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Village of Bear Lake: Conference callin service established

Bear Lake Village Council meetings may now be accessed via telephone conference call.

Date:Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time:7pm
Phone number:1.302.202.1107 (this maybe a long distance call with charges for some – in which case we suggest calling in via Skype or Google VOIP service)
Conference Code: 149002
Please observe the Meeting protocols.

Two Lakes Sewer Authority to be discussed

Agenda Item for the Village of Bear Lake Regular Meeting, 7pm, Wednesday July 19, 2017

[Arcadia Township has withdrawn from the Three Lakes Sewer Authority]

Village of Bear Lake Resolution to ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION 07 06 17

VILLAGE OF BEAR LAKE

MANISTEE COUNTY

RESOLUTION NO. ___________

A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF THE TWO LAKE COLLABORATIVE SEWER AUTHORITY

The resolution was offered by _______________________________________ and supported by ________________________________________________________.

WHEREAS, the Village Council was presented with Articles of Incorporation of the Two Lake Collaborative Sewer Authority authorized by Act 233 of 1955 as amended, MCL 124.281 et seq, and

WHEREAS, the Village of Bear Lake can be a member and constituent municipality of the Two Lake Collaborative Sewer Authority by approving and adopting the Articles of Incorporation, and

WHEREAS, the four municipalities considering adoption of the Articles of Incorporation are Onekama Township, Pleasanton Township, Bear Lake Township, and the Village of Bear Lake, and

WHEREAS, the stated purpose of the Two Lake Collaborative Sewer Authority is to plan, design, engineer, finance, construct, and operate a public sewage disposal system serving sewage districts within the constituent municipalities of Onekama Township, Pleasanton Township, Bear Lake Township, and the Village of Bear Lake, and transporting the collected wastewater for treatment to the facilities of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, an Indian Tribe as defined in MCL 124.281(c) with which the Authority can contract for wastewater treatment, and

WHEREAS, the Village Council is prepared to approve and adopt the Articles of Incorporation,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Village Council approves and hereby adopts the Articles of Incorporation of the Two Lake Collaborative Sewer Authority as presented at this meeting and authorizes and directs the Village President and the Village Clerk to endorse and sign the Articles of Incorporation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Village Council appoints _______________________ as the Village representative to serve on the Two Lake Collaborative Sewer Authority Board.

YEAS: ___________________

NAYS: ___________________

The Village President declared the Resolution _________________________________________, on the __________ day of __________________________, 2017.

I hereby certify the foregoing Resolution was adopted by the Village Council at a meeting held on _______________________________________, 2017.

____________________________________

Cindi McPherson, Village Clerk

Village of Bear Lake Agenda, Wednesday July 19, 2017

Agenda – July 19, 2017

PROPOSED AGENDA Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting

July 19, 2017 7:00 p.m. – Village Hall

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:

  • Sean Adams
  • Jason Wilder Evans

REPORTS/DISCUSSION

MINUTES APPROVAL:

  • Budget Approval Meeting June 21, 2017
  • Regular Meeting June 21, 2017

VILLAGE MAINTENANCE REPORT:

TREASURER’S REPORT:

T Report June 2017

  • Approval of Treasurer’s Report
  • Amendments:

BILLS to be PAID:

REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:

COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS:

    • PARK:
      o Report – McPherson
    • STREETS, TREES, SIGNS, LIGHTS, SIDEWALKS:
    • WATER:
      o Water Ordinance – held from June meeting
    • BUILDINGS, GROUNDS, EQUIPMENT:
    • BLIGHT/CABA:
      o CABA :
    • Blight Enforcement Officer report:
    • PLANNING COMMISSION:
    • MANISTEE COUNTY TRAIL COMMITTEE REPORT:
    • BEAR LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD REPORT:
    • AD HOC COMMITTEE: Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – No report

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Appointment of elected positions
  • Resolution for Odd Fellows property
  • FOIA Detailed Cost Itemization changes.
  • Sewer Resolution

Follow up on items from June’s council meeting:

PUBLIC COMMENT: General Time – Any Village-related item (three (3)-minute maximum)

Note: Members of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person.

