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January 13, 2004

Guest; Thomas Burgess from Waste Water Management, gave a brief presentation concerning some of the many waste water options available to the Village of Bear Lake.
Guests; Harry Luzius of Gourdie-Fraser Inc. offered a potential partnership with Mr. Burgess and Waste Water Management, to propose a Responsible Management Entity to work with existing home owner septic systems, and also a collection and treatment option.Figures could be available for consideration of the Council at the February meeting.

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 8:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Present: Treasurer; Connie Guerne, Trustees; Dendra Best, Vern Best, Don Hyrns, Jeff Harthun, Joanne Schroeder, Carol Urbanus. Howard Higley.
Absent; Pam Wade, Clerk.
Guests: Dave Long, A. Jay Johnson, Jackie Johnson, Tim Richard, Carver Edwards, Ronald Ronning, Burton Ware, Robert Howe, Michelle Mortenson.

Minutes: The December minutes were approved as read, with one notation; The November minutes which were approved at the December meeting, contained the wrong account balances which were a duplicate of the month before. The Treasurers Report was read correctly but was posted in the minutes incorrectly.

Treasurers Report: The reading of the Treasurers Report was postponed until the end of the meeting upon the recommendation of Vern Best.
Bills: Motion made by Joanne seconded by Carol to pay the bills presented with the exception of the bill from Keddie Norconk Memorial Library. Yes votes; Dendra, Vern, Joanne, Carol. No votes; Don and Glen. Motion passed. Motion made by Joanne seconded by Don not to accept the proposal from Corrpro Waterworks for cathodic protection ; on the recommendation of Water Superintendent, Gary McBride, as there is a warranty in place. Motion carried.

A request was made for a list of official mail sent or received. President Moore said there was none.

Council Members: Don asked the council, on behalf of the Bear Lake Promoters to order 3-100 bulb strings for the Village Christmas tree along with one case of colored bulbs. The promoters will cover the cost of the order. Motion made by Don seconded by Carol to order these bulbs. Motion carried. Motion made by Carol seconded by Dendra that if the Village has sufficient money in the Christmas light fund, the council will also order 1 (one) case of multi colored bulbs for the Village decorations. Motion carried.

Complaints received by Joanne concerning garbage and rotting deer at 12162 Maple Street. Connie Guerne will obtain a copy of the letter Council asked to be sent to the Manistee Health Dpeartment in September 2003 from the Clerk for further action.

Village Elections will be held on March 8, 2004. The Village will have an “open ballot” which is a complete write-in ballot, due to an error in distributing the correct forms. Anyone interested in running for the offices of: President, Treasurer, Clerk or any of the 3(three) Trustee seats, must obtain a Declaration of Intent, form. The form must then be filled out and returned to the Clerk before 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2004. Only the names of those who have filed the Declaration of Intent forms will be counted on Election Day. Upon receipt of the completed form, the Clerk will instruct each person that files the Declaration of Intent form as to what other forms must be filed in order to comply with election rules. President Moore and Trustee Hyrns noted that it is possible to go to the County Clerks office ahead of time to fill out the additional required form.

Dendra was asked to gather suggestions for a possible March application to the Manistee Local Revenue Sharing Board.

Library: Motion made by Don seconded by Carol to pay the bill from Keddie Norconk Memorial Library for maintenance, snow plowing and insurance on the building. Yes votes; Jeff, Don, Joanne, Carol, Glen. No votes; Dendra and Vern. Motion carried. Motion made by Don seconded by Jeff to stay involved in the Library as a support of the Library. Yes votes; Jeff, Don, Joanne, Carol, Glen. No vote; Dendra. Abstain; Vern.
Motion made by Dendra seconded by Carol to appoint Carver Edwards to represent the Village of Bear Lake interests on the Keddie Norconk Memorial Library Board. Carver accepted the appointment. Motion carried.

Park: Carol gave a report that the people in charge of the pop machine have not emptied the machine and/or unplugged it and nobody at the company knows what is supposed to be done with the machine. Carol recommended waiting to hear back from the company before taking any further action.

Sewer: Dendra reported that the sewer board decided not to sign the copy of the Resolution to Withdraw that was presented to them from the Village. Village Attorney; Randy Hyrns, has been in contact with Mr. Wilson, the attorney for the Sewer Board; in an attempt to reach an agreement.

Streets: Posts in street right-of-way. There are several residents that have snow plowing posts that are too close to the roadway and may pose a serious hazard from the snowplowing being done if the snow plow should hit them. Council decided to address each complaint when/if it comes to the council.

Water: Motion made by Dendra seconded by Don to accept the amended water rates to become effective with the April 1, 2004 billing sent. Motion carried. Copy of rates attached to minutes.
New Rates for 2004 are:
Residents and In Village Businesses(3 months service)
: Excluding car washes, laundry mats and dry cleaners: 3/4″ = $45 | 1 1/2″ = $90.00
Out Of Village Residents and Businesses: 3/4″ = $80 | 1 1/2″ = $160.00
School (based on current tap size):= $600.00
Motel: (based on current tap size): Summer (May – October) $275.00 | Winter (November – April) $215.00
Turning water on/off: $15.00
Water Tap Fees: Resident – $1000.00 for 3/4″
Non Residents: – $1200.00 for 3/4″
1 1/2″ Tap for for both Resident and Non Resident: $1200.00 plus addtional costs plus installation has to be approved by Village Engineer.
Rates for taps larger than 1 1/2″ will be determined by the Village Council when an application is received. Said taps must have the written approval of a Village aproved engineer.
Multiple Units Excluding car washes, laundry mats and dry cleaners: Rate will be determined by the Village Council when an application is received. Said application must have the written approval of a Village aproved engineer.
Returned Check charge: $20.00
All requests for new or changed taps must be approved by the Village Council at a Regular scheduled meeting. If a “Special Meeting” is requested, party requesting the Special Meeting will be charged for the cost of the Special Meeting.
Residents will be charged $15.00 per month for water when they are occupying the residence for any part of the month. This does not apply to out of Village users. They will be charged the entire quarterly rate.
Past due date: If payment is not made in full within 60 days, procedings will be taken to have the users water turned off. One year’s payment of water fees in advance will be necessary to have the water turned back on.
Effective as of April 1, 2004

Dendra reported on the MOWRA Conference that she and Vern attended in East Lansing. The presentation from Joyce Hudson from the EPA; was most informative. The EPA is putting emphasis on the state to help people who need help with replacing septic systems, and help people understand how their septic systems operate.
Update on Wellhead Protection Education. Dendra reported that the students are working on the center leaflet for the educational pamphlet which will go out soon.

