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January 10, 2001

The regular meeting of the village council was called to order at 7:35 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Len Steinberg, Glen Moore, Jim Reed and Carol Urbanus. Don Hyrns and Jeff Harthun were absent. Also attending were Howard Higley, Joanne Schroeder, John Hock, and Bear Lake school students Meagan East, Anthony Torres, and Corey Swanson.

The MINUTES of the December 13 meeting were approved as distributed.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

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

General Fund $40,853.53 Equipment Fund $19,639.70

Major Street Fund $34,589.66 Minor Street Fund $ 8,352.55

Park Fund $ 9,413.96 Water Fund $35,649.34

Building Fund $68,846.03

CORRESPONDENCE AND COMPLAINTS: The village has received complaints regarding cars parked on the streets between midnight and 6 a.m. This is in violation of our Winter Parking Ordinance. Verbal warnings were given with no results. Written notices with the penalties noted and the fact that tickets would be issued if the violations continued resulted in compliance with the law.

A notification of the Manistee County 911 Board meeting dates was received.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: meets on January 12 to review the Village of Bear Lake wish list.

LIBRARY: The Bear Lake library feasibility board meets on January 11. John Hock from the Manistee County Library Board stated that the Library Agreement should be clarified regarding the ownership of the building. He brought architect’s plans of the proposed Bear Lake library. He also gave the Council architect’s plans for a sand building.

SEWER: The feasibility board meets in the Bear Lake Township Hall on January 17 at 7 p.m.

PARK: The president recommended we apply for a playground equipment grant after reading a report from the Manistee Local Revenue Sharing Board. The Park Caretaker, Carol Urbanus, notified the seasonal and monthly campers of the new rates. The caretaker received a letter from someone declaring that the Village of Bear Lake had the best Christmas decorations on U. S. 31 from here to Chicago.

WATER: The public water system contingency plan was presented by Len Steinberg. Changes on the water system are being done as required.

STREETS: Jim Reed suggested we consider some unique utility poles for downtown Bear Lake in an effort to beautify the area.

ORDINANCES: The cross connection, water, and non-partisan ordinances are at the lawyer’s office. Their readings were tabled until we receive them from the lawyer.

BUILDING: Current plans were discussed. The committee plans to make a presentation of a comparison of plans for the sand building at the next council meeting.

MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR: Glen Moore reported that he has been working on getting a sign painted on the village pickup truck. Carol Urbanus moved to pay a tire repair bill when it comes in. The motion was seconded and carried.

MEMORIAL GARDEN: The Council recommended we name the garden at the corner of Wise and Stuart Streets the Bear Lake Memorial Garden.

Howard Higley’s new title: Maintenance Manager.

INTERNET: Len Steinberg moved to pay for the internet Web address name for 2 years. Carol Urbanus seconded. Carried.

TREASURER: The clerk reported that the treasurer reported the Honor State Bank was able to supply the Village with the specific requests made by the treasurer for our funds. The Council consented that the Treasurer should go ahead with her requests.

BUDGET: The clerk gave council members the recommended 2001-2002 budget. They were asked to review it and give changes and additions at the next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

January 10, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $8.15 Commercial Tire Service $460.39

Gosling Czubak Engineering $1,865.00 Kent County Health Dept $28.00

Connie Guerne (desk) $52.96 McLeod’s Sales & Service $71.25

MISS Dig System $137.66 Municipal Benefit Services $184.20

Ron Nelson $100.00

February 14, 2001

The regular meeting of the village council was called to order at 7:33 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Vern Best. Council members present were: Len Steinberg, Glen Moore, Carol Urbanus, Jim Reed, and Jeff Harthun. Don Hyrns was absent. Also attending: Howard Higley, Connie Guerne, Joanne Schroeder, and John Hock and Roz Jaffe of the Manistee County Library Board.

The MINUTES of the January 10 meeting were approved as distributed.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

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

General Fund $44,563.07 Equipment Fund $20,225.96

Major Street Fund $36,805.89 Minor Street Fund $ 7,902.13

Park Fund $ 10,973.34 Water Fund $40,127.12

Building Fund $70,909.85

CORRESPONDENCE AND COMPLAINTS: A letter was received from attorney Randy Hyrns regarding the amount of indebtedness that can be incurred by the Village of Bear Lake. According to the General Law Village Act the amount of indebtedness incurred by the issue of bonds or otherwise, including existing indebtedness, shall not exceed 10% of the assessed valuation of the real and personal property within the village subject to taxation as shown by the last preceding assessment roll of the village.

A letter was received from Manistee County Controller Thomas Kaminski with 2001 County board information including meeting dates and commissioners assignments.

A letter was received from C. M. Althoff Company as a written request for a copy of our invitation to bid on property, liability, worker1s compensation and employee benefits insurance programs when they come due for renewal, and alternative proposals to our existing program when desired.

A letter was received from Richard Baldermann of the Michigan Department of Treasury regarding the audit and annual financial report filing extension.

LIBRARY: John Hock representing the Manistee County Library Board presented an Agreement for Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the Bear Lake Branch Library to the Village Council. The agreement will need to be signed by the presidents of the Pleasanton and Bear Lake Townships and the Bear Lake Village. Architectural plans for the proposed library building were also presented. The Village Treasurer agreed to open a new bank account for the proposed library.

SEWER: The Bear Lake Wastewater Feasibility Study is complete. The study now goes to a rural development authority that finances such projects.They will determine whether this project is workable or not. An estimate of 1.2 million was given as a cost for putting in a storm drain along with the sewer. The Village is not considering putting in a storm drain at this time.

PARK: Carol Urbanus reported that the Bear Lake Promoters is sponsoring a raffle to raise monies for playground equipment. Some of the monies will be given to the Village for playground equipment needed in Hopkins Park.

WATER: A representative from Gosling Czubak met with president Best regarding the changes to the water main at the Bear Lake School.

The Water Contingency Plan required by the Department of Environmental Quality was submitted to them.

STREETS: Gary McBride and Vern Best met with engineers regarding catch basins for runoff around the area of the Bear Lake School in light of the addition to the school.

The street committee was asked to look into the possibility of taking the stop signs down on particular streets on a year round basis instead of just in the winter time.

ORDINANCES: The ordinance committee was asked to meet to look at the changes made to the ordinances by the lawyer.

