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[MAY 3, 2006] 

State of the City address

By Mayor Elizabeth A. "Beth" Davis

Monday, May 1, 2006

Good evening, everyone.

This being the first regular city council meeting of the beginning of my sixth year as your mayor, I wish to address the citizens of this great city with events which have occurred during this past fiscal year.

I love this city, have enjoyed being your mayor, and very much look forward to another great year beginning today. We have a conscientious city council, dedicated elected officials and department heads, and I am very excited about working this year with all of you to enhance our community and bring in more economic development.

There is no doubt, this administration has experienced difficult financial times along with the rest of the state and nation since 9/11, but I am very happy to say our own city's economy is turning in a more positive direction and our city's coffers are increasing. This is due to the diligent attention paid to our city's budget by the city treasurer, city clerk, aldermen and department heads.

Many new businesses have opened in Lincoln, as well as others have expanded within the past year, and these enhancements bode well for a positive change in our economy. For those business owners who have been doing business in our city these many years, we thank you for keeping your faith with our city and continuing to make Lincoln your home. Thank you.

Economic development has been booming these past three years, to the credit of our Logan County Economic Development Partnership working collectively with the Logan County Board, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln City Council. Many new jobs have and will be generated in the very near future from these collaborative efforts via the new Robert's Sysco Corp., the new expansions at the Eaton Corp., new developments occurring at Lincoln Estates (the former Lincoln Developmental Center), new businesses joining our community, Rusty's Bar and Grill, new homes being built, Weyerhaeuser, St. Gobain, Lincoln College, Lincoln Christian College, Heartland Community College, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and many other businesses choosing to retain and/or expand their existing businesses in our city.

During my first term as mayor, I established the following commissions, which have been very successful, and ask any citizens who wish to get involved in our city's government in this capacity to contact me at City Hall via a written request. These commissions are the Mayor's Commission on Disabilities, Minorities, Seniors, Veterans and Youth; the Lincoln Historic Homes and Buildings Commission; Lincoln Beautification Commission; Lincoln's Heritage Days Community Celebration Committee; the city's Ethics Commission. I have created a city of Lincoln Employees/Management Commission, comprised of two representatives each from the city fire, police and street departments, and city clerk's office, but is pending approval by the various unions and the aldermen. Hopefully, we will have this commission in effect by June 1, 2006.

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I wish to thank the citizens of Lincoln for allowing us to serve you. We live in a wonderful city and can make it even greater with all our efforts. If you have any suggestions for improving or making our community a better place to live, please forward your suggestions and comments to me in writing to City Hall, along with your name and telephone number, and we'll seriously take your comments under advisement.

At this time, I am calling on the individual department heads to give their oral annual reports to the citizens of this community. [Article]

Thank you again for choosing to live and work in Lincoln, Ill.

Mayor Elizabeth A. Davis

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Committee assignments for the city of Lincoln remain mostly the same as last year. All chairmen are the same.

Standing committees

Finance and Policy and Procedures Committee (one alderman from each ward): Prather, chair; Crane, vice chair; Busby; Anderson; Whittaker

Fire and Water and ESDA Committee: Crane, chair; Whittaker, vice chair; Horn; Busby; Tibbs

Grounds, Buildings and Local Improvements Committee: Tibbs, chair; Busby, vice chair; Whittaker; Huskins; Horn

Insurance Committee: Horn, chair; Prather, vice chair; Rohlfs; Neitzel; Crane

Ordinances and Zoning Committee: Neitzel, chair; Rohlfs, vice chair; Prather; Huskins; Busby

Police Committee: Huskins, chair; Horn, vice chair; Rohlfs; Whittaker; Anderson

Sanitation Committee: Anderson, chair; Huskins, vice chair; Tibbs; Crane; Rohlfs

Sewerage Treatment Plant and Sewers and Drains Committee: Busby, chair; Neitzel, vice chair; Crane; Prather; Tibbs

Sidewalks, Forestry and Lighting Committee: Rohlfs, chair; Anderson, vice chair; Neitzel; Horn; Prather

Streets and Alleys Committee: Whittaker; Tibbs; Huskins; Neitzel; Anderson


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