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REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Monday, May 6, 2024

 

The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Welch at 6:02pm, with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

 

Present:

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

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Ty Johnson, Fire Chief

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Joe Meister, Police Chief

Chuck Conzo, City Treasurer

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager

 

Absent:

Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Ward 1


Presiding:

Tracy Welch, Mayor

 

Public Comment:

There was no one present or on the phone for public comment.

Oath of Office: Daniel Carr promotion to Sergeant

 

Christy Fruge - DARE

Christy shared how the DARE program works and answered questions from the Council.

 

Consent Agenda by Omnibus Vote:
A. Payment of Bills

B. Approval of minutes for April 1, 2024 Regular City Council Meeting, April 15, 2024 Regular City Council Meeting, April 15, 2024 Special Committee of the Whole Meeting, April 23, 2024 Public Hearing – Budget Meeting, April 23, 2024 Special Voting Meeting.  

C. Approval of Request from the Logan Railsplitter Antique Car Club to permit the closing of the 100 Block of South Kickapoo Street on Saturday, May 25, 2024, Saturday, June 22, 2024, Saturday, July 27, 2024m Saturday, August 31, 2024, and September 28, 2024, from 8am until 11am for the “Cars and Coffee Meetings”

D. Approval of Request from the Lincoln Park District to permit the closing of various City Streets on Thursday, July 4, 2024 from 9am until 11am for the Fourth of July Children Parade

E.  Approval of Request from Spirited Republic to permit the opening time to be 10am (One-hour early) on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Alderwoman O’Donoghue made the motion to approve, Alderman Sanders seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

 

Ordinances and Resolutions:

A. Ordinance 4-12 of the Lincoln City code titled “Solar Regulations”

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

B. Resolution to Allocate Cannabis Sales tax.

Alderwoman O’Donoghue made the motion to approve, Alderman Parrott seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion.

Alderman Bateman made an amendment to allocate 90% to Police and Fire pensions and 10% to the Lincoln Dare program, Alderwoman O’Donoghue seconded.

Alderman Downs, Eimer and City Clerk Conzo feels the allocation should be 95/5 due to being so behind on the pensions.

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

Yeas: (4) Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (3) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Craig Eimer

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

City Clerk Bateman called roll on the item as amended. 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

 

New Business/Communications:
A.  Approval of the Mayoral re-appointment of Eric Egnew to the Fire and Police Commission for a three-year term.

Alderwoman O’Donoghue made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Rohlfs seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll. 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

 

B.  Approval of the Mayoral appointment of Jonette “Jonie” Tibbs to the Economic Development Commission.

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

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (1) Alderman Craig Eimer

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

C. Approval of the Mayoral appointment of Craig Eimer to the Economic Development Commission.

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

Yeas: (2) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Craig Eimer,

Nays: (5) Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

D. Approval of the Mayoral appointment of Tony Zurkammer to the Liquor Commission.

Alderwoman O’Donoghue made the motion to approve, Alderwoman Rohlfs seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll. 

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (1) Alderman Craig Eimer

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

E. Approval of the donation of $5000.00 to the Lincoln Park District for the July 4, 2024 Fireworks Display.

Alderman Parrott 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 Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen 

 

F. Approval of Economic Development Grant to QWE, Inc. Greg Patel at 201 Madigan Dr. for entry door replacement in an amount not to exceed $7500.00.

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

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

G. Approval of Economic Development Grant to Small Town Creations at 115 S. Kickapoo Street for three (3) replacement windows in an amount not to exceed $7450.00.

Alderwoman O’Donoghue made the motion to approve, Alderman Sanders seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll. 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

H. Approval of Economic Development Grant to Prairie Land Title Company Inc at 507 Pulaski Street for roof replacement in an amount not to exceed $7500.00.

Alderwoman Rohlfs made the motion to approve, Alderwoman O’Donoghue seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll. 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

I. Approval of Economic Development Grant to Lincoln Community Theatre at 410 Broadway Street for tuck pointing in an amount not to exceed $7500.00.

Alderwoman Rohlfs made the motion to approve, Alderwoman O’Donoghue seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll. 

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

J. Approval of Economic Development Grant to Scott Mack & Infiniti Real Estate LLC at 714 Keokuk Street for roof replacement in an amount not to exceed $6840.00

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

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

K. Approval of Economic Development Grant to Scott Mack & Infiniti Real Estate LLC at 702-708 Keokuk Street for roof replacement in an amount not to exceed $7500.00.

