VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
March 2, 2009
The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday March 2, 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Present included; President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members; Gauthier, Kennard, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman. Absent was member Lask. Also present was Attorney Cook and guests.
Minutes of the February meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Carried. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Somers with support from Kennard. Carried.
J. Stutzman talked about a meeting to be held on March 27th regarding the ORV trail. President Jordan stated that he would like to see Council Members attend the meeting. Kennard talked about the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant that was applied for last year. He stated that he felt we should resubmit it again this year. The application has changed. It has to be submitted by April 1st, a public meeting needs to be held and the resolution adopted last year needs to be redone to meet the guidelines for the current year. Wilcox Engineering would be willing to help with the re-application process. He stated that we need to take care of whatever needs to be done immediately. Jordan suggested that we hold the special meeting on March 24th which is the same night we are holding a session regarding the budget. Motion to amend the resolution for the application of grant funding to reflect today’s date was made by Kennard. Gauthier offered support. Roll Call: Gauthier, yea, Kennard, yea, Naylor, yea Somers, yea, Stutzman yea. Carried. Lask was absent. Motion to hold a public hearing on March 24th at 6:30 p.m. for comment about the proposed grant application was made by Kennard, Stutzman offered support. Carried.
Kennard talked about the proposed bid process for lawn mowing for the Village. He stated that he would suggest offering a contract for one season until we find out where we are going with this situation. He gave a list of Village properties that will be included in the bid process. He stated that he would like to give President Jordan the authority to work with the contractor regarding any changes that may arise. Attorney Cook stated that the bids need to be set out before writing a contract. Kennard stated that hopefully we will be able to have the issue settled by the May meeting. Motion was made by Gauthier to appoint people to write the bid specifications for the lawn care work. Naylor offered support. Carried. Stutzman, Kennard and Somers will work on the project. Kennard said there were additional grants given for Streetscapes last year. Although we didn’t make the cut this time he stated that we are still in contention for new grant funding that is currently on hold.
Kennard spoke about the need to find out about funds that have been transferred from savings and where funds have been moved around so that we can be able to have a clear picture when working on budget issues. Jordan stated that he would like to hold one session for budgets next year. Mary suggests that the Clerk and Treasurer could work out a preliminary budget and bring it to the Council Members for approval. Kennard asked about the status of the Fire Department Auxiliary. Gauthier stated that new members are always needed. Jordan stated that he is also trying to find someone to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Somers stated that he had to have more work done on the Village pickup following the recent storm.
President Jordan gave his report. He presented a letter of appreciation to the Ecorse Fire Department to be sent immediately. A request from NEMCOG for a resolution for Trust Fund services was presented. Motion was made by Kennard with support from Somers to pass a sample resolution in support of the trust Fund grant. Gauthier yea, Kennard yea, Stutzman yea, Naylor yea, Somers yea. Carried. The resolution follows:
RESOLUTION OF MARCH 2, 2009
VILLAGE OF LINCOLN, Village Council
WHEREAS: The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund was established in 1976 in order to direct revenue from oil and gas sales on state land into a long-term, sustainable fund for the purchase of recreational and environmentally significant land of value to the people of the state, and
WHEREAS: in difficult economic times and numerous proposed budget cuts, it is recognized that the Trust Fund will attract entities desiring to fill those budget shortfalls, as is observed in a recent report by the Transportation Funding task Force authorized by PA 221 of 2007, which in section 8 recommended to “Redirect all or a portion of the Natural Resources Trust Fund to transportation”, and
WHEREAS: the people of the State of Michigan responded to attempts to divert Trust Fund monies for other uses by voting overwhelmingly in support of a constitutional amendment that expanded the Trust Fund and protects the fund from diversion to other uses, and
