VILLAGE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
August 4th, 2008
The Lincoln Village Council met on Monday August 4th 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, Horn, Kennard, Lask, Naylor and Somers. Also present were Attorney Cook and guests.
The minutes of the July meeting were approved on a motion by Somers with support from Kennard. Treasurer’s report was approved subject to audit on a motion by Horn with support from Gauthier. Richard Simmons, candidate for Alcona County Road Commissioner appeared seeking support in the upcoming election. Joan Gonyea, Planning/Zoning Chairperson stated that she is working on revisions to the Planning Ordinance. The next meeting for the group is August 19th. She stated that a streetscape design is expected at the upcoming DDA meeting.
In old business, Somers suggested having Council Members look at Alger Street before making a final decision on whether to pave it this year. President Jordan stated that since money wasn’t budgeted for the project this year he doesn’t favor doing it unless there is an emergency situation. A motion was made by Horn with support from Kennard to table the issue until the September meeting. Council Members discussed vandalism at the Flights of Imagination Park. Several boards have been removed and a swing is broken. The possibility of putting in a camera to monitor activity there was discussed. Somers will be contacting someone to trap raccoons that are becoming a problem there also. Council Member Somers congratulated winners in the recent Boat Parade on Brownlee Lake. First place went to Jerry and Diana Burt, Second place to Ron and Sue Kennard and Third place went to Mark and Patty MacNeill and family.
President Jordan asked Council Members about their feelings regarding drafting a letter of commitment for the Bio-diesel plant. Bob Jones of the DDA is currently working on trying to bring a plant here. No formal action is needed at this time but all members feel that it is worth pursuing. Kennard stated that he would want to see the Industrial Park specified in any commitment letter. Jordan stated that we need to move forward with plans to have a snowmobile trail go through town. Following discussion, Horn stated that he thinks a public meeting should be held to allow residents to address any concerns about the proposed trail. On the advice of Attorney David Cook, Council Members decided to hold a public input session prior to the regularly scheduled meeting on September 8th. The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. President Jordan suggested placing signs on Millen Street near the Brownlee Lake beach area. He stated that people who live on that road are often unable to use it due to people blocking it while at the beach. Somers will paint a portion with “No Parking” and order signs. The Flights of Imagination Park will be closed from August 6th to August 9th for re-sealing and general cleanup of the area. A check for $5,000 was received from the Lincoln Lions towards completion of the bathroom area at the park. A motion was made by Kennard with support from Somers to commit $5,000 in matching funds from the Village for the project. Motion carried. The funds will be taken from Municipal Investments and put into the Parks and Recreation Playground Account. Jordan stated that new Zoning maps are here and available for use by the Planning/Zoning Commission. Jordan reminded residents of the upcoming dedication of Mills Industrial Drive on August 23rd. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with ribbon cutting at 10:30 Refreshments will be served at the Village Hall following the ceremony.
The website committee will be working to get everything finished this week. Motion was made by Horn with support from Kennard to fund up to $500 to hire someone to help input information into the website. Motion carried.
President Jordan stated that we need to do something about phones in the Village Hall and Equipment Rental building. He stated that the answering machine and fax lines are not working properly. Treasurer Kossa offered to see what can be done to correct the problem.
Council Members gave individual reports. The Lincoln Lions Car Show will be held on Saturday September 13th. A Texas Hold-em tournament will be held in the tent downtown that evening. There will also be entertainment there on Friday evening. Horn stated that the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln will be observed in February. He stated that a special cancellation stamp might be brought into the celebration through the Lincoln Post Office. Gauthier reminded residents of the upcoming baseball tournaments to be held locally August 15th to 17th. Kennard thanked the Beautification Committee for the beautiful flowers in the village. He also stated that letters of support from area businesses are needed in regard to the grant application. He is working with Connie Houck of Wilcox Engineering to get them wrapped up. Naylor asked about allowing a local antique car club to use the downtown parking area for weekly gatherings next summer. Council Members agreed that they would support the endeavor. Jordan thanked Craig Kilbourn and Janice MacNeill for their efforts in keeping the town clock on target through out power outages that have occurred. Jordan also stated that Zoning Administrator Troy Somers is pursuing several properties for blight issues.
Motion to pay the bills as presented was made by Horn with support from Somers. Motion carried. Motion to adjourn was made by Horn with support from Gauthier. Motion carried.
Linda K. Somers