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

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 

The Committee of the Whole Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 7:00 p.m., with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.


Vacant, 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

Staff Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Paul Adams, Police Chief

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager


Christy Crites, CMT


Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1


Mayor Tracy Welch

Public Comment:

Jessica Jackson - Ms. Jackson was present to extend an invitation to the City Council to join the Juneteenth celebration to show support.  Also to maybe speak.  Alderman Downs said he would be attending and would be happy to speak.  Other council members would check their schedules and would be happy to join if available.  Mayor Welch will read the proclamation at the event.

The event will take place at the Logan County Fairgrounds and will include free food, free games, vendors, guest speakers, music, talent show, poetry.  They are still looking for volunteers.  There will be a police escort for the parade that begins at the church on the corner of Sherman and Broadway.

Jeanette Harris - Ms. Harris was present to extend appreciation to the City and the City Council for their involvement and support for this event.  Additional members of the Juneteenth planning committee were introduced.


Mayor Welch moved on to other items on the agenda.

Crawford, Murphy & Tilley invoice for Phosphorus Removal Feasibility Plan for the Waste Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $18,510.00.

This is a requirement for the WWTP. The requirement is to get to a .5 mg per liter phosphorus limit. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Crawford, Murphy & Tilley Invoice for CSO Improvement in the amount of $24,268.03.

This is continued work on the CSO Improvement project. More will be discussed further down in the agenda.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Crawford, Murphy & Tilley Invoice for Unions Street Pump Station in the amount of $17,577.75. Significant progress...all boring is completed, continue work on the gravity sewer going down Union, work has begun on the new electrical building.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Plocher Construction Pay Application #10 Lincoln CSO improvement in the amount of $730,978. 56.

A lot of progress included in the packet, page 34. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

L. Keeley Construction Pay Application #3 Union Street Pump Station in the amount of $755,762.45.

All borings are completed, continue to work on the gravity sewer, and work done at the pump station. There may be discussions next week on street repair work on Union St.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

L.   Keeley Construction change order IA Union Street Pump Station.

Increase to the contract of $336,057.  This has been discussed previously.  This is for work that will be reimbursed to the City from Illinois American Water but will need to be added to the contract.

This item will be placed on the agenda.

Lincoln Woman's Club Proclamation

Mayor Welch read the Proclamation.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Request to Permit- Road Closure Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Sunday, June 13, 2021 to allow Foxhole to have a beer garden during the Route 66 Garage Sale Events. This item will be placed on the consent agenda.

Lincoln Police Department- Safety Complex Connectivity.

There was a wireless router installed at the new police department so that they could have access to the Safety Complex.  Due to the scaffolding on top of the Courthouse, the signal has been interrupted. 4 options were presented in the agenda.  The best option (option 3) to correct this would be to place a router on top of Lincoln Rural Fire.  This will cost approx. $9,000 for 2 antennas, a battery backup and installation.

Option 3 will be placed on the regular agenda with a do not exceed $10,000.


Lincoln Police Department- Dell 5420 Mobile Data Computer Replacements

Current Dell Computers in the squad cars are out of warranty and are failing.  A current quote is $17,633.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Ordinance Approving an Amendment to Add Territory to the Lincoln/Logan Enterprise Zone and to Amend the Intergovernmental Agreement Relating to the Enterprise Zone.

City Attorney provided the council with a draft and exhibits to explain the ordinance. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Ordinance Adopting Amendment No. 1 to the Appropriation Ordinance for F.Y. 2021-2021.

The correct FY is 2020-2021.  This type of ordinance is done every year.  This ordinance is created so that if lines get in to trouble, amendments may be made to transfer funds within the same sub fund to cover expenditures.   The necessary appropriations are listed in the agenda packet.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

ALMH Fitness Court - Maintenance and Repairs.

The fitness court is now 3 years old.  There have been some minor issues recently but have been covered under the warranty.  There needs to be some parts and pieces replaced that have been worn by the weather and additional maintenance.  Replacement parts will cost $5,935 and will be shared with the Community Health Collaborative.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Townhouse Beauty Salon and H-T-1/Logan Lanes Business Sustainability Grant.

These are remaining grants that need to be approved. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Influent Pump and Piping Repair.

These pumps have not been addressed in 19 years.  There are many parts that have worn out.  The quote received was $56,759.40 plus freight.  $80,000 was budgeted.  Mr. Bowns asked the council to approve $65,000 so that freight is included.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda

Curb & Sidewalk Improvement Initial Targets.

One target near Washington-Monroe was left over from last year.  It is Pekin Street from Sheridan to Butler.

This year's targets

Wyatt Ave - Sheridan to Butler, Butler to Elliott, and Elliott to Ladue. North side of the street. Also the two ramps at the entrance of the High School. Some of these sidewalks are currently brick

The engineering estimate is $119,000.00, $125,000 is budgeted. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Resurfacing Targets for 2021.

Superintendent Landers proved the Council with a memo.  This year the department will focus on the heavier trafficked roads, with faster speed limits and will micro surface these roads.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Agreement for Professional Services for 2021 Street Maintenance Project.

This item includes the funds for the Resurfacing Targets.  This will be paid for out of Capital Projects. The budget is $575,000.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Ordinance Amendment to Permit Establishments to Serve Alcohol until 1:00 a.m. on Sundays.

This request comes from the Liquor Commission via a request from the Lincoln Banquet Center.  They will be having several events on Sundays.  The promotor for this event has advertised that these live music events will go on to 1am.  The Commission hopes expanding the hours will give other businesses the opportunity to also have events and utilize the longer hours.

Alderman Bateman suggested extending liquor sales hours until 1am on Monday for all liquor licenses until December 31, 2021. This will be placed on the regular agenda.

Discussion on Robert's Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedures.

Alderwoman Rohlfs sent an email to the council regarding this item. She wanted clarification on what rules the City Council follows during Council meetings.

The Council currently has a 5 minute time limit for public participation. The Council will vote on the amendment and then they vote on the ordinance as amended.

The Council agreed that there was no need for changes at this time.


Mayor Welch would like the Mayoral appointment of Rick Hoefle to the Tourism Board be added to the next Mr. Hoefle will replace Mayor Welch.

  • 3rd Friday event is this Road closures will begin at 4pm.
  • Lincoln IGA fire - Our first responders did an excellent job on their reaction time and was able to limit the damage


There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Bateman motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Hoefle. All were in favor. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary


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