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January 12, 2005

Administered Oath of Office to New Council Member Robert Howe.
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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Absent: Vern Best
Guests: Carver Edwards, Dave Long.
Minutes: The December minutes were approved as presented.

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

Current Fund Balances

General Fund $38,849.86

Equipment Fund $5,534.87

Major Street Fund $30,068.79

Local Street Fund $12,903.13

Park Fund $37,915.06

Water Fund  $67,960.25

Building Fund $55,502.48

Library $0.00

Amend Budget: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to amend the budget to up Minor Street Repairs and Maintenance by $1,500.00. Motion carried.

Bills: Motion by Ricke seconded by Ron to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Campground: Carol reported that the 2004 season brought in the following amounts: Campground Fees, $25,404.80; Shower Money, $196.00; Dump Station, $30.00; and Pop Can Returns, $41.50.
Motion by Ron seconded by Don to require a 2-night weekend stay during the month of July and on all Holiday weekends. Motion carried.
Correspondence: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to send a letter to a resident on Wise Street regarding their parked car in the roadway and a reminder not to bury the hydrant located near their home with snow. Motion carried.
Received a letter from Craig Wiley and requesting some history of a Mr. Andrews. Referred them to the Keddie-Norconk Memorial Library.
Equipment: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to purchase four Christmas decorations brackets from Wayne Manufacturing. Motion carried.
Website:
Clarified Carol Urbanus’s new position as Website Liaison between the Council members and the website designer.
Council Members:
Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to purchase six styrofoam flotation inserts from Bear Lake Ace Hardware at a price of $85 each. Motion carried. Council member volunteers will insert the foam into the dock in the spring.
Discussions Held On:
– Keeping the downtown area’s sidewalks free of snow. No solution was found at this time.
– A Wellhead Protection Meeting was set for February 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Bills paid for November:
Ace Hardware, $221.67; Haviland Products; $262.00; Hyde Equipment, 688.60; Jackpine, $44.16; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; McBride Septic Systems, $500.00; McLeod’s Sales & Services, $93.73; Napa Auto Parts, $16.68; and TEAM Services, $2,266.00.

February 9, 2005
The Wellhead Protection meeting began at 7:00 p.m.
Members Present: Vern Best, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus, Gary McBride and Glen Moore.
Absent : Connie Guerne and Ricke Guerne.
Guests: Don Conway (Gosling Czubak, Engineer), Carver Edwards, Jay Johnson and Dave Long.
Overview : Don Conway presented a summary of completed past activities plus some of the upcoming projects for the Village of Bear Lake. Completed activities included: Installation of monitor wells at Village well field; Aquifer testing; a regional ground water study was conducted; Established the Wellhead Protection Area; Contaminant source inventory; Contingency Plan; and Education Activities.
The Wellhead Protection Grant requested and approved for 2005 was $4,000 (with the Village to match for a total of $8,000).
Vern Best reported that water samples were collected from various sites for potential nitrite contamination with concern centering property on the corner of 11 Mile Road and Anderson Road along with possible contamination on the corner of Potter & US 31 Roads. Great Lakes Water Testing in Lake Ann will conduct water testing for individuals at a cost of $12 or a reduced rate of $10 for a group of at least ten people.
DEQ site has a map (thru 2003) that shows the nitrate levels at various areas. An updated map should be available soon which will probably show more areas contaminated near our wellhead protection area.
Basic items need to be completed in order to fulfill the requirements of the grant. They include: A Management Plan; New Well Location Plan (including a reliability study, property availability, location with respect to existing water mains, water quality, aquifer capacity, potential sources of contamination and isolation requirements) and a final Program Plan.
The meeting closed at 7:35 p.m.

Village of Bear Lake
February 9, 2005
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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus, Gary McBride and Glen Moore.
Guests: Carver Edwards, Jay Johnson and Dave Long.
Minutes: The January minutes were approved as presented.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Current Fund Balances

General Fund

$ 39.359.90

Equipment Fund

$ 5,539.55

Major Street Fund

$ 31,324.37

Local Street Fund

$ 11,301.22

Park Fund

$ 39,851.95

Water Fund 

$ 71,743.81

Building Fund

$ 55.599.49

Library

$0.00

Lawsuit: The Village of Bear Lake has been named in a lawsuit brought by Guy Vertz (charter communication employee) who was injured on January 30, 2002 due to a fall from a utility pole. The Mathieu Agency has been notified and is handling the lawsuit.

