He first explained that the promotions are the result of the
retirement of Rick O'Hare from the department.
He said that all
three were gentlemen who had worked hard for their promotions.
Hulett said that they have done an excellent job for the department,
and in their new positions they will be taking on new
Robert Dunovsky has been with the department since August of
1995. He will take on the position of assistant fire chief.
Moving up to captain, filling the gap left by Dunovsky, will be
Ben Roland. Roland is also a veteran member of the department,
having served the city of Lincoln since July of 1998.
And finally with a lieutenant position open, Darrin Coffey was
selected to fill that void. Coffey has been with the department
since December of 2000. Hulett noted that Coffey is also a Marine
Corps veteran who served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
As city attorney Bill Bates administered the oath of office,
several family members of the men were present for the event:
Dunovsky's wife, Cindy, and children Autumn and Bobby; Roland's
wife, Kara, and children Lydia and Patty; and Coffey's wife, Barb,
and children Kendal and Morgan.
At the end of the swearing-in, Mayor Keith Snyder congratulated
the three men and said that the city and the people of Lincoln
appreciate their service to the community.
Landmark Ford wins bids for cruisers
Three Ford dealerships entered the bidding contest for two Crown
Victoria police cruisers to be purchased by the city.
Jim Xamis of Lincoln bid $46,184, Currie Motors of Forest Park
bid $44,902, and Landmark Ford out of Springfield bid $43,860.
Alderman Jeff Hoinacki made a motion to accept the lowest bid
from Landmark Ford.
Hoinacki said that one cruiser would be partially paid for by an
insurance claim, the result of one of last year's newest vehicles
being totaled in an accident.
He also said that while Landmark was the least costly, they were
still slightly over what the city had budgeted for vehicle purchases
Alderman David Wilmert asked how close the local bid was, and
Hoinacki responded that it was $2,630 higher than Landmark.
Alderman Buzz Busby commented that with the city struggling with
money this year, it was really necessary that the city go with the
The vote carried 7-1 with Wilmert voting no.
Lincoln Futbol Club lease is complete
By two unanimous votes, an ordinance to approve a lease agreement
for the Lincoln Futbol Club and a motion to approve entering into
the agreement with the club were both passed.
During discussion for the motion, the only question that came up
was regarding whether or not there was a clause requiring that the
city of Lincoln be listed as an additional insured party on the
club's policies. Bates said that a clause had been added to protect
the city from risk.
The lease will be for a term of five years, with the Futbol Club
bearing all the cost of land development and maintenance.
Homeowner to get refund of $1,286.53
According to Busby, a homeowner in the 400 block of 10th Street
has been paying a double sewer bill since purchasing her home in
Prior to her purchasing the home, it had been divided into two
dwellings with two sewer lines. The basement apartment that was
there had been done away with, but no one notified the city, and the
double billing continued.
Busby said that the resident had never owned a home before and
was unaware of what the cost of her sewer bill should have been. In
addition, the sewer bills sent out by the city do not show when the
billing is for multiple sewer lines.
At this week's voting meeting, Busby said that he had handed out
information sheets showing how he had come to the refund amount of
$1,286.53 and that he had talked with the homeowner, and the amount
was acceptable to her.
When it came to a vote, refunding the overpayment was approved
Estes Bridgewater and Ogden will be the city auditors
In response to a proposal from Estes Bridgewater and Ogden, the
auditors of the city's year-end books for the 2008-09 year, it was
agreed by unanimous vote that the firm would be contracted to
conduct future audits over the next three years.
For the 2008-09 audit year, the city had sought bids, with Estes
Bridgewater and Ogden coming in the lowest at $18,000.
The firm has offered to hold that price for the next three years
if the city will make the full three-year commitment.
Supplemental appropriations ordinance approved
The finance committee has been reviewing the city's 2009-10
appropriations ordinance for the last two months.
They have nailed down the changes that must be made to the
appropriations in order to complete this fiscal year.
The council unanimously approved accepting the changes as set
forth by the finance committee. To read more about this process,
follow the links to related articles at the end of this report.
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Rebid of Palmer lift station bar screen
The bar screen at the Palmer Avenue lift station will need to be
rebid. The original bid deadline has passed with no bids received,
but there is a greater problem.
As the city put together the bid packets several weeks ago, they
included blueprints of the station and its bar screen. According to
Busby, these blueprints are several years old, and the city was not
aware that they actually did not own them.
The blueprints belonged to E & I Corp. out of Columbus, Ohio, who
designed the original lift station. When the packets went out, that
company protested the use of the blueprints for competitive bidding.
According to comments made by Busby after the council meeting,
new blueprints that do belong to the city and can be included in new
bid packets have been produced via city engineer Mark Mathon and
Environmental Management Corp.
Approval for hiring Volkert & Associates comes with stipulations
Alderman David Armbrust made a motion to hire Volkert &
Associates as the city's representative in real estate acquisitions,
saying, "I move for approval of the Volkert & Associates proposal
and authorize the mayor to sign the agreement pending the
examination of said agreement by the Lincoln city attorney."
The motion was seconded by Wilmert and opened for discussion.
Busby immediately asked Bates if he had read the agreement, and
the city attorney responded that he had not seen the agreement until
Busby said that he had not either.
Armbrust and Snyder explained that the motion stipulated that the
agreement be approved by Bates, and that should any questions arise,
it would be brought back to the council for reconsideration.
This agreement is the result of an executive session last week to
discuss hiring a representative to assist the city in purchasing
land for a retention pond for the Fifth Street Road project.
Discussion last week began in open forum but went to executive
session at the suggestion of Bates so that the council could discuss
freely the land acquisition and the firms that might be interested
in representing them.
With very little further discussion the motion passed with a vote
"No" to curb and guttering petition
By unanimous vote the council denied a petition by Jean Cypher
and Dorothy Hupp for curb and guttering in front of their home in
the 1300 block of North Ottawa.
Tracy Jackson, street superintendent, said that the ruts and
other problems in that area are occurring in front of the
homeowners' mailboxes and are being made worse by the residents
turning too shortly to get into their own driveway.
He said the problem could be remedied with packed gravel when the
ground thaws and will be part of the seal coat during this year's
Parking spaces to be blocked off April 8
Heartland Community College will sponsor a blood drive in front
of their building on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Heartland is
asking that the parking spaces from 620 to 628 Broadway be blocked
off to allow space for the bloodmobile. The council approved this by
Thank-you notes read
Snyder read thank-you notes from the families of Kenneth Molt and
Mayor celebrates 25 years of marriage
Alderwoman Marty Neitzel said she had learned that Feb.16 was the
25th anniversary of Mayor Keith Snyder and wife Beth. The group
offered applause as congratulations.
[By NILA SMITH]
Past published articles
Related to the amended
Related to the Palmer
Street lift station:
Sept. 17, 2009 --
City briefs: Problem properties action
bringing results; Heritage Days management and funds could roll
over to park district; insurance costs change; and more
Sept. 23, 2009 --
Treasurer's report shows revenues in
downtrend; city gives Heritage Days funds to park district;
Sunday proclaimed Together for Lincoln Day; Eagle Scout
recognized; and city business matters
Oct. 1, 2009 --
City briefs: New council to review
proposed new sign ordinance
Dec. 16, 2009 --
City briefs: tax levy ordinance, new squad
cars and fire dept. hires, American Water buys EMC, and more
Dec. 22, 2009 --
City briefs: city budget, pension funds,
Ameren payout and more
Related to the Lincoln