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 40 years at 1.85% interest spread over a guarantee of 158 accounts and necessitating a further guarantee of the General Fund.

Almost 20% of registered voters, in excess of a minimum 10%, have elected to exercise their legal right to file, within 45 days of publication, a petition to seek a referendum vote on this matter. Today August 5,  receipt of the petition was acknowledged by the Village Clerk Cindi McPherson and a copy was also filed with Bear Lake Township Clerk.

If no request had been filed within 45 days of publication the electorate would have no further opportunity to seek alternative options for project financing.

As of this date the State of Michigan has not approved the sale of bonds.

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Nor has USDA Rural Development given final allocation of the funding availability. 

Preliminary Engineer report for water project

811320 Bear Lake Water Reliability Study & General Plan Update

Wellhead Protection Plan

March 11, 2016

Jeff Bair, President
Village of Bear Lake
PO Box 175
Bear Lake, MI  49614

SUBJECT: Water Project    

Loan $ 1,463,000 (Section 6025); 1.875% Poverty Interest Rate; 40 Years

Grant$ 2,000,000 (Section 6025); $547,000 (Regular Funds)

Dear Mr. Bair:

This letter establishes conditions which must be understood and agreed to by you before further consideration may be given to your application.  The loan and/or grant will be administered on behalf of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) by the State and Area staff of USDA, Rural Development.  Any changes in project cost, source of funds, scope of services or any other significant changes in the project or applicant, must be reported to an approved by USDA, Rural Development, by written amendment to this letter.  If significant changes are made without obtaining such approval, Rural Development may discontinue processing of the application.

This letter does not constitute loan and/or grant approval, nor does it ensure that funds are or will be available for the project.”

{See March 2016 Minutes for full version}

Village of Bear Lake Council REGULAR MEETING, unapproved July 20, 2016 Minutes

Obtained via FOIA

Village of Bear Lake Council

REGULAR MEETING

July 20, 2016

Bear Lake Village Hall

Unapproved

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Pledge of Allegiance – said by all.

Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Carver Edwards, Peggy Bass, Janene Gee, Jackie Johnson Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson Staff: Jared Bair.

Absent: Ron Ronning, Don Hyrns

Guests:  David Reed, Jeanne Walsh Vision and Lee Vision, Don Raiff, Greg McPherson, Pauline Jaquish, Barb and Rick Farfsing, Larry and Sally Gibson

Motion to adopt the agenda; Johnson moved and Gee seconded, motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

Public Comment: None

Correspondence:

  • Letter from Manistee County Planning Department requesting a nomination of a interested citizen of the community to represent our community and serve on a “County Wide Multi-Use Trail Committee”.  Motion by Johnson to temporarily nominate Barb Farfsing as the village nominee.  A notice will be posted until next meeting to see if another individual of the village is interested. Bass seconded, motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

  • Email response from Jason Wilder Evans regarding last month’s email asking the council to vote in favor of celebrating June 12, 2016 as Jason Wilder Evans Day (JWEDAY).  Jason wanted the local government to appoint him Poet Laureate.  Email received on July 9, 2016, Jason wanted to know when he would receive his JWEDAY certificate.  Another email will be sent by the clerk to Jason re-inviting him to the council meeting the next time he is in town.  His letter is placed on file.

Motion to accept the June 15, 2016 Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes with corrections. Gee moved, Johnson seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Gee, Edwards, Bass, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning & Hyrns

Discussion & correction to Water Review Committee purpose wording.  See corrected June 15, 2016 minutes.

Maintenance Supervisor Report: Jared Bair

  • Park Report, Water Report, General Report and Equipment Report
  • Report on file in the 2016 Minutes binder

Treasurer’s Report: 

FUND NAME GRAND TOTAL

            Equipment Fund         3,364.17

Savings – Honor Bank- Equip   25,988.82

            Minor Street Fund        20,754.70

            Major Street Fund       37,014.08

            Park Fund      25,913.17

CD – Honor Bank – Park     32,769.52          

            Water Fund            10,344.14

MMA – water                     10,028.34 (Formerly Huntington Account)

            General Fund                   16,577.39

  • Treasurer presented council with question to renew the Park CD at Honor Bank at an interest rate of 90%.  Current CD is earning .29% interest. Motion was made by Bass to let it auto renew at .90%, seconded by Gee, motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

  • Amendment to the budget for the General Fund, Park Fund and Minor Fund.  Budget report on file.  Motion was made by Bass to amend the budget as presented, Johnson seconded.  Motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

  • Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, moved by Johnson, Bass seconded Motion carried. 

