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[AUG. 3, 2004] 

The city approved a petition by the Lincoln Elks to have a crippled children fund-raiser in the downtown area. The fund-raiser will take place all day until midnight on Aug. 18 on the Burke Miller property. It will have live bands, prizes, food and adult beverages. A cruise-in will begin at 10 a.m. A rain date is scheduled for September 19th, but it will last only until 10 p.m. if that happens.

Steve Klemm presented the request and said that he hopes it will become an annual event.

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Clark Kent will need to stay in Metropolis

The famed Lincoln telephone booth that sits on top of City Hall (nowhere but in Lincoln) will keep its place. But it will be coming down while the roof is being repaired, Alderman Derrick Crane said. It will stay in temporary storage until a means of securing it back up there without compromising the integrity of the roof can be determined. Crane said he never really wanted to take it down permanently, but the roofers kept saying that they would not guarantee the roof if the booth was put back up there. He and the other committee members, Marty Neitzel and Jonie Tibbs, as well as Mayor Davis, want to keep it up there.

Since the booth is city property, it could only be loaned out for display if it had come down to stay down, Crane said.

The booth once had an actual functioning telephone and was used by storm spotters to make weather warning calls. Civil defense director Larry Schroyer placed it there.

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Evans Cartage of Murrayville won the bid to grind the city landscape waste. At $10,900 the company will supply labor as well.

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The intersection of Pekin and McLean streets will become a four-way stop. The request was made by Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library director; Jean Anderson, regional superintendent of schools; and Todd Parmenter, Lincoln Christian Church administrative minister.

In his study of traffic at the corner, Chief Rich Montcalm said there were four accidents from 1995 to 2004 and numerous misses. It was his opinion that adding the stop signs would improve public safety.

Stop signs will replace yield signs on North Sangamon at either side of Pekin Street in front of Bode Welding. This site is identified as having many near misses.

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Two intersections in Lincoln will be getting brighter, energy-saving LED traffic light bulbs. A $5,680 grant from the state will assist with this. The total cost of replacement is $9,740, leaving $4,060 for the city's share. The chosen intersections are also state routes, with the Illinois Department of Transportation sharing 50 percent of the costs. The bulbs pay for themselves in savings in two to three years and last up to 10 years, with a five-year guarantee.

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The council approved hiring one new police officer. Chief Rich Montcalm and future Chief Robert Rawlins were given permission to hire someone immediately. Montcalm said previously that he would go to the laid-off list first. One name is there and Montcalm will be calling him. The officer will begin on Wednesday if he accepts.

A new officer will be in just in time to take advantage of officer training school, which starts Aug. 23.

[Jan Youngquist]

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