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[AUG. 12, 2004]
Mayor Beth Davis presented
Police Chief Rich Montcalm with a plaque of appreciation for his 14
years and eight months of service to community. Chief Montcalm began
with the Lincoln Police Department on Dec. 15, 1989. He has served
as chief since May 1, 2001. His last day will be Sept. 15. He will
begin a new job as head of security at Memorial Medical Center on
Chief Montcalm thanked the mayor and
council, saying that he enjoyed working with everybody. "We've done
a lot of good things here in town. This is a great community to live
in, raise a family in," he said.
He added, "Bob Rawlins will do an
excellent job as chief."
He assured the council, "I'll be here
if there's anything you guys need from me."
At Mayor Davis' request Chief Montcalm
agreed to stay on as a commissioner focusing on youth.
American Water has requested the city
to extend use of their sewage treatment plant to them. They would
like to have hookup to the system to carry their filter backwash to
the city sewer plant for processing. They will pay for the service.
Wastewater treatment plant manager
Grant Eaton said that there is plenty of capacity at the plant to
provide this service.
City attorney Bill Bates has looked
over the request and said that he advises moving forward on this and
looking at costs. He sees it as a win-win situation for both the
city and American Water.
The only possible drawback is that the
city will have to provide an easement for force main access, and
that will tie up a little bit of land.
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Derrick Crane, chairman of the
buildings and grounds committee, said that the old polling place is
set to move. Sometime in the next two months the historic building
will be moved a couple of blocks and across the street from its
present location to Postville Park.
The final intentions are that the
building be turned into an information center to assist with local
tourism. Materials to do that are estimated at $5,000, and in total
the cost will be close to $10,000 with labor. The plans include that
the building will be disabled-accessible with restrooms. The budget
for that will not be there until next year, Crane said.
of Brainard Landings has facilitated a look into adding stop signs
on North Monroe Street at the corner of Monroe and 21st Street. The
apartments are now at 50 percent occupancy, and there has been a
notable increase in traffic at that corner.