Why has Hamann Lane been neglected?

Hamann Lane between 12th and 18th streets is split between two local governments — the city of Quincy and Riverside Township. It currently is not slated for resurfacing, but that could change if the city moves forward with a bond-funded infrastructure program. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 20, 2019 12:01 am

My husband and I were looking at homes for sale in Quincy the other afternoon and we happened upon Hamann Lane. The house was nice, as were other homes on that street, but the street looked like a back alley and rode like the railroad tracks. I know there have been some recent expenditure difficulties in the budget but the next street, Koetters Lane, is newly surfaced and wonderful. Why has Hamann Lane been so neglected?

Right now, Hamann Lane between 12th and 18th streets is not slated for resurfacing.

Jeffrey Conte, director of utilities and engineering for the city of Quincy, said Hamann Lane resurfacing isn't in the lineup right now, but that could change with the city considering selling bonds for an infrastructure program.

"Unless this capital infrastructure (plan) goes through and the 1st Ward wants that to be done, it's not on a list right now," Conte said.

Currently, Highland Lane, just to the south, is set to be resurfaced, along with storm sewer extension work.

One issue with Hamann Lane is that properties along it are split between the city of Quincy and Riverside Township jurisdiction.

In these cases, one of the government bodies will have to take the lead on the project.

Adams County Engineer Jim Frankenhoff said this was case when North 18th was resurfaced between Weiss and Koch's lanes, as well as the Weiss Lane resurfacing.

"The road district initiated those, and then the city participated in a combined contract," he said.

Does the pond at Baldwin School serve any purpose?

The pond, which is spring-fed, serves as a retention pond and it holds water year-round.

A previous Answers column discussed the pond, which predates the school.

The site was previously home to Baldwin Park. Hot-air balloon pioneer Thomas S. Baldwin bought the former Singleton Park in September for $18,000.

In a January 1973 article in The Herald-Whig, Quincy historian Carl Landrum wrote that Baldwin started to remodel the 32-acre property "making it a place for all kinds of athletic and outdoor sports, including a ballground, racetrack with stables and a bicycle course and resort hotel."

It opened in 1892.

In 1952, the Quincy School Board developed plans to build a new high school on the former Baldwin Park site. The remaining buildings were demolished and the new school opened in 1957, with an addition completed in 1964.

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