The official budget document for the fiscal
year beginning May 1, 2009, and ending April 30, 2010, was presented
and approved with a vote of 9-0. Alderman Verl Prather was absent.
The bottom line for the coming year is that the city is going to
need $14,984,420 to stay afloat. This is an increase of $2,207,629
over the current year, ending April 30.
In a written statement, Les Plotner, city treasurer, explained
that the larger amount needed is due to increases in health
insurance premiums for city employees; the cost of salaries due to
new contract agreements; an increased cost for the centralized
dispatch services; a repayment plan for the City Hall roof loan;
increases in liability insurance, workers' compensation insurance,
Illinois Municipalities Retirement Fund, Social Security and pension
costs; plus an increase in sewer operations and maintenance funds.
Of the $14 million-plus needed, $6,708,600 will come from local
revenues such as property tax, municipal sales tax,
telecommunications tax and state income tax, just to name a few.
The total general operating fund of $7.7 million will also
include homeland security grant funds in the amount of $25,000,
stimulus funds of $465,000 and state-paid revenues for the Truck
Access Route Program in the amount of $517,260.
The balance of the budget will be expended out of designated
funds such as the motor fuel tax fund, forestry fund and capital
projects fund, just to name a few. "Designated funds" means that
revenues received into these special accounts have to be expended
for specific uses. For example, revenues received for the forestry
fund can only be used for city forestry projects.
Alderwoman Melody Anderson, chair of the finance committee,
expressed her appreciation to all those involved in the budget
building process: "I do want to say thank you, as this budget really
was a group effort," she said. "It took a number of us to do this."
She expressed appreciation to the committee and all the aldermen who
attended the special Saturday morning budget meetings, then added:
"Susan (Gehlbach, city clerk) and all her staff really stepped up,
and without Les Plotner we would have been lost. So I want to thank
Singleton lift station removed from agenda
Alderwoman Marty Neitzel made a motion that the replacement of
Singleton lift station be removed from the agenda.
After the meeting, wastewater treatment manager David Kitzmiller
said that the new backup pump has been installed, which will afford
the council and new mayor some additional time to make decisions on
the proposed Singleton lift station project.
The current proposal is a multiphase switch-and-replace project
involving the Singleton, Kmart and Zion lift stations, plus a new
construction off Malerich Drive, at a cost of between $350,000 and
The voting meeting of the council concluded at 7:15 p.m. and the
council went immediately into the committee workshop meeting.
Cub Scout Pack 105 to conduct Scout Sweep June 20
Cub Scout Pack 105 paid a visit to the council with their leader,
Chad Bennett. The boys were there to ask the council for permission
to do a city cleanup project on June 20.
Bennett explained that the group would begin at Washington-Monroe
School around 9 a.m. and work their way to the downtown area, then
back to the school, picking up trash lying along the streets and
The Cub Scouts are asking that the city contact waste management
and make arrangements for a special dumpster.
Bennett also wanted to acknowledge the local sponsors of the
project, saying that Alexander Lumber, Bennett Builders, C & C
Fudge, C & S Forestry, Domino's, IGA, Kroger, Lincolnland
Communications, Salt Creek Tree Farm, Studio 620 and waste
management all support the Scout Sweep project, and it is greatly
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Heritage Days planning complete
Heritage Days representative Chuck Conzo appeared before the
council, saying that all plans are complete for this year's
celebration, which will be the weekend of the Fourth of July.
At next week's meeting he is asking for approval of street
closings in the downtown area from 7 a.m. on Friday, July 3, to 5
p.m. on Saturday, July 4.
In addition there is a request that McLean, Decatur and South
Kickapoo streets around Scully Park be closed on Saturday from 8 to
11 a.m. for the Fourth of July children's parade.
Conzo said that while this year's celebration is fewer days than
in the past, the activities will be much the same. Friday night will
be band night on the square. On the Fourth, there will be the
children's parade downtown as well as the Railsplitter Auto Club car
show, and fireworks at the park district.
Mayor Davis-Kavelman also commented that this is the "give back"
year for the Heritage Days celebration. The committee did not seek
sponsorship from local businesses, and there will be no sale of
wristbands for alcohol consumption, but she stressed, they will
still be diligent in checking IDs.
Emergency siren up and running
Fire Chief Kent Hulett reported that the new emergency siren for
the downtown area has been installed at the Logan County Safety
Complex. It was tested Tuesday afternoon and is in good working
City fire department needs to hire two new employees
Three city firemen will be retiring this year. Alderman Buzz
Busby asked that next week's agenda include a vote to hire two new
Kitzmiller to be reassigned
Wastewater treatment manager David Kitzmiller announced that
effective Monday, his position will be filled by Bob Tackett.
Kitzmiller is an employee of EMC Environmental Management,
contracted to the city. He said that Tackett is coming to Lincoln
from Evansville and has several years of experience with EMC.
Kitzmiller will be taking a new position in regional oversight
with the company. After the meeting he said that his new regional
position will include the city of Lincoln, and he plans to keep in
touch with the city in that new role.
Elevator needs a few small improvements
City engineer Mark Mathon told the council that the elevator in
City Hall is going to need some upgrades. He said that immediate
needs will cost about $200 and include updated labeling and some
additional safety guards.
There is also a requirement for an emergency phone that must be
installed within the next four years. Mathon said that the phone
will cost approximately $1,200 and can hopefully be done within the
next two years so that the city will be ahead of compliance.
Also in attendance
In addition to the mayor's family, Cub Scout Pack 105, Chuck
Conzo and Bob Tackett, other guests for the evening included
Mayor-elect Keith Snyder, Alderman-elect David Wilmert and Heritage
Days committee member Dan Wheat.
[By NILA SMITH]