Saturday, December 13, 2008
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Request for Fifth Street funds, Campus View Drive, enterprise zone and street patches discussed

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[December 13, 2008]  Members of the city council met Tuesday for their regularly scheduled workshop meeting. With Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman absent, Marty Neitzel presided over the meeting as mayor pro tem.

RestaurantFifth Street Road

City Alderman Buzz Busby asked that it be added to next week's agenda that the city of Lincoln should write a letter to our representatives, urging that the Fifth Street Road project be added to Illinois' list of infrastructure improvements that has been submitted to President-elect Barrack Obama.

The president-elect has said on several occasions that he intends to put federal funding into infrastructure projects across the nation once he takes office in January.

This week, Gov. Blagojevich announced that he had given the state of Illinois' "wish list" to the president-elect's staff. (Related article)

Bubsy said that the city of Lincoln needs to do the same, letting the representatives and the president know that the Fifth Street road project is almost "shovel-ready" and there is need of $6 million to complete the project.

Busby said that this was not at all related to the request for a letter seeking the city's fair share of bailout funds.

Previously tabled items: Campus View Drive and enterprise zone

The Campus View sewer request from Lincoln Christian College was tabled at the meeting Dec. 8. Details of this discussion were available in LDN on Friday. (See article.) The issue is expected to be voted on at the council's next business session, on Monday.

Representatives of International Coal Group Illinois, LLC, owner of the Viper coal mine at Elkhart, were present this week to discuss an enterprise zone request that has been tabled since Nov. 17. The council is expecting to vote on this on Monday as well.

For more information on the enterprise zone, visit the related link at the end of this article.


Tax levy

Prior to the workshop meeting, there was a public hearing for the purpose of allowing residents of the city of Lincoln to comment and ask questions regarding the 2008 city tax levy.

No one had any comment.

The tax levy, amounting to $1,601,463 for 2008, will be added to the agenda for final approval on Monday.

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Clinton Landfill agreement

David Kitzmiller, wastewater treatment manager for the city of Lincoln, reported to council members that he and city attorney Bill Bates are creating an agreement between the city of Lincoln and the Clinton Landfill. He says that work on the agreement is still under way and that it will be brought to the council in the near future.
The agreement in regard to the Clinton Landfill involves the city of Lincoln taking the leachate from that landfill and processing it through the city's waste treatment plant.
A very simple and broad definition of leachate is that it is water extracted from the landfill that may be chemically contaminated as a result of contact with the actual trash in the landfill.
The city of Lincoln's waste treatment facility has the ability to safely treat landfill leachates.

Electric supplier for city

Kitzmiller reported that he and Bates have also received and reviewed the agreement for a new electric supplier for the city. They are not satisfied with the agreement as it is and will be working together in the future to see what they can do about it. They will keep the council abreast as progress is made.

Disposal of vehicle

Finally, Kitzmiller reported that there is a city truck that was involved in an accident and consequently totaled. It is estimated that the truck, a Ford F-250 diesel, is worth approximately $6,300 and the cost to repair it will run about $10,000.

The council discussed this and agreed that the insurance payment should be accepted and the truck sold as is.

Money received from the insurance and the sale of the vehicle can be placed against the cost of a replacement.

Kitzmiller told the council that he sees no reason to replace the vehicle quickly; he says it can be added to next year's budget if they choose to do so.

Voting on the matter has been added to the agenda for the meeting Monday.

Patch work is nearly finished

During the council meeting, city engineer Mark Mathon told council members that all the street patch work was now complete with one exception. The work being done at Union and Clinton streets was still under way.

On Friday, Mathon told LDN that the work was completed.


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