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Village of Bear Lake: November General Election Candidates

Current positions on the November 6 Ballot: Village President – Marla Evans has declared as a Write In Village Clerk – Dendra Best or Cindi McPherson Village Treasurer – Sally King Village Trustees: Rodney Gee, Andrea Ware – one position remaining with no declared candidate DECLARATION OF INTENT REQUIREMENT: An individual who wishes to seek… Read More

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Two Lakes Sewer Proposal – update 10/14/18

A combined Special Meeting was held at Bear Lake School on October 3, 2018 – however no action was taken as neither Bear Lake Township or Village had a quorum present. This meeting posed several issues of concern and the following information comes from individuals present as the Minutes are not available at https://www.onekama.info/two-lakes-collaborative-sewer-proje A FOIA… Read More

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Two Lakes Sewer Authority meets Wednesday October 3 at 7pm At the Bear Lake High School Media Room

Conflicting reports of the purpose of this meeting have been provided. The following Agenda has been received. The Village of Bear Lake and Bear Lake Township refer enquiries to the Onekama Township Clerk. However she refers those enquiries back to Onekama Supervisor David Meister or the constituent municipalities. She states that the TLSA  callin number… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: New Water Ordinance approved.

At the September 19, 2018 Village Council meeting the Council approved a revised Water Ordinance September 2018 passed with corrections (Click on link to download the PDF) Bear Lake News notes that the revision was discussed at several prior meetings, a copy of those drafts was requested and not provided. A copy of this document was… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: September 2018 DRAFT Minutes

Unapproved Sept 19 2018 minutes The following were received and are posted here as OCR text. Several items in the Minutes will be addressed as stand alone items. VILLAGE OF BEAR LAKE COUNCIL 12376 Virginia Street Bear Lake Village Hall REGULAR MEETING MINUTES September 19, 2018 Unapproved The regular meeting of the Bear Lake Village… Read More

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SPECIAL MEETING called by Village of Bear Lake in regards to Two Lakes Sewer Project

The following notice has appeared at the Bear Lake Post Office and on bearlakemichigan.org A copy has not been received at Bear Lake News. At the September TLSA meeting, the Minutes record the following: [New Business: Most of the entities are complete with the boundary list. Coding is the next step to include with the… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: September 19, 2018 Meeting

The Village does not record its meetings and has refused to reconsider following numerous requests. The volunteer who usually supplies a recording, if the Village activates it’s telephone callin line, was unable to do so this month due to a medical issue. Another community member attempted to callin and was unable to do so. The… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: September 19, 2018 Agenda

AGENDA Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting September 19, 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: REPORTS/DISCUSSION MINUTES… Read More

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October 3, 2018. 7PM Two Lakes Sewer Meeting

Next Meeting is October 3, 2018, at the Bear Lake School Media Center at 7:00 PM.  September 2018 Two Lakes Meeting Minutes TWO LAKE SEWER AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 Meeting called to order by chairperson David Meister at 7:01 PM Pledge of Allegiance Attendance: Judy Girven, Jeff Harthun, Jeff Bair, Brian Sousa,… Read More

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Who we are. What we know. Part III: Public Service

In a recent post the 2017 IRS reports of salaries and wages were reported. Obtained by FOIA – the total paid out in 2017 was $92,656.12 (including withholding and SIT) In September the State of Michigan Department of Treasury published the FY2017-18 Village of Bear Lake Audit. The major portions are below but one relevant… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: Who we are, and why it matters. Part 1

The following is a US Census snapshot of the 261 people who live in the Village of Bear Lake. (down from 286 in 2010) In the 5 Year review of the years 2012-2016 this was further broken down: Median Household Income $ 26,964 Source: 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates Persons in poverty, percent 42.5… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: August 2018 DRAFT Minutes

[NOTE: The Village does not publish it’s draft minutes until 5 days following the next month’s meeting. They are provided here a a service of Bear Lake News through a 6 month FOIA subscription. Under the MI Open Meetings Act, Approved Minutes MUST be available within 5 days following approval. Draft Minutes are due 8… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake Council meeting August 15, 2018 partial recording

Before we post this partial recording of the August 15, 2018 Village Council Meeting Bear Lake News joins the nationwide protest today – in spite of personal and journalism attacks, from national to local news outlets such as us, the press is not the enemy. We invite you to read today’s mLive Editorial at https://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/08/a_free_press.html When… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: August 15, 2018 Regular Meeting Agenda and documents

A reminder Bear Lake News would greatly appreciate any resident who attends to record the proceedings as the Village no longer does so. Bear Lake Village Council meetings may now be accessed via telephone conference call. Phone number:1.302.202.1107 (this maybe a long distance call with charges for some – in which case we suggest calling in via… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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