Council Minutes


Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Tuesday, April 11, 2023


The Committee of the Whole Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 7:02 p.m., with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.



Vacant, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, 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

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Joe Meister, Police Chief

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager



Mayor Tracy Welch



Public Comment:

Scott Turner was present to share his City Cleanup event that will take place on April 22, 2023.  This event is held every other year.


2023 Standard Agreement for Professional Services between City of Lincoln and Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, Inc., for design services for replacement of the existing influent screen, grit system components, associated gates, piping and electrical work.

CMT will be using the same 3.0 multiplier of their salaries, rather than pay their standard hourly rate, to save the city cost.  They do this with all city engineering agreements.   

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 


Contractor’s Pay Application #23 and final from Plocher Construction Company, Inc. for the Lincoln CSO Improvements in the amount of $74,383.38.

This completely finishes the CSO project.  The equipment has been up and running for some time now.    

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 


Control Panel Replacement at Drying Bed Lift Station.

An electrical panel at the lift station has failed and needs replacement.  The extra cost is due to some electrical components that need to be brought up to code to complete this replacement. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Lincoln Park District 5k run in conjunction with Balloons Over 66 on Saturday, August 26, 2023.

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.


Lincoln Park District July 4th Children’s Parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.


Proclamation – Arbor Day Celebration on April 28, 2023.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 


Award of contract for the mowing of nuisance properties in the City of Lincoln.

One bid was received for the nuisance mowing RFP.  That bid was from Gene Mehan.  The city has used him for years and happy with his work.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Resolution approving the content of certain Executive Session meeting minutes of the City Council of the City of Lincoln.

There is one set of minutes from February 14, 2023.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Ordinance authorizing the sale of excess personal property.

The ordinance is for the sale of personal property from the Clerk’s office and Police Department.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 


Rebuild Illinois project recommendation.

$526,548.13 is left in the City’s Rebuild Illinois line.  These funds have to be spent by July 1, 2025.  Superintendent Landers recommends using these funds to fix Tremont St, from N. Logan St to Union St. This work will also include sidewalk ramps, curb and gutter and reconstruction of the street.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 


Resolution of Engineering Services for design of 5th Street Road in the amount of $280,000.00.

A resolution is required by IDOT in order to expend MFT dollars.  This cost is for engineering services to redesign the project to a more affordable project for the City.  The intended firm is Hanson Professional Services, since they have been working on the project.  This will also include the drainage issues in that area. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.   


Ordinance amending the Liquor Regulations of the Lincoln City Code.

Chief Meister approached City Attorney Hoblit about liquor regulations to include a safety plan, lighting, and video surveillance which is required to be released to the police department upon the investigation of a complaint. Language was found within different cities and has been modified to meet the City of Lincoln’s needs.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Elevator modernization proposal – ARPA funds

Kone is the company that maintains the elevator at City Hall.  Chief Dunovsky was told during the last elevator breakdown that some parts will be very hard to find or can no longer be found.  Kone gave a free estimate to bring the elevator up to current codes and also to modernize the inside of the cab.  The Omnia Company will oversee the project at no cost to the city.  The repairs will take 2 weeks.      

If the elevator breaks down, the city would need to find an alternate location for council meetings due to ADA requirements.   Due to using the Omnia Company and ARPA funds, there will not be a requirement to go out for RFP.  An estimated cost is $175,000.00. These funds have already been set aside in the ARPA funds.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda. 


Budget for FY 23/24

Alderwoman Rohlfs asked City Treasurer Conzo to go over the expenditures that have increased.  Those expenditures are insurance, worker’s compensation, and centralized dispatch contract.  One big expense in 22/23 was the cleanup at the Landscape Waste Facility, that will not be needed in 23/24.

The recommendation from the Economic Development Grant Commission was to add $150,000 from ARPA funds into that line.  It’s a very popular program and is making a huge difference in the downtown buildings.

The city pays The Greater Peoria Economic Development Partnership $2000 annually. There is now an individual on that board that has a lawsuit against the City of Lincoln.  Mayor Welch wasn’t sure how the Council felt about that and if they wanted to proceed with being a member.  Also, the city pays the Regional Planning Commission approx. $12,000 quarterly.  Mayor Welch doesn’t feel the city receives much benefit for that amount of money.  Discussion was had to reach out to Bloomington, Springfield and Decatur areas rather than Peoria for Economic Development.  There was also appetite to stop funding the Regional Planning Commission.  For now, the money will be left in the budget but alternate options will be discussed later. 

The voting meeting on Monday, April 17, 2023 will be held at 6pm and the Budget Workshop will be held after at 6:15pm. 


Mayor Welch moved on to other items on the agenda.


  • There will be extended hours until 7pm for the electronics recycling on Wednesday, April 21st.
  • There was a concern that the Friday night race went an hour over curfew. The race concluded at 10:30pm. The weekend curfew is 11pm.  The racetrack guidelines will be published on the city website to for reference and to clear up any confusion. 
  • Alderman Bateman brought an issue to the council in hopes to get it on the next voting meeting. The current parklet agreement has provisions in place where nearby businesses must approve the parklets. Alley-bi is unable to get a neighboring business’s approval due to that business saying it interferes with their customer parking.  It was discussed to remove that provision or give the Mayor the authority to approve a parklet without the neighboring business approval. City Attorney Hoblit will work draft an amended ordinance and will be placed on the regular agenda.




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 8:51 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted by:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary


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