Lisa Kramer of Hanson Professional Services in Springfield said that
she has been working with the Illinois Department of Transportation
on plans surrounding the entry access that would come off Lincoln
Parkway. She provided plans for city officials to review and would
continue to work with city engineer Mark Mathon.
The entrance will
create a new three-way intersection on Lincoln Parkway and would
transect the Lincoln right of way.
Plans include adding turn lanes from the north and the south to
accommodate the increase in traffic, making Lincoln Parkway three
lanes wide, level with the entry.
At present, just the hospital is in the planning phase to be
constructed at the site. But in the future there could be other
developments this access would serve. The hospital purchased 58
acres but will use only 23 acres.
The hospital will be paying a large portion of the entry expense,
She said that the roadway measurements meet the city standard of
36 feet wide from edge to edge with curbing.
Kramer said that her presentation was for concurrence from the
city that the plans meet city standards and that the city would take
over ownership and maintenance of the right of way once the new
entry road is constructed.
Kramer is also the project manager for the Fifth Street Road
project. So, while she was present, she gave the council an update.
Initial plans were to extend the sewer line from Westminster to
Interstate 55. That has now been limited to extend to Connolley
In July 2007 the state of Illinois earmarked $762,000 for the
renovation. More funds are being sought while the project is nearing
the end of its updated planning stage.
Fire Chief Hulett said that he has received a $1,000 donation
from Wal-Mart Stores for fire prevention. The funds will be used to
provide residents in need with smoke detectors.
Together for Lincoln will be helping this weekend by installing
85 detectors in homes. (Together
for Lincoln continues to grow)
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City clerk's salary to be updated
An ordinance that amends the city clerk's pay is on the voting
agenda for next week. The ordinance, last amended on Sept 18, 2000,
increases the base salary and the percentage of the yearly increase.
The city clerk's position is a four-year term. The clerk is
administered an oath of office and is required to be bonded at a sum
of $5,000 because the position requires handling vast sums of money.
The salary for the current clerk, Melanie Riggs, will go to
$44,395. She will see a 3.5 percent pay increase per year. Each new
city clerk shall receive $41,000 base salary, plus a 3.5 percent
increase each year. The new pay scale goes into effect with the
start of the next fiscal year, on May 1, 2009.
The next council meeting is a business session on Oct. 6 at 7:15
p.m. The agenda has several matters to vote on, including new sewer
rates. The ordinance committee will meet at 6:15 p.m., prior to the
business session, to complete the proposed new rates.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]
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