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[SEPT. 27, 2004] 

Tires and electronics collection dates set

Plans are in place if you have old tires or electronics that need to be disposed of. They are being collected for recycling on different weekends at the Logan County Fairgrounds.

Tires: Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can bring your tires to the fairgrounds. ["Retire tired tires on tire collection day"]

Electronics: Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, you can drop off your old electronics.

There are no fees to drop these off at the fairgrounds during these collection times. Crews will be on hand to assist with the materials.

Landfill extending hours for fall landscape wastes

Beginning Oct. 24 until Nov. 24 the city landfill south of Lincoln will extend open hours so that residents can dump landscape wastes.

In addition, Alderman Dave Armbrust announced that Streets Superintendent Tracy Jackson is making plans to pick up bagged yard waste of leaves, grass clippings and sweet gum balls. Three pickup days are in the works, once in October and twice in November. The dates will be announced later.

New sewer line for new commercial subdivision

A decision was made to accept the low bid for sewer work that is to be done at the new subdivision for Coy's Car Corner on Route 10. C & S Real Estate Properties received bids of $26,473 from D&D Sewers of Lincoln and $22,953 from Illinois Valley Paving Co., Springfield.

City sewer system manager Grant Eaton said that if the work is put out for bids, it'll be higher. He recommended accepting the one from Illinois Valley Paving.

Water problems around Pulaski Street are being addressed by the city. Sewer system manager Grant Eaton and city engineer Mark Mathon completed an evaluation of the area and agree that increasing the pump size to 50 horsepower should reduce problems. The current pump processes 750-800 gallons per minute, and that can be increased to 1,400 gallons per minute.

Eaton was given permission to file a plan with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and has begun looking into equipment costs.

 

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Harvest of Talents for World Hunger Saturday, Oct. 23

A sign for the Harvest of Talents at Pekin and McLean streets was approved.

Roadblocks for the route of the Harvest of Talents Run from the Logan County Safety Complex to the high school, using Pekin to Wyatt to Primm Road and back, was approved.

Harvest of Talents for World Hunger takes place Saturday, Oct. 23.

Homecoming plans take a twist

The tradition of whitewashing the streets for the homecoming parade was surprisingly re-petitioned to the council this past Monday. The long-standing practice that honors football players with names and numbers whitewashed on city streets underwent considerable discussion this year. The greatest concern was that the whitewash might be slow to come off the downtown streets due to the surfaces being new.

The booster club agreed to power wash the streets after the weekend, and the original petition was approved on Sept. 7.

On Sept. 20 an amended petition from the Lincoln Community High School football booster club was presented that excluded whitewashing on the newly overlaid downtown street area. A representative of the boosters was present, but no reasons were given for the amended petition.

The measure passed with 100 percent approval, with Armbrust saying that he now lent his full support to this activity.

Lincoln's homecoming is Oct. 8

FEMA grant helps fire department

Fire Chief Bucky Washam reported that he was able to purchase about $37,000 worth of additional equipment with a 2003 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. The largest portion of the purchase was $27,000 for a new air compressor. Other items included a new computer, gas monitor, hazmat equipment and a two-bottle cascade system for the truck. The city provided $3,300 of the total purchase amount in matching funds.

[Jan Youngquist]

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