May 2013


May 6, 2013


The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday May 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call was taken.  Present:  President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers and Council Members Gauthier, Healy, Naylor, Phillips, Somers and Stutzman.  Also present were Attorney Cook and guests.

Minutes of the April meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Treasurer Mary Kossa has been hospitalized recently and was welcomed back by President Jordan and Council Members.  Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Somers.  

Fire Chief Leroy Hall stated that it was been a very busy month.   A water shuttle training class was held over the weekend and several other area departments joined our local firefighters. Fourteen of our firefighters recently completed refresher CPR courses.  Phillips questioned whether there have been any recently invoiced runs that we could look at.  None are currently available.

Teresa Hart and Naomi Potter stated that they have received a quote for fiberfill for the playground.  The total funding needed is $6,161 which will pay for mats under the swings and 6 inches of fiberfill.  Teresa stated that she believes much of the work can be done with work bees and volunteers.  They hope to raise more funds next year to pay for an additional 6 inches of fiberfill. 

Richard Somers gave his street and sewer reports.  He stated that currently the sewer system is working very well.  He will be getting with Goodrich regarding the street project on Alger Street.  The bid will need to be placed in the local paper before proceeding.  He will also be working on sidewalk repairs in several areas.  He stated that 10 septic tanks were pumped today as part of our yearly rotation of cleaning.  

In old business Phillips stated that he has worked with Somers on putting identification markers on all the sewer tanks served by the village sewer system.  He said he is enjoying learning Village business and how things are run.  Gauthier stated that she will be in contact with Josh Pagels regarding the grant funding for the ball field fencing. Stutzman thanked the Lincoln Lions for help in fixing the picnic tables.  President Jordan stated that he is concerned about some of the kids hanging out at the playground and the damage they are causing.  Attorney Cook said if they are doing anything inappropriate they should be asked to leave and the Sheriff’s department needs to be called if the bad behaviors continue.  Gauthier asked about the status of curbs that were damaged during the winter snow removal.  President Jordan said they will be fixed at the same time as the sidewalks.  A lawn and yard clean-up will be held on Wednesday May 22nd.  Residents are asked to bundle sticks no longer than 3 feet and to have leaves and lawn debris in bags at the curb by 8 a.m. on that date.

President Jordan stated that he is getting excited to get the playground fixed up to near new condition this year.  He said several work bees will be held to paint, seal, spread mulch etc during the summer months.  He asked for help from Council Members for work along Barlow Road and Traverse Bay.  Gauthier offered to help set things up and will contact everyone regarding a date and time.  Jordan stated that the beautification committee has done a wonderful job removing the lights from the downtown region.  There are still some larger trees in the Post Office island area that need to have lights removed from.  He suggested that the Council Members help with that project the same night as the clean-up.  A weekly raking of the beach area needs to be done this year.  More sand is needed for the beach area.  Two new grills are waiting being put in at the play ground area.  Our single audit has been completed by Mark Sandula for the Streetscape projects.  This will move us closer to our goal of closing out the grants.  All the flower boxes have been given away and “new owners” have until May 30th to get them filled and decorated or they will be given to someone else.  President Jordan showed a picture of a proposed addition of a sign to commemorate the Lincoln Lions and the placement for it along Second Street.  He stated that he is currently putting the finishing touches on it and will report back.  Jordan talked about the Brownlee Lake clean-up project and said the pumps are up and running.  Porta potties will be ordered for the beach and boat launch in time for Memorial day.  Bathrooms will also be opened at the Playground area.  He further questioned about re-activating a pole that supplies electricity to the old bathrooms.  The fee would be $250 to get it up and running again.  The other solution would be to run power from the new bathroom building over to the old bathrooms.  For now the pole will be reactivated until we get estimates and can discuss the matter further.  The planning Commission meeting will be held on May 23rd at 6 p.m.

Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Gauthier with support from Healy.  Motion carried.  Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman.  Motion carried.


Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk


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