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January 12, 2000

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, Ken Cook, Carol Urbanus, and Glen Moore. Council members Jeff Harthun and Don Hyrns were absent. Maintenance man Howard Higley was absent. Fred Alkire stopped by to present the Village with a check.

MINUTES: The minutes of the December 8, 1999 meeting were approved as corrected.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $67,888.73 Equipment Fund $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $22,270.29 Minor Street Fund $3,149.56

Park Fund $27,971.02 Water Fund $27,873.75

Building Fund $60,111.98 Holiday Decorations $2,869.87

A motion was made, seconded, & carried to pay the bills listed. A Traverse Internet bill will not be paid as the Village will no longer use their service.

Carol Urbanus moved to discontinue Traverse Internet as our provider. The motion was seconded and carried.

President Best reminded the Council that there is a Sewer meeting at 7 p.m. on January 13 at Pleasanton Hall.

Sean Adams moved to accept the 2000 Contractual Services Agreement with Manistee County. The motion was seconded and carried.

COMPLAINTS:

It was noted that there is a junk car in the Village which needs to be moved for safety reasons.

Complaints have been received about the ice and snow on the downtown sidewalks. It was requested that letters be sent reminding the businesses of their liability.

Ken Cook moved to give Howard Higley a 1999 Christmas bonus of $200.00. The motion was seconded and carried.

Glen Moore moved to change the March Council meeting from the 8th to the 15th. The motion was seconded and carried.

Carol Urbanus moved to hold the budget hearing just before the March 15th Council meeting at 7 p.m. The motion was seconded and carried.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

Sean Adams reported that the estimated cost of the land exchange with the Bear Lake School is $2,500. This includes the land survey, purchase agreement, title insurance and legal fees. Glen Moore moved to go through with the proceedings of the land exchange when it is approved by the school board. The motion was seconded and carried.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS COMMITTEE:

Fred Alkire presented a check for $2,500.00 to the Village of Bear Lake from Pleasanton Township for Christmas decorations. President Best reported that a storage rack was built by Glen Moore, Syd Schroeder, and himself for the new Christmas decorations. Plans are to increase the number of light poles from 20 to 25 for displaying the decorations. Rewiring is being done by Consumers Energy. We received a price quote on the energy service on Consumers Energy owned and Village owned plug-ins on the light poles.

PARK COMMITTEE:

Carol Urbanus reported that she is receiving help from Kurt Shindler on the 5-year-plan. She will be working with the school board regarding the ball fields. Hopkins Park is to be rewired. Consumers Energy recommended underground wiring for the main service. They gave us price quotes on various options.

ORDINANCES:

The Council is to review the ordinances that President Best gave at the December meeting.

Glen Moore reported that Howard needed an adding machine. The clerk volunteered to give him the one that came with the clerk’s job. He also reported that Howard still needs a new lawn mower. He was directed to continue the search.

The treasurer Connie Guerne reported on a problem collecting payment on a water bill.

It was reported that the Village will be receiving the donation of a truck from Shell Noreast.

We are looking for a place to put the Village brush pile. Options were discussed.

Meeting adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

January 12: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $299.89 Blarney Castle Oil Co $118.41

Hyde Equip Co. $716.80 Manistee County Controller $153.76

Miss DIG $172.08 Nordlund & Associates $447.95

Northstar Automotive $187.43 Premarc $28.67

February 9, 2000

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, Carol Urbanus, and Glen Moore. Council members Jeff Harthun, Ken Cook and Don Hyrns were absent. Maintenance man Howard Higley, and treasurer Connie Guerne were present. Len Steinberg was in attendance.

MINUTES: The minutes of the January 12, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $71,90537 Equipment Fund $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $23,713.85 Minor Street Fund $ 3,797.74

Park Fund $27,934.14 Water Fund $32.209.88

Building Fund $60,111.98

A motion was made, seconded, and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of this report.

COMPLAINTS & CORRESPONDENCE

We have received complaints on problems with the local internet service. Citizens were directed to call Roger Machin at 231-228-6660, the district manager for CenturyTel.

A letter was received from the Department of Treasury regarding the Public Employee Health Care Fund Investment Act. This act permits us to establish a public employee health care fund for the purpose of providing health care benefits to retired employees.

We received an annual report from the Michigan Coalition to Protect Public Rights-Of-Way.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: A letter was received from the Bear Lake Schools with the following statement. “At the regularly scheduled meeting held Wednesday, January 12, 2000, of the Bear Lake Board of Education, it was decided that the Board of Education will pay up to $1,250 of the land swamp cost or 50%, whichever is less, between the Village of Bear Lake and Bear Lake School District.” The land at the corner of Potter Road and Russell Road has been surveyed. We received the surveyor’s certificate. We are waiting on a copy of the purchase agreement. Bids will be sought to level the surveyed land in preparation for the construction of a new sand building. Bids will be sought to tear down the old sand building.

PARK COMMITTEE: We have an estimate for the cost of rewiring Hopkins Park from Mr. Shoemaker. Carol Urbanus moved to put the park rewiring out for bids. It was seconded and carried. A notice of bids being sought will be published with the bids closing by a March meeting date, and a starting date of April 1 on the rewiring job. We have an option of the Village getting help to do manual labor to help reduce costs. Sean Adams moved to accept Mr. Shoemaker’s estimate if we receive no bids. It was seconded and carried. Sean Adams moved to hold a special meeting on March 8 at 7:30 to open bids received. It was seconded and carried.

WATER DEPARTMENT: An out-of-village water user at 7809 Potter Road requested that his water be shut off. After some discussion the Council decided to shut off the water. They will be charged the out-of-village fee starting April 1. The shut off fee will be waived. The neighbor’s water rates will also be raised to the out-of-village fees.

We were offered an oil and gas lease for the water tank property. After some discussion and the reading of a letter from attorney Randy Hyrns it was decided not to accept the lease as it would not be advantageous to the Village.

Carol Urbanus moved to appoint Vern Best as the Village representative to the Bear Lake-Pleasanton Sewer Feasibility Board. It was seconded and carried.

Carol Urbanus moved to adopt a resolution agreement creating the Bear Lake-Pleasanton Sewer Feasibility Board. The motion was seconded and carried.

We have received a donation of a pickup truck from Shell Noreast. Sean Adams moved to put the old pickup truck out for bids. It was seconded and carried.

ELECTIONS: We need to decide if we want to go non-partisan for elections in the future. Sean Adams moved to pay $6.50 per hour to election workers and $6.75 for the chairperson of the election workers for the March 13, 2000 Village election.

