VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
September 4, 2012
The Lincoln Village Council met on Tuesday September 4, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Those present included: President Jordan, Treasurer Kossa, Clerk Somers, and Council Members Gauthier, Healy, Naylor, Stutzman and Somers. Council Member Lask was absent.
Minutes of the August meeting were approved on a motion by Gauthier with support from Somers. Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Treasurer Kossa stated that the new software from Pontem has been installed on the Village website, Lincolnmi.com. She stated that residents may go online and check the status of their property tax information at their leisure. In case anyone has a problem with viewing their information she stated that they are encouraged to call her at 736-6394.
President Jordan introduced Susan Krey and Roland Lynch from the Alcona County Council on Aging. Susan stated that the group is looking at ways to upgrade the current hall to accommodate handicap individuals. She gave an overview of ideas and concerns. A lengthy discussion followed. Roland and Susan stated that they are willing to speak to any group that would like to hear the information.
Leroy Hall, fire chief stated that it has been a relatively slow month. He said the group is working on getting lumber to make turnout racks for the building. He also presented figures for fixing or replacing the door in the fire department and also for replacement of the two remaining doors. It was suggested that he keep the quotes and consider turning them in at the upcoming budget meetings. President Jordan commended the fire department for all the work they did during the recent Lincoln Lions car show.
Ed Buelow, village resident stated that he is behind the efforts of the ACCOA in trying to resolve the issue of upgrading or building a new facility. He stated that he is open to helping in any way possible and hopes the Council will also back the efforts. Connie Stutzman stated that the next meeting for the Planning Commission is October 18th at 6 p.m.
Richard Somers gave his Street and Sewer reports. He does yearly reports as well as monthly reports for test readings of the Sewer system. An ad will be placed for bids to do roadwork on 2 village streets. Dick stated that he will be taking out the buoys and pontoon dock soon.
Bids were opened for the pickup that was advertised. A bid was received from Thompson Sales & Service for a used pickup. The truck is a 2008, Chevy 2500. The warranty would be the balance of the 5 year original warranty. It includes the other features that were quoted in the bid, including a snow plow. The price quote/bid was $28,860. The next bid was from Alcona Motors. It is for a 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500. The bid total was for $32,455. It carries a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty. A motion was made by Gauthier with support from Healy to purchase the 2013 Chevy Silverado from Alcona motors. Motion carried. The Village and DDA will be splitting the cost of the new truck. The current pickup will be sold.
In old business, Gauthier stated that she is awaiting news of the grant she applied for to obtain funds for the ball fields. She stated that she was disappointed with the condition the park was left in following the ball tournament. It was suggested that a letter of concern be sent to the group to address those problems. John Stutzman stated that he has obtained prices for blocks and lumber to form an enclosure around the flowerbeds and repair the picnic tables at the Flights of Imagination.
In new business Bonny stated that she would like to purchase more lights for the trees downtown and for Christmas. President Jordan stated that we need to consider buying at least 6 more sets for back-up. It is possible that more events will be added to the line-up for the Christmas in the Village celebration. Treasurer Kossa asked about putting decorations by the pocket park this year. Mary Kossa and Sara Healy will work together to line up decorations.
President Jordan stated that he would like to have the Citizen of the year committee meet on Monday September 10th at 5:30 to discuss their selection for a candidate. Thanks go to Gary Becker for allowing us to use his building to store materials during the recent Streetscape Projects. President Jordan stated that 4 young people have been causing problems in the community. He asked that Council Members be vigilant in paying attention and reporting anything they observe. Once again he thanked and congratulated Mark and Kris Fitzpatrick on their opening of the newly revamped Lincoln Hardware.
Motion was made by Somers with support from Stutzman to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried. Motion to adjourn was made by Gauthier with support from Stutzman. Motion carried.
Linda K. Somers