GI Forum) board of directors; The Children’s Museum in
Oak Lawn board of directors; Metro Southwest Alliance board of
directors (founding chairman); Illinois State Crime Commission;
Misericordia; Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs; American Heart
Association; American Cancer Society; Southwest Metropolitan Family
Legislator of the Year, Illinois State Crime Commission; Champion of
the Southland, Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce; Putting
Families First Award, Concerned Women for America of Illinois;
Friend of Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau; Presidential
Commendation (1999), Illinois State Bar Association; award from the
American Association of Retired Persons’ Illinois office; Serving
Illinois Families Award, Illinois Family Institute; Guardian of
Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business;
Frederick Milton Thrasher Award, National Gang Crime Research
Center; Legislator of Year (1996), Suburban Area Agency on Aging;
Leadership Award, Illinois Environmental Council; Environmental
Service Award, American Lung Association; Golden Apple Award,
Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance; Service Award,
Illinois Veterans Leadership Program; Beta Gamma Sigma honor society
listed by Sen. O’Malley
hearings on tax reform —
Led the charge for the 1993-94 statewide public hearings to
comprehensively study the state’s revenue system to lay the
groundwork for meaningful tax reform.
Chicago school reform — Sponsored
the nationally acclaimed school reform legislation restructuring the
bureaucracy-bound Chicago school system, thereby restoring local
control and accountability.
support enforcement —
As a leading advocate for improving the collection and enforcement
of child support to keep children out of poverty, championed the new
law to hold parents criminally liable for their willful failure to
meet their child support obligations.
of the retail rate law —
Led the fight to repeal the state subsidy program for garbage
incinerator developers, saving Illinois taxpayers as much as $13
Exile Illinois — Authored
legislation encouraging the federal prosecution of all persons who
use firearms in crimes against others. With its implementation, by
requiring a minimum, mandatory five-year prison sentence in a
federal penitentiary, Illinois will be the toughest state in the
Union in the prosecution of criminals who commit crimes with guns.
County assessment reform —
Sponsored numerous laws reforming the Cook County property
assessment system and giving property owners more rights in
appealing their property taxes.
Breaker program —
Sponsored the 2001 expansion of this program, which provides
pharmaceutical assistance and property grants, to benefit an
additional 500,000 senior and disabled citizens.
energy policy (SJR 34 and 35) —
These resolutions frame the debate concerning the development of
Illinois’ coal resources to provide reliable and affordable
electricity throughout Illinois.
crossing blockages and freight train gridlock — Efforts
to hold railroad companies accountable for blocked railroad
crossings and related safety issues have put the spotlight on a
national issue: the need to address the freight train gridlock in
Sponsored the largest tax refund program in the history of the
state, returning more than $250 million to payers of Illinois income
O’Malley campaign news release]
on Islam will speak at LCCS
4, 2001] In
light of the recent tragedy that has touched America, Lincoln
Christian College and Seminary President Keith Ray will host an open
forum and presentation, "Islam, Muslims, and America: A
Christian Missionary’s Perspective," featuring Dr. Robert
Douglas, professor of intercultural studies. This free event, open
to the public, will be in the Earl C Hargrove Auditorium on the LCCS
campus from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.
purpose of the forum is to promote understanding and provide
factual, expert information about Islamic faith and culture. The
featured speaker, Dr. Douglas, is a recognized authority on Islam,
having served for many years as a missionary to Muslims in the
Middle East. After completing his doctorate in religion from UCLA,
he served as executive director of the Zwemer Institute of Muslim
Studies in California for eight years and taught for six years in
the Central Asia Study Center in central Asia. He also is recognized
by the National Association of Religious Broadcasters as a national
authority on Islam.
will include a question-and-answer time with Douglas, as well as an
opportunity for prayer and support for all who have suffered from
this national tragedy.
and LEPC conduct successful hazardous materials exercise
at water treatment plant
3, 2001] Shortly
after 9 a.m. on Saturday, smoke began to emerge from the Illinois
American Water Company treatment plant at 1730 N. Jefferson St. in
Lincoln. A Lincoln Police Department squad car appeared on the scene
at 9:12, responding to what was believed to be a smoke problem. The
first officer to the treatment plant door fell back gasping and
coughing, calling to his partner to stay back. So began a Logan
County ESDA and LEPC exercise testing emergency reaction to release
of a hazardous material, in this case chlorine.
