VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
February 1, 2010
The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday February 1st at the Village Hall. Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. In attendance included: President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members, Gauthier, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman.
Minutes of the December meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Somers. Motion carried. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Motion carried.
Joan Gonyea, Grant Coordinator brought council members up to date on the grant for the fire department. The grant total is $82,726 with a match of $4,136.30 from the Village. The grant money spent to date is over $79,000. Thanks Joan for your expertise!!
In old business, Dick Somers stated that he looked at the brush rig that was given to the fire department and he was very impressed. The vehicle has less than 5000 miles on it. Bonny stated that she has checked with Consumers Energy again regarding trees on Traverse Bay Street that need to be trimmed. She said they have put us on their list for trimming when they have crews in this area. She has also been working on getting figures together for new docks for Brownlee Lake beach. John brought a catalog in to show council members the trees that will hopefully be purchased for planting at the Flights of Imagination play area.
President Jordan gave his report. On January 20th a public hearing was held to hear input regarding tearing down 2 buildings in the downtown region. A grant for the demolition of the buildings totals $181,390 with $50,000 coming from the DDA and the remainder from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The streetscape grant through the same corporation is for $795,000 with $650,000 coming from MEDC and $145,000 from the DDA. Additionally a façade grant will be applied for within the next 60 days Jordan said. It is for $250,000 with $200,000 from MEDC and the remainder coming in a 75/25% from the Village/DDA. The façade grant would help several businesses in putting new fronts on their respective businesses. We also had applied for a grant for streetscape through the Michigan Department of Transportation totaling $391,832. The MDOT grant would be using $273,262 from MDOT and $118,568 of DDA funding. Jordan stated that there is a possibility of getting all the grants and using both streetscape grants for areas including Second Street and Traverse Bay from Barlow Road to First Street. The grant totals that have been applied for are $1,618,222 with $1,249,931 coming from either the MDOT or MEDC. He laid out the boundaries that would be covered by the DDA and where the Village would have to pick up. Council members asked for figures regarding the amount of funding needed from the Village. Jordan stated that so far we do not have a breakdown of those figures. President Jordan stated that the grants have 3 steps. The paperwork involved is tremendous. Currently DDA director Bob Jones has been working with several groups to bring these grants together. Jordan stated that he would like to publicly thank Joan Gonyea and Bob Jones for all their efforts. Additionally he thanked Dave Johnson and Gary Bartow of Fleis and VanDenbrink engineers for their help.
Motion to support the four grants was made by Somers with support from Naylor. Motion carried. Jordan stated that by offering our support we will be able to work together in the future towards bettering our community. A lengthy discussion followed.
Letter was received from the DDA regarding the sewer maintenance fees. Council members agreed that we need to address the situation. A motion was made by Gauthier to have the sewer committee meet within the first 2 weeks of June and report back to the full council. Stutzman offered support. Motion carried. Those who will be part of the group are Naylor, Somers and Kennard as well as the President, Clerk and Treasurer. A letter was received from the Brownlee Lake Association. The letter addressed the group’s intentions for cleanup using an aeration system. A thermometer showing the groups monetary progress is located next to the post office. Village resident and treasurer of the association, Gary Horn, gave an overview of the groups intentions. A letter was received from the Alcona County Board of Commissioners regarding efforts to eradicate the invasive phragmite plants. Commissioners are requesting support from council members to help by drafting a motion of support. A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman to offer the support of the Village to this endeavor. Motion carried. A letter will be sent to the Board of Commissioners.
President Jordan stated that the DDA minutes are now being put on the village website, lincolnmi.com. He urged council members to look the site over and come back with recommendations at the next meeting.
Individual reports were given. Somers will be putting together wording for an ad for roadwork. Connie Stutzman stated that she came to the public hearing and was very pleased with the progress that is being made by the Village and DDA on bringing in grant funds. President Jordan stated that he would like to urge all Council Members to attend the public hearings that arise in the future. He stated that this is an astronomical endeavor for the entire community.
Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Motion carried. A motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Motion carried.
Linda K. Somers