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Village of Bear Lake, Wednesday February 21, 2018 Council Meeting

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Proposed Agenda February 2018

Unapproved Minutes January 17, 2018 (1)

Budget work session Feb 7 2018 unapproved

{Audio recording here}

Proposed 2018-2019 Budget- unapproved

PROPOSED AGENDA

Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting

February 21, 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 (two (2)-minute maximum) Note: Members of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Email from Kris Buckner, Bear Lake Promoters regarding Bear Lake Days – road closures

REPORTS/DISCUSSION

MINUTES APPROVAL:

Regular Meeting December 13, 2017

Special Meeting Budget Work Session 2018-2019 February 7, 2018

VILLAGE MAINTENANCE REPORT:

TREASURER’S REPORT:

• Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report

• Amendments:

BILLS to be PAID:

REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:

COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS:

PARK:
Park Manager Report

STREETS, TREES, SIGNS, LIGHTS, SIDEWALKS:

WATER:
Water Well update
Water Ordinance update
Maintenance Building update

BLIGHT/CABA:
CABA
Blight Enforcement Officer report:

COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT:

MANISTEE COUNTY TRAIL COMMITTEE REPORT:

BEAR LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD REPORT:

TWO LAKES SEWER REPORT:

PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT: No report

AD HOC COMMITTEE: Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – Clerk McPherson – no report

OLD BUSINESS:
Clerk & Treasurer appointment – August
Mass Gathering Ordinance – follow-up

NEW BUSINESS:
Pat Bently – DPW building, Saw grant and canoe/kayak launch

  • (DPW) Maintenance Manager wage increase
  • (DPW employee) Maintenance worker wage increase & minimum wage

Follow up on items from December’s council meeting:

PUBLIC COMMENT: General Time – Any Village-related item (two (2)-minute maximum) Note: Members of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person.

Items on agenda or not listed

UPCOMING EVENTS and ANNOUCEMENTS:

• Community dinner at Bear Lake United Methodist Church

C.R.A.S.E. – March 10 at 11a at Bear Lake High School.

ADJOURNMENT

REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:

January 2018

FUND Equipment Rental 1/5/2018 1/12/2018 1/19/2018 1/26/2018

TOTALS

Water 591-558-943 271.44 532.44 219.24 647.28 1670.4
Major 202-463-943 1,309.43 1,122.19 775.62 446.16 3653.4
Minor 203-463-943 180.21 878 775.62 446.16 2279.99
TOTALS 1761.08 2532.63 1770.48 1539.6 7603.79
FUND Wage Transfer
Water 591-000-702 1,398.00
Water-treas 591-000-702 700
Taxes 591-000-702 160.5
Park 531-000-702 26
Taxes 531-000-702 1.99
Major 202-463-702 754
Street Admin 202-463-702 0
Taxes 202-463-702 57.68
Minor 203-463-702 710.75
Street Admin 203-463-702 0
Taxes 203-463-702 54.37
TOTAL 3,863.29
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Monday, February 19, 2018, 2:00 pm Opening of Village of Bear Lake Sealed Bids

VILLAGE OF BEAR LAKE WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

Sealed Bids for the construction of the Village of Bear Lake Water System Improvements Project will be received, by the Village of Bear Lake, at the Village Office located at 12376 Virginia Street, Bear Lake, MI 49614 until 2:00 pm local time on Monday, February 19, 2018, at which time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read.

[Reminder: ​Conference Call-In number- 1.302.202.1107, Conference code 149002.  Note:  a charge from your phone carrier could apply.] NOTE: The telephone conference line was not activated.

The Village of Bear Lake Water System Improvement Project consists of replacement of watermain in several areas throughout the Village, fire hydrant replacements, valve replacements, installation of water meter equipment for all Village water customers, Installation of two new wells and a new well house, and abandonment of two existing wells. The project involves two separate contracts as follows:

Contract 1 – Distribution System

Consists of installation of 6,700 lft of 8” watermain, installation of 5,400 lft of 8” watermain installed via directional drill method, installation of hydrants, valve, water services, connections to existing watermains, abandonment of existing watermains, pavement restoration, surface restoration, and all related work. Also included in this contract is the installation of water meters for all Village water customers; provide, install, and initiate operation of remote meter reading system and associated monitoring software/network, and all related work.

