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Sewer and tap fees and new commercial property development addressed

[APRIL 12, 2006]  New sewer and tap fees have been approved. Alderman Buzz Busby said that the fees had not been increased since 1979. He did some checking on what other municipalities are charging and made the following recommendation that the council approved: Single-family services would start on May 1 at $850 and go up $50 each year, topping in 2010 at $1,050.

Another commercial property near Sysco brought into city

The council approved annexation, change in zoning and final plat design of an Interstate 55 commercial park. The property zoning will change from ag to I-1, light industrial.

Gene Burwell of BLP Properties represented the requests for Logan County Property, LLC, Lot 3. The property is bounded by I-55 to the west, Route 10 to the north, Holiday Inn to the east, and Olson Drive and Fed Ex to the south.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved plans to add an entry to the location, directly across from the northbound I-55 ramp. A stoplight would be added. It would then be the first stoplight heading into Lincoln from I-55. The next light would be at Cracker Barrel, then Madigan Drive and the fourth at Connolley Road.

There were no objections to the requests at the Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission hearing and the public hearing that were held previously. As such, the city aldermen passed the requests with 100 percent approval.

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BLP made a request that the city bundle roadwork and infrastructure for the property into their plans for nearby work associated with the Sysco development, city engineer Mark Mathon said. This could benefit the city in that they may be able to get better prices due to the amount of work that would be going on.

City attorney Bill Bates further explained that this would have advantages to all concerned. BLP is offering to pay all costs attributable to them, including 100 percent of their portion of Ball Drive, 100 percent of the left-hand turn lane and some of the signalization that would be added. "It makes perfect sense to have the city contract to do all of that," Bates said. It would reduce months of review time that BPL would likely encounter, he said.

BPL would issue a letter of credit to the city, and project costs would be paid as they come in.

Details of an agreement are being worked out.

[Jan Youngquist]


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