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[MARCH 11, 2004] 

Downtown traffic and parking

Action Rental

Action Rental will be moving to the corner of Broadway and Kickapoo streets. Owner Roger Matson has requested to have a parking area marked as a loading zone. The space he is requesting is in front of a door marked "Receiving" from when the building used to be Kresge's.

The new location affords the business the opportunity to expand its merchandise line. It also has a basement where he will sell used equipment.

Alderman Glenn Shelton spoke with Matson last week. Having the space available for deliveries will spare traffic tie-ups. The business will be receiving shipments about four times per week, and they take one-half to one hour to unload. The allocated parking will allow Matson to access his business with his own delivery truck, which will be needed often also.

A concern, Shelton said, is that it takes away parking space from downtown. Having a designated parking for the delivery trucks will help prevent a potential traffic hazard.

 

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Auction of Marketplace Electric

Alderman Shelton then presented his findings on another downtown business request. Mike Maske has requested to have Broadway Street blocked off for an auction that will held at Broadway and Logan streets.

Shelton went and spoke to each of the businesses that would be most affected on a Saturday. State Bank of Lincoln, Idle Hour and McEntire's were opposed, saying their businesses would be affected.

Maske does have other alternatives, but this is the easiest manner of conducting the auction.

The request is on the agenda for next Monday's vote.

Good news

It was reported that on March 5 the $10 million wastewater treatment plant upgrades were completed. Plant manager Grant Eaton of Environmental Management Corporation said, "We are now under the new permit. We're up and running."

The city was forced for several reasons to expand the facility. The system was at maximum capacity with no room for growth from residential, business or industrial development. It also could not continue meet new Illinois Environmental Protection Agency standards.

[Jan Youngquist]

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