The owners have been working with an attorney, Edwin Mills. Mills
proposed creating a class liquor license that might be used for
other similar special events and suggested the hours of 1 p.m. to
City attorney Bill Bates said this was along the lines of
something he thought might work, and he suggested creating a
recurring event liquor license.
After a considerable amount of discussion, which included
security and hours, it was decided that Bates would work up an
ordinance draft that would be flexible enough for other future
events. The council would decide the number of uses per year, fee
A local business owner, Jeff Granda, came before the council
asking if they would participate with the nearby cities of Decatur
and Champaign in objecting to Ameren's new electric and natural gas
Granda said that he'd just heard that Ameren could raise electric
rates 41 percent. "If my rates go up that high, I might not be able
to stay in business in Lincoln," he said.
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The rate hike proposals are on the ICC'S docket as
07-0587 (electric) and
07-0590 (gas). The council's next voting session would be past
the ICC's filing date of March 14, but Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman and
aldermen agreed to do what they could to make their objections
Alderman Buzz Busby noted that the city's electric bill jumped
from $300,000 to a half-million dollars last year.
Lincoln Heritage Days committee is hosting a
drive-through, pick-up chicken dinner on April 10. Funds will go
toward the fireworks for the Fourth of July. Tickets are $7 and can
be bought at City Hall.
Busby reminded council members that the first fiscal year budget
meeting begins at 8 a.m. this Saturday and the newest alderman
brings the doughnuts. Jeff Hoinaki should bring three dozen.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]