WHEREAS: the Trust Fund’s $784.3 million in grant monies plus the average 25% match has contributed over $980 million since 1976 which represents a significant and direct contribution to our state’s economy through the real estate sector and funding for public recreational infrastructure, and
WHEREAS: in this year of great economic need, the Trust Fund Board has approved the largest amount ever, which includes some $48.5 million in projects with monies that have been derived from the sale of natural resources and represent no bailout, deficit or tax revenues, and
WHEREAS: it is of paramount importance to ensure that the recommended projects are approved by the Michigan Legislature as soon as possible so that the dollars allocated for these projects can be injected into our economy to enliven the real estate sector and to help build public infrastructure.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that The Lincoln Village Council urges the Administration and the bipartisan leadership of the Michigan Legislature to work together to pass an apportion of the trust Fund monies as soon as possible, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that The Lincoln Village Council urges the Legislature and Administration to provide whatever supplemental assistance may be necessary to ensure that the Trust Fund Staff is able to process the grants and distribute the funds as soon as possible, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that The Lincoln Village Council also urges the Administration and Legislature to reject the recommendation of the Transportation Funding Task Force and instead maintain the integrity of the Fund for benefit of our economy, our resources, and to keep faith with the will of our state’s people who voted overwhelmingly for constitutional protection of the Fund, and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: that The Lincoln Village Council expresses its thanks to the Trust Fund, the Legislature, the Administration and the people of the state for having the wisdom to dedicate monies from minerals extracted from public land to the purchase and improvement of recreational land for the benefit of our state, our county, our citizens, our tourist visitors, and our all-important natural resources.
SIGNED: Phillip S. Jordan, Lincoln Village President, March 2, 2009
Jordan asked what tasks the Council members have decided to take on as their personal projects this year. Stutzman stated that he intends to work on flower planting within the Village. Gauthier intends to work on dock replacement for Brownlee Lake beach. Kennard intends to continue his work on the grant application and as a liaison with the DDA. Somers stated that with his job he doesn’t have a lot of time to devote to more projects. Jordan stated that he would like to have him work on the boat launch area. Naylor intends to try to get more usage at the ball diamonds. Jordan stated that he is continuing to work on the Bio-diesel project for the Village. Lloyd Cubalo owns property adjacent to Village property and would like to use Mills Industrial Drive for removal of approximately 150 trees. Jordan will talk with him to address any concerns. President Jordan stated that we are moving forward with several new business possibilities in town. There will not be a Planning Commission meeting this month as previously scheduled. A meeting of the Website Committee needs to be held to work on more ideas. Naylor will be helping the group. Jordan asked about selling the Jeep that the Village purchased nearly 2 years ago. Council Members agreed that it should be sold. Jordan will continue to work on bringing the Quilt Trail to Lincoln.
Individual reports were given by Council Members. Stutzman stated that he would like to see repairs be kept current to avoid more costly ventures down the road. Gauthier gave a report on the DDA meeting she attended in Jordan’s absence. Somers said there are 2 broken curb drains. He also thanked Viking Energy for helping remove snow that has been put in the area of the ball diamonds.
Bids for a new well at the Village Maintenance building were presented. Bids were received from Tail Well Drilling and Lovelace Well Drilling. Discussion followed. Motion to have a new well installed by Lovelace Well Drilling was made by Gauthier with support from Kennard. Carried.
Request for an amendment to a variance on property owned by Lenny Bobick was received. Attorney Cook advised that Village Council members will act as the Board of Appeals in dealing with this matter.
Motion to amend the budget was made by Gauthier with support from Kennard. Carried. To take $1000.00 from Council Insurance and put $500 into Council Salaries ,$100 into Social Security ,and $400 into Equipment Rental Building Utilities. To take $500 from Zoning Board to EQR Building Utilities, $400 from Council Miscellaneous to EQR Building utilities and $740.01 from EQR Fund Capital Outlay and put $500 into EQR salaries, $40.01 into Social Security, and $200 into Gasoline under EQR. Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Gauthier/Kennard
Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier/Kennard. Carried.
Linda K. Somers