[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
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.
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.