April 2014



April 7, 2014


The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday April 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Those present included: President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members Gauthier, Healy, Naylor, Phillips, Somers and Stutzman.  Present were several guests and Attorney Cook. 

Minutes of the March Budget Meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Phillips.  Minutes of the regular March meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Phillips.  The Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Phillips.  Treasurer Kossa stated that we will be receiving approximately $11,000 in delinquent funds from the County

In public comment time Ron and Michele Wambold appeared representing the Alcona PTO.  They need to be recognized as a non- profit organization in order to get their various licenses.  Attorney Cook stated that although they are not a nontaxable entity they are a nonprofit organization.  A motion was made to recognize the Alcona High School PTO as a volunteer nonprofit organization by Sara Healy with support from Bonny Gauthier.  Motion carried.  We will give a copy of the minutes to them to be included with their application.  Robert Kennedy appeared to introduce himself as a candidate for the 106th District State Representatives seat.  He was born in Lincoln and raised in the area.  Mr. Kennedy was a school teacher in the Oscoda School system for many years.  He gave an overview of his plans for the state and the area. 

Fire Chief Leroy Hall introduced John Deller as a candidate for the fire department.  He has passed the background check and also the physical testing that are required for inclusion in the department.  John stated that he was born and raised here and graduated from Alcona Community High School.  John currently works at Northern Precision in Lincoln.  A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Somers to accept John Deller as a new firefighter for the department.  Motion carried.    Fire chief Leroy Hall stated that the lights in the fire departments portion of the hall have been replaced.  He also replaced batteries on several of the pagers.  Wood has been purchased for turn-out racks for the storage of equipment. 

The street report was given by President Jordan.  He stated that he is anxiously awaiting the work that will be done on Main Street.  Since we still have ice and snow it will be awhile before work can begin.  He stated that there are some spots on other streets that need to be fixed due to the extreme winter.  He also hopes to get East Millen and the boat launch area paved this year if the funding is there. There are several streets that will need crack sealing done this year.

A brief discussion was held regarding Equipment Rental Rates as they pertain to usage of Village equipment.  Council Members were given a copy of the rates that are charged/reimbursed for each piece of equipment that is used. 

A discussion was held for the lawn mowing bid that will be placed in the local newspaper.  The bid is for 3 years: 2014, 2015 and 2016.  The bids will be opened on May 5th at the regular meeting.  Attorney Cook will work with President Jordan and Clerk Somers to get the bid specifications taken care of before the publication of the ad/bid.  A motion was made by Stutzman with support from Gauthier to authorize the selection of bids for the 3 year lawn mowing bid.

In Old Business Gauthier asked about getting a sidewalk put along Main Street while the street is being repaved.  She has been asked by several individuals about whether or not we could put in a sidewalk from Main Street through to the park.  President Jordan stated that there are more areas that need attention including those along Fiske Street.  He said we will see what can be done to address this situation. 

In new business Sara Healy stated that she had attended an EDC meeting recently.  NEMCOG has been contracted to go through individual areas and access the needs and wants of each area.  She stated that although we are a small town we are not off track.  The Village Council and the DDA are working well together and that has proven to be a good fit.  She said that a meeting will be held in the future in East Tawas to get people together to aid in sharing resources.  President Jordan stated that he would like to attend this forum and partner with other people to see what can be done to bring in new business and new jobs.  Gauthier asked about the status of some large brush piles located on Main Street.  Zoning Administrator Troy Somers will be contacted so that he can address the problem. Additionally Troy will be contacting a property owner on West Millen Street about cleaning up an area there.  Stutzman asked about getting benches placed around the ball diamonds. He also has been looking for picnic tables although he stated they are not yet put out on display. He would also like to have some new toy equipment for the Flights of Imagination area.  President Jordan advised him to get prices and bring it up at another meeting.  Gauthier asked about the cameras at the park area.  She is concerned that with warmer weather vandalism will start again.  Council Members are advised to be vigilant in watching for activity. 

President Jordan gave his report.  He stated that the Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday April 19th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It will be held at the Lincoln Fire Hall.  Participants will not be allowed to start after 11:30 a.m. due to time constraints.  Children from birth to 11 are invited to participate.  Richard Gillespie of Alpena Septic Service gave his first monthly inspection report for the DEQ.  It will be placed on file.  A letter was received regarding the application for the SAW

Grant.  Due to a large number of applicants a lottery was held to select participants.  Unfortunately although we did fine with the actual application we did not make the cut for funding. 

Thanks go out to Trevor MacNeill and Arthur Good for all their help in taking care of the Village streets for snow removal.  Thanks also goes to David James for his help in snow removal from the sidewalks.  Trevor also fixed a number of things that were in need of repair.  Dick stated that nothing was in bad shape when he left.  President Jordan stated that things are now up to speed.   Stencils have been used to paint a warning on the back of the dump truck and it is hoped that it can be put on all of our equipment soon.  We have been receiving phone calls regarding snow being piled on private property.  Several people have complained about having a lot of run off now that things are thawing out.  President Jordan stated that we need to find someplace to put it next year.  A new battery was put in the loader.  The missing chain saw has been found.  There are broken electrical boxes in the island by the post office.  A post needs to be placed there in order to keep snow from being piled there.  President Jordan asked that we consider adopting a policy to keep snow from being pushed unto the sidewalks.  The clock by the Post Office is being repaired.  Thanks to Dave James for his help there too.  A set of wings for the pickup will be ordered to be placed on the plow.  A meeting of the beautification committee will be held in the next week.  The lights on the light poles will be taken off and the lights on the trees will also be taken down soon. 

A motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Stutzman with support from Healy.  Motion carried.  A motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman.  Motion carried. 

Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk


FYI Note:  Bid Notice for Lawn Mowing Contract listed under the tab titled BIDS


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