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

     Bills to be paid as presented – Johnson moved, Bass seconded, motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Bair

Nay: Gee

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

  • List of “Bills to be Paid” is found at the end of this report.
  • Discussion was held.

Reimbursement to the General Fund:

Major Street 6/01/2016-6/30/2016  $00.00

Minor Street 6/01/2016-6/30/2016 $00.00

Park Fund 6/01/2016-6/30/2016 $1,244.55

Water Fund 6/01/2016-6/30/2016 $220.00

Total to transfer to General Fund=$1,464.55

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Park:

  • Jeff Bair reported that sales (at $32K) for campground are up for the year.

Trees:

  • All being taken care of

Streets:

  • Gee – speed bumps/humps or rumble strips.  Lynn Street to Cody Street and Smith Street up to the school.  Gee proposed the idea of speed bumps.  Ideas of how we can slow people down, Gee will get quotes, information on speed bumps.  Speed radar is a possibility.  Gee will follow up at August meeting.

Water:

  • Water Review Board will be meeting on August 3 from 4p-7p, Wednesday.
    • Discussion on member of Water Review Board by Jeanne Walsh, no outcome.
  • Jared Bair reported on a quote for maintenance agreement on backup water well generator, $825.00.  Motion was made by Johnson to continue maintenance agreement with PM Technologies & extend this through 2017.  Paid under this budget year.  Seconded by Edwards.  Motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

Equipment: Nothing

Sidewalks: Jeff Bair reported that the sidewalks did get done for $6900.00, $1400.00 will be billed back to property owners.

Museum:  Pauline Jaquish updated on museum progress; interior construction done, many things have been completed.  Funds are around $12K, many projects costing more than planned.  Did not make “soft opening” during Bear Lake Days, new date, August 6.  Jeff Harthun, president of Historical Society, drawing plans for items that the Eagle Scouts can work on.  Recruiting “Friends of the Museum”, glad there is support and need more funding to finish and continue.  David Reed commented how strong the ramp is and how well built.

Blight/CABA: Johnson reported on an individual for the Blight Enforcement Officer (BEO) position.  The Blight Committee is asking the council to consider Larry Gibson for this position. Gibson has met the criteria the committee was looking for. Discussion was held.

Motion was made by Johnson to appoint Larry Gibson as the new Blight Enforcement Office.  $20 per hour, 20 hours per month not to exceed 140 hours to the end of the fiscal year.  Gibson will get project/position going and running and will start with smaller projects. Blight Enforcement Officer will be reviewed at the end of fiscal year. Seconded by Bass, motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

CABA – Rick Farfsing reported that the facebook site that was put up last year and had 40 likes is now over 280 now.  A lot of people are viewing this site.  Farfsing reported on language in the Blight Elimination Fund which is the road map for how the village uses the money, it does not state the money can be for demolition & clean-up of varies buildings.  The purpose that was approved does not come out and say it would allow the monies to cover demolition.  New language is proposed as follows;“The purpose of the Blight Elimination Fund is to assist the Village with developing and implementing a blight elimination strategy that will benefit the general community.  Fund uses include: expenses involved with enforcing the Blight Ordinance (legal, engineering and other fees); providing matching dollars to help the Village secure grants for demolition, as well as paying the entire demolition costs; making site improvements under the control of the Village and other uses consistent with the purpose of the Fund.  The fund cannot be used for purchasing buildings or any other use that would enrich an individual property owner.  The Village Council will advise MCCF on the use of the monies with consensus of the Council’s Blight Enforcement Committee and the Community and Business Alliance.”

Motion was made by Johnson to accept the new language in the Blight Elimination Fund Purpose; seconded by Gee.

Aye: Johnson, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Ronning and Hyrns

Planning Commission: Discussion at meeting on current use of deck & how to make better use of it, grant money for Hopkins Park (Bath house) empty lots.  PlacePOP meeting, Sarah from Michigan Municipal League presented lots of ideas for projects in the community.  She is looking for funding ideas, Motto for MML is “Love where you live”.  McPherson reported, that Sarah had presented a slide show at the meeting showing ideas other communities have done.  Simply purchasing kids games to leave in the park for community to use.  Looking for groups to help implement ideas.  Gee would like to make and sell fun wands, she would use the profits to buy toys to put in the park. This would be something the Gee family would donate on own. 

