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