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January 13, 1999

The regular meeting of the Village council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Carol Urbanus, Sean Adams, and Glen Moore. Also present were treasurer Connie Guerne, and Howard Higley.

Those absent were clerk: Joanne Schroeder, and council members Jeff Harthun, Roger Swanson and Ken Cook.

It was moved, seconded, and carried to approve the MINUTES of the meeting held on December 9, 1998.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read. The treasurer’s report was as follows:

General Fund Checking $2,874.06 Savings $67,107.99

Equipment Fund   $19,713.65

Major Street Fund $66.34 $21,104.90

Minor Street Fund $393.64 $17,031.93

Park Fund $99.75 $22,095.44

Water Fund  $119.20 $81,574.81

Building Fund   $46,432.49

It was moved and seconded and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes.

A Nordlund bill dated December 21, 1998 was tabled.

INTERNET: Sean Adams moved to continue our internet communication web site for a one year period. It was seconded and carried.

MEETING SCHEDULE: The 1999 Village council meeting schedule was posted on the Village hall and copies were given to the council members.

Copies of the 1999 Manistee County Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule were given to Bear Lake Village Council Members, along with a list of the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Assignments.

COMPLAINTS: A complaint was received by e-mail concerning the Village Christmas decorations. It was noted that decorations from previous years were missing and some of those on display were not lit. This person will be asked to be on the newly formed Christmas Decorations committee.

WATER DEPARTMENT: President Vern Best reported that on January 3 the number 3 water well froze. Gary McBride, Howard Higley, and Vern Best worked on the problem and were able to make the well operational. Sean Adams supplied a heater. They are considering the possible addition of a natural gas back-up heater if power goes out, and will check with Superior Energy. The Water Committee will meet with Gary McBride regarding his annual salary.

WELLHEAD PROTECTION PLAN: Tabled until next meeting.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Sean Adams reported that the committee is seeking quotes on building prices from Nordlund and others. Serious consideration is being given to the Bear Lake School property as a place for the sand building. The committee is also checking other sand buildings in the area regarding size, and comparing them to what we need.

GENERAL LAW VILLAGE ACT: Joanne Schroeder and Carol Urbanus cancelled their trip to Grand Rapids for a class to learn about the General Law Village Act due to bad weather.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE: Carol Urbanus reported that a survey is being sent to Bear Lake Township, Pleasanton Township and the Village of Bear Lake. Included in the 5 year Parks & Recreation Plan plan are handicap showers, a community hall and more.

The Village received a new Bear Lake Marine license from a summer resident who is a lawyer who drafted the license at no charge. He requests that our lawyer examine it.

CALL LIST: President Best proposed that the Village have a call list for emergencies. He will draft a list and present it to the Council for approval.

VILLAGE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: An effort will be made to form a committee for ideas from groups and organizations in the area. Carol Urbanus will be the contact person for the Christmas Decorations committee. March 10 was set as a deadline to join the committee.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Connie Guerne for Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

January 13: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $23.30

Blarney Castle $54.44

Edwards Incorporated $433.28

Hyde Equipment Co. $148.46

Kent County Health Dept. $28.00

MISS DIG System $172.08

Northstar Automotive $81.86

Shoreline Waste Services $126.00

Traverse Internet $21.00

February 10, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:34 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president pro tem Sean Adams. Members present were: Jeff Harthun, Glen Moore, and Carol Urbanus. Also present were treasurer Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Gary McBride, and clerk Joanne Schroeder.

Those absent were president Vern Best, Roger Swanson and Ken Cook.

It was moved, seconded, and carried to approve the MINUTES of the meeting held on January 13, 1999 as distributed.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $1,641.88 Savings $70,876.33

Equipment Fund   $19,807.17

Major Street Fund $439.30 $21,143.05

Minor Street Fund $96.96 $16,363.45

Park Fund $154.65 $22,982.69

Water Fund  $94.01 $85,095.51

Building Fund   $46,805.61

It was moved, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes.

CORRESPONDENCE: A letter from the Triginta Club requested the use of the deck for music programs on July 10, 17, 24, and 31. Glen Moore moved to allow them the use of the deck for the requested dates. It was seconded and carried.

A letter from the Liquor Control Commission stated that Blarney Castle Oil Co. requested transfer of ownership of the existing ’98 Specially Designated Distributor license from Bear Lake Foods.

In a letter from Robert Spencer of Branch, Michigan he stated that he was available for hire as a Water Distribution/Limited Treatment Operator.

COMPLAINTS: A complaint was received regarding an overflowing sewer. The clerk called the people about it, and the problem was taken care of shortly.

BEAR LAKE MAP: Tom Stodola representing the Bear Lake Promoters presented a proposal to create a map for the Bear Lake area. The Council approved the idea, and was especially interested in having maps available for campers in Hopkins Park. One of the principle concerns discussed was the use of taxpayers money to pay for the cost of the maps.

BUDGET HEARING: Glen Moore moved to hold the annual budget HEARING at 7 p.m. on March 10, preceding the regular council meeting.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Sean Adams reported that the committee is in the process of securing bids for the architectual work for a sand building. An ad will be placed in the newspaper seeking bids. A recently vacated building in the Village was discussed as a possible maintenance building. The committee will make the necessary inquiries.

WATER COMMITTEE: Glen Moore reported that Gary McBride’s annual wage will stay the same. More of Gary’s time will be charged to the Village due to the MISS DIG System. Gary McBride will now be in charge of doing the work and receiving the Village on/off water fees due to the closing of Edwards Plumbing.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE: Suggestions were given to Carol Urbanus who reported better highway signage is needed for the Hopkins Park.

10 people met at Pleasanton Township Hall to work on the 5 YEAR RECREATION PLAN. Required surveys will be mailed with the water bills to all Village residents.

Carol reported that a camper had requested a seasonal spot on the lake and that the committee had set a limit on those seasonals which has already been reached. The Council decided that the fee structure approved last fall should be used for a full year before any changes are made.