Items on agenda or not listed

UPCOMING EVENTS and ANNOUCEMENTS:

  • Community Garage Sale

ADJOURNMENT

REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:

WAGES June 2017 Amounts

Major Street 6/01/2017-6/30/2017 $52.00

Minor Street 6/01/2017-6/30/2017 $52.00

Park Fund 6/01/2017-6/30/2017 $2,456.00

Water Fund 6/01/2017-6/30/2017 $364.00

TOTAL $3387.75

EQUIPMENT RENTAL June 2017 Amounts

Major Street $165.32

Minor Street $165.32

Park Fund $2,800.25

Water Fund $256.86

TOTAL $3,387.75

Draft Minutes: June 21, 2017 Village of Bear Lake

Unapproved Minutes June 21, 2017 – as received 9.53 pm July 10.

The Village did not respond to several requests for residents to participate via speakerphone. PDF versions of attachments will be posted on conversion to .doc Word files by an accessibility volunteer.

Village of Bear Lake Council  REGULAR MEETING 

June 21, 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 7:06 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: Eleven (11) guests signed in 

Motion to Adopt the Agenda as presented and with additions by Bass and seconded by Ronning, motion carried. 

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, G. McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair 

Nay: none 

Additions: 

  • Water: Village Attorney, Peter Wendling, verbiage for Water Ordinance 
  • Old Business: Sewer update by President Bair 

Public Comment on: 

  • Barb Farfsing wanted to know what the attorney letter was on. 

Correspondence: Read by clerk: 

  • Email from Kym Ware, regarding closing of streets for activities during Bear Lake Days. Saturday, July 8th, 4pm -11pm. Food trucks may stay until after fireworks. Scotville Clown band performance at the old Bear Lake Bar. Bear Lake football team will do cleanup afterwards. Kym Ware was present to explain & talk on activities & street closings. 

A motion was made to close Maple St., US-31 to Stuart St. by Ronning, seconded by McPherson. Motion Carried. Email on file in June 2017 Minutes folder. 

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair 

Nays: None 

  • Email from Jacque Erdman requesting Main Street closed during Bear Lake Days for the Arts & Craft Fair. Email on file in June 2017 Minutes folder. 

A motion was made to close Main Street from Virginia St. to US-31 by Ronning, seconded by McPherson. Motion Carried. 

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair 

Nays: None 

  • Email from Dendra Best, she has tendered her resignation from the Trails Committee immediately. Email on file in June 2017 Minutes folder. 

A motion was made to accept Dendra Best’s resignation from the Manistee County Trail Committee by Bass, seconded by Evans. Motion Carried. 

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair 

Nays: None 

REPORTS: 

Approval May 17, 2017 regular meeting minutes: 

  • Motion to approve minutes from May 17, 2017 Regular Meeting by Evans, seconded by McPherson. Motion Carried. 

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair 

Nay: None 

Approval May 26, 2017 Special Meeting, Plow Truck Grant minutes: 

  • Motion to approve minutes from May 26, 2017 Special Meeting of the Plow Truck grant by Bass, seconded by Evans. Motion Carried. 

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair 

Nay: None 

  • Maintenance Report: Read by Jared BairWritten report on file with June 2017 minutes 
  • Treasurer’s Report: read by King. Written report on file in the June 2017 minutes binder.
  •  Equipment Fund checking/savings total 3,265.72 

    Honor Bank CD 26,014.55 

    Minor Street checking/savings total 16,021.22 

    Major Street checking/savings total 32,532.29 

    Park checking/savings total 24,427.49 

    Park CD#2 32,991.14 

    Water checking only 18,988.03 

    Money Market Account 10,063.04 

    General checking/savings total 48,367.89 

    Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report by Ronning seconded by Bass, motion carried.

    Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

    Nay: none

    o Amendments to Budget 2017-2018

    ▪ A motion was made to approve amendments as listed below to the 2017-2018 budget by Bass, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.

    Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

    Nays: None

    • General Fund/ add new acct. – trash bags expense – $465

    • General Fund/Office Expense – increase to $1,400

    • General Fund/Trees – increase to $6800

    • Park Fund/Equipment Rental expense amount – Tabled until July 19, 2017 meeting

    • Minor Street Expense Fund/Increase Repair (outsourced) – $240, by reducing Gas & Oil to $2300

    o At the request of the USDA & Rural Development, repayment of loan for construction of new DPW building (approx.. $310k over 30 yrs.) must be amended into the 2017-2018 Village Budget. Loan repayment per month approx.. $1,225-$1500)

