Sept 2010


September 7, 2010

The Lincoln Village Council met on Tuesday September 7, 2010 at 7 the Village Hall.  Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Those in attendance included; President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members Gauthier, Kennard, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman.  Also present were Attorney Cook and guests.

Minutes of the August meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman.   Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. 

Assistant Fire Chief Paul Kramer addressed the board.  President Jordan read a letter of resignation from Chief Robert Reynolds.  Motion to accept the resignation with regret was made by Stutzman with support from Gauthier. Motion carried.  A letter of recommendation was read from fire department personnel to name Leroy Hall as the new fire chief.  Motion was made by Gauthier with support from Somers to appoint him to that position.  Motion carried.  President Jordan offered his congratulations from the entire board.  Paul stated that the fire department auxiliary had a successful fund raiser with the pancake breakfast during the car show recently.  Paul asked the board to approve the hiring of Ethan Gauthier as a fire fighter for the department.  Motion was made by Kennard with support from Somers pending the completion of necessary paperwork.  Gauthier abstained from voting.  Motion carried.  Village resident Gary Horn addressed the board about issues with the Lincoln Post Office.  The rural carriers for Lincoln are being moved from Lincoln to Harrisville.  It is believed that this could mean the eventual closing of the Lincoln Post Office.  Gary asked that a resolution be passed by the Council to support the efforts of those who are circulating petitions to keep it open and functioning as in the past.  Motion to pass the following resolution was made by Kennard with support from Stutzman.  Roll Call Vote; Gauthier, Kennard, Lask, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman, all Aye.  Resolution carried.  The resolution reads:

                                      RESOLUTION BY VILLAGE OF LINCOLN (10-05)

                                      To Make Whole the Lincoln Post Office 48742

WHEREAS the 48742 Post Office located in the Village of Lincoln, Michigan, herein after referred to as “the Lincoln Post Office” has been a central fixture in Lincoln since early in the 20th century, and

WHEREAS the Lincoln Post Office has, and continues to serve, Village residents, businesses, organizations and rural Postal patrons for decades, and

WHEREAS the Lincoln Post Office (48742) has a very good earnings record over many decades, and

WHEREAS the Lincoln Post Office is integral to the life and economy of the village of Lincoln, the greater Lincoln area and Alcona county’s rural citizens, and

WHEREAS the Lincoln Post Office is the most centrally located Postal Office/ facility in Alcona County, and

WHEREAS it has operated without a Postmaster since 2008, and

WHEREAS the operating hours have been severely curtailed so as to allow only ˝ hour of service at noon time, and

WHEREAS it closes at 4:00 p.m.-before working people have gotten out of work and have an opportunity to conduct their postal business, and

WHEREAS the U.S. Post Office intends to move/relocate Lincoln’s driver-carriers to Harrisville Post Office, and

WHEREAS these actions by the U.S. Post Office can only result in the minimilization and marginalization of a previously efficient and productive Lincoln Post Office, and

WHEREAS the U.S. Post Office, by the above actions have put into motion such events as to create a deceptive impression that the Lincoln post Office is under-performing and inefficient, and

WHEREAS only one conclusion can be deduced from such actions, that the U.S. post Office intends to close the Lincoln Post Office, and

WHEREAS the U.S. Post Office is seriously deficient and negligent in its duty to the Village of Lincoln, the residents and rural postal patron of 48742, and

WHEREAS the U.S. Post Office has further failed in its obligation to inform Congressman Bart Stupak of the 1st Michigan U.S. Congressional district, Michigan U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, the Governor of the State of :Michigan, the Michigan State Houses, the Michigan State Representative for the 106th District, the State Senator for the 36th District, the Alcona County Commission, the Hawes and Gustin township Boards, The President of the Village of Lincoln the residents of the Village of Lincoln, the rural postal patrons and organizations and governments of the region commonly referred to as Northeast Michigan,

Be It Therefore resolved that The Village of Lincoln

Unanimously DEMANDS and PETITONS that (1) a permanent postmaster be appointed for the Lincoln Post Office (2) that normal and convenient business hours be restored to the Lincoln Post Office with open window from Noon – 1:00 and closing no earlier than 5:00 p.m., (3) that driver/carriers continue to work from the Lincoln Post Office, that any plans to relocate them be cancelled, (4) and that any plans to close, minimalize or marginalize the operations and people of the Lincoln Post Office be Immediately halted and cancelled.

