LINCOLN VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
May 2, 2011
Village Council met on Monday May 2, 2011 at 7 P.M. at the Village
Hall. The Pledge of Allegiance was
recited and the following were in attendance:
President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members: Gauthier,
Healy, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman.
Also present was Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and guests.
Minutes of the
April meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from
Stutzman. Note that we need to include
Constance Stutzman’s name in minutes of April meeting. Also need to change Agenda month name on
tonight’s roster to April rather than March. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to
audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Somers.
In public comment Debbie Shaneour, Cathy Putsky and Joan Toombs, members of the
beautification committee and streetscape committees talked about their work in
the various areas. Jordan thanked the
group for their efforts and work in the community. Pat Nelson stated that the baseball season is
behind schedule due to the weather. He
said replacement sod will be put in place on Thursday and should be looking
good in a few weeks. There are ball
tournaments scheduled for the area 11 & 12 year olds the end of this
month. He thanked Dick Somers for his
work on the diamonds. Pat stated that
all the players, parents and coaches will participate in cleaning up the fields
at a picnic/cleanup day in the near future.
He stated that they are looking for help funding the necessary items
that would help to finish the project.
Leroy Hall, Fire Chief approached the Council with a recommendation for
approval for Penny Cholewa to join the Village Fire Department. Motion was
made by Gauthier with support from Somers to approve Penny for the
department. Motion carried. Leroy and assistant fire chief Scott DuBay
attended a meeting in Alpena regarding issues that could affect the local fire
departments. He stated that they received
a lot of valuable information for consideration. He said they are looking into options for
pager/radios for possible purchase by the departments. Tony Escareno, Mike Serafin and Keith
Thompson all passed their firefighter classes recently and will be graduating
on Saturday. Two of them are now
enrolled in EMT classes. Council members
would like to congratulate the trio and say thank you for their efforts. President Jordan asked about working with
Leroy to implement a plan for residents of the community in case of emergency. He also asked about getting the siren fixed
that is to be used in such cases.
In old business
Healy stated that she will be happy to work with Lask on the LAMP trail
project. Gauthier will continue working
on the dedication of the Everett Schram memorial. Stutzman stated that the Easter Egg Hunt went
very well in the village this year.
Jordan stated that over 220 children participated and every child was
given a prize. Thanks go out to Teresa
Hart and Naomi Potter for their hard work on this endeavor. Thanks also go out to Eileen Oposnow for her
wonderful photo coverage and the slide show she created for the Village
Website. Stutzman stated that he needs
good black dirt for work on the flower bed he is going to put in at the
Flight’s of Imagination this year. Healy
and Gauthier offered to work with Leroy Hall to begin the process of
implementing an emergency plan for the Village.
Somers stated that we need to consider doing something about the
Village’s dump truck as it is in need of several repairs. He will be getting estimates for repairs on
the vehicle and coming back to the Council for approval. It is possible that we
may need to consider purchasing a different vehicle. He will report back at the next meeting. Naylor expressed concern about empty lots
that need to be leveled and reseeded.
Jordan stated that as the weather improves we can look at taking care of
it. Somers said that there has been some
vandalism of property again, tables have been broken etc. President Jordan said there is a zero
tolerance plan and we will follow through as necessary. Lask gave a follow up report regarding a
flood plan she looked at for the village.
Stutzman asked to remove Individual reports from the agenda. All were in agreement to remove it.
President Jordan gave
his report. He received a call from
our Insurance provider, Lappan Insurance.
He stated that he can give a 3 year guarantee on our insurance and will
be attending the next meeting to answer questions regarding our policy and
coverage’s. Council members will make a
decision after hearing his presentation in June. Jordan asked Council Members to attend a
meeting on Wednesday with a representative from the MEDC to close out the
demolition grant. The meeting will be
held at the hall at 11 A.M. He stated
that work will begin on the Streetscape project very soon. Work is scheduled to start with removal of
existing power poles from 2nd street and Church Street to the south
end of the easements. Work is expected
to begin very soon. Gauthier asked about
holding a town meeting so that residents can see what is planned for the
community and give them a timeline of what is expected. Jordan asked that all Council members attend
any meeting that is held. Gauthier will
work with President Jordan to set something up for the meeting. He said the façade grant project is going
very well. The application is nearing
completion and ready to be submitted to the MEDC for approval. Drawings have been made of planned changes
and upgrades for the businesses and are very attractive. Thanks go out to Jack Robinson of Sunrise Welding
& Fabrication for work on our pontoon/swim platform in getting it ready for
the upcoming season. Thanks also go out
to John Bernard of JB’s Auto/Marine for allowing use of his pontoon trailer to
bring the swim platform out of storage and taking it for pressure testing on
the pontoons. Jordan would like to see
about obtaining a blinking light stop sign for the corner of 2nd and
Traverse Bay Street. He further stated
that he would like to go with a 4 way stop at Main & 2nd streets
and use a flashing stop sign there also.
Memorial Day service will be held on May 30th at the railroad
park beside the Village hall beginning at 2 P.M. Mary Kossa will be writing letters of
invitation for those who participated last year to come back again this
year. Jordan expressed concern about the
old grain elevator building. There are
notices that need to be prepared by Zoning Administrator Troy Somers for the
owner to take immediate action.
President Jordan thanked Connie Stutzman for taking on the role as
Planning Committee Chairperson. She has
done an outstanding job and he lauded her work along with that of Tina Healey
for her work as the Secretary to the group.
There is still a need for another person to work on the Planning
Commission. Anyone interested should
contact Jordan. Marsha Simmons contacted
Mary Kossa about a ceremony for the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War and
also a dedication of a headstone of the last Civil War casualty buried in Twin
lakes Cemetery. The group would like to
camp at Barlow Road Park in September.
Council Members offered their support for the group to come to the
presented copies of the Village’s master plan that was recently
adopted. Work will now begin on
rewriting the Village ordinances.
Motion to pay the
bills as presented was made by Stutzman with support from Gauthier. Carried.
Motion to adjourn was made by Healy with support from Gauthier. Carried.
Linda K. Somers
hearing will be held at the Lincoln Village Hall on Tuesday May 17th,
2011 at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting
will be to present details on the upcoming Streetscape project. Members of the
DDA board and Village Council will be present and look forward to meeting with
Village Residents. Any questions or concerns can be addressed at this meeting.
We look forward to sharing with Village Residents the details of the