the spectator viewing area, the unfolding scene seemed slow-moving
and low key. White wisps substituted for the yellow-green plume of
chlorine the scenario called for. Firefighters wearing standard
response uniforms and masks pulled the victim to the street in front
of the treatment plant and sat him up. The second police officer
staggered from the squad car, and firefighters also assisted him. By
9:20 an ambulance had arrived and both victims were moved toward
Feldman Drive by stretcher. Minutes passed as rescue workers checked
chemical references and developed a plan of action.
in the Crisis Management Center at the Public Safety Complex, the
smoke was identified at 9:23 as possibly chlorine gas. Computer
projections incorporating barometric pressure and wind speed and
direction indicated that the plume of gas was moving at 10 mph and
that those within half a mile were in imminent danger. Later the
zone was enlarged to 1.7 miles.
chlorine concentration of 40 parts per million can kill in 30
minutes, according to Logan County Health Department administrator
Lloyd Evans. High concentrations can cause emphysema, permanent lung
damage and cardiac arrest. Even 1 to 3 parts per million can mildly
irritate mucous membranes and the upper respiratory tract, he said.
Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Dan Fulscher assembled
Local Emergency Planning Committee members to deal with the crisis.
Fulscher and Lincoln Police Chief Rich Montcalm briefed Mayor Beth
Davis and Logan County Board ESDA chairman Doug Dutz, acting for the
board’s chairman, Dick Logan. The two elected officials decided to
block all roads into the city, call in all sheriff’s deputies and
issue a Shelter in Place order.
to Patrick Keane of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, when
there is inadequate time to move people before a contaminant reaches
them, it is best for people to stay in their homes, closing all
windows and doors, shutting off air conditioners, and not drinking
water. The closer a person is to an immediately hazardous substance,
the better it is to stay inside, Keane said. It is unwise to
evacuate a person into a higher concentration than is present in the
team decided to use all methods available to inform the public:
broadcasting through Civil Defense speakers, interrupting radio
programming, overriding cable to insert a line of instructions and
activating weather alert radios. Davis said the decision-makers were
concerned about people out in the downtown and west-side shopping
areas and so decided to phone a number of stores and have the
message broadcast at Wal-Mart. These activities, as well as others
away from the Jefferson Street scene, were not actually carried out.
danger zone included Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and all
three previously planned shelters not in the zone were in line with
the moving chlorine. The team therefore decided to activate a
shelter in New Holland and also to ask Lincoln Christian College for
permission to set up a shelter and triage area. In addition to
assessing the severity of injuries and beginning treatment, shelter
personnel would help track victims for families who are looking for
the intersection of Jefferson and Feldman Drive a child’s swimming
pool was set up for gross decontamination of victims. A spray of
water can remove much chlorine from clothing, but that water is then
contaminated and must be contained. Further decontamination would be
conducted at shelters, to protect health-care workers as well as
victims. The first two victims were decontaminated and in the
ambulance by 9:28.
9:34 two firefighters crawled into the treatment plant and pulled
out another victim, an Illinois American Water employee. At this
point a miraculous glitch occurred. Planners expected the employee
to be dead, since pure chlorine can kill in 7 to 10 seconds and he
had been exposed to a heavy concentration for 25 minutes.
Nevertheless, firefighters revived him. Speakers at the debriefing
session after the exercise had a hard time explaining this.
who is Region 7 coordinator of the State Interagency Response Team,
interjected several problems into the action. One was the change in
wind direction that put ALMH in the danger zone. Another was a fire
in the communications trailer. Members of the Macon County ESDA team
then used ham radios to collect and distribute messages.
9:46 three firefighters returned to the plant to repair the chlorine
leak, presumably caused by an operational accident in which one tank
ruptured into another.
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two who entered the building were wearing bright blue training suits
simulating the Level A totally contained Tyvex suits needed in
direct exposure to chlorine. Putting on the suits is a slow and
cumbersome process because the firefighter must be careful not to
damage the suit, according to Mark Miller, assistant chief of the
Lincoln Fire Department. The suit is quite bulky because it must
cover equipment such as the canister of purified air. In addition,
all the firefighters moved deliberately so as not to waste air.
the two entered the building, one reported that the smoke was so
thick he couldn’t see his own hand. They then tried to enter
through an attached shedlike structure but found that their key
would not work. Finally by 10:10 they had entered the building and
stopped the leak, shutting off the chlorine.
