Monday, Nov. 8


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[NOV. 8, 2004] 

New crossing guard at Seventh and Union streets

A crossing guard was already in place at Eighth and Union, but with junior high students temporarily occupying the old Central School and the new Central School occupied on the same block, there is a lot of heavy traffic, especially when school lets out for the day. The additional guard will help relieve concerns for the children's safety.

Street Department Superintendent Tracy Jackson found the estimated $2,400 funds that could be used temporarily for that purpose.

Petition considered

The council considered a petition for stop signs at the intersection of Delavan and Miner streets (two blocks west of Route 121 on the southeast side of Lincoln). After careful research and discussion it was chairman Buzz Busby's recommendation to deny the petition.

Police Chief Robert Rawlins found that the traffic flow at the intersection is minimal, and looking back on records dating back to 1996 there have been no accidents recorded.


The city is looking at bolstering its law enforcement coverage in the event of a special need. The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System is a mutual aid system that offers a means of giving and receiving assistance as needed in extreme circumstances, such as large-scale disasters.

The city recently joined the statewide fire department Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, MABAS. The law enforcement mutual aid offers similar benefits and risks.

If the police department needed assistance, they could call on other departments that have capabilities matching the need.

City attorney Bill Bates pointed out the risks in the contract. The city will not be reimbursed for personnel injuries or equipment damage while providing service at an incident or event in another jurisdiction. If any legal action should be brought against Lincoln from assistance provided somewhere else, it is up to the city to cover those costs, including attorney fees.

Bates recommended checking the city's insurance for these provisions before signing the contract.

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Official ornament approved

The official 2004 city of Lincoln ornament has been approved. It will feature Lincoln College's University Hall. University Hall was dedicated Feb. 12, 1865, and is on the Illinois Historical Register. The 24 K gold-plated brass ornament is available through Main Street Lincoln, 303 S. Kickapoo St., or call 732-2929. Funds generated through the sale of the ornament go toward improvements in the city.

AMVETS project update

Buildings and grounds chairman Derrick Crane updated the council on the progression of a city-supported project that the local AMVETS organization has undertaken at the All Veterans Park on Union Street. He said that he is pleased to have worked with the AMVETS on this project and thanked them for doing it.

The bricks are laid and it looks great. He encouraged that people should take time to go see it. It is a great place to reflect on the service our military has provided.

Amberg's service recognized

Retiring fire and police commissioner Nancy Amberg was praised and presented a plaque by Mayor Beth Davis. Amberg's service began in Nov. 2000. She said that she enjoyed her time on the commission and it was "a learning experience," but that it was time to give it up.

[Jan Youngquist]

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