Budget: A preliminary budget was presented with brief discussion on the various accounts. The budget hearing will be held at the March 9th, 2005 regular Village meeting.

Discussions Held On:

– A Budget Hearing Meeting was set for March 9th at 7:30 p.m. during our regular meeting.

– Village Truck will need repair.

– Village approved 2005 Brush Cleanup postcards to be printed and distributed in the water bills.

– Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund could possibly be available to the Village of Bear Lake residents, if criteria’s were met. No action taken at this time.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for January:

A & A Service, $32.37; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $14.54; Bear Lake Promoters, $50.00; Blarney Castle, $66.30; Jackpine, $40.62; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; Manistee County Treasurer, $242.50; Manistee County Road Commission, $26.82; Mathieu Agency, $1,755.00; and Mathieu Agency, $2476.00.

Village of Bear Lake
Budget Hearing: March 9, 2005

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: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Robert Howe, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Absent: Don Hyrns.
Funds: The budget was presented with brief discussion on the various accounts. Changes were made to lower Transfer Out line item from $19,000.00 to $1,000.00 in the General Fund.

Village of Bear Lake
Regular Meeting: March 9, 2005

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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus, Gary McBride and Glen Moore.
Absent: Don Hyrns
Guests: Max Coalter, Carver Edwards and Dave Long.
Budget: Motion by Vern seconded by Ron to set the tax rate at 10 mills and approve the 2005-2006 proposed budget. Motion carried.
Minutes: The February minutes were approved as presented.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read.
Motion carried.
Building Fund 55.656.55
Equipment Fund 5,544.46
General Fund 36,270.31
Library Fund 0.00
Local Street Fund 11,976.50
Major Street Fund 32,785.79
Park Fund 39,852.41
Water Fund 74,527.49
Bills: Motion by Vern seconded by Robert to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guest: Max Coalter requested that the Boy Scouts be allowed to clean up the park after the weather breaks in their effort to earn a service project badge. Max will also look into the possibility of the Scouts refinishing the deck. The Council gladly accepts their help.
Correspondence: Received a letter for any elected official to attend the Manistee County Regional Summit on April 20th. No one is expected to attend at this time.
Street Administrator: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to appoint Ricke Guerne as the new Street Administrator to replace Jeff Harthun.
Hopkins Park: Carol will check on the cost of planting a tree and having a memorial plaque made in honor of Bill Koon, (Corrected: Kuhn) Hopkins campground host who recently passed away. She also reported will have 237 nights spoken for short-term reservations. She completed an up-dated data base and the campground has hosted over 1060 different parties in the past 7 years. A representative from Miracle Playground Co. will stop by the campground near the end of April in an effort to finish up the playground.
Discussions Held On:
– Regraveling Grove and Hancock after the winter frost.
– Check into ordering road signs that are down.
– Enclosing letters reminding various businesses and individuals to have their cross-connection water valve inspected.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for February:
Bear Lake Auto Parts, $27.94; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $15.99; Blarney Castle, 1,272.79; CNA Surety, $480.00; DEQ, $100.00; District 10 Health Dept., $120.00; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; McBride Septic Systems, $340.00; McLeod’s Sales & Services, $460.08; and Carol Urbanus $41.00.

