Sept 2011


September 6, 2011


The Lincoln Village Council met on Tuesday September 6th at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.  Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Those present included; President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Stutzman and Council Members Gauthier, Healy, Naylor, Somers and Stutzman.  Council member Lask was absent. 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 Somers. 


President Jordan announced the Citizen of the Year award for this year.  Richard E. Gillies was chosen as the recipient and given a plaque to honor his many years of service.  President Jordan gave an overview of Dick’s work within the village.  Dick thanked everyone and remarked, “It’s a pretty nice plaque for benches and garbage cans!”  Lask joined the meeting at 7:10 p.m.  Refreshments were served.


Leroy Hall, fire chief gave a brief report.  He continues to work on getting the brush rig put in the Village’s name.  President Jordan asked that work continue on closing out the grant for the fire department. 


In public comment Gary Horn congratulated Dick Gillies on receiving the citizenship award.  Joan Toombs asked about getting a no passing line put on Barlow Road north of the Conservation office towards the north Village limits.  Attorney Cook advised that we can put whatever signs along the roadway we choose.  Joan also asked about having people be advised to not use the “jake brake” on big trucks.  She stated that there have been many people passing going in excess of the posted speed limit.  President Jordan will talk with someone from MDOT and the local road commission.  Deb Shaneour stated that she was very impressed with the recent Lincoln Lions Car Show and also with the streetscape project.  She offered her congratulations on a job well done by the village.  She asked about getting the benches in the downtown region before the Trick or Trunk event in October.  President Jordan stated that the lights should be arriving soon and a work bee will be held to get them assembled as soon as possible.  The Brownlee Lake Association held a garage sale over the weekend and it profited the group in excess of $2,000 towards the aeration project on the lake.  She thanked everyone who participated either towards the donation of articles for the sale or for those who attended and purchased items. 


In old business Somers stated that he has turned in bills for work on the dump truck that will put it back into workable condition.  Work was done by Kenny LaLonde.  Somers stated that he is nearly finished with work on the new ball diamond for the year.  He will work on planting the outfield beginning in the spring.  President Jordan reminded him that the field is set for dedication in early summer of 2012.  Lask stated that she is thrilled with the new streetscape so far.   Work continues now on Traverse Bay State Road from Second Street to Church Street. 

In new business Naylor asked about having letters of appreciation sent to people who have worked on the streetscape project.  Jordan stated that we will certainly be sending out thank you’s once the project is finished.  Stutzman asked about having some gravel put in at the Flights of Imagination parking area.  Somers will take care of it tomorrow. 


The President’s report was given.  Jordan stated that the new 4 way stop has been instituted at Main & Second Streets.  He stated that it will be a permanent 4 way stop.  Once the new light poles are installed stop signs will be added to the light posts.  Cameras are installed and functioning at the Flights of Imagination.  President Jordan stated that he would like to put more money aside in next year’s budget to purchase more cameras.  Mary and Linda and Evelyn Good of the DDA are attending Quick Books classes weekly in Alpena.  Sara Healy will be looking into LED Christmas lights for the village, she will report back at next month’s meeting.   Thanks go to Ron and Sue Kennard for helping us obtain the new flags and stand that are inside the meeting room.  President Jordan stated that he is very pleased with having the new electricity installed at the hall.  He would like to look into having water spigots run outside the hall by next summer.  Somers stated that he has ordered new road signs for the entire village as has been mandated by law.  Jordan stated that he would like to have the wooden road signs and sign posts stained again next spring. 


Motion to accept and pay the bills as presented was made by Lask with support from Stutzman.  Carried.  Motion to adjourn was made by Lask with support from Healy.  Carried. 


Linda K. Somers

Village Clerk

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