VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
August 3, 2009
The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday August 3rd at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. Meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Those in attendance included; President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members; Gauthier, Kennard, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman. Also present were Attorney Cook and guests.
Minutes of the July meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Motion carried. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Motion carried.
In public comment
Phil Phillips commented about how nice things look in the Village. He questioned if any new businesses are looking to locate here in the near future. Jordan stated that it is an ongoing process to bring new things in. He stated that there are several possibilities that are being worked on. Phillips also questioned if the DDA funds are being used for Village projects that give back to the community. Jordan stated that he believes their funds are committed to many projects that will enhance the entire Village. Joan Gonyea stated that she has been involved for nearly 20 years in the Village government and this is the most movement she has seen.
Kathy Putsky questioned the jet skis that are using Brownlee Lake until dark. She would like to have a regulation put in place that would cut the usage time back to end at one hour before sunset. Attorney Cook advised that the DNR would be the first place to start to try to change things as this is a new thing with the state of Michigan. He also stated that it would be very hard to enforce an ordinance of this nature. Kathy suggested posting a sign to see if people would comply willingly. Jordan suggested talking things over with the Brownlee Lake Association.
Jo Allen representing the Fire Department questioned the status of closing out the FEMA grant of 2005. Joan Gonyea stated that the check was sent from the Village on July 9th but so far FEMA stated they haven’t received it. Joan will continue to pursue this matter. We have a copy of the cancelled check so it should be resolved fairly soon. FEMA has offered to allow us an additional 60 to 90 days for procurement of the new grant. Jordan asked about the status of the ambulance that was donated to the Village from the city of Ecorse. Jo will check into it further.
Phil Potter questioned the lawn mowing contract that the Village has in place this year. He believes that there is an excess amount of money being spent on lawn mowing services that is leaving the community. He asked for an explanation of how the figures were arrived at. President Jordan stated that this was the entire Council’s decision and that since this is the first year of contracting this out there continues to be areas that need to be addressed. Bob Fink stated that he believes there are several areas that are not being mowed that should be. Gauthier stated that in the past there were areas that were being maintained that were not Village property. However, she believes that the Village should be run as a business and that as a Council member and taxpayer, Council Members need to be accountable to everyone within the Village in how we spend Village funds. Potter further questioned why the lowest bid was not the one that was awarded. It was explained how the decision was arrived at in the May meeting, the discussion and motions etc.
Dick Shepard, owner of Our Place addressed the board about his plans to install a sign in front of his business. The sign will be attached to the building and will protrude over the sidewalk area. It is well within the limits that are allowable for placement in the Village. He stated that he has plans and intentions for expansion of his business.
Joan Gonyea stated that she would like to know if the Village will be having the annual garage sale in conjunction with the car show. Interested residents may contact her to have their address and garage sale info placed on the map. The Lincoln Lions will be having the car show on August 29th so Joan will put together the maps etc.
Motion was made by Stutzman with support from Lask to support the resolution in support of Northern Michigan Broadband Cooperative. Roll Vote; Gauthier, Kennard, Lask, Naylor .Somers, Stutzman. All yeas. Motion passed. The resolution reads:
We, the undersigned, support the mission of the Northern Michigan Broadband Cooperative (NMBC) to bring broadband network services to homes, institutions and businesses in the 21 county region of northern Lower Michigan, including: Alcona, Alpena, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmett, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Iosco, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque isle, Roscommon and Wexford.
The purpose of the NMBC is to facilitate the provision of reliable broadband and telecommunications services throughout Northern Michigan at affordable rates for all users but particularly education, government services, economic development and commerce, health care and emergency services.
The small businesses that are typical of our rural area are increasingly reliant on high-speed communications to maintain or improve their competitive position. Educational, medical and emergency services also need high –speed communications to improve the quality and range of services they offer.
