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Before beginning Tuesday
night's city business session, Mayor Beth Davis called for a moment
of silence for a past city of Lincoln firefighter, Jake Lessen.
Lessen lost his life in a weekend motorcycle accident. He left the
Lincoln department in 2003 to join the Springfield Fire Department.
Bids for phase two of the Sysco infrastructure
projects were approved. The work consists of building roads, storm
water drainage and sewers in the newly developed commercial park
area south of Route 10-Woodlawn Road between Connolley Road and
Interstate 55. New traffic signals and widened turn lanes for truck
traffic are part of the work.
Illinois Valley Paving of
Springfield won the bid at $1,595,226.72. The bid includes the
extension of Ball Drive, the road farthest west in the new
development area, running north and south along I-55.
In April, Gene Burwell asked the city to include Ball Drive in
the work that is being done at this time, and Burwell Management Co.
would pay for their portion and assist the city with some of its
costs. The road accesses the BLP commercial park area, zoned for
light industry. Burwell expected that bundling it with the city
roadwork being done at this time would possibly reduce costs he
would encounter and would eliminate some processes that he would
have to go through if doing it himself, thereby speeding up the
process. He has had potential interest expressed in the property,
and getting it done now would improve development possibilities.
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Two general street maintenance material bids were
awarded. One was to P.H. Broughton and Sons for the sum of $13,020.
The other street maintenance bid was awarded to Lois Marsh in the
amount of $22,425.90. These funds are supplied by the state-held
motor fuel tax to be used for local street repairs and projects.
The mayor recognized by proclamation the 36th year
of the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts
features at this year's festival]
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