NOVEMBER MINUTES: A problem has arisen with wording in the November minutes which stated “A license was granted to Doug Keilen…”

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Village of Bear Lake meeting held on November 11, 1998 are adopted, except that, “A license was presented and refused by Doug Keilen…” Glen Moore moved to adopt the resolution. It was seconded and carried.

POSTING OF MINUTES: Carol Urbanus moved to have the approved council minutes posted at the Village Hall, the library, and the post office or township hall. Jeff Harthun seconded the motion. It carried.

COPY FEES: President pro tem Sean Adams presented a fee schedule written by president Vern Best. Fees will be set and levied on all requests for Village documents at 25 cents per page, $5. for the clerk’s time, plus postage, except for Village minutes. Glen Moore moved to adopt the schedule. Seconded & carried.

WELLHEAD PROTECTION COMMITTEE: This committee will be put on hold until at least April, 1999.

NEW BUSINESS: Carol Urbanus reported that David Meister who helps assess Village property was having problems with getting necessary information. The clerk was directed to contact David regarding the problem.

Jeff Harthun moved to purchase an air wrench and sockets for the maintenance department. It was seconded and carried.

Glen Moore asked that something be done about the public telephones on U.S. 31 that were not working. The clerk was directed to call the telephone co.

Meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

February 10: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $112.60

Blarney Castle $196.64

Edwards Incorporated $65.00

Haviland $247.20

Howard Higley $3.20

Philip Jaquish $528.46

Mathieu Agency $1,599.00

Nordlund & Associates $865.90

March 11, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:34 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Members present were: Sean Adams, Jeff Harthun, Glen Moore, and Carol Urbanus. Also present were treasurer Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, and clerk Joanne Schroeder.

Those absent were council members Roger Swanson and Ken Cook.

It was moved, seconded, and carried to approve the MINUTES of the meeting held on February 10, 1999 as distributed.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $893.23 Savings $71,284.63

Equipment Fund   $19,887.35

Major Street Fund $372.98 $22,548.35

Minor Street Fund $64.34 $16,905.74

Park Fund $56.88 $24,311.15

Water Fund  $133.72 $84,552.05

Building Fund   $46,960.95

It was moved, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes. Two in question will be paid at a later date if necessary.

BUDGET: Sean Adams moved to adopt the budget with a millage rate of 7.74067 be leveied for the purpose of meeting the Village obligations. Carol Urbanus seconded the motion. Carried.

COMPLAINTS: A home owner has several junk cars on his property. The clerk was asked to send a notice of their violation of the junk car ordinance.

Complaints were received about a downtown business using the sidewalk to display tombstones. The clerk is to notify the store owner of the complaints.

WATER DEPARTMENT: President Best distributed copies of a letter from the Department of Environmental Quality regarding the consumer confidence report requirements.

The Cody and Maple Streets watermain replacement and street construction project plans were presented.

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT: Caretaker Carol Urbanus requested approval to purchase fire pits for Hopkins Park. Glen Moore moved to purchase 31 fire pits. Sean Adams seconded the motion. Carried.

Signage: After some research on signs from MDOT and learning they could not be placed in an incorporated village, it was decided to contact a local sign maker for Hopkins Park signs.

A seasonal camper requested some time on the lake side and some time on the back side of the park. Request granted.

Two work sessions were held in Hopkins Park. Those participating were Carol Urbanus, Max Coalter, Elroy Urbanus, and John Mosure.

A letter from a citizen regarding the park license was presented to the Village Council. The license is on hold at the present time.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Sean Adams reported that an ad was placed in the paper for bids on a sand building. Nordlund gave a bid quote of $1,700.00. Glen Moore moved to accept the bid from Nordlund. It was seconded and carried. Inquiries are being made as to the availability for purchase of a local building which was recently vacated.

AWARD: Howard Higley, the Village maintenance man received an award of excellence from the Bear Lake Promoters for his service to the community.

April 14, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Members present were: Sean Adams, Ken Cook, Jeff Harthun, Glen Moore, and Carol Urbanus. Also present were treasurer Connie Guerne, Howard Higley and clerk Joanne Schroeder.

Council member Roger Swanson was absent.

MINUTES: It was moved, seconded, and carried to approve the minutes of the meeting held March 11, 1999 as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $1,180.34 Savings $57,838.30

Equipment Fund   $21,972.78

Major Street Fund $169.81 $23,941.91

Minor Street Fund $61.17 $17,350.95

Park Fund $178.79 $29,661.49

Water Fund  $ 68.54 $82,123.34

Building Fund   $59,126.48

Moved, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes.

CORRESPONDENCE: President best read a letter from Robert Sell regarding the Manistee County Solid Waste Plan.

The Bear Lake School director of Athletics and Community Education sent a letter of information regarding projects. Carol Urbanus moved to support the idea of a memorial garden at the corner of Stuart and Wise Streets. It was seconded and carried.

A letter was received inquiring about the responsibility of the sidewalks and parkways. President Best asked the Street Committee to draft a written policy on sidewalk replacement, and keeping the sidewalks and the space between the sidewalks and street clean. He also asked for a written policy regarding Village owned trees and their pruning, care, and destruction.

PARK: Jeff Harthun moved to have a tree trimmed with the option to remove it in Hopkins Park with the cost to be split with McCarthy. Seconded and carried.

A suggestion was made to save large pieces of scrap wood from trimmed trees. The wood would be sold in Hopkins Park to campers.

COMPLAINTS: There is an ongoing problem with a storm drain at the Bear Lake School. The maintenance man was asked to check on it.

The culvert at Veryl Swansons place is plugged. It will be taken care of. A Maple Street resident voiced her complaints about a residence on that street with dogs barking day and night. President Best suggested some preliminary steps to take action. The street in front of the Smith home on Main Street needs to be patched as it is low and fills up with water. The storm drains at Main and Lynn, and Stuart and Lynn Streets need some attention. There were complaints of stray cats in the Village. It was suggested that we use live traps to catch the strays.

Complaints were received about the tennis court needing resurfacing, and the noise and use after dark is disturbing to the neighbors. A gate with a lock on it will be placed on the tennis court fence with evening closing hours. Carol Urbanus will check into what Springdale did on the resurfacing of a tennis court.

