Evaluating lead/copper issues during water system construction

BearLakeNews suggests all Village residents receive hand delivered notification of the need to continue monitoring and line flushing during construction work. The number of lead (i.e Pb the metal – not ‘lead’ pronounced ‘lead’) service lines and/or connective brass fittings and fixtures is unknown within the Village water system and older village properties. Confusion arises… Read More


Outside ‘the box’ Bear Lake: Managing run off stormwater

Let it grow! The simple answer to avoiding mass street run off, carrying with it silt and pollutants, is to encourage roadside run off and storm water catchment planting buffers. Often referred to as simply ‘rain gardens’ curb-side plantings serve an invaluable purpose – much like using a filter in your coffee maker. The myth… Read More


Village of Bear Lake – updated concerns of proposed sewer

With such little transparency in the proposed Two Lakes Sewer Authority – on Thursday July 26, 2018, at Bear Lake High School Library At 5:30pm – Village residents had the opportunity to question a representative from Wade Trim, the proposed engineer of record. UPDATE: No documents were provided however – there is an updated Sewer… Read More


Village of Bear Lake: DRAFT Minutes Regular Meeting July 18, 2018

Village of Bear Lake Council REGULAR MEETING July 18, 2018 Bear Lake Village Hall Unapproved Minutes Meeting Documents – https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/2018/07/17/village-of-bear-lake-meeting-documents-july-18-2018/ The regular meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. Pledge of Allegiance was said. Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Peggy Bass,… Read More


Village of Bear Lake Meeting Documents July 18, 2018

The following documents were received today. Proposed July 18 2018 agenda Purchasing Policy July 18, 2018 T Report June 29, 2018 AGENDA Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting July 18, 2018 7 p.m. – Village Office CALL TO ORDER and PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL ADOPTION of AGENDA Additions PUBLIC COMMENT: Any agenda item ONLY… Read More

Outside ‘the box’ Bear Lake – veterans housing

Sustainable, affordable, P3 (Public Private Partnership) projects have long been discussed by a consortium of local residents who have a vested interest and the expertise to offer alternative options for the Village of Bear Lake. Their efforts created the following alternative scenario for a viable Downtown without crippling the current 200+ residents with long term… Read More

Village of Bear Lake: Water System Updates

A number of subscribers have asked who to contact to complain about the following: behavior of meter installers speeding construction vehicles lack of signage or safety barriers lack of information of which streets are closed or restricted. The Village has declined to provide this information on its own web site. To contact Fleis Vandenbrink, Ken… Read More

August 7, 2018: Village of Bear Lake Proposal One

In spite of the error in language the principle to be decided by Village voters is whether to continue electing the Clerk and Treasurer Officers or convert the positions to paid appointees. The Pros and Cons have been discussed in a prior post. Here we will look at the duties, ethics and responsibilities of each… Read More

Water Environment Federation: Modular Facilities for Decentralized Water Infrastructure and Other Important Water Solutions

July 31, 2018 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM | Eastern Time The eShowcase recording and the presentation handouts are available via: http://www.wef.org/eShowcases/. Join us for a discussion with Newterra, a leader in water solutions: To address the challenges created by rapid growth that is out pacing our aging infrastructure, decentralized, membrane bioreactor (MBR) sewage treatment systems… Read More