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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

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

Tuesday, August 24, 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.

Present:

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,

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Matt Vlahovich, Asst. Police Chief

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager

Absent:

Paul Adams, Police Chief

Presiding:

Mayor Tracy Welch

Public Comment:

There is no one present for public comment.

Request to Permit: Railsplitting Association to block streets on September 18 & 19 around Postville Courthouse.

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.

Request to Permit: Logan County Recovery Walk September 18, 2021 from 1pm - 3pm. walk on city sidewalks from Scully Park around the Court House back to Scully Park.

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.

Purchase of a new Elgin Broom Bear Street Sweeper.

Current sweepers are aging out. Superintendent Landers is hoping the newer technology of this newer sweeper will take the Street Department down to 1 sweeper. This sweeper is on a truck chassis so it is able to get to locations quicker to sweep. The current sweepers run very slow. $70,000 would be put down as a down payment and the remainder will be financed. The annual payments will be budgeted into upcoming budgets until it's paid off.  Rates and loan terms will be obtained three financial institutions and brought back to the council for approval.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

New Generator and Variable Frequency Drives at Mayfair Lift Station.

Andrew is looking to replace current contactor motor starters with variable frequency drives at the Mayfair Lift Station.  These generate a significant reduction in energy costs and allows the City to participate in an Ameren rebate program that was increased last month to $135 per horse power replacement. The current generator is roughly 60 years old and parts are no longer available. Ameren is also offering a 10% bonus if the project can be completed by Sept 30th.   This will be a roughly $5400 rebate.  Andrew is no optimistic that the parts and components will be here in time to meet the Sept 30th deadline due to all of the delays contractors/projects are having when receiving orders.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Ordinance Creating Section 9-15 of Lincoln City Code "Non-Highway Vehicles- Golf Carts"

City Attorney Hoblit and Alderman Hoefle worked together to draft this ordinance.

9-15-1 & 2 makes various references to Illinois State Statutes of what is These vehicles cannot operate on Highways, they can only cross.

There will need to be seatbelts, lights, horn, brakes, and slow moving sign on the back.

Vehicle will need to be inspected by the Police department then issued a license. The reason for vehicle inspections is because most golf carts don't come with the City's requirements. There will also be a permit issued to the owner.

There are also fines and suspension of license for operating without a license or not properly operating the vehicle.

Alderman Hoefle feels that Lincoln is not set up for golf carts, it is too broken up. Must be 18 to drive.

Roads that are permitted for these vehicles...Business 55, Route 10, 121, Route 66. This eliminates residents in the Elks area, on Campus View Drive, and Mayfair.

Permit fees were presented as $100 with a $25 inspection fee.

Concern from the Council was that this ordinance would eliminate a lot of residents, the permit fee amount, and the minimum age requirement.

This item will be reviewed and researched more and brought back to the next COW.

Ordinance Amending 6-4-14 of the Lincoln City Code

A constitute was concerned about the antiquated language in this section of the City Code.  Upon review, it appeared that certain terms were outdated and did not reflect current social norms. Mr. Hoblit drafted an ordinance to remove the language. "gender appropriate dress" and "indecent or lewd dress". He also changed the fines to reflect the fine schedule that the Council has been using to update other code sections.

The words "in public" that were stricken through in the packet, will be kept in the Code. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Announcements:

  • Balloons over 66 will be this Street closures start Friday morning. Bags tournament, Dock Dogs, Bands and Backyard BBQ, Art Display, Food trucks, Vendor Fair at the Oasis, 5k Run/Walk, Car show. Admission is free.  Visit the Facebook page for more information and times.
  • Young Conservatives of Logan County will be placing 2,977 flags in the courthouse lawn in representations of the number lives lost for 9/11. They are needing volunteers and sponsors for this event. Sponsorship will be $100 and will go towards the purchase of the flags. Visit their website for more information.
  • Electronic Recycling Open to all county residents. Sept 13-17, 8a-2p at the Lincoln Municipal Services Building. We'll need volunteers. Limit of 4 TVs per day.

Adjournment:

 

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Hoefle motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderwoman Horn. All were in favor. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 8:37 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

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Logan County Current Statistics

Memorial Health System  - Includes daily statistics for MHS and a COVID-19 Risk Screening

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Logan County Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

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