Ordinances: The junk ordinance will be rewritten by the ordinance committee and presented to the council at the February meeting for review.
It was noted that the current Dismantled Vehicle Ordinance is in effect.

Treasurers Report: The discussion of the Treasurers Report was requested to be postponed until this time in the meeting, by Vern Best.
Vern asked for a closed meeting to discuss possible disciplinary action pertaining to a line item on the General Ledger and guest Tim Richard said a closed meeting can only be called be the person it pertains to. After discussion of the concerns Council had, Motion made by Dendra seconded by Vern to contact the Village Attorney in writing for a legal opinion concerning the payment of the deputy Treasurer; Ricke Guerne being paid for performing Treasurers duties as needed. Yes votes; Dendra, Vern, Jeff, Joanne. No votes; Don and Glen. Abstain; Carol. Motion carried. Motion made by Dendra seconded by Vern to request that President Moore write the letter to the Village attorney. Yes votes; Dendra, Vern. No votes; Don, Joanne and Glen. Abstain; Jeff, Carol. Motion denied. Motion made by Vern seconded by Don to accept the Treasurer Report as read. Yes votes; Vern, Jeff, Don, Joanne, Carol, Glen. No vote; Dendra. Motion carried.

Treasurers Report:
Building Fund $55,169.07
Equipment Fund $4,347.20
General Fund $36,304.39
Library Fund $11,206.14
Local Street Fund $6,367.60
Major Street Fund $41,596.01
Park Fund $29,528.16
Water Fund $54,030.25

Council asked that the Clerk mail a Welcome to Bear Lake Letter to “Curves for Women.”

Meeting adjourned at 9:15p.m.

Bills paid for November: Bear LAke Ace Hardware $236.10; Bittner, Hyrns, Daly & Riemland. P.C. $163.50; Hyde Equipment $48.42 ; Jackpine Business centers $35.98; Kent County Health Department $96; Marathon Ashland $79.82; McBride Septic Systems LLC $580.00; MISS Dig System Inc. $177.24; NAPA Auto Pars $59.80 ; Pioneer Group $ 41.53; Pioneer Press Printing $18.00; Ron Brown and Sons $43.96; Shoreline Waste Services $140.10; Staples $46.61 and $84.40

February 10, 2004

The regular meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall. Present: Treasurer; Connie Gurene, Clerk; Pam Wade, Trustees; Dendra Best, Vern Best, Don Hyrns, Jeff Harthun, Joanne Schroeder, Carol Urbanus. Howard Higley. Guests; Carver Edwards, Jay Johnson, Jackie Johnson, Ron Ronning, Bill Howe, Dave Long, Michelle Mortenson and Bernie Ware Jr.
Minutes: The minutes were approved as corrected. (see attached)
Treasurer’s Report: Motion made by Vern seconded by Dendra to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$33,811.18

Equipment Fund

$4,330.29

Major Street Fund

$43,133.99

Minor Street Fund

$7,042.18

Park Fund

$30,357.79

Water Fund 

$59,230.97

Building Fund

$55,173.74

Library

$11,061.04

Bills: Motion made by Dendra seconded by Carol to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried. Motion made by Dendra seconded by Carol to add BP Oil bill when received as we do the other utilities bills. Motion carried.
Guests: Dendra reported that the Village had received a faxed letter from Harry Luzius stating that he was not aware that the council had expected him to attend the meeting. The letter informed the council that because of the elections and the fact that we are still in the “looking” phase, he would be happy to come back to the council with a proposal in April. Mr. Luzius stated that he would help us look for funding for technical assistance and would be happy to look at managing our existing septic system and phasing in an on site treatment program starting with the business district and moving on to the school and then to the general resident district.

Bernie Ware Jr. addressed the council with concerns about the proposed Coal Burning Generation Plant being proposed in the city of Manistee by the Manistee Saltworks Development Corporation. The main concern is that they haven’t done an Independent Economic Analysis or an Independent Environmental Impact Statement of the ramifications of this project. Mr. Ware presented a resolution concerning the Northern Lights Project; which among other concerns, states that the Village of Bear Lake is against the issuance of a special use permit Manistee Saltworks Development Corporation, Northern Lights Project until an independent economic assessment and an environmental impact statement have been completed and analyzed. Motion made by Dendra seconded by Carol to give President Moore and Clerk Wade the authorization to sign the resolution as presented. Motion carried.

Council Members: Vern presented the council with a news item concerning the cutting trees. Vern also presented the council with a news item concerning the liability of our snow plow truck driver.
Don addressed the council concerning the fact that the council is here to work together on every issue.
Carol commended Howard Higley for keeping our streets clean of snow and safe for traveling. A letter will be sent to the Bear Lake Township Fire Department to thank them for their help with keeping our hydrants clear of snow in case of the need to use them.
Motion made by Dendra seconded by Vern to authorize one registration request for the Soil Erosion and Sedimentary Control Planning DEQ workshop/class in March, after the election. The Clerk will cancel the registration by March 17th, if no council member decides to go. Yes votes; Dendra, Vern, Joanne and Carol. No votes; Jeff, Don and Glen. Motion carried.

Correspondence Sent/Received. The clerk sent a welcoming letter to ‘Curves for Women.” The clerk received an offer of more and better Medical coverage for Howard, at a cost of approximately $14.00 every two months. Motion made by Don seconded by Jeff to update Howard’s Insurance Coverage. Motion carried.