    ▪ Motion to amend the budget for repayment of DPW building in 2017-2018

    Budget as follows: General $1,800, Water $7,200, Park $1,800, Major $3,600,

    Minor $3,600, by Bass, seconded by McPherson. Motion Carried

    Yays: Bass, Evans, Johnson. McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

    Nays: None

o Additional payees to Authorization Disbursement Policy

▪ A motion was made to add Allied Waste/Republic Services and US Post Master to the monthly Payment Authorization Policy by Bass, seconded by

Johnson. Motion Carried

Ayes: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: None

o New Emergency Check signee, Honor Bank

▪ A motion was made to replace Gloria Edwards as Emergency Check signer to

Joanne Schroeder, as 3rd signee by Bass, seconded by Johnson. Motion Carried

Ayes: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: None

o Payroll Policy

▪ A motion was made to accept the Payroll Policy as presented by Bass, seconded by McPherson. Motion Carried

Ayes: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: None

• Bills to be paid were read by Clerk. A last minute addition to list: reimbursement to Jeff Bair from General Fund for $28.89 (materials for a temporary ramp to the Village Office back door.)

Motion to pay the bills with addition by Ronning, seconded by McPherson. Motion carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: none

Absent: Johnson

• Reimbursements to the General Fund and Equipment Fund were read by President Bair.

Total to General Fund: $1,694.00, Total to Genral Fund: $1,573.48

• Committee Chair Reports:

Park: President Bair, no report but camp sites are filling up.

Streets, Trees, Signs, Lights, Sidewalks: No report. Clerk McPherson explained there is no needed for Main Street closing as stated on the agenda. The Water Shed Event no longer needs it closed.

Water: Ken Mlcek from Fleis & Vanderbrink report on water well project. Plan have been reviewed & approved by USDA. Permits were submitted to DEQ and F&V are now working through their questions. Waiting on paperwork from village attorney. Waiting on approval to USDA.

Treasurer King reported attorney Wendling responded to her request for new verbiage for the Water Ordinance with a letter which included a full page of questions and suggestions in regards to the current Water Ordinance and Rules & Regulations. Trustee McPherson recommended the Water Committee meet and address the attorneys concerns and return to July council meeting with suggestion for incorporating into Water Ordinance. Water committee: Johnson, Jared Bair and Gary McBride.

Buildings, Grounds & Equipment:

Blight/CABA:

Gibson gave a verbal report. Written report on file in June 2017 minutes folder. Eleven Blight letters were sent out. A total of 4 property owners have responded, 1 resolved, others have until 6/26/17 to respond. Gibson will follow up with posting official notices on propertieswhere owners have failed to respond.

CABA – No report

Planning Commission: Chairperson Barb Farfsing gave a report on Planning Commissions June meeting. Report on file in June 2017 minutes folder. Farfsing reviewed Planning Commission By-Laws.

A motion was made to adopt the Planning Commission By-Laws as presented by Evans, seconded by McPherson. Motion carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: none

Manistee County Trail Committee Report: McPherson reported there was no meeting in June, next meeting is July 10, 2017.

Bear Lake Improvement Board: McPherson gave a verbal report. Survey completed June 6, treatment done 6/20/17 for milfoil eradication. Area down to 15 acres which needed treatment. July 20th is the 5 yr. meeting at the Manistee County Road Commission at 7pm. This is a public meeting.

Ad Hoc – Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – No report Looking for a volunteer student to help out. President Bair mention a possible student, he will follow up with Jeff Harthun.

OLD BUSINESS

• Sewer update by President Bair: Arcadia has a meeting to determine if they will join the sewer group. The group has missed deadline grant cycle. If the group would move forward without Arcadia, cost would be $8-10k. The group will wait to see what Arcadia decides.

NEW BUSINESS

• A motion was made to purchase material (approx.. $269.51) for a new cedar rail fencing at Bear Lake park/beach across from Blarney Castle gas station. Additional: to purchase a skill saw and reimburse President Bair for purchases, by Ronning, seconded by McPherson. Motion carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: none

Absent: Johnson

• A motion was made to appoint council member, Greg McPherson as the council representative to the Lake Board Improvement board by Evans, seconded by Bass. Motion Carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: none

Absent: Johnson

• A motion was made by Evans to adopt the Village of Bear Lake Donation Acceptance Policy with corrections by Evans, seconded by McPherson. Motion carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: none

Absent: Johnson

Correction: Last sentence: This policy was adopted by the BBB Bear Lake Village Council at its meeting held on__________ 2016. 2017

• County owned properties

o President Bair spoke on Odd Fellows empty lot and possible purchase of it by the village. Property could be re-sold at a later date.