Contract 2 – Wells and Well House

Consists of drilling two new Type I wells, constructing a new well house, new chemical feed system, and the abandonment of two existing wells and associated well houses, and all related work.

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HOUSE BILL No. 5397

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/billintroduced/House/pdf/2018-HIB-5397.pdf

http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2018-HB-5397

January 11, 2018, Introduced by Rep. Lucido and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

A bill to prohibit expenditure of state and local funds on the settlement of certain claims and actions or on certain judgments.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

Sec. 1. As used in this act:

(a) “Local unit of government” means a city, village, township, or county.

(b) “Public entity” means this state or an agency or authority of this state or a local unit of government.

(c) “Public funds” means both of the following:

(i) Funds drawn from the state treasury or other fund of this state.

(ii) Funds drawn from revenue collected or imposed by a local unit of government.

(d) “Public official” means an individual who holds an elective or appointive office of a public entity.

Sec. 3. (1) A public entity shall not make an expenditure of public funds to settle a claim or action or pay a court-ordered judgment involving the gross negligence, intentional misconduct, or criminal conduct of a public official.

(2) If a court finds that a public official was grossly negligent or engaged in intentional misconduct, or the public official is convicted of a crime, the public official shall, within 30 days after the finding or conviction becomes final, reimburse a public entity for any public funds the public entity expended in the defense of the public official.

Enacting section 1. This act takes effect 90 days after the date it is enacted into law.

 

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Top 5 Reasons People Say They Don’t Trust Local Government

“A democracy is only as strong as its citizen engagement. For a government of the people, by the people and for the people to work, its citizens must have a clear voice in the issues and decision making. And, governments must be able to clearly and transparently tell their stories in ways that make sense to the public.

In this free eBook, you’ll see how the advent of the digital age is changing the ways governments create and earn trust from their constituents. You’ll discover how online citizen engagement is paving the way to more effective and accountable governing, as well as the pitfalls and best practices of using online citizen engagement methods to achieve that goal.”

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“Citizen engagement is a sacred responsibility in a democracy and the underlying roots that uphold the future of a democratic society.

Introduction

A democracy is only as strong as its citizen engagement.

For a government of the people, by the people and for the people to work, its citizens must have a clear voice in the issues and decision making. And, governments must be able to clearly and transparently tell their stories in ways that make sense to the public.

This is true from federal to state to county to municipality to special district governments. As an elected or appointed government leader, you hold the public’s sacred trust. However, the public’s trust in government is difficult to maintain and always must be earned by those who represent them.

In this ebook, we explore citizen (civic) engagement and how the advent of the digital age is changing the ways governments create and earn trust from their constituents. We will explore how online citizen engagement is paving the way to more effective and accountable governing, as well as the pitfalls and best practices of using online citizen engagement methods to achieve that goal.”

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Source:Citizen engagement best practices to build community trust.
Smart Brief – Local Government (a service of ICMA- International City/County Management Association.
Download the complete Administrator’s Primer to Citizen Engagement today to see how you can save your staff time, better allocate resources, and create the future of a sustainable democracy and healthy community.

https://icma.org/who-we-are

 

BID Package for Village of Bear Lake Water System Improvements

In March 2017 the Village stated it’s intent to publish the bid process – confirmed as public documents by USDA in August 2017.

Upon receipt of the January Village Draft Minutes the following was noted:

“Ken Mlcek from Fleis & VanderBrink said the Water/Well project is advertised & posted on various websites. January 31, 2018 there will be a pre-bid meeting at Bear Lake Village Office at 2pm. February 19, 2018 bids open to the public at 2pm also at the Bear Village Office.”

