crossing guard at Seventh and Union streets
A crossing guard was already in
place at Eighth and Union, but with junior high students temporarily
occupying the old Central School and the new Central School occupied
on the same block, there is a lot of heavy traffic, especially when
school lets out for the day. The additional guard will help relieve
concerns for the children's safety.
Street Department Superintendent
Tracy Jackson found the estimated $2,400 funds that could be used
temporarily for that purpose.
The council considered a petition
for stop signs at the intersection of Delavan and Miner streets (two
blocks west of Route 121 on the southeast side of Lincoln). After
careful research and discussion it was chairman Buzz Busby's
recommendation to deny the petition.
Police Chief Robert Rawlins found
that the traffic flow at the intersection is minimal, and looking
back on records dating back to 1996 there have been no accidents
The city is looking at bolstering
its law enforcement coverage in the event of a special need. The
Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System is a mutual aid system that
offers a means of giving and receiving assistance as needed in
extreme circumstances, such as large-scale disasters.
The city recently joined the
statewide fire department Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, MABAS. The
law enforcement mutual aid offers similar benefits and risks.
If the police department needed
assistance, they could call on other departments that have
capabilities matching the need.
City attorney Bill Bates pointed out
the risks in the contract. The city will not be reimbursed for
personnel injuries or equipment damage while providing service at an
incident or event in another jurisdiction. If any legal action
should be brought against Lincoln from assistance provided somewhere
else, it is up to the city to cover those costs, including attorney
Bates recommended checking the
city's insurance for these provisions before signing the contract.
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Official ornament approved
The official 2004 city of Lincoln
ornament has been approved. It will feature Lincoln College's
University Hall. University Hall was dedicated Feb. 12, 1865, and is
on the Illinois Historical Register. The 24 K gold-plated brass
ornament is available through Main Street Lincoln, 303 S. Kickapoo
St., or call 732-2929. Funds generated through the sale of the
ornament go toward improvements in the city.
Buildings and grounds chairman
Derrick Crane updated the council on the progression of a
city-supported project that the local AMVETS organization has
undertaken at the All Veterans Park on Union Street. He said that he
is pleased to have worked with the AMVETS on this project and
thanked them for doing it.
The bricks are laid and it looks
great. He encouraged that people should take time to go see it. It
is a great place to reflect on the service our military has
Amberg's service recognized
Retiring fire and police
commissioner Nancy Amberg was praised and presented a plaque by
Mayor Beth Davis. Amberg's service began in Nov. 2000. She said that
she enjoyed her time on the commission and it was "a learning
experience," but that it was time to give it up.