New Business: Budget: Joanne presented a Preliminary Budget to the council for fiscal year 2004/2005 for review.
Carver Edwards, the representative to the Library board recommended that the council raise the amount of money budgeted for maintenance and insurance for the Library to $750 from $500 per annum because current costs have increased. Motion made by Vern seconded by Joanne to set the public hearing to take up the budget for March 9, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.Motion carried.

Brush Clean-up: Motion made by Carol seconded by Don to send out the brush clean-up schedule with the April water bills. Motion carried.
Clerk announced the names of Election Intended Candidates received to this date.
Running for President are: Glen Moore and Vern Best.
Running for Treasurer is: Connie Guerne.
Running for Clerk are: Michelle Mortenson and Dendra Best.
Running for the three, 4 year term; Trustees are: Don Hyrns, Ricke Guerne and
Ron Ronning.

Library: Glen presented a letter from Pleasanton Township Board concerning the assignment of the K.N.M.L. account. Carver reported that the Library Board is working on changing the charter wording so that the account can be transferred to the Pleasanton Township Board.

Park: Carol has concerns about seasonal campsites. After discussion of the potential problem, the council decided to leave the reservations “as is” for 2004 camping season and see what transpires before making any decision about changes.
Motion made by Dendra seconded by Carol to approve applying to the Local Revenue Sharing Board for Engineering plan ready for handicap pier for the permits from DNR, DEQ and Core of Engineers. Motion carried.

Sewer: Glen presented a letter from the BLPUB. Motion made by Dendra seconded by Vern to send the letter presented, to the Village Attorney to have him confirm that the letter satisfies our legal responsibility to withdraw from the BLPUAB. Yes votes; Dendra, Vern, Jeff, Don, Joanne, Carol. No vote; Glen. Motion carried.

Water: Wellhead Protection, DEQ had sent Glen a letter stating that the Village’s contract had not been signed and mailed back to them. Glen asked Connie to call Don Conway at Gosling Czubak and obtain a new copy of the contract that was not received and Glen filled it out and signed it and mailed it back to them for the grant contract. Dendra reported that she has been working with Michelle Mortenson on the Wellhead Protection education material we received a grant from the Manistee County Community Foundation to print. Dendra and Vern will be attending the Brownfield Redevelopment Funding workshop on February 18th to research for funding.

Ordinance: Garbage and Animal parts. The Ordinance Committee cannot agree on a Junk Ordinance at this time. Joanne will collect the official complaint form from the Manistee County Health Department, concerning the residence on Maple Street.

Old Business: Annexation (425): Motion made by Dendra seconded by Vern to have the Village Attorney draft an Annex (425) proposal for approval at the March 9th council meeting. Motion carried.

Capitalization Policy: Joanne presented a capitalization policy, which was requested by the Village Auditor. Motion made by Joanne seconded by Dendra to accept the Capitalization Policy as presented. Motion carried.

Village Elections will be held on March 8, 2004. The Village will have an “open ballot” which is a complete write-in ballot. Anyone interested in running for the offices of President, Treasurer, Clerk or any of the three (3) Trustee seats, must obtain a Declaration of Intent form from the Clerk. The form must then be filled out and returned to the clerk before 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2004. Only the names of those who have filed the Declaration of Intent forms will be counted on Election Day. Upon receipt of the completed Declaration of Intent form, the clerk will hand the intended candidate the Statement of Organization form to be completed by the candidate for filing with Manistee County Clerk’s office by the close of business that day.
Candidates running for any office are responsible for their own campaign publicity. Any candidate may request from the clerk, a list of absentee ballot requests received and must copy the list themselves in order to campaign to those voters.
Motion made by Carol seconded by Joanne to pay the Election Chairperson $6.75 per hour and Inspectors $6.50 per hour on Election Day. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 9:22 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Pam Wade, Clerk

Bills paid for January
Bear Lake Ace Hardware; $200.41, Bittner, Hyrns; $1,149.00, C.N.A. Surety; $480.00, $480.00, D.E.Q.; $14.00, Hyde Equipment; $486.60, Manistee County Road Commission; $753.34, Mathieu Insurance Agency; $812.41, $1,736.00, McLeod’s Sales & Service; $598.14, $57.08, $541.06, Northstar Automotive; $477.56, Pioneer Press Printing; $62.00, Sam’s Club; $152.49.

March 9, 2004

Council Members and Officers: Newly elected council members and officers were sworn in as the result of the March 8th, 2004 election.
Budget Hearing: The Budget Hearing was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall. Present: Glen Moore, Connie Guerne, Michelle Mortenson, Don Hyrns, Ricke Guerne, Ron Ronning, Howard Higley, Jeff Harthun and Carol Urbanus. Absent: Vern Best. Guests: Bill Howe, Jim Reed, Tim Richard, Dendra Best, Jay Johnson, Jackie Johnson, Jerry Johnson and Burton Ware.
(Correction to note the addition of Keith Rupert as being in attendance.)

Funds: Each fund was directly addressed with the discussion to postpone the approval of the final proposed 2004/2005 budget until the next Public Budget Hearing set for March 29, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:38 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Minutes: The February minutes were approved as read with the misspelling of “informed” corrected.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$37,763.65

Equipment Fund

$4,332.01

Major Street Fund

$41,245.00

Minor Street Fund

$41.89

Park Fund

$33,914.10

Water Fund 

$58,905.92

Building Fund

$55,195.66

Library

$9,338.29

Bills: Motion by Carol seconded by Don to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Old Business: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to have the Clerk cancel the DEQ Workshop registration by March 17th, 2004, as no one will be attending. Motion carried.

Computer: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to allow the purchase of a new computer and updated software package for the Village Treasurer and updated software for the Village Clerk. Motion carried.

Meeting Date Change: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to change the Village of Bear Lake Regular Meetings from the 2nd Tuesday to the 2nd Wednesday of each month effective with the April 14, 2004 meeting. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Glen Moore. No vote: Carol Urbanus. Motion carried.