SUMMER HELP: We need to advertise for summer help at minimum wage.

BEAR LAKE DAYS: The Lions Club requested permission from the Village Council to close U. S. 31 on July 10. Carol Urbanus moved to close U. S. 31 on July 10 from 7:40 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. from Potter Road to Russell Street for the purpose of holding the parade on U. S. 31. It was seconded and carried.

Carol Urbanus moved to close local streets Lynn, Main, and Wise on July 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Arts & Crafts Show and the Antique Car Show. It was seconded and carried.

A request was denied to put people out of Hopkins Park for a fireworks display during Bear Lake Days due to liability concerns.

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT:

Signage: Glen Moore moved to purchase location signs for Hopkins Park from Amor Signs. Jeff Harthun seconded the motion. Carried. Surveys for the 5 Year Parks & Recreation Plan have been sent to the Village residents and the returns are being tallied. There is a meeting on April 22 at 8 a.m. to view Christmas decorations. The Hopkins Park Marina license is still on hold.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: President Best contacted the owner of a building as to the purchase price for Village use. A price quote is forthcoming.

WATER DEPARTMENT: Nordlund sent a letter of bids and recommendations on the Maple and Cody Streets watermain replacement project. Glen Moore moved to accept the bid from Reith Riley/Walton. Ken Cook seconded. Carried.

The clerk was asked to send a letter to Maple Street residents informing them of the project with the tentative starting date.

WELLHEAD PROTECTION COMMITTEE: We need committee members.

SPRING CLEANUP: Spring cleanup day is set for May 13. A notice was sent out with the Village water bills. A notice will be placed in the newspaper.

VILLAGE BOOKS AUTOMATION PROJECT: Syd Schroeder presented a project to put the Village Bookkeeping system on computer. The Council recommended he put together price packages.

A General Law Village Act book was received from the Michigan Municipal League. Carol Urbanus moved to purchase 10 copies of the General Law Village Act book. Sean Adams seconded the motion. Carried.

STREET SIGNS: Jeff Harthun ordered signs and is painting signs.

PRESIDENT PROTEM: Glen Moore moved to appoint Sean Adams president protem. Carol Urbanus seconded. Carried with Sean Adams opposed.

Carol Urbanus moved to allow Mark McGuire to gravel an access lane to the back of his property. Glen Moore seconded. Motion carried.

Ken Cook moved to purchase a lawn mower. Glen Moore seconded the motion. Carried.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

April 14: Bills submitted to be paid:

Blarney Castle $ 21.00 & $76.66

Jackpine Business Centers $ 49.95

Kent County Health Dept. $28.00

Manistee News Advocate $143.00

Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality $8.00

Nations Rent $260.52

Pioneer Press Prtg. $78.95

Carol Urbanus-wage $289.18

Nordlund & Assoc. $3,027.42

May 12, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:34 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Sean Adams, Jeff Harthun, Glen Moore, and Carol Urbanus. Also present were Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Gary McBride and Joanne Schroeder.

Council members Ken Cook and Roger Swanson were absent.

MINUTES: It was moved, seconded, and carried to approve the minutes of the meeting held April 14, 1999 as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $1,694.03 Savings $63,520.25

Equipment Fund   $21,972.78

Major Street Fund $111.88 $22,093.00

Minor Street Fund $126.92 $11,489.81

Park Fund $102.91 $29,211.49

Water Fund  $151.97 $82,883.84

Building Fund   $59,126.48

Moved, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes.

RESOLVED: That the resignation of Roger Swanson as a councilman of the Village of Bear Lake, as evidenced by his letter dated May 11, 1999 is hereby accepted, effective May 12, 1999, and he is to be so notified.

COMPLAINTS: Due to complaints of a lack of privacy, it was recommended that a lock be placed on the men’s restroom door in Hopkins Park.

President Best has drafted a letter regarding pets such as cats and dogs which have become a public nuisance. A copy will be mailed to each resident.

THANK YOU LETTERS: The clerk was given a list of people to thank for their efforts in making the Village of Bear Lake a cleaner, safer, more attractive place.

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT:

The Village dock has been repaired. Carol Urbanus, caretaker, reported that wood chips have been placed around the trees and shrubs, and at the base of the slide. Two old rusting boats were removed from the park.

Tallied responses and comments received on the park survey were given to the Council. The village residents and Bear Lake School students were surveyed as a required part of the 5 Year Plan. The Bear Lake campground on the internet website has received almost 250 hits. The Park Committee will look into getting soft drink dispensing machines for Hopkins Park.

WATER DEPARTMENT: We have received the contracts for the Watermain project on Cody and Maple streets.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: A price quote was received from Wayne Manufacturing on new decorations for the light poles. The old decorations may be sold to the public. A special fund will be set up for the purchase and maintenance of the decorations. Char Hejl and Gloria Edwards are cochairs of the committee. Vern Best, Carol Urbanus and Joanne Schroeder are committee members. The Village will back the purchase up to $5,000.00 if we cannot get the donations necessary to pay for the decorations.

STREETS: Supervisor Glen Moore presented a proposal for street repairs on Main Street between Lynn & Wise from Ron Brown & Sons to pave the street and repair a drain. Jeff Harthun moved to accept the proposal. Sean Adams seconded the motion. Carried.

New sign posts will be ordered by the street administrator.

A local tree and stump removal business will be contacted regarding the possible elimination of a tree at the corner of Smith and Main.

Sean Adams moved to adopt the Sidewalks Replacement Policy. Glen Moore seconded the motion. It carried.

SIDEWALKS REPLACEMENT POLICY

The Village will pay 50% of the acceptable bid of the sidewalk. The Village will not pay for setbacks, driveway approaches, reinforcements, walls, steps, or doors in sidewalks. The Village will pay 100% of the replacement cost if the sidewalk was damaged by Village trees.

One bid was received on sidewalk replacement on Lynn Street. More bids are being sought.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: No news on getting a vacant building in the village.

VILLAGE CLEANUP DAY: On Thursday May 13 the village is providing a curb service for those wanting to dispose of trash. On Friday discarded appliances will be picked up and taken to A & L Used Auto Parts in Kaleva.

