JAN 2010



January 4, 2010


The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday January 4th, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  The following were in attendance: President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members: Gauthier, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman.  Absent were Council Member Kennard and Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman.  Also present was attorney David Cook and guests.


Minutes of the December meeting were approved on a motion by Somers with support from Stutzman along with one change: the date of the November 2010 meeting is November 1st.  Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Somers. 


Joan Gonyea, Fire Department grant coordinator informed the Council that she was able to get a three month extension for the current grant process.  She will be sending in a request for the next $50,000 expenditure tomorrow.  Joan stated that Bob Reynolds and other members of the department have been working very hard to get the best prices for grant funding.


In old business Somers informed the Council that the dump truck is now working good.  Gauthier stated that she contacted Consumers Energy again regarding the trees on Traverse Bay St. that need to be trimmed.  Bonny stated that someone is supposed to come from Consumers within the next week.  She will work with Jordan to try to resolve the issue.  Jordan asked about the status of the swim platforms.  Gauthier hopes to have the information in time for the budget meeting.  Stutzman is continuing to look into having motion lights put up at the playground.


In new business Stutzman asked about the status of the DDA budget for approval at our next budget hearing.  He also asked about the Fire Departmentís upcoming budget.  Jordan stated that he believes the Fire Department will be at the next budget meeting.  Somers stated that he will not be able to remove some of the Christmas lights until the weather gets warmer.


President Jordan gave his report.   He stated that all the Village Ordinances will be forwarded to Denise Cline of NEMCOG to insure that they fit into the Master Plan.  He stated that Joan Gonyea has been working on bringing everything up to date for publication.  Attorney Cook stated that we should have Denise look them over and then plan for publication following her recommendations so that we donít have to pay for printing twice.  Jordan stated that we have been put on hold regarding a topographical survey due to the weather.  Within the next month we should have some news regarding some of our grant applications.  January 20th a meeting will be held for a hearing about the demolition grant.  Jordan stated that he would like to have all Council Members present as well as any residents that are interested.  Following a discussion Gauthier made a motion to hire Fleis & Vandenbrink to be the engineers/overseers for the demolition process.  Stutzman offered support.  Motion carried.  Motion was made by Somers with support from Naylor to appoint a Phillip Jordan as the grant administrator and to authorize him to sign all documents related to the completion of the demolition grant process.  Motion carried.  Jordan stated that Leonard Morang has expressed interest in serving on the Planning Commission.  He will attend the next meeting and the group will come back to the council with a recommendation to allow him to serve on it.  Jordan stated that Ray Somers has been hired to help with snow removal. 

Individual reports were given by Council Members.  Stutzman stated that he will be working on getting prices for mulch/rubber matting for the Flights of Imagination playground. 


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


Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk


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