Alderwoman O’Donoghue made the motion to approve, Alderman Sanders seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll. 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

L. Approval of Façade Grant to Small Town Creations at 115 S. Kickapoo Street for tuck pointing & Brick Repair in an amount not to exceed $4150.00.

Alderman Sanders 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 Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

M. Approval of Façade Grant to ACME 007 LLC at 401 Broadway Street for tuck pointing & brick repair in an amount not to exceed $8500.00.

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

 

Yeas: (6) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (1) Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

N. Approval of Façade Grant to Hild Brother’s Construction & Remodeling LLC at 118 N. McLean Street for exterior repairs. Window & door replacement in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00

Alderwoman O’Donoghue made the motion to approve, Alderman Sanders seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll. 

 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

O. Approval of funding agreement between the City of Lincoln and the Logan County Regional Planning FY 2024/2025.

Mayor Welch wanted to bring up that there is a clause at the bottom of this agreement that this agreement will renew automatically unless written notice of cancelation is given in writing 30 days prior to the end of the agreement. 

Alderwoman O’Donoghue 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 Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

P. Approval of Contract for Legal Services between John Hoblit, Esq and the City of Lincoln for a period of four (4) years.

Alderman Sanders 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 Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (1) Alderwoman Robin McClallen

 

 

Announcements:

·         Alderman Bateman brought up that there is a need of tuck pointing and brick repair for City Hall.

·         Alderman Parrott asked and received updates on the City Hall Roof and the Juvenile Justice property

·         Humane Society fundraiser breakfast at American Legion

·         Update on Logan CC: The recommendation from COGFA is to close the Logan CC facility and move it to Stateville.  The COGFA group is required by law to have a public hearing, that date has not been set yet.  There will be an online town hall meeting on Facebook on May 15 at 6:30pm. You can buy a Save Logan sign for $10 at Lincoln Printers.  The current plan will be to keep Logan operational for 3-5 years until a new facility is built in Stateville.

·         Mayor Welch thanked everyone for their work that were involved with the parks.

·         Update on Mural: The painter is having some health problems so it is going a little slower but he is making progress.

·         Alderman Parrott and Alice Roate is meeting with the Route 66 centennial group tomorrow.

·         The courthouse beams will be coming down soon.

·         3rd Friday is on May 17th   

Adjournment:

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Downs motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Parrott. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 7:25 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

PUBLIC HEARING – BUDGET RESOLUTION FY24/25

Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Monday, April 23, 2024

 

The Public Hearing with the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 6:03p.m., with proper notice given.

Present:

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

Matt Comstock, Assistant Police Chief

Ty Johnson, Asst. Fire Chief

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Official

Andrew Bowns, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Veolia Water

 

Absent:


Joe Meister, Police Chief

Presiding:

Mayor Tracy Welch

 

Public Participation:

There was no one present to speak for public participation.

Budget Resolution FY 2024-2025

There were not comments on the FY 24/25 Budget. 

Adjournment:

Alderman Parrott made the motion to adjourn, Alderman Downs seconded. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 6:04pm. 

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

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.

 

Present:

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

Absent:

Joe Meister, Police Chief

 

Presiding:

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.

Announcements:

  • 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.

 

Adjournment:

 

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

SPECIAL VOTING MEETING– CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

 

The Special Voting Meeting with the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Tracy Welch at 6:07p.m., with proper notice given.

Present:

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 Rohlfs, Ward 3

Alderman Craig Eimer, Ward 4

Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Ward 4

Staff Present:

Peggy Bateman, City Clerk

Chuck Conzo, Treasurer

John Hoblit, City Attorney

Walt Landers, Street Superintendent

Ty Johnson, Fire Chief

Matt Comstock, Assistant Police Chief

Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Andrew Bowns, Project Manager Veolia Water

Absent:

Joe Meister, Police Chief

Presiding:

Mayor Tracy Welch

 

 

Public Participation:

There was no one present to speak for public participation.

Approval of Budget Resolution FY 2024-2025

There needs to possibly be one change to the line for Contractual Services – Legal.  Currently the budgeted increase is for 4% and Treasurer Conzo suggests changing that increase to 5%. 

