Not surprisingly, today the Two Lakes Sewer Authority cancelled its meeting scheduled for tomorrow at Bear Lake Township Hall.
No alternative date has been published.
For Village residents, we are still waiting to see the revised Special Assessment District Map as requested from the Village.
However, using the draft October Minutes we can speculate. The District apparently reflects those who responded with ‘yes’ to the informal survey sent out with water bills. When an actual map is provided we will post it here.
At the October Two Lakes Sewer meeting several items have been commented on by local residents.
- A complaint was filed with Jeff Harthun Bear Lake Township Supervisor following the inability of disabled and non residents to participate. The meeting audio was not enabled until 30 minutes in and was then such poor quality it was inaudible. A request was made for the meeting to be recorded there – without any response.
- “Public Comment: None, taken care of during discussion portion of meeting.” – those present submitted substantial public comment.
- “• Bair would like to use a Benefit Special Assessment and standardized REU’s. He would like to use the same chart as Pleasanton.” No explanation has been provided with zero information provided by the Village.
- “• Contiguous lots would be considered (1) and billed at the same amount each month.” – no one can explain what that means.
- “Unfinished Business: Traciak [affiliation not identified] explained the process of Petitioning the Sewer District. The Collaborative must follow State Law for Special Assessments. SAD’s don’t allow an election vote under State Law.” – NOTE: The procedure for a referendum petition to call for a vote comes when and if a proposed USDA loan Bond Issue is published. Then 10% of those listed in the SAD can submit a lawful petition calling for a vote.
The Two Lakes Sewer Authority has been formed under Municipal Sewage and Water Supply Systems Act 233 of 1955 – to read the narrative of PA 233 click on this link from the State of Michigan.And for the rights of affected citizens to petition – see this link.
- “Motion by Bair, Second by Harthun to open a checking account for the TLSA. M/C”
“Motion by Bair, Second by Girven to appoint Harthun as the second signature and open an account at Honor State Bank. M/C” – the ongoing absence of organizational compliance will be discussed separately.
- “Motion by Meister, Second by Harthun to appoint Girven as the Treasurer. M/C” – Girven was appointed Treasurer at the first organizational meeting held September 6, 2017.
- “Properties are billed by REU’s, and Monthly or Quarterly usage bills.” – which would indicate an intent to install meters?
To review past activities of the Two Lakes Sewer Authority use this link Two Lakes Sewer Proposal
Several items listed in the published Articles of Incorporation still raise questions. The Two Lakes Sewer Authority is an incorporated, separate unit of government.
ARTICLE THIRTEEN – OFFICERS AND BOARD AFFAIRS
The Board shall appoint the officers of the Authority annually by majority vote, and each officer shall be a member of the Board to qualify for appointment, except the Treasurer who need not be a Board member to qualify for appointment.
The officers of the Authority shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
The Chair of the Board shall be the presiding officer. Except as otherwise provided, he or she shall not have any executive or administrative function within the Authority other than as a member of the Board.
In the absence or disability of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair.
The Secretary shall be the recording officer of the Board.
The Treasurer shall be custodian of the funds of the Authority and shall provide a bond conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of his or her office. The cost of this bond shall be paid by the Authority. All money shall be deposited in a bank(s) to be designated by the Board, and all checks or other forms of withdrawal shall be signed by the Chair and the Treasurer or Secretary.
The Board shall prepare, adopt and submit to their respective legislative bodies of the constituent municipalities an annual budget covering the proposed expenditures to be made for organizing and operating the Authority and for the necessary funds required from each constituent municipality for the next fiscal year beginning January 1. Such budget shall be submitted to each constituent municipality on or before October 1 of the previous fiscal year. No budget shall be adopted unless approved by a 3/4ths vote of the members of the Board; [ Although requested – no operational budget has been published by either the Village or Two Lakes SA]
ARTICLE FIVE – POWERS
The Authority shall have all of the powers enumerated in the Act (233 of 1955) by which the Authority can adopt bylaws for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business, adopt an official seal, maintain an office, sue and be sued, determine the location and design of a sewage disposal system and the construction, financing, and operation of the sewage disposal system, issue bonds of the Authority for any of its corporate purposes, adopt and promulgate rules and regulations for the use of the sewage disposal system, and acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property in the exercise of Authority powers and the performance of Authority duties, and all other and related powers enumerated in the Act.
ARTICLE NINE – FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the Authority shall be January 1st through December 31st.
ARTICLE EIGHTEEN – AUDIT
The Board shall cause an annual audit to be made of its financial transactions by a certified public accountant and shall furnish a copy to each constituent municipality.
With so much unknown about the cost and purpose of the proposed sewer collection, transmission and treatment components – relevant sections from the previous proposal may be illustrative.