Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting 10/18/17 Audio

A professional sound engineer has clarified what he could but certain sections are very difficult to hear.

It should also be noted that the conference line connection failed before the end of the meeting.

No Agenda, Finance Reports or draft August 23 Minutes are available.

Village Council Meeting October 18, 2017

Please bookmark this link – the conference connection for the meeting yesterday was poor and our volunteer has sent their recording for audio reformatting.

A microphone was given to the Village Council but was not accepted.

No Agenda or meeting documents were received by a subscriber who had requested such assistance on multiple occasions.

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Update on Two Lakes Sewer Authority

The following was recently published on the Village of Bear Lake web site at – our apologies the original is not in a text readable format.

As these are the ‘approved’ Minutes residents will not have known an additional meeting was held at Bear Lake Township on October 4. If you would like to be added to the list of those requesting both notification of all future meetings, Meeting Packets and the Draft Minutes – please reply to this post.

Approved minutes with corrections (GMC)
Meeting called to order by Tim Ervin at 4:33 p.m.Individuals
Present: Tim Girven Ervin, Brian Sousa, Jeff Harthun, David Meister, Shelli Johnson, Judy Girven. Greg McPherson was present by conference call. 
Opening announcement and representative establishment read by Shelli Johnson, Notary.
Members include: Pleasanton Township Representative, Judy Girven;
Bear Lake Village Representative, Greg McPherson;
Bear Lake Township Representative, Jeff Harthun;
and Onekama Township Representative, David Meister.
Pursuant to Article 13, the following Officers were voted on:Motion by Harthun, Second by Girven to appoint Meister as Chair Person of the Sewer Authority Board. M/C 
Motion by Meister, Second by Girven to appoint Harthun as Vice Chair. M/C
Motion by Girven, Second by Harthun to appoint McPherson as Secretary. WC
Motion by Harthun, Second by McPherson to appoint Girven as Treasurer. WC
Board Members were sworn in to the Two Lake Collaborative Sewer Authority.
Meetings will be scheduled on the first Wednesday of each Month, starting with October 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM. The first meeting will be located at the Bear Lake Township Hall.
The Board acknowledged that the Open Meetings Act applies and public comments are accepted at the meetings.The Board shall provide a proposed annual budget to be considered for adoption at the next regular or special meeting of the Board. 
Motion by Girven, Second by Harthun to adopt Resolution # 2017-01, Two Lake Collaborative Sewer Authority Preparation and Submission of Planning Grant Application to USDA-RD. WC
Motion by Harthun, Second by Girven to adopt Resolution # 2017-02, Two Lake Collaborative Sewer Authority Selection of Wade Trim to Prepare USDA-RD Plan and Financing Application for Sewage Disposal System. MIC
Board Chair Meister requested the use of the Chair Person’s signature to approve the resolutions. Roll Call Vote: Harthun — Yes, Girven — Yes, McPherson
 — Yes
Request granted the Chair Person to Sign the Resolutions.
Recap of the meeting by Sousa.Grant Application will be submitted by October 1.Public Comment:Public comments were received and answered regarding: introduction of Panel Personnel, each Township involved will have the Meeting Minutes available for review by the public, relations between AES, Wade Trim, and the Authority was discussed, comments regarding pollution problems, costs, how much input will the public have, expert testing and results, grant money available.
Meeting adjourned 5:49 p.m.Shelli Johnson Notary

[NOTE – the following documents are available here:

and the Bear Lake proposed Sewer District –

Village of Bear Lake August 23, 2017 Special Meeting Minutes

On the guidance of Michigan Attorney General:

Open Meetings Act (OMA)  1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 through 15.275
Using e-mail to distribute handouts, agenda items, statistical information, or other such material during an open meeting should be permissible under the OMA, particularly when copies of that information are also made available to the public before or during the meeting. 
Excluding individuals – no one may be excluded from a meeting otherwise open to the public except for a breach of the peace actually committed at the meeting. MCL 15.263(6).  
When must the minutes be available – proposed minutes must be made available for public inspection within eight days after the applicable meeting. Approved minutes must be made available for public inspection within five days after the public body’s approval.  MCL 15.269(3).  

Following numerous individual requests to receive a copy of the Draft August 23, 2017 Special Meeting Minutes the following was received:

Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 2:44 PM
“The minutes from the August 23, 2017 Special Meeting will be approved in October at our regular monthly meeting.
Thank you
Cindi McPherson, Clerk
Village of Bear Lake”

Village of Bear Lake Draft September 2017 Minutes

To compare these Minutes with the Recording – click here.

No supporting documents have been received. A stand alone post will discuss the lack of Minutes from the August 23rd, 2017 Special Meeting.

Village of Bear Lake Council

REGULAR MEETING September 20, 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 p.m. at the Village Hall. Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Marla Evans, Jackie Johnson, Greg McPherson, Joanne Schroeder and Ron Ronning

Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson, Staff: Jared Bair

Absent: Larry Gibson and Peggy Bass

Guests: Ten (10) guests signed in

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

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

Nay: none

Absent: Bass

Additions: Water: Hire licensed water operator,
Equipment/Buildings: Plow truck purchase, Museum roof,
New Business: Audit books, Hopkins Park.

Public Comment:

  • • None

Correspondence: Read by clerk:

  • • Christie Johnson – Concern regarding the sewer project.
  • • Sean Adams, Bear Lake Fire Chief – done for the year exercising the fire hydrants.


Approval August 16, 2017 Regular Meeting:

  • Motion to approve minutes from August 16, 2017 Regular Meeting with corrections by Schroeder, seconded by Johnson. Motion Carried.

Aye: Evans, McPherson, Schroeder, Ronning, Bair

Nay: None

Abstain: Johnson

Absent: Bass

Corrections: Change holiday banners to winter banners

  • Maintenance Report: Reviewed by Jared Bair. Written report on file with September 2017 minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report: Reviewed by King. Written report on file in the September 2017 minutes binder.

General checking/savings total 43,587.60

Water checking only 27,127.83

Money Market Account 10,069.38

Park checking/savings total 20,857.72

Park CD#2 33,065.98

Major Street checking/savings total 37,260.33

Minor Street checking/savings total 18,202.37

Equipment Fund checking/savings total 3,162.70

Honor Bank CD 26,019.74

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read by McPherson seconded by Evans, motion carried.

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

Nay: none

Absent: Bass

Continue reading “Village of Bear Lake Draft September 2017 Minutes”