There are grants available from the Little River Casino revenue. Trustees were urged to attend a February 14th meeting at the Manistee Township office.

There is a possibility of annexing the property around the water tank. We do need the Bear Lake Township’s approval to annex this property to the Village.

We are looking into putting our Village minutes of 100 years and other documents into computer files. Volunteers are needed to help with the task.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:

We are looking for a plaque on which we can list those who made donations for the Christmas decorations for the Village light poles.

Meeting adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

February 9, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $69.17 American Water Works $45.00

Blarney Castle Oil Co $248.04 & $27.00 Vern Best $2.50& $18.93

CNA Surety $50.00 & $50.00 Hyde Co. $176.80

McBride Septic Systems $111.00 Nordlund & Assoc. $88.09

Occupational Medical Services $53.00

March 15, 2000

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, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus, and Glen Moore. Council member Don Hyrns was absent. Maintenance man Howard Higley, and treasurer Connie Guerne were present. Also in attendance were Jim Reed, Kathleen Steinberg, Syd Schroeder, and Sean Adams..

MINUTES: The minutes of the February 9, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $69,293.30 Equipment Fund $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $25,053.21 Minor Street Fund $ 4,399.26

Park Fund $30,345.10 Water Fund $30,760.73

Building Fund $60,111.98

Motion made, seconded, and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of this report.

CORRESPONDENCE: Letters were received from :

the Manistee Planning Commission regarding their meeting dates

the attorney Randy Hyrns regarding present concerns

Consumers Energy regarding a street scape program

the Occupational Medical Services regarding testing of employees for drugs

the Local Votes Count information

COMPLAINTS:

A property owner at the north end of Euclid Street is complaining of the snow being piled up on their property. Howard, Glenn, and the Village President will meet to solve this problem.

Carter’s asked us to flag the easement going to the water tank

BUDGET:

The new Village Council was sworn in at 7 p.m. by President Vern Best. The budget hearing followed.

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, 2000 to February 28, 2001 with no penalty.

NEW COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS:

Water: Gary, Len, Glenn–Chairperson,

Park & Rec.: Glenn, Jim, Carol–Chairperson; Street: Len, Jeff, Don–Chairperson, Building: Len, Don, Jim–Chairperson; Ordinance: Glen, Connie, Joanne–Chairperson; Sewer-to be determined; Christmas Decorations: Joanne, Carol, Vern, Gloria Edwards & Char Hejl–co chairpersons.

PARK COMMITTEE:

The Village Council met on March 8, 2000 for the purpose of voting on the bids received to rewire Hopkins Park. A bid from Shoemaker Electric for $28,925 was accepted. Carol Urbanus explained the phases of the 5-year-plan. A “Low Water” sign for Hopkins Park was presented for approval. New “No Dogs” signs will be placed on the beach. The lawyers are working on getting an agreement on the Marina situation.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

Changes will be made in the land swap contract. An environmental study may be done on the land involved. A discussion was held on the sand building, and the land at the corner of Russell and Potter.

WATER DEPARTMENT: We were offered a second oil and gas lease from Quantum Energy for the water tank property. The Village attorney Randy Hyrns recommended that we accept the terms. Carol Urbanus moved to accept the lease. The motion was seconded and carried with Len Steinberg voting against.

ELECTIONS:

A Village Election was held on March 13, 2000. The results are as follows: Vern Best, President with 28 votes; Joanne Schroeder, Clerk with 31 votes; Connie Guerne, Treasurer with 33 votes; Don Hyrns, Trustee with 29 votes; Len Steinberg, Trustee with 30 votes. The Superior Energy Company Franchise Proposal passed with 23 for and 3 against. We are considering having non-partisan elections in the future.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:

The electrical wiring on the light poles needs to be changed. It must be done by a state licensed electrician and according to state code. A bulletin board will be purchased on which to display names of Christmas Decorations donors.

PLOW:

Sean Adams presented a proposal for the Village to buy his snow plow from his truck for our new Village truck. He told us of his research on what we would have to do to attach to it our truck, and concluded that it would not be cost effective, and withdrew his offer.

TRUSTEE:

Carol Urbanus moved to appoint Jim Reed as trustee. The motion was seconded and carried. He was sworn in by President Best.

ORDINANCES:

We were reminded that a vote will be taken on the Burning Barrel ordinance at the April council meeting. We have other ordinances to address also.

BRUSH PILE:

We have an offer from Gerald Johnson to put the brush pile on his property. As an option to burning the brush we could rent a chipper on a schedule and chip the brush. For now we will pile the brush up on the hill by the water tank.

A notice will be placed in the newspaper regarding the closing of the present brush drop site off Smith Street between Cody Street and Potter Road.

STREETS:

The committee was asked to look at the possibility of additional paving of Cody Street on the south side between and Lynn and Wise, & additional paving to the West side of Smith Street by the tennis courts because of water runoff.

MEMORIAL GARDEN:

Someone will be contacted to design the garden.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

March 15, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $16.57 Bittner, Hyrns, etc. $2,274.50

Blarney Castle Oil Co $180.52 & $21.00 Elhorn Engineering Co. $393.28

Haviland $4.20 Mathieu Agency $1,604

McBride Septic Systems $310.00 Auto-Owners Insurance $2,384.13

Michigan Election Resources $31.29 J B Publications $142.60

Premarc $132.00 Syd Schroeder $74.99

Judy Groenwald $87.27 Sally Ringel $84.03

Kerry Emelander $84.03 Rita Minteer $84.03

April 12, 2000

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, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus, Glen Moore, Jim Reed, and Don Hyrns. Maintenance man Howard Higley, treasurer Connie Guerne, and water superintendent Gary McBride were present. Also in attendance were Cloyse Griffin, Tim Richards, Don Conway, Carl Lehto, and Lois Thibault.

Trustee Don Hyrns was sworn into office by President Vern Best.

MINUTES: The minutes of the March 8 & 15, 2000 meetings were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $48,467.99 Equipment Fund $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $26,639.64 Minor Street Fund $10,408.70

Park Fund $31,880.94 Water Fund $29,551.51

Building Fund $72,111.98

Motion made, seconded, and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of this report.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Letter from Pleasanton Township stating the acceptance of tires with prices: Passenger tires: $2.00, Passenger tires w/rims: $2.50, Semi Tires-No rims: $10.00, Tractor Tires-No rims: $25.00.

Letter from Lois Thibault, associate director of external affairs of the Michigan Municipal League stating her interest in attending our council meeting.

Letter from Charter Communications (cable franchise) informing of upgrades.

