Feb 2013


February 4, 2013


The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday February 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Those present included; President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members, Gauthier, Healy, Somers and Stutzman.  Absent was Council Member Kristin Lask.  Also present were several guests and Attorney Cook.

Minutes of the January meeting were approved on a motion from Healy with support from Gauthier.  Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. 


Laurie Ames from Up North Prevention & Catholic Human Services addressed the Council.  She presented a Proclamation for review that designates April as Social Host Awareness Month.  Council will be able to look over and decide in the future if they would like to adopt the Proclamation.  Laurie gave information about a project for disposal of drugs that will accept prescription drugs.  The program is called the Big Red Barrel project and will be kept onsite at the Alcona Sheriff’s Office.  She shared a packet of informational papers that are being given to retailers that sell alcohol including bars and stores.  The hope is to make it easier to recognize underage consumers and prevent sales of alcohol to minors. 


Leroy Hall, fire chief gave his report.  He said the month has been relatively quiet.  He has been working on fire contracts for the upcoming budget year. 


In public comment time Phil Phillips stated that he is hoping to get involved in working around the village.  He and his wife Vickie recently moved into their new home on Brownlee Lake.  He said that he would like to see some new sand put down at the beach site in the spring.  President Jordan stated that he thinks we need to rake the site good and have a major cleanup before getting more sand.  Mary will look into seeing about getting the local Boy Scout troops involved in helping. 


Richard Somers gave his sewer and street reports.  Things are going well in both areas.  He contacted the company to provide striping our roads in the spring.  He will get them the figures for mileage so that he can report back with figures.  Dick stated that there will be some patching done along Second Street in the spring.  President Jordan asked Dick to order salt for the next winter in March each year.  He stated that the road commission orders early and we need to get our order in on a timely basis.


President Jordan gave a presentation about the upcoming movie “Lincoln” that will be shown at Alcona High School on February 12th. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with period music being presented by the Swollen Fingers Band.  The movie is very well received and it is up for several awards.  It is free and everyone is encouraged to attend.  Following the movie a short discussion time will be held. 


In old business, Stutzman asked about the status of the budget hearing.  We will have our March 4th meeting start at 6:30 in order to review the proposed budget.  Gauthier stated that she has received information regarding the possibility of funds coming from the Alcona Athletic Association and the Little League Association to help offset the cost of finishing the new ball field.  Dick will be looking into another avenue for funds too.  Healy gave an update on the Let’s Move program that she offered to be a liaison for.  She will be attending her first meeting soon at the Harrisville Library.  She will give an update at the next meeting.  In new business, Somers stated that he had to have a new tire put on the loader this past week.  Stutzman continues to check on the Flights of Imagination Playground and said things look good. 


President Jordan gave his report. 

·        He thanked David James for all his work on snow removal on the sidewalks in the Village.  David does not want to keep the job permanently so Leroy LaLonde will be taking over the duties. 

·        Thanks go to Kenny LaLonde for all his help and hard work on the Village equipment recently.  Jordan stated that he would like to see about getting another new tire for the loader so that we will have a matched set and a spare. 

·        Thanks to the Road Commission for their help in procuring new emergency lights at a decent price for our equipment. 

·        The old red pickup was sold for $2,000 earlier this month. 

·        Thanks to Ray Somers for all his help around the Village over the past several years. 

·        Huron Community Bank manager KC Kevitch has approached President Jordan regarding helping with raising funds for the Little League ball field during the month of March.  These funds will help raise money for the fencing project there. 

·        President Jordan gave an update on the façade grant.  He said we have to create a Principal Shopping District along Traverse Bay State Road to make sure we qualify for all four businesses involved.  Currently our attorney David Cook will look over the paperwork and Denise Cline will look at whether we need to update our Master Plan.   Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Somers to contract with Denise Cline to amend our Master Plan for the village to include a Principal Shopping District along Traverse Bay State Road from Lake Street to Barlow Road.  Motion Carried. 

·        Bonny Gauthier will take over for Phil while he is gone for next month’s meetings. 

·        We need to look at charges and fees as part of the Planning and Zoning ordinances.  These fees include charges for fires etc.  It has been brought to our attention that it is illegal to allow camping in Barlow Road Park.  It is a violation unless changes are made.  Those changes would have to be made to conform it to a regular campground.  In its current condition it is not allowable. 

·        Letter was received from Philip Naylor to apply for the open Council position.  Mr. Naylor had chosen not to run in the November election.  He stated that he would like to come back on.  Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Healy to appoint Philip Naylor to the open position of Village Council Member.  Motion carried. 


Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Gauthier with support from Healy.  Motion carried.  A motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman.  Motion carried. 

Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk


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