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Signage for Village Hall.  McPherson reported, new quotes from Steve Heller.  Guest, Lee Vision suggested we contact local school or tech center to see if they would be interested in working on this project.  McPherson asked if Lee Vision would be interested in being a part of a committee or heading a committee for the signs.  He said he would like to try, he will see how feasible this would be.  Gee will help him.
  • Community Clean-Up Day.  HUGE success, over 80 people participated from the village and surrounding area.  Many projects were completed.
  • Discussion on house with old camper, on corner of Cody, bank has cleaned up the lot & camper is gone.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Don Raife, suggested posting committee meetings on website calendar.   See Museum section for updated.  Jeanne Walsh Vision comment on meetings on website/job site.  Farfsing complimented on first rate museum, proactive talking on blight in village, funding raising, proactivity in the future and where we will be in the near future.  Said the council is “doing a great job”!  He appreciates everything they are doing for the village.

COUNCIL MEMBERS:  None

Upcoming Events and Announcements:

  • Community Dinner at Bear Lake United Methodist Church on Thursday.

Meeting adjourned at 8:42pm

Respectfully Submitted, 

Cindi McPherson, Village Clerk

Bills to be paid – July 20, 2016

Terra – clean storm drains $1,994.00 General Fund

West Coast Farm Services $3,830.45 General Fund

David Schneider Con. – sidewalks $6,871.50 General Fund

Manistee Tire Service – loader tractor $18.00 General Fund

Mark Thompson Tree & Stump $397.50 General Fund

Paradigm Electric – Museum $688.50 General Fund

Beckman Production Services – Dust control $131.00 General Fund

IRS Department of Treasury $142.20 General Fund

Gabridge & Co. $150.00 General Fund

Staples $74.98 General fund

Mead & Hunt $1,203.70 Water Fund

Mead & Hunt $160.49 Water Fund

Mead & Hunt $1,429.40 Water Fund

Bittner Jennings Attorneys $1,820.33 Water Fund

Bittner Jennings Attorneys $60.38 Water Fund

West Coast Farm Services $35.00 Park Fund

Ron Brown & Sons – top soil $93.78 Park Fund

Ron Brown & Sons $58.30 Minor Fund

Ron Brown & Sons $55.00 Minor Fund

Bear Lake ACE Hardware $1,000.00 Water Fund

$811.08 Park Fund

McBride Septic Systems $721.24 Park Fund

$230.00 Water Fund

Pioneer Printing Co. $59.00 General Fund

$83.00 Water Fund

$82.00 Park Fund

Within an inch of disaster ….

http://news.pioneergroup.com/manisteenews/2016/07/28/vandals-damage-main-gas-line-bear-lake-school/

The purpose of this site is usually to present news, factual documents without opinion or editorials.

However, a little before 3am on the morning of Wednesday July 27, 2016 an incident occurred which constitutes a grave threat to human life in the Village of Bear Lake.

2-3 individuals took a heavy implement and broke off the natural gas regulator at Bear Lake School – resulting in a 1 1/2″ line blasting gas out full bore, loud enough, fortunately, to wake neighbors.

We appeal for anyone with information, which may lead to those who did this being caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, to contact the Manistee County Sheriff. (231) 723-8393

This situation was deadly serious.
It being a calm night an inversion did not dissipate the gas upwards but rather sent it downwind and downhill to all the adjacent homes. Neighbors were indeed fortunate that someone saw the incident take place and called it in immediately.
The consequences of natural gas gathering in people’s ground floor rooms or basements does not bear thinking about.
The lives that were put in jeopardy by this callous, senseless act MUST be considered when the individuals are brought to justice.
To see what happens in situations like this see:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/10/us/seattle-explosion.html?_r=0

And yes indeed there was a fatality.