Policy: Glen requested Connie and Michelle present a policy for review to the board in regards to communication between the Village Lawyer and council officers/members; and the Village Auditor and council officers/members at the April 14, 2004 meeting.

Library: A letter was received from Fred Alkire requesting the Keddie-Norconk Memorial Library Funds be transferred. Motion by Jeff seconded by Carol to transfer the remaining Keddie-Norconk Library Funds from the Village of Bear Lake Account to Pleasanton Township, which will act as the Fiscal agency for the Library Board. Motion carried.

Campground: Carol reports three seasonal spots are still available. Many reservations have been received for daily and weekend rentals. Researching bouncer animal equipment that is suitable for purchase for the playground.

Sewer: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to pay the remaining balance due to the BLPUAB. Motion carried.

Brush Removal: Motion by Carol seconded by Ricke to increase Thompson Tree and Stump Removal hourly rate for the brush chipping an additional $5.00 per hour. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– The duties/legality of a deputy treasurer’s role on the Village Council.
– A council member taking an online workshop class with the DEQ with more discussion to be held at the April meeting.
– Various types of computers and computer software options were discussed with technical support being a concern.
– The necessary paperwork was filed with the Health Dept. in regards to a home in Bear Lake with an unsafe environment.
– New wiring for the Christmas decorations will be delivered to the Village for use in repairing the damaged decorations at no charge.
– The water property transfer deed has been recorded and received.
– Revenue Sharing Grant was submitted to cover the cost of the preliminary draft for a handicap pier in the Village.

Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for February
Bittner, Hyrns, $646.00; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00 (Jan); Kent County Health Dept, $48.00 (Feb); McLeod’s Sales & Service, $709.24; MI Election Resources, $189.16; Northstar Automotive, $477.56; Pioneer Group, $54.90; Pioneer Press, $28.00; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal $60.00.

April 14, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Council Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. (corrected to include: Don Hyrns as present).

Absent: Ricke Guerne and Jeff Harthun

Guests: Gourdie-Fraser representative Harry Luzius, Gary McBride and Bill Howe.

Minutes: The March minutes were approved as read with the addition of Keith Rupert as a guest.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Overall Total $235,645.74 Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$22,242.54

Equipment Fund

$6,335.49

Major Street Fund

$32,983.17

Local Street Fund

$16,087.04

Park Fund

$37,869.46

Water Fund 

$64,897.60

Building Fund

$55,230.44

Library

$0.00

Bills: Motion by Vern seconded by Don to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Sewer: Harry Luzius from Gourdie-Fraser thanked the Village for the opportunity to offer an overview of his wastewater system plan at a previous meeting and requested we keep them in mind for future sewer concerns and projects. Vern expressed concern over the Village’s name still on the BLPUB Charter at the state level. He requested the Sewer (corrected: Utility) board be pursued regarding their plans to amend the Charter. Vern also brought to the attention of the council the issue of the Bear Lake Township registered voters having 45 days after the Township posts a notice in the paper of their intentions of going forward with the sewer project, for a referendum petition calling for a referendum vote for their opportunity to vote on the proposed sewer project slated for the Township. It is his understanding that any unpaid debts will come out of the Township’s General Fund. Vern also questioned the legality of money spent by the Utility (corrected: Sewer) Board and the bills that were presented whereas there previously were no outstanding balances due. Glen will attend the next Sewer (corrected: Utility) Board meeting to get updated information about where the project currently stands.

Library: Vern addressed the fact that the Village of Bear Lake is still listed as Fiscal Agent at the state level for the Keddie-Norconk Library. He requested that the clerk check into the matter and see what progress has been made to change the Charter to read Pleasanton Township as the current Fiscal Agent.

Continuing Business: Motion by Carol seconded by Vern to have the sewer and library boards intentions regarding the Charters, updated at each monthly meeting until official Charters are amended at the state level. Motion carried.

Park: Carol requested to lose one drop-in slot if a seasonal came along. Motion by Vern seconded by Don to allow the loss of one drop-in if needed, to accommodate a seasonal. Motion carried.

W-2’s and IRS: The Village received notification from the IRS concerning a late payment dating back to 2001 and 2002 resulting from a mathematical error. Payment was sent in the amount of $1,964.34 to clear up the account.
Computer errors were found on a few W-2’s from 2003 and corrected forms will be sent to affected council members.
Due to miscalculations on the 941 forms, the Village is due a refund from the IRS for approximately $5,000. The clerk will fill out necessary paperwork in an attempt to receive a refund for the overpayment in approximately three to six months.

Budget: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to approve the 2004-2005 Proposed Budget. Motion carried.

Checks: Motion by Carol seconded by Vern to have Carol Hyrns and Maureen Moore sign checks in the event the treasurer and/or clerk is unable to do so. Motion carried.

Correspondence: Motion by Vern seconded by Don authorizing the Clerk and Treasurer to make necessary name changes on Village correspondence and billing.
The Clerk received a request for a Mechanical Permit in which she directed them to the gov’t website.
Joanne Schroeder filled out the required paperwork for the Health Department to pursue an ongoing problem at a home on Maple St.

Complaints: A letter will be sent to a home on Lynn Street regarding the violation of the Dismantled Vehicle Ordinance.
A complaint about the broken light at the corner of Lynn and Stuart streets was received. Consumer’s Energy was contacted and expected to have the light fixed within 7-10 days.

Bear Lake Days: Motion by resolution by Vern seconded by Ron to allow U.S. 31 closed from Potter Road to Russell Street on July 10th, 2004 between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. for the Bear Lake Days Parade. Motion carried.
Motion by Vern seconded by Ron authorizing the closing of the following streets for the Bear Lake Days events on July 10th, 2004. Main Street from Virginia St. to U.S. 31 and from Lynn St. from U.S. 31 to Main Street and Wise St. from U.S. 31 or the normal stretch of streets in the Village used in previous years. Motion carried.

Summer Help: Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to offer James Ledford a return position to help Howard with Village work at the rate of $6.00 per hour. If James is unable to return, a help-wanted ad will be posted in the newspaper with the minimum wage pay rate. Motion carried.

