VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
October 3, 2011
Lincoln Village Council met on Monday October 3rd 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, Healy, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman. Minutes of the September meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Somers. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman.
Fire Chief Leroy Hall stated that things are running smoothly in the department at this time. He is having someone come in to look at the siren next week. He continues to work with Joan Gonyea to close out the FEMA grant. The brush rig should be turned over into the Village’s name very soon as the painting is finished on the unit.
In public comment time Connie Stutzman stated that she attended the Gustin Township meeting with President Jordan. Both Connie and Phil stated that they are pleased with the relationship that is being developed with the group. Planning commission will meet on October 20th at the hall. The meeting will be a joint venture with Gustin Township to work on ordinances etc. with Denise Cline of NEMCOG. They both also gave high praise for a leadership seminar they attended recently at Alcona High School.
In old business Somers gave an update on the new street signs that were purchased recently. He said decals will be applied over some of the existing signs and stated that it is quite a project. President Jordan stated that we will try to get a group together to work with him. Jordan stated that following a request at last month’s meeting regarding a no passing zone for Barlow Road he has talked with MDOT and the local road commission. Following their recommendations it was decided to leave it as is. Additionally, a “no Jake Brake” sign has been ordered to be placed at the north entrance to the Village. Somers stated that they are getting the equipment ready for winter usage. Some of the sidewalks have been repaired and hopefully more work can be done as money is appropriated in the next budget year. Sara Healy stated that she has gotten information about Christmas lights for the new light poles. She said that the total cost would be $1031.57. Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Naylor to have Sara order the lights as soon as possible. Motion carried. It is hoped that next year we will be able to add lights to the new trees that will be planted in the downtown region. Stutzman asked about getting some of the old flower boxes to use at the Flights of Imagination. President Jordan will talk with the DDA about what can be done.
Trick or Trunk will be held on Saturday October 29th from 12 noon until 1:30 along Second Street. Fall decorating contest is being held among Village businesses. Everyone is encouraged to have their decorations finished by October 15th. Annual Chili and Soup cook off will be held on Saturday October 29th from 11 am until 2 pm. Mugs may be purchased for $5.00 and the public may sample any or all of the special recipes and vote for their favorites. Hours were set for Trick or Treat in the Village from 5:30 to 7:30 on Monday October 31st.
President Jordan gave his report. The streetscape project on Traverse Bay is coming along very well. The lights along Second Street are due to be finished this week. The first payment on the grant for Second Street was received last week. President Jordan stated that hopefully next week more funding will be sent. He stated that Bob Jones and Pete Cambier attended a meeting regarding MEDC grant funding last week. With information received at the meeting we realize how fortunate we have been to get this far in the process. The requirements to get the funds are a huge responsibility and involve a lot of paperwork. He applauded the efforts of the DDA and Bob Jones. Gauthier asked about the budget that was set for the project. Jordan stated that we are a little bit over what was originally planned but he believes it is workable. Docks and buoys have been removed from the beach area. Fall clean-up will be held on Thursday October 27th. Leaves should be bagged and sticks or twigs must be broken up. Residents are asked to place the debris by the curb before 8 a.m.
Motion from Gauthier with support from Lask to pay the bills as presented was made. Carried. Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Carried.
Linda K. Somers