VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
May 4, 2009
The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday May 4, 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Those present included; President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members, Kennard, Lask,Naylor, Stutzman and Somers. Absent was Council Member Bonny Gauthier. Also present were several guests and Attorney Cook. Motion from Kennard with support from Stutzman to excuse Gauthierís absence. Motion carried. Naylor was excused due to illness.
Minutes of the April meeting, the budget meeting of March 24th and the special meeting of March 24th were approved on motion from Kennard with support from Somers. Motion carried. Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on motion from Kennard with support from Laski. Motion carried.
Five bids were received for lawn mowing services within the Village: #1. Stoutís Lawn Service, #2. Weed be Gone Lawn Care and Landscaping, #3. Mike & Sonís Lawn Care, #4. HLI Landscaping Service, #5 M & M Monniers Maintenance. President Jordan thanked all who turned in bids for this project. Motion was made by Kennard with support from Stutzman to accept all the bids. Carried. Discussion followed. Kennard asked for input from other Council members, none was offered. Kennard stated that he has talked with each applicant. Jordan said that any of the bidders would be able to do the job well. Motion was made by Kennard to select #3. There wasnít a 2nd to the motion. Another discussion followed. Motion to select #5 was made by Lask with support from Kennard. Stutzman stated his objection to the motion, Somers voted no. Due to the lack of Council Members in attendance President Jordan was called upon to break the tie. He offered his support to the motion from Lask and Kennard. M & M is the winning bidder.
The regular meeting was closed at 7:44 to hear an amendment to a variance from Lenny Bobick. Mr. Bobick has requested that wording be changed in his original variance request. He asked to have the following stricken; ďIt cannot be used for industrial work, no automotive bodywork will be done there, no storing or use of chemicals or solvents.Ē There were a few village residents present that expressed concern about whether he could later change his mind and then to begin doing bodywork etc. President Jordan stated that the type of work being done there isnít any different than what is being done elsewhere in the area. President Jordan stated that we are trying to attract business, not drive it away. Motion was made by Lask to amend the variance to remove the restrictions, with support from Kennard. Motion carried. Absent was Naylor and Gauthier. Variance meeting was closed at 7:54. Regular meeting was reopened.
Regular meeting. Troy Somers, Zoning Administrator addressed the board about property on Millen Street. He suggested giving the owner till the May 16th county wide cleanup day to take care of his property. Several letters have been sent from the Village attorney to the owner. President Jordan has talked with the owner on several occasions and asked him to clean up the property. He has started to clean it up a bit but has now stopped that effort. Kennard suggested sending a registered 1st class letter to the owner informing him that he has until May 17th to clean up his property or he will be facing court action. Troy stated that other property owners have done fairly well. Kennard questioned why we havenít already taken the property owner to court. He stated that two years ago when this process began we laid out a plan to follow a step process to resolve these issues. He said he feels like we have been just spinning our wheels. Attorney Cook stated that he is also very frustrated too. In order to file a suit against the owner Cook stated that it is a very costly venture ($850.00) or more. The clerk will send a letter to the homeowner immediately.
In old business Stutzman stated that you can take yard waste to Viking Energy and they will burn it. Kennard said the state has received our application for the Barlow Road project, there have been a total of 162 applications. The streetscape application for grant has been turned in also. Representatives will be visiting the community sometime this month. Kennard asked about the status of the fire contracts. To date all four townships have sent back signed contracts, three have sent in their funds and one hasnít. Attorney Cook suggested contacting the clerk for the township in question before doing anything further. Somers stated that the work on Alger Street is upcoming this summer. He asked if and when it will be done. Somers will put together the bid specs for the project immediately.
In new business Kennard talked about blight issues. He suggested sending letters to all homeowners in the Village asking them to take pride in their home and community, thanking those who do a good job already. Attorney Cook suggested sending them with the tax bills in July. Kennard also suggested contracting the sewer maintenance job by accepting bids for it in the future.
In the Presidentís report Jordan stated that there are several issues with the fire department and communication problems. He would like to set up a committee to work with the issue. Motion was made by Kennard to set up a committee to work with the fire chief in resolving issues, Lask offered support. Motion carried. Motion was made by Kennard with support from Stutzman to allow the Human resource committee to set up a time and date to address the issue. They will report back at the next council meeting. The date has been set for Wednesday May 27th at 6 p.m. President Jordan showed council members a quilt block that was suggested for the Flights of Imagination play area as part of the quilt trail. Kennard made motion to approve the pattern with support from Stutzman. Motion carried. Jordan spoke about sending a letter of support to the Alcona County Commissioners in support of the ORV system. Jordan will work with the clerk to get a letter together. Health Department #2 has requested permission to test the water at Brownlee Lake again. Council members agreed that it would indeed be a good idea. Independent appraisals were sent to 2 property owners with buildings in the village. Jordan is hoping to set up a meeting with each one to discuss plans of action later this month. Jordan stated that the restrooms at the playground are now open. Proposal was received from HBD LLC for renting a vault space for storage of Village documents. Motion was made by Kennard to lease the vault space for 1 year at a price of $100.00 per month. Stutzman offered support. Motion carried. Motion to move $1200.00 from savings and add a line item to the budget was made by Kennard with support from Stutzman, motion carried.
Individual reports were given by council members. Kennard asked about getting sand for Brownlee Lake beach. Several council members expressed interest in working on the project. Volunteers are invited to gather at the beach at 11 a.m. on May 23rd to help in the effort.
Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Kennard with support from Stutzman. Motion carried. Motion to adjourn was made by Stutzman with support from Lask. Motion carried.
Linda K. Somers