ALL VILLAGE MEETING ON NOVEMBER 5, 2015
7pm, Bear Lake High School Media Room
Bear Lake Business District
Bear Lake Watershed Plan
Village of Bear Lake Master Plan
Village of Bear Lake Recreation Plan
ALL VILLAGE MEETING ON NOVEMBER 5, 2015
7pm, Bear Lake High School Media Room
Bear Lake Business District
Bear Lake Watershed Plan
Village of Bear Lake Master Plan
Village of Bear Lake Recreation Plan
Here is a report on June and July E. coli in Bear Lake beaches. Note that this is the old methodology that we have been using, and 300 colonies per 100ml sample is the threshold for unsafe swimming. This measures live E. coli. As Tom Reichard (DHD#10) notes, the new (qPCR) methodology results have not been reported from the Cadillac lab. This methodology is able to be much more sensitive since it measures dead E. coli DNA fragments. E. coli soon dies in well oxygenated water, like Bear Lake, but the qPCR analysis is still able to detect it. BUT, this also means that a new standard needs to be created – and the US EPA is allowing Michigan to develop its own standard. For this year only Tom Reichard’s people are going to analyze 2 sets of samples – one with the old method and one with the new. And this analysis can also tell the difference between humans and other species of warmblooded animals.
Bill Fronk, Chr. Bear Lake Watershed Alliance Water Quality Sub-Committee
Bear Lake Beach Monitoring – 2015
Geometric Means – E. coli Results
Location June 8 6/22 7/6 7/20
Hopkins 12.8 2.3 2.3 3.7
South Shore 13.7 10.1 5.5 4.9
7th St. Beach 35.4 2.1 1.8 7.7
13 Mile Beach 2.7 2.3 1.0 1.8
Myers Rd. 1.6 1.0 10.7 38.6
Pleasanton Twp. 1.0 1.6 1.3 1.8
VILLAGE OF BEAR LAKE BLIGHT, JUNK AND DANGEROUS BUILDINGS ORDINANCE
An ordinance to promote the health, safety and welfare of the people of the Village of Bear Lake through the prevention, reduction or elimination of blight, blighting factors or causes of blight; to establish administrative requirements and prescribe procedures for the required maintenance or demolition of certain buildings and structures; to provide for the enforcement hereof; and to provide penalties for the violation hereof; and to repeal all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith.
The Village of Bear Lake hereby determines that there are blighted properties and areas in the Village, including certain unsafe, abandoned, and dangerous structures or buildings, which impair neighboring taxable values, upon which municipal revenues depend; and that those blighted properties or areas are detrimental or inimical to the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the citizens, and to the economic welfare of the Village. Accordingly, the purpose of this ordinance is to rehabilitate blighted properties in the Village in a manner consistent with the Public Act 344 of 1945, and other applicable laws, including MCL 125.523, et seq, as amended from time to time; in order to prevent, reduce or eliminate blight or potential blight, for the protection of the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the Village, to preserve existing values of other properties within or adjacent to the blighted properties, and to preserve the taxable value of the property within the Village.
A. Building Materials means lumber, bricks, concrete or cinder blocks, plumbing materials, electrical wiring or equipment, heating ducts or ,equipment, shingles, mortar, concrete or cement, nails, screws, or any other materials used in constructing any structure.
B. Dangerous Building means a building or structure that has one or more of the following defects or has one or more of the following conditions:
C. Dangerous Building Hearing Officer or Hearing Officer means a person appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Village President. The Hearing Officer shall be a person who has expertise in housing matters including, but not limited to, an engineer, architect, building contractor, building inspector, or member of a community housing organization. An employee of the Enforcement Officer, or a person whose advice is sought by the Enforcement Officer, shall not be appointed as the Hearing Officer.
D. Enforcement Officer means the Village or such others officials or agencies designated by the Village or otherwise empowered under law or this ordinance to enforce the provisions of this ordinance. Such persons are authorized to seek advice from a person who has expertise in housing matters including, but not limited to, an engineer, architect, building contractor, building inspector, or member of a community housing organization.
E. Garbage means the accumulation of trash, refuse, or litter specifically including, but not limited to, containers once containing edible products, drinkable products or usable materials, as well as dead animals (or parts thereof) and discarded edible or drinkable items.
