VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
February 2, 2009
The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday February 2, 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. The meeting opened with The Pledge of Allegiance. Those present included; President Phillip Jordan, Treasurer Mary Kossa, Clerk Linda Somers, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Connie Stutzman and Council Members, Bonny Gauthier, Kristin Lask, Philip Naylor, Richard Somers and John Stutzman. Absent was Council Member Ronald Kennard. Also present was Attorney David Cook and guests.
Minutes of the January meeting were approved on a motion from Gauthier with support from Lask. Motion carried. Treasurerís report was approved subject to audit on a motion from Somers with support from Gauthier. Motion carried
Brian Somers, Fire Chief invited Council Members to attend an open house honoring Glenn MacNeill on February 23rd from 7 to 8 p.m. The Fire Department is currently working on finding the best prices for items to be purchased with the grant funds. Brian stated that things are moving along nicely within the departments.
Ted Somers, Gustin Township Supervisor addressed the Council regarding the cost of Fire Protection for each individual township. He requested a copy of the Fire Departments budget and asked how contract figures were arrived at. President Jordan explained that there are 5 entities that contribute funding to the Fire Department and First Responders. Ted would like to receive a quarterly report from the Fire Chief as well as cost breakdowns.
Lenny Bobick addressed the board regarding a zoning violation notice that was sent to his business. He would like to have the original variance changed to include the use of certain chemicals and solvents. Attorney Cook advised that he needs to request an amendment in the variance. Residents in the area would need to be notified, a public hearing would need to be held and the Council would act as the Zoning Board of Appeals. Cook advised Bobick to put his request in writing to begin the process.
In old business, Somers informed the board that the gas tank has been repaired on the dump truck. In new business, Stutzman informed Council Members of a meeting he attended for the Michigan Townships. He spoke about issues that affect handicapped individuals and how to address those issues. He also posted information about the Master Gardener Program offered through MSU Extension Service. He also talked about the Planning/Zoning program of classes that are being offered through MSU.
President Jordan gave his report. Mary Gillies turned over her all information and money associated with the LAMP project. Attorney Cook stated that the funds should be deposited into the Parks and Recreationís budget. Appraisals for 2 pieces of property within the Village have been received and turned over to Dave James of the DDA. A meeting will be held in March to address what steps to take next regarding those properties.
The next budget meeting has been changed to February 27th at 6 p.m. at the hall. President Jordan asked Cook to continue to work on the nuisance issues on property within the Village Limits. Tax abatements for new businesses wanting to locate within the Village were discussed. Attorney Cook stated that abatement issues need to be resolved before any construction begins. He suggested that all entities should consider offering a package deal so that all taxes would be abated.
President Jordan gave a copy of the Village Equipment Replacement Policy to Bonny Gauthier to present to the DDA at their next meeting. Jordan stated that he will be gone for the next several weeks and asked for someone to volunteer to keep the office open on Wednesdays in his absence, Connie offered. He also gave an update regarding the water testing at Brownlee Lake last summer.
A meeting regarding the proposed ORV trail will be held on February 12th; John Stutzman will attend to represent the Village Council.
A meeting regarding the transportation within the county will be held at the Road Commission Office on February 10th, Dick Somers will attend. Jordan spoke about the low funds in Major and Local roads. He cautioned that we are in dire need of finding a solution to building the funds back up in those areas. Gauthier asked what we can do to resolve this issue. Treasurer Kossa stated that we do not get enough road funding to spend out what we have been. Jordan asked that the hours be watched very closely and no overtime should be used unless absolutely necessary. Jordan stated that a lot of this could change in the future after the upcoming budget talks.
In individual reports Gauthier talked about a website in Alpena called Alpenanow.com. It is completely free and we could add Village events to it. Eileen will be informed about the possibility of using it as an avenue to advertise upcoming events. Jordan stated that Eileen is doing a great job with the Village website. He urged residents to visit it at: www.lincolnmi.com. Correspondence was read.
Motion to amend the budget was made by Gauthier with support from Naylor. To take 1000.00 from Zoning to Legal & Administration. To take 100.00 from Professional Services to Maintenance in Public Works, To take 1000.00 from FD Insurance and put 500.00 into Maintenance and Supplies and 500.00 into Vehicle Service in Fire Department. In Equipment Rental move 2200.00 from Capital Outlay to Repairs and Maintenance. In Local Streets take 5,000.00 from Construction and put 3500.00 into Equipment Rental and 1500.00 to Winter Maintenance Salaries. Carried. Motion to pay the bills was made by Gauthier with support from Somers. Carried.
Motion to adjourn was made by Lask with support from Gauthier. Carried.