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[JAN. 15, 2004] 

Fire department

Alderman Buzz Busby reported the following progressions with the fire department:

The Lincoln Fire Department will soon be a part of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, MABAS. The system enables fire departments from other jurisdictions to assist one another, thereby providing greater coverage with less expense.

Benefits of MABAS include shared equipment and manpower as needed. As an example, one fire department may have a piece of equipment that another fire department may benefit from using at certain types of incidents.

Details concerning insurance and liability are still in process, but Busby said it looks good.


The Lincoln Fire Department will be receiving funds to buy some new equipment through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Chief Bucky Washam said that they will be getting a new compressor.

The city will pass an ordinance to sell the old compressor, which is still in good shape.

Heads-up for possible expenses

In August the city was apprised that the company doing the wastewater treatment plant upgrade work, Felmley-Dickerson, was submitting a bill of a quarter million dollars for extra costs encountered caused by last spring's excess rains and ground seepage.


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The city declined to pay those costs, preferring the company take responsibility for them as they accepted the job having been supplied with all the requested information and tests.

Bates said that the company will again be seeking recompense for their extra expenditures. They are merely waiting to complete the job, which is in the near future. [


The representation estimate for the Gordon McCann appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court will be higher than first thought. It will take $5,000 to $7,000 rather than $3,000 to $5,000 for the city to hire counsel for the appeal.

Paying up

Funds will soon be made available from the city's sesquicentennial committee to cover overtime pay for extra services provided by police, fire and street departments during the 10-day sesquicentennial celebration.

Charge for copies

Alderman Glenn Shelton presented a request that Police Chief Richard Montcalm has made. Chief Montcalm would like to begin assessing a fee for audio, visual and print copies of police reports, documents and information that are requested. The fees would merely recoup the costs of making these copies.

[Jan Youngquist]

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