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City hears plans for 3rd annual mower run

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[May 19, 2012]  Tuesday evening the Lincoln City Council met for their first committee of the whole workshop of the new fiscal year. The evening began with eight members present. Alderman Buzz Busby was absent and Alderwoman Jonie Tibbs arrived late due to another obligation.

The evening began with the aldermen hearing from Vienna Purdue regarding the third annual "Lawnmower Run." Purdue said that with the city's permission, this year the run is scheduled to take place on June 23.

The purpose of the run is to collect nonperishable food items that are then donated to the Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry.

When the mower run was introduced three years ago, it was agreed that while the mowers would stop at several local bars, there would be no alcohol consumed until after the route was completed.

Generally, the last stop of the day is at the hosting bar for a celebration party and silent auction, with those proceeds also going to the food pantry.

Purdue said that in the last two years, the run has gone very well, and she anticipates it will continue to do so. This year there would be a few changes.

The mower run route has always included Mr. Lucky'ss bar, which is now closed. She said that closure plus the possibility of another bar choosing not to participate would mean a change in the route the mowers will take.

She also indicated she might want to add another stop at an individual home.

Purdue was asked if she had a copy of the route mapped out to provide the council. She said she did not, but would get together with Tracy Jackson of the street department and create that map for the council.

She also said she wanted to find out if the city would object to having golf carts included in this year's run. She said that in the past, mower drivers have stopped their vehicles, dismounted and gone up to houses where food donations are available.

She explained that this holds up traffic and makes the run last longer than it really needs to. She said if there could be a couple of golf carts included in the run, the passengers in the carts could hop off, go get the food and carry it back without anyone actually needing to stop their vehicle.

Alderwoman Marty Neitzel said she thought the golf carts were a good idea, and Mayor Keith Snyder said he didn't think anyone would object to the golf carts if the police chief and city attorney had no objections.

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Chief Ken Greenslate and city attorney Blinn Bates both indicated they had no objection.

Alderwoman Kathy Horn also asked if Purdue had considered asking the new Wishbone Bar & Grill, located in the basement of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building, to participate.

Purdue said it had been mentioned, and it would be convenient because the run already includes Chad's Blind on Fifth Street, which is very near the Wishbone.

However, she said before she approached the Wishbone, she wanted to discuss with Greenslate the closing of Fifth Street for the mowers to cross traffic. Greenslate said he thought that would be all right.

In the past two mower runs, the city street department has provided barricades at intersections and the run has been treated as a "rolling parade," in that the street is closed immediately ahead of the mowers and reopened immediately behind it. The participants are responsible for blocking the intersections while the mowers pass through and reopening an intersection when it is clear.

The city police department monitors the rolling parade as a part of their patrols that day.

At the end of the discussions on Tuesday night, Snyder asked that Purdue come back with her route mapped out, and once that is done, the council will add her request to a voting agenda.


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