Letter from Keep Michigan Beautiful-April 1 through May 31 clean-up days

Application for a summer job was received. No action was taken

COMPLAINTS:

Complaint of low water pressure & volume at Carter’s on Potter. Water superintendent will check on this matter.

Complaint of several dead trees in town. A bid was received from Thompson’s Tree Removal of $2,000.00 to remove the trees. Glen Moore moved to accept the bid. It was seconded and carried.

Lois Thibault from the Michigan Municipal League spoke to the Council on how the League can help the Village.

WATER DEPARTMENT:

Representatives Carl Lehto and Donald Conway from Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences talked to the Council about establishing a Wellhead Protection Program. The Council agreed to establish a team made up of the Council members as a start in getting this program established.

Last year’s Maple & Cody Streets watermain replacement project left the roadside in need of grass seeding. Bowling Enterprises submitted a bid. Jeff Harthun moved to have Bowling Enterprises hydroseed for $750. The motion was seconded and carried.

PARK COMMITTEE:

Carol Urbanus gave a report on the progress of the electrical wiring being done in Hopkins Park. Len Steinberg moved to give permission to host 4 Saturday night music specials on the deck, and to have a sign there in accordance with MDOT regulations. It was seconded and carried. Glen Moore moved to purchase a sign of caution for Hopkins Park regarding the launching of boats because of the low water level. It was seconded and carried.

Marina license update: President Best proposed that the lawyers, the Marina owner, and Village President meet to resolve the conflict.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

Title work, and an environmental study will be done on the property involved with the land swap with Bear Lake School.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:

A report of cost estimates for updating the electrical poles was Consumer’s at $5,315 and Shoemaker Electric at $4,471.75. Glen Moore moved to have Shoemaker Electric build 25 plugins, and have Consumer’s Energy put them up. It was seconded and carried. Glen Moore volunteered to build a bulletin board on which to display names of Christmas Decorations donors.

EQUIPMENT FUND:

Glen Moore reported on the research done to secure a new lawn tractor. Jeff Harthun moved to purchase the 42 inch Simplicity mower at $5,568.35. It was seconded and carried.

SEWER: There will be a Sewer feasibility board meeting on April 19.

BRUSH PILE: Len Steinberg moved to have Thompson Tree Service conduct brush removal monthly at $60. per hour until further notice. Seconded & carried

SIDEWALKS: The Bear Lake School requested that the sidewalk on Stuart Street bordering the school grounds be replaced.

PRESIDENT PRO TEM: Jeff Harthun moved to appoint Glen Moore president pro tem. It was seconded and carried.

ORDINANCES: Don Hyrns moved to pass the burning barrel ordinance. The motion was seconded. After a systematic examination of the ordinance a vote was taken resulting in 6 noes. The motion was declared lost. Carol Urbanus moved to lay the burning barrel ordinance on the table. It was seconded and carried.

VILLAGE PICKUP TRUCK: 2 bids were received on the Village pickup truck. Jeff Harthun moved to accept the bid of $500. for the truck. The motion was seconded and carried with Don Hyrns abstaining.

Meeting adjourned at 10:08 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

April 12, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

The Pioneer Group $83.20 Shoemaker Electric Co. $59.53,

$3,496.44,

$7,044.78;

Blarney Castle Oil Co $749.40, $31.00; J. Schroeder $12.90;

Americ.Water Works $50 C. Urbanus $33

Pleasanton Valley Greenhouse $46

May 10, 2000

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. Present were council members: Jeff Harthun, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus, Glen Moore, Jim Reed, Don Hyrns, maintenance man Howard Higley and treasurer Connie Guerne. Also in attendance were Steve Allen, Mary Carter, and Donald Conway.

MINUTES: The minutes of the April 12, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $44,382.09 Equipment Fund $22,431.59

Major Street Fund $28,406.01 Minor Street Fund $11,201.82

Park Fund $25,754.79 Water Fund $34,105.29

Building Fund $72,111.98

Motion made, seconded, and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of this report.

COMPLAINTS:

Mary Carter explained her lack of water pressure at her residence on Potter Road. It was suggested that she purchase a high pressure pump. She also expressed concern about a large hole in the ground on her property caused by the emptying of the Village water tank. Council agreed on her need to be notified when the water tank has to be emptied, and to fill in the hole.

RESOLVED: That the Village of Bear Lake adopts the budget with a millage rate of 7.5912 be levied for the purpose of meeting the Village obligations. That we extend the Bear Lake Village property tax payment deadline from September 13, 2000 to February 28, 2001 without penalty.

WATER DEPARTMENT:

Nordlunds sent a letter to Walton Contracting regarding 2 items that need attention on the watermain replacement project at Cody and Maple Streets.

Representative Donald Conway from Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences talked to the Council about establishing a Wellhead Protection Program. The Council made a resolution to develop a wellhead protection program. Jeff Harthun moved to accept the Gosling Czubak proposal for the wellhead protection program. Seconded and carried with Glen Moore opposed.

A meeting with the Department of Environmental Quality about our water wells resulted in a list of improvements to be done by the maintenance man.

The next Sewer Feasibility Board meeting is May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Bear Lake Township Hall.

Glen Moore moved to hold payment on the hydroseeding bill. Motion was seconded and carried.

PARK COMMITTEE:

The Council decided not to lend out park picnic tables as a general policy. Invividual requests would be considered at council meetings. Jim and Polly Ludwig donated a picnic table to the Village. Jeff Harthun moved to accept a bid of $300. for the old lawnmower. It was seconded and carried. Don Hyrns moved to table a request from a camper to leave a trailer in Hopkins Park over the winter. The Council agreed to hire Steve Churchill as summer help. The Marina license has been written with both attorneys in agreement. It has yet to be signed. The final electrical inspection was on May 3rd for the rewiring of Hopkins Park. We are waiting for written approval. Those helping with manual labor in the Hopkins Park rewiring job were John Bass, Elroy Urbanus, Dave Osborn, and Syd Schroeder. Council members assisting were Carol Urbanus, Jim Reed, Don Hyrns, Len Steinberg, Glen Moore, Vern Best and maintenance man Howard Higley. Grass seeding was done. New park benches have been set in the point, the west end of the park and at the public beach. Those assisting with the bench installation were Don Fredrickson, Elroy Urbanus and Bill Kuhn. Council members helping were Carol Urbanus, Glen Moore, Vern Best and maintenance man Howard Higley.

WHEREAS, the Village of Bear Lake recognizes the need for parks and recreation planning, be it resolved that the Bear Lake Village Council accepts the 5 year Parks and Recreation Plan set forth by the Bear Lake Area Parks and Recreation Committee. The Council endorsed a resolution of the “Let Local Votes Count” ballot initiative of the Michigan Municipal League.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

Meetings with the Department of Environmental Quality resulted in approval for the land swap with Bear Lake School.

