VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
DECEMBER 2nd, 2013
Lincoln Village Council
met on Monday December 2nd at 7 p.m.at the Village Hall. Meeting opened with the Pledge of
Allegiance. Those present included:
President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Council Members Gauthier,
Healy, Naylor, Phillips, Somers and Stutzman.
Also present were several guests and Attorney David Cook. Minutes of the November meeting were approved
on a motion from Gauthier with support from Somers. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to
audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman.
The Citizen of the Year
award was given to members of the beautification committee. Those included: Kathy and Bill Putsky, Debbie
Shaneour, Eric Monnier, Joan Toombs, Sharon Walker, Edna Byce, Jesse and
Patricia Scott, Evelyn Good and Mariel Alger. On behalf of the Village Council
and the residents of Lincoln we say a sincere Thank-You!! President Jordan gave
his personal thanks to those who serve on the beautification committee. He noted that the group has worked very hard
on planting trees and flowers and also decorating for the holidays. President
Pro-tem Bonny Gauthier then stated that the Citizen of the Year Committee had
decided to name President Phillip Jordan as a co-recipient for Citizen of the
Year. Bonny stated that under his leadership we
have been able to accomplish a lot and she thanked him for his hard work. A plaque was given to him and those in
attendance also joined in congratulating and thanking him.
Two juvenile boys appeared
before the Village Council to apologize for their part in causing damage to the
Flights of Imagination Playground.
President Jordan stated that both boys admitted their participation in
causing damage. A zero tolerance policy
is in place regarding acts of vandalism.
He stated that the boys are currently banned from the property and if
they are caught there they will be prosecuted.
The apology was accepted and they were thanked for coming before the
Council. Mary Rivera asked about the
sewer payments. She stated that she has
not received a current billing.
Leroy Hall, fire chief
stated that it has been a fairly quiet month.
He said the group is all ready for the Christmas in the Village
celebration on Friday night December 6th.
President Jordan stated
that he has been talking with Richard Gillespie of Alpena Septic Service about
taking over the operations of the entire sewer system for the Village. He stated that Rich knows the system quite
well and would be responsible for the day to day /month to month operations. Former Sewer Commissioner Richard Somers has
been working with Rich to familiarize him with the system. A fee schedule was presented by Rich for
consideration by the Council. A motion
was made by Gauthier with support from Somers to allow Richard Gillespie/Alpena
Septic to take over the operations of our sewer system. Motion carried. President Jordan thanked Dick Somers for his
years of serving as the Sewer Commissioner.
Notification was received that our application for a SAW grant has been
received at the state level.
In Old Business
John Stutzman asked about the lock system on the new dumpster. Somers stated that he has been unable to put
a lock on it yet.
In new business
Somers stated that he has been working on repairing leaky lines on village
equipment. He asked about the leaves at
Barlow Road Park and whether or not he should have the ditches cleaned out
before winter sets in.
Meeting dates for 2014 were set as follows:
January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd,
April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th,
August 4th, September 2nd (Tuesday), October 6th,
November 3rd and December 1st. All regular meetings begin at 7 p.m. Additionally a budget workshop has been set
for Wednesday June 15th at 6 p.m.
President Jordan gave his
report. He stated that the issue of salt
storage has been talked over with the Road Commission officials. He will be talking with the DDA and hopefully
we can come up with something for next year.
For this year we will be allowed to leave it there. He also stated that he has received estimates
for the 2 SCAG mowers and a small push mower. Ads will be placed to receive
sealed bids at the January meeting. They
have not been used for the past 4 years. President Jordan stated thathe put the
new picnic table together and it has been placed at the beach. He also hung all the kissing balls on the
poles downtown. He took the truck down
had it serviced so it is all set to go.
President Jordan asked to have the forks left on either the loader or
the little tractor in case it is needed.
He cleaned the sidewalks using the new John Deere tractor when we got
the snow. A new live Christmas tree was
planted in the pocket park. The tree was
donated by Ted and Debbie Shaneour and the lights and “gifts” were donated by
Phil Jordan. The Festival of Lights will
begin at 5:30 on Friday December 6th. Hayrides, Christmas carols, hot dogs and hot
chocolate as well as reindeer games will be some of the featured events. Judging of light displays on individual homes
and businesses will take place and prizes will be awarded that evening. President Jordan asked about checking on
buying new motors for the sewer system rather than purchasing rebuilt
ones. Phillips asked if we will get
reimbursed for any repairs to the system between now and the time of the actual
grant awarding. He also said all the lights
appear to be working well now. A large
pile of debris has been observed at a residence on Millen Street. President Jordan will talk to Troy
Somers/zoning administrator about taking care of the matter. Thanks to Jim Hart and Dick Somers for their
hard work on the light for Christmas.
Also thanks to Teresa Hart and Naomi Potter for all their hard work on
the bake sales that fund the activities fund and the playground project. They have been very good about paying back
everything that was owed. Mike Suitor
has been working with Phil on the cameras at the Flights of Imagination. Phil would like to see us consider getting
another camera for monitoring purposes included in the new budget. The ads for replacement of asphalt on Main
Street will be put in the paper and opened at the next meeting. President Jordan will be looking into
problems that surfaced with asphalt on Alger Street. He stated that he still
would like to talk to Jerry Ludwiczak regarding the baseball players and the
camping issue for next summer. He asked
that something be set up for a meeting soon. He stated that he will continue to
work on resolving issues of water that is pooling on Second Street. He hopes to
report back at a future meeting. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.
Motion to pay the bills as
presented was made by Gauthier with support from Somers. Motion carried. Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with
support from Stutzman. Motion
Linda K. Somers