Also in attendance was Andy Anderson, representing the Lincoln Rural
Fire Protection District.
Delavan Street closure this Saturday
Anderson addressed the council regarding a request for the
closure of Delavan Street between Chicago and Kickapoo streets. He
explained there will be training for the Young Explorers program on
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in that area. Anderson said it would
be a countywide event, with young people coming from several of the
outlying fire districts.
The Young Explorers is an organization for high school-age kids
who have an interest in firefighting. Being a member of the group
entitles them to participate in many of the routine fire department
trainings, plus they get the opportunity to attend special trainings
such as the one scheduled for this week. They are not involved in
actual fire emergencies.
Mayor Keith Snyder explained that the request for the street
closure had not made it to the city council in time to be discussed
at the last workshop meeting.
When the item came to vote, it passed with unanimous consent.
Hoerr Construction to work on North Logan sewer problems
At last week's committee-of-the-whole workshop, Dave Kitzmiller,
who is currently in charge of the Lincoln waste treatment program,
explained a concern he has with repairing a sinkhole at the corner
of North Logan and Davenport streets. The sinkhole is being caused
by a partially collapsed clay sewer line. Kitzmiller expressed a
fear that more sewer will collapse when work begins to repair the
He asked that the city forgo the bidding process and hire Hoerr
Construction of Peoria to install a lining in 375 feet of clay tile
that is deteriorating. He said he had checked with three different
construction companies and gotten quotes, with Hoerr coming in the
lowest at $21,950.
Monday night Alderman Buzz Busby made the motion to approve. He
said he wanted to approve this because Hoerr is the least expensive,
and they have said they can get started on the project right away.
Because there was no bid process, Snyder reminded everyone that
the motion had to be approved by a two-thirds majority of all
aldermen, or seven of 10.
When the roll call vote was taken, it passed unanimously.
Conzo delivers July financial report
City Treasurer Chuck Conzo told the council that at least for
now, the city coffers are looking better than they have for a
The month of July ended with $307,648.62 in the general fund
balance, an increase of just under $79,000 over June. The July
figure compares closely with where the city stood in July of 2009
and far exceeds the July 2010 figure, which was in the red by
He noted that the improved balance is due largely to the dollars
received from the state of Illinois in July, which totaled
$643,185.97. He noted that the state payments included
reimbursements totaling $19,047.71 from FEMA for recovery costs for
the blizzard in early February. Also included in the total was
$66,743 via the state motor fuel tax that was actually an Illinois
Jobs Now capital improvement grant.
Looking at the handout provided by Conzo, state payments appear
to be arriving on a more timely basis in some areas. Replacement tax
payments were made for the month of July, and the motor fuel tax
payment was for obligations from the month of June. April payments
were received for non-home rule tax, municipal sales tax,
telecommunications tax and state use tax. There were also payments
for state income tax for the months of March and February.
In addition, Conzo noted payments for property tax assessments
from the Logan County treasurer had been made, totaling $637,315.70.
He noted there would be additional payments in the future.
He offered the council comparisons of tax revenues for this year
versus last and said that for the most part revenues were stable.
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He did express a concern that the city proceed with caution when
planning expenditures using the motor fuel tax.
Over the last few years the dollars received from motor fuel tax
have been on a steady decline. Conzo explained this tax, saying it
isn't like a sales tax based on the dollars spent; it is rather a
flat tax based on the gallons of gasoline purchased. As the price of
fuel goes up, consumption is dropping; thus, fewer tax dollars are
Conzo noted the federal government is not opposed to gasoline
reaching the $7 to $9 range in the U.S. because that is the average
price of fuel in Europe. The result, and what the government is
hoping to see, is less and less consumption as prices go up.
But what this means for municipalities is fewer dollars coming in
the long range. Conzo urged the council to keep that in mind, as he
doesn't see this trend turning around in the future.
Bob Holloway Day to be Aug. 27
Included in the Monday night consent agenda was a resolution
making Aug. 27 Bob Holloway Day in Lincoln, in conjunction with the
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival.
Holloway is an artisan from Kansas City, Mo., who has been a
constant at the annual festival in Lincoln for many years. As such
the chamber has chosen to recognize him for his devotion to the
Holloway will be honored by the city and will be included in the
Friday afternoon parade as the grand marshal.
At the end of the evening, Alderwoman Marty Neitzel read a news
release issued by Tracy Jackson, street and alley superintendent,
regarding the closure of the payment drop boxes on North Kickapoo.
(See that announcement in
today's edition of LDN.)
Snyder reviewed a news release he's issuing to announce the
city's annual art and balloon fest drawing. (See that
announcement in today's edition
Snyder also offered thanks to Alderwoman Joni Tibbs for the work
she did for the city's open house last week and offered a special
thanks to Kathy Vinyard for her extensive work in the planning of
the event. He noted the open house was very well attended, and he
was very pleased with the outcome.
Tibbs reminded everyone that The Oasis senior center is trying to
raise money for a new bus. The funds they raise will be matched by
the Woods Foundation, and the goal is $26,442, which will be matched
for a grand total of $52,844.
Alderwoman Kathy Horn reminded everyone that the Lincoln/Logan
Chamber of Commerce is still looking for volunteers to assist with
this year's art and balloon fest. She encouraged everyone to
consider giving some of their time. To volunteer, contact Andi Hake,
Kelsey Horn, Robin Keys or Jennifer Lovett at the chamber office by
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