VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
March 7, 2011
The Lincoln Village
Council met on Monday March 7th 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Village
Hall. 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, Somers and
Stutzman. Absent was Council Member
Naylor. Also present was Attorney Cook
Minutes of the February
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.
In public comment time
John Vecchione appeared to inquire about how to obtain a change in the zoning
for his proposed business in the Village.
He is intending to open a nursery on his property on Traverse Bay
Street. The property is currently zoned
residential. Jordan advised him to
come to the next Planning/Zoning meeting with a site plan and a request for the
zoning change. The variance request will
alert neighbors within 300 feet of the property of Mr. Vecchione’s rezoning
request. A public hearing would then be
held to hear concerns or comments for or against the application. The next meeting for the commission is May 19th.
Due to time constraints Mr. Vecchione may chose to have a special meeting
earlier but would be responsible for costs incurred. Leroy Hall Fire Chief stated that they have
been given a 6 month extension to complete work on the new brush rig. The work will have to be done by July. He assured Council Members that whatever has
been paid for regarding the work on the vehicle has been able to be traced back
to the company responsible for the work.
He would like to have the work completed by late summer. He stated that it will cost approximately
$5,815.00 to complete everything on the truck and get it road ready. He stated that some minor repairs have been
done on the main pumper. Connie
Stutzman, newly elected chairperson of the Planning/Zoning committee gave an
update of the recent class she attended along with 3 other persons from the
In old business Stutzman
stated that he has been checking on drinking fountains for the playground
area. The process for putting in a
fountain is extremely involved and complicated.
It was suggested that the idea be put to rest for now. Gauthier gave an update on the planned
dedication for the Everett Schram memorial ball field. She asked about the possibility of using the
concession stand area. Jordan stated
that he doesn’t foresee being able to have things ready for use there yet this
year. Other arrangements will need to be
made in order to have food sold at the event.
Attorney Cook suggested contacting the Lincoln Lions to request use of
their gas grills.
In new business Somers
stated that a request has been received to put in a streetlight along Barlow
Road near the Nursing Home. A pole is
already in place and visitors and employees to the Nursing Home would benefit
from having a light there. Attorney Cook
stated that as long as it is along the right of way of the road it would be
okay to consider it. He also gave an
update on repairs that have been made recently.
Jordan thanked Dick and his crew for their work on keeping the roads cleaned
this winter. He also applauded the
efforts of Ray Somers for his work on repairing our equipment. Somers was
excused from the meeting at 7:40 p.m.
Healy stated that she has been able to locate a missing sign for the
LAMP project. Jordan stated that we need
to include this information on our website.
He asked council members to remember to contact Eileen Oposnow with any
information that can be added to the Village’s informational calendar. Stutzman asked about the plans for the ball
fields and what plans the coaches have to complete the new diamonds.
Lask gave a brief update
on the Planning/Zoning training seminar she attended. Gauthier stated that she has some ideas for a
winter festival next year. After
attending a recent one in Traverse City she said that she would like to try to
get something going for Lincoln.
Connie Stutzman gave an
overview of the recent meeting of the Planning/Zoning Committee. One letter was received regarding the
proposed master plan and questions were forwarded to Denise Cline. These objectives were added to the Master
Plan. Following the meeting of the
Planning Committee a resolution was drafted for adoption of the Master Plan. The resolution follows:
RESOLUTION OF ADOPTION
LINCOLN VILLAGE COUNCIL
of Lincoln Master Plan
WHEREAS: The Village of Lincoln, Alcona County,
Michigan re-established a Planning Commission under State of Michigan Public
Act 33 of 2008 , as amended, and;
WHEREAS: The Village of Lincoln Planning Commission is
required by Section 31 of P.A. 33 of 2008, as amended to make and approve a
master plan as a guide for the development within the Village, and;
WHEREAS: The Village retained the services of
Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) as its consultant to the
Planning Commission in preparing this plan, and;
WHEREAS; The Village of
Lincoln Planning commission, in accordance with Section 39 (2) of the act,
notified the adjacent communities and the Alcona County Board of Commissioners
of the intent to develop a plan and, in accordance with the Section 41 (2) of
the Act, distributed the final draft to adjacent communities and the Alcona
County board of Commissioners for review and comment, and;
WHEREAS: The plan was presented to the public at a
hearing held on march 3, 2011, before the Planning Commission, with notice of
the hearing being published in the Alcona Review on February 16, 2011 in
accordance with Section 43(1) of the Act;
WHEREAS: The Village of Lincoln Planning Commission
has reviewed the proposed plan, considered public comment, and adopted the
proposed plan by resolution on March 3, 2011, and;
WHEREAS: The Lincoln Village Council has by resolution
asserted the right to approve or reject the plan;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT
The content of this
document, together with all maps attached to and contained herein are hereby
adopted by the Lincoln Village Council as the village of Lincoln Master Plan on
this 7th day of March, 2011.
Motion: Lask Second: Gauthier
Ayes: Gauthier, Healy, Lask, Stutzman
Absent: Naylor and Somers
Certification I hereby certify that the above is a true and
correct copy of the resolution adopted at the March 7th, 2011 meeting
of the Lincoln Village Council.
Linda K. Somers, Village
President Jordan gave his
report. He stated that the pontoon/dock
is nearly ready to be inspected and when the weather breaks it will be put in
the water. JB’s auto marine will be
helping to remove the posts from the dock.
He thanked all those who helped get the pontoon ready. Jordan stated that they no longer see a
bio-diesel plant being feasible for the community. He stated that the thought is now
concentrated on ethanol instead. Grant
monies that were approved previously can be used for an ethanol study per
approval from the USDA. The demolition
grant appears to be nearly wrapped up. Funds have been released from the MEDC
for Second Street and Traverse Bay Street .
Work should begin in early spring for both projects. He asked that all council members be
involved and help in any way possible during this time. He thanked Bonny Gauthier for her work as
pro-tem during his absence. He also
thanked Leroy Hall and the fire department for their help in removing the
ladder from Brownlee Lake. Jordan stated
that he is looking forward to seeing the “bag ladies and gents” when the
Motion to pay the bills as
presented was made by Gauthier with support from Healy. Carried.
Motion to adjourn was made by Stutzman with support from Gauthier. Carried.
Linda K. Somers