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PUBLIC HEARING - TAX LEVY

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

Monday, December 20, 2021

 

The Public Hearing with the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Acting Mayor Welch at 7:00p.m., with proper notice given.

Present:

Alderman Greg Miller, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Tony Zurkammer, Ward 2

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Ward 3

Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4

Alderwoman  Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Staff Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Matt Vlahovich,  Police Chief

Darren Coffey, Asst. Fire Chief

Absent:

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Remotely:

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Official

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Andrew Bowns, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Veolia Water

Presiding:

Mayor Tracy Welch

 

Public Participation:

There was no one present to speak for public participation.

To approve a proposed Tax Levy for the City of Lincoln

Treasurer Conzo didn't have any comment for the Public Hearing unless there were questions from the public. He will address questions from the council during the regular meeting tonight.

 

Adjournment:

Alderman Hoefle made the motion to adjourn, Alderwoman Horn seconded. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 7:04 pm.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

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

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

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

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

 

The Committee of the Whole Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 7:00 p.m., with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

Present:

Alderman Greg Miller, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Tony Zurkammer, Ward 2

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderwoman  Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4

Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Matt Vlahovich, Police Chief

Remotely:

Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs, Ward 3

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Rich Stokluska - Arthur J. Gallagher

Absent:

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager

Presiding:

Mayor Tracy Welch

 

Swearing in of Police Officer Shawn Pettit as Sergeant

Sergeant Shawn Pettit was sworn in by City Attorney John Hoblit

Public Participation:

Whitney Profit was present to discuss a Facebook post made by an Alderperson. She was made aware of the post and said that it was very offensive. She asked the Council what the social media policy was for elected officials. Mayor Welch referred to City Attorney Hoblit for this matter. Mr. Hoblit said he will researched this if the council wishes him to. He is currently unaware of any policy for elected officials, only city employees. Typically, these types of situations are taken up at election time. Mayor Welch asked Ms. Profit to share with the council what she is referring to. Mayor Welch and City Attorney Hoblit will stay in contact with Ms. Profit.

 

Liability Insurance renewal agreement between Arthur J. Gallagher and the City of Lincoln effective 12/15/2021.

Three quotes were obtained from Strident (current carrier), Liberty Mutual, and CIRMA.  The first two options give you $11 million coverage.  The 3rct option is $10 million.

The city is receiving $26,314.00 from IPRF in grant money that will offset the cost of worker's compensation.

Cyber insurance will be very difficult to get in the coming years if clients do not have certain security measures in place.

CIRMA has a 3 year commitment if you enroll.  Attorney work for claims are contracted out to a firm called Davies Group.

CIRMA will be placed on the Regular agenda as the carrier for the City of Lincoln.

Request to Permit: Close 3 Parking Spaces in from of Rent-to-own Store Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for Guest House, Just Bee Acai (food truck) and Tony Cannoli (food truck).

This item will be placed on the consent agenda.

Approval of Economic Development Grant Application from Mary Todd's Hallmark in the amount of $7,500.00.

This is for tuck pointing. This is a single taxed parcel but the properties are 608 & 612 Broadway. This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

Ordinance Authorizing the Purchase of Real Estate 1017 Tremont Street.

This item will be placed on the regular agenda.

2021 Tax Levy

Treasurer Conzo provided his report to the Council via agenda packet.  He went over the report with the Council and asked for any questions. Treasurer Conzo felt there shouldn't be an increase this year. There will need to be a public hearing prior to the Council voting.

The council will move forward with a flat tax.

Announcements:

  • Happy Birthday to Alderman Miller
  • There is a tree lighting ceremony Friday evening at the Courthouse at 6:00pm
  • The Christmas parade the following Thursday at
  • Brenden and Becca Heitzeg went on to State Cross Country and both medal
  • Due to workman's comp claims increasing, safety policies and training have been implemented throughout the This came as a recommendation from the City's carrier. The policies and training were completed by the deadline resulting in the City soon receiving a 10% refund on premiums that will total $36,300.00

Executive Session  2 (C) (1) Personnel:

There being no further announcements to come before the council, Alderwoman Horn made a motion to move into Executive Session, seconded by Alderman Hoefle.  City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Present:

Alderman Greg Miller, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Tony Zurkammer, Ward 2

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderwomen Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Ward 3

Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Alderman Rick Hoelfe, Ward 4

 

The council recessed from the meeting at 8:18 pm in order to enter into Executive Session. Mayor Welch announced there would be no further city business conducted upon reconvening.

Return from Executive Session:

The council reconvened from Executive Session at 8:47 pm in order to reconvene the Committee of the Whole meeting. Roll call was taken.