This Given and Declared by Unanimous vote this 7th day of September, 2010

Signed, Phillip S. Jordan President Village of Lincoln Recorded as Resolution No. 10-05

In Old Business, Somers stated that he and Ray have been working on getting the equipment ready for winter.  He has also been working on the new ball field.  The older field will be sodded possibly this weekend.  President Jordan stated that Dick has put in a lot of his own time for the ball fields and ball tournaments, thanks Dick!! 

In new business, Somers stated that there were problems with the hydrant at the ball field.  He got it fixed and it is doing great now.  Stutzman asked about lights at the Flights of Imagination now that the electric has been run there.  Jordan stated that the lights should be put in soon.  Thanks to Morgan Electric and Dave and Joe James for their donation of time and help in getting things done. 

A discussion about the demolition project followed.  A meeting was held earlier today to open bids.  Eight bids were received.  The winning bidder was Bierlein Company for $69,800.  Jordan explained that this company does all their own work from the removal of asbestos to total removal of the debris.  A resolution was offered by Kennard that we accept all the bids and follow the recommendation of the committee to accept the bid from Bierlein Company.  Gauthier offered support. Roll vote was taken:  Gauthier, Kennard, Lask, Naylor Somers and Stutzman, all yea.  Resolution passed. (10-06) The target is for 10 days from onset to finishing the project.  Kennard stated that he was impressed with the way the bid opening process was handled today.  Gary Bartow of Fleis and Vandenbrink brought the paperwork for the meeting.

Jordan stated that the Sewer committee of Naylor, Kennard, Somers and members of the DDA need to get together soon to get things taken care of.  Naylor is going to take care of setting up the next meeting.

President Jordan updated the board about the 2nd Street streetscape project.  Letters from the MEDC for release of funds have been received.  Jordan asked council members for support in removing the docks from Brownlee Lake beach area.  He would like to purchase a used pontoon to use in place of one of the docks.  Over the next few months they will look for another one and they will work on them over the winter months.  A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Kennard to use for a swim platform.  Motion carried. 

Jordan spoke about the paperwork sent back to the prosecutor’s office in Lapeer County.  He stated that he will keep council members informed.  Jordan stated that a pontoon boat was observed in the swim area on Sunday September 5th, 2010.  This is the 3rd time this individual has been fishing there.  Attorney Cook stated that a letter should be sent to the man and that he should be warned before attempting to serve with a ticket for infractions.  Mary will draft a letter to be sent.  New trees have been planted at the Flights of Imagination (2) one each at the boat launch and the vacant area by the Oliver’s’ property.  Jordan stated that Bill and Cathy Putsky weeded the entire area in front of the Flights of Imagination Park.  They removed a huge pickup load of debris.  Thanks Bill and Cathy, your efforts are appreciated.  Jordan spoke with someone about a surveillance system for the Flights of Imagination.  He stated that he would like to have this considered for inclusion in the next budget planning session.  He stated that a nice system could be put in for around $1,000.  Council members agreed that this would be a great idea.  He stated that the man would be willing to meet with council members and discuss it.  Morrison farms met with Phil recently regarding a possible farmers market in Lincoln at the ARA site.  They had a test run this past weekend and stated that it went very well.  They are interested in possibly opening something here next year.  Jordan will talk with Ken Manning about putting something together for a possible farmers market and flea market. 

Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman.  Carried.  A motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman .  Carried. 

Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk


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