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Attention Customers,

We have been notified by several of our customers lately that calls have been coming in about Ameren accounts.  We have been told that the callers claim to be contractors or representatives of Ameren and they need to discuss your accounts.  Ameren does not use contractors for this type of work and Ameren will not call the customer to confirm details on an account.  These calls are scams.  The caller is looking to get your account numbers so they can switch your supply contract.  We have also been told that these calls are coming from different numbers each time.  Please be aware not to give our account number over the phone, please make sure you know who you are doing business with.  The rates being offered by these callers can be 45% higher than current rates and will involve fees from your current supplier.  

We want to make sure that our customers are informed with what tactics are being used in the market right now and be prepared how to handle these calls.  If you prefer not to handle these calls feel free to give them our number to call and we can handle it for you.  

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Thank you,

Justin Cheger
VP Operations


A "solicitor" is defined as a canvasser, peddler, salesman or any other person, either as principal or agent, whether a resident of the City or not, traveling from house to house, or to any other place in the City, soliciting, taking or attempting to take orders for the sale of goods, wares, merchandise or personal property of any nature whatsoever for future delivery, or for services to be furnished or performed in the future, whether or not such individual has, carries, or exposes for sale a sample of the subject of the sale, or he or she is collecting advance payments on such sales or not; provided, that such definition shall include any person, who for himself or another, hires, leases, uses or occupies any building, structure, tent, vehicle, hotel room, apartment, shop or any other place within the City for the sole purpose of exhibiting samples and taking orders for future delivery.

Solicitors shall only operate within the City of Lincoln between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Before engaging in such business in the City, a solicitor shall obtain a license for himself and for each of his associates or assistants, if any, so engaged. Any person meeting this definition that solicits on behalf of any civic, charitable, and/or nonprofit group shall not be defined as a solicitor nor be required to obtain a license for the same.

Licensed Solicitors
Below is a list of solicitors that currently possess a license to solicit in the City of Lincoln.

 Company  Name


 Schwans  Kevin Corbin  5/1/2024 - 4/30/2025
 Sunrun (Solar Panels)

 Mark Winston

AAAmerican Environmental Pest Services  Alan Daggett 4/29/2024 - 10/29/2024
Smarthome Pros 26 Individuals PULLED EFF. 5/9/2024

It is unlawful to solicit within the city limits without a valid license. If a solicitor comes to your door that you feel may not possess a valid license, please call the Lincoln Police Department Non-Emergency number at 217-732-2151.

Chapter 3-10 Solicitors of City Code

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Program Benefits

  1. 50% of the total replacement cost up to $5,000 for a total replacement from a new or reused tap, of applicable material, to the foundation.
  2. The program will be funded during the normal budgeting process.
  3. The program will operate on the City's annual budget timeline of May 1st to April 30th, yearly.
  4. The program will operate on a first come first serve basis.
  5. If the budgeted amount for this program is exhausted in any given year, no additional rebate requests will be granted until the following budget year.
  6. All rebate requests received after the budgeted amount is exhausted in a given year will not be eligible for participation the following year for work completed in any prior years, excepting a one month carve out for work completed in April of any given year, and rebate request submittal in the May following the April of the prior budget year.


Program Requirements/Stipulations

  1. All applicable City ordinances must be followed for the lateral replacement including, but not limited to, backfill requirements, street break permits, dirt break permits, and sewer permits.
  2. Only 1 rebate shall be granted per property within a 20-year time period.
  3. You are required to solicit 3 bids from contractors. The scope/work of each estimate must be similar in scope3. In the event 3 bids are solicited, but not received, you may provide written documentation of the attempt to solicit the missing bid. In no case shall a rebate be granted with only 1 estimate received.
  4. You are required to replace the existing lateral with one of the following materials:
    1. SCH 40 or greater PVC
    2. SDR 35 or greater PVC
    3. All other materials must have written prior approval, before use, from the Sewer Department. Please call the Sewer Department at 217-732-4030 to discuss.
  5. If an existing lateral has a portion; which has already been replaced with one of the 2 above materials, and the plumber feels that the section is able to be reused, it may. The final product must be of the listed materials above from the foundation to the tap, including the tap.
  6. The homeowner shall provide the following with their rebate request form:
    1. The 3 estimates offered to the homeowner
    2. Total linear feet from foundation to tap
    3. Size of the line
    4. Construction materials
    5. Pictures of the new install before backfill from the tap to the foundation
    6. Rough drawing of the installation on an aerial map
    7. Cancelled check or other acceptable means of proof that the work performed is paid in full.
  7. The property participating in the program must have an individual lateral from foundation to tap: with no other property tied into it.
  8. The work must be completed in the budget year that the rebate request is received. Assuming funds are still available, a grace period of 1 month extending through May of the following budget year, rebate requests will be accepted for the prior year.
  9. Only the property owner may request a rebate
  10. Only property owners will no outstanding balances/debt/judgement with the City of Lincoln are eligible for rebate requests. If an owner ha an outstanding balance/debt/judgement to the City, it shall be City Council discretion that approves or denies their request. This must be presented during public participation on the first Committee of the Whole meeting after submission of the rebate request.
  11. A "Residential Sewer Rebate Request" form must be submitted by the property owner with all required data and attachments to be granted a rebate.


adobe pdf icon Residential Sewer Rebate Request Form

Once again, the City of Lincoln went out for bid to lock in the lowest rate possible for the citizens of Lincoln.  Please review the following video explaining the program and what you will need to do depending on your current situation.  If you have any questions please contact your Alderman or the Mayor.



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