chiefs and department heads review busy year
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Streets and alleys, wastewater treatment and sewers, and legal
[May 25, 2007]
The Lincoln City Council heard
annual reports from city department heads at this week's business
session. The reviews were for the city's past fiscal year, from May
1, 2006, to April 30, 2007.
At the council's opening meeting of the fiscal year, on May 7, Mayor
Beth Davis delivered her annual "state of the city" address. The
core of her message was that there has been and continues to be a
lot of growth taking place. It has been and will continue to be
Reports from the department heads mirror that. Most have been
involved to various degrees in the growth process, participating in
legal negotiations, infrastructure design, costs and implementation,
codes, safety, and ordinance compliance. Several major projects have
been part of the business growth and have required working with
multiple other parties.
Not only was there a lot of work with the new growth, but then
there has been the everyday work and the out-of-the-ordinary work,
such as dealing with blizzards and tornadoes.
Below are reports made by Tracy Jackson, streets superintendent;
Dave Kitzmiller, wastewater treatment and sewers manager; and Bill
Bates, city attorney.
Tracy Jackson, streets superintendent
or replaced throughout the city.
streets and the rest of the city on Thursday nights, Saturday
Americans with Disabilities on creating ramps.
hit hard because of tree damage following several tornado and
39 3- to 4-inch
girth trees planted throughout the city.
planted at tree farm or at the bottom of the landfill.
users signed in; add another 200-300 who didn't sign in.
testing and spraying program.
has become more time-consuming with new requirement to change
chemicals near areas that drain to waterways with fish and other
Worked with other
city departments to erect barricades, direct traffic, pick up
bicycles; looked at code violations; provided 86 hours of
maintenance on squad cars.
Worked with city
engineer nearly daily on street issues, alleys, walks, curbs,
with festivals, including loan and setup of ticket booths and
streets, patching, sweeping, seal coating, salting and
It was the worst
snow year since 1978. At one point the city assisted the
Illinois Department of Transportation while IDOT was dealing
with numerous crashes, Jackson said.
of 2 /2 blocks of city streets at Mill and Miller streets.
annual leaf pickup. This was helped by the majority of people
hauling their own leaves to the landfill this year, Jackson
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Replaced a large
mower used to cut right of ways.
One sweeper was
down most of the year, but the council approved the purchase of
a new and better sweeper, and more sweeping is being done.
Jackson said that
odds and ends performed by the streets department included
traffic signal maintenance; picking up dead animals -- deer,
squirrels; fixing banners, flagpoles, etc.
Dave Kitzmiller, wastewater treatment and sewers manager,
Environmental Management Corp.
A big sewer
project at Hamilton and Pulaski streets was done at the start of
the year. A 4-foot manhole was replaced with a 6-foot manhole.
This also involved removing two 4-foot brick manholes, replacing
a number of catch basins and piping, and replacing 25 feet of
Zion lift stations were replaced.
Three major pieces
of equipment -- the Vactor, Skid Steer and flatbed -- were
69,245 feet of
938 feet of sewers
1,027 requests for
utility relocations (85 requests per month average).
seven-day average low-flow revised study of Salt Creek was
performed. This led to the deregulation of the wastewater
treatment plant from 4.19 million gallons per day down to 3.88
million gallons per day.
8 1/2 years with
no lost time because of accidents.
Bill Bates, city attorney
Worked on numerous
developments on Lincoln's west side. To name a few: the Aussman-Johnson
plat development, Graue Inc., I-55 Commercial Park plat and
currently working with the attorney for the ALMH project.
all city council meetings during the year.
with city engineer Mark Mathon and sewers manager Dave
Handled the legal
New and revised
liens and foreclosures that involve many detailed processes
violations of compliance to ordinances in court.
Filed and prosecuted 14 liquor
violations for sale of alcohol to minors.
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