Monday, July 18


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[JULY 18, 2005]  A special task force of the Lincoln Police Department will soon be getting a new and different sort of vehicle. Members of the Emergency Response Team will be as safe as money in a Brink's, literally. A Brink's armored car offers the most protection of any civilian vehicle.

The local emergency team was formed soon after Mayor Beth Davis took office. She put it at the top of her list in the interest of keeping our children and public safe. She worked with the former police chief, Rich Montcalm, on its development. Then-Sgt. Robert Rawlins was the lead officer in charge of training the team and acted as field commander.

Brink's extends to emergency response teams the offer of vehicles that the company can no longer use to transport money. They ask for $10 in the sale and a signed agreement that requires the agency to sell it back to them for the same amount when they are finished using it. Lincoln's name was put on the list over a year ago, and the call came last week.

Chief Robert Rawlins received approval from the council to go see and purchase the vehicle, which was being held in Joliet. Rawlins pointed out that he hopes we would not need to use it, but said, "It is always better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best."

He will be checking with a local company to see if their offer to paint it at no cost still stands.

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Forgotten work?

Efforts to get the company that erected signs and barricades at the old Central School site have gone unheeded, Alderman Buzz Busby informed the council. He would like to see the cleanup and repairs, such as any damaged curbs, completed as the company promises before the new school year begins.

City engineer Mark Mathon has agreed to pursue the matter with the company.


Mayor Beth Davis said that she was informed that the local AMVETS Post 71 has received an AMVETS national recognition for their project at All Veterans Park last year. Arnie Haak came to the council to ask for the city's assistance with cleaning up the trees at the park on Union Street.

The group renovated the park, adding granite benches, and laid bricks with veterans' names.

["Bricks can be purchased in honor of veterans"]

[Jan Youngquist]


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