Tuesday night Mayor Keith Snyder presented a new architectural
drawing of how the existing parking lot can be modified and expanded
using the city owned green space at the corner of Pekin and
Kickapoo. With the new design, the lot would be able to accommodate
54 parking spaces.
The new plan includes changing the direction of the one-way alley
from east-to-west to west-to-east. Snyder pointed this out saying
the change of flow would actually help the library because it would
allow easier drops off for families letting children out at the
annex. He noted the plan included moving the library drop box to the
south side of their building to go along with the change in the
direction of traffic as well as accommodate parking against the
The plan includes one entrance on the north side at about the same
location as the current entry. The entry would be moved to the west
to accommodate parking along the library lawn. This would provide 14
spaces at that location.
On the other side of the parking lot, the direction of parking would
change with rows running east to west instead of north to south.
Four spaces would be created behind the building commonly recognized
as the Bartlemay building. There would be a center island with 16
spaces, then 9 spaces facing Kickapoo Street and 11 facing Pekin.
Snyder said the concept plan has been taken to the Lincoln Public
Library board and they support the changes. In addition, the board
has pledged to contribute $10,000 to the renovation. Snyder
explained the boardís endorsement and contribution were important
because the library actually owns a slice of that public parking
He reminded the council the city received $140,000 in State Capital
Improvement Plan dollars, and with the $10,000 from the library,
they now have $150,000 to work with.
It was also noted that during the project the alleyway would get
some much needed repairs as well.
During discussion, Joni Tibbs questioned the two spaces at the
northwest corner. The drawing shows a sidewalk along the outside
edge of the lot, with a walk-in entry to the lot on the corner. She
said looking at the drawing it appeared to her that the two adjacent
spaces were too close to that entry, and that cars would actually
block the sidewalk there.
Scott Cooper agreed, and had a suggestion. He wondered if those two
spaces could be designated with signs that they were for compact
cars only. He said a small car would probably fit in there, but if
someone like himself who owns a large pick-up truck pulled in there,
it would block the sidewalk.
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It was further discussed that designating compact parking is
a common practice in parking garages, and seemed to be a logical
solution for this plan as well.
It was noted that the drawing
didnít appear to offer any security lighting. Snyder said he wasnít
clear on that, but would find out from the architect if that is
included in the plan.
In keeping with the cityís long term capital projects plan to repair
sewers as roads are redone, Jeff Hoinacki asked if there was a need
for sewer work to be done in the alley. At the moment the answer is
unknown, but it is another concern that will be looked into.
Snyder asked the council to place approval of the concept plan on
the consent agenda for Monday night. He said if the council moves
quickly the project can be started in the near future.
He said that in doing all these improvements in the city, he
definitely wanted to keep in mind the upcoming Lincoln Art & Balloon
Festival and the affect construction will have on that event. He
said he didnít see that this project could be finished by festival
time the end of August, but he does expect it could be completed by
the end of the calendar year.
The aldermen agreed on adding the item to the consent agenda. When
items are placed on the consent agenda it is considered they will be
approved without further discussion. However, the council has the
right to remove any item from that agenda if they feel it requires
further discussion or if they are not prepared to make a decision.
[By NILA SMITH]