At the Logan County
This year's primary improvement
project has been completed. Several taxiways received overlays this
Grounds are being readied for this year's
balloon festival to take place at the airport Aug 27-29.
An additional entry and exit is being being prepared
to aid in traffic flow during the event.
More activities take place all over town, starting on Thursday
and continuing through Sunday. See the front page for scheduled
activities and events.
New energy-efficient lighting for several areas at the airport
was approved during Tuesday evening's voting session. BLI Lighting
would supply the lighting materials, with John Griffard overseeing
the project. Zeller Electric would assist with the installation.
The project is part of a light energy saving program. Some
lighting was changed in the courthouse this past spring.
The cost for the project is supplemented by an
energy grant. Below are the costs, grant amounts and final costs:
Administration building -- $9,673.50, $1,778.40, $7,895.10
Heritage In Flight building -- $9,123.50; $1,556.80;
Outdoor -- $12,095, $1,612.00, $10,483
Totaling -- $30,892, $4,947.20, $25,944.80
Airport chairman Bob Farmer said that the estimated payback in
energy savings over a 20-year period would be $125,565.
Two drainage projects are in the process of discussion. Residents
to the north of the airport have asked to have their drainage ditch
connected to the airport's drainage tiles to help alleviate standing
Stormwater flows southeast from the airport. One option in a
multistage drainage project plan would be to purchase adjacent
property to the southeast. A drainage tile through that property
offers the best option. The property has recently been appraised.
A tower and beacon that was once used by Charles Lindburg on his
airmail route from Chicago to St. Louis and was later relocated from
Middletown to the Logan County Airport will be repainted by Ron
Hall. Painting begins next week.
The airport serves general aviation and is part of the U.S.
infrastructure supporting economic commerce. It is primarily
supported by state and federal funding, hangar and land rentals and
leases, and fuel sales. A total of 2,914 gallons of fuel was sold in
July at $4 per gallon.
Bicycling Logan County
As a requirement to acquire future grant funds, the board voted a
show of support for an interurban bicycle trail between Lincoln and
Elkhart. Jan Schumacher drafted the resolution, which has more
specific wording than a past resolution. It includes Illinois
Department of Transportation specs and intent to develop a
long-term, whole-county bicycle plan.
The measure passed 9-3. Voting against, but without comment, were
John Stewart, Bob Farmer and Chuck Ruben.
On the Lincoln end the trail would begin at Madigan State Park
and would connect on the south end to a trail through Williamsville
Federal funding was already applied for about six months ago.
Following advice from IDOT, another resolution was also presented
in which the county would request that railroads not remove
abandoned rail crossings in Logan County, because of their potential
use as bicycle trail bridges. The board voted 9-3 to send this back
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Logan County highway engineer Bret Aukamp reported that the
bridge renovations over Kickapoo Creek have been completed and
Nicholson Road is open again.
He also said that a culvert construction east of Broadwell is
well under way and progressing. With good weather he expects to have
that road reopened before harvest.
Logan County is part of a consortium of 11 counties that make up
the Central Illinois Economic Development Authority. Rick Hamm has
been the Logan County representative, but he is resigning due to
conflict in his available time. The board approved Bill Martin to
The board confirmed a list of election judges submitted by County
Clerk Sally Litterly. The recommendations move forward to judges for
Letter opposing a state cut
The board agreed to send a letter to Gov. Patrick Quinn in
support of the state continuing to fund the Soil and Water
Conservation District office, since the work from that entity has
many benefits, including providing information and research that
affects long-term economic prosperity in Logan County.
Jan Schumacher has scheduled an energy audit of the courthouse.
Windows, lights, heating and cooling would be looked at.
Bids are being requested to replace worn carpeting in the county
Pat O'Neill, board liaison to Community Action, reported that
Menard County has turned down leadership of the Public
Transportation program. Another choice will need to be made.
This year's Foster Grandparents program has had a good response
with new volunteers.
2011 Budget hearings
Budget hearings will take place later this month, beginning on
Aug. 25 at 8 a.m. and Aug 26 at 8:30 a.m., and lasting until 11 a.m.
or so each day.
It was announced that state Rep. Bill Mitchell would be at the
Logan County Courthouse at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The meeting is open
to the public. He plans to address the issue of illegal immigration.
The 2010 Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival and The Art of Wine will
be Aug. 27, 28 and 29.