The following was received today:

“Bid information for review is at the Village Offices. 12376 Virginia Street, Bear Lake, MI  49614

Bid information can also be found on Fleis & Vanderbrinks website, link below.
And on our village website under Water Well Project;
Thank you for your interest in this project.”
As the Village web site is not up to date:-
The following can be viewed at:
USDA Water System Improvements Project – Contracts 1 & 2 – Village of Bear Lake (Bids Due: 02/19/18)
Contract 1 – Bid Advertisement
Contract 1 – Planholders List
Contract 2 – Bid Advertisement
Contract 2 – Planholders List
Specifications
Plans
NOTE: February 19, 2018 bids open to the public at 2pm at the Bear Village Office

January and Upcoming 2018 Village Council Meetings

The following is posted at http://www.bearlakemichigan.org

Special Meeting Notices

2018-2019 Budget Work Section
The Bear Lake Village Council will be meeting on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
at 7pm to discuss the 2018-2019 Budget.
The meeting will take place at the Village Office, 12376 Virginia Street, Bear Lake.
Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the public hearing/public meeting  should contact the Bear Lake Village Clerk at 231.970.2066 or at the above address one week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance. 

NOTICE OF BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Village Budget 2018-2019
The Village of Bear Lake Village Council will be holding a public hearing to approve the budget for 2018-19 fiscal year on February 21, 2018 at 7pm  at the Bear Lake Village Hall, 12376 Virginia Street.  The regular monthly council meeting will immediately follow.
THE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATE IS 10.3108 TO BE LEVIED. 
A copy of the proposed budget will be available for public inspection after February 12, 2018  at the Village of Bear Lake office, 12376 Virginia Street during regular business hours; Tuesday – Thursday, 1pm -3pm.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the public hearing/public meeting should contact the Bear Lake Village Clerk at 231.970.2066 or at the above address one week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

The following Draft Minutes were received today:

A member of the public provided this additional partial recording of the January Meeting:

Unapproved Minutes January 17, 2018 (PDF)

Village of Bear Lake Council
REGULAR MEETING January 17, 2018
Bear Lake Village Hall

Unapproved Minutes

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, Marla Evans, Greg McPherson, Ron Ronning & Andrea Ware

Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson, Staff: Jared Bair and Larry Gibson

Absent: Jackie Johnson

Guests: Two (2) guests

Motion to Adopt the Agenda with additions by Evans and seconded by McPherson, motion carried.
Ayes: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nays: none. Absent: Johnson

Additions: Old Business – Grants; New Business: ETO & Cash In-Lieu Policy and Building door; Follow-up – add Gary McBride

Public Comment:

  • Guest questioned councilman McPherson regarding where the unapproved October 2017 minutes were for Two Lake Sewer Meeting on January 4, 2018 as he did not attend the meeting. (McPherson is secretary this the group.)

Correspondence: Read by clerk:

  • Clerk reported on resident complaint on snow plow damage to their personal basketball hoop located along the street in front of their house. Clerk presented pictures. Council recommended the home owner to try and claim it on their home owner’s insurance before the village sends it to their insurance company. Clerk will contact the home owner.

REPORTS:

Variety Store update: President Bair reported building is gone, hole is filled in and lot will be seeded in Spring. Large equipment may stay there until Spring.

Motion to accept the minutes from December 13, 2017 regular monthly meeting with correction by Ronning, seconded by Evans. Motion Carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair
Nay: None.Absent: Johnson

McPherson name to be stricken from Motion to pay bill for $10.49 etc..

Maintenance Manger should read Manager.

