APR 2010


APRIL 5th, 2010

The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday April 5, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Those present included; President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members, Gauthier, Lask, Naylor and Stutzman.  Absent were Council Members Kennard and Somers and Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman.   Also present were several guests and Attorney David Cook.

Minutes of the March Budget Hearing and the regular meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman.  Motion carried.  Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman.  Motion carried. 

The floor was opened for public comment.  Phil Potter addressed the board concerning property on Millen Street that has been a blight problem for a long time.  A fire occurred on the property in October and since that time the fire marshal has sealed the property and will not allow any removal of contents of the burned home.  The property in question was the subject of a Village lawsuit prior to the fire.  Mr. Potter spoke about concerns of stray animals and rodents in the vicinity. President Jordan will contact the fire marshal and Zoning Administrator Troy Somers to see what can be done to expedite the matter.  Attorney Cook stated that currently the homeowner is in violation for not upholding his part of the court proceedings.  Cook advised that the property will be up for tax sale by the end of the month.  President Jordan stated that he will pursue the matter to see that the matter is taken care of.  In another matter about the same issue Sherry and Tom Pinder spoke about the problem with their lawn being torn up from fire trucks that were on their property during the fire.  President Jordan stated that the village will have their maintenance man put in some topsoil and reseed it for them. In other public comment, Fire chief Bob Reynolds addressed the board concerning a proposed new fire fighter for approval by the board.  Motion was made by Bonny Gauthier with support from Kristin Lask to approve Tony Escareno for a firefighter.  Motion carried.   Bob further thanked the Council Members for their support in approving money to be used to work on the new brush rig and for their help in the FEMA grant.  President Jordan thanked all who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt this year.  It was chaired by Teresa Hart and much help was given by Naomi and Phil Potter and several others. Council Members all expressed their thanks for a great job.   Joan Gonyea stated that the FEMA grant is nearing completion.  Thanks Joan for all your help!!

In old business, John Stutzman stated that he has been in contact with the board of commissioners regarding the ORV trail.  He stated that it will actually take about 5 years to complete the trail from Barton City to Mio, it is the only official trail.  He questioned what can be done to make sure that no ORVís are in the village in restricted areas.  President Jordan stated that the new signs will be put up very soon.  Bonny Gauthier stated that she hasnít heard anything more regarding docks for the swim area.  She further stated that the tree trimming for Traverse Bay St. Rd will hopefully be upcoming as soon as the crews are in the area. 

In New business, Phil Naylor stated that there are problems with dogs in the village.  Attorney Cook stated that this is a state issue and that the proper authorities need to be contacted.  Lask offered to speak to the dog owner and see if the issue can be resolved without further intervention.  Stutzman stated that he would like to have some gravel put in at the Flights of Imagination parking area to resolve the mud and tree root issues.  President Jordan stated that we currently have gravel that will be used to fix that area.  Stutzman checked into having some lighting put in at the play area.  Stutzman also checked into rubber mulch for the play area.  He got an estimate for an area that is 100 X 100 feet by 6 inches deep.  The cost would be about $60,000 to $80,000.  Jordan and Stutzman will work with Teresa Hart to see what they can do begin trying to start the process for replacement of the current wood chips and dirt. 

President Jordan stated that he would like to put out the lawn mowing for bids again.  He stated that he would like to get a 3 year contract in place.  A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman to put the lawn mowing out for bids for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.  Motion carried.  Specifications will be available following publication notice in the paper.  Bids will be opened at the next Village Council meeting held on May 3rd.  Attorney Cook stated that the bid specifications need to be tightened up in order to have bidders know exactly what the bids entail. 

President Jordan stated that the DDA has agreed to sell a piece of property to Eric Bates and also will be selling another piece of property to Richard Shepard.  A resolution to have someone to sign the necessary paperwork is needed.  Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman to pass a resolution giving authorization to Phillip Jordan to sign papers authorizing the sale of the properties from the DDA to E.S. Bates Holdings Company and Richard Shepard. The property descriptions follow:  Parcel 1: Part of Lot 10, Block 26 of the Village of Lincoln described as commencing 94.4 feet North of the Southwest corner of Lot 10; thence North 30 feet; thence East 48 feet; thence South 30 feet; thence West 48 feet to the Point of beginning, being part of the Village of Lincoln according to Liber 1 of Plats, Page 17, Alcona County Records.  Parcel 2;  Commencing at a point 64.4 feet North of the Southwest corner of Lot 10, Block 26 of the Village of Lincoln as found in Liber 1 of Plats, Page 17, Alcona County Records; thence East 48 feet; thence North 30 feet; thence West 48 feet; thence South 30 feet to the point of beginning.  Roll vote: Gauthier, Lask, Naylor, Stutzman all ayes. Absent were Kennard and Somers. Resolution passed.

Jordan has been in contact with Ron & Sue Kennard regarding the aeration of Brownlee Lake and the grant funding needed.  Public hearing regarding the grant application for this USDA grant will be held on April 29th at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  The aeration would cost approximately $88,000 with about $48,000 bring funded by the grant.  In a related matter Kennard was notified that funds are also available to fund the docks at the beach area and also for the boat launch.  The grant funds would be fundable at 55% of the cost.  Motion to pass a resolution to allow the president to sign any and all documents necessary to pursue the USDA grant application for the boat launch and swimming platform including all estimates.   Motion to pass resolution was given by Gauthier with support from Lask. Roll vote:  Gauthier, Lask, Naylor, Stutzman, all ayes.  Absent were Kennard and Somers.  Resolution passed.  President Jordan stated that the streetscape grant and building demolition grant processes are moving forward.  Letter was received from MSF regarding the Villageís possible grant application for an ICE grant to be part of the Streetscape grant process offered through the MEDC.  DDA held a meeting regarding this process earlier today.  Jordan stated that the goal is to do the streetscape along 2nd Street and eventually along Traverse Bay from 2nd to Barlow Road.  Work on the project would be done in 2011 with a 16% match.  The Village would be responsible for $40,000 and the DDA would be responsible for approximately $20,000.  Jordan and DDA members will be going to Lansing later in the month to meet with the MEDC regarding this matter.  Joan Gonyea stated that the DDA has to use their funds within the DDA district only and may help the Village cover expenses that will allow money to be freed up to cover our portion of funding.  Bathrooms at the playground area should be ready for opening by May 1st.  Jordan stated that he believes that we need to consider purchasing a new truck for use for the Village.  The village and DDA have committed $5,000 each towards vehicle replacement.  Council members would like  to revisit the issue next month.  Jordan will meet with the Treasurer and Clerk later in the month and go over figures and report back at next monthís meeting.  President Jordan stated that a service will be held on Memorial Day at 2 p.m. at the park beside the Village Hall. 

Gauthier asked about the status of the fire contracts.  To date no money has been received but it is believed that at least 3 townships will be paying following their meetings this month.  Gauthier made a motion to pay the bills as presented with support from Lask.  Motion carried.  Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support Lask.  Motion carried. 

Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk


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