Saturday, September 27, 2008
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Engineer presents new ALMH road plans

Wal-Mart corporate donation and Together for Lincoln workers aid fire safety

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[September 27, 2008]  City leaders got a look at road plans surrounding the development of property where the new Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital would be built. The new hospital facility is to be located just off Lincoln Parkway, west of the Logan County Fairgrounds.

DonutsLisa 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, Kramer said.

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 Road.

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.


Good deeds

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.


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