Lincoln council hires maintenance; accepts resignation of chief of fire department

LINCOLN – The Lincoln Village Council covered many topics including bids for crack sealing and pavement markings along with other village work but the hiring and resigning of several village personnel was a central focus at Monday’s meeting.

Steve Slater, a new village maintenance personnel, was hired on a 60 day trial basis and was introduced at the meeting. He will be attending all council meetings.

Tony Escareno was elected by the board to rejoin the Lincoln Fire and EMT Departments.

“I’m glad to be back,” Escareno said.

Lincoln Fire Chief Leroy Hall gave his resignation with regrets at the meeting.

“With a heavy heart I have to resign from the chief position. I have been falling further and further behind in my duties as chief. The job keeps getting busier and I just can’t justify what I’m doing,” Hall said.

He then recommended Michael Serafin for the position. The board voted unanimously for Serafin to take the new position.

“I’m looking forward to it and trying to improve the department from where Leroy left off by helping and serving the community in the best possible way,” Serafin said.

Four bids for crack sealing and pavement markings were discussed. East Shore Asphalt and Paving in Lachine responded with estimates. The grand total of the work if all were done would cost $22,100.

While the board members agreed that the work needs to be done they decided to table the discussion of awarding the contract to the next meeting in order to ask follow up questions that include budgeting with other bills and when in the fall the work could be done.

In other business;

* Treasurer Mary Kossa said that the audit report is complete but a conclusion has not been presented.

* Connie Stutzman presented a letter from the Zoning and Planning Commission plan of changes made for individual lots, maps and zoning ordinances that have been on display at the library.

* the presidents report by Phil Jordan discussed many repairs that have been made around Lincoln including replacing speed signs, playground maintenance and the rock for the Lincoln Lion’s Memorial. The rest of the memorial should be completed Wednesday with flowers to be planted after.

* the topic of a “synthetic diesel entity” for the community was briefly touched upon. Jordan said that it is a positive step for the community but that he will not comment further at this time.

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