BUILDING: Jim Reed asked for all the bills that have been paid to Nordlunds regarding the designing of the sand building. The clerk was directed to find these bills for him. The president recommended that Jim Reed then meet with the engineers to discuss any problems and to discuss a time frame for the building to go out for bids.

MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR: Glen Moore reported on the use of the Village tractor stating that a newer tractor is needed. Amor Signs designed a sign for our pickup truck.

BUDGET: A motion was made by Len Steinberg to hold the budget hearing on March 14 at 7 p.m. Carol Urbanus seconded the motion. Motion carried.

A Contractual Services Agreement was received between Manistee County and The Village of Bear Lake for the County to agree to provide the personnel and services for tax map and assessment roll maintenance and tax rolls and tax bills for the Village for the 2001 calendar year. Len Steinberg moved to accept the contract. Glen Moore seconded the motion. Motion Carried.

COMMUNICATIONS TOWER: A hearing on the proposed communications tower at the water tank site will be held on February 15 at the Bear Lake Township Hall.

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

February 14, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $233.85 American Water Works Association $50.00

Blarney Castle $275.01 Fidlar Doubleday $40.30

Mathieu Agency $1,556.00 Bill Ringel $250.00

Kent County Health Dept. $28.00 C N A Surety $100.00

McBride Septic Systems $337.50 Vern Best (postage) $3.60

March 8, 2001 Special Meeting

A special meeting was called on Thursday March 8, 2001 because the president of the village had resigned on February 20. The purpose of the meeting was to select a new president, assign responsibilities for projects, and set up the council committee members for the upcoming year fiscal year of March, 1 2001- February 28, 2002.

Members present: Councilmen: Jeff Harthun, Glen Moore, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus. Treasurer: Connie Guerne Clerk: Absent: Don Hyrns.

The meeting was brought to order at 7:05 p.m. by president pro tem Glen Moore. After some discussion and no one else willing to take the job of presidency, Glen Moore agreed to fill out the term that expires in March, 2002. He also asked that we search for a new president to replace him.

Projects:

Sewer: Jim Reed agreed to take responsibility for the Sewer Feasibility Study project, and attend the meetings required.

Wellhead Protection: Since all council members are on the Wellhead Protection Committee, and that the committee meets at the Village Hall during our council meetings, we felt that we were all accepting responsibility by attending the council meetings we are required to attend.

Library: Carol Urbanus and Don Hyrns agreed to serve on the Library Feasibility Board and attend the meetings required.

Committees:

Council members agreed to stay on the same committees as they were on last year except for the Ordinance committee. This was changed to: Len Steinberg, chairperson, Jeff Harthun, Jim Reed.

Len Steinberg moved to eliminate all ordinance reviews from the March agenda with the exception of one. Jim Reed seconded. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully,

Clerk

March 14, 2001

A budget hearing was held at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. The millage was set at 8 mills.

At 7:30 the regularly scheduled meeting of the Bear Lake village council was brought to order. Council members present were Jeff Harthun, Glen Moore, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg, and Carol Urbanus. Don Hyrns was absent. Also present were Connie Guerne, Treasurer, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk, Howard Higley, Maintenance Man and Gary McBride, Water Supervisor. Don Conway, Fred Alkire, Leslie Smith, Bill Papineau, Jerry Johnson, and Tim Richard attended.

The MINUTES of the February 14 meeting and Special Meeting of March 8 were approved as distributed.

The Village of Bear Lake Council hereby resolves to levy, under the General Property Tax Act, a total millage of 8 mills for the year 2001-2002 operations. It was moved to extend the Bear Lake Village property tax payment deadline from September 15, 2001 to February 28,2002 with no penalty. Seconded and carried.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

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

The annual committee appointments made by the president, as listed in the March 8 minutes were announced. Len Steinberg moved to accept the appointments that were made. Seconded and carried.

General Fund $50,541.61 Equipment Fund $20,341.11

Major Street Fund $ 34,133.99 Minor Street Fund $ 5,673.07

Park Fund $ 17,336.71 Water Fund $39,926.84

Building Fund $ 71,465.34 Library $710.28

WELLHEAD PROTECTION:Don Conway reported that the workplan submitted in December was approved. This includes the installation of monitor wells and pump tests. The next meeting of the Wellhead Protection Committee was set for May during the regular council meeting.

PRESIDENT: President Vern Best resigned in February. President Pro Tem Glen Moore was sworn in as president. Attachments: Letter of Vern Best’s resignation and a letter from village attorney Randy Hyrns as were distributed to each council member.

SEWER: Fred Alkire, Pleasanton Township president, and Leslie Smith, Bear Lake Township president, requested that Vern Best be allowed to continue to represent the Village on the Sewer and Library Feasibility Boards. Len Steinberg recommended that Best continue as a representative. The Council agreed. The next Sewer meeting will be on March 17 at 7 p.m. at Pleasanton Township Hall.

PARK: Caretaker Carol Urbanus reported that a new dock was needed in Hopkins Park. Howard Higley readily agreed. She also reported that a Playground Fund should be established as funds for new playground equipment for Hopkins Park are being sought.

WATER: Jim Reed reported on drainage issues at the Bear Lake School. The new addition to the school has been planned with retention ponds as a way to keep runoff onsite. The Council was made aware of the excess water problems. They agreed that extra efforts must be made to stop excess water runoff. We received a letter from the DEQ with notification that a plant tap needs to be installed by April 30, 2001 or fines will be issued.

SAND BUILDING:Jim Reed reported that specifications on the building are being rewritten. He also reported that there is a line item on the Bear Lake School construction bid for the demolition of the old sand building.

TREES: Problems with various trees on Lynn and Locust Streets were reported. Len Steinberg will look into the problems.

STREETS: A letter was received requesting street closures for the annual Bear Lake Days in July. Jim Reed moved to close Lynn Street from Main Street to U S 31 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 12, 13, and 14, 2001, and to close Lynn Street from Stuart to Main, and to close Main Street from Lynn to Wise on Saturday July 14 only. Carol Urbanus seconded the motion. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES: During the Special meeting of March 8 all ordinances were tabled to the April meeting except one. Jim Reed announced that a Communications Tower Ordinance was something the Council might want to consider. At a hearing at the Bear Lake Township Hall it was disclosed that the land containing the water tower is leased by the Village and is zoned residential by the Bear Lake Township. A variance is needed in order for the council to proceed with the tower project. The council did not address this issue.

