Council Minutes


Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Tuesday, April 23, 2024


The Committee of the Whole Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 6:25 p.m., with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.



Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman David Sanders, Ward 2

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Ward 3

Alderman Craig Eimer, Ward 4

Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Ward 4

Staff Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Ty Johnson, Fire Chief

Matt Comstock, Deputy Police Chief

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager


Joe Meister, Police Chief



Mayor Tracy Welch



Public Comment:

There is no one present for public comment. 


Oath of Office Fire Department:  Ashley Williams – Captain

                                                         James Reed – Lieutenant


Logan County Tourism, Alice Roate – 2024 1st Quarter Report

Hotel/Motel income = $34,928.18 – down 5% from 2023

2nd Round of a State Grant was received in the amount of $7,684.00

Digital and Marketing efforts continue and now include larger cities

78 inquires at the Depot, 13 with Route 66 passports

Mill Museum has reopened. 


Request to Permit: Lincoln Railsplitter Antique Auto Club – Cars and Coffee.

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.


Request to Permit: Lincoln Park District July 4th Christmas Parade

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.

Spirited Republic Early Open Time Sunday, May 12, 2024

Guzzardos is having a Mother’s Day brunch.  Spirited would like to be open at 10am to help with overflow seating and offer drinks. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda

Mayoral Reappointment to Fire & Police Commission

Eric Egnew’s term is expiring.  He’d like to do another term. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Mayoral Appointment to the Economic Development Commission.

Alderwoman McClellan stepped down from this Commission about a month ago.  Johnnie Tibbs would like to serve on the Commission. 

Alderman Eimer said he’d like to be considered for the position.  There are only 11 seats on this commission so there will need to be two votes.

Both individuals will be placed on the regular agenda. 

Mayoral appointment to the Liquor Commission. 

Mayor Welch would like to appoint Tony Zurkammer to the Liquor Commission.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

July 4th Fireworks Donation. 

A request was received from the Park District.  The city has donated in the past. 

$5000 from the Hotel/Motel line will be placed on the regular agenda. 


Economic Development Commission Grant Approvals

Structural Improvement Grants

1. QWE Inc at 2011 Madigan Dr – entry door replacement = $7500

2. Small Town Creations at 115 S. Kickapoo – replacing 3 windows = $7500

3. Prairie Land Title at 507 Pulaski St – Roof Replacement = $7500

4. Lincoln Community Theatre at 410 Broadway St – Tuck pointing = $7500

5. Scott Mack Infinity Real Estate at 417 Keokuk – roof replacement = $6840

6. Scott Mach Infinity Real Estate at 702-708 Keokuk – roof replacement = $7500

Façade Grants

1. Small Town Creations at 115 S. Kickapoo – tuck pointing & brick repair = $4150

2. ACME 007 LLC at 401 Broadway – tuck pointing & brick repair = $8500

3. Hild Bros Construction LLC at 118 N McLean St – exterior repairs = $10,000

These items will be placed on the regular agenda.

Funding Agreement between the City of Lincoln and Logan County Regional Planning Commission.

This will be placed on the regular agenda.

Ordinance 4-12 of the Lincoln City Code Titled “Solar Regulations”

This document covers all aspects of Solar within the City of Lincoln. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

City Attorney John Hoblit four (4) year contract agreement.

The current contract expires for April 2024.  Mr. Hoblit created a new contract and previously shared with the council. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Discussion for the distribution of new Cannabis Agreement. 

Alderwoman O’Donoghue brought a plan to the Council to use the majority of the cannabis tax income to fund the Police and Fire Pensions.  She also would like to fund the Lincoln D.A.R.E program with 5-10% of the tax income. 

Mr. Hoblit will create a resolution to include 95% to pensions and 5% to D.A.R.E. Of the 95%, 55% will go Fire pension and 45% will go to Police. 

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.


Mayor Welch moved on to other items on the agenda.


  • Ribbon Cuts: CEO Trade Show on Wednesday at the American Legion, OSF Women’s Health Facility on Thursday, Prairie Threads and Beverage Genie on Saturday
  • The City has been recognized for the 23rd year as a Tree City USA. There will be a tree planting ceremony on Thursday.
  • Electronic Recycling still going on this week at the LMSB.
  • Spring Cleanup will by May 18th.




There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Eimer motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderwoman McClallen. All were in favor. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 7:47 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary


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