THE BANK: The president and the treasurer met with the Huntington Bank president. New deposit slips were ordered to facilitate deposits.

RESOLVED: That the Village of Bear Lake adopts the budget with a millage rate of 7.74067 be levied for the purpose of meeting the Village obligations. That we extend the Bear Lake Village property tax payment deadline from September 15, 1999 to February 29, 2000 with no penalty.

SUMMER HELP: Tony Shrum was hired to help with maintenance work.

AUTOMATION OF VILLAGE BOOKKEEPING SYSTEM: Jeff Harthun moved to purchase a computer and bookkeeping program for the Village for up to $1,900.00. Carol Urbanus seconded the motion. Carried.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:28 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

May 14: Bills submitted to be paid:

Apple Fence Co. $39.00

Blarney Castle $ 7.97

JR. Brown & Sons $237.33

Kent County Health Dept. $35.00

Mathieu Agency $2,176.00

McBride Septic Systems $525.00

Nordlund & Associates $180.00 & $687.00

Premarc $620.00

Joanne Schroeder $17.57

Shoreline Waste Services $16.00

Thompsons Tree Removal $550.00

Carol Urbanus $270.28

Mike Farnsworth $200.00

Steve Allen $132.00

June 9, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:32 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Sean Adams, Jeff Harthun, Glen Moore, and Carol Urbanus. Also present were Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Joanne Schroeder. Judy Cunningham and Jean Crampton were there representing the Manistee County Solid Waste Management Plan.

Council member Ken Cook was absent.

MINUTES: It was moved, seconded, and carried to approve the minutes of the meeting held May 12, 1999 as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $1,595.39 Savings $61,288.16

Equipment Fund   $22,151.01

Major Street Fund $111.88 $23,765.89

Minor Street Fund $126.92 $12,247.08

Park Fund $275.78 $28,716.44

Water Fund  $221.34 $83,079.90

Building Fund   $59,506.31

COMPLAINTS: Two cars in violation of the junk car ordinance were reported.

CORRESPONDENCE: A letter was received from Cable Michigan regarding their buy out. A general information letter was received from the Bear Lake School.

MANISTEE COUNTY SOLID WASTE PLAN OF 1999: Jean Crampton and Judy Cunningham representing the Solid Waste Council/Planning Department spoke to the Council regarding the proposed solid waste plan. Carol Urbanus moved to adopt the Manistee County Solid Waste Plan resolution. The motion was seconded and carried.. (RESOLUTION MAY BE VIEWED BY CONTACTING THE CLERK.)

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS: Glen Moore moved to set up an account and purchase decorations for the Village. It was seconded and carried.

STREET CLOSING: A letter was received from Bruce & Denise Hubbell requesting the closing of Smith Street from Lake Street to Locust Street on Friday July 9, 1999 from 3 to 11 p.m. for the purpose of having music there during their Mexican fiesta as a part of Bear Lake Days. The request was granted. They are to put up and take down the street barricades, and clean up the area.

MEMORIAL GARDENS: We were reminded that the new garden needs plants and someone interested in taking on this project.

SIDEWALKS AND TREES: The president recommended we accept the repair bid we have on hand. Glen Moore moved to accept the bid of King Construction Company on the Lopez, Goodreau, Cady sidewalk replacement project. It was seconded and carried.

After the Council read the new sidewalk policy, Sean Adams moved to adopt the new policy. It was seconded and carried.

After the Council read the new tree policy, Carol Urbanus moved to adopt the new policy. It was seconded and carried. Trees around the Bear Lake School will be trimmed. New trees will be planted in the Village in the fall.

THE DECK: It was requested that the memorial bulletin board on the deck be refurbished. It was also requested that a yellow stripe be painted on a particular deck step for safety reasons.

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT:

The committee is looking into getting soft drink vending machines for Hopkins Park.

WATER DEPARTMENT: Storm drains are being cleaned out by a professional service. A letter of commencement will be sent out regarding the starting date of June 24 on the watermain replacement project on Cody and Maple.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Sean Adams reported that the committee is working on getting the sand building plans and project back in action.

NEW IDEAS: Max Coalter presented an idea to build another restroom at the Park. He also suggested an improvement for Cosier Memorial Courts.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:03 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

June 9: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $21.26 Amor Sign Studio $321.60

Blarney Castle $60.00 Campbell, Kusterer & Co $1,500.00

Howard Higley $3.20 Kent County Health Dept. $28.00

Key Energy Services $750.00 & $112.00 Manistee County News Advocate $10.80

McBride Septic Systems $388.00 Nordlund & Associates $264.15

Pleasanton Valley Greenhouse $76.00 Joanne Schroeder $33.28

Shoreline Waste Services $2,644.36 Carol Urbanus $541.64

Vulcan $456.90

July 14, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Sean Adams, Jeff Harthun, Ken Cook, Glen Moore, and Carol Urbanus. Also attending were Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Joanne Schroeder, Don Fredrickson, Dave Adams, Cloyse Griffin, Don Hyrns & Syd Schroeder.

MINUTES: The minutes of the June 9, 1999 meeting were approved as distributed.

NEW TRUSTEE: It was moved, seconded, and carried to accept Don Hyrns as a council member of the Village of Bear Lake. President Best administered the oath of office. Don was placed on the Street and Building Committees.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $2,398.79 Savings $55,288.16

Equipment Fund   $22,151.01

Major Street Fund $ 86.88 $25,040.28

Minor Street Fund $ 87.90 $12,234.55

Park Fund $803.87 $28,216.44

Water Fund  $ 94.30 $76,679.90

Building Fund   $59,506.31

BUDGET AMENDMENT: Ken Cook moved to raise the Sidewalks and Trees budget from $6,000. to $16,000. It was seconded and carried.

Moved, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes.

COMPLAINTS: One car has been towed away that was in violation of the junk car ordinance. Burning barrels: The council is aware of the problem and is looking into an ordinance that would be the most effective way to solve the problem. Because of the scope and nature of the problem with stray cats it was requested that letters be sent to animal control, Sheriff Haik and our County Board of Comissioners. The council learned that there was a problem with the dumping of old concrete by the sand building. Superior Energy has been contacted regarding cleaning up areas that were destroyed in the laying of their gas pipeline. A letter is to be sent to the landlord of a residence where junk is piling up at the front of the property.

PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT: Don Fredrickson of the Lions Club presented park caretaker Carol Urbanus a check for $1,000.00 to be used for tables and benches for Hopkins Park and the beaches. It was reported that there was a problem with parties on the deck and boat launch late at night. It was recommended that the caretaker post emergency telephone numbers for guests staying in the park. The caretaker also briefed the Council on problems with the electrical service. An electrical upgrade on the hookups was discussed. The Committee is working on a 5-year-plan. Council members volunteered to get cost estimates on dock and restroom improvements for the plan. A Cocoa Cola drink dispensing machine was placed in Hopkins Park.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: President Best reported that $3,097.00 has been donated towards the fund. Ken Cook moved to sell the old Christmas decorations in the annual yard sale for a minimum of $25.00 each. The motion was seconded and carried. The Lions Club will hold a fund raiser breakfast August 15 with all proceeds going to the “Relight Bear Lake” campaign for new decorations.

WATER DEPARTMENT: A less expensive, more effective alternative has been found to supply the Bear Lake Hardware Store with Village water. Glen Moore moved to approve a 2″ feedline to be connected into our 6″ watermain to supply the hardware store with water at a charge of the cost of time and materials for hookup rather than the regular hookup fee. The motion was seconded and carried with Sean Adams abstaining.

The watermain replacement project on Cody & Maple is in progress with a delay caused by the telephone company not being there as scheduled.

President Best called attention to a culvert by the Bear Lake Bar that is plugged and needs to be cleaned out.

It was noted that we need to consider placing a storm drain at 12339 Wise Street.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Sean Adams reported that no prints have been received for the sand building.

SIDEWALKS & TREES: Safety was addressed as trees around Bear Lake School were trimmed or removed. Many trees were trimmed on Cody, Lynn, and Stuart. There will be a hold on sidewalk replacement and tree trimming.

STREETS: The maintenance man was directed to repair a culvert on Smith Street. The Main Street paving project needs some adjusting for water runoff.

Sean Adams moved to renew the library contract. It was seconded and carried.

Don Hyrns moved to purchase the name bearlakemichigan.gov on the internet. It was seconded and carried.

Due to the resignation of our summer help, it was agreed to hire an applicant we have on file.

Don and Glen were directed to price riding lawn mowers because of the ongoing problems we have with our mower.

A booklet “Priorities and Problems of Small-Town Management in Michigan” is in our files and available to Council members.

We are collecting copies of investment policies to use as models to create our own investment policy.

Glen Moore received 2 bids on tires, tubes, & labor for the tractor. One more bid will be sought.

President Best directed Connie Guerne to purchase a fan for the Village Hall.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:36 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

July 14: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $ 1.38 Apple Fence Co. $ 51.00

Blarney Castle $ 90.06 R. Brown & Sons $2,517.45

Elhorn Engineering Co $ 74.65 Eipperle Sales $125.00

Kent County Health Dept. $28.00 King Construction $2,610.00

McBride Septic Systems $273.00 Michigan Municipal League $329.00

Miss DIG System $3.03 Nordlund &Assoc. $185.74

Pioneer Press Printing $52.00 Joanne Schroeder $126.50

Shoemaker Electric Co $201.60 Thompson’s Tree Removal $7,150.00

Carol Urbanus $480.90

August 11, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Jeff Harthun, Ken Cook, Glen Moore, Carol Urbanus, and Don Hyrns. Also attending were Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Joanne Schroeder, Cloyse Griffin, & Syd Schroeder. Sean Adams was absent.

MINUTES: The minutes of the July 14, 1999 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $1,490.41 Savings $58,063.28

Equipment Fund   $22,348.74

Major Street Fund $152.60 $26,335.04

Minor Street Fund $171.07 $10,405.44

Park Fund $628.09 $28,509.29

Water Fund  $242.61 $85,649.98

Building Fund   $59,951.45

A motion was made, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes.

PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT: The Park Web Site will remain at the current location until January, 2000. Our new location will be http://www.bearlakemichigan.org. We have had 982 users at the Web Site. Jeff Harthun moved to order a telephone calling card for the park caretaker. It was seconded and carried. Caretaker Carol Urbanus reported that new benches have been ordered and help will be needed installing them. Information is being gathered on electrical rewiring of Hopkins Park. Glen Moore moved to purchase a basketball rim for Cosier Courts. It was seconded and carried. Council members are checking on the price of a new riding lawn mower.

WATER DEPARTMENT: A 6″ watermain has replaced the 2″ watermain on Cody and Maple Streets, and the streets have been paved. Repari work will be done on the driveways and roadsides that were affected by the replacement project. We received a copy of a letter sent to Nordlund & Associates from Rieth-Riley Construction Co. regarding the change in the scope of their work on the watermain replacement explaining the extra costs associated with work delays. A water line to a residence broke and flooded a basement on Maple Street during the project. Jeff Harthun moved to pay the bill for the work done on the homeowners water line. It was seconded and carried. This was done with the understanding that the homeowner would reimburse the Village for half the cost.

Work is being done on plugged storm drains. The culvert on Smith Street needs to be cleaned before school starts on August 31.

SIDEWALKS & TREES: We need to determine the amount to be spent on new trees along with where they would be planted. Tree trimming was done by Consumers Energy on Wise Street. Glen Moore moved to have trees trimmed as per bid by Thompson’s Tree Removal. It was seconded and carried. A homeowner requested a village tree be cut down. Thompson’s Tree Removal will be asked to evaluate the situation.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Don Hyrns reported that the sand building plans are ready. We still need a site. Some options are being considered.

STREETS: Some of our street lights were out, and have been repaired. The culvert at the Bear Lake Bar has been cleaned out. A property owner requested permission to change the end of the culvert at his property. The council granted permission. Two bids from R. Brown and Sons on asphalt projects were submitted. Glen Moore moved to accept the bids The motion was seconded and carried. President Best directed Glen Moore to take care of problems with a “Blind Child” sign and a resale sign.