  • Maintenance Report: Verbal report was given by Jared Bair.
  • Treasurer’s Report: Reviewed by King. Written report on file in the January 2018 minutes binder.
    • Amendments to Budget 2017-2018
  • General checking/savings total 48,889.52
    Water checking only 40,903.99
    Money Market Checking 10,077.80
    Park checking/savings total 10,626.61
    Park CD#2 33,102.67
    Major Street checking/savings total 31,057.82
    Minor Street checking/savings total 9,610.50
    Equipment Fund checking/savings total 3,054.88
    Honor Bank CD 1,029.93

    Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read by McPherson seconded by Bass, motion carried.
    Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair
    Nay: none Absent: Johnson

    A motion was made to approve amendments as listed below to the 2017-2018 budget by McPherson, seconded by Bass. Motion carried. Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nays: None
    Absent: Johnson

    Amendments:
    General Increase Payroll Expenses $200
    Increase PC Wages $135
    Increase Village Board & President Wages $368.67
    Increase Blight Enforcement $391.64
    Increase Repairs & Maintenance $500
    Increase Office Supplies $7.75
    $4,003.06 from Treasurer Salary to cover
    Water
    Increase Utilities $1500
    Increase Postage $98
    Increase Print & Publishing $134.87
    $1,732.87 from Interest Expense

    Park
    Increase Repairs & Maintenance $1,054.43
    Increase Professional Service $433.50
    $1,487.93 from DPW Build Repayment

    Major
    Increase Repair Outsource $1,000
    Increase Repairs & Maint – Winter $500
    $1,500 from Wages

    Minor
    Increased Repairs (Outsourced) $1,000
    Increase Repairs & Maint-Winter $600
    Increase Repair & Maint – Summer $45.93
    Increase Equipment Rental $2,100
    $3,000 from DPW Building
    $700 from Gas & Oil

    • Wages to General Fund: $3,658.93
    • Equipment Rental to General Fund: $6,220.96
    • Earned Time Off Employee Policy amended to add Cash In-Lieu
    • Motion to amend the Earned Time Off Policy for Employees to add Cash In-Lieu by McPherson, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.
      employee-eto-policy-Jan-2018 PDF

      A motion was made to make amendment in Major Street Fund to move $5690 out of Accumulated Fund Balance to checking account by Evans seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.

      Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair
      Nays: None. Absent: Johnson

      Bills to be paid presented by Treasurer. List on file in January 2018 minutes folder.
      [See prior posting at https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/2018/01/18/village-of-bear-lake-january-17-2017-meeting/ ]

    • Motion to pay the bills by Bass, seconded by McPherson. Motion carried. Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: Johnson

      Reimbursements to the General Fund were read by President Bair.

      Committee Chair Reports:
      Park:

      • Park Report verbal report by Park Manager. Three checks have been received for seasonal campers. o Ken Mlcek from Fleis & VanderBrink said the Water/Well project is advertised & posted on various websites. January 31, 2018 there will be a pre-bid meeting at Bear Lake Village Office at 2pm. February 19, 2018 bids open to the public at 2pm also at the Bear Village Office.
      • Water Ordinance is tabled until February, appointed committee of Bair, Johnson & Evans have reviewed for language use, village attorney is now reviewing it.

      A follow up was asked by McPherson on the $700.00 bad check received from past summer camper, $700 payment was received but NSF of $25 was not received. Camper said she would send balance.

      Streets, Trees, Signs, Lights, Sidewalks: No report

      Water:

      Buildings, Grounds & Equipment:

      • No money has been received from USDA at this time on the DPW building or plow.

      Blight/CABA:

      CABA: No report.

      BLIGHT: Blight Officer verbal report by Gibson, no changes from December meeting report. Gibson reported the Manistee County Magistrate has community service workers to help out for Bear Lake Community Clean-up Day.

      County Commissioner Report: Pauline Jaquish reported on Manistee Housing for Manistee County meeting she attended addressing the need for single family housing & rental housing in Manistee County. Manistee County Sheriff is looking to hire deputies. Pauline will be running again in November 2018 for County Commissioner. The Manistee County Equalization Director is retiring.

      Other: Jaquish asked if Sparkle in the Park could take place in Hopkins Park again in 2018, council approval given. On behalf of Sparkle, Jaquish would also like to accept the donation of the villages old holiday wreaths, council approval given. Also reported that donations were up 30% for 2017 Sparkle event. Snow was an issue for 2017 and Jaquish asked if it was OK to have additional private plow trucks plow when the village is busy @ NO charge to the village. Council consensus, yes.

