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[JULY 16, 2004] 

Businesses share interest in admittance to enterprise zone

The steering committee for a new ethanol plant has continued looking for a local site to build. Illini BioEnergy is planning to build an $87 million coal-fired plant that will make corn into ethanol. Brian Wrage informed the council that a site at the northern city limits is looking promising. ["Lincoln possibly top choice for ethanol plant now"]

Wrage said the company would be interested in annexing into the city if they chose that location. The company would be encouraged to locate here if the city could offer enterprise zone or TIFF district tax relief or other incentives.

Phil Mahler from the Regional Planning Commission was on hand on behalf of another business requesting entrance into the enterprise zone. His Precious Little Ones, located at 2002 N. Kickapoo St., will be doing extensive remodeling. Mahler said, "There are 7 square miles left to be used for enterprise zone." While he does want to have a long-term goal and plan, he said that there is room to add His Precious Little Ones.

And then Mahler suggested that this could easily be expanded to include the acreage that Illini BioEnergy is looking at. "It is as much work to add 640 acres as to add one-half an acre," he said. "We've got 620 acres times seven to use for the enterprise zone yet. We might as well use it."

The undetermined fate of "the telephone booth"

Derrick Crane, chairman of grounds, buildings and improvements, has scheduled a committee meeting to determine the future location for the City Hall telephone booth. The committee will discuss it at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27.


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Newer guns

The police department will be getting new handguns. The fourteen-year-old guns have been in for repairs a lot lately, Chief Richard Montcalm said. New guns cost $850. The used guns that the department will be getting cost only $360. With a $150 trade-in value, the end cost will be $66 each. The department will need to purchase new magazines also. The expense will come out of the drug and alcohol account.

No "no parking" signs

Lincoln Speedway co-owner Gary Baugh put forth a request to post "no parking" signs on Jefferson and Short Eighth streets surrounding the fairgrounds.

Benny Huskins said he feels that posting these signs would put a hardship on residents of the area when they have visitors. He will not be present when it is voted on next week but wanted his opinion known.

Huskins added that they sure put on a nice Fourth of July display. The mayor and other aldermen agreed.

Glenn Shelton observed that this measure would affect the other big events at the fairgrounds also, such as the balloon fest and the county fair.

Alderman David Armbrust said that from talking with them he believes that the fairgrounds association is not in favor of this either.

It will be voted on Monday (July 18).

[Jan Youngquist]

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