Council Committees: MAINTENANCE SUPERINTENDENT: Glen Moore 864-3962; MAINTENANCE MAN: Howard Higley 864-2305; PRESIDENT PRO-TEM: Don Hyrns 864-3404; PARK: Carol Urbanus, Supervisor and Chairperson 864-3281 and Ron Ronning 864-3656; STREET ADMINISTRATOR: Jeff Harthun 864-3485; STREETS-TREES & WATER RUN-OFF: Don Hyrns, Chairperson 864-3404; and Ricke Guerne 864-2145; STREETS-SIGNS, LIGHTS & SIDEWALKS: Vern Best, Chairperson 864-2686; and Ron Ronning 864-3656; WATER: Gary McBride, Superintendent 864-4400; Howard Higley, Maintenance Man 864-2305; Vern Best, Chairperson 864-2686; and Ricke Guerne 864-2145; EQUIPMENT: Don Hyrns, Chairperson 864-3404 and Jeff Harthun 864-3485. BUILDING & GROUNDS: Ron Ronning, Chairperson 864-3656 and Don Hyrns 864-3404; TREE REPLACEMENT: Vern Best, Chairperson 864-2686, Carol Urbanus 864-3281 and Jeff Harthun 864-3485.

Pro-Tem: Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to allow Don Hyrns to act as Pro-Tem for the next two years. Yes votes: Vern Best, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. Abstain: Don Hyrns. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Policies regarding: Retention of Audio Tapes of Council Meetings; Purchasing Policy; Contacting of Bear Lake Village Lawyer; and
Contacting of Bear Lake Village Auditor Policy. Revisions and/or approvals will be discussed at the next meeting.
– Obtaining a general price quote from Hyde Equipment on the repair of the underbody for the Village truck.
– Look into possibly paving and/or widening of Main Street between Wise & US 31 and Main St. to Russell St. Also eroding on a portion of Lynn Street.

Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for March:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $1.61; Blarney Castle, $1,375.40; Haviland, $262.00; Hyde Equipment, $32.00; Jackpine $1,244.94; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; The Mathieu Agency, $809.91; McBride Septic Systems, $165.00; The Pioneer Group, $300.69; Sam’s Club, $17.84; Dale Stanton, $165.00; Thompson’s Tree & Stump Removal, $195.00 and Wayne Manufacturing, $292.50

May 12, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:35 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Council Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.

Guests: Don Conway, Carver Edwards, Tim Richard, Pauline Jaquish, Ray Knudsen, Jim Ludwig and Bill Howe.

Minutes: The April minutes were approved as read with correction of Don Hyrns as present.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$22,242.54

Equipment Fund

$6,335.49

Major Street Fund

$32,983.17

Local Street Fund

$16,087.04

Park Fund

$37,869.46

Water Fund 

$64,897.60

Building Fund

$55,230.44

Library

$0.00

Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Correspondence: Received a letter verifying that the Utility Board is working on the charter at the state level. Also received a letter verifying that the Library Board is working on changing the fiscal agent on the charter.

Complaints: Motion by Vern seconded by Don to send a letter to Sheriff’s Dept regarding speeding and loud vehicles at a home in the village. Motion carried.
Motion by Vern seconded by Don to send a letter to a homeowner regarding an unsafe freezer being stored on his property. Motion carried.
Motion by Vern seconded by Don to send a letter to the Drain Commissioner regarding a filled in culvert. Motion carried.

Trees: Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to contact Ed Thompson regarding a dropped tree on Virginia Street and 12 stumps in the village. Motion carried.

Equipment: Motion by Ron seconded by Jeff to allow the Village truck to be repaired with an amount not to exceed $9,500.00. Motion carried.

Policies: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to approve revised Retention of Audio Tapes of Council Meetings Policy. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Motion carried.
Motion by Jeff seconded by Ron to approve revised Purchasing Policy with president approving up to $500. Motion carried.
Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to approve new Contacting of Bear Lake Village Auditor Policy. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Motion carried.
Motion by Jeff seconded by Don to approve new Contacting of Bear Lake Village Lawyer Policy. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Motion carried.

Campground: Motion by Vern seconded by Ron to contact Ed Thompson regarding a tree removal in the campground. Motion carried.
Sodium Chloride will be put down on campground road. The pop machine will be removed from the campground area.

Millage: Motion by Ricke seconded by Ron to accept 0.9748 as the Headlee millage reduction fraction, setting our village mills at 9.0252. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Send thank you to Heather Butler, (Consumers Power) for her help in saving the Village money regarding the 12 trees that were recently taken down.
– Water line problem on Euclid Street.
– Follow up on letter sent to the Health Dept. regarding the home on Maple Street.
– Checking on Christmas lights and the possible purchase of new ones.
– Foregoing the expense of advertising for a new auditor and allowing Dale Stanton to remain the Village auditor for the next year.

Meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for April:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $69.87; American Water Works Assoc. $57.00; Bittner & Hyrns $23.50; Elhorn Engineering $377.05; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; The Mathieu Agency $1614.82; McBride Septic Systems, $130.00; Pioneer Press Printing $1415.98; Ron Brown & Sons, $702.00; Dale Stanton $1,000.00; Thompson’s Tree & Stump Removal $227.50.

June 9, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Council Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.

Guests: Max Coalter, Bill Howe, Tim Richard, Jay Johnson, Dave Long, Carver Edwards and Gary McBride.

