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[NOV. 18, 2004]  Treasurer Les Plotner provided a six-month city fiscal report that showed improvements over last year.

He said that the general fund has about twice last year's figure at this time, showing a total of $8,239,366. He cautioned about too much reaction to this, saying, "Don't go thinking we're instant rich." He said some of this was a matter of cash flow and then explained where figures were in various accounts.

The good news was that some revenues are up from increases that were made last year. The capital expenditure fund is at $87,896.

The non-home-rule tax from November to April has collected $402,000 in its account.

Retail sales tax is up (as predicted) about 5 percent over last year's figures, at $1,299,000.

And the telecommunications tax that was increased from 1 percent to 3 percent is coming in at three times the figure it had before.

Plotner advised the council members that they should start planning some of the sewer projects that are needed using some of these funds.

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Chief Robert Rawlins announced two promotions in the police department. Paul Adams has been promoted to sergeant and is working as a detective, filling the place of retired Sgt. Mike Harberts.

Diana Short has been moved up to corporal, replacing Adams and serving as assistant patrol shift supervisor.

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A resolution was adopted to participate in the National Incident Management System established by presidential directive for U.S. Homeland Security. NIMS is a single, comprehensive approach to any domestic incident.

Using the system allows all emergency responders to work together during an incident that calls for multiple jurisdictions to work together. It uses a unified command system so that everyone can anticipate what others will be doing.

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With acceptance of the NIMS compliance, agencies use the national model to modify or prepare their emergency disaster plans. The plans are made uniform to one another by adhering to like terminology, training and management of resources. The result of this process enables all levels of government -- federal, state and local -- to work efficiently together at any given emergency incident.

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Dec. 2 Christmas parade route established:

Lineup will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wyatt Avenue. The route turns north on Kickapoo street, right on Pulaski Street, left on McLean Street, left on Broadway Street, left on Sangamon Street, and ends at Carroll Catholic School or the Logan County Health Department parking lots.

By way of landmarks, that's lining up by the high school, traveling down Wyatt Avenue, turning to go past the movie theater, and turning to go counterclockwise around three sides of the courthouse, passing by the Arcade, post office and Hallmark store. Continue straight, passing by the State Bank of Lincoln and the train depot; cross the tracks and turn left, passing by the restored historic buildings of Sangamon Street, the Blue Dog, Eckert's and Einstein's Coffee House.

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The sewer committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A flow study at the Kmart lift station should be back for review. With that information the committee plans to discuss the Stonebridge subdivision (Westminster Drive) storm water management.

[Jan Youngquist]

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