Village of Bear Lake
Regular Meeting: April 13, 2005

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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, and Glen Moore.
Absent: Vern Best and Carol Urbanus
Guests: Bernard Ware, Jr.
Minutes: The March minutes were approved as presented with corrections.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read.
Motion carried.
Building Fund 55.662.46
Equipment Fund 5,550.63
General Fund 27,645.59
Library Fund 0.00
Local Street Fund 12,408.98
Major Street Fund 34,073.75
Park Fund 46,300.92
Water Fund 73,728.64
Bills: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guest: Bernard Ware, Jr. requested the Village’s support and commitment to a new Multi-Jurisdictional Planning Unit which would include the Village, Bear Lake Township and Pleasanton Township. They would like to seek a grant in an effort to propose a Master Comprehensive Plan involving the 3 units of government. Discussion took place but no action was taken at this time.
Bear Lake Days: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to close U.S. 31 on July 9, 2005 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for the Bear Lake Days Parade. Motion carried.
Correspondence: Received a letter from the Manistee County Board of Commissioners requesting a position on the proposed ATV ordinance. Motion by Don seconded by Robert to send a letter supporting the amended ordinance. Motion carried.
Advertising: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to advertise in the Manistee Visitor’s Guide for the price of $354.00. Motion carried.
Trees: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to have Thompson’s Tree Service remove the tree on Maple Street for $700.00 and grind 11 stumps from trees removed by Consumer’s Energy for the price of $1,300.00. Motion carried.
Roads: Motion by Ricke seconded by Don to regravel Hancock and Grove streets and fill in hole, if needed. Motion carried.
Signs: Motion by Robert seconded by Don to have Ron order new signs from the Manistee County Road Commission to replace those that are down. Motion carried.
Minutes: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to no longer post the minutes on the Village website. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– Sending the Boy Scouts a Thank You note when they have completed their work in Hopkins Park.
– Council volunteers will replace the Styrofoam on the dock on Friday, May 15th.
– Contacting Les Johnson to have the Park road brined again this year.
– Renovation of the park showers has been completed.
– Investigate drain on Lynn street in an effort to prevent standing water after a rainfall.
– Check on lighting for “The Bear” by the lakeshore.
– Keep the 3 CD’s at National City the same.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for March:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $21.81; Blue Cross/Blue Shield, $322.16; Jackpine, $97.25 w/credit of $29.34 for a total of $67.91; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; Michelle Mortenson, $31.85; Pioneer Group, $64.00 and Pioneer Press Printing, $29.00.

Village of Bear Lake
Regular Meeting: May 11, 2005

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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Absent: Vern Best
Guests: Larry Bacon, Carver Edwards, Steve Hansen, Dave Long, Tim Richard and Bernard Ware, Jr.
Minutes: The April minutes were approved as presented with corrections.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read.
Motion carried.
Building Fund 55,669.03
Equipment Fund 5,557.48
General Fund 21,953.29
Local Street Fund 13,239.87
Major Street Fund 35,906.17
Park Fund 48,247.99
Water Fund 73,515.55
Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guests: Steve Hansen and Bernard Ware, Jr. revisited the Multi-Jurisdictional Planning discussion and once again requested the Village’s commitment to support the new Unit. Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to make a Statement of Intent to join the Multi-Jurisdictional Planning Unit. Motion carried.
Sign: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to order a “No Brush, Leaves Only” sign to be posted at the compost site by the water tower. Motion carried.
Correspondence: Received a letter from lawyer, Brad Putney regarding the dismissal of the lawsuit brought against the Village of Bear Lake.
Campground: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to allow a Seasonal camper to be placed on a drop-in site. Motion carried. Motion by Don seconded by Robert to have Frank Riegal install the new bouncer animals in the park for $1,484.00 which includes the two bouncers. Motion carried.
Equipment: Motion by Don seconded Robert to sell the old power washer to Curtis Edwards for $50. Motion carried.
Millage: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to accept 0.9560 as the Headlee millage reduction fraction, setting our village mills at 9.044 for General Fund Use and to extend the tax deadline with no penalty from September 14, 2005 to February 28, 2006. Motion carried.
Website: Motion by Ricke seconded by Ron to hire Lewis Gear, from Gear It Up Communications to take over as our website coordinator. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. Abstain: Carol Urbanus. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– Place ad in the Manistee News Advocate for Summer Help.
– Sodium Chloride was put down on the campground road to reduce dust.
– New water line was installed in the park.
– Hidden sign has not yet been installed. Ron will check into the expected installation date.
– Mr. Bacon expressed his concern with the sand and leaves along the roads.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for April:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $996.81; Bear Lake Marine; $249.00; Jackpine, $14.34; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; McBride Septic Systems, $1,810.00 & $375.00; McLeod’s Sales & Service, $73.72; Michelle Mortenson, $7.70; Michigan DEQ, $16.00; Northstar Auto, $343.80; Pioneer Press Printing, $49.00; Ron Brown and Sons, $121.55 & $72.50; Dale Stanton, $875.00 and Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $2,243.75 & $1,550.00.