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

There is an agenda item in the COW that will vote on this increase.  The contract showing the increases over the next three years (5%, 4% & 4%) was not provided to the budget committee in time for budget discussions.  Alderman Bateman feels that if the contract was requested and it was not received in time, then the increases should stay 4%, 4% & 4%.

Alderman Downs made the motion to amend the item to include the 1% increase, Alderman Eimer seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called roll on the amendment. 

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman David Sanders, Alderwoman Robin McClallen

Nays: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

City Clerk Bateman called roll on the item as amended. 

Yeas: (8) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman David Sanders, Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Alderman Kevin Bateman

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

Adjournment:

 

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Downs motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Eimer. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 6:22p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Lincoln City Hall, Council Chambers

700 Broadway Street | Lincoln, Illinois

Monday, April 15, 2024

 

The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Welch at 6:01pm, with proper notice given. City Clerk Peggy Bateman called roll.

 

Present:

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

Ty Johnson, Fire Chief

Walt Landers, Streets Superintendent

Joe Meister, Police Chief

Andrew Bowns, Veolia Water, Project Manager


Wes Woodhall, Building and Safety Officer

Presiding:

Tracy Welch, Mayor

 

Public Comment:

 

Consent Agenda by Omnibus Vote:
A. Payment of Bills

B. Approval of minutes for March 4, 2024 Regular City Council Meeting, March 12, 2024 Committee of the Whole Meeting, March 18, 2024 Regular City Council Meeting. 

C.  Approval of request from Lincoln Community High School to close various City streets for the Lincoln Community High School Senior Parade on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 5pm until its conclusion and to provide police escort.

D.  Approval of request from the Lincoln Park District to close various City streets for the 5k Run on Saturday, August 24, 2024 from 5am – 9:30pm.

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

Alderman Downs made a motion to change item D to show the correct ending time to 9:30am.  Alderman Parrott seconded.  City Clerk Bateman called roll on the amendment.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Steve Parrott

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

City Clerk Bateman called roll on the item as amended. 

Yeas: (8) Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Steve Parrott

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

Mayor Welch moved to other items on the agenda.

 

Ordinances and Resolutions

A.  Resolution #2024-491 approving the content of certain executive session meeting minutes of the City Council of the City of Lincoln.

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

Yeas: (8) Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Steve Parrott

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

B.  Resolution #2024-492 authorizing the Mayor to approve an Inter-Governmental Agreement regarding Maintenance of City Parks between the Lincoln Park District and the City of Lincoln.

Alderwoman O’Donoghue made the motion to approve, Alderman Sanders seconded.  Mayor Welch called for discussion, there being none, City Clerk Bateman called the roll.

Yeas: (8) Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Steve Parrott

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

Reports

A. City Treasurer’s Report for March 2024

General Fund balance is down from February

Police Pension did well and is up, Fire Pension did not do as well.

Municipal Sales Tax down about $30,000 from last year

Non Home Rule Sales tax fell a bit as well

Income Tax was up again

Motor Fuel Tax stays the same

Video Gaming down from February

B. City Clerk’s Report for March 2024

$393,152.56 was received in Sewer Payments.  $41,346.64 was received from both prisons

C. Department Head Reports for March 2024

These reports are either on file or will be soon.

 

New Business/Communications:
A.  Approval of Mayoral Proclamation #2024-493 for the 2024 Arbor Day Celebration.

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

Yeas: (8) Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Steve Parrott

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

B.  Approval of the purchase of replacement bearing and seals from Jim Myers and Sons Grit Classifier Repair Parts in an amount not to exceed $7,000.00.

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

Yeas: (8) Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Steve Parrott

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

C.  Approval of the replacement of Industrial Methane and Hydrogen Sulfide Sensors and Meters from Corro-Tech C-T Industrial Products in an amount not to exceed $9,887.00.

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

Yeas: (8) Alderman Sam Downs, Alderwoman Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Alderman Kevin Bateman, Alderwoman Robin McClallen, Alderwoman Rhonda O’Donoghue, Alderman David Sanders, Alderman Craig Eimer, Alderman Steve Parrott

Nays: (0)

Abstain: (0)

Absent: (0)

 

 

Announcements:

·         Ribbon cutting at the J&M Meat Market and Lincolnland Trade Show

 

Adjournment:

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Downs motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Eimer. Mayor Welch adjourned the meeting at 6:17 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted By:

Charity Hutchison, Recording Secretary

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