Minutes: The May minutes were approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Jeff seconded by Ron to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$24,985.03

Equipment Fund

$6.337.37

Major Street Fund

$33,658.45

Local Street Fund

$12,512.71

Park Fund

$37,359.38

Water Fund 

$61,957.07

Building Fund

$55,246.86

Library

$0.00

Bills: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guests: Motion by Ron seconded by Ron (corrected: Ricke) to approve the Bear Lake Promoters (represented by Max Coalter) request to place a bronze bear monument by the Flagpole and to order the statue thru the internet, if needed to save sales tax, with full payment coming from the Promoters. Motion carried.
Jay Johnson informed the council that he received a grant  for overhead satellite imaging in a two mile radius around the wellhead protection area. He should receive photo’s within a month or two.
Wellhead Protection: Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to apply for the next round of grants for the wellhead protection committee. Motion carried. Vern Best appointed as Chairman of the Wellhead Protection Committee.
Property Taxes: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to extend the tax deadline with no penalty from September 14, 2004 to February 28, 2005. Motion carried.
Correspondence: Received a letter verifying that our IRS refund will be mailed within six weeks.
The Manistee County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to the Village’s request by making a visit to the home in Bear Lake regarding speeding and loud vehicles.
The Drain Commissioner sent a letter to the homes regarding the blocked culverts, he will follow up in 30-60 days.
The Health Dept. has been in contact with the Maple St. homeowners/renters about the condition of their yard.
Campground: Dust layer has not been put down yet due to the weather; a tree was removed from the campground; and the Manistee County Visitor’s Guide featuring an ad for the campground was published.
Complaints: Carver Edwards requested the storm drain in front of his home being (corrected: be) cleaned out.
Discussions Held On:
– Bear Lake is not polluted but in fact getting better.
– Possibly purchasing a “No Skateboarding or Bike Riding” Sign for the deck.
– Members signed up for the Wellhead Protection Committee.
– Bear Lake received $1,211.50 from the METRO Act.
– Broken water line in front of Hubbell’s Lakeside Restaurant was repaired.
– Monthly Check Register available at Village Hall.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for May:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $81.12; Kent County Health Dept, $60.00; McBride Septic Systems, $1085.00; MI Municipal League $477.00; Michigan Paper Products $117.95;  Ron Brown & Sons, $593.00; Dale Stanton $550.00; Staples $74.09; Thompson’s Tree & Stump Removal $895.00.

July 14, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Absent: Michelle Mortenson
Guests: Jay Johnson, Dave Long and Robert Howes.
Minutes: The June minutes were approved as read with corrections and additions.

2000 Census

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$29,173.44

Equipment Fund

$6,314.19

Major Street Fund

$35,279.97

Local Street Fund

$13,249.03

Park Fund

$39,732.03

Water Fund 

$59,151.60

Building Fund

$55,237.75

Library

$0.00

Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Jeff to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Correspondence: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to issue letters from the Village Council to the homeowner and permit holders regarding the need to reopen the filled-in ditches on Hancock Street within 30 days or they will be responsible for reimbursement for the cleanup performed by the Village Maintenance Dept. Motion carried.
A complaint letter and 2 phone calls were received from local homeowners regarding an article on the sewer project recently published in the Manistee News Advocate.
Thank you letters will be sent to: the Health Dept., Sheriff’s Dept., and TEAM.
New Business: A newsletter will be sent out with the next water bills containing  information pertaining to the posting of house numbers and pick-up of fall leaves.
Summer Help: Motion by Jeff seconded by Ricke to increase summer help wages to $6.50 effective July 19, 2004. Motion carried.
Campground: Concern about parking at the campground and boat launch area.
Streets: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to repair Main & U.S. 31 at Wise Street for $4,091.00 and Main & Russell Street for $732.00. Motion carried.
Trees: Motion by Don seconded by Ricke to have trees & stumps taken down at the Library and at Joyce Gorley’s home by Thompson Tree and Stump Removal for $1,200.00. Motion carried.
Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to have a tree (only) removed at Baptist Church by Consumer’s for $475.00. Motion carried.
Water: Discussed but no action taken on the water leak located on Euclid Street. Storm drain located at Lynn & Cody is a safety hazard, will check on options to seal permanently.
Equipment: Motion by Vern seconded by Ricke to purchase a Stihl String Trimmer from Chippewa Trails in Manistee. Price not to exceed $500.00. Motion carried.
Signs: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to purchase 50 “No Skateboarding”/No Bike Riding” laminated signs from Pioneer Press Printing. Motion carried.
The Village will contact the County Road Commission about the “No parking” sign by the Variety Store. Also will inquire about the “Hidden Intersection” and 25 (corrected: 35) mph speed limit signs.
Bonus: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to pay Michelle $500 for excess work with previous year’s federal and state tax forms. Motion carried.
Phones: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to have CenturyTel either repair or remove non-working phones by Curves. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– Repainting water tank.
– Home on Maple Street cleaned up nicely.
– Water Ordinance tabled until next meeting.
– Possible printing of campground brochure.
– Various Village road repairs that are needed.
– A draft audit was presented with further discussion to be held at next meeting.
– Establishing CD’s and other accounts at National City Bank.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for June:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $136.22; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; Pioneer Group, $12.30; Pioneer Press Printing, $106.00; Ron Brown & Sons, $113.63; Shoreline Waste, $60.00; Dale Stanton, $200.00 & $150.00; Thompson’s Tree & Stump Removal, $113.75, $200.00 & $65.00.

August 11, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns,Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.

Guests: Carver Edwards, Bill Howe, George Schafer and Wanda Schafer.
Minutes: The July minutes were approved as read with corrections.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$33,711.92

Equipment Fund

$6,316.07

Major Street Fund

$36,872.53

Local Street Fund

$13,972.16

Park Fund

$42,604.04

Water Fund 

$67,332.92

Building Fund

$55,254.17

Library

$0.00

Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to pay bills as presented. Motion carried.

Culverts: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to accept repairs made to home on Hancock St. as completed. Motion carried.
Motion by Vern seconded by Don to allow Schafers to put a culvert in or return ditch to original status by mid September. Motion carried.

Campground: Motion by Ron seconded by Vern to replace outdated shower timers at the campground. Motion carried.

Grant: Motion by Carol seconded by Don to allow engineering plans for the fishing pier to be re-submitted to the Little River Casino Revenue Sharing Grant board. Motion carried.

Sidewalks: Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to have T. Edinger replace a total of 13 sections of sidewalks for a total of $1,900.00 Motion carried.

Trees: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to contribute up to $50 for a tree replacement in front of the Julie Beebe residence. Motion carried.

Equipment: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to purchase a new power washer. Motion carried.