      Planning Commission: Clerk McPherson read a request from the Planning Commission Committee requesting the Council adjust the Planning Commission Budget for 2018-2019 to $3K, for Bear Lake Village Zoning Ordinance to be written by Rob Carson, Manistee County Planner. Approval was given by the council.

      Manistee County Trail Committee Report: Next meeting is February 12, 2018.

      Bear Lake Improvement Board: McPherson reported they will stay with Restorative Lake Sciences, same terms. Picked meeting dates for 2018. Don Brisbin stepped down as board chairperson and Bob Yates was elected as chairperson. There is an open position for an additional board member.

      Two Lakes Sewer Collaborative: McPherson reported he was unable to attend the January 4, 2018 meeting. Next meeting is February 7, 2018

      Ad Hoc – Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – No report. Still looking for a volunteer student to help out with policy, ordinance & resolution books.

      OLD BUSINESS

      Budget Schedule: Clerk reminded Committee to get any items to them for budget. Clerk shared budget “Wish List” sheets to list items.

      Motion to set 2018-2019 Budget Work Session date for February 7 at 7pm and Budget Approval date February 21, 2018 at 7pm by McPherson, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.  Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: Johnson

      Clerk & Treasurer Appointment: Discussion. Held over until February 2018.

      Water Review Board member – no report

      Mass Gathering – Clerk reported she has contacted the Cleon Township clerk but no information at this time.

      Grants : President Bair discussed the many options for available grants. The village missed the Kayak/Canoe Launch grant by 5 points. Bair suggests we apply again in 2018. March 2nd is the deadline for Revenue Sharing Different items discussed for grant applications; beach safety items, lighted warning signs to share with CERT, and Bair will write a grant to outfit new plow truck with blades, lights & sander.

      Park playground equipment would fall under criteria for a grant from the Health Department, Building Healthy Communities for Physical activity. A letter of intent will be sent to the Health Department.

      NEW BUSINESS

    • Earned Time Off Employee Policy amended to add Cash In-Lieu
    • Motion to amend the Earned Time Off Policy for Employees to add Cash In-Lieu by McPherson, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.
    • Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair
      Nay: none.  Absent: Johnson
      {Employee ETO Policy: A copy can be read here Employee ETO Policy Nov 2017 }

    • Door replacement, east side of museum – the museum board would like to replace the door on the east side of the building, museum will pay for replacement door.
  • Follow up on item from October monthly meeting. Water Superintendent – Gary McBride
    Discussion on: Water Superintendent’s responsibilities, education class, training and items the Village will pay for; classes, membership, etc.

    Council approved payment in 2017 Water Superintendent annual salary of $700, denied payment for his hourly rate when he attended education classes the village paid for, village also paid or his membership fees.

    Clerk McPherson and Evans will work on job descriptions for all village elected & appointed positions.

    COUNCIL COMMENT:

    • None

    PUBLIC COMMENT: None

    COMING EVENTS

    • Community dinner at Bear Lake United Methodist Church, Thursday January 18, 2018

    Meeting adjourned at 8:55p.m.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Cindi McPherson, Clerk

    REIMBURSEMENTS TO THE GENERAL FUND AND EQUIPMENT FUND:

    WAGES NOVEMBER 2017 AMOUNTS

    Water Fund 591-000-702 $1,191.00

    Water-Treas 591-000-702 $350.00

    Park Fund 531-000-702 $85.00

    Major Fund 202-463-702 $892.88

    Minor Fund 203-463-702 $879.88

    TOTAL $3,658.93

    EQUIPMENT RENTAL NOVEMBER 2017 AMOUNTS

    Water Fund 591-558-943 $1,118.73

    Major Fund 202-463-943 $2,814.70

    Minor Fund 203-463-943 $2287.53

    TOTAL $6220.96

Village of Bear Lake January 17, 2017 Meeting

No documents were received.

