Village of Bear Lake Public Hearing Wednesday March 28, 2018 7pm.

At 9.04 am on Wednesday March 21, 2018, Bear Lake News received the following:

“The Village of Bear Lake has postponed their regular council meeting scheduled for today, March 21 at 7pm to Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

There will be a Public Hearing on the Kayak/Canoe Launch at 7pm, the regular March 2018 monthly meeting will follow.

Cindi McPherson, Clerk”

Bear Lake News elected to wait for the notice to appear on, the Village web site to publish here. It did so at 4pm. The Notice was placed at the Hall and Post Office the following day.

On March 23, 2018 a corrected notice was posted at all locations:

There is no information at–fish-pier.html other than the prior notice from 2017.

Bear Lake News has received no further information about how the new proposal may have changed. Here is the schematic from March 2017.

Kayak Canoe Fishing Pier Grant Agreement March 2017 revised

The relevant sections for Village residents from the 2017 agreement are as follows:

[The Village is the applicant for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant
(the “Trust Fund Grant”) (Grant No. TF17-0168), entitled “Hopkins Park
Development” in the amount of $295,100 for the purpose of developing the
following amenities within Hopkins Park: (1) a universally accessible
canoe/kayak launch, (2) a fishing pier, (3) restrooms, (4) parking facilities in
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and (5) other amenities (the “Park Project”).

Matching Funds. Each party shall be responsible for paying FIFTY PERCENT
(50%) of the Trust Fund Grant matching funds requirement. Currently, the
matching funds requirement is $98,366.00, with each party contributing
$49,200.00. Each party may contribute its matching funds requirement by cash
and/or in-kind contributions that comply with all requirements of the Trust Fund Grant regulations. In the event third parties make contributions toward the matching funds requirement, then all such contributions shall be allocated
equally between the parties.

Park Project Construction and Oversight.
The Village in conjunction with its engineering consultants shall be responsible for the development of the bid specifications for the Park Project. Once construction bids are opened the Village shall send the Township a copy of all the bids. The parties hereby agree that they will negotiate in good faith to approve the best construction bid and costs for the Park Project. Any such agreement shall be in writing and approved by the legislative body of each party. Following the approval of the construction bid and costs by the parties, the Village shall formally the award the construction contract for the Park Project to the successful bidder. The Village shall be responsible for the oversight and administration of the Park Project construction in compliance with the terms of the Trust Fund Grant funding requirements.

  1. Excess Park Project Costs. In the event that the total costs for the Park Project exceed the sum of (1) the amount of money actually covered by the Trust Fund Grant, (2) any matching funds, and (3) any financial contributions to the Park Project from third parties, then the parties hereby agree that they shall contribute equally to pay any such excess costs.

  2. Park Project Maintenance. After construction of the Park Project the Village shall be responsible for the actual maintenance and repair of the Park Project. The Village shall be financially responsible for ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) of the maintenance and repair costs for the fishing pier. The Township shall pay to the Village ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) of the maintenance and repair costs for the canoe/kayak launch and shall pay to the Village FIFTY PERCENT (50%) of the maintenance and repair costs for the restrooms and parking facilities. The Village shall annually, on the date mutually agreeable to the parties, send the Township a written, itemized statement of the actual costs incurred by the Village in the preceding year for the maintenance and repair costs for the canoe/kayak launch, restrooms and parking facilities. The Township shall pay the Village for its share of these costs within forty-five (45) days of the date of the written statement.]

IF an updated project narrative is received we will publish here.

It should be noted that as of December 2017 the stated Park Income was:

Written comments may be submitted at the public hearing or may be sent before the public hearing to the Bear Lake Village Clerk at the above address (P.O. Box 175) or to the Bear Lake Township Clerk at 7771 Lake Street, P.O. Box 187, Bear Lake, MI 49614. and The village clerk can be emailed at 

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