Village of Bear Lake
June 8, 2005

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:30 up.me. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Rickey Guerne, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Guests: Larry Bacon, Carver Edwards, Jay Johnson and Tim Richard.
Minutes: The May minutes were approved as presented.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Don seconded by Carol to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read.
Motion carried.
Building Fund 55,651.52
Equipment Fund 5,565.31
General Fund 21,594.17
Local Street Fund 14,007.58
Major Street Fund 37,379.37
Park Fund 48,627.60
Water Fund 78,064.29
Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guests: Mr. Bacon expressed concern with noise and inquired about the current Noise Ordinance in the Village. The Clerk will research the records to see what is on record.
Correspondence: Responded to the State’s request for Election Confirmation for November of even years.
Bear Lake Marine: Motion by Vern seconded by Don to increase the monthly rent $10.00 per month for the next five years, per the original agreement. Motion carried.
Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to send a friendly notice to Bear Lake Marine reminding them of their agreement not to encroach upon park property. Motion carried.
Campground: Motion by Vern seconded by Don to allow McBride Septic Systems to pump holding tanks as requested by renters in the park. Motion carried.
Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to plant a Red Maple tree at the east end of the turnaround in the park in memory of Bill Kuhn. Motion carried.
Trees: Motion by Don seconded by Ron to allow Thompson Tree & Stump Removal to cut down two Maple trees on Main street for $700.00. Motion carried.
Flags: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to purchase 12 U.S.. Flags and 6 Michigan Flags from the office of David Palsrok. Motion carried.
Policies: Motion by Robert seconded by Ron to amend line item #10 on the Capitalization Policy from $500.00 to $1,000.00. Motion carried.
Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to adopt a policy that states the Village will elect to prospectively report its infrastructure assets. Motion carried.
Wellhead: Motion by Carol seconded by Vern to apply for a $1,000.00 Wellhead grant for the 2005-2006 fiscal year. Motion carried.
Bear Lake Days: Motion to close Main Street from Wise to Virginia Street and Wise Street from Main to Stuart on Saturday, July 9, 2005. Motion carried.
Street Fund: Motion by Don seconded by Ricke to raise the hours (corrected: raise the pay per hours) charged to the water fund and park fund from $16.50 to $25.00. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– Hidden street sign should be installed within the next two weeks.
– Streets signs were ordered for Maple, Cody and Lynn.
– Hired Christa Alike Schmidt for summer help.
– School is paving fenced in area across from the school but will have to check with DEQ regarding a retention
pond.
– Received payment from Curtis Edwards for the power washer.
– Tabled decision about fixing Main Street by the church.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Sorenson, Clerk

Bills paid for May:
Bittner & Hryns, $58.00; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $88.41; Blue Cross Blue Shield, $322.16; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; Mathieu Agency, $3,794.00; Michigan Paper Products, $92.98; Napa Auto Parts, $3.95; Northern Design & Sign, $98.50; Pioneer Group, $28.20 and Dale Stanton, $650.00.

