Logan County Regional Planning
Commission reviews bike trail, subdivision regulations and budget
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[October 07, 2016]
- On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the Logan County Regional Planning
Commission held their monthly meeting to discuss proposed projects.
They also heard updates on the bike trails and application for IDOT
Commission members present were Chairman Bill Graff, Vice
Chairman Bob Farmer, Fred Finchum, Jeff Hoinacki, Ryan Murphy, Marty
Neitzel, Dave Schonauer and Becky Werth. County Engineer Bret Aukamp
was also present.
Updates on bike trails plan
Aukamp said signs for the bike trail have already been put up in
Atlanta and delivered to Lincoln.
On Tuesday, the trails subcommittee will do an official presentation
at the Lincoln City Council meeting.
Aukamp said work on the trail is on the right track and they are
"starting to see the fruits of their labor."
Commission member Jeff Hoinacki asked about looking at a copy of the
Farnsworth plan for the trail.
Aukamp said he has a booklet showing all routes for the trail. The
plan will help determine where to place signs.
Update on proposal for IDOT planning funds
In September, the commission discussed a project connecting bikes
from the east side of Lincoln across Route 66 to the west side, and
whether to do it on the Fifth Street corridor or down the street to
Madigan Road. The commission is applying for $14,000 in IDOT rural
planning funds to study the proposal.
Aukamp said the IDOT rural planning funds will help with planning
for the bike trail on the west side to connect it across Lincoln
Graff said several college students who work on the west side of
Lincoln do not have transportation and depend on others to help get
them to work. He said it affects who can get jobs out that way. A
bike or walking connection could help them.
Graff said the funds will not be enough for an engineering study,
but could give the commission an idea of options for the trail.
Aukamp said the funds will help determine some cost estimates and
the best way to connect the trail. It helps them make "preliminary
transportation planning decisions" before taking it to the next step
of design work.
Aukamp said the application was due September 30, but they have been
able to get an extension.
Aukamp proposes hiring someone to help determine subdivision
Aukamp said Zoning Officer Will D'Andrea has revamped several
chapters in the old subdivision ordinance, which has not been
updated in many years.
Aukamp said he has not had the time to revamp his section, so he
proposed hiring an outside firm to look at the subdivision
regulations and make suggestions on what needs to be changed. Any
changes the firm suggests would be presented to D'Andrea and Aukamp,
and then go to the county board for approval.
Aukamp said he needs to find out how many man-hours it would take,
but is not quite sure of the costs. It may be somewhere between
$10,000 and $20,000.
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Commissioner Bill Graff asked about the possibility of partnering with the
Illinois Soybean Association for funding because the ISA has a lot of "check-off
funds." It would help with a more in depth study.
Aukamp said such a partnership would be a possibility, but he would want to make
sure the final product was not slanted towards one interest group.
Commissioner Neitzel said she felt the partnership could be beneficial.
Commissioner Finchum said "partnerships of that nature generally stimulate good
discussions and they typically come up with enough ideas" to help with projects.
Aukamp said because the study promotes smart development in rural areas it could
be in the association's best interest. He said they could explore some of the
ideas and come up with something more polished.
Commission reviews 2016/2017 budget
Aukamp handed out budget sheets showing the 2016/2017 budget for the Regional
Planning Commission. Aukamp said the commission has a "steady revenue stream
coming in" as they have the past couple of years.
Aukamp said this year's budget is a little less than last year. No legal fees
Aukamp said the commission has a balance they need to draw from. They are not
spending as much as what they have budgeted.
Graff said only half of the $30,000 planning budget was spent last year.
Aukamp said they need to use the balance to get some planning done.
Graff said the commission has done some good planning in the last couple years.
Werth motioned that the commission approve the 2016/2017 budget.
The next Regional Planning Commission meeting will be Wednesday, November 2 at