STREETS: A brush chipping notice was sent to all Village residents notifying them of the new service. Brush (tree branches and limbs) will be picked up on the third Thursday of the month with Friday as a rain day by a tree service starting now and continuing through the fall.

SIDEWALKS: The Bear Lake School announced that their requested sidewalk replacement will take place during the next fiscal year.

ORDINANCES: Carol Urbanus moved to table the burning barrel ordinance. Junk and noise ordinances have been written and revised. They will be ready for review at our next meeting.

BEAR LAKE DAYS-Jeff Harthun moved to close the following streets for Bear Lake Days on July 8: Lynn from U.S. 31 to Stuart, Main from 31 to Lynn, Wise from 31 to Stuart. Seconded and carried.

AWARD:- Carol Urbanus received the rubber chicken award which is given for service above and beyond the call of dury.

INTERNET SERVICE has been poor. President Best met with Manistee school superintendent Helms and internet service representative Debbie Thomas. Upgrading will be done. Cherryland Electric is offering internet service.

TABLES: Jeff Harthun moved to purchase 2 folding tables for use at the Village hall. Seconded and carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:58 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

May 10, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

Amor Signs: $80.00 Bittner, Hyrns, etc $425.00

Blarney Castle Oil Co $34.00 Kaleva Country Flowers: $27.50

Mathieu Insurance Agency: $1,962.00 Kent County: $35.00

Pioneer Group: $17.50 Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses: $150.00

Shoemaker Electric Co.: $449.37,

$7, 311.67,

$2,268.59,

$5,586.78 J. Schroeder: postage:

June 14, 2000

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. Present were council members: Jeff Harthun, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus, Glen Moore, Jim Reed, Don Hyrns, maintenance man Howard Higley and treasurer Connie Guerne. Also in attendance were Fred Alkire, Cloyse Griffin, Doug Keilen and Richard Kinnunen.

MINUTES: The minutes of the May 10, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $59,255.16 Equipment Fund $19,639.70

Major Street Fund $25,774.56 Minor Street Fund $ 3,774.66

Park Fund $12,887.11 Water Fund $35,213.77

Building Fund $73,716.86

Motion made, seconded, and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of this report.

COMPLAINTS:

Complaints were received concerning a portable advertising sign which was blocking drivers view as they stopped at a stop sign. It was recommended that the sign be moved. Several complaints were received concerning an on-going garage sale. It was recommended that the resident be limited to holding a garage sale one weekend once a month. Rain runoff is causing problems on Virginia Street. The Street Committee will look into the problem.

PARK COMMITTEE: Jeff Harthun moved to sign the license for the Bear Lake Marine. Seconded and carried with Glen Moore abstaining.

The deck adjoining Hopkins Park will be stained by Boy Scout Richard Kinnunen as a Scout Project. Glen Moore will build a panel to hold names of donators to the Village.

Cloyse Griffin reported on the problem of trying to get the children to leave when attempting to lock Cosier Courts at 9 p.m. one evening. The Council recommended to Parks Caretaker Carol Urbanus that an hours sign be posted at Cosier Courts.

A request was received for use of the deck by a disc jockey during Bear Lake Days from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Council recommended the disc jockey use Lynn Street between Main and U.S. 31 instead of the deck.

A camper on Site #2 requested permission to leave his camper over the winter. Request denied.

A request was received for a path from the road in Hopkins Park to the back of the Lions building. Work will be done on creating a path.

A request for a dock for jet skis in Hopkins Park was denied.

WATER DEPARTMENT:

A grant application has been submitted for the Wellhead Protection Program. The Wellhead Protection Committee members are: Gary McBride, Jeff Harthun, James Ludwig, Sean Adams, Vern Best, Dave Adams, Don Hyrns, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg, Joanne Schroeder, Fred Alkire, Leslie Smith, Jerry Mathieu, Glen Moore, Carol Urbanus, Carver Edwards and Pauline Jaquish. Next Sewer Feasability Board meeting is June 15 at 7 p.m. at Pleasanton Township Hall.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

Glen Moore moved to accept the purchase agreement from the Bear Lake School for the land swap. It was seconded and carried. The next step is to obtain title insurance. The Nordlund plans for the sand building and Village garage building which will be built on the land were presented.

STREETS: Joint Resolution

WHEREAS, Bear Lake Village, Bear Lake Township, and Pleasanton Township wish to enter into an agreement with the Bear Lake Promoters to create “Boulevard of Trees”.

WHEREAS, the Village of Bear Lake, Bear Lake Township, and Pleasanton Township has allocated the sum of $500.00 each towards the puchase of trees and planters to the Bear Lake Promoters.

WHEREAS, any excess funds will be returned to each municipality with an itemized bill from the Bear Lake Promoters.

Now therefore be it resolved the Village of Bear Lake, Bear Lake Township, and Pleasanton Township will allocate $500.00 each to Bear Lake Promoters.

Be it further resolved, the Bear Lake Promoters will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the trees and planters.

Be it further resolved, the said 18 trees and planters will be mutually owned by Bear Lake Village, Bear Lake Township, and Pleasanton Township.

Jeff Harthun moved to pay $500.00 for the trees. It was seconded and carried.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS: Don Hyrns moved to put holiday decorations purchases on hold until next year due to a lack of funds. Seconded and carried.

ORDINANCES: Don Hyrns moved to pass the Burning Barrel Ordinance. The motion was seconded and carried with votes of “yes” from Don Hyrns, Jeff Harthun & Carol Urbanus, votes of “no” from Len Steinberg and Glen Moore, and Vern Best abstaining.

Len Steinberg moved that notification regarding the Burning Barrel Ordinance be enclosed with the next outgoing water bills. Seconded and carried.

The Anti-noise and Public Nuisance Ordinance and the Junk and Blight Ordinance were tabled.

AUDIT: The clerk and treasurer gave a report on the audit. The treasurer expressed an interest in transferring the funds to another bank due to difficulties in obtaining accurate and timely reports.

Meeting adjourned at 9:14 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

June 14, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

Bittner, Hyrns, etc $633.50 Ron Brown $264.94

EMED Company $921.04 Grand Rental Station $36.04

Kent County: $28.00 Key Energy Services $120.00

McBride Septic Systems $560.00

$889.00 McGraw-Hill $140.76

Michigan Municipal League $426.00 Pioneer Press Printing $35.00

Premarc $238.00 Shoemaker Electric $55.00

Shoreline Waste $124.38 J.Schroeder $284.43

Thompson Tree Service $2,180.00, $165.00.

