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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

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

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

 

The Committee of the Whole Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 7:01 p.m., with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

Present:

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Greg Miller, Ward 1

Alderman Tony Zurkammer, 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, Police Chief

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager

Remotely:

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Absent: Presiding:

Mayor Tracy Welch

 

The council had a moment of silence in memory of Bob Dole who recently passed.

Public Comment:

There is no one present for public comment.

L.    Keeley Construction Pay Application #9 and final for Union Street Pump Station in the amount of $214,268.20.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Purchase of New Street Sweeper.

Alderman Hoefle asked Mr. Landers to share the cost of the sweeper for the record.

Total cost of the Street Sweeper is $280,343.00.  $45,687.00 will come out of the Equip/Rental line and $234,656.00 will be paid out of the Sewer Enterprise fund.  There will be zero financing involved.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Purchasing of new lab equipment for the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

This purchase was budgeted for this fiscal year and will be purchased through USA Bluebook and will be using Veolia's discount. The total cost will be $28,847.06 and will come out of the Equipment fund.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Approval to add a temporary Fire Inspector.

Due to Inspector Cosby being deployed overseas, the other inspector being on medical leave, and the seven recent fires since Halloween, Chief Dunovsky is requesting to appoint a temporary fire inspector. Chief Dunovsky asked City Attorney Hoblit if the ordinance regarding fire inspectors needed to be amended to include the temporary inspector.

City Attorney Hoblit will review the ordinance and this item will be brought back to the next COW.

Ordinance for the Levying of Taxes for all Corporate Purposes, in the City of Lincoln for Fiscal Year beginning May 1,2021 and ending April 30, 2022.

The Council received a draft of the ordinance that was based on the discussion from a previous COW. The IMRF levy was moved down into the Fire and Police pension fund due to those being significantly underfunded.  The notice was printed in The Courier on December 9, 2021 that is required by Illinois law. The overall increase to the levy is $180.00 which is 0.0001%.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Resolution abating the Tax Heretofore for the Year 2021 to pay Debt Service on $2,285,000.00 General Obligation Bonds (Alternative Revenue Source Series 2014).

Treasurer Conzo grouped the next three items together at no objection from the council.

This bond is the TIF fund.

A resolution must be passed on these bonds to abate the taxes so that when the county calculates the tax levy, these taxes will not be included.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Resolution Abating the Tax Heretofore for the Year 2021 to pay Debt Service on $3,270,000.00 General Obligation Bonds (Alternative Revenue Source Series 2018).

This is for the capital improvement bond to renovate Jefferson Street School into the current Lincoln Police Station.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Resolution Abating the Tax Heretofore for the Year 2021 to pay Debt Service on $5,285,000.00 General Obligation Bonds (Alternative Revenue Source Series 2014).

This was for the sewer plant improvements. Final payment will be Dec 1, 2023 This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Resolution Adopting Amendment No. 2 to the Budget Resolution for F.Y. 2021-2022.

Treasurer Conzo covered the next two items together at no objection from the council.

The amendment covers police department salaries, using ARPA funds, and to move money from the sewer line to cover the street sweeper.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Ordinance Adopting Amendment No. 2 Amending the Appropriation Ordinance for F.Y. 2021- 2022.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Annexation Land Swap into the City of Lincoln

The City of Lincoln swapped land with a parcel that is outside the city limits for use of solar panels for the Sewer plant. The city is the owner of this parcel and now needs to annex that parcel into the city. The solar company will not proceed with this project until the parcel is annexed.

This item will be brought back to the next COW.

Bird Contract Renewal for 2022.

This contract has to be renewed annually. There were some concerns with how the scooters were handled during the past year leading to an addition to the contract.

The new contract has an added item stating Bird must provide the name of the local fleet manager to the City. There was an issue with scooters being left for 3-4 days in one area and it was difficult to get a hold of someone to handle that situation. Bird has also created an email that council members can use to report any concerns to Bird they may have.

Alderman Hoefle would like Bird to list the City of Lincoln on their liability insurance. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Information Technology Maintenance Agreement- Notto Technology & Consulting, LLC. The contract will end at the end of the current fiscal year. At that time the council will review the contract and decide whether or not to renew. Eric Notto completed the criminal training that was needed in order to access and work on the police department's systems.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Amendment to 1-27-3 (A) Tenure of Office (of Administrative Assistant).

To give more security to the position of Administrative Assistant of the City Council, the council amended the ordinance to state that the position not be tied to the appointing Mayor.  If a new Mayor is elected, that Mayor cannot get rid of that employee without a majority vote from the council.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Announcements:

  • Chief Vlahovich was asked previously by the council to find a law pertaining to signs along state/city right of He located that law in state statute 6251LCS 5/30 11-31O titled Display of unauthorized signs, signals or markings. In subsection B It stated that no person shall place or maintain nor shall any public authority permit along any highway any traffic sign or signal bearing there on commercial advertising.  Every such sign, signal or marking is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and the authority having jurisdiction over the highway is hereby empowered to remove the same without notice. Anyone found to be violating the statute will be fined with a Class A misdemeanor. So should anyone have a complaint, call the police department.
  • Andrew Bowns shared with the council that during a recent power outage, a VFD, which is set up to run on 3 phase, had to run on single phase which resulted in it burning itself The replacement cost plus the cost of the equipment to monitor the VFD is $28,587.00. That cost was budgeted but as of January 1st, there is a 10% increase in cost from the manufacturer.  The monitoring equipment will shut down the VFD should a power outage reoccur.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

  • There were some ribbon cuttings this week; Elite Kicks, Sublime Skin and the Lincoln These are both great examples of the success of the grant programs that property owners can apply for and use to repair and improve their properties and entice new businesses to open in Lincoln.
  • There will be ground breaking for the new Tremont Bank on Woodlawn at 3:00pm on 12/15/21.

 

Adjournment: 

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 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

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