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT FUND: $4,962.00 has been received for the new Christmas ornaments that will decorate the Village during the holidays.

CORRESPONDENCE: The Council approved the sending of the following letters drafted by President Best.: a letter to the ISD Internet Service regarding local internet services, a letter to the Manistee County Board of Commissioners regarding inadequate police protection for the Village, and a letter to the Manistee County Animal Control regarding the nuisance of stray animals.

The Village Council received a letter from the Bear Lake Property Owners Association inviting them to meet at the Pleasanton Township Hall on 9/4/1999 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of a local sewer system.

BANKING: Jeff Harthun moved to change our accounts to Sweep accounts. It was seconded and carried with Carol Urbanus abstaining.

COMPLAINTS: We received a complaint about burning barrells from a resident. President Best reported that a burning barrell ordinance is being written.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:23 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

August 11: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $12.90 Tim Babcock $183.25

Dendra Best for internetNIC

& setup fee $100.00 Blarney Castle $69.11

R. Brown & Sons $36.40 C & W Portable Toilets $200.00

Eipperle Sales $920.00 Kent County Health Dept. $28.00

McBride Septic Systems $285.80 & $119.78 Nordlund &Assoc. $1,517.94

Pioneer Press Printing $159.15 &$129.00 Joanne Schroeder $67.25

Carol Urbanus $759.68 Wayne Manufacturing $4,428.89

Walton Contracting $38,688.78

September 8, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Jeff Harthun, Glen Moore, Carol Urbanus, and Sean Adams. Also attending were Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Joanne Schroeder, Gary McBride, Cloyse Griffin, Syd Schroeder, Tim Richards, Don Fredrickson, & Ed Walburn. Council members Don Hyrns and Ken Cook were absent.

MINUTES: The minutes of the August 11, 1999 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $17,177.93 Savings $37,562.96

Equipment Fund   $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $28,092.39  

Minor Street Fund $11,298.09  

Park Fund $31,222.24  

Water Fund  $37,956.20 $45,429.41

Building Fund   $60,111.98

A motion was made, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes.

PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT: We have had 1,141 users at the Web site. The telephone calling card for the park caretaker has been received. Caretaker Carol Urbanus reported that new benches should arrive next week. The new basketball rim for Cosier Courts was installed. A lawn mowing service was hired to mow Hopkins Park because our lawn mower is not usable.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: Ed Walburn from the Lions Club presented a check for $1,000. to the Village for the outdoor Christmas Decorations Fund. This money was raised at one special Lions Pancake Breakfast. Donations of $5,527 which includes the sale of the old decorations was reported by President Best. This does not include the $1,000 given by the Lions. Thank you notes are to be sent to crew members who put together the new Christmas decorations. Jeff Harthun moved to purchase 8 new light strings for the large Christmas tree in the Village, 4 strings for a tree on the deck, 100 feet of garland for the deck, and a case of replacement bulbs. The motion was seconded and carried with Sean Adams abstaining.

WATER DEPARTMENT: Glen Moore moved to amend the budget setting the Water Department Construction budget at $60,000, Minor Street Construction budget at $10,000, and Major Street Construction budget at $10,000. Sean Adams seconded the motion. Motion carried. The Walton Contracting bill of last month of $38,688.78 was rescinded. A new bill was submitted this month. Sean Adams moved to pay the Walton Contracting bill pending notification from the engineer. Carol Urbanus seconded the motion. Motion carried. Grass seeding at the watermain project is on hold until minor adjustments have been made on the streets and driveways. There was a discussion of the proposed watermain extension under U S 31. Gary McBride recommended the water pipe material be metal rather than plastic to facilitate thawing in the event the water in the pipe should freeze.

SIDEWALKS & TREES: It was moved by Glen Moore to appropriate $500. for new trees to be planted in the Village. Carol Urbanus seconded the motion. Carried. Jeff Harthun volunteered to get a group of students from Bear Lake School to help plant the trees as a service project.

LEGAL AIDE: It was moved by Sean Adams to retain the legal firm of Bittner, Hyrns, Lasata, Riemland & Daly for Village legal concerns. Carol Urbanus seconded the motion. Carried. A burning barrel ordinance and the Bear Lake Marine lease are of immediate concern.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Sean Adams presented a preliminary draft of a sand building design. Possible locations in the Village on Potter Road and Wise Street were discussed. Carol Urbanus moved to hold a closed meeting to discuss the purchase of the Edwards building and 5 lots on Wise Street. Sean Adams seconded the motion. Carried. Carol Urbanus moved to postpone indefinitely natural gas hookup to the Village building at 7625 Lake Street. It was seconded and carried.

Maintenance man Howard Higley was directed by President Best to have the Village hall and vehicle fire extinguishers inspected.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

September 8: Bills submitted to be paid:

R. Brown & Sons $208.00 Kent County Health Dept. $28.00

McBride Septic Systems $280.00 Michigan Paper Products $164.75

Nordlund &Assoc. $4,382.15 & $743.00 Northstar Automotive $110.00

Premarc $24.53 Shoreline Waste Services $126.00

Steves Lawn Care $45.00 Summit Supply Corporation $120.84

Walton Construction $52,069.60

October 13, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Ken Cook, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Carol Urbanus, and Sean Adams. Also attending were Connie Guerne, Howard Higley and John Kiefer. Council members Jeff Harthun and Joanne Schroeder were absent.

MINUTES: The minutes of the September 8, 1999 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund Checking $38,789.19 Savings $30,181.76

Equipment Fund   $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $28,733.04  

Minor Street Fund $10,866.24  

Park Fund $31,316.03  

Water Fund  $44,920.80 $35,569.41

Building Fund   $60,111.98

A motion was made, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed.

PARK COMMITTEE:

A 5-year-plan is being written by Carol Urbanus. Our attorney has contacted the attorney of the owner of Bear Lake Marine regarding the granting of a license. The new park site on the internet is up and running.

STREETS:

Copies of a letter written to Superior Energy Company by President Best were distributed to the Council regarding repairs on specific streets which needed to be done by Superior Energy Company as they had caused these problems when they dug underground to lay pipeline. This is the fourth request for repairs.