Crisis Management Center resembles NASA Mission Control without the
TV monitors. Seats are identified by title such as "CMC
Assistant Manager" or "Coroner," and people are busy
passing messages and conferring on issues. One question after the
leak was fixed was how long to continue emergency procedures. Once
the plume had passed and outside concentrations of chlorine were
less than inside, people needed to open windows but still avoid
basements because chlorine is heavier than air.
10:30 the Environmental Protection Agency found less than 1 part per
million of chlorine in the air. By 10:52 water tested OK. At 11:07
roads were opened, and soon after, the Shelter in Place order was
lifted. The scene was declared stable at 11:20, and city departments
were finished and ready for other calls. Evacuees were released with
written precautions from the Logan County Health Department for
re-entering their homes. They were told to flush all faucets and
clean all wet and damp surfaces before skin contact or ingestion.
The boil order for water ended, and at 11:21 the exercise concluded.
general, the approximately 40 participants who gathered for the
wrap-up agreed that the hours of previous meetings had resulted in a
successful operation. "I am very pleased with today’s
exercise," Fulscher said, "and quite sure that in a real
event everything will be done properly to ensure community
safety." He said such exercises bring people together to
discuss deficiencies and how to improve. Larry Adams, Montgomery
County ESDA coordinator said also, "It is easier if you know
the workings of other groups."
emphasized the importance of having the mayor and county board chair
participate. "It’s good that chief elected officials
understand what a Crisis Management Center is," he said,
because they play a pivotal role in decision-making.
issue that came up repeatedly in the assessment was communication.
One suggestion was to use common language such as saying the wind
had shifted to the north-northwest instead of to 330 degrees. Warren
Curry of the Logan County Sheriff’s Auxiliary said landmarks could
also be used for directions. Another communication problem was
cross-feeding of radio systems. Fulscher said communication would
always be the biggest problem but that during several years of
exercises it has been greatly improved.
up a central location for mapping information, such as ground
elevations and locations of homebound people.
a few more ham radio operators.
compasses for fire engines and squad cars.
a warning diamond on the water plant fence to signal the chlorine
more field observers.
more volunteers to the disaster intelligence committee.
more "tabletop" exercises, limited to the Crisis
Management Center. Evans said, "We know the firemen and police
know how to do their job."
year’s exercise will take off from the end of this one,"
Fulscher said. Keane elaborated that it could include such issues as
directions to food handlers, verification that homes had been
ventilated and long-term effects on victims. He praised the joint
use of Logan and Macon County teams but said it would be good if the
same work could be done simultaneously in both counties to prepare
for a widespread disaster.
was one of two exercise evaluators. Larry Adams, the LEPC observer,
said his job was to ask, "Can Logan County implement their
hazardous materials plan?" His answer was a strong yes.
chosen as site for Smithsonian exhibits next summer
2, 2001] The
Illinois Humanities Council and the Smithsonian of Washington, D.C.
have honored the Knapp/Chesnut/Becker Historical Society of
Middletown by choosing the library-museum as one of the six sites in
Illinois for the June 23 to July 28, 2002, exhibits of
again! Helen Smith Staats (at left) presents a check for $2,000 to
Shelly Dobey, chair of the Smithsonian exhibits committee, and to
Bill Post, president of the Knapp/Chesnut/Becker Historical Society,
hosts of the June-July 2002 exhibits at the library-museum in
all of the pies, quilts and monetary gifts she has given in the
past, Helen Staats has given a $2,000 check, which enables the K/C/B
Historical Society to meet the requirement of matching the $2,000
grant awarded by the co-sponsors of the displays.
so far include special events, focusing on themes suggested by the
Smithsonian, to be at the Middletown Park pavilion on six Sundays.
June 23 will be Transportation Sunday; June 30, Home and Country
Sunday; July 7, Technology Sunday; July 14, Culture Sunday; July 21,
Health Sunday; and July 28, Spiritual Sunday.
