Trustees give progress reports at Lincoln Village Council meeting

By BETSY LEHNDORFF

News Staff Writer

LINCOLN – While Village of Lincoln maintenance man and trustee Dick Somers was on vacation and then sick, the village president and several workers fixed the brakes on a city truck. They replaced burned out taillights on plows and dump trucks, had the loader greased and installed a new battery. They also tucked up-to-date proof of insurance certificates in each, then took a look at streets that need repair.

But it wasn’t an act of charity. Instead Jordan and village officials were trying to balance tact with need. At Monday night’s regular meeting, Jordan reported his actions to the board. During more than a dozen council sessions, Jordan has been asking Somers to complete tasks, which are required by law and must be done for safety reasons. But at the next council meeting, he would ask for results and Somers would have forgotten to do them or would have nothing to report.

So Jordan encouraged Somers to take notes, make lists of what needed to be done and submit his progress reports in writing, but Somers was unable to, or would get frustrated.

In a small community, Jordan said the issue was a delicate one.

So when Jordan gave the street report on Somers’ behalf Monday, he told how he, truck driver Trevor MacNeill and retired bus mechanic Arthur Good worked on all of the equipment. They also found the chain saw that had been missing.

Somers kept his hand raised during Jordan’s presentation but did not comment.

Jordan also said that mandates need to be made prohibiting the dumping of plowed snow on private property, sidewalks and ditches. Somers was responsible for snow removal this winter.

“We’ve piled snow on private property and I’ve gotten numerous phone calls about drainage issues and ice buildup,” Jordan said.

Village Treasurer Linda Somers said one caller was so irate she had difficulty calming him down and forwarded him on to Jordan.

After the meeting, she said that Somers handled the report gracefully. Although Somers resigned several months ago from handling the village water and sewer system, because of technology changes, he wanted to remain in charge of village roads and equipment.

In other business, Jordan reported that several people have been working on the village clock to get it running again. They replaced a burned out motor and some light bulbs and now one side of the dial is keeping time.

Jordan also gave an update on the Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) grant that the village had applied for. Although Lincoln met the deadline and qualifications, so did 672 other applicants, so the money ran out.

“We were not turned down. We were just not selected,” Jordan said. But the village could receive funding another year as money becomes available.

In other business:

* the 5th annual Alcona County Easter Egg Hunt at the Lincoln Fire Hall will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 19. The hunts are based on age and when done, everyone will reassemble at the fire hall for hot dogs and a raffle.

* Fire Chief Leroy O’Dell introduced John Deller, a candidate for the fire department. Born and raised in Lincoln, Deller works for Northern Precision, which means he can provide the village with first-responder services during the day. The council passed a motion to accept him in the department.

Betsy Lehndorff can be reached via email at blehndorff@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693.