Connie Guerne was honored for her 25 years as treasurer with the Village of Bear Lake. She was given a certificate, a cake, and a Cubic Zirconia ring. Tim Richard from the Manistee News Advocate was there to take photos for an article about Connie, and her years of service to the Village.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

March 14, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

Corrpro Waterworks $445.00 Auto-Owners Insurance $1,764.92

Qwest $4.64 Consumers Energy $389.69, $32.87, $712.72, $66.59

A & A Service $42.24 Blarney Castle Oil Co $59.85, $180.25

Crystal Lake Clinic $30.00 OMS Compliance Services $64.00

Hyde Equip Co $317.61 Kent County $28.00

Northstar Automotive $50.35 J Schroeder (office supplies) $11.07

S Schroeder Technology Support (computer supplies) $75.98 Bittner, Hyrns, etc $991.00, $1,369.00

April 11, 2001

The regularly scheduled meeting was brought to order at 7:30 p.m. by president Glen Moore. Council members present were Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg, and Carol Urbanus. Also present was Connie Guerne, , Howard Higley, and Cloyse Griffin.

The MINUTES of the March 14 meeting were approved as distributed.

The TREASURER’S REPORT was accepted as read.

A motion was made, seconded and carried to pay the bills listed at the end of the minutes. Two bills from Nordlund and Associates were passed on to the Library Feasibility Board for payment.

General Fund $32,602.01 Equipment Fund $22,341.34

Major Street Fund $35,307.41 Minor Street Fund $5,415.80

Park Fund $23,375.26 Water Fund $38,046.63

Building Fund $83,667.87 Library $460.28

PRESIDENT: Len Steinberg moved to accept Vern Best’s resignation. Jim Reed seconded. There were 3 votes for and 3 votes against.

Len Steinberg moved to reaffirm Glen Moore as president. Jim Reed seconded. Carried. Len Steinberg moved to appoint Don Hyrns President Pro Tem. Carol Urbanus seconded. Motion carried.

WELLHEAD PROTECTION:The council is requesting a copy of the proposal for the second phase of the Wellhead Protection project from Don Conway representative of Gosling Czubak Engineering.

LIBRARY: The council agreed to accept a sketch of Luke Keddie for the new library from a private donor.

LAWYER: The Council agreed the president should contact the Village lawyer only upon recommendation by the Council.

TREES: Jeff Harthun moved to hire Ed Thompson to use a chipper to dispose of Village brush at $60 an hour from April through October. Len Steinberg seconded the motion. Carried.

SALE ITEMS: Don Hyrns moved to put up for bids a wood chipper, cement mixer and forks. Len Steinberg seconded the motion. Carried with Jim Reed abstaining. The bids are to be back by May 1.

BUILDING: Glen Moore will replace Jim Reed as chairman of the building committee. Jim Reed resigned from the committee. Glen and Don took the sand building plans to Nordlund & Associates for final approval. They will ask John Patterson, State Building Inspector to issue a building permit. Fill dirt needs to be placed at the building site. Don Hyrns moved that the president be authorized to spend $100 for a state seal to certify the blueprints. Seconded and carried with Jim Reed abstaining.

PARKS: Jeff Harthun moved that the Triginta Club have the use of the deck on Saturdays in July for programs. Len Steinberg seconded. Carried. Len Steinberg moved to give the park caretaker $3,000 for the purpose of purchasing playground equipment, and to obtain a matching grant from Bear Lake Promoters with $1,000 of the monies. Don Hyrns seconded. Carried. Manistee County Road Commission offered to replace or repair a park bench at the beach damaged by snowplows. We are requesting a replacement.

STREETS: Council discussed the topic of the stop signs taken down for winter on certain streets. The plan is to keep them down.

TRUSTEE: Don Hyrns moved to appoint Cloyse Griffin as trustee to fulfill a vacancy. Carol Urbanus seconded. Carried. Cloyse Griffin took the oath of office.

AUDIT: The Village books were audited by Campbell & Kusterer and found to be in good order.

ORDINANCES: Len Steinberg moved to pass the Waterworks Ordinance. Jim Reed seconded. Carried.

Len Steinberg moved to pass the Cross Connection Ordinance. Carol Urbanus seconded. Carried.

Len Steinberg moved to accept the Rules and Regulations Governing the Waterworks System. Jeff Harthun seconded. Carried.

Carol Urbanus moved to pass the Nonpartisan Election Ordinance. Jeff Harthun seconded. Motion carried with 5 for and 2 against.

Meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

April 11, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

Blarney Castle Oil Co $445.00 Campbell, Kusterer $1,800

Haviland $262.00 Kent County $28.00

McBride Septic $171.00 Pioneer Group $52.40

Pioneer Press $121.45

May 9, 2001

The regularly scheduled meeting was brought to order at 7:30 p.m. by president Glen Moore. Council members present were Cloyse Griffin, Jeff Harthun, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg and Carol Urbanus. Don Hyrns was absent. Connie Guerne, Howard Higley and were present. Also present: Dave Adams, Fred Alkire, Corkey Best, Don Brisbin, Ben Brower, Don Conway, Carver Edwards, Pauline Jaquish, Mike Ludwig, Bob Peterson, Tim Richard, Leslie Smith, Ed Walburn, and Bob Yates.

WELLHEAD PROTECTION: The Wellhead Protection committee held their quarterly meeting. Don Conway from Gosling Czubak reported that the next step is to install monitor wells and perform pump tests. The Village also needs to submit a grant application for the next cycle. Dave Adams moved to approve drilling of the wells by Gosling Czubak Engineering with Jim Reed doing preliminary research on costs. Leslie Smith seconded. Motion carried. Carol Urbanus moved to apply for the next grant due June 16. Seconded by Len Steinberg. Carried.

MINUTES: The April 11 minutes were approved as distributed.

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

A motion was made, seconded and carried to pay the bills as listed below.