Extending high-speed broadband access to all our citizens will enable them to participate fully in the economy of the future, reduce commuting, save resources, and enable residents of rural northern lower Michigan to lead more productive and richer lives.
We, the undersigned, therefore express our support, and encourage participation in, the NMBC. Signed, Phillip S. Jordan, Village President.
In old business: Kennard asked about the status of mutual aid agreements and about charging late fees to delinquent payment. He made this in the form of a motion. He asked about having the same verbiage added to the fire contracts that the county uses. Gauthier offered support. The clerk will work with Attorney Cook to get the proper language incorporated into the fire contracts. Kennard will continue to work on setting up an appointment with someone to do a walk thru for the Barlow Road park project. Kennard would like to urge residents to come to the Village office for open office hours on Wednesdays from 8 to noon to address any concerns. He stated that the streetscape project is being looked at for the 2011 year as a possibility for grant funding. Kennard reminded council members of the list in the office of wants and needs that has been compiled. He hopes that we will be able to look at purchasing some needed items at the end of the current fiscal year. Somers questioned people who are delinquent on their sewer charges. Kossa explained that when taxes are paid to the county we recoup our funding from the county treasurer. Attorney Cook spoke about the property on Millen Street, papers have been served for a lawsuit and he will continue to push for a hearing date etc. Gauthier asked about the status of signs that were discussed last month as well as a swing for the park by the hall. Dick stated that he has taken care of the sign issue and will take care of the swing issue this month.
New business: Stutzman asked about the status of the ball teams that visit every year. Gauthier stated that they will be there August 21st through the 23rd. They would like to have the restrooms left open later, possibly all night. Council members are in agreement to leave them open for the entire weekend. Kossa asked about having someone go there to clean and check them several times over the weekend. Kennard asked that the sheriff’s office be notified to keep an eye on the area. Council members will set up a schedule of hours to check on the park, bathroom area during that time.
President Jordan stated that there are people who would like to set up a farmers market through NEMCSA. He will meet with them later this week. He thanked Bonny for filling in for him at last month’s meeting. He asked about the loader that Viking has for sale. It has a price tag of $15,000. A motion was made by Kennard with support from Naylor to purchase the loader. Motion carried. He stated that the DDA has committed $5,000 towards vehicle replacement and so has the village. The jeep was sold and he believes that funds from that sale can be used towards purchasing the loader. Jordan stated that there will be a Planning/Zoning meeting in September, hopefully with Denise Cline. We need to work on our Master Plan.
Stutzman asked about the status of the ORV trail through the village. He said we need to have a map made of the village and note which streets are open etc. Attorney Cook advised that we need to let the county know which roads we do not want them include in the trail plan. Jordan asked Stutzman to look into it further and report back to the board next month. Gauthier has been looking at swim platforms for Brownlee Lake. She has been in contact with one business about removable docks. Jordan asked her to check with someone that does seawalls for a price on a permanent dock. Kennard asked for input from individual council members about the lawn mowing services. Kossa is very satisfied. Lask is pleased, Naylor has no problem Somers stated that if he has any issues with him he contacts him and gets it corrected. Kennard stated that he has taken care of everything that they have asked of him so far. Gauthier believes he is doing a good job and that we should consider putting it out for bids again next year. Stutzman said he believes he is doing a good job so far, he said it a trial and error process but he is doing good. Connie has no complaints. Linda is very satisfied also. Jordan said he thinks he is doing a good job and everything they have asked of him he has come through on immediately. He said he is very proud of him and that he believes he is doing a great job. Kennard said this has been a shot in the dark for the council and he feels that the right decisions were made. All Council Members praised Eric’s work. Kennard asked Zoning Administrator Troy Somers about the status of property on Lake Street that has been in need of cleaning up. Naylor thanked everyone for their support of his business; he’s been here for 20 years.
Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Lask with support from Kennard. Motion carried. Clean up of the computer was discussed. Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman to take the computer to Oscoda for service. Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Lask. Carried.