December 2014

December 1, 2014

The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday December 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Prior to the meeting opening the following elected officials were sworn in; President Phillip Jordan, Clerk Linda Somers and Council Members Sara Healy and Glenn Kohn.  Absent from the meeting were Treasurer Mary Kossa and Council Member Bonny Gauthier. 

Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Motion was made by Stutzman with support from Healy to appoint Phil Phillips to fill the open council seat. Carried.  Mr. Phillips was sworn in by Attorney David Cook. Roll call was taken.  Present were President Jordan, Clerk Somers and Council Members Healy, Kohn, Phillips, Somers and Stutzman. The minutes of the November meeting were approved on a motion from Phillips with support from Stutzman. Motion was made by Stutzman with support from Phillips to table the Treasurer’s report due to Mary’s absence from the meeting.  Carried.

In public comment time Phil Naylor stated that he wants to show his support of the newly elected Council member and that he intends to stay in touch.
Mike Serafin gave the fire and first responder report.  It has been a very busy month for both departments.  He said the recent training exercise was well attended and the group was able to get emergency vehicles ready for the winter.  

President Jordan gave the street report.  He stated that the crack sealing has been finished.  Additionally the storm drains have been cleaned out.  There are 30 storm drains so we are hoping to set up a schedule for cleaning them on alternating years.  Steve will keep the streets cleaned of debris and that will hopefully cut down on the need for cleaning them so often.  The sewer report was given per a report from Alpena Septic Service.  Things are working quite well currently.  

Meeting dates were set for the upcoming year:  January 5th, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th, June 2nd, July 6th, August 3rd, September 1st (Tuesday), October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th.  All monthly meetings will begin at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. The budget meeting workshop is scheduled for Wednesday January 7th at 6 p.m.  

In old business Glenn Kohn expressed his thanks to Mary Kossa for her help in explaining the budgetary needs of the Village.  He also thanked President Jordan for his help in going over the duties of the Village Council and for showing him around the Village properties.  Phil Phillips is continuing to work on the possibility of getting a blinking light at the intersection of Barlow and Traverse Bay Street.  Somers stated that he has worked with Steve on how to regulate the salt being spread on Village streets.  He stated that the trailers on Traverse Bay need to be attended to. President Jordan will check with Troy Somers, Zoning Administrator to see what can be done.  Sara Healy presented the cost estimate for a water cooler following a discussion last month.  Phil Phillips stated that he will donate a cooler that he brought when he moved to MI.  Thanks Phil.  Healy said the Festival of Lights will be held on Friday (December 5th) beginning at 5:30.  Coffee, hot chocolate and hot dogs will be served at the fire hall.  Santa will be arriving on the fire truck at approximately 6:30.  The Alcona High School Boys Basketball team will be leading Christmas Carols on the hay wagons.  The light judging will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  President Jordan thanked everyone who helped to decorate the Village.  Stutzman asked about the complaints that are turned into the Sheriff’s department that occur in the Village.  He questioned if there is anything we can do to help eliminate them.  President Jordan stated that we need to be aware of what’s going on in our community.  He hopes to meet with the Sheriff soon and discuss what we can do.  Stutzman is concerned about the work that is taking place at the new gym that is being developed in the old Lincoln School.  He is concerned about not having enough room for cars to park at the new ball field that is being developed.  Somers stated that there is plenty of room for bleachers and cars will have to be parked outside of the ball field area.  President Jordan suggested that a committee needs to be formed to investigate what is needed and to aid in planning for future usage.  

In new business Phillips stated that he has concerns about the crack sealing on Lake Street, from the Road Commission to the Village Limit sign.   He would like to withhold some of the payment that is due until they can return and fix it properly.  The owner of the company stated that he will take care of it but as of yet he hasn’t done so.  President Jordan will contact the company and see what can be done.  Stutzman asked about the status of the water/road issue on South Second Street.  President Jordan stated that the work has been approved and we are simply waiting for the company to show up and take care of it.  He also asked about the irrigation problem for the downtown streetscape area.  It is to be taken care of yet this week.  A company has been hired to blow out the lines and to have it fixed properly in the spring.  Somers asked about blocking off a road near the playground.  He is concerned about the road being torn up with the frost being driven down deeper.  

President Jordan urged Council Members to attend the Festival of Lights Celebration on Friday.  Steve has fixed many maintenance issues on Village vehicles.  Christmas lights have been put up with the help of the Brownlee Lake Association and our maintenance man.  All village restrooms have been converted over to the same kinds of paper products.  This will eliminate the need for purchasing products from several places any longer.  The paperwork is being worked on regarding a grant for the boat launch.  Until it is clear where the matching funds are coming from we will not be pursuing a Parks & Recreation plan.  Thanks goes out to the Road Commission, especially Marlena MacNeill and Mike Escareno.  They have helped us out tremendously. Thanks goes out to all the groups that have made this community what it is today.  Thanks also to Steve Slater for his work on the restroom in the maintenance building.  The missing bench is being replaced.  President Jordan wished all the Village residents a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. A thank-you was read from Connie Stutzman for flowers that were sent to her following her recent hospitalization.  

Motion was made by Phillips with support from Healy to pay the bills as presented with the exception of East Short Asphalt.  Motion carried.  A motion to adjourn was made by Phillips with support from Stutzman.  Carried.

Linda K. Somers
Village Clerk
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