July 12, 2000

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. Present were council members: Jeff Harthun, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus, Glen Moore, Don Hyrns, maintenance man Howard Higley and treasurer Connie Guerne. Councilman Jim Reed was absent.

MINUTES: The minutes of the June 14, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $49,650.00 Equipment Fund $19,639.70

Major Street Fund $26,463.86 Minor Street Fund $3,891.08

Park Fund $13,872.64 Water Fund $33,225.68

Building Fund $73,716.86

Motion made, seconded, and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of this report.

COMPLAINTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

A letter was received from a resident on Virginia Street requesting that a tree be removed and the damaged sidewalk be replaced. A request for free replacement of a damaged sidewalk caused by a township tree was tabled. The council felt it was inappropriate for the Michigan Municipal League to use our person e-mail addresses as ports for lobbying. Council requested that political e-mails be sent to the Village e-mail address. We received complaints on 6 junk cars in the Village. They will be notified of the junk car ordinance. A thank you note was requested for the Boy Scouts who stained the deck.

PARK COMMITTEE: We are receiving compliments on the appearance of Hopkins Park Howard was thanked for a good job on maintaining the park. A problem was reported concerning a dog residing in the Village. The dog was into the camper’s garbage in the park.

WATER DEPARTMENT:

The Sewer Feasibility Board meets July 19 at 7 p.m. A firm may be selected that would require an increase in funds from the board. At this point each of the 3 units of government have pledged $500.00 toward the study. The Council felt that in as much as the Village is a part of Bear Lake Township, that our portion should possibly be lower than that of the township, if any increase is required.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

Don Hyrns moved to accept the lowest bid on the building site preparation job. Jeff Harthun seconded. Motion carried.

After the title is received on the land involved in the land swap, it will go to the Bear Lake School Board for signatures.

STREETS: There was a discussion of the need to paint some street signs. Glen Moore moved to have Ron Brown & Sons repair the entire street intersection at Lynn Street and Stuart Street for $1,000 or less. It was seconded and carried.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS: Since our last council meeting 3 groups in the area have donated funds for the purchase of 2 new light fixtures and some accessories. They have been ordered.

ORDINANCES: Carol Urbanus moved to put the Junk & Blight Ordinance and the Noise Ordinance back into committee for further review. Motion seconded and carried.

AUDIT: The audit conducted by Campbell, Kusterer & Co. recommended that we amend the budget as we get close to spending what has been budgeted. During the audit it was explained to the clerk and treasurer that according to a new state law a village president is no longer allowed to sign checks. A deputy clerk is to be allowed to sign checks. Glen Moore moved to appoint Dendra Best as deputy clerk for the purpose of signing checks in the absence of the clerk. The motion was seconded and carried with Vern Best abstaining. Len Steinberg moved to pay the deputy clerk the amount of $50. a year. The motion was seconded and carried.

We will have an open review of the pay scale at the next council meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

July 12, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $22.76 Bittner, Hyrns, etc $1,183.23

Ron Brown $950.00 Blarney Castle $139.01, $61.15

Cadillac Garage Door $179.85 Campbell, Kusterer & Co. $1,800.00

Dawn Chemical Corp $595.61 Deluxe Business Forms $65.59

Haviland $252.00 Key Energy Services $120.00

McBride Septic Systems $345.00 Michigan Dept of Envi Quality $385.00

Nordlund $1,000.00, $2,000.00 North Woods Business Forms $266.98

Northstar Automotive $719.88 Pioneer Group $78.60

Pioneer Press Printing $49.00, $129.00 Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses $37.50

Premarc $157.30 Shoemaker Electric $156.00, $52.50

J.Schroeder (printer cartridges) $49.88 Thompson Tree Service $225.00, $510.00

August 9, 2000

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, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus, Glen Moore, Don Hyrns, and Jim Reed. Maintenance man Howard Higley, water supervisor Gary McBride and treasurer Connie Guerne were present. Also in attendance were Cloyse Griffin and Tim Richard.

MINUTES: The minutes of the July 12, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $57,591.96 Equipment Fund $19,639.70

Major Street Fund $27,482.11 Minor Street Fund $ 3,915.30

Park Fund $13,726.70 Water Fund $34,255.81

Building Fund $73,716.86

BUDGET AMENDMENT: Carol Urbanus moved to amended the budget as follows:

General Fund: Heating Oil for Hall from $700 to $1,000. Professional Services from $3,500 to $7,000. Insurance & Bonds from $5,000 to $6,000. Miscellaneous Expenses From $300 to $800. Audit from $650 to $750.

Major Street Fund: Audit from $175 to $225. Equipment Rentals from $3,500 to $5,000.

Minor Street Fund: Equipment Rentals from $5,000 to $7,000. Road Maintenance from $500 to $1,000. Audit from $175 to $200.

Park Fund: Due to Other Funds from $8,000 to $16,000. Audit from $100 to $150.

Water Fund: Audit from $400 to $475. Due to Other Funds from $4,000 to $8,000. Office Supplies from $200 to $500. The motion was seconded & carried.

Motion made, seconded, and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of this report.

COMPLAINTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

The request to have a tree cut down on Virginia Street resulted in the tree being trimmed.

A letter was received from a resident requesting that he be allowed to store his unlicensed car in his driveway in the Village. Council denied the request with Jim Reed abstaining. Another resident asked to be allowed to store 2 unlicensed cars in the Village. Council requested he comply with the law with Jim Reed abstaining.

A complaint of temporary buildings going up in a backyard on Lynn Street resulted in a call to the State Building Inspectors office. The state building inspector stated that we need zoning in the Village to control this kind of building.

STREETS: The Street committee reported on bids of $815 and $625 for sidewalk replacements at two sites in the village. They requested more time to obtain additional bids.

A quote was received from Thompsons Tree Removal of $400. to trim a tree near Ken Edwards residence. Jeff Harthun moved to trim the tree. Motion was seconded and carried. Glen Moore moved to accept a proposal from Ron Brown & Sons for $2,450 to pave the intersection at Lynn and Stuart Streets. Motion was seconded and carried.

WELLHEAD PROTECTION COMMITTEE:

We have applied for a grant and should know if we will receive the grant or not by the end of the month. The committee is to meet next month as part of the council meeting. A quarterly meeting is required of this committee.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

The papers have been signed and sent to the title company on the land swap. The site preparation received two bids: Gary McBride at $4,200 and Randalls at $4,940. Gary McBride has completed the job. The next step is to put the sand building out for bids.

