JUNE 2011


June 6, 2011


The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday June 6, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.   Those present included; President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members: Gauthier, Healy, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman.  Also present were several guests and Attorney David Cook.

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

Leroy Hall, fire chief and Scott DuBay attended the meeting to give an overview of activity within the department.  Leroy stated that the siren has been fixed and is now going off at noon daily.  It will also be used for emergency use in case of severe weather etc.  President Jordan urged the fire department personnel to continue to work on an emergency plan with village residents and members of the Baptist Church and Senior Citizen center to implement the plan. 

In public comment time John Vecchione asked about the status of tree cutting along Traverse Bay.  Jordan stated that the process is just starting with Consumers Energy and will take about 12 weeks to complete.  Ron Kennard spoke about the Memorial Day Ceremonies that were held in the village.  He thanked those who attended for the nice service.  He also stated that a meeting was held for the Brownlee Lake Association on Saturday.  A plaque was given to Sue Kennard to express appreciation from the members for her efforts in starting the Brownlee Lake Association.  Ron stated that the USDA grant funds are no longer available so the group will still need to raise the $25,000 that the grant funds would have covered.  They still need approximately $17,000 to finish the project.  He stated that they are still taking donations from the local community and will welcome any help to reach their goal.  Thanks to Ron Kennard for the wonderful flag stand as well as the POW flag.  Jordan stated that we will get 2 new flagpoles and a State of Michigan flag.  Thanks to Sue Kennard for the frame for the photo of Abraham Lincoln.  Sue Kennard stated that there will be a Texas hold-em tournament to benefit the Brownlee Lake Association.  Evelyn Good DDA Treasurer gave a copy of the DDA budget to the Council for approval.  Jordan thanked Evelyn for her work.  A motion was made by Lask with support from Healy to adopt the DDA budget for 2011-2012.  Carried. Following is the DDA Budget:                           

                                   DDA BUDGET FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012 Beautification   




Estimated Balance from 2010-2011                 
Land Contract  
TIFFA Alcona County 
TIFFA Gustin Township 
TIFFA Gustin Twp. Fire Millage  
TIFFA Village of Lincoln



TIFFA Passthrough




Hunt Program 











Activity Committee  
Car Show  
DDA Consultant 
Economic Development
Façade grant  
Financial Audits 
Fire Department 
Legal Fees   
Membership per Diem 
Traverse Bay Ice Grant  
Village Administrative Fees    
Village Equipment Replacement 

Passthrough Reimbursements                       
Hunt Program 







Debbie Shaneour stated that a Village garage sale will be held over the Labor Day weekend.  Donations will be accepted to benefit the Brownlee Lake Association.  Persons who are interested in donating to the cause may contact Debbie Shaneour at; 989-736-8346.

Jordan thanked members of the community who were at the meeting for the hard work they all are doing.  John Klinger, Gustin Township supervisor attended the meeting.  He stated that members of his board are looking forward to working with the Village on several issues.  He said they would be interested in working on ordinances with our Planning group.  Currently they are working on the Civil War ceremonies to take place in September at the Twin Lakes Cemetery.  He is trying to find funding for a sign to honor the soldier.  They are hoping to hang the new sign under the current sign at the cemetery.   He asked about what is needed to remove lilac bushes around the Gustin Township building.  He stated that they are getting in the way during the winter months with snow removal.  Kathy Putsky added that she will be selling tickets for the 50/50 drawing for the lake association in July.  She also commented that she thought the Memorial Day service was exceptionally nice. 

In old business Stutzman asked about the status of sidewalk repairs that are needed and have been budgeted for.  Jordan suggested waiting until the streetscape work is finished.  Stutzman asked about purchasing a tree to use for a Village Christmas tree in Railroad Park.  He would like to have something that can be decorated every year.  Stutzman stated that the Flights of Imagination flower beds are in bad shape.  He stated that he is unsure about what to do to get the beds whipped into shape.  Jordan stated that 2 flats of flowers were donated by Harger’s Nursery to be planted there.  Stutzman offered to spearhead a cleanup there.  Gauthier stated that the dedication for the Everett Schram memorial ball fields is set to be held on July 23rd beginning at noon.  Further details will be coming soon.  She also stated that there are boards that are laying around at the Flights of Imagination.  She asked about the status of the Pavilion for use for concessions during the summer months.  Somers stated that the existing dock at the beach is in bad shape.  He will try to get some help to get things fixed in the next few days.  Lask stated that she has been in contact with one of the County Commissioners regarding the siren and emergency plan for the village.  Gauthier asked about the old elevator building and what will be done regarding this.  Jordan said that he has asked to have it boarded up and sealed in order to keep people out of it.  In its current state it is a hazard. 

