August 2010


August 2, 2010

The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday August 2, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Village hall.  The meeting opened 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 several guests and Attorney Cook.

Minutes of the July meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Somers.  Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. 

President Jordan cited Village resident Joan Gonyea for her dedication to the community by presenting her with a plaque to honor her efforts.  A packed hall offered their congratulations to Joan as the first recipient of the Citizen of the Year.  Thanks Joan for ALL your hard work!!  Joan has held many positions including being on the Village Council, DDA board, Planning & Zoning Committee, the Brownlee Lake Association and several others.  Joan told those present that she loves this community and over the years even when she was away, she always knew that she would come back here to reside.  Many in attendance offered their thanks for her cheerleading efforts in keeping a positive attitude and encouraging everyone in their endeavors.  Thanks again Joan.

President Jordan addressed a situation that occurred at the restrooms at the playground.  The grandparents addressed the council members and stated that they are extremely heartbroken and offered their apologies.  The grandparents believe that this may be the help that is needed to get their grandson on the right track.  Currently the boys are moving through the juvenile court system.  President Jordan stated that we have to prosecute the individuals involved and that a message needs to be sent out that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.  The bathrooms will be kept closed except for special events. 

In public comment time, Kathy Putsky addressed the board regarding a home on Barlow Road that is in need of grass being cut.  President Jordan will look into it.  Sue Kennard reminded everyone about the boat parade that will be held on Saturday evening on Brownlee Lake.  Bill Putsky asked about the ORV signs that are along Barlow Road.  President Jordan stated that the signs should reflect that ORV traffic is prohibited in selected areas.  Pat Nelson asked about getting a ball diamond up and running again for little league players.  He stated that they have been playing in Harrisville and would like to play here again.  He stated that they would like to renovate the current field and eventually they would have 2 fields by utilizing the current skating rink also.  Pat stated that they would like to get involved in tournaments eventually.  He stated that there is a lot of support and volunteers that will work on the upkeep.   President Jordan stated that once this begins we need to stay on track and finish the project.  Council members offered their unanimous support.  President Jordan stated that Dick Somers has done a wonderful job preparing the fields for tournament play this year.  He received rave reviews from players that used the field for those tournaments.  Dick stated that he would like to see softball fields put in also. 

President Jordan updated those in attendance about the Streetscape Project along Second Street and the demolition project that is upcoming.  He said since time is now an issue they anticipate moving overhead wires and poles behind buildings and removing the blighted buildings yet this year.  The actual removal of the roadway and beautification project will take place in early spring.  By July of 2011 it should be finished and the next phase of the street grant should be moving forward to begin work on Traverse Bay St. Road. 

Stutzman asked about having some roadwork done along Church Street by the Credit Union.  Dick will take care of it.  Gauthier asked about having the grass cut along Main Street, Jordan will make sure it is taken care of.  Kennard stated that the new bulletin board is nearly completed downtown.  Thanks to Tony Diciccio and Ron Kennard for their work on it.  Kennard stated that the boat launch grant application for funds may have to be placed on hold so it can be reworked.  He suggested placing a request for funds into the budget meeting for next year.  Dick asked about having a property owner on Second Street contacted about cutting his grass.  Jordan will take care of it.    Lask asked about putting a sign at the beach to inform people that no dogs are allowed.  Jordan stated that there is also an issue with people bringing alcohol to the area.  He asked Council members to be vigilant in looking after the beach area and concerns that arise there. 

In new business Somers stated that the baseball tournament will be held August 20th to the 22nd.  Gauthier asked about the docks at the Brownlee Lake beach.  She stated that she has checked into the large trampoline type dock system that is being used in an area campground.  Jordan stated that he believed that it would be destroyed quickly and would not be worth the risk.  President Jordan talked with a marina owner who suggested using a pontoon for a dock system.

President Jordan gave his report.  The letters of thanks have been sent by Mary for participants in the Memorial Day festivities and also to Larry Rogenbuck of the MEDC for his help in grant funding work.  He is currently working on several more.  A letter was read from Huron Pines about using removing invasive Phragmites from Lincoln Lake.  The group plans to meet on Saturday August 21st from  9 a.m till noon.  Anyone interested may call for further details.  Kennard gave an update on the grant for the Brownlee Lake cleanup project.  They are in the final phases and he said the group is awaiting the release of funds from Washington.  He stated that there is still a need for funds to complete the project.  He is currently awaiting news from the groups CPA about what exactly is needed.  President Jordan talked about the recent sewer meeting between the DDA and representatives from the Council.  A meeting will be held next month and then the group will work with the attorney to see what can be done to bring about the necessary changes.  Last year we addressed the possibility of having a bio diesel plant in the Village.  Since that time all of those plants have closed in the state.  President Jordan stated that he recently attended a meeting about a Cellulose Ethanol Plant by a group named KL Energy.  There are plans to build 2 in the northern Michigan area.  He stated that they are very committed to putting a plant here and also in McBain.  A resolution needs to be made changing the feasibility study that was granted for the bio diesel plant and instead having the study done for a cellulose ethanol plant.  A motion was made by Kennard to change the Bio Diesel Plant feasibility study grant to KL Energy Cellulose Ethanol Plant.  Roll Vote: Gauthier, aye, Kennard, aye, Lask aye, Naylor aye, Somers aye, Stutzman aye.  All ayes, resolution passed. 

President Jordan thanked Dave Cook, Village Attorney for all his hard work and dedication in keeping us on track.  Thanks Dave!!

The budget for the DDA was presented to Council members for approval.  A motion was made by Gauthier to approve the DDA budget, Kennard offered support. Motion carried. The budget follows:

                                                   DDA BUDGET 2010-2011

INCOME                                                                           EXPENSE

Est. Bal. 2009-2010  $200,000.00                           Activity Committee  $2,500.00

Interest                                   300.00                           Car Show                       1,700.00

TIFFA Alcona County    40,629.00                            Administrative             1,000.00

TIFFA Gustin Twp.           6,670.46                             Beautification              3,000.00

TIFFA Village/Lincoln   72,638.00                             Consultant                  21,600.00

SUBTOTAL                  $120,237.46                            Demolition Proj.       70,000.00

TIFFA Passthrough                                                       Economic Devel.        10,000.00

HUNT Program                1,417.00                             Financial Audits           2,600.00

EMS                                    9,436.00                             Fire Dept. Equip.         1,675.00

Comm. On Aging            4,795.00                             ICE Grant                       6,000.00

Library                               4,532.00                             Legal Fees                          500.00     

SUBTOTAL                    $20,180.00                            Member per diem         3,500.00

                                                                                           Sewer Fees                       2,708.00

                                                                                           Streetscape                  145,000.00

                                                                                      Village Adm. Fees               20,000.00

                                                                                          Village Equip.Rep.            5,000.00

                                                                                           Web Site                             1,000.00

                                                                                           SUBTOTAL                   $297,783.00

                                                                                           Passthrough Reimbursements


     Hunt Program                   1,417.00

                                                                                                EMS                                     9,436.00

                                                                                                Comm. On Aging             4,795.00

                                                                                                Library                                4,532.00

                                                                                                SUBTOTAL                    $20,180.00

TOTAL INCOME                 $340,417.46           TOTAL EXPENSE        $317,963.00                                     

                                                                                                                                                                   FUND BALANCE $22,454.46

Kennard stated that he would like to have it noted that the Village has not had to borrow any money or go for public bonds to finance any of our projects. A motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Gauthier with support from Somers.  Motion Carried.  A motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman.  Motion carried.                                                          .

Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk


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