Wednesday, May 10

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City Hall getting fixed up, Fifth Street inches forward

[MAY 10, 2006]  Like spring cleaning chores, Lincoln City Council's checklist for discussion contained a variety of matters -- some ongoing or annual, some new projects.

First off was a new project. They agreed to hire Robert High to perform restoration and improvements to the Lincoln City Hall and firehouse. Council members were confident that High has the necessary experience, with his reputation for having worked on numerous local historic buildings.

High's proposal tallied $65,930 total costs. It is on next week's agenda and would require a two-thirds vote to bypass the bid process.

An engineer was also called in to evaluate the building this spring, but it was unclear what he would be doing for the $7,500 he listed in his proposal.


Another item discussed is one that has finally made it to the top of the short list. The Fifth Street Road project was first addressed when the streets committee met prior to the work session. A revised intergovernmental agreement with Logan County is expected to be approved at next week's voting session.

Finance chairman Verl Prather said this project has been on the city's scope for a long time; he has documents dating back to 1993. He is with Mayor Beth Davis in saying that it's time to get it done.


A representative of the Abraham Lincoln Crippled Children's Fundraiser, formerly known as the Elks CCF, addressed the council on issues of concern about this year's event.

Sarah Stuart Faith said that there have been some changes in the charity setup. They have become more official, adding a 501c3, and are now identified as a registered Illinois charity.

Some people were upset when last year's funds were not used locally. The committee had felt that it was a good choice and in line with their intent to "help needy children" to respond to the national disaster, Hurricane Katrina. The national Elks club leadership helped to distribute the funds to "needy children" in Louisiana.

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The funds are slated to stay local this year.

Some other issues of music after the midnight, motorcycle noise and broken glass were also addressed, with proposed plans to control, eliminate or avoid.

Faith said they have been in contact with Railsplitter event organizers and that neither believes there would be a conflict, because of different crowds and staggered event times.


Work at Hamilton and Pulaski streets has gone well, city sewer manager Dave Kitzmiller said. The underground work is complete. The road will be milled, tentatively on Friday, and then a binder will be laid over the areas that were dug. Tracy Jackson will have his crew from the city add curb work. Then a surface course will be applied after it settles, to complete the area.


A citizen requested further investigation into an ongoing gutter problem. Jim Griffin said that there is a flooding problem, and it leaves behind mud at Edgar Street and Woodlawn Road.

Both the city streets superintendent, Tracy Jackson, and city engineer Mark Mathon have looked at it in the past. Mathon said that the catch basin doesn't function. IDOT engineered it, and he has some communication in with the state on it.


With the kickoff of a new fiscal year and replenished funds, sidewalk and curb replacements petitions are pouring in. A pile of requests is on next week's agenda, with anticipated approval.

[Jan Youngquist]

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