April 19, 2017 Village Council DRAFT Minutes

To comply with Section 508 – here is a text readable version of the PDF received – Drafted Minutes April 19, 2017

Village of Bear Lake Council REGULAR MEETING

April 19, 2017 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, Jackie Johnson, Marla Evans, Joanne Schroeder, Ron Ronning and Greg McPherson
Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson Staff: Larry Gibson and Jared Bair

Absent: none

Guests: Nineteen (19) guests signed in

Motion to Adopt the Agenda as presented and with additions by McPherson and seconded by Ronning, motion carried.
Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, G. McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair
Nay: none


  • After Adoption of Agenda – update on burned building
    • Old Business:
      o Re-accept the Articles of Incorporation, sewer – Clerk McPherson
      o DeRidder sewer update – Bass
    • New Business
      o Attorney Quinn not present, Ben Guerra to present
    • o Signage – Bass

Update on Odd Fellows burned building – Jeff Bair

  • Building is Manistee County owned and insured at this time due to back taxes. The county will make the site safe after removal of burned building material. Unsure of future of site at this time.

Public Comment on:

  • “No Parking” signs at Smith & Main Streets – Bair stated it is going up.
  • Maple trees need to come down on Lynn Street – Bair stated, Thompson tree company will be checking this out and other trees around town.
  • Medical Marijuana dispenser in Bear Lake downtown and distribution hubs. He is opposed to any within the village/township of Bear Lake.
    o Additional guest commented that Bear Lake Township is writing an ordinance on Medical Marijuana.
  • Thank you for the use of the Village Hall during the fire for CERT to use, very helpful.

Correspondence: Read by clerk:

  • Letter from Manistee, Mason, Oceana Household Hazardous Waste Committee.
  • Email from Dendra Best, survey for Betsie River Access Site Assessment.


Approval March 15, 2017 minutes:

  • Motion to approve minutes from March 15, 2017 Regular Meeting with addition by Ronning, seconded by McPherson. Motion Carried.
    Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair
    Nay: None
    Absent: None
  • Maintenance Report: Read by Jared Bair. Report on file with April 2017 minutes [NOTE: a copy has no thus far been received by Bear Lake News]
  • Treasurer’s Report: read by King. Report on file in the 2017 minutes binder.

    March Treasurer’s Report

    March 31, 2017 Statement Balance:
    Equipment Fund checking/savings total 3,270.67
    Honor Bank CD 26,009.55
    Minor Street checking/savings total 15,254.39
    Major Street checking/savings total 29,544.76
    Park checking/savings total 24,437.54
    Park CD#2 32,918.90
    Water checking only 3,128.82
    Money Market Account 10,053.97
    General checking/savings total 52,309.28

Motion to accept Treasurer’s by Ronning seconded by Bass, motion carried.
Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair
Nay: none

  • Bills to be paid were read by Clerk.

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

  • Reimbursements to the General Fund were read by President Bair. Total to General Fund: $3,019.90
  • Committee Chair Reports:

Park: Discussion on adding increasing pump out prices for campers. Currently $16

Motion to increase campers at Hopkins Park pump out service to $20 regular, $25 emergency by McPherson, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.
Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair
Nay: none

Discussion on lot price increase and surcharge to campers tabled until fall 2017.

Loss of two camp sites due to fire until clean-up is complete.

Trees: McPherson’s asked to plant a tree on village right of way between sidewalk & street, Smith & Main Streets.

Streets: Pot hole patch will begin the end of April. Some streets will be repaired during the water project.

Water: Bair commented, our water attorney is a little slow at getting needed paperwork for the water project.

Equipment: Bair reported he attended a Revenue Sharing (Little River Band) meeting in Manistee. Over $400K in grant money was submitted and $100+K in grant money will be given out. Money for dump truck & swim safety equipment were submitted for funding. USDA grant money for dump truck is open. 40/60 match.

Sidewalk: No report

Blight/CABA: Gibson gave a verbal report. Report on file in April’s minute folder. Gibson report on citation booklets and cost. He will order 2 booklets.

Village of Bear Lake Blight Enforcement Report April 19, 2017

  • 7667 Stuart St.
    • Talked to new owner. Frost law regulations lifted on 4-10, will be bringing in equipment to bulldoze and remove debris within a couple of weeks.
    • Plans to start construction of his garage as soon as the lot is cleard.
  • 12238 Virginia St.
    • No reply from owner to my last email.  Property believed to have gone for back taxes on March 31st.
  • 12273 Lynn St.
    • No new information at this time.
  • 12252 Maple St.
    • Inspected & photograph property.  Initial contact letter sent.
  • Blight Enforcement Tickets.
    • Received information from our attorney’s office.  Have contacted a company for information and price quote on tickets to be used when issuing a violation.

Respectfully submitted by, Larry J. Gibson
Blight Enforcement Officer

Bair reported he would like to start interview process for a Blight Hearing Officer. Qualifications; Experience in building trades and knowledge of building codes.

