With little on the agenda, the council wrapped up their meeting in
approximately 20 minutes. The last order of business was to induct a
new alderman to fill the vacancy left by the death of Buzz Busby.
Bruce Carmitchel was not inducted in time to vote on any of the
motions at the Monday night session, but he was included in a brief
executive session at the end of the evening, thus starting his
career as a city alderman.
City accepts offer on donated parking lot
When Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital donated its former
building site on Eighth Street to the city of Lincoln, the donation
also included the parking lot across the street from the hospital.
As the city has worked to develop a plan for the APEX at City
Center, which will occupy the space where the hospital stood, the
council decided to offer the parking lot space for sale. The
proceeds would be earmarked to help pay for the development of the
Monday evening Mayor Keith Snyder announced that an offer has
been made on the property, and the council would make a decision by
vote as to whether or not to accept the offer.
The property has been listed by the Logan County Realtors
Association, with Dana Hudson of Hometown Realty in Elkhart
representing the city in the sale. Hudson had received an offer of
$40,000 from M.J. Radosevic and Jana Albrecht of Lincoln.
According to law, the offer made on the property could be no less
than 80 percent of its appraised value. Snyder said the property had
appraised for $41,000, so the offer was well within that condition
When Snyder called for the motion, it was made by Jonie Tibbs,
who chairs the building and grounds committee, and seconded by David
With a unanimous vote of 9-0, the council approved selling the
property. Closing for the property will occur on or before Feb. 15.
City moves closer to establishing a TIF district
Monday evening, council members passed a resolution and an
ordinance that will bring the city of Lincoln one step closer to
establishing a TIF district in the city.
The ordinance that was passed established a joint review board
and set a date for a public hearing
The duty of the board will be to review a redevelopment plan that
has been prepared by John Myers, an attorney with Rabin & Myers in
Springfield, with assistance from Lisa Kramer of Prairie Engineers
The resolution that was passed appointed Snyder to be the city
representative on the board. Other members of the review board will
include representatives from other taxing bodies in the city.
The review board is scheduled to meet on Jan. 24, and the public
hearing will be on March 4 in council chambers at City Hall.
Both the resolution and ordinance passed with unanimous votes.
Carmitchel appointed to Ward 4
At the end of the evening, Snyder said he was asking the council
for their approval and consent to appoint Bruce Carmitchel to the
Lincoln City Council. Carmitchel was nominated to take over the
position of the late Alderman Buzz Busby.
When Snyder asked for the motion, at least two council members
made the motion in unison, and Ward 4 Alderman Tom O'Donohue
provided the second.
Carmitchel was approved for the position by unanimous vote.
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After being sworn in by city attorney Blinn Bates, Carmitchel
made his way around the room shaking hands and greeting his fellow
aldermen before taking his seat.
According to Carmitchel's resume, he was a teacher and coach at
Havana Junior High School from 1978 to 1984, self-employed in
insurance sales from 1984 to 19'89, hazardous materials compliance
officer for the Illinois Department of Transportation from 1989 to
1992, bureau chief of the Bureau of Administrative Service with
IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety from 1992 to 2001, bureau chief of
the Bureau of Safety Programs and Program Support with IDOT's
Division of Traffic Safety from 2001 to 2004, manufacturing
coordinator at Eaton Corp in Lincoln from 2004 to 2006, financial
representative with Northwestern Mutual from 2006 to 2008, and
assistant store manager of Walgreens from 2008 to 2011.
Carmitchel is currently employed as a senior metropolitan
planning manager with IDOT. He works with the East West Gateway
Metropolitan Planning Organization in St. Louis and the Chicago
Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
Carmitchel is also a former member of the District 27 school
board in Lincoln. He served on the school board 10 years, seven of
those years as president. He was also in that position when the new
Central School and junior high buildings were erected.
Carmitchel will serve in the Ward 4 position through the end of
Because of the change in wards, and the fact that all aldermen
have to run for election this year, a special selection will be made
by the new Ward 1 precinct committeemen and a name added to the
ballot, replacing Busby's name.
Carmitchel has the option to apply to the committee for the
opportunity to have his name placed on the ballot for the February
[By NILA SMITH]
Sept. 29, 2011 --
ALMH transfers land to city for health park
Oct. 15, 2011 --
New health park discussions begin
Jan. 27, 2012 --
Draft of plans for APEX at City Center
March 7, 2012 --
City endorses APEX at City Center
Aug. 31, 2012 --
Forgy: Postpone certain large projects,
develop 5-year infrastructure plan
Sept. 26, 2012 --
Aldermen question engineering costs for
Oglesby Avenue bridge
Oct. 11, 2012 --
Forgy explains the role of a city engineer
Nov. 9, 2012
Council votes to sell surplus real estate; a new agreement for city
engineer; Conzo offers year-end financial report
Aug. 14, 2010 --
City's open house brings up decades-old
problems with downtown parking
March 14, 2012 --
City hears suggestions to consider a TIF
district for downtown rehabilitation
March 29, 2012 --
Discussion continues: Should Lincoln
establish a TIF district for downtown?
May 17, 2012 --
Downtown revitalization committee offers
update to city council
June 4, 2012 --
City to vote on 1st step of establishing
Sept. 6, 2012
votes to move forward with TIF district
Jan. 8, 2013
Carmitchel appointed to Lincoln City Council
Jan. 8, 2013
committee to select replacement candidate for Lincoln Ward 1
alderman for the consolidated primary