SEWER FEASIBILITY BOARD meets August 16 at 7 p.m. at Pleasanton Township Hall.

PARK COMMITTEE: Carol Urbanus reported that the 5 year plan has ben approved. The Memorial Garden has been planted by Patti Bowling at the corner of Stuart and Wise streets. A disturbance of the peace incident was reported as happened in Hopkins Park. The caretaker requested permission from the Council to be able to ask campers to leave when they display such behavior. The Council recommended the Park Committee write this consequence in the park rules which are handed to campers.

SALARY REVIEW:

Don Hyrns moved to raise the salary of the current maintenance man as follows: Starting September 1 he receives a $2,000 bonus. Starting September 1 he gets a $1.00 per hour raise for the next 5 years. He receives an annual bonus of $1,000 starting next year. Jim Reed seconded the motion. Carried.

Jeff Harthun moved to raise salaries as follows: President from $600 to $1,200; Treasuruer from $2,424. to $3,000; Clerk from $2, 702.76 to $3,300; Trustees from $25 per meeting attended to $35 per meeting attended along with the president, treasurer, clerk, water superintendent and maintenance man. Maintenance Superintendent from $550. to $600. ; Street Administrator from $440 to $600.; Water Superintendent from $605. to $700. The person substituting for the maintenance man receives the same wage as the maintenance man or more if his regular salary is more. Don Hyrns seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Len Steinberg moved to have the salary raise effective September 1. Seconded. Carried.

WATER DEPARTMENT:

Nordlunds submitted a bid for cleaning the water tank of $1,243. Dixon submitted a bid of $1,620. The water supervisor recommended that we not have the water tank cleaned this year, so no action was taken on the bids.

ORDINANCES: After some discussion the Council was asked to reveiw and rewrite the anti-noise ordinance for consideration at next month’s meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 9:35p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

August 9, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $3.98 Bittner, Hyrns, etc $258.83

Bear Lake Township $5,000.00 Blarney Castle $18.90

Patti Bowling (Memorial Garden) $251.83 Ron Brown & Sons $308.64

Kent County Health Dept. $28.00 McBride Septic Systems $4,200.00

Manistee Tire Service $100.00 Michigan Dept of Envi Quality $65.00

Nordlund $577.50

$1,858.57 Shoreline Waste Services $126.00

$146.08

Shoemaker Electric $52.50 Wayne Manufacturing $615.00

Thompson Tree Service $495.00

September 13, 2000

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, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, and Jim Reed. Maintenance man Howard Higley and treasurer Connie Guerne were present. Also attending were John Hock, Tim and Ron Ronning, & Fred Alkire. Members of the Wellhead Protection Committee attending the meeting were: Jeff Harthun, James Ludwig, Sean Adams, Vern Best, Don Hyrns, Jim Reed, Leonard Steinberg, Joanne Schroeder, Jerry Mathieu, Glen Moore, Carol Urbanus, and Carver Edwards.

The MINUTES of the August meeting were approved as distributed.

John Hock representing the Manistee County Library Board reported that $150,000 has been designated to provide Bear Lake with a new library and to furnish a computer room at the Manistee County Library. The Village Council was asked to find a location.

WELLHEAD COMMITTEE: Vern Best reported to the committee that we have received word that we are in receipt of a $7,500 grant for this year. We are eligible to apply for another grant of $7,500 next year. The committee members received handouts on 1. test results of underground water pollution found in the area 2. guidelines on what the program is about 3. list of committee members 4. proposed workplan from Gosling Czubak 4. copy of the contract between the Village of Bear Lake and Gosling Czubak.

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $49,621.94 Equipment Fund $19,639.70

Major Street Fund $28,717.44 Minor Street Fund $ 4,608.86

Park Fund $13,243.02 Water Fund $36,422.88

Building Fund $73,716.86

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

No bids were received on the sand building. The committee will meet to discuss concerns. Len Steinberg requested he be removed from the committee. Glen Moore was moved to the building committee and Steinberg was moved to the ordinance committee.

STREET COMMITTEE: Thompson’s Tree Service submitted bids on trimming trees in the village block by block. The Street Committee is to assess the situation. Steinberg moved to spend $500. on replacement trees. It was seconded and carried. Steinberg moved to accept bids from John Judge to replace sidewalks. Seconded and carried. Jim Reed volunteered to remove the old sidewalks. Street Committee is to survey sidewalks and make a list of needed repairs. We received numerous complaints regarding run-off problems with a rain storm. Upon a motion duly made by Carol Urbanus, seconded and carried, it was RESOLVED: That $3,787.50 be transferred from the General Fund to the Minor Street Fund.

WATER COMMITTEE: Water Committee is to meet to review water rates of all users and present recommendations on changes by the November meeting. The contingency plan needs to be updated.

PARK COMMITTEE: Instructed to meet to set new policies and rates. Caretaker Carol Urbanus reported that having campground host Bill Kuhn was helpful in controlling problems in Hopkins Park. Len Steinberg moved that Bill Kuhn be campground host for the year 2001. Seconded and carried. Jim Merriman sent a check for use of the Pavillion which is available to the public free of charge. The park is considering purchasing new playground equipment. It was requested that a sign at Memorial Gardens be placed on a wish list.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS COMMITTEE: Carol Urbanus moved to approve $284. for name tags for the Relight Bear Lake donators. Sceonded and carried.

COMPLAINTS & CORRESPONDENCES: Jim Reed moved that complaints be submitted in written form or in person to be reviewed at regular meetings except in emergency situations. Motion was seconded and carried. A resident complained about a sidewalk being blocked by vehicles. A complaint was received about Curtis Edwards’ yard. Someone shot out 8 street lights. We received the MML legislative policies. Let Local Votes Count requested donations. Jim Reed moved to issue a burning permit to Tim Ronning to allow him to burn a brush pile. Seconded and carried.

ORDINANCE COMMITTEE: An anti-noise ordinance was presented. After discussion the clerk was asked to inquire about whether the Manistee County’s ordinance was in effect in the Village.

President Best requested Council members to make a wish list of items wanted for the Village.

Meeting adjourned at 9:57 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

September 13, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $40.33 Bittner, Hyrns, etc $258.83

Blarney Castle $121.50 Ron Brown & Sons $2,450.00

Consumers Energy $900 Eipperle Sales $20

Kent County Health Dept. $28.00 Michigan Dept of Envi Quality $85

Pioneer Group $32.50 Pioneer Press Printing $135

Pleasanton Greenhouses $337.43 Qwest $24.90

Shoemaker Electric $52.50 Schroeder $97.63

Shoreline Waste $162.84 Snap-On-Tools $431.76

Thompsons Tree Service $905 Urbanus $10

October 11, 2000

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, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg, and Carol Urbanus. Also present were Howard Higley, Connie Guerne, and Joanne Schroeder. John Hock and Ros Jaffe from the Manistee County Library board attended.

