Council Minutes


Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Tuesday, December 27, 2022


The Committee of the Whole Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 7:04 p.m., with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.



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

Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4

Staff Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Joe Meister, Deputy Police Chief

Darren Coffey, Assist Fire Chief

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager


Alderman Tony Zurkammer, Ward 2

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer



Alderman Rob Jones, Ward 1

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Matt Vlahovich, Police Chief


Mayor Tracy Welch



Public Comment:

There is no one present for public comment. 


Alice Roate – Logan County Tourism 2023 Funding Agreement and 4th Quarter Report

4th Quarter Report

Jean Ann Miller has joined the committee

H/M tax income for the 4th quarter was $58,324.36.  That is up 9% from last year’s 4th quarter

Digital marketing continues with Radio spots, Facebook and Instagram ads. 

166 people visited Tourism and 31 people had the Route 66 passport. 

The Mill museum is closed for the season.  There were some holiday hours for shopping.

2023 Funding Agreement

Agreement is the same.  Tourism is asking 95% of the H/M tax. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda,


Economic Grant – Rio Grande 116 N. Kickapoo Street in the amount of $7,500.00 opening brick wall outside and installation of a door. 

This will open up outdoor dining off to the side of the building.  They have been operating a parklet, but it not a safe area.  Rio will lease the section of the city owned property.  The City will also install a concrete pad.  Cost for the pad is approx. $3000.00.  This grant will be approved contingent on the council approving a lease agreement between the City and Rio Grande.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 

City Engineer – Request for Proposals

At the direction of the council a RFP was created for City Engineer.  A copy was included in the packet. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Kankakee and Harrison Drainage Line

This began from a complaint from a resident that had water infiltration into their home.  There is a private line there that the city does not own and did not install.  There will be a drain line installed that runs down Harrison then down Ottawa where it will makes its way into the state’s ditch.  There will be work done on ditches to prevent washout and road work to not cause sinkholes.  Estimated cost is $22,648.00 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Potential Sign Regulations

Current sign regulations speak to signs that hang above business doors, not to signs out in front of businesses near the right of way.  City Attorney Hoblit asked the council for direction to create or edit an ordinance. 

Alderman Downs suggested a 15 feet from the property line restriction for signs. 

Alderman Zurkammer suggested following the advice of Police Chief Vlahovich as use city of Swansea city code for signs.  

Deputy Chief Meister stated that there also needs to be penalties added into the ordinance.  The police department will also need the direction on what to do with the signs if they are confiscated due to a violation. 

City Attorney Hoblit will work on drafting an ordinance.  This item will be brought back to a later COW.  


  • Alderman Bateman would like to suggest leaving the Christmas lights up around the square all year long. He feels it gives ambiance to the downtown area. Some of the lights run on timers, some run 24/7.  Superintendent Landers doesn’t recommend leaving the lights on the trees due to them leafing out and growing.  Alderman Bateman will work with Superintendent Landers on this. 
  • Alderman Parrott has noticed that there are lengthy lists of past due trash accounts. He asked what the process was in response to the list. Building and Safety Official Woodhall explained the process.  He stated that with the change over from Area to GFL there was a lot of error in billing.
  • Alderwoman Rohlfs stated that she appreciated the summations for Balloons over 66.
  • City Attorney Hoblit has been working with DC Meister on making changes to the cannabis ordinance. This item will be added to the next voting meeting.



There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Hoelfe motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Bateman. All were in favor. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 7:53 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary


Information is available on the following sites:
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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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