Council approves requests, hears letters and reports,
appoints new deputy clerk
[MAY 20, 2003]
On Monday evening, May 19,
at 7:30 the Lincoln City Council met at City Hall. Mayor Elizabeth
Davis opened the meeting. All of Lincoln's city aldermen were in
Several petitions for new sidewalks
were approved, and a petition by the American Legion and others for
flashing red lights at Broadway and McLean Street on May 24 for the
Memorial Day poppy campaign was approved.
Several letters of commendation were
read. A letter was read from the Midstate company commending Juanita
Josserand, who has retired, on her many quality years of service. A
letter was read from the first-grade class of Carroll Catholic
School thanking the city council and Street Superintendent Donnie
Osborne for their support on Arbor Day. A letter from the Salvation
Army of Lincoln was read updating the city council on progress in
constructing a transitional shelter. The Salvation Army thanked the
council for their support.
Mayor Davis reported on the Save a Life
Foundation, which helps support emergency medical services and Save
a Life for Kids and helps to provide training for citizen
preparedness. The mayor asked for a resolution declaring the week of
May 18-24 as Save a Life Week. The resolution was adopted.
A resolution for the 2003 motor fuel
tax general maintenance was also presented and approved.
Mayor Davis also discussed the issue of
disabled parking in Lincoln. The mayor made it clear that the city
was following the law regarding disabled parking. The law, which
went into effect on Jan. 1, requires that the city provide parking
spaces for disabled people. Mayor Davis indicated that the city has
doing this; however, she wants to remind people that they need to display their placards
indicating disability, or if they are unable to display their
placards, they need to have a special license plate for the
disabled. Without either a properly displayed placard or license
plate, the city does not know if a vehicle is driven by a disabled
person. Failure to display the placard or license plate makes it
difficult for the city to enforce the law and could result in a
$100 citation to the driver of the vehicle.
The city treasurer, Lester D. Plotner,
presented a summary of Lincoln's fiscal status for 2002-2003.
Treasurer Plotner began his summary by saying: "The city of Lincoln
has passed through a lean and discouraging year of declining
revenues that provide monies for the operation of city business.
Yet, we look forward with optimism to the future as our struggling
federal and Illinois economy begins its slow recovery." Much of
Lincoln's revenue fell last year as did that of the state and the
nation. There are a few areas where Lincoln brought in close to the
same revenues as last year; however, these are minor in comparison
to the downward turn in the city's revenue. Treasurer Plotner
encouraged the aldermen to read and study his entire report. Other
people interested in the report can also study it.
[Financial report to be posted.]
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Cindy McLaughlin gave a report on Main
Street Lincoln. She indicated that the bricks had been laid for the
"Eat and Meet" downtown, which will be a very enjoyable and exciting
place. She indicated that Main Street has given away $10,000 of the
$20,000 they had available to support a new downtown
business. They still have half of the money available to support
establishing new businesses downtown.
McLaughlin also reminded the council
that Dog Daze is coming up on June 21. This was a fun-filled event
last year that presented people with an opportunity to show off
their dogs and at the same time gave Lincoln an opportunity to show
off its downtown.
Main Street has also contacted over 30
Illinois wineries and is planning an Art of Wine event for the
Some other things that McLaughlin
reported on concerned Looking for Lincoln. Two new sites in Lincoln
that are associated with our 16th president will be highlighted by
new signs. The sites are the Nathan Park Law Office and
the Sherman Street house and lot that were owned by Abraham Lincoln.
Looking for Lincoln has a video that
shows the many Lincoln area points of interest that are associated
with President Lincoln and the city. The video recently received an
award, and a New York-based group interested in Abraham Lincoln is
considering nominating it for more awards.
The city council addressed new
business, which included giving approval for the mayor to sign a
letter of intent for the city's participation in Illinois Department
of Transportation improvements at Lincoln Parkway and Fifth Street.
These would be radius improvements costing $100,000, with the city's
share being $5,000.
The council adjourned
to a closed executive session for the purpose of appointing a new
deputy city clerk to replace Melanie Riggs. Riggs is now serving as
city clerk. She takes the place of Juanita Josserand, who has just
retired. After the session Mayor Davis informed Lincoln Daily
News that the deputy clerk's position will be filled by Susan