Natural gas contributes to asphyxia:

http://plumbinghelptoday.com/denver-plumbing-repair-blog/2010/10/natural-gas-poisoning-symptoms/

The fatality was our parrot. Almost recovered from an infection, his room had all the windows open on this warm night and we woke to find our house filled with gas odor as did all our neighbors. By the end of Wednesday he was in trouble and by Thursday morning he was dead. We had rescued him 31 years ago and he should have lived another 30-40 years.

Yes when weighed against the lives of human beings, and in particular our incredible Bear Lake Fire Department staff who put their lives in dire peril to walk up to the pipe to shut it off, the life of a pet bird may seem trivial – but what if that had been a baby sleeping in that room? What if the leak had gone undetected for hours? What if the pilot light had kicked on or a static spark occurred, or the main transformer which stands within 3 feet of the vandalized gas connection had arced when 2 BLTFD personnel stood there?

We lost a member of our family. We could have lost a school and 2 blocks.

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Calling all Village of Bear Lake residents

Volunteer Position

The Village of Bear Lake is looking to fill a volunteer position for the Manistee County Planning Department.

The County Planning Commission has recommended the formation of a representative from each local unit of government wishing to participate in trail development at a countywide and local level. This volunteer position would represent The Village of Bear Lake and serve on the “County-Wide Multi-Use Trail Committee”.

The individual would be required to meet quarterly or bi-annually; there would be limited commitments outside of attending these meetings, reporting to and providing the input of the represented community and weighing in on implementation and development of multi-use trails.

This is a non-paid volunteer position.

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please contact the clerk at The Village of Bear Lake.

Cindi McPherson Phone: 231.970.2066 bearlakeclerk@gmail.com Requirements:
 Able to attend meetings quarterly or biannually
 Able to get to and from meetings throughout Manistee County.
 Prefer individual to be a resident of the village of Bear Lake.
This position will be posted until August 16, 2016 or until filled

June 2016 Corrected Approved Minutes and Reports

[note: Finance Reports may be found here.]

Village of Bear Lake Council

REGULAR MEETING

June 15, 2016

Bear Lake Village Hall

Approved with corrections, 7/21/16, CMC

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Pledge of Allegiance – said by all.

Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Ron Ronning, Carver Edwards, Peggy Bass, Don Hyrns, Janene Gee Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson Staff: Jared Bair.

Absent: Jackie Johnson

Guests:  David Reed, Jeanne Walsh Vision, Lee Vision, Rich Russell, Dick Graham, Tyler Fogarty, Don Raiff and John DeVol .

Motion to adopt the agenda with additions; Ronning moved and Hyrns seconded, motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

Public Comment: None

Correspondence: Email from Jason Wilder Evans asking the council to vote in favor of celebrating June 12, 2016 as Jason Wilder Evans Day (JWEDAY).  Jason would like the local government to appoint him Poet Laureate. Discussion was held.  The clerk will email him that the council would like him to attend a council meeting the next time he is in Bear Lake so they can discuss JWEDAY for the future. We are sorry we missed his day this year.

Motion to accept the May 18, 2016 Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes as presented. Bass moved, Ronning seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Bair

Nay: Gee

Absent: Johnson

Discussion was held on a misunderstanding on the motion to pay for electrical and new windows for the museum by Gee.

Maintenance Supervisor Report: Jared Bair

  • Park Report, Water Report, General Report and Equipment Report
  • Report on file in the 2016 Minutes binder
  • New employees started.

Treasurer’s Report: 

  • Amendment to General Fund Account – Insurance & Bond for Michigan Municipal League (MML) property insurance payment for $3,035.  A transfer from Wages to Insurance & Bonds for $3,500 to cover.
  • Amendment to Water Fund Account – Office Supplies for purchase of new computer $586.95.  A transfer of $285.95 from Equipment Rental to Office Supplies to cover.
  • Amendment to Water Fund Account – Audit, for annual audit for $309.32.  A transfer from Equipment Rental of $.32 to Audit to cover.  A transfer from Equipment Rental of $.32 to Audit to cover.
  • Amendment to Park Fund Account – Audit, for annual audit for $309.32.  A transfer from Equipment Rental of $.32 to Audit to cover.  A transfer from Postage of $.32 to Audit to cover.
  • Amendment to Minor Street Fund – Repair & Maintenance Summer ($511.50) and Winter ($1,527.87).  Total amount of bill to be transferred to Major Fund.