A motion was made to purchase the Manistee County owned Odd Fellows empty lot for approx.. $3,757.49 (price per Mansitee County Treasurer) by Ronning, seconded by Schroeder. Motion Carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: none

Absent: Johnson

Purchase would come out of Park Capital Improvement.

A motion was made to amend the Park Fund budget to purchase the Odd Fellows empty property by: Increase Capital Outlay to $4900 by reducing Tree Removal to $700, Refunds to $100, Park Improvement to $1000 and moving these amounts to Capital Outlay by McPherson, seconded by Evans. Motion carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair

Nay: none

Absent: Johnson

Follow up on item from Aprils monthly meeting.

o Clerk McPherson gave explanation on millage rate & Headlee Act. Property tax collected cannot go up more than increase rate of inflation. Taxable value goes up, mileage rate goes down. Based on properties sold being uncapped.

COUNCIL COMMENT:

• None

PUBLIC COMMENT:

• Sean Adams, fire chief, would like to have the fire department exercise and test all fire hydrants in the village, April – September. Sean would oversee the testing/exercise.

Council in agreement with Sean’s suggestion as long as Sean oversees the testing.

• Myrna Walter wanted an update on the Variety Store building. President Bair reported the building does have asbestos. In order for the building to be safely removed/leveled it will have to be done by a certified demo company and the materials taken to a Level 1 dumpsite. This will result in a higher cost. This will be the Manistee County Treasurer decision.

COMING EVENTS:

• Village of Bear Lake Community Clean-Up day, June 24, 9am – 1pm

• Bear Lake Water Shed Annual Event June 24, 2017 at Bear Lake Bed & Breakfast

• Bear Lake Days July 7-9, 2017

Meeting adjourned at 9:06p.m.

Note: Council member Johnson left the council meeting at 8pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cindi McPherson, Clerk

REIMBURSEMENTS TO THE GENERAL FUND AND EQUIPMENT FUND:

Rule on ‘competing record’

In legal terms there can be only one official record of a local government meeting – usually once the approved/corrected Minutes have been accepted.

Michigan’s Open Meetings Act Public Act No. 267 of 1976, as amended:

Proposed minutes must be available for public inspection within 8 business days after a meeting. Approved minutes must be available within 5 business days after the meeting at which they were approved. Corrections in the minutes must be made no later than the next meeting after the meeting to which the minutes refer. Corrected minutes must be available no later than the next meeting after the correction and must show both the original entry and the correction.

Almost all Michigan units of government either record their meetings or broadcast via Public television. In addition:

15.263 Meetings, decisions, and deliberations of public body; requirements; attending or addressing meeting of public body; tape-recording, videotaping, broadcasting, and telecasting proceedings; rules and regulations; exclusion from meeting; exemptions.

Sec. 3. (1) All meetings of a public body shall be open to the public and shall be held in a place available to the general public. All persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting except as otherwise provided in this act. The right of a person to attend a meeting of a public body includes the right to tape-record, to videotape, to broadcast live on radio, and to telecast live on television the proceedings of a public body at a public meeting. The exercise of this right shall not be dependent upon the prior approval of the public body. However, a public body may establish reasonable rules and regulations in order to minimize the possibility of disrupting the meeting.

(4) A person shall not be required as a condition of attendance at a meeting of a public body to register or otherwise provide his or her name or other information or otherwise to fulfill a condition precedent to attendance.

Essentially this means if an action or decision does not appear in the published approved Minutes there is no legal record it took place. A private Citizen may record and broadcast a meeting but the official minutes are still the legal record.

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MI Open Meetings Act

Consumer Confidence Report

The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Rule requires community water supplies to annually report to their customers on the quality of the drinking water and the sources of that water, and to characterize the risks (if any) from exposure to contaminants detected in the water.

http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3675_3691-9673–,00.html – For more information about the requirement for annual testing of municipal water systems and reporting back to consumers.

http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3675_3691-9677–,00.html – For more information on the Lead and Copper Rule.

bear_lake_2016_ccr.pdf as supplied by Village of Bear Lake.

