The Brownlee Lake Association is seeking federal funding to help implement its next project that would address the lake's problem with excessive silt buildup.
On Monday, Village of Lincoln President Phil Jordan informed the council the association was authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to apply for grant funding through the village to install an aeration system in the lake. The group is looking at aeration as a long-term solution after dismissing dredging or the use of pellets to increase the natural decay in the lake as other options because of their expense.
According to Jordan, the aeration project is estimated to cost about $88,000. The USDA grant would cover 55 percent of the cost which equates to $48,000.
"The lake association feels it's $10,000 short of paying for that with the grant," he said.
Jordan said the village also wants to go forward with improvements to a swim platform and boat launch at the lake. An official from the USDA has advised the village these projects also are eligible for grant funding that would cover up to 55 percent of the project costs. He asked the council to approve adopting a resolution that would authorize a village official to sign any and all documents necessary related to grant applications for the three projects and to include estimates for them.
"You can't put these out for bids until you get the grant, but we can go out and look for estimates," he said.
The council adopted a resolution by a 4-0 vote authorizing Jordan to sign grant application documents for the three projects and to include estimates. Trustees Ron Kennard and Richard Somers were excused from the meeting.
In other business:
Jordan said the village had gone through the legal process and gotten a judgment in its favor to have the property owner clean the area. However, a fire at the home last fall caused the property to be sealed off by the fire marshal. He intends to contact the fire marshal to see when the property owner will be allowed to resume cleaning the area and will continue to pursue the issue until it's resolved, he added.
Jordan said the original notice of intent would fund continuing the streetscape project from Second Street to Traverse Bay State Road between Second Street and Church Street. Upon receiving the notice from the Michigan Strategic Fund, DDA is going to explore other options to see if it can expand that grant application to include funding improvements on Traverse Bay State Road from Second Street to Barlow Road.
Patty Ramus can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 358-5687.