As Mayor Keith Snyder called the meeting to order, he asked everyone
to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of two losses this
Bob Shattuck, who had cancer, died Friday. Shattuck was well
known to the Lincoln community and the council as an architectural
designer who had assisted in work for the city.
Snyder also remembered to the council Gene McDonald, who died
Sunday. McDonald was a retired coach at Lincoln Community High
School. He began his career at LCHS in the late 1950s as an
assistant coach, moved up to coach, then athletic director.
New parking ordinance approved
Last week at the Tuesday workshop, aldermen reached an agreement
on what parts of the city's downtown area should be limited to
At that time city attorney Bill Bates said he would have to write
a proper ordinance outlining the new area, and the council could
then vote for the approval of the ordinance. Bates said he wasn't
sure he could have the ordinance written in time for this week's
voting session, but he did.
Monday evening, by unanimous vote, the following two-hour parking
restrictions were put into place.
Two-hour parking will be enforced in the following areas:
From the west: Broadway Street beginning at Logan running
continually through town to Hamilton; Pulaski Street beginning at
Chicago Street and running continually through town to Hamilton;
Clinton Street from Chicago to Kickapoo; Sangamon Street between
Pulaski and Broadway; Chicago between Pulaski and Pekin; Kickapoo
from Clinton to Pekin; and McLean from Clinton to Pekin
The map shown here will be posted on the city website in the near
future. (Click on the map for a larger image.)
Next week's meeting will begin with an adjourned voting session
The city of Lincoln has an official budget document. The passing
of the budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year will be done by vote at
next Tuesday night's meeting of the council.
Alderwoman Melody Anderson walked through some final changes to
the budget and talked about the fact that at the moment there are
two bottom-line figures for general fund expenditures. Both totals
come in at less than $6,000,000.
Currently negotiations are under way with union representatives
in regard to contracts for the police department and fire
department. Anderson has penciled in two figures for union wages,
based on the possible outcomes of the negotiations.
Currently the projected revenue figure for the new fiscal year is
Treasurer gives March report
City Treasurer Chuck Conzo delivered his report on revenues for
the month of March.
In March of 2009 the general fund balance came to $612,209.40,
but by March of 2010 that balance had dropped to a mere $71,959.82.
This was due to the state of Illinois lagging far behind in their
reimbursements to the city.
However, of late, the state has been able to make more timely
payments, and that is reflected in the fund balance, which at the
end of March this year came to $552,626.02.
If the state continues to make their payments on a regular basis,
the city will be in a much better cash-flow position.
City will switch health insurance providers
Alderman Tom O'Donohue offered some options for the council to
consider on changing health insurance providers.
Currently the city has employee health benefits with Blue Cross
Blue Shield, but O'Donohue provided information from Health
He spoke about one plan offering a $1,500 deductible and adding a
health savings account to help cover the deductible.
Doing this, each employee who signs up for the higher deductible
would have $1,000 put into the city's health savings account on
their behalf. The employee would then have the option of paying into
the HSA to reach the full $1,500, or not.
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Taking out a plan with a higher deductible will save the city
several thousand dollars in premiums, and HSAs can earn interest
while they are held in account.
O'Donohue said that in addition to being a better deal for the
city, he feels this is a better deal for the employees as well
because the Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO does not cover services offered by
Springfield Clinic at the new hospital campus. Health Alliance does.
Altogether, employees will have three options to choose from: the
higher deductible coupled with an HSA, a lower deductible PPO or an
HMO 100 percent plan.
During discussion Anderson said she thought the Health Alliance
options offered city employees three really great options. She noted
that health insurance is the second-largest expense for the city,
surpassed only by salaries.
It was also noted that this switch will save the city a minimum
O'Donohue also said he believes health insurance should be
reviewed annually instead of every two to three years as is now
In the end the proposed switch to Health Alliance was approved by
City asked to drop charges of ordinance violations
Charles Kodatt of the 900 block of North Logan Street spoke to
the council, asking them to drop charges of ordinance violations
Kodatt said he had been ticketed for having a vehicle parked on
his property, and it was a vehicle he needed because of health
issues. He said the vehicle had an untraceable registration for a
Alderwoman Marty Neitzel asked him if the license plates on the
vehicle had expired at the time of the citation. Kodatt said he
didn't know, but possibly. He said the citation was issued last
fall, and since then he has sold the vehicle.
He was also ticketed for having containers of garbage on his
Kodatt said the containers held waste from sewer backups that
occurred in his home on four different occasions. He said he didn't
know what to do with them because he was not going to ask the
garbage workers to handle that kind of waste.
The charges against Kodatt are being prosecuted in court, and
Kodatt came to ask the city to drop the charges. He said that going
through the courts was going to be costly for him as well as the
No one commented except for the question about the expired
The mayor thanked him for coming and expressing his concerns.
At the end of the evening, Snyder asked that the council go into
executive session according to city code 2-C-11 to discuss pending,
probable or imminent litigation.
The Monday night voting session will re-adjourn at 7 p.m. April
26. At that time the council will vote on the budget for the 2011-12
[By NILA SMITH]