Raises approved for appointed personnel
With Alderwoman Melody Anderson absent for the evening,
Alderwoman Kathy Horn, who is vice chair of the finance committee,
made the motion to approve the salaries of appointed personnel for
fiscal 2010-11 as prescribed in the official budget document.
During discussion, Mayor Keith Snyder said the motion did pertain
to raises for department heads. He also stipulated that the
department heads are to be held to the same "giveback" concessions
as their employees. Whether it is furlough days or whatever the
specific union may agree to, the department heads will match
whatever concession the union is willing to make.
Comparing the 2009-10 budget document with the 2010-11 document,
total dollars allotted to appointed personnel in the fire, police
and street departments indicated a 1.1 percent overall increase in
Currently the firefighters are the only ones who have agreed to a
giveback concession. Each member of that department will take 64
hours of furlough time.
The city has been in discussions with the unions representing the
other two departments, but no final decisions have been made to
When the motion came to vote, it passed 8-0-1 with Alderman Tom
O'Donohue abstaining from the vote.
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival will feature a Pilots Parade
This year the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce is hoping
to add a new feature to the art and balloon fest: a Pilots Parade.
The parade in the works is slated to begin at approximately 3:30
Friday afternoon on Wyatt Avenue, with the procession to travel all
the way to the airport.
Because some of the streets they plan to traverse are under the
jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the city
needed to pass a parade resolution, which will be submitted to IDOT
With a unanimous vote, the council approved the resolution to be
sent to IDOT. Once it is approved by that agency, the chamber will
be able to go ahead with planning the parade.
Ordinance amending alcohol consumption rules for city parks
Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital Auxiliary along with Dr. Don Sielaff and family are
sponsoring a charity garden party at Memorial Park in Lincoln.
The Healing Life Society Garden Party will be a fundraiser for
the hospital auxiliary, with the proceeds going to assist with the
cost of decorative gardens at the new hospital.
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For the fundraiser the organizers have asked for a temporary
liquor license so that they may serve alcoholic beverages in the
Snyder said that upon investigation, it has been discovered that
there are two conflicting ordinances regarding liquor in city parks.
The park codes say that there is to be no alcohol, while in another
section of the city code, alcohol is permitted for special events.
In order to unify the code, an amendment was made to city code
Section 8, Chapter 11, which is the park regulations section, saying
that alcohol will be allowed at special events by permission of the
The amendment to the ordinance passed with a unanimous vote.
Overlay projects for State and College streets will begin soon
By unanimous vote, approval was given for an expenditure of
$34,390.19 to Hanson Professional Services for the engineering phase
of the overlay projects for State and College streets.
These two street projects are being paid for with federal
stimulus funds, and the work is slated to begin later this month.
The total cost of the projects will come to approximately
$395,000. This is the lion's share of the $465,000 the city received
in stimulus funds. The $70,000 balance remaining will be earmarked
for work to be done on Fifth Street Road.
[By NILA SMITH]
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