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REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

Monday, May 17, 2021

The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 7:05pm, with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

Present:

Vacant, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1  Alderman Ron Fleshman, Ward 2 Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2 Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Ward 3 Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3 Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4 Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Staff Present:

City Clerk Peggy Bateman

City Attorney John Hoblit

Treasurer Chuck Conzo

Fire Chief Bob Dunovsky

Veolia Water, Andrew Bowns

Absent:

Police Chief Paul Adams

Building and Safety Officer Wes Woodhall

Streets Superintendent Walt Landers

Presiding:

Mayor Tracy Welch

Public Participation:

There was no one present to speak for public participation.

City Attorney Hoblit sworn in Jason Kitner as Corporal and Joseph Meister as Sergeant for the Lincoln Police Department.

Consent Agenda Vote:

  1. Payment of Bills
  2. Approval of Minutes .April 19, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting, April 27, 2021 Public Hearing, April 5, 2021 Committee of the Whole
  3. Request from Lincoln Park District to close various City Streets on Sunday, July 4, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM for The Old Fashioned Children's Walking
  4. Request from the City of Lincoln Third Friday Committee to close the 100 Block of North Kickapoo Street, 600 Block of Broadway Street, Pulaski Street from the Alley-Bi Tavern to Mclean Street and Mclean Street from Pulaski Street to the Art Institute on Friday, May 21, 2021, Friday, June 18, 2021 and Friday, July 16, 2021 for Third Friday events from 4:00 until their

 

Alderman Downs made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn seconded.

Alderman Bateman made the motion to amend item C to July 3rd and item D to close Pulaski Street from Chicago St to Mclean St. Alderman Fleshman second. Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll on the motion.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

City Clerk Bateman called roll on the amended motion.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

Ordinance and Resolution

A. Resolution 2021-434 Establishing Salaries and/or Pay Increases for various exempt positions in the City of Lincoln.

 

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

Yeas: (5) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs,

Nays: (1) Alderman Rick Hoefle

Abstain: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Absent: (0)

 

8. Resolution 2021-435 for Maintenance under the Illinois Highway code for F.Y. 2021- 2022.

 

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

  1. Ordinance 2021-942 crating the position of Administrative Assistant to the Mayor and City Council.

Alderman Parrott made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll on the motion.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

  1. Ordinance 2021-943 amending Chapter 3-22 of the City code to include Sangamon Street from Broadway Street to Clinton Street, Chicago Street from Broadway Street to Clinton Street and Hamilton Street from Pulaski Street to Broadway

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda. Reports

  1. City Treasurer's Report for April,2021

Over $12 million is the Police Pension Fund and over $6 million in the Fire Pension Fund. Sales Tax & State Use tax = up since last year

Non-Home Rule Sales Tax = starting to come back since 19/20 Video Gaming Tax = $36,000

MFT = has not paid off well due to less driving

  1. City Clerks Report for April 2021

$387,108.52 was collected in sewer payments.  $122,913.38 total was collected from both prisons.

  1. Department Head Reports for April, 2021 Reports are either on file or will be

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda. New Business/ Communications 

A. Approval of Pay Application 9 from Plocher Construction for CSO improvements in  an amount not to exceed $676,772.78.

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn second it . Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll on the motion

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman,

Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0) 

B. Approval of Pay Application 2 from L. Keeley Construction Co. for Union Street Pump Station construction in an amount not to exceed $337,094.10.

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

Alderman Fleshman clarified with Treasurer Conzo that once the projects reach 90% completed, the city will need to start making payments.  Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0) 

C. Approval of Change Order #1A from Keeley Construction Co. for adjustment of contract price to account for work that was completed by prior contractor at Unions Street Pump Station with a reduction of $590,286.00.

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn second it. Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

D. Approval of Invoice 0214421 from Crawford, Murphy and Tilly for engineering services for the Union Street Pump Station from January 1, 2021 through April 2, 2021 in an amount not to exceed $24,767.71.

Alderwoman Horn made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Rohlfs seconded.   Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (1) Alderman Rick Hoefle

Absent: (0) 

E. Approval of invoice 0414422 from Crawford, Murphy and Tilly for engineering services for CSO Improvements from February 27, 2021 through April 2, 2021 in an amount not to exceed $35,014.37.