General Fund $28,150.74 Equipment Fund $22,392.72

Major Street Fund $37,068.78 Minor Street Fund $6,119.17

Park Fund $21,403.28 Water Fund $43,168.11

Building Fund $83,708.55 Library $2,444.90

PARKS: Pauline Jaquish from the Bear Lake Promoters presented a grant of $1,000.00 to the park. Caretaker, Carol Urbanus had applied for the grant for playground equipment. Representatives from the Bear Lake Lions Club requested the use of Hopkins Park for a beer tent during Bear Lake Days. Carol Urbanus moved to allow the Lions to put a beer tent in Hopkins Park on a one-year trial basis. Seconded by Jeff Harthun. Carried with Jim Reed abstaining. Carol Urbanus moved to keep the dock out of the water at the swimming beach. Jeff Harthun seconded. Carried. The dock will be used at another area for Bear Lake Days and seaplane rides. Carol Urbanus will order a new bench for the beach. The Manistee County Road Commission will reimburse the Village for the cost as their snowplow destroyed it. Jim Reed moved to change the quiet time from 11 p. m. to 10 p.m. in Hopkins Park. Len Steinberg seconded. Carried. The clerk was asked to call Shoreline Waste Services to request new dumpsters for park refuse.

BUILDING: Ben Brower, a representative from Jordan Development Company asked the Council to sign a 5-year nondevelopment lease for $50 on the 3.63 acres where the sand building will be built. The Council asked for $100. Mr. Brower would not offer the $100 requested. No lease was signed. Jim Reed moved to accept the sand building plans. Len Steinberg seconded. Carried. They will go out for bids upon approval from the Department of Consumer and Industry Services.

STREETS: Cloyse Griffin moved to change the 3 intersections where stop signs have been taken down to 3-way-stops, and to order 3-way stop signs. Carol Uranus seconded. Motion carried. Jeff Harthun moved to pass the indemnification resolution to allow the closure of U S 31 on July 14, 2001 for the parade held during Bear Lake Days. Jim Reed seconded. Motion carried.

TREES: Len Steinberg moved to have a tree taken down on Lynn Street if Thompson’s Tree Removal service deems it necessary. Jeff Harthun seconded. Carried. Thompson Tree Service will pick up brush on the second Thursday of the month with Friday pickup in case of rain. It was noted that a new Village tree disappeared from a construction area on Stuart Street at the Bear Lake School.

WATER DEPARTMENT: Corkey Best reported that the next Sewer Feasibility Board meeting is May 16 at 7 p.m. at Pleasanton Township Hall. A public meeting on the proposed sewer will be held on June 16 at 2 p.m. at the hall. The plant tap was installed as required by the DEQ.

LIBRARY: Legal papers were received from the lawyer on the agreement between the Manistee County Library Board and the 3 entities of Bear Lake Village, Pleasanton Township and Bear Lake Township on the new library.

BIDS:Len Steinberg moved to accept bids of $40. for forks, $80. for a cement mixer, and $120. for a chipper from Clyde Wayne Reed. Cloyse Griffin seconded. Carried with Jim Reed abstaining.

TAXES:Mills were set at 8 in March at the Council meeting. After some discussion the Council decided to leave the millage at 8.

Meeting adjourned at 10:04 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

May 9, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

Blarney Castle Oil Co $914.25 Bittner, Hyrns $351.23

Ron Brown & Sons $174.85 Kent County $28.00

Carol Urbanus $85.96 State of Michigan (building) $100

McBride Septic $998.50 Pioneer Group $399.34

Gosling Czubak Engineering $1,248.00 Nordlund & Associates $1,200., $700

June 13, 2001

The Village of Bear Lake council met on June 13 at the Bear Lake Village Hall. The meeting was brought to order at 7:30 by president Glen Moore. Council members present were: Cloyse Griffin, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Len Steinberg, and Carol Urbanus. Jim Reed was absent. Also present were Howard Higley, Connie Guerne.

The MINUTES were approved as distributed.

The TREASURER’S report was accepted as read.

A motion was made, seconded and carried to pay the bills as listed below.

General Fund $29,710.03 Equipment Fund $22,710.96

Major Street Fund $38,577.11 Minor Street Fund 6,837.54

Park Fund $25,407.18 Water Fund $39,836.43

Building Fund $83,870.80 Library 316.69

BUILDING: Howard and Don Hyrns agreed to move the junk from the old sand building site. After Glen Moore obtained a signature and seal on the building plans they were sent in to the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services. The building permit has been issued by the MDCIS. Glen will contact Nordlund and Associates regarding a schedule for bids.

Dynamic Development Co. proposed a gas and oil lease on the sand building site. Don Hyrns moved to table signing the lease. Seconded and carried.

LIBRARY: The Bear Lake/Pleasanton Library Feasibility Board met with the Martins who donated the monies for the new library. The board also met with representatives Roz Jaffe and John Hock from the Manistee County Library Board for discussion on an agreement for construction, operation and maintenance of the new library. An agreement was presented to the Council.

PARKS: The Bear Lake Lions did a work session in Hopkins Park. Thompson Tree Service trimmed a tree. Ron Brown and Sons will donate pea gravel to be put under the new playground equipment.

Don Hyrns moved to hire Judy Kuhn to help maintain the Park at $6.00 per hour. Motion seconded and carried.

Park caretaker Carol Urbanus asked for permission to post signs stating that the showers located in the restrooms are for park campers only. Permission granted.

The Cosier Memorial Courts have a closing time of 9 p.m. The gatekeeper reported trouble with people not leaving the court when asked to do so. A councilman was asked to talk to the people ignoring the rules.

TREES:Len Steinberg moved to have a tree cut down and a branch trimmed on Lynn Street for the cost of $1,000.00. Seconded and carried. There was a discussion about people cutting trees down on their property and piling the branches for Thompson’s Tree Removal to pick up which the Village pays for. The Council felt that these homeowners were abusing the service provided by the Village. Council agreed to put up with the abuse.

STREETS: Don Hyrns moved to purchase a new tractor blade. Cloyse Griffin seconded. Motion carried.

The problem with the narrow area of the street at the top of the hill on Lynn was brought up again. The street committee was asked to look into it.

WATER DEPARTMENT: The clerk was asked to make a list of the duties of the Water Superintendent. The superintendent is working with the 2 new buildings (Blarney Castle and the School) regarding new water taps. Howard agreed to contact Gary McBride, the water superintendent regarding the writing of the Consumer Confidence Report due July 1.