F. Junk means unusable or otherwise dilapidated furniture, parts of machinery or motor vehicles, unused stoves or other appliances stored in the open, remnants of woods, metal or any other material or other cast-off material of any kind whether or not the same could be put to any reasonable use.
G. Junk Vehicle means a motor vehicle,boat, all terrain vehicle, recreational vehicle, snowmobile, trailer, or wheeled vehicle which is designated to be self-propelled, which is partially or totally dismantled or inoperable due to any other cause, including without limit disrepair, accident, or lack of licensing.
H. Owner means a person or other entity with who owns a property or structure in the Village, or a portion of a property or structure, or agent of such person that is registered with the Village.
I. Rubbish/Garbage means waste paper, tinware or aluminum ware, tin aluminum cans, tin or aluminum cuttings, box, glass, straw, shavings, barrels, lumber, paper cartons, lawn cuttings and trimmings. Compost piles shall be considered rubbage unless they are located in discrete locations.
J. Yard and Lawn Vegetation means bushes, trees, grass and other landscaping materials.
K. Village means the Village of Bear Lake.
Section 3: REGULATION OF BLIGHT; UNLAWFUL ACTS.
A. Causes of Blight. The Village determines that the uses, structures and activities described in this Section, or maintained in violation of this Section, are causes of blight or blighting factors which, if allowed to exist, will tend to result in blighted and undesirable neighborhoods and constitute a public or attractive nuisance, due to physical condition or use. On and after the effective date of this ordinance, no person or other legal entity of any kind shall keep, maintain, or permit to be kept or maintained any of these causes of blight or blighting factors on any property in the Village. All persons or entities who own, manage, lease, rent, manage, or occupy any structure property shall be responsible for taking necessary steps to keep and maintain properties and structures in compliance with this ordinance.
B. Exception. Any other provision of this ordinance notwithstanding, this ordinance does not apply to inventory on premises occupied by a merchant licensed under MCL 205.53 conducting a lawful business, or to the property that patrons of a lawful motor vehicle facility, furniture or appliance repair facility, or gasoline service station while left on the premises of either for purposes of service or repair.
C. Dangerous Building. No person or entity shall keep or maintain any building or structure or portion thereof as a Dangerous Building, as defined in Section 2.
D. Vacant Building. Any vacant dwelling, garage or other out-building shall be kept secure]y locked, windows kept glazed or neatly boarded up and otherwise protected as reasonably necessary to prevent entrance by vandals or other unauthorized persons, and cats, dogs, rats, mice and other vermin.
E. Partially Completed Structures. No person or entity shall keep or permit to be kept any partially completed structure, unless in the course of construction in accordance with a valid and existing building permit issued by the State of Michigan, and unless exterior construction is completed within one year after the issuance of said building permit.
F. Storage of Junk. No person or entity shall keep or permit to be kept any accumulation of Junk outside of a totally enclosed structure, unless neatly stacked and covered. Sidewalks must be unobstructed.
G. Storage of Junk Vehicles. Except as provided herein, or as detailed in the Village’s Dismantled Vehicle Ordinance of 1982, no person or entity shall park or store a Junk Vehicle on any property for a period of more than 30 days, unless kept within a completely enclosed building. Any person or entity who is repairing, or is about to have the vehicle repaired, may obtain a nonrenewable permit from the Village Clerk to permit the vehicle to remain on the premises for an additional 30 days.,
H. Storage of Rubbish and Garbage. No person or entity shall keep or permit to be kept any Rubbish or Garbage outside of a totally enclosed structure unless kept within a covered can or other metal, plastic or rubber container designed for the same, and sufficient to prevent entry by rats, mice, cats, dogs and other vermin.
I. Storage of Building Materials. No person or entity shall keep or permit to be kept outside of an enclosed structure any visible accumulation of building materials, unless the building materials are intended for use in connection with construction being done on the same property or an adjoining property, and a valid building permit, when required, has been issued and is posted on the property.
J. Yard and Lawn Vegetation. Yard and lawn vegetation shall not interfere with pedestrian traffic on public sidewalks. All landscaping material on corner lots, terraces, or lots adjacent to alley and street intersections shall be maintained to allow clear vision for pedestrians and motorists and shall be removed if diseased or dead. Maximum growing height of weeds, turf grasses or ground cover shall be eight inches.