A complaint was received about a street light out at Cody and Wise. Ken Cook reported that he had already called Consumers Energy about the problem. It was also reported that trees were blocking a street light at Smith and Potter. A resident complained about excessive speed on Cody Street.

14 trees have been purchased and are ready to be planted along the streets of the village.

CORRESPONDENCE:

A letter was received from the Manistee Conservation District regarding concerns of the decision to discontinue the aerial gypsy moth spraying program for the year 2000.

The Council members were given copies of a letter from the Michigan Alliance for Competitive Telecommunications expressing concern that Michigan residents and businesses are paying too much for local telecommunications services.

Copies of a letter from the City of Grosse Pointe Woods were given to the Council stating they are opposed to the passage of House Bill 477 which prohibits local governments from regulating, duplicating, and revising the provisions of state and federal laws on the subjects listed on the Bill and would jeopardize Home Rule decision making.

Ken Cook moved to approve the engagement of an auditor for the next 3 years at no more than $1,800 each year. Seconded by Don Hyrns. Motion carried.

WATER DEPARTMENT:

John Kiefer representing Nordlund & Associates discussed present Cody and Maple watermain replacement bill and payments. It was noted that it is after the usual time (Oct. 1) for reseeding the affected roadside. Don Hyrns moved to eliminate the restoration part of the watermain project on the contract. It was seconded. Carried. There was a considerable discussion about drainage at the watermain replacement site between John Kiefer and the Council. Sean Adams moved to pay Invoice #2 on the watermain project. It was seconded and carried.

Glen Moore moved to pay the additional costs incurred on the watermain replacement project. The motion was seconded and carried.

An annual drinking water quality report was written by President Best, distributed and posted in the village.

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The possiblity of a donation of a maintenance truck was presented to the Council.

A Burning Barrel Ordinance was presented to the Council for study.

Sean Adams moved to send the village clerk to the second session of the Clerk’s Insititute. It was seconded and carried.

Carol Urbanus moved to send the village clerk to election training for the February and March, 2000 elections. It was seconded and carried.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: We bid on the Edwards building and lost. The committee will meet with Dave Osborn on a possible site. Council members were given a drawing of a site at Russell and Potter streets with building placements.

CHRISTMAS COMMITTEE: President Best reported that Ed Thompson and Howard Higley plan to put up the new ornaments on the posts by Thanksgiving.

A notice of “thanks” was printed in the Manistee News Advocate for all the donations received by our “Relight Bear Lake” fund drive. An ad was placed in the

newspaper in an effort to sell the old Christmas ornaments.

Howard Higley received the rubber chicken award for outstanding service.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

October 13: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $12.90 Advanced Web Creations $227.40

Blarney Castle $124.87 R. Brown & Sons $575.00

Haviland $247.20 Jack Pine Business Centers $ 42.95

Jennings $1,150.00 Kent County Health Dept. $28.00

Leroys Lockshop $ 45.00 Mathieu Agency $132.00

Ron Nelson Portable Welding $30.00, $102. $11.11 Nordlund &Assoc. $4,683.46 $404.00

Occupational Medical Services $2.50 Pleasanton Greenhouses $496.65

Shoreline Waste Services $126.00 Thompson’s Tree Removal $1,425.00

Carol Urbanus $50.74 Wayne Manufacturing Co $657.96

West Michigan Testing $671.00

November 10, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:43 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Ken Cook, Glen Moore, Carol Urbanus, Jeff Harthun and Sean Adams. Also attending were Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Joanne Schroeder, and Len Steinberg. Council member Don Hyrns was absent.

MINUTES: The minutes of the October 13, 1999 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $66,945.00 Equipment Fund $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $23,234.81 Minor Street Fund $2,481.86

Park Fund $27,866.28 Water Fund $32,404.11

Building Fund $60,111.98  

A motion was made, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed.

PARK COMMITTEE:

The 5-year-plan is in the final writing stages. An active comittee is needed for the Bear Lake athletic fields as they are a part of the plan.

Bear Lake Promoters requested advertising monies as Hopkins Park will be advertised in their Bear Lake brochure. The Council requested a bill.

The position of Campground Host was offered to camper Bill Kuhn. He requested his campground fees be waived in exchange for his services. Ken Cook moved to waive the seasonal fee in exchange for his services as host. The motion was seconded and carried.

The number of seasonal rental spaces in Hopkins Park (8) will remain the same.

Jeff Harthun moved to change the number of nonreservation sites in Hopkins Park from 3 to 4. The motion was seconded and carried.

Glen Moore moved to allow seasonal campers to move their campers from the backside to the lakeside of the park in April, June and after labor Day Weekend at the seasonal rate of $1,150.00. The motion was seconded and carried.

A letter was received from the DEQ stating our lot sizes would not have to be changed for the planned electrical rewiring of Hopkins Park.

A Pepsi Cola representative expressed an interest in installing a Pepsi drink machine in Hopkins Park.

WATER DEPARTMENT:

The Village received a copy of a letter written by John Kiefer of Nordlund and Assoc. to Walton Contracting regarding specific problems which need to be taken care of on the Maple and Cody Streets watermain replacement project.

Ken Cook moved that the Village apply for a permit for the Bear Lake Hardware water hookup. The motion was seconded and carried with Sean Adams abstaining.

President Best noted that the Water Department needs to update or add the following: a cross connection ordinance, a sampling site plan, a contingency plan, a wellhead protection program, and a copy of our records must be kept at the Village hall for DEQ inspections.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: Carol Urbanus moved that an agreement be drawn up in order for the Village to store and maintain Christmas ornaments paid for by Pleasanton Township. The motion was seconded and carried.

TREES: New trees were planted in the Village as follows: 3 on Lynn, 2 on Main, 2 on Virginia, 2 on Stuart, 3 on Smith and 2 on Cody streets. Photos were taken of the Bear Lake School students planting the trees. These photos may be seen on the internet at the Bear Lake Website. President Best appointed Jeff Harthun to form a committee with students from grade 3 and up along with teacher Linda Turner to help the Village with projects in the future.

