JAN 2011


JANUARY 3rd, 2011

The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday January 3rd at 7p.m. at the Village Hall.  Those in attendance included: President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/ Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members, Healy, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman.  Absent were Gauthier and Attorney Cook.  Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Minutes of the December meeting were approved on motion from Lask with support from Somers.  Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on motion from Stutzman with support from Healy. 

John Guynn of the Masonic Lodge appeared to inquire about the Streetscape grant that is planned for Traverse Bay State Road.  John stated that the Masons would like to know where they may fit into the plans for the project.  He offered support from their organization in helping in any way possible.  President Jordan stated that there are plans to apply for another grant to finish the remainder of Traverse Bay further on to Barlow Road.  Jordan said they will be looking for help and input from residents as the streetscape work begins.   Council members thanked John for his groups help on several projects in the past and President Jordan said he knows they will continue to be a part of helping on things in the future.  Leroy Hall, fire chief gave an update on activities within the department.  He stated that the group is currently working on redoing their storage area.  The group will be having ice rescue training on January 24th. 

In old business Lask stated that she has obtained some old pictures that she is in the process of getting copied for the Hall.  Somers stated that he has been talking with individuals regarding having a 4 way stop for Second/Main Street intersection.  Motion to table discussion of the 4 way stop on Second and Main until next month’s meeting was made by Stutzman with support from Somers.  Carried.  Estimates for replacement of the roofs on the Village Hall and Maintenance buildings were discussed.  Motion to include the roof bids in the budget meeting for the upcoming 2011/2012 budget year was made by Lask with support from Naylor.  Carried.   Somers stated that most of the 2nd dock was removed from Brownlee Lake.  Only the posts and ladder remain. Thanks to Dick and Leonard Morang for their efforts!   Stutzman presented photos he has taken of the demolition project.  Jordan stated that he would like to have someone put together a photo collection of all the projects that are currently going on. 

In new business Healy stated that she would like to see some observance of Memorial Day take place in the Village.  Jordan stated that the service that was held in 2010 was well received.  He said he hopes in the future it will continue to be held to honor those who have served in the armed forces.  Naylor inquired about whether the Masons needed a grease trap on their sink/sewer system.  It was observed that it would be a good idea for their own protection but it is not a requirement for the Village since they are not on the sewer system.  He also asked about drainage issues that occur at their establishment.  Jordan stated that when the streetscape project occurs it should resolve those issues.  Stutzman asked about the status of the snowmobile races in the village.  Jordan suggested that he contact Ken Manning for information as he is the person in charge.  The races are sanctioned by MIRA and information can be found on their website.

President Jordan asked Council Members what they are each prepared to accomplish in the coming year.  He stated that they should each think about their goals for this year and report back at next month’s meeting.  He challenged members to take on some of the projects that need to be done.  Jordan stated that he will hold off on the new sewer ordinance until the Village Attorney can be present, hopefully at the next meeting.  Jordan stated that he has put together a schedule for maintenance of the sewer system that can be followed yearly since it is a 5 year plan.  Jordan stated that he and Linda met with the CPA for the Village.  There are several changes that need to be put into effect and Mary and Linda will need to attend some classes for using the Quick Books method of bookkeeping.  Motion was made by Healy with support from Naylor to allow Linda and Mary to attend the classes and to pay for the gas mileage and class fees.  Motion carried.  Motion was made by Stutzman with support from Lask to hold a budget meeting on Monday January 24th at 6 p.m.  Motion carried.   Jordan said he has received many positive comments about the Christmas Decorations this year, thanks Dick, Leonard and Ray.  The master plan is now out to adjacent communities for review.  A planning commission meeting will be held following the review of the master plan.  Jordan and Connie Stutzman will work together with Denise Cline about scheduling meetings regarding public hearings.  Treasurer Mary Kossa addressed the group about a planned ceremony at the Twin Lakes Cemetery to honor the last Civil War veteran.  She stated that the 150th anniversary of the Civil War would coincide with the ceremony and she said they would like to see about holding something within the Village.  Mary offered to talk with other service agencies about helping with “seed money” for advertising and set up of the events.  Kristin Lask andPhil Naylor offered to work with Mary on getting things moving for this event.  Jordan thanked Council Members for all their hard work and said he is looking forward to doing even more in the future. 

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

Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk



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