The purpose of the voting session was to approve payment of
end-of-year bills and to pass a working budget for the 2011-12
Eight council members were present for the voting session and
workshop meeting. Alderwoman Marty Neitzel and Alderman David
Wilmert were absent for the evening.
Budget tops $12 million
In the first few minutes of the evening, aldermen received
official copies of the working budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
The new budget totals $12,721,241, with less than half,
$5,865,334, falling under the umbrella of the city's general funds
In the general fund, $56,180 is budgeted for a city
administrator. The breakdown of the budget in that category includes
the administrator's salary; a part-time secretary or assistant;
health, dental and life insurance; supplies and postage; office
equipment and telephone expenses; and an allowance for schools and
With this amount in the budget, the city can move forward with
plans to hire an administrator to begin work in the last six months
of the year, probably sometime around November.
Other dollars in the general fund are $95,192 for the zoning
office, $1,457,300 for the fire department, $1,981,554 for police
and $1,323,482 for the city streets and alleys department.
Beyond the general fund, there is also $617,900 in motor fuel tax
to be used for road projects, and $3,046,627 in sewer operations and
maintenance. Sewer funds are not included in general funds because
by law the sewage department has to be self-sustaining.
Attached to the budget document was a projection of revenues for
the 2011-12 fiscal year, which came in with a total of $11,351,564.
This equates to a total shortfall of $1,369,677. Of the shortfall,
$425,634 is in the general fund and $190,439 is in sewer operations
During the budget meetings in March, it was mentioned that the
city has approximately $3 million in carryover, which will cover the
shortfalls of the new budget.
After the budget was passed by unanimous vote, Mayor Keith Snyder
said that he and the council as well as the city treasurer, Chuck
Conzo, wanted to express to Alderwoman Melody Anderson their sincere
appreciation for the hours of work she has put into this budget. On
behalf of everyone he presented Anderson with a basket full of
potted plants, arranged in a lovely bouquet.
Eaton donates generator to city
When harsh weather comes this way this spring, the members of the
Lincoln Fire Department will rest a little easier knowing that if
the power goes out, there is a backup generator that will keep
overhead doors, radios and much more up and running for the
emergency service provider.
Eaton Corp. in Lincoln has generously donated the generator to
the city, and Chief Mark Miller said he believed it would be
installed this week.
Snyder commented that the city is very appreciative of the
donation from Eaton.
Exhaust system installed
Miller also shared that the new exhaust system for the firehouse
is being installed this week. The exhaust system is part of meeting
Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for safe
ventilation of fumes and exhaust from vehicles.
Miller added that the system is being paid for with grant funds
and came in under budget. He will now have an additional $5,522 that
can be spent on another safety project.
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City will not sell property on South Kickapoo
The city of Lincoln owns a small piece of property on South
Kickapoo, across the street from the waste treatment plant. Several
months ago Mannie Gaston approached the city, wishing to buy the
The land in question adjoins a piece of property owned by Gaston
where he has built a building for his business.
Tuesday night waste treatment manager Bob Tackett said he would
suggest that the city not sell the property.
In the corner of the property is a city-owned rubicon, which is a
concrete waterway. Tackett said the rubicon was built in the mid
Tackett said that because the city is in the midst of combined
sewer overflow monitoring as required by the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency, and it is unknown what the outcome of that
monitoring will be, there could be a possibility that the city will
have to do some work in and around that rubicon.
Even if the city were to retain the rubicon and a 20-foot border
around it, it might not be sufficient. He also noted that taking the
20-foot border wouldn't leave a whole lot of land to sell.
Alderwoman Joni Tibbs, who chairs the building and grounds
committee, said she'd like to honor Tackett's suggestion and not
allow the sale of the property.
Snyder asked if anyone objected, and there was no comment.
City attorney Bill Bates did share that in his conversations,
Gaston had expressed that there might be a fence put up on the
property. Bates also said, "I got the impression there is an
intention to use that land whether we sell it or not."
Bates said he felt it might be in the city's best interest to
know exactly where the property lines are.
City engineer Mark Mathon said he had quotes on having a survey
done, one at about $1,200 and a second in a range of $1,200 to
Alderwoman Stacy Bacon said she felt it would probably be money
While an expenditure of that size does not require council
approval, Tibbs said she wanted to have it on the agenda anyway,
making it part of the permanent record for the city.
At the end of the evening, Snyder reminded everyone that at the
next voting session, on Monday, seven aldermen will be sworn in for
new terms of service to the city.
Those to be sworn in will be Melody Anderson, Kathy Horn and Joni
Tibbs for a four-year term; Stacy Bacon for a two-year term; Buzz
Busby and Jeff Hoinacki for a four-year term; and Tom O'Donohue for
a two-year term.
Snyder said they were all encouraged to bring guests to the
swearing-in service, including someone to hold the Bible for them
during the ceremony.