In new business Naylor stated that the Masonic Lodge will be hosting an open house to dedicate their new kitchen facility.  The event will occur on June 16th between noon and five.  Somers will be working on putting up new signs along Village streets.  He stated that MDOT requirements are that the signs be in place before the end of the year.  Stutzman stated that the flyers were delivered to several businesses for the Civil War re-enactment that will take place over the weekend of June 18th and 19th.  Kossa stated that she has concerns about traffic in Barlow Road Park during the event.  She asked about blocking one of the drive areas and also about parking vehicles by the Flights of Imaginations area.  She asked for direction about how to proceed with blocking things off.  Jordan stated that there are several places that could be used for parking vehicles.  Somers will work with Kossa to see what needs to be done to block off the roadways. 

 Motion to change the Vecchione property from residential to business was made Lask with support from Healy.  Motion carried.  Additionally a recommendation was received that the Planning commission be allowed to work with NEMCOG / Denise Cline to write all new ordinances for the village.  A motion was made by Healy with support from Gauthier.  Carried.  Planning Commission Chairperson Constance Stutzman brought a recommendation to the Council regarding the possibility of having Joan Gonyea rejoin the Planning Commission.  John Vecchione also expressed a desire to join the group.  Jordan stated that he felt this would bring the group up to where they need to be. A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Healy to accept Joan and John on the Planning Commission.  Carried. 

A discussion was held regarding the Village’s insurance.  A 3 year rate guarantee was received from Lappan Agency along with a 10% reduction in premiums.  Mr. Lappan was unable to attend the meeting but sent information along to Phil Jordan.  A motion was made by Lask to accept the 3 year insurance guaranteed rate offered by Lappan Insurance to provide insurance for the Village.  Carried.

Issues regarding the swim area at Brownlee Lake were discussed.  Jordan stated that the buoys are going to be put out tomorrow with help from Ron and Sue Kennard.  The first dock will be worked on immediately.  Jordan stated that he thinks it should be replaced after this swim season.  They will see how the new pontoon dock works this year before deciding to purchase another one.  John Bernard will be coming yet this week to pull out the poles from the big dock. 

Jordan stated that he would also like to have the sign moved from its current location and placed beside the water where it is clearly visible.  He said it needs to be located where it can be seen.  It is recommended that it be placed in the grassy area just away from the water’s edge.  Gauthier asked about placing a port a john at the beach area for the summer months.  Kossa will take care of ordering them.  Jordan asked village Attorney Cook about what can be done regarding foul language and bad behavior at the beach area.  Jordan will speak with Sheriff Doug Atchison about how to enforce the ordinance issues. 

Jordan spoke about the Memorial Day ceremonies that took place in the village.  He said the wrong dates were published and there was not a lot of participation perhaps due in part to that error.  He said next year a committee will take care of putting together the ceremony.  Sarah Healy offered to head up that committee.  President Jordan met with Von Hoffman and Joe James to see about putting in a security system for the Flights of Imagination area.  Hoffman has stated that if 2 poles can be put in place immediately he can work on installing the system.  It can be an ongoing process to upgrade it yearly.  A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Lask to proceed with installing the surveillance system immediately at Barlow Road Park/ bathroom area.  Initially there will be 4 cameras installed.  As time goes by it is possible to add on as needed.    President Jordan stated that it has been suggested to have the Master Plan put on the Village website.  Council Members agreed that it would be a good idea to have it accessible for all residents.  President Jordan stated that bids need to be advertised for replacing the roof on the Village Maintenance garage.  Dick will put together the specs for advertisement and will put them out for bids to be opened at the next meeting. 

Jordan gave an overview of the sewer system and the work that has been done to bring everything up to where it needs to be.  He stated that a maintenance schedule is now in place and all tanks are identified and numbered to correspond with the sewer customer’s name/number. 

Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Healy to put the delinquent people that are on the sewer system on the tax roll and pass the following resolution:  Be it resolved on a request from the Village treasurer received and filed that these accounts including penalties and interest are unpaid. 

Durfee’s  Restaurant                      052-000-024-001-02         Sewer Service  448.58   

Mary Ross                                           052-000-024-002-00         Sewer Service  124.61

Heather’s House of Hair                                052-000-031-001-02         Sewer Service   62.31

Jeffrey Erickson                                                052-000-027-002-00         Sewer Service  124.61

Gauthier, Healy, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman.  All aye, 0 nays.  Motion carried. 

Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Somers to contribute $200.00 towards the fireworks to Huron Shores Chamber of Commerce.  Motion carried. 

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

Linda K. Somers
Village Clerk
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