VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
January 3, 2012
The Lincoln Village Council met on Tuesday January 3, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Those in attendance included: President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members Gauthier, Healy, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman. Attorney Cook was absent.
Minutes of the December meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Somers. Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Healy. Treasurer Kossa stated that she feels we finished the year in good shape. She stated that she sent a registered letter to the Alcona County Treasurer regarding a decision to turn down the offer for turning the old grainery property over to the village. Following discussion at the December meeting, Council Members decided they do not want to be responsible for the property reverting back to the Village.
Fire Chief Leroy Hall gave an update on the fire department. He stated that things have been busy within regular fire and first responder runs but otherwise things have been quiet. President Jordan asked for completed reports regarding the number of runs for the department and also for purposes of sending out fire contracts to the townships. He stated that they are currently working on a small grant and they will work with Treasurer Kossa to purchase items.
In public comment time Connie Stutzman stated that the next Planning & Zoning meeting will take place on January 12th with Gustin Township joining our group.
One bid was received for removal of snow on the sidewalks along both sides of Second Street and Traverse Bay State Road. The bid was from Stoutís Lawn Service of Barton City. He proposed $500.00 for up to 6 inches of snowfall and $80.00 for each additional inch (this is for each event/snowfall). A discussion was held on what can be used for snowmelt. Ron Stout stated that he would be happy to spread calcium chloride to aid in the process if necessary. Dick expressed concern about knicking the curb while attempting to plow snow that was pushed onto the street from the sidewalks. Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Healy to accept the bid from Stoutís Lawn Service for cleaning the sidewalks. Motion carried. President Jordan stated that Dick and Ron will have to work together and fine tune the process. Council members agreed that this is a new situation and we do not know what to expect.
In old business Somers stated that he has been working on the fuel tanks for the dump truck. He stated that he needs a part for the dump truck however he is not sure if he can find a replacement given the fact that it is so old. The heater in the pickup is not working properly, he will see about getting it fixed. Healy stated that she has a coupon for 25% off lights from Bronners that is good through February. She will bring information to the budget meeting next week. Gauthier offered to work with Healy on finding more lights for next season.
In new business Gauthier asked about people driving over the curbs and she is concerned about breaking down the new concrete. Jordan will talk with the persons involved and try to resolve the issue. Somers stated that there are a lot of people using the roadway to park personal vehicles and it is impeding his attempts to remove snow. Although there is an old ordinance on the books that prohibits such parking, signs would need to be posted in order for it to be enforced stated current Planning Chairperson Connie Stutzman. President Jordan stated that he is against banning parking on village streets for that purpose and believes more can be accomplished if he and Somers speak to the individuals involved. (Somers asked to be excused from the meeting at 8 p.m.)
President Jordan gave his report. He stated that the Christmas lights on the poles have been turned off. However the lights on the pear trees will remain on until at least the spring, possibly longer. Dave and Joe James have been working to resolve the issue with dimming of the streetlights that was to have occurred when the new lights were installed. He would like to purchase mulch to pack around the new trees per a recommendation from Huron View Tree Farms owners Ė from where the pear trees were purchased. A motion was made by Lask with support from Gauthier to purchase the mulch. Motion carried.
Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Gauthier with support from Lask. Carried. Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Carried.
Linda K. Somers