Two Lakes Sewer Authority – update

At the July, 2017 Village Council Meeting the following Resolution was passed.


The Two Lakes Sewer Authority has been formed under Municipal Sewage and Water Supply Systems Act 233 of 1955 – to read the narrative of PA 233 click on this link from the State of Michigan.

And for the rights of affected citizens to petition – see this link.

124.282 Incorporation of authority by municipalities; purpose; adoption of articles of incorporation; endorsement; territory; publishing and filing articles of incorporation; effective date; presumption of validity.

Sec. 2.

(1) Any 2 or more municipalities may incorporate an authority for the purpose of acquiring, owning, improving, enlarging, extending, and operating a sewage disposal system, a water supply system, a solid waste management system, or a combination of systems by the adoption of articles of incorporation by the legislative body of each of the municipalities. The fact of the adoption shall be endorsed on such articles of incorporation by the chairperson of the county board of commissioners and the county clerk in case of a county; the mayor and clerk in case of a city; the president and clerk in case of a village; and the supervisor and clerk in case of a township, in form substantially as follows:

“The foregoing articles of incorporation were adopted by
the ……………… of the …………. of ………….
County Michigan, at a meeting duly held on the …………. day
of ………, 19….
……………………. of said
……………………. of said

(2) The authority shall be comprised of the territory lying within the incorporating municipalities. The articles of incorporation shall be published at least once in a newspaper designated in the articles and having general circulation within the territory encompassed by the authority. One printed copy of the articles of incorporation certified as a true copy by the person or persons designated for the certification, with the date and place of the publication, shall be filed with the secretary of state and the clerk of the county within which the territory or the major portion of the territory is located. The authority shall become effective at the time provided in the articles of incorporation. The validity of the incorporation shall be conclusively presumed unless questioned in a court of competent jurisdiction within 60 days after the filing of the certified copies with the secretary of state and the county clerk.
History: 1955, Act 233, Eff. Oct. 14, 1955 ;– Am. 1981, Act 154, Imd. Eff. Nov. 19, 1981
© 2015 Legislative Council, State of Michigan

Act 233 of 1955
124.288 Municipality or Indian tribe desiring to contract with authority; authorization; resolution; notice; contents; execution and delivery of contract; effective date; petition requesting referendum upon contract; voting; effect of action taken prior to effective date of subsection (2); special election; verification of petition signatures; number of registered electors.

Sec. 8.

(1) A municipality or Indian tribe desiring to enter into a contract with the authority under section 7 shall authorize, by resolution of its governing body, the execution of the contract. After the adoption of such a resolution by a municipality, the municipality shall publish a notice of the resolution in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality. The notice shall state all of the following:

(a) That the governing body has adopted a resolution authorizing execution of the contract.

(b) The purpose of the contract.

(c) The source of payment for the contractual obligation.

(d) The right of referendum on the contract.

(e) Other information that the municipality’s governing body determines to be necessary to adequately inform all interested persons of the nature of the obligation.

(2) A contract under subsection (1) may be executed and delivered by the municipality upon approval by its governing body without a vote of the electors on the contract, but the contract shall not become effective until the expiration of 45 days after the date of publication of the notice. If within the 45-day period a petition signed by not less than 10% or 15,000, whichever is less, of the registered electors residing within the limits of the municipality is filed with the clerk of the municipality requesting a referendum upon the contract, the contract shall not become effective until approved by the vote of a majority of the qualified electors of the municipality voting on the question at a general or special election. If, before November 19, 1981, a municipality published a resolution authorizing the execution of a contract under this section in substantial compliance with this section as then in effect, and the referendum period formerly provided by this section expired, but the bonds were not issued, the resolution and the publication of the resolution are valid and, if a petition for a referendum on execution of the contract was not signed and filed within the time period formerly provided by this section, the contract may be executed and shall become effective without submitting the proposition for approval to the electors, or if a petition was so signed and filed, the contract may be executed and become effective if approved at an election as formerly provided in this section. A special election called for the purpose provided in this section shall not be included in any statutory or charter limitation as to the number of special elections to be called within any period of time. Signatures on the petition shall be verified under oath as the actual signatures of the persons whose names are signed to the petition. The clerk of the municipality has the same power to reject signatures as city clerks under section 25 of the home rule city act, 1909 PA 279, MCL 117.25. The number of registered electors in any municipality shall be determined by the registration books as of the date of the filing of the petition.

History: 1955, Act 233, Eff. Oct. 14, 1955 ;– Am. 1981, Act 154, Imd. Eff. Nov. 19, 1981 ;– Am. 2009, Act 166, Imd. Eff. Dec. 14, 2009
© 2015 Legislative Council, State of Michigan

The Articles of Incorporation were published once in the Manistee News Advocate on July 29, 2017.

A copy in PDF format can be read by clicking on the link below. 

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Due to it’s length our volunteer has not yet been able to transcribe to a text readable format – it will be posted as text, and in text readable pdf format, in its entirety later today.

2 thoughts on “Two Lakes Sewer Authority – update

  1. Who decided what property’s would be included in the sewer system, and what are the projected costs to property owners ?

    1. Hello Shari and many thanks for the question. We are still trying, by means of FOIA, to unearth the who, what, where and when of the Two Lakes Sewer Authority.
      Bear Lake News will post a dated history of our requests for the assessment district maps. The projected costs to homeowners will most likely mirror those of the last proposed sewer – see

      Unfortunately due to having received hate mail and phone calls we have suspended comments to this point but may institute a moderated comment form on this topic.

      Bear Lake News

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