VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Linda K. Somers