February 2014

February 3, 2014
Lincoln Village Council met on Monday February 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  In attendance included: President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Council Members, Healy, Naylor, Phillips, Somers and Stutzman.  Absent was Council Member Gauthier.  Minutes of the January meeting were approved on a motion from Phillips/Naylor.  Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion by Healy/Naylor. 

Leroy Hall, fire chief gave a short report stating that it has been a fairly quiet month.  He said he is filling out paperwork for re-banding of radios.  He expects to turn in the papers by the end of the week. Richard Somers gave his street report.  He stated that currently they are simply trying to keep up with snow removal.  President asked to be provided with a written street report monthly.  Some businesses have been notified that they need to aid in removing snow in front of their establishments. There is a great deal of concern about injuries that may occur if things are not cleaned upbetter. Thanks to the helper that has been working with Dick recently – it was great to have him here.

Bids for work on repaving Main Street were once again discussed. The two bids were only $2,500 apart and President Jordan had the opportunity to talk with the companies involved in the bid process.  He stated that he felt comfortable with the answers we received and felt either company could and would do a good job for us.  Phil Phillips stated that he feels that any savings we are able to get is worth looking at. Phil Naylor stated that he is impressed with the fact that the company sent a representative out to talk with us directly and he was willing to answer concerns and questions.  Dick Somers had a few concerns about cement that is underneath a portion of the roadway.  Motion was made by Phillips/Naylor to accept the bid and award the contract to Elmer’s Crane and Dozer for resurfacing Main Street from Second St to Barlow Road.  Motion carried.

President Jordan will be in contact with both bidders and will work with Dick to address any concerns. In old business Phil Phillips asked about the insurance papers that are to be in each vehicle.  Following the last meeting it was discovered that the small John Deere does not have anything inside.  Dick talked with Kenny LaLonde about doing maintenance on our vehicles.  He stated that the mirrors have been fixed on the loader and he is working on getting things fixed on the dump truck.  Naylor asked about whether or not lettering had been put on the back of the trucks.  President Jordan asked that a list be put together that keeps a list of things that need to be fixed.  He stated that the list can then be presented for approval at the Council meetings and things can be maintained better.  The padlock has been installed on the dumpster.

In new business Stutzman said he is anxious for the snow to leave so he can begin working on the flowers at the Flights of Imagination.  President Jordan stated that once the snow is gone, he and Dick will be doing safety checks at each of the parks within the Village.  Stutzman asked about the possibility of a snowmobile trail within the Village.  President Jordan would like to have someone spearhead an effort to work through the issues and get something moving in that direction.  Phillips is currently working on putting together a community wellness program of exercise/walking within town.  He will continue to get some facts together and report back at a later meeting.  

President Jordan presented letters from both Richard Gillies Sr. and Joan Gonyea for files.  Both individuals resigned their positions on the DDA board and Eric Monnier and Karen Godi were voted in to replace them at prior meetings.  Attorney Cook stated that we do not need any further action on the matter.  Motion was made by Phillips/Somers to postpone the Zoning Fee Schedule until the next meeting.  This will give CouncilMembers an opportunity to look over the paperwork and make note of any questions and concerns. This will hopefully put the Zoning and Planning Commission right in line where it should be. Once the new budget is in place meetings will be held to adopt the ordinances that have been worked on with Denise Cline of NEMCOG. 

President Jordan stated that he is already very impressed with Karen Godi and the knowledge she brings to the DDA board.  She has expertise in the grant writing field and will be using it to help write a DNR grant soon.  President Jordan stated that we would like to have a well and a nice pavilion for the Flights of Imagination Park.  President Jordan brought figures for new picnic tables as requested  at the Budget meeting.  We are considering buying one with funds from the current budget and one from the new budget in April.  There have been some problems with the Sewer system.  Richard Gillespie of Alpena Septic Service stated that the transducers have arrived and he will be installing them on Thursday.  After that point everything should be working great.The clock on Second Street is not working again.  Janice MacNeill and Craig Kilbourn have been taking care of it for a number of years.  Once the DDA meets next week we will try to make plans to get it fixed.  The Village Council will hold a Budget Hearing on March 3rd at 6:45.  This meeting will be for approval of the 2014/2015 budget for Village.  Phil Phillips inquired about whether or not there is anyone in the area that does tax preparation for persons on limited incomes.  He was advised that there is help available at the Senior Citizen Center for those who need it.

Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Phillips/Stutzman.  Carried.  Motion to adjourn was made  by Phillips/Stutzman.   Motion Carried.
Linda K. Somers
Village Clerk
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