VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
July 6, 2009
The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday July 6th at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Those present included; Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members Gauthier, Lask, Somers and Stutzman. Council Members Kennard and Naylor and President Jordan were absent. Also present were Attorney Cook and guests.
Minutes of the June meeting were approved on a motion from Somers with support from Stutzman, motion carried. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Stutzman with support from Lask.
Robert Reynolds presented the Council with a letter of resignation from Brian Somers from the Fire Department effective July1. Motion from Stutzman with support from Lask to accept the resignation. Motion carried. Village resident Phil Potter asked about placement of speed limit signs on village streets. He expressed concern about children playing in the roadway on Millen Street near the Alcona Animal Clinic. Attorney Cook advised that the speed signs are regulated by the road commission. Following a discussion Somers made a motion to put up a “children playing” sign on Millen Street. Stutzman offered support. Motion carried.
Mr. Potter questioned the lawn mowing bidding process and areas that he stated are in need of care. He stated that he has had pine cones blown unto his lawn. It was suggested that he talk to the lawn mower operator. Gauthier will talk with President Jordan about looking further into this issue. Potter suggested having a group to oversee the parks area in the village. He stated that he and several family members weeded the flower area by the park entrance. He asked about having a work bee one weekend each summer to get things in shape. Gauthier stated that she thinks selling more slats to raise funds for maintenance is a good idea. Attorney Cook said the Lions group will be having a work bee and hopefully they can concentrate their efforts on working on the play area. Potter also stated that he is concerned about trash barrels burning in the Millen Street area. Attorney Cook said that since this is a state issue, he would advise having the Zoning Administrator address this problem or else call the DNR office. He also stated that he would like to see a baby swing in the park by the Village Hall. Dick will check into purchasing one. He also questioned the situation with the Holmes property, Cook stated that the lawsuit has been filed in Circuit Court.
In other business Herb Legrow addressed the board regarding a letter he received about vehicles parked on his property. He brought a letter that was signed from” Lincoln Village”. Council members looked at the letter and all agreed that this is not a letter that was written by anyone connected with the village council. Clerk Somers stated that any letter regarding property issues would be typewritten on Village stationary, not handwritten on ordinary household paper as in this case. She further stated that it would be signed by the proper persons. Mr. Legrow has since moved from the community. Attorney Cook stated that when a nuisance issue is addressed to the Village Council the persons would first be informed by the Zoning Administrator before anything else is done. Following a suggestion from Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Connie Stutzman, motion was made by Lask with support from Somers to send a thank you note to Phil and Naomi Potter, Tonya Pagels, Ricks Tree Service, Dick Somers, Theresa Hart and Ken Manning for their efforts in cleaning up the playground area. Thanks also to Connie and John Stutzman for their help at the playground.
The need to close out a prior Fire Department grant was discussed. Treasurer Kossa and resident Joan Gonyea have been working with FEMA officials. In order to process the current grant we need to close out the old one. Motion was made by Somers with support from Stutzman to pay $3921 to FEMA to resolve the issue. Motion carried. Thanks to Joan and Mary for their hard work on this project! Joan has graciously offered to be the grant coordinator for the new grant. Motion was made by Lask with support from Somers to pay Joan $40.00 per month for her efforts. Motion carried.
In old business purchasing a loader for the Village was discussed. It was decided to table the discussion until the entire board can be present to make a decision.
President pro-tem Bonny Gauthier gave the Presidents report. She noted that 2 young people are working for the Village for the summer months. One is working with Dick on maintenance and one in the office. They helped move boxes to the vault for storage following the Villages rental of space there. Health Department #2 is again testing water at Brownlee Lake.
Joan Gonyea stated that she would like to remind residents of the 2 new quilt blocks in the village. One is on the playground and one at the depot. She also suggested that when village residents have a complaint they should contact the proper persons as needed.
Motion to pay the bills was made by Stutsman with support from Lask. Motion to adjourn was made by Stutzman with support from Somers. Motion carried.
Linda K. Somers