Monday, Feb. 13

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[FEB. 13, 2006]  A letter of appreciation from the Atlanta Fire Department, signed by Atlanta Mayor Bill Martin, was read before a full house of the Lincoln City Council. The Lincoln Fire Department took care of an Atlanta fire while the Atlanta firefighters were in attendance at memorial services for one of their own, Roger Armstrong.  Armstrong lost his life after fighting a structural fire in Atlanta on Jan. 20.

The Sysco site work has encountered some hindrances to its timely progress. Some unforeseen complications brought project managers to the city to ask for help. On-site manager Larry McGrath said that the company intends to start moving in on May 15, receiving product on June 1 and start shipping out on July 1.

The site needs to have a water main now in order to do a water tap, chlorination test and flush twice. Getting insurance for that to happen requires that water access be in place to have fire protection for the building.

Sysco requests sharing the cost for an additional water main inspection, not to exceed $1,200, to get this done. The council supported the request 100 percent.

In another matter of progress, Sysco has completed its portion of drainage ditches that lead to retention ponds. Every time it rains they have to take time out of their schedule to pump ditches. They have asked the city to share in the expense to connect their drainage to the areas that the city has assumed responsibility for, at an expense not to exceed $1,000.

The council approved it by 100 percent vote.

The council also heard and lent 100 percent approval on the following matters:

Hire the next person on the police officer on the list to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Detective John Bunner.

Hire the next person on the fireman list to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Bucky Washam and subsequent promotion of James Davis to fire chief.

Pay Donohue and Associates $19,860 for engineering design work at the Zion lift station.

Committed to pass a "no through-truck traffic" designation on new street adjacent to Holiday Inn Express when the road is dedicated.

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The council rejected a request not to add any new tap fees for the Holiday Inn Express, as it was seen as not necessary. By general consensus it was believed that there wouldn't be any possible need to add any new taps for them.

The recently proposed amendment to the hours and fees of the liquor code was removed, and a new ordinance will be presented for discussion at the Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting. The new recommendation will then be presented for approval on Feb. 21.

No action was taken in regard to the old Mill restaurant on Lincoln's south side.

The historically popular home of the schnitzel, the Route 66 building sets at a city portal and has become run-down looking. Neighbors complained about potential health hazards from refuse around the property and expressed concerns that the back portion of the building structure is a hazard to public safety.

The city has been trying to work with the new property owner, Dennis Koehler, who has been before the council on a couple of occasions. He has since cleaned up the property and has been looking at how to get the demolition process completed. EPA-regulated inspections and processes have proven to be more expensive than the new owner anticipated.

City inspector Les Last reported that he has had no response to phone calls or letters made to Koehler. City attorney Bill Bates said, "He's obviously ignoring letters that we send." He suggested filing an ordinance violation complaint that would carry daily fines citing the property as a danger to public safety.

[Jan Youngquist]

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