Council to honor fallen officer with street sign

Four city jobs reclassified
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Lincoln City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night new street signs for Schellbach Drive to better recognize and honor a Lincoln Police Department member killed in the line of duty Dec. 12, 1971.

Leslie “Les” Schellbach was killed on Moore Road by one of three men who had robbed a market and shot a fellow, off-duty officer. Schellbach was 31. A street in the Country Meadows neighborhood, adjacent to Joiner Park, is named after Officer Schellbach.

The new signs for Schellbach Drive will be larger than standard Lincoln street signs and will include a pictograph of the Lincoln Police Department badge.

Lincoln Police Chief Doug Lee requested the new street signs.

“Most of the people on the street probably don’t know the history of the street name,” Lee said. “Also, a lot of people park on Schellbach Drive to visit Joiner Park.”

Lincoln resident Richard Moore, a Lincoln Parks and Recreation Committee member and retired city of Atherton police chief, supports the new street signs. Moore parks on the street when he monitors Joiner Park.

“I look at that sign every time and ask myself ‘how many people know why the street is named after that officer,’” Moore said. “This will not only be educational but will send a clear message we will never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Reclassified positions

Four city employee classifications were unanimously reclassified Tuesday night by the Lincoln City Council and the rate of pay for one position was changed.

A police sergeant position was changed to lieutenant; an account payable specialist was changed to administrative analyst II; a seasonal office assistant I was changed to permanent office assistant I; and a senior administrative analyst was changed to budget manager. The pay scale for customer service supervisor was raised and the classification budget manager was established.

Lincoln human resources manager Veronica Rodriguez said responsibilities of the police department’s administrative sergeant have “expanded dramatically.”

“The highest-ranking position below the chief of police right now is a sergeant,” Rodriguez said. “The lieutenant assumes command of the department when the chief is absent and the lieutenant does not accrue overtime.”

Rodriguez said the account payable specialist has been at the job 15 years and her duties are much more analytical than technical.

“Several times, she has saved the city money, including an extensive review of PG&E bills and a bill dispute with (the California Department of Transportation),” Rodriguez said. “Her skills and institutional knowledge have increased over the years. The senior administrative analyst has performed the budget work for the entire city.”

Reclassifying the engineering department’s seasonal office assistant would reduce the department’s reliance on contract project managers, who bill as much as $175 per hour, according to city engineer Ray Leftwich.

Storm sewer lines

City Council approved a $44,444 contract with Omni Pipelines, Inc. to repair failing storm sewer lines. A culvert located on N Street, between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, has failed, according to Leftwich.

Oak tree properties

Lincoln Public Services director Jennifer Hanson was designated by the council to serve as the city’s negotiator for the possible purchase of two parcels along the Auburn Ravine. Councilman Paul Joiner recused himself from the item’s discussion because his family owns one of the parcels.

Hanson said money for the potential purchase would come from the city’s Oak Tree Mitigation Fund. The two parcels combined have more than 300 “high value” oak trees, according to Hanson.

“The intent of the purchase is the preservation of the oak trees indefinitely and the planting of more oak trees,” Hanson said. “Also, there is the possibility of passive recreation activities.”

Final meeting for two councilmen

It was the final full meeting for Mayor Stan Nader and Councilman Gabriel Hydrick. Neither Nader nor Hydrick ran for re-election. The two will attend the Dec. 11 meeting where newly elected Councilwomen Alyssa Silhi and Holly Woods-Andreatta will be sworn in. A second November council meeting is not scheduled.

Nader said he is concluding his 23rd year of public service.

“I thank the citizens of Lincoln for allowing me to serve. It is truly an honor,” Nader said. “I take this job very seriously. My wife is looking forward to me spending more time with her.”