Planning Commission: Chairperson Barb Farfsing gave a report on Planning Commissions organizational meeting on April 18 at 2pm. Report on file in April’s minute’s folder. One additional member is needed. Must be a village resident who is registered to vote.

Village of Bear Lake Planning Commission
Organizational Meeting April 18, 2017

Village Hall
Unapproved Minutes

Organizational meeting called to order at 2:08pm by Village Council President Jeff Bair

Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

Roll Call: Barb Farfsing, Cindi McPherson, Myrna Walter and Bill Beaver

Recognition of visitors: None

Reviewed By-Laws

Election of officers

Chairperson – Barb Farfsing

Vicechair – Bill Beaver

Secretary – Cindi McPherson

Motion was made by Beaver to accept the slate of officers for 2017, seconded by Farfsing. Motion carried

Yays – 4

Nays – 0

Set year meeting dates and time:

May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12 and October 10, 2017

Meeting time is 6pm. Meeting place will be the Village Hall.

Public Comments: None

Correspondence: None

Commissioners comments: Discussion on zoning

Next meeting; May 9, 2017 at Bear Lake Village Hall @ 6pm

Adjourned at 3:23pm

Respectfully submitted by Cindi McPherson

Manistee County Trail Committee Report: Clerk McPherson read emails from volunteer representative Dendra Best. Reports are on file in April minute’s folder. There was no meeting in April.

Ad Hoc – Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – No report


  • Clerk McPherson asked council if they would prefer to re-accept a clean copy (without correction marks) of the Articles of Incorporation for the Sewer Projects. Council members agreed it was not necessary as long as there were no changes; there were not.
  • DeRidder Sewer update – Council member Bass wanted an update on where the DeRidder’s are with their sewer project. No update was available. [NOTE: completed under the jurisdiction of District #10 DHD Manistee County]


  • Motion to adopt a Resolution adopting the Articles of Incorporation of the Three Lakes Collaborative Sewer Authority by Ronning, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.
    Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair
    Nay: None [Note a copy has been requested]
  • Motion to appoint Jeff Bair as Sewer Representative per Sewer Resolution by Johnson, seconded by McPherson. Motion carried.
    Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair
    Nay: None
  • Motion to accept the Resolution to Adjust Water Rates per Ordinance No. 2001-1 requested by the USDA by McPherson, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried. [Note a copy has been requested ]
    Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair
    Nay: None
  • Motion to purchase a Welcome to Bear Lake banner to be hung on the Village Hall by Ronning, seconded by Evans. Motion carried.
    Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair
    Nay: None
    Printed at the bottom of the banner “Village Office”.
    Bass also commented on interior signage for offices. Ideas of interior signage are being reviewed.
  • Ben Guerra & Chris Hardesty spoke on Medical Marijuana regarding dispensary/regulations on growing & selling marijuana in the village of Bear Lake. The Planning Commission will discuss. Concerns shared and discussion was held.


  • Pauline Jaquish, Manistee County Commissioner, gave a verbal update on Leckrone properties acquired in tax foreclosure and the burned down building (Odd Fellows Hall) is currently owned by Manistee County. The Odd Fellows Hall building was insurance by the county and the county will clean up the building site when it is released by the Fire Marshall.
  • Variety Store – is county owned and the county is getting bids on the building to demolish and remove. Bear Lake community may want to do a community fundraising project for funding.

    • Community Dinner this Thursday 5pm -7pm
    • Lake Improvement Board Meeting April 20 at 7pm at Bear Lake Township Hall
    • Village of Bear Lake Community Clean-Up day, June 24, 9am – 1pm
    • Bear Lake Promoters After Hour Event will take place on May 18, 2017 at 5-7pm at Bear Lake Hardware Design Center. Speakers will be landscape architects from Beckett & Raeder discussing the US 31 Corridor Plan.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cindi McPherson, Clerk



Major Street 3/01/2017 – 3/31/2017 $149.50

Minor Street 3/01/2017 – 3/31/2017 $162.50

Park Fund 3/01/2017 – 3/31/2017 $609.50

Water Fund 3/01/2017 – 3/31/2017 $390.00


Major Street $462.15

Minor Street $562.71

Park Fund $239.25

Water Fund $444.29

Bills To Be Paid

Date: April 19, 2017

Name | Amount|  Fund|  Account Notes

Jack Pine 25.00 Water Newsletter

50.97 General Toner

49.00 General Bus cards Blight

Mead & Hunt 1,141.10 Water Water test/sampling

Bittner/Jennings Attorney 61.43 Water Call w/ Ken

156.98 General FOIA

Auto Wares Group/ Auto 25.00 Major

Bear Lake Ace Hardware 110.93 Park Paint & supplies

Blarney Castle 1,063.20 Park Maint. Buildin

Young, Graham & Wendling 77.50 Water Water Rate Resol.

449.50 Park Joint Part kayak/canoe

325.50 General Sewer Authority

Staples 135.98 General office supplies

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