Motion to Amend the budget as stated above. Bass moved, Gee seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Gee, Bass, Bair

Nay: None

Treasurer’s report read by King and placed on file in the 2016 Minutes binder.

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, moved by Bass, Hyrns seconded Motion carried. 

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

              

FUND NAME GRAND TOTAL

            Equipment Fund         3,363.98

            Minor Street Fund      21,229.98

            Major Street Fund      38,144.78

            Park Fund                    25,703.37

            Water Fund                  17,508.09

            General Fund               18,762.34

            CD – Honor Bank – Park     32,746.12          

            MMA – water      5,027.97 (Formerly Huntington Account)

            Savings – Honor Bank- Equip        25,983.64

Bills to be paid with correction & additions – Ronning moved, Bass seconded, motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

  • List of “Bills to be Paid” is found at the end of this report.
  • Discussion from guest, Jeanne Walsh, on whether the village will be passing the lawyer fees and interest fees on to the marina owner. 

Reimbursement to the General Fund:

Major Street 5/01/2015-5/30/2015  $00.00

Minor Street 5/01/2015-5/30/2015 $00.00

Park Fund 5/01/2015-5/30/2015 $876.50

Water Fund 5/01/2015-5/30/2015 $326.00

Total to transfer to General Fund=$1,202.50

New Business: This agenda item was moved forward due to time constraints of presenters

  • Water Shed Alliance – Rich Russell, Dick Graham(head of program) and college student Tyler Fogarty presented the council with plans on a Rain Garden at the village library. Graham explained how they plan to catch rain water from Virginia Street.  They will need to cut two (2) trees down and cut the curb in that area.  The trees are already dead and the Water Shed will take responsibility to cut them down.  This is a low maintenance garden and they will be following Rob Carson’s manual for rain gardens.
  • Motion to allow Water Shed Alliance to move forward with the Rain Garden project @ the library and to cut down two (2) trees and cut the curb. Hyrns moved, Gee seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Gee, Bass, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Park:

  • Jeff Bair reported $28.5K in sales so far.
  • Maintenance crew is working with Allied for requirements on pad size for dumpster at park.  This area will have a fence around it and contents will be emptied once a week.

Trees:

  • Mark Thompson took trees down as discussed.

Streets:

  • Hot patching will be done as time & weather permit.

Water:

  • Bond Resolution to Purchase, Acquire, and Construct Improvements to the Water Supply System and to Publish Notice to Issue Revenue Bonds.  Discussion was held.  John DeVol , Fleis & VanderBrink Engineering, Inc., was present to answer questions

Motion was made to accept the bond resolution, moved by Ronning, seconded by Hyrns. 

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

  • Agreement Between Owners (Village of Bear Lake) and Engineers (Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc.) for Professional Services was signed by Jeff Bair.  Village attorney, Randy Hyrns, and USDA representative did review & support this agreement.

Motion was made to sign the agreement between the village and engineers for professional services, moved by Hyrns, seconded by Gee.  Bills to be presented to the board for above items.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

  • Motion was made to accept the appointment of a Water Review Committee by Ronning, seconded by Bass.  Committee members appointed: Treasurer, Sally King, Council member, Jackie Johnson and village business owner, Denise Hubbell.  They The board will review and make recommendations to the Village Council as to the remedies, if any, and the Village Council shall make a binding decision. necessary, any water bill being disputed.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

  • Resolution to Participate , Joint Resolution to USDA to Determine Feasibility of Municipal Sewer Capacity.  Brian Sousa from Wade Trim – spoke on resolution, there is no financial obligation with this resolution.  Many area village/townships are looking at this also.

Motion was made to accept the resolution, moved by Ronning, seconded by Bass.  Bills to be presented to the board for above items.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

Discussion was held to add: CONDITION: No monies to be spent without prior approval of the Village of Bear Lake Council.

Equipment: Jeff Bair reported that the grant for a newer plow truck is in, $40K requested.

Sidewalks: Nothing from contractor, Jeff Bair said we may need to get new bids.

Museum:  Jeff Bair reported they will take bids to wrap the steeple in vinyl and/or for painting. 

Blight/CABA: No report.  Discussion on variety/antique store, no outcome.