Present:

Alderman Greg Miller, Ward  1 Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1 Alderman Tony Zurkammer, Ward 2 Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2 Alderman  Kevin Bateman, Ward 3 Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4 Alderman Rick Hoelfe, Ward 4

 

Adjournment:

 

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Parrott motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Hoefle. All were in favor. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 8:48 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

Monday, December 6, 2021

The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Welch at 7:00pm, with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

Present:

Alderman Greg Miller, 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

Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4

Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Staff Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Matt Vlahovich, Police Chief

Remotely:

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

Bob Dunovsky, Fire Chief

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager

Absent:

Presiding:

Tracy Welch, Mayor

 

Public Comment:

James Rehmann - Retired Police Officer

Mr. Rehmann served in the military and deployed during his employment with the City.  He wanted to thank the council for being so supportive to military members.

Consent Agenda by Omnibus Vote:

 

 

A. Payment of Bills

B. Approval of minutes October 26, 2021 Committee of the Whole Meeting, November 1, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting, November 15, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting

C. Approval of Request from Just Bee Acai (food truck) and Tony Canoli (food truck) to occupy three (3) parking spaces on South Kickapoo Street in front of the Griesheim Building on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 10:00 a. until 1 :00 p.m.

 

Alderwoman Rohlfs made the motion to approve, Alderman Bateman seconded.   Mayor Welch called for discussion.

Alderwoman Rohlfs stated that the meeting minutes for Nov 1, 2021 were incorrect.  The minutes showed that Ron Keller and Jeff Hoinacki were present as Alderman.   It should have read Alderwoman Wanda Rohlfs and Alderman Rick Hoefle.

Alderman Bateman made the motion to amend the minutes to correct the names for those that were present.  Alderman Downs seconded.

City Clerk Bateman called roll on the amendment.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman  Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Nays: (O)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Welch called for further discussion.

Alderman Hoefle asked if the city goes out for bid for all supplies that are purchased.  He noticed on the payment of bills that there are a lot of bills paid to vendors outside of the city and he'd wants to make sure local vendors are given a chance to bid on it.

Mayor Welch said there is not a requirement to go out for bid for supplies.  However, the city will always keep purchases local if they can.

Alderman Hoefle said that it was mentioned to him by a constituent that there have been several instances recently where the council has voted on request to permit applications after the event has happened.  He said that going forward he will be a no vote for any request that does not come before the council in a timely manner that allows the council to vote before the event takes place.

The Council will be more conscience about the request to permit approvals going forward. City Clerk Bateman called roll on the item as amended.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman  Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (1) Alderman Rick Hoefle

Absent:  (0)

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

Ordinance and Resolutions

 Ordinance 2021-961 Authorizing the Purchase of Real Estate at 1017 Tremont Street

Alderman Hoefle made the motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Downs.

Mayor Welch stated that the Logan County Trustees has agreed to hold the purchase price at $800 whether the city decides to demo or remediate the property. Mayor Welch called for discussion.

Alderman Bateman would rather see the property be saved. Alderman Hoefle was also in agreement.

Mayor Welch would like to see the property remediated of mold soon after the sale for the safety concerns of the neighbors.

Building and Safety Official Woodhall stated that it would take upward of $15,000 to cover the roofing and mold remediation costs.

There being no other discussion, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda. New   Business/Communications:

A. Approval of Economic Development Grant Application from Mary Todd's Hallmark in an amount not to exceed $7,500.00.

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderman Downs seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

B. Approval of a three-year Liability Insurance Renewal with CIRMA, BCS and IPRF through Arthur Gallagher Risk Management at a cost not to exceed $608,196.00 for the upcoming year.

Alderman Downs made the motion to approve, Alderman Parrott seconded.   Mayor Welch called for discussion.

Alderman Hoefle was disappointed in the material he was given from the claim firm out of Kentucky.

He felt the information was nothing other than an advertisement.   No data or statistics regarding claims. There being no other discussion, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Nays: (1) Alderman Rick Hoefle

Abstain:  (0)

Absent: (0)

C.  Approval of design for the construction and re-alignment of State Street and College Street to accommodate the Department of Juvenile Justice Facility. (Tabled 11/15/2021) 

With no motion to remove this item form the table for discussion or approval, the item dies. The item will be brought back to a future COW when more information is available.

Mayor Welch moved on to other items on the agenda.

