1 YEAR AGO March 10, 2011 – Council asks for a state audit – Letter to controller being drafted – The city of Lincoln responded to state government legislation that would eliminate redevelopment agencies by holding a special meeting half an hour prior to Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “Back in January, the governor made a proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies,” Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak said during the meeting. “Subsequently, late last week, we found out that state legislature is proposing legislature in their budget extremely similar to what the governor is proposing.” Gov. Jerry Brown could sign the bill eliminating redevelopment agencies as early as today, according to Jatczak, which means “assets of the redevelopment agency would no longer be under the control of the city of Lincoln or its redevelopment agency” and could be seized by the state. “What we’ve done here, in short, is to try to protect the assets of the city of Lincoln redevelopment agency,” Jatczak said. Those assets include properties “of high community value,” according to Jatczak, and include several parking lots and the Lincoln Youth Center, located at 291 H St. 10 YEARS AGO March 14, 2002 – Council ponders an increase in redevelopment agency funding – The Lincoln City Council is considering increasing funding for redevelopment projects. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize the consultant service of Fraser and Associates, which will prepare the documents necessary to amend the Redevelopment Agency’s Plan. “It seems to me that as a council we’re in support of the redevelopment agency in spirit, but not in action,” said Mayor Ray Sprague, as the City Council mulled over approval of an agenda item which would authorize the executive director to enter into a consultant services agreement to amend the current Redevelopment Agency Plan, raising the project’s debt limit and tax increment limit to $84,000. The Redevelopment Agency exists to focus improving designated areas of town which are in need of upgrading and rebuilding. 20 YEARS AGO March 12, 1992 – City fixes oversight – Health benefits plan never logged – City officials got lost on a paper trail recently in an effort to find out when in 1986 a resolution was passed giving city employees with 12 years of service lifetime benefits. While the resolution was reportedly approved in a closed session six years ago, only one member of the current City Council, Charles Kellar, was there. But no minutes were recorded, nor was a resolution drafted, however, beneficiaries have been receiving benefits. “At the time it was done, it was a very difficult decision. I won’t attempt to make an excuse for it,” Kellar said. Three council members were eligible for the benefits at the time, and two are still receiving them, Kellar said. “At the time, it would be only for a few people on the council,” he said. It was then decided that all city workers with 12 years tenure should get benefits. Now, 19 former employees including two former council members, receive benefits. Their families are also eligible. City Accountant Mike Fisher said currently those benefits cost about $4,600 per month. Interim City Administrator Mike Manick said the resolution should be passed “in the interest of fairness and justice.” Council member Carl Malotte said he reviewed the matter and is “satisfied it was a legal action,” but “not sure if it was implemented properly.” He recommended the council meet in closed session to review the action. Council member Stan Nader said he “doesn’t fully approve” of the action and also called for future discussion in a closed session. The resolution was unanimously approved. 50 YEARS AGO March 15, 1962 – City Takes First Step On Annexation – Swimming Pool Committee Tells Construction Needs – The first legal step was taken Tuesday evening by members of the city council in passing a resolution consenting to the commencement of proceedings for the annexation of an area of some 115 acres to the Northeast of the City of Lincoln. Designated as the Northeastern Annex, the area is considered inhabited for annexation purposes and therefore an election will be necessary. The move to annex the area originated from some 13 residents of the area who submitted a petition to the city council. The proposed annexation subsequently received the approval of the Lincoln Planning commission and the Placer county boundary commission. 75 YEARS AGO March 18, 1937 – Ed’s Slants On The Day’s News – Here’s a new one – a dog barber shop and manicuring establishment where owners of favorite “pooches” may have their whiskers trimmed, their eyebrows plucked and their toe nails trimmed and painted to match the mails of their masters if so desired. A parking service also can be had – you may take your “hound” there and leave him or you may arrange for a roll in the park for him, accompanied by a competent attendant – all these services can be had at approximately the same price of ordinary barber shop and nursery charges. It’s wonderful how times and customs are improving. One thing, the dog shop will not interfere with the nurseries, as woman with children don’t have time to fool with dogs, and women dog fanciers don’t usually have children. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that entries appear as originally published.