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