Planning Commission: No report

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Fencing along water tower road is completed, cost $1K
  • Computer purchased for clerk, treasurer now has clerk’s previous computer with Quick Books Pro 16 on it.  Approval was given at May 2016 to purchase.  Cost $586.95
  • Spicer Group – No representation from Spicer Group, Jeff Bair reported on construction of village maintenance building.
  • Amendment to increase the budget for Clean Up Programs from $100.00 to $800.00 to cover Community Clean Up Day, dumpster. $700.00. 

Motion was made to accept the admendment, moved by Bass, seconded by Ronning.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

Further discussion, additional donations have been received toward this event.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Pickle Ball Courts – Jeff Bair reported he has applied for a grant with AES for resurfacing the existing courts.  Estimated cost is $9K.
  • Signage for village hall building.  McPherson reported on pricing from Amor Sign Studios.  Gee will also get quotes and report at July’s council meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

COUNCIL MEMBERS: Hyrns asked about bell in steeple, is it still there, can it be sold?  Bell is no longer there.

Upcoming Events and Announcements:

  • US 31 Corridor Enhancement Meeting, June 29, 2016 Bear Lake Township Hall 4-6pm
  • PlacePOP meeting, July 11, 2016 at Bear Lake Methodist Church 3pm – 5pm
  • Community Dinner at Bear Lake United Methodist Church on Thursday.

Meeting adjourned at 8:34pm

Respectfully Submitted, 

Cindi McPherson, Village Clerk

Bills to be paid – June 15, 2016

SWB Electric $103.64 Park Fund

Pleasanton Valley Greenhouse – flowers at village hall $21.63 General Fund

Staples – general office supplies $117.96 General Fund

Michigan Municipal League- Membership dues $458.00 General Fund

Bittner/Jennings Attorneys $156.98 General Fund

Auto Wares Group/Auto Value $23.88 Major Fund

Bittner/Jennings Attorneys – Water, Plan Comm. park (marina) $941.85 Water Fund And FOIA information

Bear Lake Ace Hardware $60.98 ¼ Water Fund

$182.95 ¾ Park Fund

Mark Thompson Tree & Stump – tree/stump removal $1000.00 Minor Fund

and brush clean up. $2400.00 Major Fund

$2350.00 General Fund

$255.00 General Fund

JOB DESCRIPTION Blight Enforcement Officer

[This item may be discussed at Wednesday July 20 Village Council Meeting]

Village of Bear Lake

JOB DESCRIPTION Blight Enforcement Officer

Reports to: Blight Committee Chair, Village President, Village Council

Overview: The Blight Enforcement Officer is the chief enforcement officer for the Village Blight Ordinance.

Duties: Monitor and enforce Village of Bear Lake’s Blight Ordinance in various ways including utilization of the Civil Infraction Ordinance. Investigate complaints. Issue citations as required. Support the Village’s interest in any litigation.

Qualifications preferred:

 Experience in general law enforcement.

 Experience in conflict resolution.

 Understanding of the general operations of a small community: both formal and informal.

 Fairness and impartiality.

Salary: Commiserate with experience and qualifications. This position is open until filled.

Please contact the Village of Bear Lake 231.970.2066. Office days and hours are Monday – Friday, 1pm -3pm Village of Bear Lake Clerk, Cindi McPherson http://www.bearlakemichigan.org

Blight Ordinance – Read Here.

{Note: the Village of Bear Lake Current Census figures} Totals- 95 Families, Adult population 255, employed 155. Median Household Income $35,139. Total Housing Units 185.

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Deadline to file for Village November 2016 election

By 4:00 p.m., July 26, 2016 Village candidates who wish to seek office at the November general election file an Affidavit of Identity and a nonpartisan nominating petition. Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on July 29. (168.381)

Both documents are available from the Bear Lake Township Clerk and the Manistee County Clerk.

A minimum of 6 signatures are required and a maximum of 20.

Vacant Offices include: President, Clerk and Treasurer (each 2 year terms) and 3 Trustees (4 year terms)

June 2016 DRAFT Village of Bear Lake Minutes

NOTE: The Village does not publish the Treasurer Report. A FOIA request has been submitted to obtain the document for each meeting. The copies included here were available to attendees only at the Council Meeting.

Village of Bear Lake Council REGULAR MEETING

June 15, 2016  Bear Lake Village Hall

Unapproved

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Pledge of Allegiance – said by all.

Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Ron Ronning, Carver Edwards, Peggy Bass, Don Hyrns, Janene Gee Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson Staff: Jared Bair.