K. Wood Piles. Piles shall be neatly stacked within 30 days of the wood being deposited onto the property.
L. Waste. No person or entity shall intentionally deposit liquid petroleum crude oil, liquid petroleum crude oil by-products and derivatives or liquid industrial wastes on the ground.
Section 4: ENFORCEMENT AND REMEDIES
A. Enforcement Officer. The Village President and the President’ s designee, or other persons designated by the Village council from time to time, are empowered to perform the duties and functions to enforce this ordinance. ·
B. Right to Inspect. If the Enforcement Officer has a reasonable basis for concern that a property or structure is being kept or maintained subject to causes of blight or blighting factors described in Sections 3, or otherwise in violation of the Ordinance, the Enforcement Officer shall have the right to enter commercial property during normal business hours for the purpose of conducting an inspection to the extent necessary to enforce the provisions of this ordinance, upon approval of the Village President. The inspection of commercial or private property may include a sanitary or health survey by a government official of the structure or property, collecting other data and material pertaining to public health, or enforcing the provisions of this ordinance. It shall be unlawful for any person to resist or attempt to prevent an identified Enforcement Officer from carrying out the Enforcement Officer’s duties or powers under this ordinance.
C. Enforcement. If the Enforcement Officer determines that a structure or property is being kept or maintained subject to causes of blight or blighting factors provided in Section 3, the Owner of the property shall receive written notice as described in Paragraph D of this Section. The Owner shall cause the causes of blight or blighting factors to be removed, eliminated, or otherwise remedied within 15 days of being served the written notice (or other reasonable time period as the Enforcement Officer determines sufficient in light of the nature of the required repairs). Additional time not to exceed 180 days may be granted by the Enforcement Officer where bona fide efforts to remove, eliminate, or otherwise remedy the causes of blight or blighting factors are in progress.
D. Written Notice. Written notices required under Paragraph C of this Section shall: (i) be in writing, certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested; (ii) describe the property and the causes of blight or blighting factors set forth in Section 3; (iii) specify the number of days in which the cause of blight or blighting factors must be removed or remedied within after service of the notice, and (iv) describe any applicable responsibilities and rights of the recipient under this ordinance, including process and appeal.
E. Initial, Informal Notice. Prior to sending any written notice required by this ordinance, the Enforcement Officer in his or her discretion may forward, by regular mail, on each owner or party of interest of the property or structure, an informal notice that, in the opinion of the Enforcement Officer, there exist conditions in violation of this Ordinance, and providing the opportunity to correct these conditions within a time specified in the initial, informal notice. The decision on whether or not to send an “informal notice”rests solely in the discretion of the Enforcement Officer and is not a necessary prerequisite to the issuance of a written notice otherwise required by this ordinance. This “informal notice” process does not apply to structures that, in the opinion of the Enforcement Officer, constitute dangerous conditions.
F. Service of Notice. Service of any written notice required by this ordinance shall be made upon the owner of the property or structure in whose name the property appears on the last local tax assessment records, by: (i) mailing a copy by certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested and posting a copy of the notice upon a conspicuous part of the structure; or (ii) when service cannot be made by either of the above methods, publishing the notice in a local newspaper of general circulation once a week for three consecutive weeks and by posting a copy of the notice upon a conspicuous part of the structure.
G. Penalties. Except as otherwise expressly provided in Section 4 of this Ordinance, any violation of the provisions of this Ordinance will be deemed a Municipal Civil Infraction, subject to a fine, in accordance with the Schedule of Fines set forth in the ordinance authorizing “Municipal Civil Infractions” in the Village of Bear Lake (Ordinance No. 2015.01), the amount not to exceed $250.00 for each offense. Any person guilty of violation of this article shall also be subject to civil proceedings for damages and/or injunctive relief by the Village or by any person or entity injured or damaged by such violation. Commencement of any such proceedings shall not constitute an election of remedies. Each day that a violation continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense.