Don Hyrns and Ed Walburn met with the Browns who live at the corner of Lynn and Stuart to discuss placing a curb at their residence to prevent water from getting into their home. The cost would be $200.00. Don Hyrns moved the Village pay $200.00 for the curb. The motion was seconded and carried. The Browns were asked to let us know when they want the curb put in.

The Sewer Feasibility Board has set a public meeting for Saturday June 16, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Pleasanton Township Hall. The educational meeting will include a groundwater model demonstration.

The Wellhead Protection grant application was signed. The contract from Gosling Czubak Engineering was not signed pending a report from Jim Reed.

INTERNET:Len Steinberg moved to not link a Vietnam Veteran’s site to our Bear Lake site. Jeff Harthun seconded. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

June 13, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

Blarney Castle Oil Co $121.00 A & A Service $21.75

Ron Brown & Sons $125.02 William Beaver $300.00

Hach $235.80 Phil Jaquish $81.83

Jennings $163.05 Kent County $35.00

Key Energy $157.50 Mathieu Agency $2,052.00

McBride Septic $2,593.50 McLeod’s Sales $116.16

Michigan Paper $276.82 Nordlund $234.30

Pioneer Group $8.45 Shoreline Waste $124.15 & $7,250.00

Pioneer Press Printing $35.00 Thompson’s Tree Service $1,460.00

Gosling Czubak Engineering $1,248.00 Nordlund & Associates $1,200., $700

July 11, 2001

The regularly scheduled meeting was brought to order at 7:30 p.m. by president Glen Moore. Council members present were: Cloyse Griffin, Don Hyrns, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg and Carol Urbanus. Jeff Harthun was absent. Also present were Connie Guerne, Joanne Schroeder, Howard Higley, Judy Cunningham, Jim Kieszkowski, and Vern Best.

The MINUTES were approved as distributed.

The TREASURER’S report was accepted as read.

A motion was made, seconded and carried to pay the bills as listed below.

General Fund $20,655.61 Equipment Fund $22,759.07

Major Street Fund $40,113.48 Minor Street Fund 7,503.82

Park Fund $25,216.30 Water Fund $39,797.93

Building Fund $81,315.85 Library 2551.91

STREETS AND SIDEWALKS: Jim Kieszkowski from Oak Grove Funeral Service requested half payment for sidewalk replacement. He also told the council of his plan to add red dye to the sidewalk at the curb and stamp it with a stamp that will make the cement appear to be red bricks. Jim also requested help with parking for business owners, and help with access to their property at the back in Hopkins Park.

Don Hyrns of the street committee reported they had met and assessed the situation of widening the street at the crest of the hill on Lynn. After some discussion they decided to go back and reassess the situation.

Don Hyrns will initiate the installation of the curb at the Brown residence on Lynn Street as requested by the Browns.

We need to order nine 3-way stop signs.

RECYCLING: Judy Cunningham of Lakeshore Enterprises presented a Manistee Countywide Recycling Program. This is the plan:

1. The plan will set up 8 permanent 24-hour drop-off sites for paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and metal containers. The final choice of sites is up to the Board of Public Works.

2. A countywide hazardous waste collection program at least one a year.

3. Education and promotion of recycling/resource conservation countywide.

Assessment fees will not exceed these amounts on improved parcels per year: $10/resident, $100/commercial, $300/industrial, $30/agricultural

The council was asked to vote on this. The council did not vote on the issue.

BUILDING: No bids were received on the sand building. Howard Higley put the junk from the old sand building into a dumpster. Councilmen will check on concrete and building materials prices with the idea of contracting the work on the sand building.

OIL & GAS LEASE: Len Steinberg moved to return the check to decline the lease from the Dynamic Development Company in Manistee that offered it. Don Hyrns seconded. Motion carried with Jim Reed abstaining.

LIBRARY: Vern Best reported on the Bear Lake/Pleasanton Library Board meeting of June 12. The Board reviewed the Library Agreement from the Manistee County Library Board. The agreement was sent back to Manistee. The 2 library boards will meet together on July 18, 2001 in Manistee.

PARKS: Pea gravel has been put in under the playground equipment. Speeders in Hopkins Park were reported to the state police by the camp host. Permits will be issued to campers and boaters for parking in Hopkins Park during Bear Lake Days because of the beer tent being located in the park.

STREETS: Don Hyrns moved to purchase a new tractor blade. Cloyse Griffin seconded. Motion carried.

The problem with the narrow area of the street at the top of the hill on Lynn was brought up again. The street committee was asked to look into it.

WATER DEPARTMENT: Vern Best reported that the June meeting with the public regarding the proposed sewer project resulted in a favorable response from the majority of those attending.

The contract with Gosling Czubak was signed. The grant application for the Wellhead Program was mailed.

The clerk was asked to find out what a water superintendent’s job description would have in it from other villages.

TREES:Carol Urbanus requested that we start an “adopt-a-tree” program for the watering of newly planted trees. Connie Guerne agreed to put an announcement regarding watering the trees in the October water bills.

NOISE:A problem with loud music disturbing neighbors was addressed and put under control by Councilman Jim Reed, our noise officer.

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

July 11, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

Blarney Castle Oil Co $121.46 Bittner, Hyrns $79.23

Ron Brown & Sons $122.49 Deertracks.com Inc. $63.00

Detroit Pump $98.00 McBride Septic Systems $1,286.65

McLeod’s Sales $895.00 Michigan Municipal League $477.00

Pioneer Group $61.70 Mathieu Agency $2,052.00

McBride Septic $2,593.50 McLeod’s Sales $116.16

Michigan Paper $276.82 Nordlund $234.30

Pioneer Group $8.45 Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses $62.00

Joanne Schroeder: $129.99 for toner, $17.00 for county registrar, $4.58 for postage to mail Wellhead Grant application.

August 8, 2001

The regularly scheduled meeting was brought to order at 7:30 p.m. by president Glen Moore. Council members present were: Cloyse Griffin, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg and Carol Urbanus. Also present were Connie Guerne, Joanne Schroeder, Howard Higley, Vern Best, and Tim Richard.

The MINUTES were approved as distributed.

The TREASURER’S report was accepted as read.

