Village of Bear Lake: August 2018 DRAFT Minutes

[NOTE: The Village does not publish it’s draft minutes until 5 days following the next month’s meeting. They are provided here a a service of Bear Lake News through a 6 month FOIA subscription. Under the MI Open Meetings Act, Approved Minutes MUST be available within 5 days following approval. Draft Minutes are due 8… Read More


Across the U.S., there is a need for more businesses that successfully manage decentralized systems. Decentralized systems are increasing in prevalence as an option that delivers sound economic, social and environmental outcomes, if effectively managed. The resources below provide guidance for successfully establishing and running organizations that manage decentralized wastewater systems — Responsible Management Entities, or “RMEs.” (See Fact Sheet 1 for… Read More

Letter to the Village of Bear Lake Council

From: Jeanne Walsh Date: August 14, 2018 at 3:34:15 PM EDT To: “Cindi McPherson, Clerk” <bearlakeclerk@gmail.com> Cc: jeffbair4@gmail.com Subject: Public Comment on Draft Minutes from July Village Council [the Village does not publish Draft Minutes until they are approved – through a FOIA Subscription Bear Lake News receives a copy usually within the 8 business days required under the Michigan… Read More


Village of Bear Lake Council meeting August 15, 2018 partial recording

Before we post this partial recording of the August 15, 2018 Village Council Meeting Bear Lake News joins the nationwide protest today – in spite of personal and journalism attacks, from national to local news outlets such as us, the press is not the enemy. We invite you to read today’s mLive Editorial at https://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/08/a_free_press.html When… Read More


Village of Bear Lake: August 15, 2018 Regular Meeting Agenda and documents

A reminder Bear Lake News would greatly appreciate any resident who attends to record the proceedings as the Village no longer does so. Bear Lake Village Council meetings may now be accessed via telephone conference call. Phone number:1.302.202.1107 (this maybe a long distance call with charges for some – in which case we suggest calling in via… Read More

Evaluating lead/copper issues during water system construction

BearLakeNews suggests all Village residents receive hand delivered notification of the need to continue monitoring and line flushing during construction work. The number of lead (i.e Pb the metal – not ‘lead’ pronounced ‘lead’) service lines and/or connective brass fittings and fixtures is unknown within the Village water system and older village properties. Confusion arises… Read More


Outside ‘the box’ Bear Lake: Managing run off stormwater

Let it grow! The simple answer to avoiding mass street run off, carrying with it silt and pollutants, is to encourage roadside run off and storm water catchment planting buffers. Often referred to as simply ‘rain gardens’ curb-side plantings serve an invaluable purpose – much like using a filter in your coffee maker. The myth… Read More

Outside ‘the box’ Bear Lake – veterans housing

Sustainable, affordable, P3 (Public Private Partnership) projects have long been discussed by a consortium of local residents who have a vested interest and the expertise to offer alternative options for the Village of Bear Lake. Their efforts created the following alternative scenario for a viable Downtown without crippling the current 200+ residents with long term… Read More