H. Additional Penalties and Procedures for Dangerous Buildings. If a building or structure is kept or maintained as a Dangerous Building in violation of Section 3 of this Ordinance, the following additional penalties and procedures may apply. This paragraph is intended to be, and shall be construed in a manner, consistent with MCL 125.523, et seq. If any notice or hearing procedure is inconsistent with that statute, that statute shall control
Section 5: EFFECTIVE DATE AND ADOPTION; REPEAL
The Village of Bear Lake Blight, Junk and Dangerous Buildings Ordinance, No. 2015.01 passed August 12, 2015 shall become effective after its publication as required by law. The Village of Bear Lake Blight/Junk Ordinance, as adopted on August 19, 2009, is repealed as of the effective date of this ordinance, as well as all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith, provided that this Ordinance shall not be construed to repeal expressly or by implication any provisions of an Applicable Building Code.
bearlakemichigan.org , the official Village of Bear Lake web site, is now public
The Village of Bear Lake is proposing extensive changes to the 2009 Junk and Blight Ordinance.
A Special Meeting to discuss the changes will be held at the Village Hall at 7pm on July 30.
The proposed Resolution was tabled at the July Council Meeting.
Here is the 2009 Version – VBL_2009Blight (PDF with text recognition)
To compare with what is being discussed – VBL_2015Blight (PDF with text recognition)
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PO Box 175
Bear Lake, MI 49614
231-970-2066 Village Hall
Village Clerk: Melanie Ware
The Village has opted to move their web site to a different provider.
This site will cease to function on July 25th.
Current Minutes can be viewed at http://bearlakemichigan49614.com
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Patience. Civility. Appreciation.
Three simple words.
Virtues we all aspire to and hope others will exhibit toward us in return.
On Saturday several people seem to have lost sight of what these words mean.
The vast majority of Bear Lake Township residents who regularly come to the twice monthly Saturday morning garbage collection, are wonderful people who are patient, civil and highly appreciative of the service paid for from the Township general operating funds.
And then there are the others.
When our Allied Waste driver has to walk away to escape a torrent of uncalled for threatening verbal abuse, something is very wrong.
When people who are volunteering their time to help those who need it, or to keep traffic flowing smoothly, are equally subject to the same frightening level of anger – something is very wrong.
When people try to bully their way to take advantage of, and ignore, the same rules which keep the service fair for all the rest – we draw the line.
To recap the rules:
Garbage and Recycling Services are paid for from the 1.5 mills the Township actually receives for operating expenses from your Property Taxes. The vast majority of your payment goes toward schools and County programs.
From that 1.5 mills, the Township pays for road repairs, upkeep of two cemeteries, upkeep of the Township/Fire Hall, payments toward the Keddie Norconk Library, Planning and Zoning, Tax Assessor, payments back to the County for financial services and the annual Audit.
In surrounding Townships, garbage collection is funded by its own voted millage.
$32,000 is budgeted annually from the General Fund by Bear Lake Township toward providing garbage and recycling service.
For the benefit of those decidedly uncivil individuals who threatened us on Saturday:
There has never been a ‘Spring Clean Up’ – there is no extra money in the budget to pay for one.
If you would like a ‘Spring Clean Up’ we will charge by the cubic foot for the cost of additional trucks and driver.
Twice a month does indeed mean that in certain months you may have a 3 week gap.
The dates of Saturday morning service can be found here on my web site or on the back of your Garbage Pass Card.
If you are not a Bear Lake resident we can’t accept your trash.
The limit of 3 bags per week per household is to ensure we are fair to all and have enough room in the truck.
Yes we could, and sometimes do get an extra truck – which costs more.
If you would like garbage pick up every week, including extended hours – would you be willing to pay for a Millage to support it? Because those who currently volunteer will not do so every week.
Yes you do have other options – you can get curb side pick up – call Allied Waste to arrange at 231 723 4850
You can also buy pre-paid ‘pick up’ bags from either Saddle Up Gas Station or Bear Lake Ace Hardware.
Yes, if there is still room on the truck at the close of business we may take bulkier items.
No, this does NOT mean trucking in trailers full of building materials, carpet etc. Again a roll off dumpster can be obtained from Allied for very reasonable rates.
This service is for ‘household’ garbage – period.
Yes we know your time is important to you – those who volunteer on Saturdays go out of their way to get you in and out in a prompt fashion – but your time is not more important than anyone else waiting in line. Patience is a virtue and swearing or berating anyone there will not get you in and out any faster. Neither will questioning anyone’s parentage or mental capacity.
Yes, those who leave us wondering if any of this is really worth it are few and far between. And perhaps we just had more than the average this Saturday.
But garbage service is something we do AS a service – and we thank all those who just shook their heads or rolled their eyes at the complete lack of appreciation shown by the vocal, impatient, uncivil, unappreciative few.