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


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 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Pledge of Allegiance – said by all.

Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Peggy Bass, Ron Ronning, Jackie Johnson, Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson Staff: Jared Bair.

Absent: Don Hyrns, Janene Gee, Carver Edwards and Larry Gibson

Guests: Don & Liz Raiff, Chuck Eminker, Rich Russel, Barb and Rick Farfsing, Syd & Joanne Schroeder. Jeanne Walsh was present on a call-in on speaker phone.

Public Comment: None


  • The petition – President Jeff Bair announced the water petition was rejected for the following reasons:
    • The petition does not disclose the person or organization primarily interested in and responsible for the circulation of the petition; the petition is not 8-1/2 inches by 14 inches in size; the petition does not contain the statutorily required warning to voters; and the petition does not contain the statutorily required certificate of the circulator.
  • The purchase of land from the school –

Motion to move forward with the purchasing of land from the Bear Lake Public Schools for the water project. Ronning moved, Johnson seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Ronning, Bass, Bair

Nay: None

Absent: Hyrns, Gee, Edwards

Overview: The schools will sell 13+ acres of land to the village for $35k, this is $25k less than what was budgeted in the grant proposal.  $3,500 the village will put down will be reimbursed when grant is complete.

  • The storm water grant – Jeff Bair announced the Bear Lake Water Shed received a SAW Grant (Storm water, Asset management, Waste water) from the State of Michigan and has chosen the village of Bear Lake as the recipient of the SAW Grant.  The $347K grant will be use for mapping of storm drains and evaluation of them.  Rich Russell president of the Bear Lake Watershed explained the SAW Grant was written in 2013 and awarded to them a few weeks ago.  Russell stated there will be no cost to the village, the water shed will be responsible for the 10% match, letter on file in August 2016 Special Meeting folder.  AES (Alliance for Economic Success will be handling the funds and tracking of expenditures.  NOTE: Council will select engineering group.  NO construction will be done, just evaluations of all storm drains, preliminary work to see what needs to be done.  GPS tracked.  Additional storm drains in Pleasanton Township and the Township of Bear Lake will be evaluated, townships have approved their support with this project.  Project could take up to 3 years to complete and it will cover every drain.  The DEQ stated, the village of Bear Lake storm drains were high on their list to get fixed.  Dick Graham did all evaluations of this drain project, roughly 74 drains.

Motion to accept the SAW Grant for the storm drains in the village and move forward to use Spicer Group for engineering. Bass moved, Ronning seconded. Motion carried.

Aye: Johnson, Ronning, Bass, Bair

    • Nay: None

Absent: Hyrns, Gee, Edwards

Public Comment: Don Raiff – Mentioned that Carver Edwards knowledge of the location of all drains, creeks, etc… in 2007, at the beginning of this project, helped tremendously. Raiff offered report of Surface Water Subcommitee, report on file in August 2016 Special Meeting folder.

Rick Farfsing – said he was very thankful this.

Chuck Eminker – Questioned what will happen with the water petition since it was rejected?  Jeff Bair responded, there will be more education done on the water project for village residents to ask question and understand the need for the water well project.

Meeting adjourned at 5:24pm

Respectfully Submitted, 

Cindi McPherson, Village Clerk

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