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
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.
* * *
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
* * *
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
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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.
* * *
Dec. 2 Christmas parade route
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.
* * *
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.