Washington bailout resolution passes
squad cars to be purchased locally; and more
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[December 06, 2008]
Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman called
the Dec. 1 meeting of the Lincoln City Council to order. Seven
members of the council were present, with Verl Prather, Jeff
Hoinacki and Melody Anderson being absent.
Council moves forward with resolution opposing bailouts
Council members approved that a resolution be written to the
representatives in the U.S. Congress in opposition to the federal
bailouts. Wanda Lee Rohlfs made the motion, with the second coming
from Marty Neitzel.
During the discussion period, Rohlfs pointed out that in a recent
issue of Nation's Cities, a weekly newsletter published by the
National League of Cities, there was an excellent article saying
that it was time for some of these bailout funds to come back to the
hometown projects. She said that there are many projects that have
been put on hold for years, and it is time that the funds do come
back to the communities.
She credited Verl Prather for bringing this topic to light at the
workshop meeting on Nov. 25, saying that he brought it to the board
very nicely, and she agreed that it was certainly appropriate for
the city of Lincoln to write this resolution.
When brought to a vote, the request for a new resolution carried
with a vote of 5-2, with Buzz Busby and Dean Henrichsmeyer voting
Bids -- new police vehicles
All seven members of the council voted yes to a motion made by
Kathleen Horn and seconded by Busby that the bid for two 2009 police
cars at $50,936 submitted by Jim Xamis Ford be accepted. During the
discussion period, Horn stated that funds for the purchase would be
coming from the general operating fund combined with the capital
Presentation of petitions -- tree removal
First order of business for the evening was a vote on a petition
for tree removal at 708 Lincoln Ave. The motion was made by Rohlfs
to grant the petition, seconded by David Armbrust and carried with a
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Communication -- a letter from Gary Davis
City Clerk Melanie Riggs read to the council members a thank-you
letter addressed to Tracy Jackson, street superintendent. The
letter, from Gary Davis, expressed appreciation for the work done by
the city crew in putting up signs directing the way to the First
Approval was given for a request to hire Ashley K. Buss as an
alternate crossing guard.
A decision regarding adding the Campus View Drive sewer line to
the city works was tabled.
Also tabled was an amendment to add the Elkhart mine to the
Lincoln/Logan Enterprise Zone.
[By NILA SMITH]