Charitable donation from Eaton improves city's emergency response
The need for a larger generator became apparent
during a recent multiagency emergency response. Eaton Corp. stepped
up and donated a 5,500-watt gas-powered generator that will be kept
with the city of Lincoln hazardous response and rescue technical
Fire Chief James Davis credited newly reappointed Alderman Dave
Armbrust for his efforts in coordination of the gift from Eaton
Eaton does do a lot for our community, Mayor Beth Davis said, so
we do appreciate them.
New budget under construction
The city council has begun work on a new budget. The new fiscal
year starts on May 1. The process began with the department heads
developing and submitting a budget for the coming year.
Council members met for the first time March 31 to start the
process. Finance chairman Verl Prather thanked everyone for their
hard work and added, "We've got a lot work to do until we can meet a
He also asked that department heads and chairmen not spend
end-of-year money still left in lines on items they might be able to
do without. Though it might be tempting, it would be better kept to
roll over into the next year for a healthy general fund, he said.
The council will continue meeting each Saturday at 8 a.m. in
chambers until they have a balanced budget.
City Hall sewer line repair
Repair of a sewer blockage coming from City Hall was approved,
with unanimous agreement to bypass the bidding process and allow
Petersburg Plumbing to perform removal of sidewalk and a portion of
the street outside the firehouse area, along with underground work,
at a cost of $9,500.
That work was completed Thursday.
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The city will be responsible for finishing work, including
backfill and blacktop, when it becomes available again.
The total sewer work cost is estimated at $15,000.
Alderman cited for contribution to council
Aldermen passed a resolution for recently resigned council member
Daron Whittaker for his service from May 1, 2005, to Feb. 20, 2007.
Whittaker was recognized for his enthusiasm, effort and many hours
that he dedicated for the betterment of the city.
"First of all I want to thank all of you for the time I got to
share with each and every one of you on different levels. I learned
some things from each of you on how to better myself in life.
"That's a choice [resigning] I had to make for both a business
and family reasons. Everyone knows you've got to protect home first,
and then you can come back later.
"I plan on continuing to serve Lincoln in any way needed. [To the
aldermen:] Don't feel you can't call me, for anything.
"Thank you very much."
Municipal Clerk's Week will be celebrated from April 29 to May 5
this year. This position is being recognized as the oldest office
among public services. Melanie Riggs serves as Lincoln's city clerk.