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

Current Fund Balances

General Fund $28,056.66 Equipment Fund $21,919.10

Major Street Fund $40,277.08 Minor Street Fund $ 8,227.44

Park Fund $29,171.04 Water Fund $47,375.93

Building Fund $81,457.38 Library $ 2,957.03

RECYCLING: Carol Urbanus moved to support the idea of creating the Manistee Countywide Recycling Program. Jeff Harthun seconded. Motion lost with 2 in favor, 4 against, and 1 abstaining.

BUILDING: The dumpster of junk from the old sand building was removed by Shoreline Waste. At a special meeting on July 26 a bid from Jerrold Johnson to build a new sand building was reviewed. The council voted unanimously to award the bid to Johnson at a cost of $36,400. The permit application was mailed in.

LIBRARY: The Bear Lake/Pleasanton Library Feasibility Board is still working on the agreement with the Manistee County Library Board. John Hock withdrew his offer of architectural plans for a new library. Consequently the Bear Lake/Pleasanton Board employed the firm of Abonmarche Consultants Inc. to do the architectural work on the library. The Council agreed with their decision to employ the firm, and to pay their fee.

Len Steinberg moved to waive the normal water hookup fee for the new library. Seconded and carried.

PARK: Caretaker Carol Urbanus presented a check to the Council from someone who had used the pavilion in Hopkins Park.

A new drain field is need in Hopkins Park. Jim Reed moved that the Village pay for whatever permits are needed for the drain field. Seconded. Carried. The drain field will be put out for bids.

STREETS: Don Hyrns moved to widen Lynn Street at the crest of the hill between Cody and Stuart Streets at $3,250. Carol Urbanus seconded. Motion carried.

Stop signs and 3-way signs have been ordered by the street administrator Jeff Harthun.

It was requested that a stop sign be put up at Stuart and Virginia for those exiting on Virginia Street from the school.

Don Hyrns moved to look into the cost of signs banning bikes and skates from the downtown sidewalks. Cloyse Griffin seconded. Motion carried.

SEWER: Len Steinberg moved to put off to the September meeting the signing of the agreement to amend the agreement creating the Bear Lake-Pleasanton Sewer Feasibility Board and the discussion will include membership on the board. Jim Reed seconded. Motion carried with 4 in favor and 2 against.

Council meeting speakers: Guidelines for establishing time limits on speakers at Council meetings were discussed. After some discussion it was agreed that the clerk notify the speakers beforehand as to how much time they are allotted.

TREES:It was reported that a tree on the corner of Virginia Street and Main Street needed to be assessed for possible trimming or removal. Thompson’s Tree Service will be asked to give us an opinion.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

August 8, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

Bittner, Hyrns $34.50 Ron Brown & Sons $510.00

Haviland $262.00 Mathieu Agency $695.00

McBride Septic Systems $1,113.00 Harold Gale $200.00

Nelson Tank Engineering $1,375.00

$70.98 Thompson Tree Removal $210.00

September 12, 2001

The regularly scheduled council meeting was brought to order at 7:30 p.m. by president Glen Moore.

Present: Don Conway, Fred Alkire, Leslie Smith, Gary McBride, Carver Edwards, Vern Best, Jerry Mathieu, Carol Urbanus, Joanne Schroeder, Don Hyrns, Cloyse Griffin, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg, Connie Guerne and Howard Higley. Jeff Harthun was absent.

Wellhead Protection: A committee meeting was held on the Wellhead Protection Program with Don Conway of Gosling Czubak Engineering giving a progress report. The Bear Lake Village has been approved for a Wellhead Protection grant for $7,050 for the year 2002. An aquifer pump test is being performed and the results will be submitted to MDEQ.

The MINUTES were approved as distributed.

The TREASURER’S report was accepted as read.

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

Current Fund Balances

General Fund $34,626.16 Equipment Fund $21,975.49

Major Street Fund $41,950.22 Minor Street Fund $ 5,702.32

Park Fund $28,780.78 Water Fund $44,157.63

Building Fund $81,462.16 Library $ 2,929.03

A tourist sent a fifty-dollar bill to the Village that she found in a local store while passing through the area. Don Hyrns moved to put the money in the library fund. Seconded and carried.

A thank you note from the Triginta Club was received for use of the deck for their Music On The Deck series.

SEWER: Vern Best reported that a grant has been applied for. Don Hyrns moved to approve the “Agreement to Amend Agreement Creating Bear Lake-Pleasanton Feasibility Board dated March 29, 2000”. The motion was seconded and carried with 3 in favor, 2 against, and 1 abstaining. Carol Urbanus moved to have Vern Best continue as the Village representative on the Sewer Board. It was seconded. The council declined to endorse Vern Best as he lost with a vote of 3 for and 3 against. President Moore appointed Jim Reed to be the Village representative on the Sewer Board until our October council meeting.

BUILDING: The cement walls have been poured for the new sand building. A principle concern discussed was air pockets.

LIBRARY: Carol Urbanus moved to approve the “Amended Agreement Creating the Keddie-Norconk Memorial Library Board”. The motion was seconded and carried. Based on the results of his efforts Vern Best was asked to serve on the library board. Cloyse Griffin moved to put Vern Best on the board. Seconded & carried.

PARK: Park caretaker Carol Urbanus reported that efforts are now underway for a new drain field in Hopkins Park. Jim Reed moved to let the drain field out for bids. Seconded and carried.

SIDEWALKS: Jim Reed raised the issue of a downtown business owner asking for a new sidewalk with stamped and painted cement that Jim did not approve of. He suggested we look into a uniform style of sidewalk for the entire downtown area.

TREES: Carol Urbanus moved to have a dead tree taken down on Main Street at a cost of $1,500. Seconded and carried.

WATER: Of particular concern is a possible water leak on Lake Street. Howard is to determine the exact nature of the problem.

INTERNET: The latest figures of contacts at the Village sites on the Internet reported by Vern Best shows an increase in interest.

NOISE AND NUISANCE ORDINANCE: Vern Best requested the Village to pass a noise and nuisance ordinance because there is noise at the school construction site before 7 a.m. Noise officer Jim Reed stated the crews were getting ready for work. Len Steinberg recommended that Carol Urbanus speak to the school superintendent about the noise.

PARKING: The issue was raised about teachers parking in front of residences blocking driveways on Lynn Street. The Council decided a viable solution would be to put up signs stating “Resident & Guest Parking Only”.

CELL TOWER: Jim Reed asked the Council to consider letting the cell tower company use our driveway at the sand building instead of the company putting in a new driveway to the north of the property. The consensus was in favor.

