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

Tuesday, July 13, 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.


Alderman Greg Miller, 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

Staff Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Matt Vlahovich, Deputy Police

Chief Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager

Remotely: Absent:

Paul Adams, Police Chief


Mayor Tracy Welch

Public Participation:

There was no one present for public participation Mayor Welch moved on to other items on the agenda.

Request to Permit: Central Illinois Veterans Commission & Lincoln Park District use of City Street September 11, 2021 

Parking spaces on the courthouse side of Broadway will be shut down at 7am that morning for registration. The race will begin at 8:15. Barricades will be removed as the runners finish sections of the race. There will be a tent over the parking spaces where the ceremony will be held after the race. Everything should be over by 11am.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Discussion regarding demolition of 1431 Tremont Street

This house is in dire straits. There are roach issues that are rampant and are impeding on neighboring properties.  The homeowners are deceased.  There have been many court hearings and attempts to contact and work with the person staying in the house to remediate.  All attempts have been refuted without merit.  City Attorney Hoblit is asking the Council for approval to demo this property.  This matter was first brought to Mr. Woodhall's attention in August of 2018.

The next step would be for City Attorney Hoblit to proceed with judgement for demolition against the property in hopes that they person living at the property will be ordered to leave.  This will give the City the time to take care of the roach issue to help out the neighbors.

The person staying at the address has no legal right to stay there. They own another residence in town that they could stay at. They would not be homeless.

A couple Alderman would like more time to research this item.

Mr. Hoblit would like the council to at least place a notice to remediate the property on the agenda.  If approved the notice will be published in the paper and the process for remediation will begin.

A 30 day Notice of Remediation for 1431 Tremont will be placed on the regular agenda.

L.  Keeley Construction Pay Application No. 4 in the amount of $464,342.98 for Union Street Pump Station.

There are pictures in the agenda packet beginning on page 8 that show the progress made by L. Keeley.

The roof is on the lab building and all the gravity sewer is installed. Testing has been completed and showed only one issue that will need to be repaired. Paving is hoping to begin the first of August and will be completed by L. Keeley's paving.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Plocher Construction Pay Application No. 11 in the amount of $1,316,507.38 for the CSO Project.

They have hit the 75% mark of completion.  Pictures for this project begin on page 33 of the agenda. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Plocher Construction Change Order No. 3 for CSO Improvements.

This came about when the lead and asbestos removal. This change order will be for $17,748.43. The drop ceiling was removed, beams were varnished and other areas enhanced to showcase the historical aspects of the building.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Approval of Purchase of New 2022 Dump Truck and Snow Plow

This truck is a 438 Peter built.  This is a single axle dump truck.  The quote is $163,405.00 with a Sourcewell discount of $8,600.  $45,000 will be put down as payment and the rest will be financed. This truck will be received by winter.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Appropriation Ordinance for F.Y. 2021/2022.

The Finance Committee, consisting of Alderwoman Horn and Treasurer Conzo, reviewed the Ordinance and the Council received a copy. The Committee tries to anticipate price increases and things that can't be anticipated but also things that have been proposed since the budget. Treasurer


Conzo explained that a budget is what you intend to spend and the appropriations is what you can spend.

There will be a public hearing and special voting session for this item prior to the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, July 27th.


  • The Police Appreciation Party was a success however they feel the severe weather kept people
  • The Logan County Recycling event was this past There was a lot of response that filled up 5 semi-trailers.  There were several people upset because they had were turned away due to being a capacity.  Some overflow was taken to the Lincoln Municipal Services Building.  The City is planning to hold another event.  Superintendent Landers wanted to put out an apology if he offended anyone during the event.  There was a lot of tension once people were being turned away.
  • Members of the Council met with Landlords and are trying to meet an agreement regarding the trash Nothing is definite yet so no details of the meeting will be shared.
  • Deputy Chief Vlahovich shared that the PD has been down 2 officers since One will be hired August 151 and the other will be hired August 16th.

He also shared that the K9 vehicle is on its last leg (2007 Chevy Tahoe).  This replacement was planned for next year but since 2018, $5400 has been spent on repairs and is back in the shop currently.

Approval of leasing a K9 vehicle from the County will be placed on the regular agenda for July 19th.

DC Vlahovich will research costs and availability for a new vehicle and bring the item back to the next COW.


There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Hoefle motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Parrott. All were in favor. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 8:39 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary


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