Absent: Jackie Johnson

Guests:  David Reed, Jeanne Walsh Vision, Lee Vision, Rich Russell, Dick Graham, Tyler Fogarty, Don Raiff and John DeVol .

Motion to adopt the agenda with additions; Ronning moved and Hyrns seconded, motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

Public Comment: None

Correspondence: Email from Jason Wilder Evans asking the council to vote in favor of celebrating June 12, 2016 as Jason Wilder Evans Day (JWEDAY).  Jason would like the local government to appoint him Poet Laureate. Discussion was held.  The clerk will email him that the council would like him to attend a council meeting the next time he is in Bear Lake so they can discuss JWEDAY for the future. We are sorry we missed his day this year.

Motion to accept the May 18, 2016 Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes as presented. Bass moved, Ronning seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Bair

Nay: Gee

Absent: Johnson

Discussion was held on a misunderstanding on the motion to pay for electrical and new windows for the museum by Gee.

Maintenance Supervisor Report: Jared Bair

  • Park Report, Water Report, General Report and Equipment Report
  • Report on file in the 2016 Minutes binder
  • New employees started.

Treasurer’s Report: 

  • Amendment to General Fund Account – Insurance & Bond for Michigan Municipal League (MML) property insurance payment for $3,035.  A transfer from Wages to Insurance & Bonds for $3,500 to cover.
  • Amendment to Water Fund Account – Office Supplies for purchase of new computer $586.95.  A transfer of $285.95 from Equipment Rental to Office Supplies to cover.
  • Amendment to Water Fund Account – Audit, for annual audit for $309.32.  A transfer from Equipment Rental of $.32 to Audit to cover.  A transfer from Equipment Rental of $.32 to Audit to cover.
  • Amendment to Park Fund Account – Audit, for annual audit for $309.32.  A transfer from Equipment Rental of $.32 to Audit to cover.  A transfer from Postage of $.32 to Audit to cover.
  • Amendment to Minor Street Fund – Repair & Maintenance Summer ($511.50) and Winter ($1,527.87).  Total amount of bill to be transferred to Major Fund.

Motion to Amend the budget as stated above. Bass moved, Gee seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Gee, Bass, Bair

Nay: None

Treasurer’s report read by King and placed on file in the 2016 Minutes binder.

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, moved by Bass, Hyrns seconded Motion carried. 

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

              FUND NAME GRAND TOTAL

            Equipment Fund         3,363.98

            Minor Street Fund      21,229.98

            Major Street Fund       38,144.78

            Park Fund      25,703.37

            Water Fund                17,508.09

            General Fund             18,762.34

            CD – Honor Bank – Park   32,746.12          

            MMA – water                     5,027.97 (Formerly Huntington Account)

            Savings – Honor Bank- Equip        25,983.64

Bills to be paid with correction & additions – Ronning moved, Bass seconded, motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

  • List of “Bills to be Paid” is found at the end of this report.
  • Discussion from guest, Jeanne Walsh, on whether the village will be passing the lawyer fees and interest fees on to the marina owner. 

Reimbursement to the General Fund:

Major Street 5/01/2015-5/30/2015  $00.00

Minor Street 5/01/2015-5/30/2015 $00.00

Park Fund 5/01/2015-5/30/2015 $876.50

Water Fund 5/01/2015-5/30/2015 $326.00

Total to transfer to General Fund=$1,202.50

New Business: This agenda item was moved forward due to time constraints of presenters

  • Water Shed Alliance – Rich Russell, Dick Graham(head of program) and college student Tyler Fogarty presented the council with plans on a Rain Garden at the village library. Graham explained how they plan to catch rain water from Virginia Street.  They will need to cut two (2) trees down and cut the curb in that area.  The trees are already dead and the Water Shed will take responsibility to cut them down.  This is a low maintenance garden and they will be following Rob Carson’s manual for rain gardens.
  • Motion to allow Water Shed Alliance to move forward with the Rain Garden project @ the library and to cut down two (2) trees and cut the curb. Hyrns moved, Gee seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Gee, Bass, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Park:

  • Jeff Bair reported $28.5K in sales so far.
  • Maintenance crew is working with Allied for requirements on pad size for dumpster at park.  This area will have a fence around it and contents will be emptied once a week.

