March 2014



March 3, 2014

The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday March 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.   The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Present included President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members, Gauthier, Healy, Naylor, Phillips and Stutzman. Council Member Somers was absent.  Minutes of the February meeting were approved on  motion from Phillips/Gauthier.  Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier/Phillips. 

Fire Chief Leroy Hall gave a report on activities within the fire department and first responders.  He stated that the department has sent two pagers out for repair. They have a possible new fire fighter candidate to introduce following a background check.  Assistant Fire Chief Mike Serafin said he was called upon today to help with the transport of a patient to the hospital.  President Jordan thanked them for all they do to help the community. 

Zoning fees were discussed.  Information was received from Denise Cline of NEMCOG and also from the City of Harrisville.  John Stutzman stated that he has concerns about some of the figures. He stated that he would like to see a set fee for any construction and not use the cost of the structure as the basis for that fee. A lengthy discussion followed. Motion was made by Gauthier/Phillips to pass the new fee schedule that includes revisions as discussed. Motion carried.  Public meeting will be held to present the new fees.  Discussion was held regarding generators for emergency use within the Village.  Treasurer Kossa and President Jordan attended a meeting regarding funding that may be available through grants from Emergency Planners for Alcona County.  Mary and Phil then gathered bids for generators at two locations.  Price of approximately $7,000 was given for a generator that would be placed at the Baptist Church.  The bid for locating a generator at the Senior Center would be approximately $27,000.   President Jordan stated that he and Mary will pursue this matter and report back at another meeting.  No Street report was given as Somers was absent. 

In old business Phillips asked about the status of the sewer.  President Jordan stated that since Rich Gillespie has taken over the operations of the system the problem with the transducers has been remedied.  The repairs were costly and the DDA has agreed to help pay those bills. In new business Naylor asked about possibility of having a pavilion for the Flights of Imagination as well as a well system putin theree.  President Jordan is working with Karen Godi, DDA member and together they hope to put together a grant application to be included in next years’ DNR grant process.  President Jordan advised Council Members to look around at pavilions in the area and give feed- back at a later date.  Gauthier asked about plans for salt storage for the future.  Money has been set aside in the new budget and we will continue to seek resolution to the issue. President Jordan gave his report.  He stated that we have recently completed revisions of the ordinances for the Village.  He hopes to work with Chairperson Connie Stutzman and Zoning Administrator Troy Somers very soon to get things started so that the updated ordinances can be adopted.   President Jordan stated that he will be working on stencils for Village equipment this week.  He has requested that a board be put together to contain all keys for everything that the Village owns.  Additionally he has again requested a master list of contact persons that work with us.  He asked to have the mural on the wall in the meeting room moved so that it is hung properly.  Suggestion was made that we consider having picnic tables built perhaps as a service project with the Lincoln Lions.  At last months’ meeting a request for a maintenance schedule was made – so far we have not received it.  He stated that we need to maintain our equipment whether it’s repairing a door handle or mirror – we need to get it taken care of immediately.  President Jordan stated that there is help available for filing Income Tax for Senior Citizens.  Susan Krey, ACCOA director said they could use additional help from persons who know how to prepare taxes or those who are willing to learn.  Interested persons are encouraged to contact her at the Senior Center.  Letter was received from District Health Department  #2 regarding Brownlee Lake beach.  It stated that there had been one incident where a posting had to be made regarding E-coli caused from goose droppings.  In the past several residents have helped with the clean-up efforts but there is concern about cleaning up the beach area and docks.  Gauthier will continue to see what options are available. A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman to pay the bills as presented.  Carried.  A motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Healy.  Motion carried.

Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk

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