Council Minutes


Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Tuesday, September 27, 2022


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.



Alderman Rob Jones, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Ward 3

Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Staff Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Matt Vlahovich, Police Chief

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager


Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer



Alderman Tony Zurkammer, Ward 2

Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4


Mayor Tracy Welch



Public Comment:

There is no one present for public comment. 


Ron Otto – Request to permit with Street Closure Lincoln Christian Church December 3, 2022

The Lincoln Christian Church is planning an event called Hometown Christmas and would like to have the street, McLean Street, in front of their church.  Photos with Santa, crafts, caroling, carriage rides.  This is a free event.  It was suggested to extend the street closure hours to 2pm – 10pm to give them time to set up and tear down.

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.

Dog Park – 8th Street Park

Update from Ashely Metelko on the Dog Park. 

There will not be an increase in the insurance premium, there may be an increase in the exposure to dog bites, slips and falls.  There is also no deductible on the liability.  

Any incidences will be addressed through the proper channels. 

Hours will be sunrise to sunset. 

Rules will be discussed at a later date. 

Mrs. Metelko walked through the neighborhood and knocked on all of the doors to get feedback regarding the dog park.  Anyone that she spoke to face to face had positive feedback.  She left a letter at the residences where there was no one home.  She did not hear back from any of those residences that received letters. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Economic Development Grant Commission Approvals

-111 S. Kickapoo St Ethan Hoinacki – tuck pointing, front entrance repair, and enclose rear building      =$6,990.00

-113 S. Kickapoo St Ethan Hoinacki– window replacement = $6,990.00

-200 N Chicago Carol Becherer – window replacement $7,500.00

-Façade Grant @ 604 Broadway St. Nick Cummings - power washing, added awnings = $6,500 and is contingent on approval of the Historic Preservation Commission.

These items will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Ordinance creating 3-25 Titled “Non-Retail recreational adult use cannabis business regulations”

Mr. Hoblit went over the draft he created.  There was enough difference in the non-retail and dispensary aspects of cannabis that they needed their own chapters in the City Code.  Mr. Hoblit will remove 3-25-10 will be removed before the voting meeting on Monday.  The change of location 3-25-14 remains the same since it was not discussed at the last COW.  The license number to be required was changed to one.  Any additional license must be approved by the Council. The license fee was kept at $2500.

A change of address will also have to be approved by the council. 

Alderwoman Rohlfs was concerned about a business that could employ 15 employees open in the downtown area and cause more issues with parking downtown.  Many employees of downtown businesses park in front of their place of employment which is against the city ordinance.  There is a letter going out tomorrow to all downtown businesses to remind them of the parking ordinance.

Treasurer Conzo would like to see the initial license fee be set at $5000.  He stated that the initial license fee for alcohol is also $5000.

Alderman Parrott felt that the other downtown businesses would rather see another retail business and not a manufacturing business.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.    


Amendments to 11-5-2 C1

This is the ordinance that City Attorney Hoblit disbursed today for the zoning of non-retail cannabis.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.   

Ordinance authorizing real estate to go out for bid

This item is for 227 N Kickapoo.  This is the 3rd time this address will go out for bid.  The new specifics for this round is that the building must be torn down and turned into retail space.  No parking lots.  There must also be an easement given to the city for the payment drop boxes and mailboxes.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Water Street lining project

The sewer lines between Peoria Street and Union Street are in very bad shape but salvageable at this point. The cost of this project is $83,209.50. This is a budgeted item with a 10% contingency for any problems that may arise.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Easement and Agreement – Lincoln Industrial Park

This is in conjunction with the 5th St Road Project for signage and a possible access road installation.

This is a permanent access agreement.


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There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Jones motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Parrott. All were in favor. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary


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