Meeting adjourned at 9.30 p.m.

Respectfully, Joanne Schroeder, Clerk

September 12, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $175.61 Ron Brown & Sons $200.00

Bittner, Hyrns $263.50 Blarney Castle $59.00

Clerk’s Association $15.00 EMED Co. $606.26, $246.64

Gosling Czubak $5,751.60 Hyde Equip $611.10

Jackpine $55.98 Kent Co $28. & $28

McBride Septic Systems $400.50 J Reed $207.00

$337.50

Thompson Tree Removal $1,120.00 C. Urbanus $50.74

October 10, 2001

The regular meeting of the council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall by president Glen Moore. Council members present were: Cloyse Griffin, Don Hyrns, Jeff Harthun, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg, Carol Urbanus, Dendra Best, deputy clerk, Connie Guerne, treasurer, Howard Higley, Maintenance man. Also present were: Fred Alkire, Vern Best, Audrey Cady, Ken Cook, Carver Edwards, Tim Richard, and Keith Rupert. Joanne Schroeder, clerk was absent.

The MINUTES of the regular September council meeting and the special September 26 council meeting were approved as read with the notation that no payment will be made to council members for attending the special meeting.

The TREASURER’S report was accepted as read.

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

Current Fund Balances

General Fund $25,567.56 Equipment Fund $21,975.49

Major Street Fund $40,897.32 Minor Street Fund $ 5,702.32

Park Fund $26,068.23 Water Fund $37,156.25

Building Fund $66,724.66 Library $2,565.53

PARK: Forbes was awarded the job of putting in a new drain field in Hopkins Park. They plan to start the project in November. Sand will be hauled from a site in Bear Lake instead of from Manistee and will cut down the cost of the project. Jim Reed was asked to check with Superior Energy on the gas line that runs through the area where the drain field will go. He agreed to have this resolved and to report back at the next meeting.

Carol Urbanus moved to authorize the president to sign the lease with Bear Lake Marine that is being transferred from Doug Keilen to the new owners. It was seconded and carried with Glen Moore abstaining.

WATER: Two leaks on Main Street were discussed. Howard Higley reported that updates and repairs to the Water System were completed.

BUILDING: Construction work is continuing on the new sand building. There was a discussion regarding the fact that we will not have sand to use on our icy roads this winter because the building is not finished.

LIBRARY: The foundation is in. Construction on the floor begins next week. A grant of $5,000.00 was received from the Oleson Foundation. The library committee met and awarded bids to local contractors.

SCHOOL PARKING: Carol Urbanus met with superintendent Greg Webster regarding the parking problems. Teachers are now parking on the drain field. Vern Best reported a problem with cars blocking resident’s parking places. Len Steinberg dismissed signage idea. The clerk was asked to write a letter to the school board voicing the Village concerns and suggestions. It was reported that parents are supposed to pick up grade school students at that entrance, and are not doing so.

NOISE: Noise officer Jim Reed deals with inappropriate behavior regarding noise in the Village. His phone # is 864-2122.

SEWER: USDA visited for site inspection. Pleasanton Township and Bear Lake Township plan to proceed with the engineering study. The Village is still not committed to participation in the engineering study. Participation is contingent upon receiving outside funding. Glen Moore appointed Jim Reed Village representative to the Sewer Committee.

ICE DAMAGE: Audrey Cady reported ice damage to her property from the snowplow. The Village is not responsible for damages.

EQUIPMENT: Jim Reed reported that the maintenance man needs a larger front loader. Reed was asked to get a price quote on a loader.

STREETS: Jim Reed reported on the cost of electrical lines underground and new street lights for the downtown area.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Dendra Best, Deputy Clerk

October 10, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $12.38 Blarney Castle $133.66

Ron Brown & Sons $50.12, $139.20 Michigan Election Resources $14.23

Occupational Medical Services $2.50 Thompson Tree Removal $2.050.00

November 14, 2001

The regularly scheduled meeting was brought to order at 7:30 p.m. by president Glen Moore. Council members present were: Jeff Harthun, Jim Reed, Len Steinberg and Carol Urbanus. Cloyse Griffin and Don Hyrns were absent. Also present were Connie Guerne, Joanne Schroeder, Howard Higley, Dendra Best, Carver Edwards, Jim Leckrone, and Fred Alkire.

Pleasanton Township Supervisor Fred Alkire announced paper/glass/plastic/can recycling service is available at Pleasanton Hall.

The MINUTES of the October council meeting were approved as read.

The TREASURER’S report was accepted as read.

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

Current Fund Balances

General Fund $31,538.81 Equipment Fund $22,074.60

Major Street Fund $39,088.40 Minor Street Fund $ 7,227.51

Park Fund $27,038.75 Water Fund $36,243.53

Building Fund $66,903.09 Library $141,568.50

STREETS: A problem with street signs being turned was reported. The street committee will look into the situation. A problem of water standing on the newly paved street at the Best residence was reported. The street committee was asked to take care of the matter. A problem with the bottom of the cars scraping on the newly installed curb as they enter and exit the Brown residence was reported. The maintenance man reported the snowplow would cut some of the curb off.

A letter was received from the Bear Lake School stating they have stopped parking cars on Lynn Street and the drain field as we had requested. The council decided to take the wait-and-see approach to the many other problems caused by the construction at the school.

INTERNET: It was requested that the yearly bill for the internet be paid automatically. The council requested to review the bill annually.

PARK: The new drain field work has been completed by Forbes. The council requested Shoemaker Electric put in necessary underground electric cable.

Len Steinberg moved to purchase a phone card for the park caretaker to make return calls regarding park reservations. Seconded and carried.

WATER: Carol Urbanus moved to accept the annual service agreement with Corrpro Waterworks. Jeff Harthun seconded. Motion carried.

Because of a lack of a job description for the water superintendent Glen Moore, Jim Reed, and Len Steinberg plan to meet with our current superintendent to make a job description. The Gosling Czubak Wellhead Protection contract was presented for a signature. Council members want to study the contract before it is signed.

BUILDING: The sand building is finished. Building committee was requested to purchase doors for the building. Clerk requested to price dry sand.

CELL TOWER: The company putting up the cell tower on school property right behind our new sand building requested an easement going through our property. The council denied the request as a maintenance building is planned for the area requested.

