VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
December 6, 2010
Village Council met on December 6th at 7 p.m. at the Village
Hall. Those present included: President
Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and
Council Members Gauthier, Healy, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman. Also present were several guests. Attorney Cook
was absent from the meeting.
Minutes of the November
meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Treasurerís report was approved subject to
audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Lask.
Kristy Schulze of Johnson
& Schulze Certified Public Accountants gave her overview of the village
audit. The Village was given a
clean/unqualified report for the year ending March 31, 2010. The Village is doing well financially. Mary and Linda will be working with the
auditors to streamline the new budget.
Kristy stated that the Village is doing a great job of being financially
responsible. A motion was made by
Stutzman with support from Gauthier to accept the audit report from Johnson
& Schulze. Motion carried.
In public comment time the bag ladies stated that they have been volunteering at the
baby pantry sponsored by St. Raphaelís church.
They noted that there hasnít been much activity there recently and they
would like to let people know that the service is available for anyone with
children infant to the age of 5.
Ethan Gauthier was
introduced to the council as a prospective new fire fighter for the
Village. Fire Chief Leroy Hall stated
that Ethanís background check and physical information have been approved. Fire Chief Leroy Hall submitted a report of
hours for Fire Department Secretary, Jo Allen for payment. He stated that there are some non emergency
repairs to be done on the main fire truck.
President Jordan stated that all issues for the Fire Department and
Medical First Responders need to be run through the Fire Chief. Thanks to all the personnel who helped out
with the Festival of Lights. Janice
MacNeill attended the meeting to discuss issues with the Village Clock. President Jordan expressed his appreciation
for the fine job done by Janice and Craig Kilbourn as the official timekeepers
for the clock.
In Old Business,
Gauthier asked about the status of the 2 youngsters involved in the damage to
the restrooms. They are moving through
the court system in Lapeer County and we are awaiting news of restitution. She also asked about the removal of the docks
on Brownlee Lake. Jordan stated that
they will be taken out either during the winter or spring.
In new business
Stutzman asked about purchasing a tree to be lit and decorated somewhere near
the hall. It was suggested that a
request be put in for inclusion in the new budget. Somers stated that a new roof needs to be put
on the village shop. It was suggested
that he get an estimate for both buildings. This will give a ballpark figure
that can be discussed further.
Council Members gave reports. Lask stated
that she has several photos of Lincoln from years ago that she will bring in to
put up in the hall. Gauthier suggested
that perhaps other residents have photos they would allow us to have copied and
used for that purpose. Gauthier stated
that she went to the recent DDA meeting and that there was a lot of information
brought out regarding the streetscape project.
She gave a written report to President Jordan. The next DDA meeting will
be held on December 14th at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Motion was made by Stutzman with support from Somers
to approve the following dates for Council Meetings for 2011 : January 3,
February 7th, March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd,
June 6th, July 5th (Tuesday), August 1st,
September 6th (Tuesday), October 3rd, November 7th,
and December 5th. Motion from
Stutzman with support from Somers to approve the above dates was made.
Motion was made by
Stutzman with support from Naylor to accept the Village of Lincoln Master Plan with noted changes. Motion was then made by Gauthier with support
from Healy to send the Master Plan out to adjacent communities for review.
President Jordan gave his report. Winners of
the Lighting Contest were: Diana & Jerry Burt 1st, Sue & Ron
Kennard 2nd, June & Joe Lincoln 3rd and Kay &
Ralph Diemond 4th, The travelling trophy for business went to Johnís
Resolution to designate Phil Jordan as certifying
officer Environmental Review Process for Traverse Bay Street Streetscape was presented. Motion was made by Healy with support
from Stutzman to accept the following resolution.
The resolution reads:
WHEREAS The Village of Lincoln declares that the
proposed Traverse Bay Street Streetscape Project, Application/Grant Number MSC
209174-ICE will greatly benefit the citizens of the Village of Lincoln, and
WHEREAS the Village of
Lincoln has requested the State of Michigan to release Federal Funds under
Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383) for the Traverse Bay Street
Streetscape Project, and
WHEREAS the Village of
Lincoln Downtown Development authority has committed funds for this project,
WHEREAS the Environmental
Review Process is now being conducted regarding this project,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED that Phil Jordan, the Village President of the Village of Lincoln, is
hereby designated as the Certifying Officer for the Environmental Review
Process for the Traverse Bay Street Streetscape Project.
Roll call vote was taken: Gauthier, Healy, Lask, Naylor, Somers,
Stutzman all ayes. Motion carried.
has met several times to come up with a solution for resolving issues
pertaining to the sewer system. Gauthier
stated that she would like to see some other changes made down the road. Jordan stated that this is a great place to
start. Customer numbers would be changed
to match individual tank numbers.
Letters would be sent to each customer explaining the changes and it is
hoped that these changes could be put into effect for the new budget year
beginning April 1st. Businesses that serve food would be required
to install a grease trap between the building and the tank at the ownerís
expense if it is deemed necessary. An
ordinance to cover businesses that are washing cars may have to have a sediment
trap installed between the building and tank if deemed necessary. All changes that are proposed would be sent to
Attorney Cook for review. President
Jordan went over the recommendations with Council Members. Motion to accept the recommendations of the
sewer committee was made by Gauthier with support from Somers. Motion carried.
Jordan thanked Mary and Linda for their help with doing Village
business. Jordan wished Village
residents and Council Members Happy Holidays.
He stated that he is looking forward to a great new year and we are on
the verge of some wonderful new things for the community.
Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Somers with support from Lask. Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with
support from Healy. Carried
Linda K. Somers