removal, tree removal, Lincoln Reality teens, truck for sale; plus,
mayor invites council to take the plunge
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[November 19, 2008]
At their meeting on Monday,
Lincoln City Council members voted on a number of petitions.
At a committee meeting just prior to the business session,
Alderman Dave Armbrust opened for discussion a request for snow
removal on Oak Park Drive. This request came from Jan Taylor.
Armbrust said that this is not the first time such a petition had
come before the council, as there was an identical request in 2005,
which was denied.
The location is just off Fifth Street, on
Lincoln's west side, and the property is within city limits.
Residents there do pay taxes to the city. However, the street was
put in by the subdivision developer and does not meet city specs.
Armbrust stated that there have been several meetings between
himself, city engineer Mark Mathon and Tracy Jackson, street and
alley superintendent, in regard to this matter.
The three men have visited the site and found that the driveway
does not meet with city codes for street width; the cul-de-sac at
the end of the driveway is too small for city equipment to negotiate
a turn; and the concrete surface is only about 6 inches deep, which
is several inches less than required for a proper city street.
He stated that considering the depth of the concrete versus the
weight of the city salt and plowing vehicles, there was a good
chance that damage to the property could occur if the city attempted
to do the snow removal.
Based on the information provided, the committee voted to
recommend that the council vote against this petition.
At the regular meeting, that recommendation was made and the full
council voted unanimously to deny the petition. Alderman Verl
Prather was absent.
Tree and stump removal
Council members voted yes to tree and stump removal requests on
Grand Avenue and Sixth Street, but no to a similar request for two
trees on Park Place.
A petition submitted Wilma Stocker and Cheryl Lowrey for tree
removal at 304 Park Place was voted down. Alderman Hoinacki moved to
deny the petition, and during discussion he said that he had heard
from Tracy Jackson that the trees were still in adequate condition
and not in need of being taken down at this point.
Armbrust said he and Jackson had visited the Park Place location
and found that the concern of the residents was that the two trees,
soft maples, were harming two other nearby trees. Armbrust said he
and Jackson agreed that was not the case.
With a roll call vote, the full council agreed to deny the
petition for tree removal on Park Place.
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Lincoln Reality teens will place Smokeout signs on Wyatt Avenue
The council granted a petition submitted by Jenna Rainis on
behalf of Reality Illinois, requesting that signs be placed on Wyatt
Avenue, between Kickapoo Street and the high school, to promote the
Great American Smokeout on Thursday.
The signs will be placed by Lincoln Reality teens, reminding
motorists of the 32nd annual Smokeout, which is always on the third
Thursday in November and is sponsored by the American Cancer
Truck for sale
Council members passed an "Ordinance Authorizing the Sale of
Excess Personal Property" in regard to a 1988 Ford F-350 flatbed
truck. According to the ordinance, requests for bids will be placed
in area publications.
Special Olympics "Polar Bear Plunge"
Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman read to the council a letter from the
Special Olympics, thanking the city of Lincoln for their financial
support in 2008.
The mayor also reminded council members that on March 21, 2009,
there will be an event called "Jump in Lincoln Lakes, a Polar Bear
Plunge." Any council members wishing to volunteer for the activity
were encouraged to do so.
[By NILA SMITH]
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