What water will cost

In the absence of a comprehensive cost analysis of the proposed Village of Bear Lake water system upgrade project, the following was published as part of the Preliminary Engineering Report. Current water rates for residential customers are based on the REU {Residential Equivalency Unit}. Businesses and Bear Lake Schools pay significantly more than a home […]

Village of Bear Lake Special Meeting September 1, 2016

An audio recording received through a FOIA request commenced after the meeting had started. The following was supplied by an audience member. Village of Bear Lake Council Special MEETING September 1, 2016 Bear Lake Village Hall Unapproved Minutes The Special Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 5:00 […]

Groundwater and aquifer depletion

Resources to help Village residents understand where our drinking water comes from and the need for conservation and sustainability of the aquifer. Both Village of Bear Lake wells are drilled into the same ‘unconfined’ aquifer – which is why past Village Council’s devoted several years to comply with a Wellhead Protection Program which received funding […]

July Village of Bear Lake Meeting audio

Also Museum of Bear Lake Lease Agreement Under the General Law Village Act – Villages may borrow up to 10% of their taxable value. Any issuance of bonds in excess of that must obtain a Qualifying Statement. And http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-69-23 69.25 Loans; issuance and execution of bonds; validation of prior bonds or indebtedness. Sec. 25. A loan […]

USDA FOIA Request filed

Comments have been made, falsely, that those who have requested a referendum vote on the proposed issuance of a $1.8m Bond debt for the Village of Bear Lake water system do not have the best interests of the community at heart. Also false fears have been raised about the ‘well going dry’ – when the […]

August 2016 Unapproved Minutes

Village of Bear Lake Council REGULAR MEETING August 17, 2016 Audio recording supplied by Audience Member as permitted under OPEN MEETINGS ACT. Act 267 of 1976 Bear Lake Village Hall Unapproved Minutes (with attachments supplied by attendees) The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 7:00 […]

Referendum vote petition filed

On July 6, the Village of Bear Lake placed a display ad in the Manistee News Advocate which stated the intent to seek $1.8m in Revenue Bonds to cover the prospective loan portion of a proposed $4.4m water system project. The repayment term of the prospective loan (increased from the original $1.4m) was set at […]