On March 9, 2018 the News Advocate published the following: [here is the full document as a 8 mb PDF] It was noted that the closing sections were not signed and the sections to be completed by Roger Swets, appointed Bond Counsel of Dickinson Wright, were empty. On May 15, 2018 the closing meeting was… Read More
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
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
Both August 7, 2018 Proposals passed by narrow margins and may be contested. 1 for invalid language – Voters approved the ordinance by a vote of 52-31, out of 83 total votes. 2 for posting errors – Voters approved the proposal in a close race by a vote of 48-36, out of 84 total votes.
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 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
Due to a disconnect by the Village the following portion is supplied by an attendee.
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
Bear Lake News was requested to submit a 6 month FOIA Subscription to receive Regular and Special Meeting notices and all documentation provided to any Council member or public attending in person. This was approved in November, 2017: Under MI Freedom of Information Act (Public Act No. 442 of 1976 as amended) We hereby submit this… Read More
“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… Read More
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
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
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
On August 7, 2018 Ballot Proposal #2 will give Village voters an opportunity to decide whether to approve a 30 year $350,000 Bond Proposal to construct a new Maintenance garage. On June 12, 2018 , Bear Lake News received the following documents as a result of a protracted FOIA request. payment_and_amortization_schedule_calculator_1_ PAFR Bear Lake Village… Read More
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