Dec 2010


December 6, 2010

Lincoln 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 Home Maintenance.


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, and

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.


Sewer committee 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

Village Clerk

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