A member of the public has provided the following financial statements.

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011718VC_financials(PDF)

The telephone conference line was disconnected after 13 minutes.

Numerous attempts were made to reconnect for a further 45 minutes.

A public partial recording will be posted here as soon as possible.

Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting: Wednesday January 17 at 7.00pm

​Conference Call-In to listen to monthly council meetings can be done by calling 1.302.202.1107, Conference code 149002.  Note:  a charge from your phone carrier could apply so we suggest you use either Google or Skype.

Bear Lake News has asked that the line be monitored for accidental mute.

Tabled from December was approval of a Resolution to hold a Special Election on the matter of changing from an elected to appointed Clerk and Treasurer. Prior post on this may be read here.

See: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/2018_May_Elec_604577_7.pdf

MAY 8, 2018 ELECTION CALENDAR OF DATES
By Jan. 30 Petitions to place proposals on ballot filed with county and local clerks. (168.646a)

After consultation with the individuals who received the following letter concerning their requests for reasonable access to Council Meeting documents and information the following statement has been received from one of the individuals concerned.

“There are, according to the most recent Census, only 118 households and 78 families residing in the Village of Bear Lake. There are @ 210 adults of voting age with over 1/4 aged over 65. There were 118 occupied homes, 23 were listed as summer homes.

Full time residents pay @$63,000 in Property Taxes of which $68,275 have now spent in salaries and wages. 48 of us signed the petition calling for a Referendum vote on the Ordinance taking away our right to elect the Clerk andTreasurer.

It is my position that no Village resident should be forced to file a FOIA for information about our own government- regardless. Why would any government approve using our hard earned money to pay an attorney to provide an 8 page justification for not providing requested basic information? It seemed to those listening that the Council in fact was not consulted.

For the past 3 years many individuals have attempted to get basic information about the financial operations of our government – particularly after the State Department of Treasury issued a stern warning.

Previously, when we have tried to nominate Bear Lake News as our representative to save duplication of communication this has been denied. 

We are grateful that to just do what has been asked, file a standard 6 month FOIA for each Meeting Packet in advance of each meeting, has been done by Bear Lake News. 

With so many documented instances of delay or official non response, several individuals did indeed seek legal advice. As we realized the  bill would impact Village finances, no action was taken. It is regrettable that the Village can’t just tell us all what you are doing and respond in kind?

When complaints are made that ‘these people’ are costing ‘us’ money – who’s money is that?

‘These people’ live, work and support our local community.”

At 8.36 am we received the following: no supporting documents.

PROPOSED AGENDA
Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting
January 17, 2018
7:00 p.m. – Village Hall

CALL TO ORDER and PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL ADOPTION of AGENDA
• Additions:
PUBLIC COMMENT: Any agenda item ONLY (two (2)-minute maximum)

Note: Members of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person.
CORRESPONDENCE:

REPORTS/DISCUSSION
Variety Store update –
MINUTES APPROVAL:
• Regular Meeting December 13, 2017
VILLAGE MAINTENANCE REPORT:
TREASURER’S REPORT:
• Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report
• Amendments:
BILLS to be PAID:
REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:
COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS:
PARK:
• Park Manager Report
STREETS, TREES, SIGNS, LIGHTS, SIDEWALKS:
WATER:
• Water Well update
• Water Ordinance – Johnson
• Maintenance Building update
BLIGHT/CABA:
• CABA :
• Blight Enforcement Officer report:
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT:
MANISTEE COUNTY TRAIL COMMITTEE REPORT:
BEAR LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD REPORT:
TWO LAKES SEWER REPORT: Meeting Cancelled [Editors Note: the meeting was held on January 3.]
AD HOC COMMITTEE: Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – Clerk McPherson
OLD BUSINESS:
• Items for 2018-2019 Budget
• Clerk & Treasurer appointment
• Water Review Board member – replacement
• Mass Gathering Ordinance – follow-up

