City: Who is looking for four rail cars;
two cabooses, a lounge diner and coach lounge car?
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[October 04, 2014]
LINCOLN - During the last workshop of
the Lincoln City Council on September 23, Mayor Keith Snyder took a
moment to update aldermen on activity to acquire the Depot property.
Snyder said that as the city is waiting to move forward on work
that is part of taking over ownership of the Lincoln Depot property,
there are decisions that can be made in advance.
In later years the Depot was sold to the private sector and served
most recently as a restaurant. To expand space, rail cars were
attached to the building. Plans now are to remove those rail cars
and restore historic building to its original condition.
The city is expecting the intergovernmental agreement with the
Illinois Department of Transportation on site preparation to come
soon. The agreement will include bid specification forms for the
site prep and other details on how to proceed with separation of the
cars from the building, etc.
Mayor Snyder told council, "There are things we can be doing and we
need to be ready to go when that agreement comes through."
"Excuse the pun, we're trying to get things to move along on some
parallel tracks here," Snyder said. We can be deciding what to do
with the excess rail cars. For us to do something with the rail cars
we need to handle it as surplus property. That requires an ordinance
specifying the cars as surplus property, and how they would be
disposed of. There are four cars, two cabooses, lounge diner and
coach lounge cars.
Snyder proposed a plan for the rail cars disposition. He suggested
that a time be set for those interested in acquiring one of these
cars. At that time, the interested parties would propose how they
would get the cars, and how the city would be compensated. The
proposals would be reviewed and then presented to the council to
decide what to do.
Mayor Snyder said that he, aldermen Horn and Neitzel attended a
council meeting in Emden in July. Emden would like a caboose. "I'd
like to see them get one of those," he said. He added that there has
been interest from four different parties.
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Alderman Jonie Tibbs asked if there was a deadline to get the
Snyder explained that there was not a specific date, but that it
was more dependent on what it would take to remove the cars, and
what could be worked out with the contractors. Where a caboose
appears to simply be attached by bolts, it wouldn't be much of a
problem, but if a roof is shared with a car, that's more work.
"If it's possible, we'd like to get the site preparation work
done before winter," he said.
The mayor thought that it could even be spring before the actual
restoration work would begin.
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