Over the past several weeks, the Sentinel has published several photos from area residents depicting the variety of activities that kept them busy during the governor’s stay-at-home order. Two locals used their talents, skills and education answering to needs in a pandemic “hot spot.” Christa Haesemeyer and Loren Peterson spent time at the COVID-19 “front” in New York City, using their medical skills and experience to help keep the hospitals from being overloaded.
What does the Sylvan Unified High School Class of 1937 and the Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School Class of 2020 have in common?
A public hearing was held during the regular Lincoln City Council meeting held May 11 to receive public comments regarding an application for funding under the Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation CDBG Grant program for the building located at 113 W. Lincoln Avenue. The application included improvements to the building’s exterior including tuck point/masonry work, roof repair, replacement of gutters, downspouts, exterior door, and aluminum storefront. Interior improvements cited in the application include electrical and plumbing updates including HVAC and the insulation and repair of damaged floors, walls, and ceiling. Additional activities include architectural design, construction administration, project administration and environmental review. The estimated project cost of $375,714 would be funded by the block grant request of $250,000 and a local match commitment of $125,714 to be paid by Kelly Larson, owner of Prairie State Properties, LLC. Written correspondence in opposition of the project was received from one city citizen.
The USD 298 board of education met in a special meeting Friday, May 15 to discuss personnel issues.
The Lincoln Carnegie Library is now offering curbside service on items from the library. Loans from other libraries are temporarily unavailable.
Local churches thought “outside the box” to provide worship service for their congregations while the governor’s Stay-at-home was in place. Many used technology to minister to their congregations, but the First Presbyterian Church in Sylvan Grove found a creative way to reach their membership. The church has been holding Parking Lot Services since May 10. Church goers remain in their vehicles while the worship team holds services. Above: Sylvia Ringler provides ministry during a Parking Lot Service. (Courtesy photo)
On Thursday, May 14, Governor Laura Kelly announced Phase 1.5 of the reopening process of the state. Due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in certain parts of the state, the governor opted not to move on to Phase 2 at this time. Phase 1.5 is a compromise of lifted restrictions proposed by her original plan. Phase 1.5 took effect May 18 and is scheduled to continue until May 31.
The Denmark Preservation Foundation accepted a donation of church pews from the former Wesleyan Church located on Lincoln Avenue.
The Sentinel has received inquiries regarding the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and their meetings. Many feel these meetings should be open to anyone who wants to attend.
The Board of Trustees of Lincoln County Hospital met for a special meeting Tuesday, May 5, for the purpose of further discussion of the proposed budget.