Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting: Wednesday January 17 at 7.00pm

​Conference Call-In to listen to monthly council meetings can be done by calling 1.302.202.1107, Conference code 149002.  Note:  a charge from your phone carrier could apply so we suggest you use either Google or Skype.

Bear Lake News has asked that the line be monitored for accidental mute.

Tabled from December was approval of a Resolution to hold a Special Election on the matter of changing from an elected to appointed Clerk and Treasurer. Prior post on this may be read here.

See: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/2018_May_Elec_604577_7.pdf

MAY 8, 2018 ELECTION CALENDAR OF DATES
By Jan. 30 Petitions to place proposals on ballot filed with county and local clerks. (168.646a)

After consultation with the individuals who received the following letter concerning their requests for reasonable access to Council Meeting documents and information the following statement has been received from one of the individuals concerned.

“There are, according to the most recent Census, only 118 households and 78 families residing in the Village of Bear Lake. There are @ 210 adults of voting age with over 1/4 aged over 65. There were 118 occupied homes, 23 were listed as summer homes.

Full time residents pay @$63,000 in Property Taxes of which $68,275 have now spent in salaries and wages. 48 of us signed the petition calling for a Referendum vote on the Ordinance taking away our right to elect the Clerk andTreasurer.

It is my position that no Village resident should be forced to file a FOIA for information about our own government- regardless. Why would any government approve using our hard earned money to pay an attorney to provide an 8 page justification for not providing requested basic information? It seemed to those listening that the Council in fact was not consulted.

For the past 3 years many individuals have attempted to get basic information about the financial operations of our government – particularly after the State Department of Treasury issued a stern warning.

Previously, when we have tried to nominate Bear Lake News as our representative to save duplication of communication this has been denied. 

We are grateful that to just do what has been asked, file a standard 6 month FOIA for each Meeting Packet in advance of each meeting, has been done by Bear Lake News. 

With so many documented instances of delay or official non response, several individuals did indeed seek legal advice. As we realized the  bill would impact Village finances, no action was taken. It is regrettable that the Village can’t just tell us all what you are doing and respond in kind?

When complaints are made that ‘these people’ are costing ‘us’ money – who’s money is that?

‘These people’ live, work and support our local community.”

At 8.36 am we received the following: no supporting documents.

PROPOSED AGENDA
Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting
January 17, 2018
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:

REPORTS/DISCUSSION
Variety Store update –
MINUTES APPROVAL:
• Regular Meeting December 13, 2017
VILLAGE MAINTENANCE REPORT:
TREASURER’S REPORT:
• Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report
• Amendments:
BILLS to be PAID:
REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:
COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS:
PARK:
• Park Manager Report
STREETS, TREES, SIGNS, LIGHTS, SIDEWALKS:
WATER:
• Water Well update
• Water Ordinance – Johnson
• Maintenance Building update
BLIGHT/CABA:
• CABA :
• Blight Enforcement Officer report:
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT:
MANISTEE COUNTY TRAIL COMMITTEE REPORT:
BEAR LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD REPORT:
TWO LAKES SEWER REPORT: Meeting Cancelled [Editors Note: the meeting was held on January 3.]
AD HOC COMMITTEE: Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – Clerk McPherson
OLD BUSINESS:
• Items for 2018-2019 Budget
• Clerk & Treasurer appointment
• Water Review Board member – replacement
• Mass Gathering Ordinance – follow-up

NEW BUSINESS:
Follow up on items from December’s council meeting:
• Water Superintendent contract
PUBLIC COMMENT: General Time – Any Village-related item (two (2)-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 dinner at Bear Lake United Methodist Church
ADJOURNMENT

REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:
DECEMBER 2017
WAGES Accounts Amounts
Water Fund 591-000-702 $
Park Fund 531-000-702 $
Major Fund 202-463-702 $
Minor Fund 203-463-702 $
TOTAL $

EQUIP RENTAL Accounts Amounts
Water Fund 591-558-943 $
Major Fund 202-463-943 $
Minor Fund 203-463-943 $
TOTAL $

 

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