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[JAN. 27, 2005] 

Fifth Street

Streets and alleys committee chairman Dave Armbrust announced at Tuesday's council meeting that there would be a meeting Wednesday morning in the mayor's office to discuss the Fifth Street Road project. He said that Mayor Beth Davis, finance chairman Verl Prather, streets and alleys superintendent Tracy Jackson, city engineer Mark Mathon, county highway engineer Tom Hickman and himself would gather. Armbrust said the focus of the meeting would be to discuss the work to be done and possible funding.

Mayor Davis added after the meeting that the Wednesday meeting would also serve to coordinate an agreement of what funding they will ask for when city representatives make their Washington, D.C., trip with EMC representatives.

Both the city and county have been eager to make improvements on Fifth Street for several years now. Finances have been the major holdup. Fifth Street is viewed as a gateway to west-side development.

["Fifth Street Road focus of Lincoln and Logan County infrastructure plans -- Anticipated development to the west presses officials"]


Following a year of extensive rains and flooding, Alderman Benny Huskins suggested that city should make an inspection of city bridges. He noted that many of them, such as the one on Union Street, have small trusses.

City engineer Mark Mathon responded by saying that he and Jackson completed an inspection of all the bridges last fall and found them to be in good shape. He has recently been in contact with the Army Corps of Engineers to check on the necessary permits that would be needed from the state to do minor repairs. They would like to do some general repairs, clean and add riprap to some bridges.

New insurance decisions coming

Insurance committee Marty Neitzel has set a meeting for 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 15 to review employee insurance coverage. Some programs that are in use will no longer be available to choose from, so new options will be discussed.

Sweet smell of success written in remnant

Neitzel added that she went on the ethanol plant trip last week and was favorably impressed. She brought back a baggie with a sample of byproduct from ethanol production. DTGS resembles granola and smells sweet and yeasty. Uses for it are still being developed. It has been used to bake muffins and as cattle and pig feed.

She said she didn't notice any unappealing odor, just maybe a slight smell that resembled bread baking.

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Homeowner's cost

Alderman Patrick Madigan questioned what a homeowner's responsibility is for sewer line repair cost. A homeowner at the corner of Peoria and College received a bill for repairs. He was billed for 15 feet beyond his property line.

The owner also felt that his sewer line collapse, which was near the street, was caused by heavy equipment running up and down the street for the new school construction.

Sewer manager Grant Eaton said that property owners are responsible for the line from their home to where it taps into the city line. Most Lincoln lines tap in under the street at the center. Some lines go clear to the other side of the street, i.e., some on Woodlawn Road. This can be quite costly, up to $3,000-$5,000, if it is a great distance.

Eaton said that he would welcome calls from homeowners and new buyers to inquire about a property's sewer line distance.

Injury sets officer back

A new city police officer suffered an injury during his training last week. A rather large man fell on Todd Blaum while they were doing some mat training. Blaum suffered damage to the bone and tendons in his knee and needed surgery.

Blaum had till today (Thursday) to get back in class in order to graduate with his class. He was going to make an effort to do that, as he is only days from completing his training, Police Chief Bob Rawlins said.

Officer training is in Champaign at the University of Illinois. The course is about 12 weeks, 480 hours long.

[Jan Youngquist]

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