The commission continued their ongoing discussion of revising the
Logan County Comprehensive Plan. The commission members had
previously completed a survey to determine what they believe the
priority should be in planning efforts in Logan County. A majority
of the commission members rated economic growth and development as
the top priority.
In the last month, zoning officer Will D'Andrea
presented the same survey to the Lincoln & Logan County Development
Partnership. According to those results, the development partnership
also rated economic growth and development to be the highest
priority for the commission to pursue in the future.
D'Andrea compared the priorities of the two organizations. Within
the survey, there were multiple instances of the commission members'
results matching those of the development partnership. There were
also several instances of priorities being switched by only one rank
with very small differences in overall score.
D'Andrea told the planning commission that the Logan County Board
members will be taking the same survey in the near future, as will
the Lincoln City Council members. Fred Finchum and Bill Martin said
they would like to see officials in Atlanta and other communities in
the county take the survey as well. D'Andrea will then compile all
of the results to provide a wider scope of opinions from government
David Hepler said it may be worth holding on to the survey for
those running in future elections to take as part of the campaigning
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The next item for discussion was the upcoming opportunity to
receive a grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement
Program, or ITEP. Mayor Keith Snyder said the city of Lincoln will
vote soon on submitting an application for such a grant this year.
Snyder said he would like to see it used to improve the Sangamon and
Chicago streets and sidewalks.
Finchum said Atlanta is planning to apply for an ITEP grant. The
grant would be used to improve Route 4 in Atlanta.
Finally, D'Andrea reported that he has been informed by the
Farnsworth Group that the bicycle trail plan that was recently
approved by the planning commission will be incorporated into a
larger plan covering the state of Illinois. He said the plan is
available for viewing on the county website. D'Andrea also said he
has received word that McLean County officials may want to meet with
Logan County officials to discuss bicycle trail planning in the
There will be no meeting of the planning commission in July. The
next meeting will be Aug. 7.
Planning commission members present were chairman Bill Graff,
vice chairman Jim Fuhrer, Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder, Atlanta Mayor
Fred Finchum, Bill Martin, Derrick Crane, Blair Hoerbert, David
Hepler, Dave Evans and Gerald Lolling. Zoning officer Will D'Andrea
was also present.
[By DEREK HURLEY]