Dobey chairs the steering committee of Mayor Ken Davison, Jackie
Sullivan, Kathy Sommers, Bill Post and Winnie Golden.
annual "all-you-can-eat" turkey supper sponsored by the
K/C/B Historical Society is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1
to 4 p.m. at the Middle School in Middletown. This benefit is known
for excellent food and historical displays.
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abuse and violence awareness event Thursday evening
1, 2001] Domestic
violence hurts everyone. At a time when our country has been
impacted by senseless violence and loss, we need to come together in
a peaceful gathering and show of support for those in our own
community being affected by violence every day.
2000 there were 147 reported incidents of domestic battery in
Lincoln, according to a report compiled by the Lincoln Police
Department. Sixty-three of these incidents occurred while children
increase community awareness of this problem, the Domestic Abuse and
Violence Task Force of the Healthy Communities Partnership of Logan
County is sponsoring its second annual candlelight procession and
education event. The vigil and community gathering will begin at
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, on the sidewalk surrounding the Logan
County Courthouse and will feature a candlelight walk around the
the courthouse rotunda Timothy Huyett, Logan County state’s
attorney, will speak on the legal issues surrounding domestic
violence and its impact on the Logan County community. Shelley
Musser, Sojourn shelter and services specialist, will also give a
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"Silent Witnesses" and "The Clothesline Project"
will be displayed in the courthouse rotunda during the day of the
event. The Silent Witnesses are silhouette figures of individuals
who have died as a result of domestic violence. The victim’s story
is displayed on a plaque on each silhouette. The Clothesline Project
consists of shirts and sweatshirts designed by victims of domestic
violence and their families. These shirts tell the victim’s story
in her own words. Information on available community services will
also be available in the courthouse rotunda.
join the Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force for this event. For
more information or to find out how you can join the task force, you
may call Debby Cook, chairperson, at the Logan County Health
Department, (217) 735-2317.
force will seek solutions for nursing home funding problems
29, 2001] State
Rep. Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg, will serve on the House
Republican Long-Term Care Funding Task Force. Illinois House
Republican Leader Lee A. Daniels announced the formation of a
special task force last month. Their mission is to research possible
solutions to a looming funding crisis in the state’s long-term
are currently 85,000 seniors and disabled people living in Illinois
nursing homes. Sixty-four percent of those rely on public assistance
to help pay for their nursing home stays. Nursing homes are to be
reimbursed by the state for the costs associated with providing care
for these individuals. According to industry experts, in many cases,
Illinois fails to provide adequate reimbursement for Medicaid
residents. The reimbursement shortfall has forced numerous
facilities to transfer the costs of doing business to their
private-pay residents, or, increasingly, to file bankruptcy.
am looking forward to working on this important task force,"
Wright said, "Nursing home residents and their families deserve
the very best we can provide. This industry is providing an
invaluable service to thousands of Illinois families. State
government must recognize that, and assure that the industry has the
resources it needs to remain viable."
disaster exercise set for Saturday
28, 2001] Area
emergency agencies will participate in a mock disaster exercise
coordinated by Logan County ESDA and the Logan County LEPC on
Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be a number of emergency agencies
from throughout Logan County working together in response to a
simulated hazardous materials leak at the Illinois American Water
Police and Lincoln Fire Department will coordinate their response
with the Logan County sheriff’s deputies and auxiliary, member
departments of the Logan County Fire Protection Association, Logan
County Paramedic Association, Logan County coroner’s office and
the Logan County ESDA. The unified response will involve a simulated
leak of chlorine gas from the water treatment facility at Jefferson
Street and Lincoln Parkway.
Logan County Crisis Management Center, located at the safety
complex, will be fully staffed and operational. Strategic and policy
decisions required for the event will be made by government
officials and emergency services command staff located at the CMC.
from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois State
Emergency Response Commission will be at both sites to critique the
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will be allowed to observe the exercise at a designated spectator
area on North Jefferson Street. The exercise is scheduled to begin
at 9 a.m. on Saturday and to be completed by 11:30 a.m. Please join
us as your emergency services responders deal with the simulated
a.m. — Participants begin to assemble at the North Jefferson
Street site and the Crisis Management Center
a.m. — Optional press briefing at the Logan County CMC, 911 Pekin
a.m. — Exercise begins at the Illinois American Water facility,
1730 N. Jefferson St., Lincoln
a.m. — Exercise finishes
— Luncheon at the Logan County CMC for participants in the
side box culvert repair addressed
from Burwells to Lincoln Council
28, 2001] The
following letter from the Burwells regarding the repair of the box
culvert on the west side of Lincoln was received by the mayor and
the Lincoln City Council and was released to LDN by the city of
Lincoln for publication.
