City Council and new fiscal year budget off to a good start
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[MAY 24, 2005]
Two new aldermen
have begun their tenure on the Lincoln City Council with the start
Lincoln's new fiscal year. Daron Whittaker from Ward 3 and Wanda Lee
Rohlfs from Ward 4 have taken their positions as first-time
aldermen. They were sworn in with incumbents Marty Neitzel, Kathy
Horn, Benny Huskins and Verl Prather at the May 2 council session.
Horn was elected to finish out the two
years remaining in a Ward 2 position. She first received the
position by appointment in August 2004, replacing Steve Fuhrer when
he stepped down due to work demands.
Retiring Aldermen Glenn Shelton, Ward 4, and Dave Armbrust, Ward 3
Mayor Beth Davis, now in her second
term, reappointed Fire Chief Robert "Bucky" Washam, Police Chief
Robert "Bob" Rawlins and Streets Superintendent Tracy Jackson. Les
Last was reappointed as buildings and code enforcement officer and
Bill Bates as city attorney.
Melanie Riggs, the city clerk, and
Lester "Les" Plotner, the city treasurer, were also re-sworn into
The council is working with a
healthier budget than in several years past. The May 1, 2005-April
30, 2006, budget approved $13,208,062 before transfers and
$9,111,157 after transfers.
The Elm Street renovation tops the
major projects brought back into the budget this year. Other
infrastructure upgrades include an overlay on Broadway Street and
Brainard's Bridge maintenance. A total of $1,122,573 is budgeted for
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Motor fuel tax will be used to
install a traffic signal at the Woodlawn intersection with the
Goody's plaza and Coy's Car Corner.
Other major upgrade and repair
expenses slated this year, for traffic signal repairs and
maintenance, are budgeted at $805,500.
The amount of $118,852 is set aside
for the brownfields grant process.
The usual $30,000 is set aside for
the sidewalks. Some years there is money left over in the sidewalks
fund. However that has not been the case the last two years. The
summer was not over last year when sidewalk requests were considered
only if the walks met a newly set criteria as "hazardous." All other
petitioners were asked to re-petition in the new fiscal year.
About 11 curb and eleven sidewalk
repair petitions have come pouring in since the start of May.
Perhaps some of those were just patiently waiting leftovers filing