On October 18, 2017 at the Regular Village Council Meeting:

Appointment of elected positions, clerk & treasurer – Clerk McPherson reviewed ordinance to council. Motion to adopt ordinance to change clerk & treasurer positions from elected to appointed by Schroeder, seconded by McPherson. Motion carried.

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

Nay: none

Absent: Johnson

The Village supplied a copy of the Approved October Minutes to Bear Lake News on November 16, 2017. They have not, to date, published them on the Village Website.

The following was published in the Manistee News Advocate on October 27:

Ordinance No. 1 of 2017 
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to MCL 62.1 (3) the Bear Lake Village Council, at its regular meeting on October .ta , 2017, enacted Ordinance No. 1 of 2017, which provides for the appointment of the Village Clerk and Village Treasurer. 
The Ordinance shall become effect­ive 45 days after its enactment without a vote of the electors, un­less a petition signed by not less than ten (10%) percent of the re­gistered electors of the Village is filed with the Village Clerk within 45 days after the date the Ordin­ance was enacted. If such a peti­tion is filed, the Ordinance shall not become effective unless ap­proved by a majority of the quali­fied electors of the Village at an election held on the question. 
This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of MCL 62.1 (4). Cindi McPherson, Clerk Village of Bear take 
Ordinance No.1 of 2017 
Section 1. Establishment of Offices. 
As authorized by MCL 62.1 (3), the village clerk and village treasurer shall be chosen by nomination of the village presid­ent and appointment by a major­ity of the village council.
Section 2. Term of Offices. 
The term of office of the village clerk and village treasurer shall be two years, beginning on November 20 of each even ­numbered year and until a suc­cessor is appointed. The per­sons first appointed as village clerk and village treasurer under this ordinance shall have an ini­tial term of office commencing on November 20, 2018, or when the office becomes vacant, whichever occurs first. The per­sons appointed village clerk and village treasurer shall take and subscribe the oath of office and shall file it with the village clerk prior to taking office, together with the filing of any bond re­quired by law.
Section 3. Effective Date. 
This ordinance shall take effect 45 days after the date of its ad­option, unless a petition signed by not less than ten percent (10%) of the registered electors of the village is filed with the vil­lage clerk within such 45-day period, in which case this ordin­ance takes effect upon approval at an election held on the ques­tion of whether this ordinance should be approved. Notice of the delayed effect of this ordin­ance and the right of petition un­der this section shall be pub­lished separately at the same time and in the same manner as this ordinance is published in a local newspaper of general circu­lation. 
Section 4. Adoption. 
This ordinance shall be adopted by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the village council. 
Section 5. Severability. 
If any section, provision or clause of this ordinance or the application thereof to any per­son or circumstance shall be in­valid, such invalidity shall not ef­fect any remaining portion or ap­plication of this ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid portion or application. 
Section 5. Publication. 
The village clerk shall certify to the adoption of this ordinance and cause the same to be pub­lished as required by law. Ordinance No.1 was adopted on the 18th day of October, 2017, by the Bear Lake Village Council as follows: 
Motion by: Schroeder Seconded by: McPherson Yeas: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Schroeder, Bair Nays: None 
Absent: Johnson 
Cindi McPherson, Clerk 
Jeff Bair, President 
I certify that this is a true copy of Ordinance No. 1 that was adop­ted at a regular meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council on Oc­tober 18th , 2017 and published 
in the Manistee News Advocate on October 27, 2017. 
Dated: 18 October 2017 Cindi McPherson, Clerk October 27, 2017 
The rationale for proposing this change in Village Government is that someone elected to these positions may not have the necessary administration or financial management skills. In addition, as the electorate could choose a different candidate every two years this could result in disjointed institutional records.
Today, exercising the provisions as published, a Petition to hold a Referendum Vote of the registered voters of the Village of Bear Lake, signed by 48 individuals, on this matter was submitted to the Village Clerk.
  1. Village tax payers should have a chance to vote on a decision that takes away their right to vote to Elect or Recall these two positions.
  2. As the notice of the Ordinance, passed October 18, 2017 was only published once in the News Advocate and is nowhere on the Village web site, Village tax payers have a right to adequate time to consider this change.
  3. These 2 positions account for over 1/3 of all collected property taxes. 
  4. Under this Ordinance neither appointees would be required to be village residents. 
  5. If there is concern that an elected Clerk or Treasurer, (neither are voting positions), may not possess sufficient skills to perform the duties – the same standard is not applied to elected Village Council positions that do have voting/decision making privileges.
  6. An appointed Clerk and Treasurer would serve at the pleasure of the Council, opening the appearance of political/personal favor or leaving the appointee open to political/personal interference. 
  7. Yet to be resolved are multiple employment and human resources questions. Would they be employees or contractors? 
  8. Will these be ‘at will’ positions? Meaning that they could be dismissed without cause.
  9. As the Ordinance states these will be two year appointed positions, a new person could be appointed every two years – invalidating the rationale of the desire for continuity.
  10. Will changing the position affect withholding and benefits.
  11. Before such a change is enacted, a comprehensive Job Description, hours of performance, manner of posting and interviewing candidates, insurance and Bonding costs should be presented.

What happens next

All signatures must be verified as qualified registered voters. The Petition must be accepted as meeting the 10% required threshold.

At that point a Special Election can be called but would be at the Village expense. The next scheduled Election Date is May 8, 2018

By 4:00 p.m., Feb. 13, 2018: Ballot wording of county and local proposals must be presented at the election certified to county and local clerks; local clerks receiving ballot wording forward to county clerk within two days. (168.646a)

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