Trees:

  • Mark Thompson took trees down as discussed.

Streets:

  • Hot patching will be done as time & weather permit.

Water:

  • Bond Resolution to Purchase, Acquire, and Construct Improvements to the Water Supply System and to Publish Notice to Issue Revenue Bonds.  Discussion was held.  John DeVol , Fleis & VanderBrink Engineering, Inc., was present to answer questions

Motion was made to accept the bond resolution, moved by Ronning, seconded by Hyrns. 

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

  • Agreement Between Owners (Village of Bear Lake) and Engineers (Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc.) for Professional Services was signed by Jeff Bair.  Village attorney, Randy Hyrns, and USDA representative did review & support this agreement.

Motion was made to sign the agreement between the village and engineers for professional services, moved by Hyrns, seconded by Gee.  Bills to be presented to the board for above items.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

  • Motion was made to accept the appointment of a Water Review Committee by Ronning, seconded by Bass.  Committee members appointed: Treasurer, Sally King, Council member, Jackie Johnson and village business owner, Denise Hubbell.  They will review and revise if necessary, any water bill being disputed.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

  • Resolution to Participate , Joint Resolution to USDA to Determine Feasibility of Municipal Sewer Capacity.  Brian Sousa from Wade Trim – spoke on resolution, there is no financial obligation with this resolution.  Many area village/townships are looking at this also.

Motion was made to accept the resolution, moved by Ronning, seconded by Bass.  Bills to be presented to the board for above items.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

Discussion was held to add: CONDITION: No monies to be spent without prior approval of the Village of Bear Lake Council.

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Equipment: Jeff Bair reported that the grant for a newer plow truck is in, $40K requested.

Sidewalks: Nothing from contractor, Jeff Bair said we may need to get new bids.

Museum:  Jeff Bair reported they will take bids to wrap the steeple in vinyl and/or for painting. 

Blight/CABA: No report.  Discussion on variety/antique store, no outcome.

Planning Commission: No report

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Fencing along water tower road is completed, cost $1K
  • Computer purchased for clerk, treasurer now has clerk’s previous computer with Quick Books Pro 16 on it.  Approval was given at May 2016 to purchase.  Cost $586.95
  • Spicer Group – No representation from Spicer Group, Jeff Bair reported on construction of village maintenance building.
  • Amendment to increase the budget for Clean Up Programs from $100.00 to $800.00 to cover Community Clean Up Day, dumpster. $700.00. 

Motion was made to accept the admendment, moved by Bass, seconded by Ronning.

Aye: Ronning, Hyrns, Edwards, Bass, Gee, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Johnson

Further discussion, additional donations have been received toward this event.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Pickle Ball Courts – Jeff Bair reported he has applied for a grant with AES for resurfacing the existing courts.  Estimated cost is $9K.
  • Signage for village hall building.  McPherson reported on pricing from Amor Sign Studios.  Gee will also get quotes and report at July’s council meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

COUNCIL MEMBERS: Hyrns asked about bell in steeple, is it still there, can it be sold?  Bell is no longer there.

Upcoming Events and Announcements:

  • US 31 Corridor Enhancement Meeting, June 29, 2016 Bear Lake Township Hall 4-6pm
  • PlacePOP meeting, July 11, 2016 at Bear Lake Methodist Church 3pm – 5pm
  • Community Dinner at Bear Lake United Methodist Church on Thursday.

Meeting adjourned at 8:34pm

Respectfully Submitted, 

Cindi McPherson, Village Clerk

Bills to be paid – June 15, 2016

SWB Electric $103.64 Park Fund

Pleasanton Valley Greenhouse – flowers at village hall $21.63 General Fund

Staples – general office supplies $117.96 General Fund

Michigan Municipal League- Membership dues $458.00 General Fund

Bittner/Jennings Attorneys $156.98 General Fund

Auto Wares Group/Auto Value $23.88 Major Fund

Bittner/Jennings Attorneys – Water, Plan Comm. park (marina) $941.85 Water Fund

Bear Lake Ace Hardware $60.98 ¼ Water Fund

$182.95 ¾ Park Fund

Mark Thompson Tree & Stump – tree/stump removal $1000.00 Minor Fund

and  brush clean up. $2400.00 Major Fund

$2350.00 General Fund

$255.00 General Fund