Council Minutes


Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers 700 Broadway Street Lincoln, Illinois

Tuesday,February 11,2020

The Committee of the Whole Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Seth Goodman at 7:17 p.m.,with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.


Alderman Tracy Welch, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Colby Leith, Ward 2

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderman Ron Keller, Ward 3

Alderman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Ward 4


Seth Goodrnan, Mayor

Elizabeth Kavelman, City Administrator

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Alex Williams, Recording Secretary

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

Paul Adams, Police Chief

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager



Public Comment:

Mayor Goodman called upon citizens registered to speak. There being no public participation, Mayor Goodman moved down to other agenda items.

Request by the Logan County Board tor a Letter of Support from the Lincoln City Council in Favor of the Restoration Referendum for the 1905 Historic Logan County Courthouse Dome:

Logan County Chairwoman Emily Davenport came forward to talk about the restoration referendum. City Alderman Kevin Bateman said this has nothing to do with anyone's property taxes, rather it is about sales taxes and this could help restore the courthouse. He said it included visitors from out of town. He said it is the best and easiest way to spread it out. There would be a sunset clause after 20 years.


Alderman Keller said anyone paying attention to this - will see that there is a need for this. He asked about projected revenue. Mrs. Davenport said around $900,000 per year. She said every little bit will help. She said anything left over would only be used on preventative maintenance on the courthouse, nothing else.

Mayor Goodman weighed in about his experience working with HGTV. Alderman Welch wanted to know if tours might be available.City Administrator Kavelman weighed in about the size of the courtroom on the third floor.

Mr. Bateman weighed in about the structure of the building, saying the copper has outlived its life and it needs to be replaced.He mentioned the need for other upgrades such as electrical, cabling,HVAC that would also need to be done.He said it is on the National Historic Preservation list and that there were monies trying to be had for that. He said it does have historic value to it.

A letter of support will be placed on the agenda as a resolution.

Discussion of a Potential Grant of the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP) to Fund 75% of a police officer for the purposes of investigating violent crimes:

Police Chief Paul Adams said the hiring program is for violent crimes. He wanted to bring this up to see if the council would want to pursue the grant Alderman Parrott asked how long the grant would be for • would be for four years.Staffing would have to be kept where it was at for four years. For three years, the grant would pay 75% of the salary. After four years, the position could be lost through attrition.

Alderman Keller asked what the salary would be and what the 25% would be.City Treasurer Chuck Conzo asked a question. Alderman Hoinacki said to place it on the agenda.

Alderman Bateman wanted to know if this would be a new officer ...they would be hiring another officer. Alderman Welch wanted to know what it would mean from a vehicle perspective. Mr. Adams said they would make it work.

The item would be added to the regular agenda.

City of Lincoln's Budget Amendment Resolution #1 for City FY 2019-2020:

Treasurer Chuck Conzo talked about a Bullett Proof Vest partnership, they would accommodate this in the budget, and then there would be a $500 grant, plus additional expenditures for maintenance for the fire department and a vehicle expense for the police department. There would also be $2,000 in expenses for the streets and alley's department, plus expenses for equipping squad cars with cameras.

Mr. Conzo also talked about an audit that resulted in the need to transfer money from the General Revenue Fund and back to the Motor Fuel Tax Fund, this was 2014-2018.The transfer was completed by the city clerk's office. It was a transfer within city funds.

The item would be placed on the regular agenda.

Request to Permit the Lincoln Park District, in conjunction with the Pigs 'n Swigs Festival to use city streets for its SK Run on June 6,2020:

Alderman Bateman wanted to place this on the agenda, he said he would not be at next week's meeting to discuss it. He said there is some interest in the event, he said he thought it was a good thing for the city.

City Clerk Bateman said she would find out what the time is for the race and include it on the next agenda.

Request to permit the VFW Post 1756 to utilize Postville Park for outdoor vendor booth spaces for the 2020 Route 66 Garage Sales on June 12,13 and 14, 2020:

This was also added to the consent agenda.

Proposed Comcast Franchise Agreement:

Alderman Tracy Welch said Comcast has agreed to a four year agreement, there would be something for a local feed that would be different than the other channels. Comcast would help with some of the costs for new equipment. There would no longer be a required agreement with Comcast, Lincoln College and the city. Mr. Welch continued on with other agreements he had written down in his notes.

He said they had worked through quite a bit of things to get to where they are at this point. Mrs. Kavelman said there is a requirement to give a three-year notice, they are down to a four-year agreement. Alderman Parrott asked what happens at year four - and how they would give notice.

Alderman Welch weighed in, he said this is a nonexclusive agreement and that other companies can come to town.The item would be placed on the regular agenda.

Ordinance Amending City Code,Section 1-20-7, City Administrator's Duties and Responsibilities:

The item would be placed on the regular agenda.

Update on the progress on the City"s Portion of the Fifth Street Road Project and Eminent Domain Progress:

City Administrator Kavelman said an entrance way along the railroad track will be moved.


  • An engineering firm reached out with a bill for payment - an Engineer from the Union Pacific Railroad.The item would be placed on the regular agenda.
  • Alderman Keller referred to Landers about the landscape waste facility. Hours would be cut from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the landscape waste facility - for the winter.
  • Landers said if you leave tonight, looking at the courthouse square - all the light bulbs have been changed.
  • Alderman Welch said a week or two ago - there was a presentation for the teen working group, the funding would come out of the next budget, but the groups are trying to secure the funds He wanted to know if the council would want to make a commitment on the donation. Mr. Welch said he had heard numbers between $2,500 and $5,000.Alderman Bateman wanted to know what the balance was left in the Hotel Motel Tax.Mr. Conzo said $52,000, but that the funds need to be used to promote tourism. He said it could be added to the contingency sub fund. The council mentioned agreeing to $3,500. Mayor Goodman asked if they were going to be adding it to the agenda. More discussion ensued.
  • Mrs. Kavelman said Mayor Goodman has been invited to attend a
  • Happy Birthday to Abraham Lincoln!

Executive Session:

Alderman Keller made a motion to go into executive session, seconded by Alderman Welch - then City


Clerk Bateman called roll. At 7:51 p.m.the council recessed from the COW meeting to enter into executive session.

Executive Session:

The council recessed from the Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting at 8:16 p.m. in order to enter Executive Session. Roll call was taken.


Alderman Tracy Welch Alderman Steve Parrott Alderman Colby Leith Alderman Sam Downs Alderman Kevin Bateman Alderman Ron Keller Alderman Kathy Horn Alderman Jeff Hoinacki



Mayor Goodman announced there may or may not be any further city business conducted upon reconvening.

Return from Executive Session:

The council reconvened from Executive Session 8:43 p.m. in order to reconvene the Committee of the Whole Meeting. Roll call was taken.


Alderman Tracy Welch Alderman Steve Parrott Alderman Colby Leith Alderman Sam Downs Alderman Kevin Bateman Alderman Ron Keller Alderman Kathy Horn Alderman Jeff Hoinacki

Absent :



There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Keller motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Parrott. Roll call was taken. Mayor Goodman adjourned the meeting at 8:43 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Alex Williams, Recording Secretary


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