Mayor Keith Snyder said the FAQs
this month include a few bonuses.
John Lebegue of the building and safety office answered two
questions instead of one, both pertaining to trash.
Snyder said he asked city engineer Mark Mathon to address a question
regarding seal coating because it is an activity that is going on in
the city right now.
Following are copies of the handouts provided by the city
Building and Safety Office: John
Topic: Code Enforcement - Trash
Question: Who should I contact to
report the accumulation of trash and debris on a property?
Answer: It is considered a public
nuisance to accumulate on any premises or upon any public street or
alley any waste, refuse, trash, or garbage. To report the
accumulation of waste or garbage on a property within the City,
please contact the Building and Safety Department at (217) 732-6318
firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt of a report of the
accumulation of waste and garbage on a property the Building and
Safety Office performs an inspection of the property and sends a
letter to the owner of the property directing them to clear the
property of the accumulated waste or garbage.
Question: Where is the proper location
for the storage of waste containers and bags of garbage when not
being placed out for collection?
Answer: It is unlawful to store any
garbage or refuse containers in the front yard of any residential
property located in the City. This restriction does not apply to
garbage or refuse in a container placed in the front yard of
residential property on the day of collection. When not placed out
for collection, garbage and refuse containers must be stored to the
side or rear of the home and not at the front of the home in the
front yard. It is also recommended that all garbage be stored in
waste containers with lids to prevent animals from ripping open the
bags and scattering the garbage about the property.
City Engineer: Mark Mathon
Topic: Street Maintenance
Question: What is seal coating? Why
does the City do this to the streets in the summer?
Answer: Seal coating (also known as
chip sealing) is a maintenance procedure that is done to help
preserve pavements. As both sealcoat and asphalt pavements age,
cracks form in the surface. The cracks allow water to penetrate the
road base, weakening the pavement. The oil that is applied to the
surface seals these cracks, helping to waterproof and protect the
Typically, a sealcoat application may
be reapplied every three to five years. The condition of the
pavement dictates the frequency.
The sealcoating process begins with
cleaning the pavement with a street sweeper to remove loose rock and
debris. A Distributor is used to apply the bituminous material (oil)
at a controlled rate. Following the Distributor is a self-propelled
Chip Spreader. This piece of equipment takes rock from dump trucks
and applies a uniform layer across the pavement. After this, a
Pneumatic (rubber-tire) Roller is driven across the new sealcoat
surface to help ‘seat' the rock. The final step in the process is to
remove excess rock with a street sweeper to help prevent
accumulations of loose rock on the street.
City of Lincoln Fire Department: Chief
Topic: Medical response
Question: Why do fire trucks respond
on EMS alarms (i.e., medical calls)?
Answer: Lincoln Fire Department is
licensed through the State of Illinois Department of Public Health
as a Basic Life Support agency. Lincoln Firefighters are the first
responders that provide life saving actions such as CPR,
defibrillation, and airway stabilization. They can also administer
basic medications for chest pain, difficulty breathing, asthma, and
anaphylactic shock. When 9-1-1 is called, Logan Dispatch sends a
Lincoln Fire Unit and an advanced life support ambulance from the
Logan County Paramedics Association. This tiered system utilizes
both agencies to provide a rapid and effective method of caring for
and treating persons with all types of medical emergencies.
Due to legal obligations and
agreements through Logan Dispatch, Lincoln firefighters and fire
trucks will continue to respond on EMS alarms and provide life
saving services to our community.
These guidelines are established by
the medical system we are associated with: SAMIC (the Springfield
Area Mobile Intensive Care System). Our system's hospitals are
Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
SAMIC's Operational policy manual states that a non-transport agency
(the Lincoln Fire Department) will be notified to provide initial
response and support to the transport agency (the Logan County
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City of Lincoln Police Department:
Chief Ken Greenslate
Topic: Identity Theft
Question: What Can I Do To Protect
Myself Against Identity Theft?
Answer: There are a number of things
you can do including taking these steps:
Shred financial documents and
paperwork with personal information before you discard them.
Protect your Social Security
number. Don't carry your Social Security card in your wallet or
write your Social Security number on a check. Give the number
out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another
Don't give out personal
information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet
unless you know who you are dealing with. Avoid disclosing
personal financial information when using public wireless
Never click on links sent in
unsolicited emails. Instead, type in a web address you know. Use
firewalls, anti-spyware and anti-virus software to protect your
home computer; keep them up-to-date. If you use peer-to-peer
file sharing, check the settings to make sure you're not sharing
other sensitive private files. Visit OnGuardOnline.gov for more
Do not use an obvious password
like your birth date, your first initial and last name, your
mother's maiden name, or the last four digits of your Social
Keep your personal information in
a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, if you
employ outside help, or if you are having work done in your
Detect suspicious activity by
routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing
Be alert to signs that require
immediate attention: Bills that do not arrive as expected,
unexpected credit cards or account statements, denials of credit
for no apparent reason, calls or letters about purchases you did
not make, or charges on your financial statements that you don't
As soon as you suspect Identity Theft,
defend against it by:
Placing a "Fraud Alert" on your
credit reports and reviewing those reports carefully.
Contacting the security or fraud
departments of each company where an account was opened or
charged without your knowledge or approval.
File a police report with the
Lincoln Police Department.
Report the theft to the Federal
For more information on Identity
Theft, contact the Federal Trade Commission or the Illinois Attorney
City of Lincoln Street and Alley,
Forestry and Lighting: Tracy Jackson
Topic: Tree Trimming
Question: How do I get trees on City
property or right-of-way trimmed or removed?
Answer: All you have to do is call the
Street Department at 217-732-4655 and give them your address and let
them know which tree needs attention (if you have more than one).
The Street Superintendent will come out and look at the tree or
trees in question. If the tree is deemed hazardous the tree will be
dealt with immediately. If it is not a hazardous tree, the tree
trimming crew will take care of it timely fashion. The City does
have a tree trimming program that runs during the winter months.
For more information on the City
ordinances regarding trees, please consult Title 8, Chapter 8 of the
City Code (which can be found on the City's website:
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