Lincoln Requires Licensing Of Utility Vehicles

Homer May
County Reporter
 Under old business, Monday eve July 9, Lincoln Alderpersons approved an ordinance which requires licensing of utility vehicles operated on City streets, plus proof of insurance. Annual fee is set at $15.00. Golf carts are exempted from licensing but will be required to meet certain safety standards. 
 The meeting opened at 6 PM July 9, with Alderpersons Janice Swearngin, Katie Hollis, Glen Nelson, and Phil Fisher present. Mayor John King presided; City Clerk Ruth Eckhoff recorded. First business conducted was approval of the evening’s agenda and minutes of the June meeting, then agreement to pay bills presented.
Visitor Leland Nehr, with MECO Engineering, then provided an update on the City’s wastewater treatment plan and collection project. He said Midwest Drain & Sewer, which had originally bid the job to photograph and clean City sewer lines, at $68,194.80, found that fewer   lines than expected needed cleaning. The firm accordingly reduced its bid to $56,382.88, a savings of nearly $12,000. Alderpersons agreed to the change, and will pay the firm upon receipt of its report and bill.
Also under old business, the group adopted an ordinance related to vicious dogs, providing guidance to owners of such dogs re leashing and caging of those animals. They also appointed Aldermen Nelson to Streets and Water and Sewer Boards, and Fisher to Streets Board. Alderwoman Swearngin was reappointed as Mayor pro-tem.
City Police Chief Bobby Greene reported that his Department had purchased a 2016 Ford Explorer for $19,500, to be ready for service soon. He added that his officers have received new personal radios, and he spoke of a need for a shooting range, for those officers. Public Works Director Dustin Koll said PW did a lot of mowing in preparation for July 4 festivities, adding that the City will retain the recently retired Police Chief’s service vehicle for City use. City Clerk Eckhoff reported that an electronics recycling event held in June netted 4,200 lbs. of electronics material. Rock Island Recycling, which hosted the event, hopes to be back in 2019. She added the City recently received a $400 donation to purchase an AED, from the sponsors of a Warsaw golf tournament promoting those life saving devices.  
In late session, Alderwoman Swearngin reported she attended a recent meeting on the county’s bike trails, which also extend to a total of seven counties, and suggested the City needs to be involved. Rick Renno and Steve Wright were thanked for their work on July 4 fireworks festivities.
The session closed at about 7:12 PM to go into executive session. These meetings are usually held on 2nd Monday eves; visitors are welcome.