The MINUTES of the September 13 meeting were approved as corrected. ($75,000 was donted to build a new library, not $150,000)

TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $47,551.91 Equipment Fund $19,639.70

Major Street Fund $30,403.77 Minor Street Fund $6,703.16

Park Fund $11,962.96 Water Fund $35,313.06

Building Fund $73,716.86

COMPLAINTS & CORRESPONDENCES: Letters were received from residents on Maple Street requesting that something be done with the streets as heavy rains are washing sand and gravel out of their yards and into others driveways, and causing flooding in their dwellings. A letter was received from a homeowner noting her receipt of our letter informing her that parking on the sidewalk is unlawful.

There were 2 reports of burning barrel violations. One was given a warning. The other turned out to be a bonfire.

LIBRARY:

Two lots on Virginia Street have been donated for the purpose of building a library with certain conditions. After an appraisal, the papers will be signed in 2001with no cost to the donators. The building built on the property is to be an attractive looking library. The representatives from the Manistee County Library Board brought drawings of the library and discussed the costs the Bear Lake Village, Bear Lake Township, and Pleasanton Township would have to bear in the operation of the library. They also discussed the gift of the donated funds from John Martin, a former resident of this area. We were given a copy of a letter from John Martin expressing his desire for a library to be built in Bear Lake to be named the Keddie-Norconk Memorial Library.

TREES: 17 trees were planted with the help of the students and teachers from Bear Lake School. The trees were planted on the following streets: 6 on Maple Street, 3 on Cody Street, 3 on Wise Street, 3 on Smith Street, 1 on Euclid, and 1 on Locust.

PARK COMMITTEE: The park committee met and set up new rates and rules for the park. Council members were given copies of these rates and rules and asked to read them before the next council meeting when they would be voted on.

STREET COMMITTEE: The water runoff problems were discussed and the street committee was asked to look into the matter. Glen Moore moved to accept the proposal of $1,100 from John Judge to pour a new sidewalk on Virginia Street. It was seconded and carried. The homeowner will pay half and the Village will pay half.

With the passing of the school bond proposal and the new wing of the school to be built, the village will have to do some work on the streets on Smith St. from Cody to Stuart, and on Cody St. from Smith to Lynn, as these streets border the school property. Stuart from Smith to Lynn St. also needs some work. Storm drains on part of Virginia Street by the school will also need some attention.

WATER COMMITTEE: The Village will remove the watermain on “Old” Virginia Street as the school addition will be placed on or near the watermain. The water committee met. a list of recommended water rate changes were given to council members for review.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:

The building committee is obtaining an opinion on changing the amount of cement required in the walls of the sand building from another engineering firm.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS COMMITTEE: Plans have been made to rewire the utility poles in an effort to update them. They should then have the necessary electrical capacity to handle the large new holiday decorations.

ORDINANCE COMMITTEE: After a lengthy discussion Jeff Harthun moved to put the noise ordinance back in committee. Seconded and carried. Jeff Harthun moved to appoint Jim Reed as noise complaint officer. Seconded and carried with Len Steinberg opposed.

SEWER BOARD: Next meeting is Oct. 18 with the Onekama Village at 3 p.m. The monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Bear Lake Township Hall. The engineering firm will be at this meeting.

Other Business: Don Hyrns moved to purchase a new word processor for the treasurer’s use. Seconded and carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

October 11, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $7.61 Ron Brown & Sons $42.08, $78.40, $1,400.00

Blarney Castle $78.65 District Health Dept #10 $75.00

Mathieu Agency: $131.00 Kent County Health Dept. $28.00

McBride Septic Systems: $650.50, $675.00 McLeod’s Sales $220.77

Nordlund $542.00 Northern Fire $26.95

Occupational Medical Services $2.50 Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses $500.00

Shoemaker Electric $4,471.75 Shoreline Waste Services $126.86

November 8, 2000

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: Glen Moore, Len Steinberg, and Carol Urbanus. Also present were Howard Higley, Connie Guerne, Joanne Schroeder, Tim Richard and Bob Bond. Council members Jim Reed, Jeff Harthun, and Don Hyrns were absent.

The MINUTES of the October 11, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $38,892.21 Equipment Fund $19,639.70

Major Street Fund $31,911.99 Minor Street Fund $7,380.02

Park Fund $9,977.12 Water Fund $31,127.20

Building Fund $73,716.86

Carol Urbanus moved to amend the budget as follows

Treasurer’s Office Supplies from $300.00 to $1,700.00

Professional Services of the Council from $5,000.00 to $15,000.00

Repair & Maintenance Supplies for Hall & Grounds from $2,500.00 to $3,000.00. The motion was seconded and carried.

A motion was made, seconded and carried to pay the bills. See Below.

CORRESPONDENCE: A letter was received from Charter Communications informing us that a notice will be included in their customers’ November statement concerning a proposed settlement of a nationwide class action lawsuit involving the late fee charged to cable customers when they fail to timely remit payment to Charter.

A letter was received from the son of former Councilman Maurice Goodreau regarding the fact that Maurice Goodreau will be 90 on December 17 and would appreciate hearing from us.

SPECIAL REQUEST: A representative from Sprint attended the council meeting requesting lease of space at our water tank site for the purpose of erecting a 100 to 195 foot communications tower. A copy of the lease is in our attorney’s office for his recommendations. Sprint is offering to pay $500 a month rent, or put in a paved road as prepayment for space. The council is considering the request while the representative contacts Bear Lake Township for approval.

PARK DEPARTMENT: Park Caretaker Carol Urbanus reported on the park income for the year. She also requested that new playground equipment be purchased and gave her recommendations. New rates and regulations were presented as prepared by the park committee. Glen Moore moved to accept the new rates. The motion was seconded and carried. Glen Moore moved to accept the new rules and regulations. The motion was seconded and carried.

STREET COMMITTEE: Complaints were received on the sidewalk replacement job by homeowners Bob Bond, Neil McNeil and Larry Marek. After much discussion councilman Len Steinberg said he would talk to the contractor John Judge about the problems. It was agreed that a policy on what we expect from a contractor needs to be written and presented to contractors.

