March 15: Rezoning
hearing at 7 p.m.
March 27: Public
hearing to annex the property into Lincoln. Hearing before the
regularly scheduled council meeting at 7 p.m.
April 2: Rezoning
and annexation request will come before the council to vote on.
City attorney Bill Bates said that he and other officials for the
city have been asked to and have attended meetings with the hospital
in this planning process. The property probably will not have been
purchased yet when it comes to a vote, and the agreements would be
made contingent on purchase by the hospital.
The plans include asking for a three-legged, signalized
intersection on Business 55 between Fifth Street Road and Woodlawn
Road. The estimated cost on that is $1,255,700. They have contacted
the Illinois Department of Transportation, and plans are in process
on this already, he said. Alderman Buzz Busby said that there would
also be sanitary and storm system requests as their plans progress.
Alderman Benny Huskins observed that the Finance and Policy and
Procedures Committee is composed of one alderman from each ward and
that with the resignation of Alderman Whittaker, Ward 3 is not
Mayor Davis appointed the other Ward 3 alderman, Jonie Tibbs, to
take his place. Her service begins immediately on the committee with
Verl Prather, chair;
Derrick Crane, vice chair; Busby; and Melody Anderson.
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Other meetings scheduled:
Finance and fire committees will meet on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. At
that time the committees will discuss the need to replace one or two
firetrucks. A firetruck loan is being considered, according to
Crane, who chairs the fire committee. He said the department has two trucks that are 23 years old
and need replacing.
As finance vice chair, Crane announced that city budget
meetings are about to begin. The first meeting is set for Saturday
at 8 a.m. in City Hall chambers. Budget meetings will continue every
week until there is a budget, he said.
"Who's responsible for bringing the doughnuts?" Crane asked.
There was some shifting and looking around, snickers, and back to
look at Crane, who in the past has forgotten them and also brought
the wrong ones.
Busby volunteered that Crane should bring them, saying, "I don't
think he should be exempt for the fact that he forgot one year."