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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

 

The Committee of the Whole Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Acting Mayor Tracy Welch at 6:00 p.m., 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 (present at 6:03pm)

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderman Ron Keller, Ward 3

Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Ward 4


Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager

Paul Adams, Police Chief

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Remotely:

Christy Crites, CMT

Absent:

Elizabeth Kavelman, City Administrator

Presiding:

Acting Mayor Tracy Welch


 

 

Public Participation:

There was no one present to speak for public participation.

 

Invoice from Crawford, Murphy & Tilley for CSO for professional services from January 30, 2021 through February 26, 2021 in the amount of $29,809.18.

 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

 

Plocher Construction Pay Estimate #8 Union Street Pump Station in the amount of $647,739.38.

 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

 

L. Keeley Construction Pay Estimate #1 Union Street Pump Station in the amount of $347,002.20.

 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Request to Permit:  Lincoln Park District 5k Run, August 28, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in conjunction with Balloons over 66. 

 

This item will be placed on the consent agenda. 

Additional Taxi Service in the City of Lincoln – TacOne Transport LLC

 

The Council received an email from City Clerk Bateman stating testimonials and feedback from the public. 

Alderman Bateman said that social media shows overwhelming support for a 2nd taxi service in the Lincoln. 

Acting Mayor Welch more closely examined the ordinance regarding taxi services.  He’d like an Alderman to work with the City Attorney to redraft a more current ordinance specifically targeting the process the Council has recently gone through and the rates.  The original ordinance was done in 1939 then again in 1960.  

 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

 

Resolution approving the content of certain Executive Session Meeting Minutes.

 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Proclamation Arbor Day Celebration April 24, 2021

 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Ordinance amending 9-5-15 of the City Code regarding no parking on Castle Manor Drive

 

There is currently parking on the north side of Castle Manor Drive that blocks the view of traffic for emergency vehicles and regular vehicles.  The City would like to make Castle Manor Drive and no parking Street. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

All Traffic Solution Inc. – Purchase and Install Speed Alert Pole with Solar near Lincoln College

 

Several complaints from people of cars speeding down Nicholson Road, just past Rutledge.  LPD has had their speed trailer there before, but the trailer is also needed throughout the City.  Lincoln College has agreed to share the cost of one sign that will be placed in front of Lincoln College.  LPD is asking for two signs, the second sign will be placed on Nicholson Road to slow traffic coming from the Route 66 direction.  The cost to the City will be approximately $9,000 and will come out of FY21/22 budget. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

 

Revision to City of Lincoln Holiday Schedule

 

Correction to the holiday schedule to show observing Christmas on Friday, December 24, 2021 and New Year’s Day on Friday, December 31, 2021

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.

Award of Contract for the Mowing of Nuisance Properties in the City of Lincoln

 

Every two years this contract is bid out to mow nuisance properties.  Building & Safety Official Wes Woodhall recommends awarding Gene Mehan the contract.  He has been mowing for the City for the last 7 years. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

 

Demolition of 518 2nd St

 

This property is in extremely poor condition.  Mr. Woodhall recommends not going inside the house, the roof is caving in.  The City mows the property and there haven’t been utilities at the property for years. The meter was actually pulled in 2003.  The Building and Safety Office has not been able to contact the owner.  The City will not take ownership of the property.  A lien will be placed on the property in the amount of the demo costs.  The City will continue to mow the property. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.  

 

Sewer Main on Chicago Street between Davenport and Tremont Street

 

Andrew Bowns feels that the Chicago Street Sewer needs to be lined now, it will save the City a half million dollar project of just constantly repairing it.  Petersburg Plumbing had the lowest bid of $162,916.00.  Mr. Bowns would like the Council to approve the $170,000 that was budgeted due to this just being an estimate and not knowing how many laterals will need replaced. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda with the amount not to exceed $170,000. 

Motor Control Center Air Conditioning Unit #3

 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Seepex Sludge Pump Replacement Part

 

The cost of these replacement parts is $7,139.00.  The parts are needing replaced simply due to wear and tear. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Ordinance creating Section 3-22 of the Lincoln City Code “Low-Speed Electric Motorized Scooters and Scooter Share Programs”

 

Bird is not wanting to take responsibility of a user being injured due to street conditions.  City Attorney Hoblit urges the Council to proceed with caution.  He stated that other municipalities have introduced this program on an introductory basis.

Geofencing (areas where scooters will not operate) will be up around the West end of town and also around Lincoln Christian University. Bird has already hired a local fleet manager to manage the fleet.  The fleet will start with 25 scooters. 

This is a seasonal business that will run until late fall and relaunch in the spring.  This ordinance will remain in effect until January 2022, the Council will evaluate the ordinance then. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Ordinance Establishing 3-23 “Recreational Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary”

The State says that you cannot have a dispensary within so many miles of a grow facility.  When the City passed their Cannabis ordinances without knowing that. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

 

Announcements:

  • Acting Mayor Welch would like to place approval of the budget, if applicable pending budget workshop, on the regular agenda.
  • Acting Mayor Welch would like the Council to grant the Economic Development Grant Committee the authority to review Façade grant applications and then bring them to the Council for approval. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.
  • Parklet Application: City Attorney will have the application ready soon.
  • Scott Turner was present to discuss the Spring Cleanup that he is heading up. He currently has approx. 100 people signed up to volunteer for a 2 hour period. The last cleanup event collected 2 tons of garbage.  

 

Executive Session | 2 (C) (1) Personnel and 2 (C) (11) Litigation:

There being no further announcements to come before the council, Alderman Keller made a motion to move into Executive Session, seconded by Alderman Hoinacki.  City Clerk Bateman called the 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

Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Ward 4

 

Yeas: (8) Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

The council recessed from the meeting at 6:58 pm in order to enter into Executive Session.  Acting Mayor Welch announced that the Council will enter the Budget Workshop when they reconvene.    

 

 

Return from Executive Session:

The council reconvened from Executive Session at 7:59 pm in order to reconvene the Committee of the Whole meeting.  Roll call was taken. 

 

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

Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Ward 4

 

Adjournment:

 

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Fleshman motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Bateman. All were in favor. Acting Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 7:59 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

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