January 6, 2014


The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday January 6, 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 Gauthier, Healy, Naylor, Phillips, Somers and Stutzman.  Also present were Attorney Cook and guests.

Minutes of the December meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier/Phillips.  Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier/Stutzman.

In public comment time Michelle Marcouiller from the Alcona County Library presented the Council with a digitized version of a historic ledger.  The Record of Minutes of meetings of the Lincoln Village Council dating back as far as 1908 is now available at all branches of the County Library on a disc.  Michelle stated that she had to photograph each page in the ledger and then optimize them for readability.  She stated that it was a painstaking process as the paper was fragile and much of it was written close to the binding and therefore they were unable to capture the contents using a scanner.  Thank You to the Alcona County Library and staff.  President Jordan also read a letter from Carol Luck,in which the library director thanked them for snow plowing their parking lot.

Leroy Hall, fire chief stated that it has been a fairly quiet month but they will be putting together their budget requests for the upcoming meeting.

Richard Somers gave his street report.  He stated that it is extremely snowy and slippery out there!  Thanks to Dick and Phil for all their hard work in clearing the snow from the recent storms.

Two bids were received for the resurfacing of Main Street.  Elmerís Crane and Dozer gave a bid and Everett Goodrich Trucking also gave a bid.  Motion was made by Stutzman/Gauthier to recognize the receipt of 2 bids and to delay a decision on awarding a contract until the February meeting. This will give Council members time to further investigate the issue.

One bid was received for the lawn mowers that were advertised for sale by the Village.  M & M (Monniers Maintenance) gave a bid totaling $7,000 for all 3 mowers.  The mowers were estimated to be worth between $7,500 and $9,000 for the two SKAG mowers, no estimate was given for the push mower.  Discussion followed.  Motion was made by Gauthier/Healy to accept the bid from M&M. 

In new business Somers stated that the loader had to have a new pins ordered for the bucket.  Thanks to Viking Energy and Kenny LaLonde for their help in keeping our equipment running.  Dick also stated that he needs to get the wiper motor repaired on the loader too.  President Jordan stated that we need to get a new lock system on the loader door.  Phillips stated that he has noticed businesses pushing snow into the freshly plowed streets.  He questioned who is responsible for moving personal snow?  He said we are out early plowing streets and then some owners are clearing their parking areas and pushing the snow into the street for our crew to get rid of.  He asked about having business owners clear the snow from their lots before the streets are plowed and it would help resolve the issue.  President Jordan stated that we need to be cautious about setting up times to have snow moved around as we canít guarantee that our plow crew will always be plowing in certain areas at certain times.  It was suggested that perhaps we can contact property owners and ask that they get their snow out to the street early enough to allow plow crews to take care of it in a timely manner.  President Jordan stated that he has concerns about sidewalks that are also being blocked by the piles of snow.  He said perhaps we need to have a policy in place next year that will address this issue too.  It was agreed that there is a need for some changes. 

President Jordan gave his report.  Letter of resignation was read from Richard Somers as Sewer Administrator.  Motion was made by Gauthier/Stutzman to confirm/accept the resignation that was made on November 4th, 2013.  Somers abstained.  Motion passed.  President Jordan stated that the Festival of Lights was a huge success in spite of the cold weather.  Thanks to the Alcona Varsity boys basketball team for their help.  Also thanks to the Lincoln Fire Department, Richard Gillies JR,The Lincoln Lions and the adult dance group that participated.  Winners of the lighting contest were 1st place to Chuck and Peggy Allen, 2nd place to Teresa Moore, 3rd to Glenn MacNeill and 4th to Bill and Kathy Putsky.  The travelling business award went to Lincoln Haven Nursing Home.

Motion was made by Gauthier/Naylor to approve Karen Godi as a new DDA member.  President Jordan stated that Karen has been attending meetings and is anxious to get working. 

Rich Gillespie has been working on our Sewer system and said we need to purchase a new set of slides to bring it up to standard.  It will cost approximately $1300 for the slides and another $400 to have them installed.  This will hopefully bring everything up to where it needs to be in order to keep things running smoothly.  President Jordan stated that the SAW grant has a lot of stipulations that have to be met and also a lot of things that will not be allowable.  He said we will not be able to expand the current system, only upgrade what we currently have.  Also it now appears that we will not be able to add new customers nor will we be able to add onto the drain field area.  He stated that all the schedules would have to be reworked if we were to get the grant. President Jordan asked Dick to put the lock system on the dumpster.  The parking lot beside the post office will be revamped to have traffic rerouted and the mailbox moved in the spring.  President Jordan has been working with a company to get a generator for an emergency plan to be put in place for the Village.  President Jordan thanked everyone for their help in donating to a needy family during the holidays. President Jordan asked about the proof of insurance papers and ownership papers that are to be in each Village owned vehicle.  Somers will check tomorrow.  President Jordan stated that he hopes to get everything ready for a dedication of the Lions memorial at the Post Office parking area in the spring. 

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

Linda Somers

Village Clerk






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