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
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
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.