Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival past
Alderwoman Jonie Tibbs
recalled the success of this past weekend's Art & Balloon Festival,
saying that we had a wonderful weekend here. It got mighty, mighty
hot, which affected most of the activities on Saturday, but the
historic churches tour and open house was well-attended, she said.
The balloon fest went very well. "And we had gangs of people here. I
know everyone enjoyed their weekend," Tibbs said.
Streets superintendent Tracy Jackson and his gang were thanked
for all of their help with the festival.
Abraham Lincoln to rally at Logan County Courthouse
The place to be on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. is in front of the Logan
County Courthouse. It will be 150 years to the day when Abraham
Lincoln rode in on a train and stood on our courthouse steps for a
rally. A detailed re-enactment of the entire event from train
station to the courthouse is planned.
"This is a very historic event. It is going to be one of the
highlights of our bicentennial and is part of a series of events
that will continue until next year," said Chuck Conzo, a member of
the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln.
Participants will be in period costume, and customs of the day,
reconstructed or created dialogue will be followed as closely as
possible during the event. It is hoped that many people will attend
in period clothing, Conzo said. Anyone with authentic period
clothing is encouraged to wear it.
Some area schools are planning early dismissal in order for
children to attend and have assigned related projects to the
The event is expected to draw residents from around the county
This and other bicentennial events will emphasize our heritage
and legacy, Conzo said.
Signs to stay under moratorium
Progress on a new ordinance that would update and separate signs
and billboards has been tedious. The committee still has much work
to do after two lengthy committee meetings. A moratorium on any new
signs is set to lapse in mid-September. Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs
requested city attorney Bill Bates to draft an ordinance that would
extend the moratorium deadline, saying that the new sign ordinance
has been "cumbersome."
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A perennial topic, sewers, was another point of discussion for
the evening. Wastewater treatment manager Dave Kitzmiller informed
the council of a possible high-cost repair needed at the treatment
The oldest of three generators is down with a partial failure.
The plant can handle regular operation without the use of this
generator. However, it would supply power to the storm water pump.
If heavy rains fell, not having the power it supplies for the pumps
would jeopardize EPA standards at the plant.
A standby pump has been rented in the meantime. Its cost is
$6,600 per month plus mobilization.
A repairman is scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning to see what
the problem is and if it can be repaired or would need replacing.
Lastly, Kitzmiller said that he got a couple of quick bids for
street patches between Union and College streets. One was for
$17,500 and the other a little over $22,000. Neitzel and Alderman
Buzz Busby said that they don't see it as an emergency and would
rather go out for additional bids.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]