Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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City Considering Adding Recurring Event Liquor License

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[March 12, 2008]  Lincoln Speedway owners Don Hammer and Norm Horn returned to council chambers Tuesday evening to discuss acquiring a liquor license. The business would like to have their own license to sell beer at this year's races. Last year the Veterans of Foreign Wars sold beer for them on the VFW license.

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 midnight.

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 and hours.

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 rate hikes.

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 known.

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.


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