Announcements:

  • Alderman Downs brought signs in the right of way along State property to the Council for After discussion, the council agreed to bring this topic to a future COW.
  • Alderwoman Horn thanked the Street Department for the work they did on Wyatt Ave with the road resurfacing and sidewalk
  • Alderman Zurkammer thanked the Street Department for the leaf cleanup at the Postville Courthouse.
  • Due to redistricting, the fire department will need to purchase their Scott air packs through NEC rather than
  • A fire truck that needed restoration is in An additional firetruck has recently went down. The department in down to two trucks. Chief Dunovsky wanted the council to be aware.
  • Chief Dunovsky will probably be bringing a proposal to the next COW for the council to consider appointing a temporary Fire Investigator to alleviate some of the duties while James Cosby is deployed
  • Chief Vlahovich shared with the council that several officers had to enter a house that was on fire because the homeowner was still This was the 2nd house fire of that night. The first fire had a fatality and had these officers not went inside, there very likely would have been a second fatality.  All officers had to be treated at the hospital. He also shared that along with responding to the two calls, both departments (fire and police) were dispatched to burglaries and domestic calls.  He commended both departments.
  • Mayor Welch asked Landers to remind constituents how they can clean up their leaves. They can mulch the leaves in their yard, leave them for the one final leave pickup or take them to the landscape waste facility. There have been several reports of people blowing leaves into the street. This is against city code. If you observe someone blowing leaves into the street, you are to call the non-emergency number for dispatch and a police officer will address the issue.
  • The contract for Revisions as an IT consultant will not be signed, the reason was previously shared with the There will be another company brought to the council very soon.

 

Adjournment:

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Parrott motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Hoefle. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 8:04 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

Monday, November 15, 2021

The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Welch at 7:00pm, with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

Present:

Alderman Greg Miller, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Ward 3

Alderman Rick Hoefle, Ward 4

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

Remotely:

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager

Absent:

Alderman Tony Zurkammer, Ward 2

Presiding:

Tracy Welch, Mayor

 

Public Comment:

Brad Hauge, Logan County State's Attorney, was present to show his support for both Matthew Vlahovich and Joseph Meister for their promotions to Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police

City Attorney John Hoblit swore in the following individuals

Fire Fighters Kyle Patridge and Damion Larson - Completion of Probationary Fire Fighter. Fire Fighter Chance Torchia - Probationary Fire Fighter.

This item was moved up in the agenda.

A. Advise and consent to the Police Chiefs appointment of Sgt. Joseph Meister as Deputy Chief of Police. (Swearing in following approved vote).

Alderman Hoefle made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn seconded. Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

Consent Agenda by Omnibus Vote:

A. Payment of Bills

B. Approval of minutes October 12, 2021 Committee of the Whole Meeting, October 18, 2021 Regular City Council

C. Request from Kathy Williams to close Kickapoo Street between Broadway and Pulaski Street on Friday, November 26, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM for the Annual Winter Wonderland Festival tree lighting

D. Request from the Logan County Tourism Bureau to close various City Streets and intersection for the annual Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 5:00 PM until its conclusion.

E. Request from the Salvation Army to permit the placement of two (2) Kettle Stands and Trumpet Players on Kickapoo Street on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm

Alderwoman Rohlfs made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn seconded. Mayor Welch called for discussion.

There was a mileage reimbursement request made by Fire Chief Dunovsky. Alderman Hoefle asked for clarification. Chief Dunovsky said that it is much cheaper for the probationary firefighters to drive the fire department pickup trucks back and forth to the academy than to have them use their personal trucks and be reimbursed mileage.

Mayor Welch called for further discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

Ordinances and Resolutions.

A. Resolution 2021-440 approving the content of certain Executive Session Meeting Minutes: May 17, 2021, June 21, 2021, June 29, 2021, June 29, 2021.

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn.

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (1) Alderman Greg Miller Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

 

B.  Resolution 2021-441 approving the content of certain Executive Session Meeting Minutes: August 10, 2021, October 4, 2021, October 12, 2021 arid October 26, 2021.

 

Alderman Downs made the motion to approve, Alderman Hoefle seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Greg Miller

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (1) Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

C.  Resolution 2021-442 Adopting Amendment #1 to the Budget Resolution for F.Y. 2021-2022.

 

Alderman Miller made the motion to approve, Alderman Downs seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion.

Treasurer Conzo shared that this resolution contains the $919,244. 74 American Rescue Plan Grant the city received that was not included in the original budget. This has been added to the revenue plan.

There is also a need to borrow $95,000 to help pay for a new dump truck for the Street Department.

The resolution also shows the request to move $60,000 of the American Rescue Plan Grant money to the Economic Development Grant line.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

D. Ordinance 2021-960 Adopting Amendment No. 1 Amending the Appropriation Ordinance for F.Y. 2021-2022

 

Alderwoman Rohlfs made the motion to approve, Alderman Downs seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion.