Mayor Davis and Lincoln City Council Members:
write to clarify the mischaracterization of the position of Burwell
family members regarding the repair of the box culvert on the west
side of Lincoln. These misrepresentations were made by Greene &
Bradford, Inc. representatives at the Tuesday, September 11, 2001
city council meeting.
box culvert at issue was designed by Greene & Bradford, Inc. and
constructed by R.A. Cullinan & Sons at the direction of Eric
Burwell and Curt Burwell, then owners and developers of adjacent
North Heitmann Park Addition lots. To be clear, the development on
the north side of Route 10 has no relationship with Burwell Oil
& Bradford, Inc. maintains that it had an agreement with the
former city engineer where the City of Lincoln would assume
responsibility for the maintenance of the box culvert after
completion. We cannot comment on the exact terms of this agreement
because no member of the Burwell family was personally involved with
these discussions. Instead, we were told by our agent, Green &
Bradford, Inc., that the City would in fact take responsibility of
the box culvert after its completion. Of course, this alleged
agreement was never considered or formalized by the mayor or the
city council. In other words and by its own admission at the council
meeting, Greene and Bradford, Inc. did not complete the project it
was hired to do. We learned of this incompletion only after the box
culvert was damaged and the question of who should pay for the
do not believe that the City of Lincoln should pay for the
repair of the damaged box culvert. The proper construction of the
box culvert is, primarily, our responsibility and we assure you it
will be completed. We firmly maintain that the damage is a result of
Greene and Bradford’s negligence, and we have communicated this
position to them on numerous occasions.
member of the Burwell family authorized Greene & Bradford, Inc.
to request any funding from the City of Lincoln at the September 11,
2001 city council meeting. Instead, we expressly told Mr. Jessen
that we wanted him only to present the issue of whether the City
would maintain a properly constructed drainage device, and we
expressly told both he and Mr. Greene (on numerous occasions and in
no uncertain terms) that we strongly felt Greene and Bradford, Inc.
should pay for the entire new drainage device. To the extent Mr.
Greene asked the City of Lincoln for any money to repair the box
culvert on September 11, 2001, Mr. Greene was acting on behalf of
his firm and not as a representative or agent of any member of the
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have refused to pay for the damage insisting that Greene &
Bradford, Inc. should pay for the repair. We have refused Mr. Greene’s
invitation to file a lawsuit against his firm to activate his errors
and omissions insurance coverage. Also and contrary to a previous
misrepresentation by Greene & Bradford, Inc., we have never discussed
or even considered legal action against the City of Lincoln. Quite
simply: we don't think the City has any fault here.
& Bradford, Inc. has consistently maintained that fault should
be placed on R.A. Cullinan and Sons, however we’ve seen no
credible evidence suggesting any fault on Cullinan’s part. From
every indication we have, the box culvert was constructed according
embarrassed by the suggestion that the City of Lincoln should pay
for the box culvert because of past development in the city, Mr.
Greene’s statements regarding what Gene Burwell may or may not
have done for the city or community are irrelevant to this
do encourage the City of Lincoln to strongly consider taking control
of the box culvert after its proper construction. We firmly believe
that the City should maintain this drainage device to ensure its
proper operation for many years. Properties are bought and sold,
individuals and firms move or dissolve, and we feel the City of
Lincoln is the most reliable and consistent entity that will ensure
proper maintenance and operation of this important drainage device
for many years into the future
to say, we’re seriously troubled by the representations made
purportedly on our behalf at the September 11, 2001 meeting. Please
be advised that Greene and Bradford, Inc. did not represent any
member of the Burwell family in this matter at the September 11,
2001 meeting. Should anyone wish to discuss this matter further, we
invite your comments and questions.
we will take immediate steps to resolve this matter and construct
the proper drainage device.
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