Audit: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to approve audit. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Motion carried. (Correction: A motion was made by Vern but received no support to adopt the auditor’s seven points of financial recommendations.)

Library: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to approve revisions (Corrected: originals) to the Keddie Norconk Library Charter. Motion carried.
Motion by Don seconded by Ron to approve revisions to the Keddie Norconk Library By-Laws. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Abstain: Carol Urbanus. Motion carried.

Correspondence: No response from CenturyTel regarding payphones.
Thanks you’s will be sent to: Bruce & Lynn Cunningham and the MI State Police.
A letter will be sent to Bear Lake Marine regarding lease payment due.

Discussions Held On:
Vandalism in the park and culprits apprehended.
Marine infringement on campground property.
Repainting of deck on hold until spring.
Testing of water wells in the near future.
Leak on Euclid Street in process of being located.
September Newsletter.
Removal of trees and stumps on local streets put on hold until next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills Paid For July:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $90.61; Bittner & Hyrns, $34.50; Chippewa Trails, $349.95; Hyde Equipment, $8,423.49; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00; Napa Auto Parts, $7.64; Pioneer Group, $11.50; Pioneer Press Printing, $78.00; Ron Brown & Sons, $4,863.60; Sam’s Club, $71.63; Shoreline Waste, $158.00; Thompson Tree Removal, $1,460.00.

September 8, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Guests: Max Coalter, Nancy Coalter, Carver Edwards, Bill Howe, Jay Johnson and Dave Long
Minutes: The August minutes were approved as read with corrections

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$38,942.88

Equipment Fund

$6,317.95

Major Street Fund

$26,886.76

Local Street Fund

$14,757.41

Park Fund

$39,154.79

Water Fund 

$66,402.43

Building Fund

$55,270.59

Library

$0.00

Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to pay bills as presented. Motion carried.

Correspondence: Received letter from Ms. Beebe in regards to paying her portion for a new tree to be planted in her yard possibly this fall. It was suggested she accompany a council member in selecting the tree to be purchased.
Received letter from homeowner on Locust Street requesting the possible removal of trees on her property.
New Business: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to approve the Bear Lake Promoters request for landscape renovations in the area surrounding the new “Bear” location at minimal electricity expense to the Village. Motion carried.
Motion by Vern seconded by Don to have Clerk contact the Village of Onekama to obtain a copy of their Hydrology Study Report for our Wellhead Protection records. Motion carried.
Streets: Motion by Jeff seconded by Don to repair a section on Lynn Street for $1,887.00 and Cody Street for $2,748.00. Motion carried.
Trees: Motion by Carol seconded by Jeff to have trees & stumps taken down at the following areas: Tree on Locust Street for $500.00; Maple tree on Smith Street for $1,000.00; Boxelder by Bed & Breakfast for $700.00; SW corner of Virginia Street for $600.00; and Lynn Street for $150.00. Motion carried.
Audit: Vern submitted questions for the auditor but no action was taken. Motion by Ron seconded by Don to accept audit as final. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Motion carried.
Phones: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to cancel all extra phone services at the Village Hall and to purchase a calling card. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– Bear Lake Marine’s 2003 payment to the Village.
– Purchase a power washer  for approx $700.00. (purchase approved during August’s meeting).
– DEQ letter requesting additional water samples from main area.
– Progression on Euclid street leak location will continue next month.
– CenturyTel has been out to check on out-of-order pay phones but no progress has been made to repair.
– Don will inquire about prices from McLouth Welding on covering the storm drains located at Lynn & Cody and Maple & Cody Streets.
– 3 seasonal campground sites are available for next year with 4 parties interested in them.
– Contact Consumer’s Energy about wires in the tree by the Myers’ home on Smith Street.
– October newsletter contents.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for June:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $84.07; T. Edinger, $1,900.00; Innotech, $150.00; Kent County Health Dept, $96.00; Michigan Paper Products, $52.08; McBride Septic, $604.00; Shoreline Waste, $180.00; Staples, $94.20; Thompson’s Tree & Stump Removal, $97.50 and reimbursement to Carol Urbanus for approx. $50.00.

October 13, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present: Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Howard Higley, Michelle Mortenson, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Absent: Vern Best, Don Hyrns and Ron Ronning
Guests: Carver Edwards, Bill Howe, Dave Long and Gary McBride
Minutes: The September minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Ricke to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$44,478.26

Equipment Fund

$6,319.77

Major Street Fund

$28,747.29

Local Street Fund

$15,604.39

Park Fund

$40,777.75

Water Fund 

$64,916.02

Building Fund

$55,286.49

Library

$0.00

Bills: Motion by Jeff seconded by Carol to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Correspondence: A Thank You letter will be sent to Mr. Peterson and the Manistee County Road Commission for their help in resolving the ditch cleanup in the Village.
A letter was received from the Bear Lake Promoters thanking the Village Council for permission to do landscaping at the “Bear” site.
New Business: Motion by Carol seconded by Jeff to transfer $1,000 to capital outlay in the Equipment Fund. Motion carried.
Motion by Jeff seconded by Ricke to transfer $3,000 to Repair and Maintenance in the Minor Street Fund. Motion carried.
Motion by Jeff seconded by Carol to purchase two Lexar Media portable hard drives at a cost of approx. $41.00 each. Motion carried.
Streets: Motion by Ricke seconded by Carol to have the drains on Wise Street and Virginia Street vacuumed out at a cost of approx. $1,000. Motion carried.
Auditor: Motion by Carol seconded by Jeff to have Dale Stanton continue as the Village auditor for the next two years. Motion carried.
Campground: Motion by Ricke seconded by Carol to have Gary McBride expand the water line in the Village Park to the west end of the campground. Motion carried.
Equipment: Motion by Jeff seconded by Carol to have McLeod’s fix the oil leak in the Village truck. Motion carried.
Christmas: Motion by Ricke seconded by Carol to purchase colored light bulbs for the Christmas decorations. Motion carried.
Village Accounts: Motion by Jeff seconded by Ricke to invest a portion of the Building Fund, Park Fund and Water Fund into Time CD’s with a higher interest rate at National City Bank. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– Hammerstrom Election Consolidation Law was discussed with further action to be taken at next meeting.
– Wellhead Protection Committee was approved with a $4,000 grant for the next year.
– Sidewalk on Virginia street was repaired at no cost to the Village.
– Storm drain covers Lynn & Cody and Maple & Cody streets were put on.
– Leak on Euclid street fixed and street repaired.
– CenturyTel fixed payphones on U.S. 31 by Curves.
– Village of Onekama’s Hydrology Study not in booklet form yet.
– Two children’s picnic tables will be donated by Girl Scout Troop #134 for use in Hopkins Park.
– Updating and/or changing the Village website.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for June:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $42.02; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; McLouth Welding, $750.00; DEQ, $175.00; McLeod’s Sales & Services, $127.63; Northern Fire & Safety, $25.00; OMS Compliance Services, $3.00; Ron Brown & Sons, $4635.00 and $825.31; Sam’s Club, $838.12; Shoreline Waste, $80.00; Thompson’s Tree & Stump Removal, $2950.00.