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

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman  Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs

Nays:  (0)

Abstain: (1) Alderman Rick Hoefle

Absent:  (0)

F. Approval of Agreement between the City of Lincoln and Logan County.

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

There was a meeting held that included members of the City Council, the County Board, Will D'Andrea and Apex.   It was recommended that the County will vote at their next meeting (tomorrow night) on whether they will defer the decertification on to the City.  If the County votes to defer, the city has the authority to set the timeline for when the decertification process will need to begin. Currently the timeline is 18 months.  All parties involved in this meeting, were happy with the recommendation.

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

G. Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Lincoln and Lincoln Community High School regarding Properties at 201 9th Street and 1706 Pekin

Alderman Parrott made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Rohlfs seconded.   Mayor Welch called for City Attorney Hoblit to speak.

City Attorney stated that the agreement states that LCHS will now be building at 201   9th street instead of 1706 Pekin St.  It also states that the City has 50% stake in the proceeds from the sale of the property.

It has been requested by Mr. Puckett, with LTEC, that the name LTEC be included in the intergovernmental agreement documents since they are heading up the project and are separate from LCHS.

 

Alderman Bateman made the motion to amend to add LTEC to the agreement, it was seconded by Alderman Downs. Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

Roll call on amended motion.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

H.. Approval of Lincoln Economic Grant Commission recommendation to approve Structural Improvement Grant to Townhouse Beauty Salon in an amount not to exceed $7,500.00.

Alderman Parrott made the motion, Alderwoman Horn seconded. Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

I. Approval of Lincoln Economic Grant Commission recommendation to approve Structural Improvement Grant to H-T-1 d/b/a Logan Lanes in an amount not to exceed

$1,000.00.

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

J. Approval of donation of $5,000.00 to the Central Illinois Veteran's Commission to support site preparation for the Lincoln Tiny Veteran's Home Project.

 

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

K. Approval of a five-year contract with AXON for Taser 7 lease in an amount not to exceed $81,937.50.

 

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

L. Approval of the purchase of Tax Sale Property at 818 Fourth Street in an amount not to exceed $800.00.

 

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderman Fleshman second it .  The address on the agenda should state 618 4th Street.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman  Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

M. Advice and Consent to the Mayoral appointment of Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3, to the positions of Mayor Pro

 

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

Alderman Parrott would like to amend this item to a one year appointment.  He would like to see other members of the council given the opportunity to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore.

Alderman Hoefle would like this item to be set aside until the replacement for Ward 1 is appointed.  He also stated that according to code, there does not need to be a Mayor Pro Tempore appointed.

 

Mayor Welch stated that the City Code does not decide the procedure for Mayor Pro Tern, state statute does.

Alderman Parrott would like to amend the motion to add a one year term, Alderman Downs seconded.

There was no other discussion, City Clerk Bateman called roll on the initial motion.

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Absent: (0)

City Clerk Bateman called roll on the amended motion.

Yeas: (5) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (1) Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs Abstain:

(1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Absent: (0)

N. Advise and Consent to Mayoral re-appointment, Paul Adams Chief of Police.

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

O.. Advise and Consent to Mayoral re-appointment, Robert Dunovsky, Fire Chief.

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

P. Advise and Consent to Mayoral re-appointment, Walt Landers, Street Superintendent.

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

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent:  (0)

Q. Advise and Consent to Mayoral re-appointment, Wes Woodhall, Building & Safety Official.

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Ron Fleshman, Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Alderman Rick Hoefle

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0) 

R. Swearing in of Mayoral appointments

City Attorney Hoblit swore in Robert Dunovsky as Fire Chief and Kevin Bateman as Mayor Pro Tempore.  Absent department heads will be sworn in at a later date.

Announcements:

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Executive Session 2C11 Pending Litigation:

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

Present:

Vacant, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1 Alderman Ron Fleshman, Ward 2 Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2 Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3 Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Ward 3 Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4 Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4

Yeas: (7)Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman  Kathy Horn, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Ron Fleshman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

The council recessed from the meeting at 8:32pm in order to enter into Executive Session. Mayor Welch announced there would be no further city business conducted upon reconvening.

Return from Executive Session:

The council reconvened from Executive Session at 9:20pm in order to reconvene the Regular City Council meeting. Roll call was taken.

Present:

Vacant, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1 Alderman Ron Fleshman, Ward 2 Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2 Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3 Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Ward 3 Alderwoma  Kathy Horn, Ward 4 Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4

Adjournment:

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Fleshman motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Hoefle. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted by:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

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