ORDINANCES: President Best presented an investment policy ordinance for the Council to consider. This policy is required by the state of Michigan according to our auditor.

President Best presented a burning barrel ordinance to be considered by the Council. Sean Adams moved to table the ordinance. The motion was seconded and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE AND COMPLAINTS: Council members received copies of the Michigan Governmental Immunity Law from the Michigan Municipal League.

There will be a meeting on sewers at the Bear Lake Township Hall November 18.

A letter from Spencer Abraham of the U.S. Senate was received regarding legislation affecting Michigan communities.

Complaints were received from residents asking that the black walnut trees in the Village be cut down because of the mess created. Council denied the request.

A resident requested that Village trees be cut down as they were old. The Village will take care of this during the next fiscal year which begins next March.

Neighbors are complaining of piles of junk at a local residence. A letter will be mailed to the residence regarding the problem.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Sean Adams reported that a title search needs to be done on the property at Russell and Potter Streets where we are considering building.

Meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

November 10: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $18.17 R. Brown & Sons $133.88

District Health Dept. $75.00 Harco Waterworks $430.00

Kent County Health Dept. $28.00 McBride Septic Systems $205.00

McLeod’s Sales $1,237.94 Michigan Dept of Env Qual. $312.04

Michigan State Univ. Ext. $653.00 Northern Fire & Safety $103.00

J. B. Publications $209.40 J. Schroeder $131.46

Pleasanton Greenhouses $15.00 Shoreline Waste Services $126.00

West Michigan Testing $55.50 Nordlund & Associates $935.90

December 8, 1999

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:35 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Sean Adams, Ken Cook, Don Hyrns, and Glen Moore. Also attending were , Howard Higley, Syd and Joanne Schroeder, Len Steinberg and Tim Richard. Council members Jeff Harthun and Carol Urbanus were absent. Treasurer Connie Guerne was absent.

MINUTES: The minutes of the November 10, 1999 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $67,730.98 Equipment Fund $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $24,716.02 Minor Street Fund $3,146.87

Park Fund $28,418.27 Water Fund $30,946.56

Building Fund $60,111.98  

A motion was made, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed. One bill was questioned and will be searched in the payment records before it is paid.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS COMMITTEE: Glen Moore moved to accept a joint resolution between Pleasanton Township and the Village of Bear Lake regarding Christmas decorations for display within the Village of Bear Lake. The motion was seconded and carried. The RESOLUTION is attached.

We have received requests for the expansion of pole lights.

Vandals have taken light bulbs off the Village Christmas tree and from displays of lights at some of the homes in the Village. A newspaper article was printed in the Manistee News Advocate about the vandalism.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: President Best presented an Anti-noise and Public Nuisance Ordinance for the Council to consider.

A Junk and Blight ordinance was also given to them for consideration.

Don Hyrns moved to postpone the passing of the Burning Barrel Ordinance to the April, 2000 meeting. The motion was seconded and carried.

President Best reminded the Council that a decision needs to be made on the future of the Village brush pile burning, and the spring trash clean-up.

Glen Moore moved to adopt the Resolution of Investment Policy which was presented to the Council last month by President Best. The motion was seconded and carried.

It was also noted that an enforcement officer needs to be appointed to enforce the ordinances. A decision was made to contact the Department of Natural Resources in an attempt to get someone from that department for the job.

WATER DEPARTMENT: The final bills have been paid for the Maple-Cody Streets watermain replacement project. We are considering hydro seeding the roadside in the spring.

Don Hyrns moved to set the out-of-village business water rate at $55.00. The motion was seconded and carried with Sean Adams abstaining.

Our annual MDOT permit was filed this month which allows us to bore under U.S. 31 for the purpose of supplying water to businesses across this road. To facilitate water hookup to the Bear Lake Hardware store, copies of insurance, a map of the line, Bear Lake Township approval and DEQ approval will be sent to the DEQ, MDOT, Bear Lake Township, Manistee County Road Commission and the Manistee County Health Department.

PARK COMMITTEE: Copies of a letter from attorney James Koning representing Doug Keilen of Bear Lake Marine were given to Council members.

ELECTION: Don Hyrns and Len Steinberg will run for the office of Village Council Trustee in the March 13 election. One more person is needed to run for the office of Village Council Trustee to make a full council. A write-in candidate for trustee must file an affidavit by March 10, 2000.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Sean Adams reported that a land swap with the high school is being investigated.

SEWER PROJECT: Sean Adams moved that the Village be part of the proposed sewer plan for information gathering with no authorization of funds. The motion was seconded and carried. Sean Adams moved to form a committee for the “proposed” sewer commission. The motion was seconded and carried. Glen Moore moved to form the boundary as the Village limits for the proposed sewer district. The motion was seconded and carried. There will be a meeting about the sewer project on January 13, 2000 at 7 p.m. at Pleasanton Township Hall. All 3 units are to meet.

Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

December 8: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $6.58 Vern Best $18.00

Blarney Castle Oil Co $47.99 McBride Septic Systems $268.50

Nordlund & Associates $404.00 Pleasanton Valley Greenhouse $24.00

Premarc $333.24 J B Publications $28.00

J Schroeder-postage $3.75 Shoreline Waste Services $126.00

Wayne Manufacturing Co $60.28

WELLHEAD PROTECTION COMMITTEE: This committee will be put on hold until at least April, 1999.

SPRING CLEANUP: President Best directed Glen Moore to call the waste disposal company, and ask for a date in May for the Bear Lake Village spring cleanup.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY: President Best reported on a questionnaire regarding a sexual harassment policy of the Village of Bear Lake.

LIBRARY REPRESENTATIVE: President Best reported that John Hock, a board member of the Manistee County Library System, stopped by to let us know that the Manistee County Library system will be on the internet. Mr. Hock reported that Wellston is building a community center with a library which will free up some shelving which could be added to Bear Lake Library.

STREET SIGNS: Jeff Harthun reported that he will paint the signs.

President Best requested that Howard move a speed limit sign to Lynn Street.

A request was granted for trimming trees near the Bear Lake School.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk