Friday, May 28


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[MAY 28, 2004] 

Ordinances and resolutions

CEFCU was approved as a depository for city business.

New stricter guidelines and fees regulating sexually oriented adult businesses passed.

Proclamation of World War II Veteran Recognition Day on May 29 passed.

Arbor Day Poster winners honored

At the May 17 city council session, Streets and Alleys Superintendent Tracy Jackson presented awards to the top three Arbor Day poster winners. All three winners received certificates for a McDonald's Happy Meal, Gleason's ice cream and free bowling at Logan Lanes.

Kelsey Jones from Chester-East Lincoln School won first place with her poster called "Stems/Limbs." She will also receive a 6- to 8-foot tree.

Betsy Olson from West Lincoln-Broadwell received second place.

Bailee Goodman from Washington-Monroe received third place.

Aldermen discuss pay raises

Alderman Benny Huskins reopened the matter of pay raises, having broached the subject for the aldermen to think over at a previous meeting. It's been 14 years since the city aldermen have seen an increase, he said, and that's "a long time without a raise." He pointed out that costs of living have gone up in that time, and it's especially noticeable when you go to the gas pump today.


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At Huskins' request, city attorney Bill Bates checked the requirements for changes in pay. He said that aldermen cannot have an increase or decrease in pay during their term and any change must be approved 180 days before the next election.

Alderman Steve Fuhrer spoke up rejecting the suggestion. "It has been 14 years, but with what we have been doing, laying people off, and as tight as we are, I can't even think of telling people that we need raises," he said. "It's just not the right time."

No one else made any further comment.

Heritage Days celebration addition

Noon July 3 will probably be hot. But a cool-down is scheduled downtown when city firemen with their fire hoses face kids with water balloons during the city's Heritage Days celebration. Chief Bucky Washam says that they have done this for fund-raisers in the past and it is fun for everyone.

Property sale bids opened

Bids for four tracts of excess property the city put up for sale were opened at the May 25 workshop. Bidding for most tracts came in low. Only six bids were received on the four tracts. Bids ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 for Tracts 1, 2 and 4. Tract 3 received a bid of $25,000.

The city reserved the right to reject any and all bids. Alderman Derrick Crane scheduled a meeting to discuss the bids before the June 7 meeting, when the sales are to be voted on.

[Jan Youngquist]

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