WATER DEPARTMENT: The Bear Lake water system was inspected by the Department of Environmental Quality. We were given 2 years to have updated prints of our water distribution system. Our water records are to be on file for DEQ inspections. The Water Ordinance and Cross Connection Ordinance were rewritten by the ordinance committee: Len Steinberg, Vern Best, and Joanne Schroeder. The water department committee presented new water rates. Glen Moore moved to accept the new water rates. Seconded and carried.

A problem was reported from Bear Lake School of 2 students having an allergic reaction on their skin upon using the school water. The DEQ and Manistee County Health Department have been contacted.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: The utility poles have been rewired. Thanks to Glen Moore for making a display board with the names of the donors on it in our Relight Bear Lake campaign.

SEWER BOARD: The next meeting is November 16 at 7 p.m. at Pleasanton Township Hall. The Sewer Board and the engineers have met with the Village of Onekama regarding using their lagoons.

LIBRARY: Documents are being drafted by attorneys for a joint agreement forming a three unit board under the Urban Cooperative Act. The village will be responsible for the local library account. An environmental study and survey will be done on the property.

WELLHEAD PROTECTION committee will meet December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the beginning of next month’s council meeting.

ORDINANCES: Carol Urbanus moved to table the Nonpartisan Elections Ordinance. The meeting adjourned at 9:35.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

November 8, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

Vern Best $13.96, $3.55 Ron Brown & Sons $75.84

Custom Carpentry $3,400 Fidlar Doubleday $106.26

Interliant $227.40 McBride Septic Systems $263.95

McLeod’s Sales $699.38 Michigan D E Q $380.93

Michigan State Univ. $400 Ohio Dept. of Health $30

Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses $56.97 Syd Schroeder $1,358.45

Shoemaker Electric $323.64, $529.13 Shoreline Waste Services $126.86

Thompson’s Tree Removal $210., $300

December 13, 2000

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: Len Steinberg, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, and Jim Reed. Carol Urbanus and Jeff Harthun were absent. Also attending were Howard Higley, Connie Guerne, and Joanne Schroeder. Members of the Wellhead Protection Committee attending the meeting were: James Ludwig, Sean Adams, Vern Best, Don Hyrns, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg, Joanne Schroeder, Jerry Mathieu, Glen Moore, Carver Edwards, Dave Adams, Pauline Jaquish, and Gary McBride. Also in attendance were: Nancy Coalter, Don Fredrickson, John Hock, John DeLuca, Donald Conway, Kinsey Wethers, Megan East, and Brett Reed.

The MINUTES of the November 8, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

WELLHEAD PROTECTION COMMITTEE:

Donald Conway representing Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences gave a report on the status of the Wellhead Protection Program. We had applied for a grant of $12,000 but received $7,500. Monitor wells will be installed at well field 2 or 3.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

General Fund $38,817.78 Equipment Fund $19,639.70

Major Street Fund $33,441.16 Minor Street Fund $8,100.32

Park Fund $9,613.85 Water Fund $31,612.21

Building Fund $73,716.86

BUDGET AMENDMENT: Glen Moore moved to amend the budget in the General Fund. Len Steinberg seconded. The motion carried to amend the budget as follows:

Sidewalks and Trees from $10,000 to $9,000. Insurance and Bonds from $6,000 to $7,000. Repair and Maintenance Supplies from $3,000 to $2,500. Miscellaneous Expense from $800 to $1,300. Memorial Gardens from $1,000 to $600. Gas & Oil for Trucks from $1,000 to $1,400.

It was moved, seconded, and carried to pay the bills except for the Nordlund bill. See Below.

CORRESPONDENCE AND COMPLAINTS: Letter from PROTEC, The Michigan Coalition to Protect Public Rights-of-way was received concerning telecommunications providers targeting Michigan cities to challenge local right-of-way authority.

Letter from the Michigan Municipal League informing us that they have joined with Pinkerton Services Group Health Services Division to provide drug and alcohol testing programs for employees.

Card received from Doug & Marcia Keilen.

Village street stop signs have been vandalized with spray paint.

TREASURER: A representative from Honor State Bank discussed the services the bank could provide for the village accounts. The village treasurer made specific requests.

WATER DEPARTMENT: John DeLuca from DelucaCorp, a wireless site consulting firm, asked to lease property at the Village water tank for the purpose of building a communications tower. Len Steinberg moved to accept the agreement of the tower lease with changes recommended by the attorney with a shared cost of road maintenance and a restriction of height of 199 feet for $500. per month. Don Hyrns seconded the motion. Motion carried with Jim Reed abstaining.

The contingency plan will be ready next month.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: Pauline Jaquish, Don Fredrickson, and Nancy Coalter proposed that Bear Lake apply for a grant from Community Development Block Grant Funds given by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for beautification and public improvement projects. A local citizen has volunteered to write the grant. Glen Moore moved that the Village of Bear Lake be the agent for the Community Development Committee. Don Hyrns seconded the motion. Motion carried.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Jim Reed gave a report on the situation with the sand building. Members in the audience gave the council information that will help in going forward with the plans. Len Steinberg moved to pay the Nordlund bill. Don Hyrns seconded the motion. Motion carried with 3 in favor and 2 opposed.

SEWER: The next meeting (if needed) will be December 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bear Lake Township Hall. The feasibility study is to be completed in January of 2001. Public meetings will be held during the summer of 2001.

LIBRARY: John Hock from the Manistee County Library Board gave the Village architect’s plans for the new library to be built in Bear Lake on Virginia Street. Len Steinberg moved that we accept the Bear Lake-Pleasanton Library feasibility board agreement. Don Hyrns seconded the motion. Motion carried. Vern Best volunteered to be on the library feasibility board. We received a copy of the “Agreement for Building and Maintenance of the Bear Lake Branch Library”.

RESOLUTION: Glen Moore moved to pass the Performance and Indemnification Resolution required by the Michigan Department of Transportation for the purpose of issuing to the village an annual permit for miscellaneous operations within free access state trunkline right-of-way. Len Steinberg seconded the motion. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES:The Nonpartisan Election Ordinance was read for the second time. Much discussion followed with some for and some opposed.

Glen Moore moved to give Howard Higley, maintenance man an annual bonus of $250. Don Hyrns seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Adjourned at 10:15 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

December 13, 2000: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $24.36 Dendra Best $6.00

Bittner, Hyrns, LaSata $634.00 Kent County $28.00

Manistee County $160.02 Michigan D E Q $15.00

McLeod’s Sales $34.50 Nordlund $379.50

The Pioneer Group $10.00 Joanne Schroeder $421.80, $124.70

Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses $56.97 Syd Schroeder $1,358.45

Shoreline Waste Services $129.26 $126.86