However, when local businessman David Lanterman and Lisa
Kramer of Prairie Engineers put their heads together on the subject
and came up with a real plan, a glimmer of hope came on the project.
Lanterman and Kramer have been actively working on a project that
would use the old interurban line from Lincoln to Union.
They have sought and received support from the city of Lincoln
and Logan County. They have also received assistance and support
from county engineer Bret Aukamp, zoning officer Will D'Andrea, and
the Logan County Regional Planning Commission.
Now, for the grant applications Kramer is working on, they need
to show public support for the project.
Because there is no funding available from the city or county for
the project, Kramer has been researching grant possibilities and is
now in the process of writing applications.
Having public support for a project is a key part of winning
grants from state and federal funds. Therefore, the bike trail
committee is now actively seeking support from the public in the
form of letters.
The committee has provided a form letter that can be downloaded (document
or PDF). All that
has to be done is download the form, place your name in the return
address, print the letter and sign it, then send it off to Kramer at
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Kramer's address is: Lisa Kramer, Prairie Engineers of Illinois,
628 Broadway St., Lincoln IL 62656. The letters may also be faxed to
The grant that is being applied for requires local matching
funds. This means for every $400 awarded in the grant, the committee
will have to come up with $100 from another source or sources.
Anyone who wishes to support the project financially should
contact Lanterman at 217-741-1498 to discuss how they may do this.