Investment policy, sewer and hazard plans discussed to vote Tuesday
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[January 21, 2014]
committee-of-the-whole workshop last Tuesday, Lincoln aldermen added
the following items to this week's voting agenda: approval of a new
investment policy, sewer inventory work to be done by Prairie
Engineers, sewer repairs in the vicinity of State Bank of Lincoln on
Woodlawn Road, and the approval of the Logan County
Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Tuesday night this week, the city will be
asked to vote to approve a proposal from Prairie Engineers for a
sewer inventory of the city. This involves mapping the physical
location of the city sewers and incorporating the information into
the GIS model of the city that is maintained through the county.
This inventory is a portion of what will be needed for the city
to create its long-term control plan required by the Environmental
Sue McLaughlin, city administrator, said she had investigated
other entities that could do the work and found that Prairie
Engineers was offering a very competitive price of $300,000. She
noted there is $150,000 for the project in the current budget. The
balance will come out of next year's budget. The city's new fiscal
year starts on May 1, so this should not be a problem for the
Sewer repairs needed near State Bank of Lincoln's Woodlawn
Waste treatment manager Tim Ferguson explained that there have
been several sewage backups at the State Bank facility on Woodlawn.
An investigation found that there are a number of tree roots
obstructing the sewer in that part of town.
He recommended that the city approve lining the sewer to clear
out the roots and correct the problem. Unlike some of the older
parts of town, the area already has separated sewers, so this will
be a relatively simple fix for the problem, with a cost of only
The repair will involve approximately 1,200 feet of lining in the
vicinity of Madison, Monroe and Jefferson streets.
Marty Neitzel and Jeff Hoinacki inquired about the cost and were
told the city has $120,000 in the budget for emergency repairs, so
this project can be completed within the current budget year.
New investment policy
McLaughlin told the council they had a copy of a new investment
policy for the city of Lincoln. She said the policy was developed
from earlier discussions and established the manner in which the
city could seek out investment opportunities for unrestricted cash
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Specifically, this came up several weeks ago as the aldermen
discussed what to do with the money that would be coming in from
the utility tax. While the tax is designated to be used on
specific projects, some of those projects have not been
implemented yet. In the meantime, McLaughlin suggested that
instead of just accumulating the cash, the city should
investigate how the money could also work for the city by
Horn suggests a policy for doing business locally
As the Tuesday night meeting was coming to a close, Kathy Horn
asked if the city had ever gone forward with a suggestion made quite
some time ago to develop a policy for doing business locally. She
said there are communities that have such policies. For example, a
policy may state that if a local bid is within 5 percent of the
lowest bid, preference will be given to the local bidder.
Melody Anderson recalled previous discussions on the matter and
said that at the time the majority of the aldermen were in favor of
developing such a policy, but to the best of her knowledge it had
not been done.
Mayor Keith Snyder and McLaughlin said the matter would be looked
into and discussed further in a future meeting.
At the end of the workshop session, the public and media were
released so the council could go into executive session to discuss
personnel and litigation.
[By NILA SMITH]