Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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City briefs: Heritage Days gets OK

Car cruise-ins scheduled, Arbor Day tree planting set, and other business

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[February 03, 2009]  Seven members of the Lincoln City Council met on Monday night for an "order of business" meeting. Aldermen Buzz Busby, Jeff Hoinacki and Verl Prather were absent for the evening.

HardwareHeritage Days

The council voted to proceed with the Heritage Days celebration that runs in conjunction with the Fourth of July each year.

Chuck Conzo of the Heritage Days committee spoke to the council about the plans for this year's event, which will be an abbreviated version of past celebrations.

Due to the economy, the committee decided that this year they would not solicit sponsorships from area businesses, but they will take donations from anyone who wishes to do so.

The celebration will run two days only: July 3 and 4. Special events will be live bands uptown on Friday night. On the Fourth there will be the children's parade, garage sale at Scully Park, Railsplitter car show on the square, free watermelon and the veterans' tent on the courthouse lawn, and fireworks at dusk at the park district grounds.

After the meeting Alderwoman Joni Tibbs, who is on the Heritage Days committee, said that they wanted to make this year's celebration a very nice one, but with the economy being what it is, they didn't want to have to call on area businesses to help sponsor the celebration. The committee felt that the best way to accomplish this was to cut the event down from four days to two.


The committee also decided not to invite the Illinois Symphony Orchestra this year as they had originally planned.

Heritage Days first came about in 2003 as a portion of the city of Lincoln's sesquicentennial.

After the meeting Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman said she was pleased that the city voted to continue the Heritage Days this year, as it was always the intention that the annual celebration would run from the sesquicentennial through the Abraham Lincoln 200th birthday celebration.

Car cruise-ins gearing up for another great season

The council approved a request presented by James Loeffler from the Lincoln Railsplitter Antique Auto Club. Loeffler provided council members with a schedule for this year's events and said that the club is requesting the same as last year's partial street closings around the courthouse square for the 2009 cruise-ins that are held in downtown Lincoln.

Below is a full schedule of the Lincoln Railsplitter Antique Auto Club cruise-ins that are planned in Lincoln this year, including events planned for downtown, at The Mill and at Culver's.

Lincoln Railsplitter Antique Auto Club
2009 calendar of cruise-ins

  • April 25 -- Cruise-in, downtown Lincoln, 5-9 p.m.

  • May 23 -- Cruise-in, downtown Lincoln 5-9 p.m.

  • June 12 -- Cruise-in at Culver's, 2530 Woodlawn Road, 5-9 p.m.

  • June 27 -- Super Cruise for St. Jude, downtown Lincoln, 5-9 p.m.
    Car show, silent auction and live music.

  • July 4 -- Lincoln Heritage Days celebration cruise-in, downtown Lincoln, 5-9 p.m.

  • July 10 -- Cruise-in at Culver's, 2530 Woodlawn Road, 5-9 p.m.

  • July 25 -- Cruise-in, downtown Lincoln, 5-9 p.m.

  • Aug. 14 -- Cruise-in at Culver's, 2530 Woodlawn Road, 5-9 p.m.

  • Aug. 30 -- Lincoln Art & Balloon Fest car show, downtown Lincoln, 1-4 p.m. (Sunday afternoon)

  • Sept. 11 -- Cruise-in at Culver's, 2530 Woodlawn Road, 5-9 p.m.

  • Sept. 26 -- Cruise-in, downtown Lincoln, 5-9 p.m.

  • Oct. 10 -- Cruise-in at The Mill, 738 S. Washington St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Live music, food.

For more information, call 217-732-3519 or 217-732-3245 or visit http://www.geocities.com/

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City approves Arbor Day tree planting

As part of this year's Arbor Day celebration, the city forestry department will work with the county to plant eight new trees on the courthouse lawn.

Each year, the city has an official Arbor Day celebration and planting in conjunction with its Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Recent storms have damaged many of the trees on the courthouse square, and the county will be removing those.

The city forestry department plans to plant eight October glory maples, one on each side of each walkway leading up to the courthouse. The trees are expected to grow about 50-feet tall and have a 40-foot span at maturity. They will offer brilliant fall color and be reminiscent of the elm trees that populated much of the city prior to the 1940s and '50s.

The planting will take place on April 24, National Arbor Day.

Sewer tap fee waived for ALMH and Castle Manor

On Jan. 20 the council voted to no longer offer the sewer tap fee waiver as one of the incentives in an enterprise zone in the city of Lincoln. At that same time the council also agreed to honor the waiver for Helitech because the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership had been working on bringing the business into town for quite some time, and the waiver had been a portion of that negotiation.

At last night's meeting, council members were asked to extend the same waiver to Castle Manor and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital as it pertains to their new construction plans in an enterprise zone. Building and safety officer Les Last, who had been on medical leave recently, explained to the council that both organizations have been planning their new facilities with the understanding that the sewer tap fees would be waived.

When asked about the cost of waiving the fees, David Kitzmiller, the city wastewater treatment manager, said that fees were calculated based on the size of the water tap that would be required. With both facilities expected to consume large amounts of potable water, the fees involved will be well into the thousands of dollars.

Because the ALMH and Castle Manor projects have been in the planning stages for quite some time, the council voted unanimously to waive the fees for those two entities.

Fire truck for sale

The council passed an ordinance to allow for the disposal of a 1984 Pierce Arrow pumper truck belonging to the city fire department.

The pumper truck, which has been replaced, will be advertised for bid.

Tabled items

  • Highway authority agreement for Illico.

  • A decision regarding repair or disposal of a 1999 Ford F-250 truck belonging to the sewerage treatment facility.


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