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REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Monday, November 16, 2020

 

The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Acting Mayor Welch at 7:00pm, with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

 

Present:

Alderman Tracy Welch, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Ron Fleshman, Ward 2

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderman Ron Keller, Ward 3

Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Ward 4

Staff Present:

City Clerk Peggy Bateman

Treasurer Chuck Conzo

Remotely:

City Administrator Elizabeth Kavelman

Fire Chief Bob Dunovsky

Police Chief Paul Adams

Building and Safety Officer Wes Woodhall

Veolia Water, Andrew Bowns

City Attorney John Hoblit

Absent:

Alderman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Streets Superintendent Walt Landers


Presiding:

Acting Mayor Tracy Welch

 

 

Public Participation:

There was no one present for public participation. 

Consent Agenda by Omnibus Vote:
A. Payment of Bills

B. Approval of minutes October 13, 2020 Committee of the Whole Meeting, October 19, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting, October 27, 2020 Committee of the Whole Meeting, November 2, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting.

C. Request from Top Hat Creamery to permit the use of a small vintage camper as a mobile vending unit on Broadway Street on Fri., November 27, 2020, Fri., December 4, 2020, Fri., December 11, 2020 and Fri., December 18, 2020.

D. Request from Logan County Tourism Bureau to close Kickapoo Street from Broadway Street to Pulaski Street on Friday, November 27, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM for The Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting Ceremony.

E. Request from the Logan County Tourism Bureau to close various Downtown Streets on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM for the Christmas Cruise.

Alderman Hoinacki made the motion to approve, Alderman Parrott seconded. Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Acting Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

 


Ordinance and Resolution:
A. Resolution Temporarily Suspending Lincoln City Code Rule 1-6-8

Alderman Keller made the motion to approve, Alderman Fleshman seconded. Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Acting Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda. 


Bids:

A. Approval of bid from Lincoln, Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, Jeep for the purchase of 2021 Ram 2500 Crew Cab for use as a Lift Station Truck in an amount not to exceed $38,437.00, plus Title & License Fees.

 

Alderman Hoinacki made the motion to approve, Alderman Downs seconded.  Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Acting Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

 

Reports:

A. City Treasurer's Report for November, 2020

Copies of Treasurer Conzo’s report was given to the council.

General Fund - is down due to significant payouts to the Sewer Project.

Municipal Sales Tax – up $23,000 however may decrease due to another shutdown

Non Home Rule Sales Tax - $500 below this time last year

State Income Tax – up $8,000

Replacement Tax – down $50,000

Video Gaming – up $5600 from last year and has brought in $138,000 in revenue for 2020

MFT – down from last year, possibly due to less traveling for vacations and people working from home. 

B. City Clerks Report for November, 2020

$236,868.55 in sewer payments were received in October. 

There weren’t any payments received from either prison. 

Past due sewer accounts:

20 accounts have entered into signed payment arrangements.  136 accounts have not and are still past due.  16 of those are commercial accounts.  The council has agreed to extend the offer to set up payment arrangements with the Clerk’s office until November 30th.  If a payment agreement has not been signed or the account brought current, water shutoff notices will go out.    

 

C. Department Head Reports for November, 2020
These reports are either on file or will be soon.

Acting Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

 

New Business/Communications:
A.
 Approval of Invoice No. 0211573 from Crawford, Murphy and Tilley for professional services for the Union Street Pump Station Construction from August 29, 2020 through October 2, 2020 in an amount not to exceed $2,445.13.

 

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderman Fleshman seconded.  Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

 

B. Approval of Invoice No. 0211571 from Crawford, Murphy and Tilley for professional services for the CSO Improvements Construction Phase from August 29, 2020 through October 2, 2020 in an amount not to exceed $55,946.35.

 

Alderman Downs made the motion to approve, Alderman Bateman seconded.  Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

 

C. Approval of Invoice No. 0211484 from Crawford, Murphy and Tilley for professional services for the Fifth Street Road Project from August 29, 2020 through October 2, 2020 in an amount not to exceed $29,013.17.

 

Alderman Hoinacki made the motion to approve, Alderman Downs seconded.  Acting Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

 

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

D. Approval of request from Corey Leonard to permit the installation of a lighted three foot by twelve foot sign on the brick wall above the window at 517 Pulaski Street.

Alderman Parrott made the motion to approve, Alderman Downs seconded.  Acting Mayor Welch called for discussion. 

Mark Shew, Commission Member, was present remotely to answer any questions. 

Alderman Keller reached out to Mr. Doolin, chair of the Historical Preservation Commission.  They discussed that there aren’t set guidelines in place because each building is different.  They handle each request as a case by case basis. The decision they made was because the sign did not compliment the façade.  There is some unique architectural brick work at that location.  Alderman Keller will be voting no.  He’d like this item to be sent back to the Commission and let their expertise handle this matter.

There is a second sign that Mr. Leonard submitted to the Commission and was approved. 

Alderman Parrott feels that until the Commission acquires more guidelines, Mr. Leonard should be allowed his sign.

Mr. Shew expressed his concern if the Council votes to approve this request.  He said there isn’t a way to have blanket guidelines because there are so many different sizes and shapes and architecture within the downtown buildings.  By approving this request he feels the council is setting a precedence for anyone to have light boxes in the downtown area.   

Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

 

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (1) Alderman Ron Keller

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

E. Approval of Employee and Retiree Health Insurance Plans with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

Alderman Parrott made the motion to approve, Alderman Keller seconded.  Acting Mayor Welch called for discussion. 

Since rates for this plan is set for 24 months, it was questioned whether the dates on this item should be January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.  There are union contract negotiations that will happen before the 2 years is up, that could possibly cause some changes to the plan.  The dates on this item remained and the council voted on the item as it originally read.  

Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion. City Clerk Bateman called roll.

 

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

 

F. Approval of Sewer Maintenance and Repair Reconciliation for F.Y. 2018-2019 and F.Y. 2019-2020, in an amount not to exceed $76,868.07.

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderman Fleshman seconded.  Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

 

 

G. Approval of payment of $1,750.00 to Logan County Pest Control, in advance, for treatment of fungus in basement.

 

Alderman Parrott made the motion to approve, Alderman Keller seconded. Acting Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

 

Acting Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

Announcements:

·         Due to positive cases within the City Government and some staff, City Hall will be closed to the public beginning at 9am on November 17th.  If you need to make a sewer payment, set up payment arrangements for your past due sewer bill or turn in primary packets, you will need to call ahead and someone will meet you at the door. 

·         Acting Mayor Welch has been in contact with numerous people and numerous agencies regarding the restrictions to businesses. As the code is written, the Council nor Mayor has the authority to shut the city down.  That authority falls on the Logan County Health Dept. as well as the face mask enforcement.  Acting Mayor Welch will continue working with these agencies and continue to try to find the best way to keep everyone safe. 

·         There is a new grant program that the City is working on called the Economical Support Program by DECO.  Any business that has been impacted by COVID-19, please contract City Administrator Kavelman for more information.  

 

Adjournment:

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Parrott motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Hoinacki. Acting Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 8:29 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

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