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.
It's that time of year again! In late August, the City sponsors a chalk art program for the downtown area. For $10, an individual, company, or organization gets sidewalk space, chalk, and "special chalk preserving spray" to decorate our downtown. We are always impressed with the creativity of our community's schoolchildren, artists, and want-to-be artists. This year's action takes place on Thursday, August 25th!
If you would like to participate in this year's event, click the link below, fill out the form, and return it to the Lincoln Park District along with your payment. Feel free to call with any questions to 217-735-1612.
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. Below, you can find the staff memorandum outlining some of the findings. Please feel free to contact your alderman or city staff with your thoughts.
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.
The presentation included below was presented to the Council at their meeting on April 4, 2016. The slides explain the history of Logan County's Electric Aggregation Program and summarizes some of the decision making made when electing whether or not to institute aggregation on a community-wide basis.