Jan 2013


January 7, 2013


The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday January 7th at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  The meeting was 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, Somers and Stutzman. Council Member Lask was absent. Also present were Attorney Cook and guests.


Minutes of the December meeting were approved on a motion by Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman.


Kristy Schulze of Johnson & Schulze presented members with a copy of the Village’s recent audit report.  Most importantly Kristy stated that we received a clean opinion for this audit.  Kristy pointed out a few areas that she felt could be improved upon but said basically her comments were meant to be constructive and helpful.  President Jordan stated that the Village and DDA both have had a huge task in doing this particular audit because of the grants involved. Village applies for the grants with matching funds coming from the DDA then we work together to get things accomplished.  He said this audit will be useful to help us improve in the long run.


In public comment time Naomi Potter and Teresa Hart stated that 2 grants were received totaling $4586 to be used to lay down mulch for the Flights of Imagination playground.  A donation of $500 was received from Pat Jilbert and $130 from her shop employees in honor of her husband Ron Jilbert.  To date there is a total of nearly $8000 to be used to improve the playground in the spring.  Much of the money was also raised in the recent bake sales.  John Klinger, Gustin Township Supervisor addressed the Council about a new program that is being offered in Alcona County regarding health and nutrition.  Judy MacNeill is presenting a program called Fuel up to 60.  She presented statistics about obesity in both Michigan and Alcona County.  She gave information to the Council to motivate everyone to become healthier through positive lifestyle changes.  She challenged the community to join the “Let’s Move” campaign.  A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman to file an application to allow Lincoln to be designated as a “Let’s Move” community and to authorize Sara Healy to act as a liaison on our behalf.


Leroy Hall, Fire Chief stated that this has been a very busy year for the departments.  The total runs for the year is 203, 141 outside the Village, 62 were inside the Village. Connie Stutzman stated that the next planning meeting is set for January 17th at 6 p.m.  We are looking forward to completing the process of re-writing our ordinances and getting everything ready for a final approval by the Council. 


Richard Somers gave his Sewer and Street Reports.  We are averaging 3706 gallons per day being pumped into the system.  He stated that Barlow will need to be crack sealed this year. President Jordan asked to have the price quote for discussion at the upcoming budget meeting.  He anticipates that Main Street and a few other small streets need to be done this year.  Bonny will contact someone from MEDC regarding whether or not grant funds are available for street repairs. 


Two bids were received for the pickup truck the village has advertised for sale.  One was a bid for $1,062 and another was a bid for $752.  Both bids were well below the bid threshold that was expected.  Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Healy to accept both bids and to then reject both while pursuing other avenues for selling the truck.  Bonny will work with Dick to get things ready to advertise it again.


President Jordan stated that he has been contacted by someone regarding the movie, “Lincoln” and the possibility of having it shown in the community.  President Jordan will contact the proper authorities and see about having details worked out.  The showing date would be February 12th.  Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman to have President Jordan pursue this venture.  Motion carried.  Lighting of the Village went very well this year.  Many positive comments were made by those in attendance.  First place went to Ted and Deb Shaneour, Second place went to Dick and Norma Somers, Third place went to Billy and Edna Somers and Fourth place went to Rod and Cindy Kilbourn.  The travelling trophy for the business community went to Alcona Motors.  A plaque was delivered to the Linton family for the flagpole donated in their father’s memory.  President Jordan stated that he recently met Marty Carpenter, son of the late Doc Carpenter, local veterinarian that passed away several years ago.  President Jordan stated that he would like to purchase a plaque to designate the tree that was donated by his family in his honor. Council members agreed that this should be pursued. 

There are several things that need to be fixed on the dump truck.  There is a bad cylinder and a bad gas tank.  John stated that he feels we need to fix the gas tank immediately before the weather gets bad.  Thanks goes to Kenny Lalonde for his work on much of our equipment.  President Jordan stated that we are getting close to where we need to be in terms of repairs.  Dick will also get a light for the loader and have it put on as soon as possible.  


Letter of resignation was received from Connie Stutzman from her positions as Deputy Clerk/Treasurer effective immediately.  Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Healy to accept the resignation with regret.  Thanks to Connie for her many years of service to the community.

Stutzman stated that a snowmobile race is planned for Lincoln this year although a date is not definite yet. 

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


Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk


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