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City of Lincoln City Council met February 18

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Mar 26, 2020

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City of Lincoln City Council met Feb. 18.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

The Regular Meeting of the City Council of Lincoln was called to order by Mayor Seth Goodman at 7:03 p.m.,with proper notice given. Deputy City Clerk Julie Landers called roll.

PRESENT:

Alderman Tracy Welch, Ward 1

Alderman Steve Parrott, Ward 1

Alderman Colby Leith, Ward 2

Alderman Sam Downs, Ward 2

Alderman Ron Keller, Ward 3

Alderman Kathy Horn, Ward 4

Jeff Hoinacki, Ward 4 Alderman

STAFF PRESENT:

City Administrator Elizabeth Kavelman

City Attorney John Hoblit

Deputy City Clerk Julie Landers

Treasurer Chuck Conzo

Recording Secretary Alex Williams

Fire Chief Bob Dunovsky

Police Chief Paul Adams

Building and Safety Officer Wes Woodhall

Veolia Water Project Manager Andrew Bowns

ABSENT:

Streets Superintendent Walt Landers

City Clerk Peggy Bateman

Alderman Kevin Bateman, Ward 3

PRESIDING:

Mayor Seth Goodman

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mayor Goodman called upon citizens registered to speak. Elijah Hewitt and Baylee Young came forward to represent Dancing through the Decades - Leaping Back to the 20th Century (Land of Lincoln CEO Business). Miss Young explained that the program helps people learn how to start a business.

She shared information about an event taking place on February 29, at 5:30 p.m.at the Knights of Columbus. Information is available on Eventbrite.com. Tickets are $45.

Mr. Hewitt explained that the program helps provide funds for their personal businesses, helps build life skills and more. Treasurer Conzo said it looked like a good time. Alderman Parrott asked about the time. There being no further public participation, Mayor Goodman moved onto other agenda items.

Consent Agenda by Omnibus Vote:

A. Payment of Bills

B. Approval of minutes December 16, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting, January 21, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting,February 11, 2020 Special Voting Sess on,February 11,2020 Committee of the Whole Meeting

C. Request from the Lincoln Park District to permit the closing of various city streets for a "5K Run" in conjunction with the Pigs & Swigs Festival on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. until its conclusion

D. Request from the VFW Post #1756 to permit the use of Postville Park for the 2020 Route 66

Garage Sale from Friday, June 12, 2020 through Sunday, June 14, 2020

Alderman Welch motioned to approve, seconded by Alderman Horn.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Colby Leith,Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain:(0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda. Ordinance and Resolution:

A. Resolution adopting Amendment No.1 to the Working Budget for F. 2019-2020

Alderman Keller motioned to approve, seconded by Alderman Welch. Deputy City Clerk Julie Landers called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Colby Leith, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0) Abstain:(0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

B. Resolution proclaiming support for the Referendum for the Restoration of the Historic Logan County Courthouse at the Primary Election March 17, 2020

Alderman Parrott motioned to approve, seconded by Alderman Downs. Deputy City Clerk Julie Landers called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Colby Leith, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki,Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0) Abstain:(0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

C. Ordinance amending Section 1-20-7 of the City code pertaining to the duties and responsibilities of the City Administrator

Alderman Hoinacki motioned to approve,seconded by Alderman Hom.Alderman Keller began to talk about his review of the ordinance - the language spoke to the supervisory role.and the language about the City Administrator sharing her voice that she was concerned about the removal of language pertaining to supervision. Mr. Keller said perhaps in the therefore portion, number II, he mentioned adding that the language might mention something regarding, "Keeping apprised."

Alderman Welch said he did not have any issues with the current language or the amendment. Alderman Welch made a motion to use the amended language. City Attorney John Hoblit asked questions about the personnel section.and the language that would go into the city code. He said the language would need to be added. Alderman Keller asked where it would fall.Alderman Keller thought it would still fall under Number I. Exhibit A - 1-20-?A General Duties.

Alderman Welch withdrew his amended motion. Aldermen Hoinacki and Horn rescinded their motion and seconds.

Alderman Keller then made a motion to approve the updated language regarding the duties. Mr. Hoblit mentioned adding a new subsection AB-1-20-7 about the city administrator having the right to attend meetings pertaining to city business. Mr. Hoblit said it was up to the council - however, they wanted to phrase it. He said it would require one of the council members to define the language and make the amendment. Alderman Welch said as much as he did not want to push the topic - he thought it might be best to table It and allow the city attorney to put the language in there as he saw fit. He felt more comfortable with this.

Alderman Hoinacki made a motion to table item 6C, seconded by Alderman Keller.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Colby Leith, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain:(0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

REPORTS:

A.City Treasurer's Report January,2020

Treasurer Conzo shared the monthly treasurer's reports and knowledge of balances - he said he would cover the tax receipts and revenue streams received during the past month. He referenced the fire and police pension funds and their continued growth - of more than $10,000,000. He said there is legislation that has been passed and signed into law regarding the consolidation of pension funds around the state with the exception of the City of Chicago.

He said the way this will work is there will be a phase in period on this. He said one of the first things that will happen is that the Department of Insurance will perform audits on all the funds being consolidated. There are hundreds of these funds in Illinois. He said that would be the first phase.