NEW BUSINESS:
Follow up on items from December’s council meeting:
• Water Superintendent contract
PUBLIC COMMENT: General Time – Any Village-related item (two (2)-minute maximum) Note: Members
of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person.
Items on agenda or not listed
UPCOMING EVENTS and ANNOUCEMENTS:
• Community dinner at Bear Lake United Methodist Church
ADJOURNMENT

REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:
DECEMBER 2017
WAGES Accounts Amounts
Water Fund 591-000-702 $
Park Fund 531-000-702 $
Major Fund 202-463-702 $
Minor Fund 203-463-702 $
TOTAL $

EQUIP RENTAL Accounts Amounts
Water Fund 591-558-943 $
Major Fund 202-463-943 $
Minor Fund 203-463-943 $
TOTAL $

 

Village of Bear Lake holds 2 additional Planning Commission Meetings

The Village have forwarded Minutes (01/11/2018) from two additional meetings held in November and December. These were not listed on http://www.bearlakemichigan.org/planning-commission.html

A meeting notice was placed at the Village of Bear Lake Post Office.

Both can be found on http://www.bearlakemichigan.org/events.html

The November Meeting is listed as being held on Sunday November 12, 2017. It should be noted that the Village President may not be a member of the Planning Commission.

Village of Bear Lake Planning Commission
November 14, 2017 Village Hall
Approved Minutes
Meeting called to order at 5pm by Chairperson, Farfsing
Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
Roll Call: Farfsing (via phone), McPherson, Walter, Beaver and Jeff Bair
Absent: None
Adoption of agenda: Motion was made by Walter to accept the agenda, seconded by McPherson, approved by all, motion carried
Approval of minutes: Motion was made by Beaver to approve the minutes from October 10, 2017 seconded by Walter, approved by all, motion carried. Recognition of visitors: No visitors
Visitor comment: None
Old Business:
 Helena Township Traditional Zoning; reviewed this document and discussed each paragraph to what worked for Bear Lake.
New Business:
 Smart Code – reviewed as to what would work with Bear Lake’s master plan.
 Discussed existing Land Issue current & future
 Review of Master Plan and Recreation Plan for next meeting to update sections.
Public Comments: None
Next meeting; December 19, 2017 at Bear Lake Village Hall @ 5pm – new meeting dates will be addressed at this meeting
Adjourned at 6:05pm Respectfully submitted by Cindi McPherson

and

Village of Bear Lake Planning Commission
December 19, 2017
Village Hall
Unapproved Minutes

Meeting called to order at 5:20pm by Chairperson, Farfsing
Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
Roll Call: Farfsing (via phone), McPherson, Walter, Beaver
Absent: Bair
Adoption of agenda: Motion was made by Beaver to accept the agenda with addition, seconded by Walter, approved by all, motion carried
Addition: Definition of Planning Commission and DDA (Downtown Development
Authority)
Approval of minutes: Motion was made by Farfsing to approve the minutes from November 14, 2017 seconded by McPherson, approved by all, motion carried.
Recognition of visitors: No visitors
Visitor comment: None
Old Business:
• Master Plan – will be updating in 2018
• Helena Township Zoning review is on hold.
New Business:
• Set meeting dates for 2018
o A motion was made by Walter to accept the meeting dates for 2018, seconded by McPherson, approved by all, motion carried.
▪ 2018 dates; April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11 and October 9, 2018

• Rob Carson from Manistee County Planning Commission has agreed to do the
zoning ordinance for Bear Lake Village at a discounted rate. A letter of recommendation will be presented to the village council to ask for this project to be budgeted for 2018
• Discussion on Definition of Planning Commission & DDA (Downtown Development Authority)
• New action plans for the next 5 years – discussion for April 2018 meeting
Public Comments: None
Next meeting; April 10, 2018 at Bear Lake Village Hall @ 5pm
Adjourned at 6pm
Respectfully submitted by Cindi McPherson