The information Treasurer Conzo shared in item C also applies to this item. There being no discussion, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller

Nays: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Reports

  1. City Treasurer's Report for October, 2021

 

General Fund Balance - Continues to be in good shape. Partly due to greater funds received in sales tax, non-home rule tax and income tax than in previous years.

Non-Home Rule Sales Tax - Up from the previous year. Sales and Use Tax - up from previous years.

State Income Tax - up from last year

B.  City Clerks Report for October, 2021

$240,526 .86 was collected in sewer payments for October.

C.  Department Head Reports for October 2021

These reports are either on file or will be shortly.

New Business/Communications:

Item A moved up in the agenda.

B. Approval of design for the construction and re-alignment of State Street and College Street to accommodate the Department of Juvenile Justice Facility.

 

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion.

The type of street and width of the road will be discussed and designed to the City's specifications.

The vote on this item is just to show the support of this project.  A vote to close the portion of State St will come later. The need for a vote of support is to then go ahead and notify the city via public notice to hold a public hearing.

Superintendent Landers would like the DJJ to complete a traffic study of the intersection.  He'd also like the design of the intersection at College and W. Kickapoo and a cross section of the new street.

Building and Safety Official Woodhall did a traffic study himself.  His results found a 60% reduction of traffic along West Kickapoo once State St is closed.

Alderman Bateman and Alderwoman Horn both rescinded their initial motions.

Alderman Bateman made the motion to table this item, Alderman Downs seconded.  There being no further discussion, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

C.  Approval of Invoice No. 0217388 from Crawford, Murphy and Tilley for Professional Services for the Union Street Pump Station from August 28, 2021 to October I, 2021 in an amount not to exceed $1,596.69. 

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve, Alderman Downs seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Nays:  (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

D. Approval of Pay Application 8 from L. Keeley Construction for construction Services for the Union Street Pump Station in an amount not to exceed $496, 725.81.

Alderman Downs made the motion to approve, Alderman Bateman seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Nays:  (0)

Abstain : (0)

Absent:  (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

E. Approval of Pay Application 15 from Plocher Construction Co. for construction services for CSO improvements in an amount not to exceed $661,335.00.

Alderman Downs made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Horn seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Greg Miller, Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn

Nays:  (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

F. Approval of financing agreement in the amount of $95,092.00 plus interest for the purchase of a 2022 Dump Truck and Snow

Alderman Hoefle made the motion to approve, Alderman Downs seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion.

Treasurer Conzo explained that he acquired loan quotes from various institutions and the best rate was 2.39% from UCB Bank.  This loan will have annual payments over 3 years.  The amount paid for interest over the period of the loan is $3,658 .28.

There being no other discussion, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

 

G .Approval of PC2021-03, Request for Special Use Permit at 708/718 Woodlawn Road.

Alderman Downs made the motion to approve, Alderman Bateman seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion.

This is the new Tremont Bank branch on Woodlawn.  This special use permit applies to the drive thru. The Planning Commission approved the permit.

There being no other discussion, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

H.  Approval of Waiver of Sewer lien and unpaid sewer bills for Allen Chapel AME Church in the amount of $1,957.33 (Tabled November 1, 2021).

Alderman Bateman made the motion to remove the item from the table, Alderman Downs seconded. City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (4) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn,

Nays: (0) Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Greg Miller

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Alderman Hoefle is concerned that if this item is approved, account holders of the other 65 delinquent sewer accounts would want the same.

The balance that is past due is $292.20, the total due with late fees is $1957.33.

Alderman Parrott made an amendment to waive the late fees and lower the amount due to $292.20, Alderman Bateman seconded.  City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (5) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller

Nays: (1) Alderman Rick Hoefle

Abstain: (1) Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Alderman Bateman made the motion to approve item H as amended, Alderman Downs seconded. City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (5) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Kathy Horn, Alderman Greg Miller

Nays: (2) Alderman Rick Hoefle, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Tony Zurkammer

Mayor Welch moved on to other items on the agenda.

 

Announcements:

  • A request to park two mobile businesses/food trucks in front Guest House on Nov 20 from 10am - 1 Roughly 3 parking spaces will be taken. If approved, barricades or cones will be put out.
  • Treasurer Conzo shared that the Veteran's Day event at the VFW was a good turnout, he'd like to see more people come including elected
  • Lincoln native Kurt Courtwright competed in the World's Toughest Mudder in Arizona and he won the entire This was a 24 hour event.

 

Adjournment:

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Hoefle motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderwoman Horn. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 8:57 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

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