He said local pension boards will still exist. He then referenced the Sales Tax, and an increase in the sales tax and State Use Tax receipts for the month of January - and being ahead of where the city was last year. He said he would inquire with the state about the Non-Home Rule Sales Tax. He also talked about the State Use Tax and the State Income Tax. He then moved to the Utility Tax, saying it was down by about $18,000. He said the city is down year-to-date by around $127K. He mentioned the closures of the bottle factory and Kroger.

He then briefly discussed the Video Gaming Tax and the potential to go over $100,000 since the fund was created in 2012.He called it a significant contribution.He then pointed out that the Telecommunications Tax used to be $20,000 to $22,000 per month, however, it has gone down in recent years.

Alderman Keller asked how the city was regarding pensions as we approached closer to the budget process. Mr. Conzo said the city has been following the practice for years now. He said he would like to see an increase by about $25,000 per fund.He said even though the state is going to consolidate it. he said there won't be any room for underfunding.

B.City Clerk's Report for January,2020

January sewer payments were received in the amount of $581,437.11 and both State of Illinois prisons paid bills totaling $123,316.15.

C. Department Head Reports for January,2020 These reports are either on file or will be shortly.

New Business/Communications:

A. Approval of $3,500.00 pledge of support for the Mission Lincoln 2021, Home Repair Work Camp Project during F.Y. 2020-2021

Alderman Welch made a motion,seconded by Alderman Horn.Alderman Keller wanted to share that the funds are not going into the churches account. Deputy City Clerk Julie Landers called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Colby Leith, Alderman Sam Downs,Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0) Abstain:(0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

B.Approval of application for grant from the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP) to Fund 75% of a Police Officer's salary and benefits for the purpose of investigating violent crimes

Alderman Hoinacki made a motion, seconded by Alderman Keller.Alderman Parrott asked about the 75% and the city being responsible for the other 25%. The grant would be for three years - then thereafter the city would need to pick up the full costs of having another officer - according to Police Chief Paul Adams. Deputy City Clerk Julie Landers called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Colby Leith,Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0) Abstain:(0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

C.Approval of franchise agreement between Comcast and the City of Lincoln

Alderman Welch made a motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Hoinacki.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott, Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Colby Leith, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0) Abstain:(0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

A representative from Comcast came forward and said she thought all the issues were addressed. She mentioned the term and the concern about it, saying Comcast did compromise ona four-year term.She said she appreciated everyone's time. Treasurer Conzo mentioned informational sheets that Comcast used to hand out. He said now the company does not do this anymore. He mentioned the idea of sharing the information on a website or asked if there was a printed version. He wanted to know how the public would be able to see the channel lineups.

She said the information should be on the Comcast website. Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

D. Approval of invoice from the Union Pacific Railroad (U.P.R.R.)in the amount of $3,637.68

City Administrator Kavelman said the City Clerk added things up with the invoices at hand and they did not add up correctly, she said they were changing how they are contracting out the jobs. She said the $807.53 goes to UPRR.

Alderman Hoinacki asked if they needed two different motions, as there are two different checks. Alderman Welch wanted some clarification, he looked at the document saying all the labor adds up to one amount and then there is a section called, "Overhead." He asked what this fee was for and what was the, "Fixed," fee for. Mrs. Kavelman said the city could see more clarification as these were already decided upon under former City Administrator Clay Johnson.She said these fees were from several years back. She mentioned adding them all together..they were from around 2013. Alderman Welch said if the councildid not have any clarification of what the fees were for.than he would be a, "No vote, tonight."

Alderman Welch made a motion to table the item, seconded by Alderman Keller. Mayor Goodman called for further discussion, there being none, Deputy City Clerk Julie Landers called roll.

Yeas: (7) Alderman Steve Parrott,Alderman Tracy Welch, Alderman Colby Leith, Alderman Sam Downs, Alderman Ron Keller, Alderman Jeff Hoinacki, Alderman Kathy Horn

Nays: (0)

Abstain:(0)

Absent: (1) Alderman Kevin Bateman

Mayor Goodman moved to other items on the agenda.

Announcements:

Mayor Goodman asked if anyone had any announcements.

Alderman Horn made an announcement about the success of a local basketball

Alderman Welch thanked the Lincoln City Fire Department for their efforts in fighting and containing a fire on 8th

City Fire Chief Bob Dunovsky thanked various crews for their

Comcast is offering Xfinity

Mayor Goodman said the Lincoln Community High School's drill team (The Railettes) won a recent pop porn competition,it's the first time in history.

Mayor Seth Goodman would be out next Alderman Welch will be serving as Mayor pro tempore.

ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further discussion to come before the City Council of Lincoln, Alderman Keller motioned to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Parrott. Roll call was taken.

PRESENT:

Alderman Tracy Welch Alderman Steve Parrott Alderman Colby Leith Alderman Sam Downs Alderman Ron Keller Alderman Kathy Horn Alderman Jeff Hoinacki

ABSENT:

Alderman Kevin Bateman

Mayor Goodman adjourned the meeting at 7:42 p.m.

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