2016 Water Quality Report for Village of Bear Lake WSSN: 00510

This report covers the drinking water quality for the Village of Bear Lake for the calendar year 2016. This information is a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided to you in 2016. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards.

Your water comes from 2 groundwater wells. The State performed an assessment of our source water in 2003 to determine the susceptibility or the relative potential of contamination. The susceptibility rating is on a seven-tiered scale from “very-low” to “very-high” based primarily on geologic sensitivity, water chemistry and contaminant sources. The susceptibility of our source was determined to have “Moderate” level of susceptibility.

If you want to know more about the report please contact Jeff Bair, Village of Bear Lake, 7780 Lake St. P.O. Box 175, Bear Lake, MI 49614 (231) 864-4300.

Contaminants and their presence in water:

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (Hotline) (800-426-4791).

Vulnerability of sub-populations: Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Hotline.

Sources of drinking water: The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. Our water comes from wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.

Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.

Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses.

Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which provide the same protection for public health.

Water Quality Data

The table below lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the 2015 calendar year. The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 – December 31, 2015. The State allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. All of the data is representative of the water quality, but some are more than one year old.

Terms and abbreviations used below:

 Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

 Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

 N/A: Not applicable

ND: not detectable at testing limit ppb: parts per billion or micrograms per liter ppm: parts per million or milligrams per liter pCi/l: picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity).

 Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.

* 90 percent of the samples collected were at or below the level reported for our water.
** Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards. Monitoring helps EPA to determine where certain contaminants occur and whether it needs to regulate those contaminants.

Information about lead: If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Village of Bear Lake is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.

We met all monitoring and reporting requirements for 2016.

We will update this report annually and will keep you informed of any problems that may occur throughout the year, as they happen. Copies are available at the Village of Bear Lake office, 7780 Lake Street. This report will not be sent to you.

We invite public participation in decisions that affect drinking water quality or more information about this report, please contact Jeff Bair, Village President at (231) 864-4300, 7780 Lake Street, P.O. Box 175, Bear Lake, MI 49614. For more information about safe drinking water, visit the EPA website at www.epa.gov/safewater/.

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CCR Delivery Options Include e-Delivery

Community water supplies must directly deliver the report to ALL bill-paying customers and to make a good faith effort to reach other consumers. Electronic delivery methods may be used, provided they are direct. This new option should lead to new ways to reach customers, along with reduced environmental impact (from paper use) and cost savings for water supplies. To help water supplies interested in developing eCCR programs, AWWA has developed a complimentary Electronic CCR Best Practices Guide (PDF, 4MB).

The U.S. EPA expects water supplies to deliver the CCR to all bill-paying customers using ANY combination of the following direct delivery methods:

  • Mail a paper copy of the CCR.
  • Mail a notification of CCR availability.
    Supplies could include a statement on the water bill or bill insert or in a separate mailing such as a postcard or a community newsletter.  The CCR must be on the Internet when the notification of CCR availability is sent out.
  • Email a notification of CCR availability.
    Supplies could include a statement in the text of the email that transmits the water bill or in a separate email message.

The notification of CCR availability:

  • Explains the nature of the message.
  • Prominently displays an easy-to-type URL that goes directly to the entire CCR.  The CCR must be on the Internet when the notification of CCR availability is sent out.
    A supply that does not have a web site may attach or insert the CCR in the email.
  • States how the customer can request a paper copy.

Here’s an example that includes all 3 of the above elements …

Subject:  Water Quality Report Available
Message: The water quality report describing the source and quality of your drinking water is available at
 http://www.anytown.gov/utilities/WaterQualityReport. To receive a paper copy in the mail, contact us at Utilities@anytown.gov/utilities or 555-123-4567.

Delivery methods NOT considered “direct” are the following, though water supplies are encouraged to use any public outreach venue to promote CCR readership:

  • A URL that requires a customer to search or look for the CCR – a customer may not reach the CCR. A long, hard-to-type URL may also prevent a customer from reaching the CCR.
  • Social media – membership Internet outlets like Twitter or Facebook require a customer to join the website to read the CCR.
  • Automated phone calls – the entire content of the CCR cannot be provided in a phone call.

Note:

  • Customers known to be unable to receive the CCR electronically, must be sent a paper copy.
  • Supplies must continue to make a good faith effort to reach non-bill-paying customers.
  • Supplies must certify that they distributed the CCR as required.  A CCR Certificate of Distribution Form is available in Word and PDF formats.