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approves license agreement with AmerenCilco
Banners announcing the new city website that were
to go up around town in December are still waiting to happen. The
banners, numbering about 90, were contracted and paid for by local
businesses between June and October.
A company that helps cities promote themselves approached the city
of Lincoln last spring. CGI Communications would create a streaming
video to go on the city's website and then make and hang banners
with the city's Web address. They would approach local businesses to
sponsor the costs.
The company has a good reputation and has done this all over the
nation, Mayor Beth Davis said.
Alderman Wanda Lee Rohlfs summarized the course of events that
led to the license agreement from AmerenCilco that sat before
aldermen on Monday night.
completed by October and the banners were to go up in December.
Because Christmas banners were up in December, the date was
delayed from December to January.
January AmerenCilco notified the city that the city would need
to enter into a license agreement for pole use before the
banners could go up on their poles.
City attorney Bill Bates said, "I know this is an important
project and commitments have already been made." He explained that
the city is between a rock and a hard place in taking responsibility
to sign the agreement.
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the agreement with CGI that was signed last June, the city was
responsible for identification and attainment of preferred pole
sites for proper banner placement.
40 percent of the
poles that were identified for use are already equipped with
brackets and have been used for years to hang banners with no
prior agreements. Bates speculated that Ameren may not have
known they were being used.
provided by AmerenCilco is stringent and makes a lot of
requirements on the city. "They have serious and legitimate
concerns for liability when they let somebody as a company put
something on their poles, particularly when those poles transmit
The CGI agreement
says that they provide trained technicians to hang the banners.
The city liability
insurance has been investigated.
Aldermen Benny Huskins and Buzz Busby were opposed to voting on
the matter just yet. Busby said they had just gotten the agreement
right before the meeting and had not had enough time to look it over
and think it through.
The council gave approval 7-2, with Huskins and Busby voting no,
for the mayor to sign the agreement Wednesday. Once it is signed it
could take two or three weeks for the poles to be ready. Ameren
would be sending in people to look at the poles also.