The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday April 4,
2011 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. Meeting
opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Those in attendance included; President
Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members Gauthier, Healy,
Lask, Naylor and Stutzman. Council
Member Richard Somers was excused from the meeting as he is on vacation. Also present was Attorney Cook and Guests.
Minutes of the March meeting were approved on a
motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. The minutes of the budget meeting were
approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Healy. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to
audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman.
public comment newly elected Gustin Township
Supervisor, John Klinger addressed the board.
He said he looks forward to working with the Village of Lincoln and
hopes to be able to move beyond any issues from the past. He has met with Village President Phil Jordan
and they will do their best to work together on any concerns for the Village
and the Township. He invited members of
the Council to attend any of their meetings and get acquainted with his
township board. Jordan stated that he
looks forward to working with John. Leroy Hall, fire chief addressed the
board. He stated that 3 firefighters are
ready to graduate from the fire academy.
President Jordan talked about the brush rig that still needs work done
before the Village can get it titled over to them.
President Jordan stated
that a “Conflict of Interest “issue must be discussed according to the MEDC
Façade grant guidelines. Every business
owner in the village was sent a letter asking if they were interested in
submitting a proposal for Façade Grant funds to reface the fronts of their
buildings. Two of those who responded,
(Joe James) and (Dennis Kruttlin) are on the DDA board. With any public official requesting grant
funds, the conflict of interest issue must be on the agenda and discussed in
the open council meeting. There is a
four member Façade grant committee. All
business owners within the village were invited to participate. We do not feel that any one has an advantage
or conflict in any way. Motion was
made by Lask with support from Stutzman to note that the Lincoln Village
Council has discussed the potential for a conflict of interest involving Dennis
Kruttlin and Joe James as it relates to their application for receiving monies
from the MEDC façade grant project. It
is further understood that they will refrain from voting on matters associated
with this issue. The DDA board will
address the same issue at their next monthly meeting which is April 12, 2011.
old business Gauthier gave an update on the memorial
dedication that is being planned for Everett Schram. Lask will continue to work to secure some old
photos from her grandmother for use in the hall. Gauthier stated that the website information has
been coming in and Eileen Oposnow is doing a great job getting things done. Anyone
with events they would like to see put on the village website are encouraged to
contact Bonny Gauthier at 736-3844. Sara Healy stated that the Easter Egg Hunt is
coming up on April 23rd from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The activity will begin at the Village Hall where
instructions will be given. Following the hunt everyone is invited back to the
hall for hotdogs, chips and punch.
Jordan stated that Theresa Hart and Naomi Potter are heading up this
endeavor. Thanks ladies! He further stated that someone sent an
anonymous monetary donation to help support this cause. Any questions or offers of help may be
addressed by contacting Theresa at 736-8936.
Jordan gave his report.
He stated that he attended that recent jobs fair held at the Senior
Citizens Center. He was extremely
impressed and said he will definitely be helping next year. He said that several of the vendors were
taking applications for employment in the area.
He asked about the fire department grant that still needs to be closed
out. Mary and Joan Gonyea will work
together with Leroy Hall to finish the project hopefully before next month’s
meeting. Jordan stated that new
floodplain maps and information was received today and needs to be
addressed. Kristin Lask will look it over
and report back at the next meeting.
Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by
Gauthier with support from Healy. Motion
to adjourn from Gauthier with support from Lask. Motion carried.