December 2013


DECEMBER 2nd, 2013

Lincoln Village Council met on Monday December 2nd at 7 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 carried. 

Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk

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