The Lincoln Train Depot will be undergoing a major facelift putting the Depot back to it's original splendor. Please take a look at the site plan document and tell us what you think.
The City Council is considering regulating the length of time trailers, recreational vehicles, and other towed/hauled vehicles can remain on the public right-of-way. City staff have conducted research into how other communities handle this issue. After discussion with the City Council, the following ordinance is being considered on October 3rd. Please feel free to contact your alderman or city staff with your thoughts.
Do you have an addiction to a drug or alcohol? Do you know someone that has an addiction and needs treatment? Please contact one of the programs below to get started on rehabilitation.
If you have unused medication at home, you can bring it to the Lincoln Police Department on October 22, 2016 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM as the Lincoln Police Department will be working with the US Drug Enforcement Agency on the National Drug Take Back Program. All unused prescription medications will be taken and destroyed by the DEA. This is an anonymous program and you will not be charged with a crime for bringing any illegal narcotic to the police department.
Beginning Tuesday September 13, 2016, the Resurfacing project will get underway. The contractor will start applying oil and chip at 7:00 AM in the area between Woodlawn Rd. and 5th St. between Elm and Madison from there they will go to Connolley Rd. then move south of 5th St. and then counterclockwise around the city. No parking signs will be put up in the areas where work is to take place. Citizens should avoid parking on the streets in these areas. The oil and Chip Portion of the project is estimated to take two days.
Weather permitting the crews will begin the scarification portion of the project beginning Thursday September 15th again no parking signs will be put up to notify residents not to park on the street.
Streets will remain open unless crews are actively working. Some streets will receive a standard oil and chip application. Others will go through a scarification and regrading process. After the scarification, these streets will not be resurfaced immediately, so residents should avoid driving on them if at all possible. If they do, we recommend not exceeding 10 mph on these streets. A primer oil will be applied 18 to 24 hours before these streets are resurfaced and we highly recommend residents do not drive on these areas unless absolutely necessary. If it is unavoidable, we recommend not exceeding 5 mph. It would be very likely that oil will transfer from tires to the vehicle and it may also track onto other surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks.
If anyone decides to drive on this oil, they do so at their own risk. The City or contractors will not be responsible for any damage caused by doing so.
As always it is recommended that motorist and pedestrians alike avoid these areas if possible. If you must travel in these areas please use extreme caution.
Any questions or concerns, please contact the City of Lincoln Street Department at 217-732-4655.
The availability of parking in and around the downtown square is always a hot topic with residents, business owners, and visitors alike. The City often fields requests for more parking, increased enforcement, or both. When it comes to downtown parking, we seem to suffer from a lack of adequate parking and a perceived lack of parking due to spaces in use.
Historically, the City has taken some steps to help regulate parking and increase its availability. One step began with an intergovernmental agreement between the City and the County regulating who may park on the interior of the downtown square. Outside of a few reserved spaces for certain county officials and police parking for court purposes, other county employees are encouraged to park off the square. This agreement gave the City jurisdiction to regulate parking in that area. Additionally, the City has utilized a “two-hour” parking limit on spaces in the downtown area to give patrons enough time to enjoy shopping our downtown, but also to prevent individuals from parking in a space all day. Some customers have in the past received citations due to the two-hour limit.
As time progressed, the two-hour parking became less and less effective at regulating parking. Without a dedicated individual monitoring parking, it became inefficient for police officers to monitor vehicles and return two hours later to check if the vehicles had moved. We have also learned ways some have circumvented the parking enforcement which has exacerbated the parking problems downtown. It also has grown apparent that a large percentage of parking spaces are being occupied by vehicles which rarely leave over the course of a workday – the cars belonging to employees of various organizations downtown.
Our staff met on various occasions along with speaking with businesses and government bodies in the downtown area to come up with possible solutions. In those discussions, numerous ideas were considered including reducing/raising the hourly limit on parking, metering, eliminating restrictions, stickers/tags, hiring employees, etc. The cost effective and efficient way to police the downtown area would be designating the problem areas as “customer parking” only.
The City of Lincoln Illinois has once again earned recognition as being a Tree City USA Community. This is the 15th consecutive year our City has been recognized.
Tree City USA is a national recognition program that began in 1976 and is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters.
We will be conducting a tree dedication on Friday, April 15, 2016, at 10:30 AM. It will take place at the Southeast corner of Postville Park near the intersection of S. Washington St. and 4th St.
The Community is invited to attend the Tree City USA Dedication Ceremony.
If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Street Superintendent Walt Landers at 217-732-4655.