November 10, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:33 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Absent: Jeff harthun
Guests: Carver Edwards, Ray Franz, Bill Howe, Dave Long and Gary McBride
Minutes: The October minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$41,884.07

Equipment Fund

$5,528.50

Major Street Fund

$27,202.27

Local Street Fund

$13,290.90

Park Fund

$9,115.67

Water Fund 

$18,493.34

Building Fund

$5,298.13

Library

$0.00

Water CD at National City     55,000.00

Park CD at National City       30,000.00

Building CD at National City       50,000.00

Bills: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Guest: Ray Franz gave an overview of the preliminary Onekama Hydrology study, including the monitoring of well contaminates and how it may or may not affect the Bear Lake area.

Correspondence: A letter will be sent to a Village resident requesting their yard sale items from August 17th, 2004 be cleaned up.
New Business: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to provide installation of lights and power at the “Bear” site. Motion carried.
Christmas: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to submit Christmas in Bear Lake information to our website. Motion carried.
Campground: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to have McBride Septic Systems replace entire water line in the campground, extending it to the west end of the park. Motion carried.
Water: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to pay $505.00 to Corrpro Waterworks for Reservoir Cathodic Protection. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– Hammerstrom Election Consolidation Law was discussed with no action taken resulting in the Village conforming to the new Law
with the next Village Election taking place in November of 2006.
– A new website Policy will be presented at the next meeting.
– Gravel will be laid down in the alley behind Napa.
– The frequent removal of piled up leaves and snow by the fire hydrants to ensure easy access.
– Purchase of a new tractor battery.
– Inquiry was made about possibly opening a new video store in the old library.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for October:
Blarney Castle, $391.99; DEQ, $441.67; Gosling Czubak, $2,000.00; Jackpine, $32.99; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; McBride Septic Systems, $1,340.75; Pioneer Group, $14.10; Ron Brown & Sons, $1,747.00; Shoreline Waste, $42.00; Thompson’s Tree & Stump Removal, $130.00 and Wayne Manufactoring, $266.00

December 8, 2004

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present: Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Jeff Harthun, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore.
Absent: Vern Best and Carol Urbanus
Guests: Nancy Coalter, Carver Edwards, Pauline Jaquish, Dave Long and Tim Richard.
Minutes: The November minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to accept the Treasurer?s Report as read. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$45,025.38

Equipment Fund

$5,531.14

Major Street Fund

$28,798.42

Local Street Fund

$12,270.80

Park Fund

$8,941.87

Water Fund 

$14,941.86

Building Fund

$5,300.66

Library $0.00

Water CD at National City  55,000.00,  Park CD at National City  30,000.00

Building CD at National City   50,000.00

Bills: Motion by Ricke seconded by Ron to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Guest: Pauline Jaquish and Nancy Coalter requested permission to use the campground from early December thru the Holidays for a Christmas Lighting Display and other Christmas in Bear Lake events. Motion by Ron seconded by Jeff to allow the Bear Lake Promoters to use the campground for Christmas in Bear Lake. Motion carried.
Correspondence: Motion by Don seconded by Ricke to send a letter to an independent snow plow driver and Huntington National Bank in regards to the leaving the drain on the corner of Lynn and Main open and free of snow. Motion carried.
Council Members: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to accept Jeff Harthun’s resignation effective January 1, 2005. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. Abstain: Jeff Harthun. Motion carried.
The Village thanked Jeff for his eight years of fine service to the community and regretfully accepted his resignation due to his relocation outside of the Village limits.
Motion by Ricke seconded by Don to appoint Robert Howe to replace Jeff Harthun as Village Council Trustee. Motion carried.
Ricke Guerne will assume the position of Street Administrator that was previously held by Jeff Harthun.
Bonus: Motion by Ricke seconded by Jeff to give Village Maintenance man Howard Higley a $500 Christmas bonus. Motion carried.
Light Bill: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to pay the bill submitted by Galaxy Electric to fix the electric outlet on the corner of Lynn and Main street when it comes in. Motion carried
Web Site: Motion by Ricke seconded by Ron to implement a website policy that stipulates that the Village must approve all items posted on the website. Carol Urbanus was appointed as our liaison between the Village Council and our website designer Dendra Best. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. Abstain: Jeff Harthun.
Discussions Held On:
Discussions Held On:
– Guest Nancy Coalter reported our interest on our checking accounts at Honor State Bank has increased.
– Check on floatation material for the Village dock.
– No trees were planted this year but Ms. Beebe will be contacted in the spring regarding a new tree on her property.
– Received reimbursement from the MESC for $200.17 for 2003 corrections.
Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Bills paid for November:
Ace Hardware, $150.72; DEQ, $175.00; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; Mathieu Agency, $270.00 and $3000.00; McLeod’s Sales & Services, $160.12; MISS DIG, $185.16; Napa Auto Parts, $3.74; Northwoods Business Forms, $180.46; Ron Brown & Sons, $64.58, $53.66 and $65.70.