LIBRARY: Dendra Best reported on a Keddie Norconk Memorial Library Angels program she has put in place to raise funds for shelving and furniture for the new library. Each donor will be honored with a porcelain plaque.

Treasurer Connie Guerne requested that she not be required to pay bills for library construction on demand. Fred Alkire said that she would not be required to pay bills on demand in the future.

EQUIPMENT: A discussion on what type of tractor the village needed was followed with a recommendation to purchase a tractor with a backhoe. Pictures are to be brought to the next council meeting to choose from.

SEWER: Jim Reed moved to pay $2,500 to Pleasanton Township as our part of the contributions to the Sewer Board. It was seconded and carried. President Moore asked the council for permission to contact our lawyer regarding the law that states we must pay for the sewer as a village. It was reported that the Michigan Municipal League does not give legal advice. Fred Alkire stated that from discussions with the Pleasanton Township lawyer it was clear that we as a separate governmental entity were required to pay for the sewer. Even if the Village is in Bear Lake Township, that does not mean that Bear Lake Township pays for the Village sewer. At this point the council felt we would be spending money on something already known, and decided not to contact our lawyer. Jim Reed requested council take a vote at the next meeting on the Village participating in the current sewer plan or not participating in the plan.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Schroeder

November 14, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

Blarney Castle $79.00, $116.88, $515.58 Ron Brown & Sons $134.08, $37.70

Michigan DEQ $381.88 Elhorn Engineering $316.30

Gosling Czubak $5,928.40 Husky Products $48.59

InnoTech $150.00 Kent County $36.00, $28.00

McBride Septic $325.50 McLeod’s Sales $1,632.70

Pioneer Group $27.80 Shoreline Waste Services $132.00

Thompson’s Tree Removal $165.00

December 12, 2001

The Wellhead Protection Meeting was held at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. Present were: Fred Alkire, Jerry Johnson, Jerry Mathieu, Leslie Smith, Dave Adams, Don Conway, Dendra Best, Vern Best, Carol Urbanus, Joanne Schroeder, Glen Moore, Don Hyrns, and Len Steinberg. Don Conway of Gosling Czubak Engineering Services gave us a review of the activities that have completed to date: The work plan submitted and approved by MDEQ, the installation of 3 monitor wells, the conducting of the aquifer test, and the second grant application approved. The activities planned for 2002 include meetings, a regional water level study, computer modeling and delineation of the wellhead protection area, a contaminant source inventory, a new well location plan, and a grant application.

Participants stayed on for the regularly scheduled meeting that was brought to order by president Glen Moore at 7:30 Those arriving at 7:30 for the meeting: Connie Guerne, Jim Reed, Keith Rupert and Howard Higley. Trustees Cloyse Griffin and Jeff Harthun were absent.

The MINUTES of the November council meeting were approved as read.

The TREASURER’S report was accepted as read.

Carol Urbanus moved to amend the budget in the Park Fund as follows:

Increase salaries and wages by $300., repair and maintenance by $500, professional services by $500, park improvements by $3,100, garbage collection by $300 and capital outlay by $8,500, and to decrease playground equipment expenses by $6,000, public utilities by $1,000, and repair supplies by $500. Motion was seconded and carried.

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

Current Fund Balances

General Fund $39,744.40 Equipment Fund $22,074.60

Major Street Fund $39,743.35 Minor Street Fund $ 630.22

Park Fund $25,540.13 Water Fund $43,021.50

Building Fund $48,519.01 Library $119,905.55

Dave Adams gave a report on the progress of his planned housing project to be built on Russell Road between Potter and Main Streets. He noted that the 38 housing units would represent a substantial increase in revenue through taxes to the Village.

SEWER: Jim Reed reported that the next step for the Village in the process is to decided whether or not to participate in the upcoming sewer study. Don Hyrns moved to table the council’s decision until the next council meeting. The motion was seconded and carried with Hyrns, Steinberg, and Moore voting for and Reed and Urbanus voting against tabling the decision.

Vern Best provided council members with a letter from attorney Richard Wilson explaining that the law vests with the village the power to provide sewer services, and it is up to the village to provide the service if it so desires and to provide a method of payment. A village has no right to demand or expect a township to provide municipal services which village incorporation acts vest in a village.

PARK: The electrical wire has been pulled through in Hopkins Park and Shoemaker electric will hook it up for the pump for the drainfield. Park caretaker, Carol Urbanus, thanked Dave Adams of Bear Lake Hardware for supplying sand for the drainfield. She gave a report of the monies received for the year 2001 Fees$30,152, showers:$320.,empty soda cans refund: $30.

STREETS: The committee reported checking into the water-on-the-street problem at the Best residence saying that it will be fixed in the spring.

WATER: The committee did not meet with the water superintendent yet regarding a job description. Carol Urbanus called for a job description for everyone working for the Village. Len Steinberg moved to sign the Wellhead Protection Contract. Motion was seconded and carried.

SAND BUILDING: The cost of $20 for a ton of dry sand was considered too expensive for road use by the Council. Bids were received for garage doors for the sand building from Cadillac Garage Doors and Bear Lake Hardware. Steinberg moved to accept the Bear Lake Hardware bid on garage doors plus 2 locks not to exceed $15 each. Motion seconded and carried.

TREES: Jerry Johnson requested a village tree branch be taken down as it is a threat to his property. Don Hyrns also requested to have a limb removed from a tree on Lynn Street. Carol Urbanus moved to have the limbs taken down by Thompson’s Tree Service. The motion was seconded and carried.

LIBRARY: Dendra Best reported that over $15,000 in donations were received for the shelving and furniture for the new library. She also proposed that all 3 units of government purchase a bay of shelving at $500. No action was taken by the Council.

EQUIPMENT: No report on the proposed purchase of a tractor by Reed.

BONUS: Carol Urbanus moved to give Howard Higley a bonus of $250. Motion was seconded and carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:10.

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Schroeder

December 12, 2001: Bills submitted to be paid:

A & A Service $19.50 Blarney Castle $22.00

Ron Brown & Sons $444.32, $283.76 Forbes $8,500

Kent County $28.00 Mathieu Agency $790.00

McBride Septic $325.50 McLeod’s Sales $1,632.70

J. Schroeder $34.70 Mike Farnsworth $300.00