Village of Bear Lake
July 13, 2005

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by
President Glen Moore at 7:40 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present: Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Howard Higley, Robert Howe,
Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore.
Absent: Vern Best and Michelle Mortenson
Guests: Don Fredrickson, Alfred and Jacqueline Johnson, Jim and Polly
Ludwig, Joanne Schroeder and Bernie Ware.
Minutes: The June minutes were approved as present with corrections.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to accept the
Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund 55,659.63
Equipment Fund 5,573.81
General Fund 17,396.60
Local Street Fund 14,702.57
Major Street Fund 38,915.24
Park Fund 50,460.41
Water Fund 80,204.17
Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to pay the bills as presented. Motion
carried.
Guests: Mr. Johnson requested the location for the Village of Bear Lake
water samples.
Jim and Polly Ludwig expressed their displeasure with the loud noise coming
from a truck and race car near their home. No action was taken at this time.
They also wished to have the snow removed from the downtown sidewalks more
frequently to insure clear passage.
Mrs. Schroeder and Mr. Fredrickson would like to put up signs pointing to
Hopkins Park at the steps going down to the campground.
Mr. Ware requested the names of one or two people from the Village who were
willing to sit on the Multi-Jurisdictional Planning Unit. Robert Howe agreed
to represent the Village’s interest.
Correspondence: Received a Thank You note from the AA and Alanon group for
use of the park shelter.
Campground: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to allow the Benzie County Band
to play at Hopkins Park on August 17th. Motion carried.
Lights: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to have Joel Fink from Galaxy
Electric affix a new light to shine upon “The Bear”. Motion carried.
Trees: Motion by Don seconded by Ricke to have Thompson’s Tree Removal take
down the dead limbs on Main Street for $100.00. Motion carried.
Water: Motion by Robert seconded by Carol to send a postcard to all
Village residents reminding them of the sprinkling hours and the fact that
their water could be turned off followed with a large turn-on fee if the
violation continues. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– Hired John Ledford to replace Christa as Howard’s summer help.
– The flags ordered last month were received.
– The Village will send businesses letters regarding their responsibility
for snow removal.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 .m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for June:
Allied Waste, $216.14; Auto Value, $14.20; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $181.74;
Blarney Castle, $78.40; Engon Recreation, $984.00; Kent County Health Dept,
$48.00; Mathieu Agency, $1,559.00; McBride Septic Systems, $420.00;
Pleasanton Greenhouses, $42.34; Ron Brown & Sons, $115.08; Shoreline Waste,
$25.15.

Village of Bear Lake
August 10, 2005

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

Absent: Glen Moore and Robert Howe.

Guests: Dorothy Hanes, Jim and Polly Ludwig.

Minutes: The July minutes were approved as presented.

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

Building Fund 55,668.33
Equipment Fund 5,582.93
General Fund 28,098.11
Local Street Fund 15,259.46
Major Street Fund 40,401.30
Park Fund 49,061.60
Water Fund 84,213.75

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

Guests: Dorothy Hanes would like to tap into Village water at her home on Lake Street. Council will have Gary McBride check on feasibility and price to run water line.

Jim Ludwig addressed the issue of resurfacing some of the Village streets that are getting rough and cracked. Council members will consider plans for fixing the streets in the near future.

Bonus: Motion by Ricke seconded by Ron to give summer helper John Ledford a $100.00 bonus. Motion carried.

Trees: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to have Thompson Tree & Stump Removal take down trees on Main Street for $1,100; tree next to back entrance at school for $800.00; Tree by Timmons home for $200.00 and Tree on Maple Street for $200.00. Motion carried.

Campground: Carol reported that the playground is now completed; the trees by the park entrance were trimmed; and the Memorial Tree in Bill Kuhn’s name has been planted. Carol also announced her desire to retire as campground host (Correction: campground supervisor). A replacement will be announced at a later date.

Discussions Held On:
– Council will make notes of repairs needed on various sidewalks and roads in the Village.
– Draft audit was received.
– Fencing at the school was discussed with no action taken.
– Will check into posting of “No Jake Brakes” signs.
– Table “sprinkling-hours” postcards.
– Enclosing a warning with the water bills about sprinkling hours.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for July:
Allied Waste, $141.91; Auto Value, $5.82; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $119.82;
DEQ, $175.00; Gear It Up, $500.00 and $22.50; Kent County Health Dept,
$62.00; MML, $434.00; McBride Septic Systems, $135.00; Mich Paper Products,
$65.26; Northstar Auto, $222.97; Pioneer Press Printing, $92.00; Riggle
Playground Equip., $500.00; Ron Brown & Sons, $130.20; Dale Stanton,
$325.00; Thompson Tree Removal, $612.50; and Trumble Recreation Supply,
$468.27

Village of Bear Lake
September 14, 2005

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:37 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

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

Guests: Carver Edwards and Char Myers.

Minutes: The August minutes were approved with corrections.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to accept the
Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund 55,677.97
Equipment Fund 5,593.03
General Fund 30,209.18
Local Street Fund 15,922.89
Major Street Fund 42,089.76
Park Fund 45,214.73
Water Fund 86,107.95

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

Guests: Char Myers offered clarification about the Manistee County Community Foundations request for $273.00 to support EnVision Manistee County. Due to the laws governing donations, the Village has opted to table this request until further review.

Workman’s Comp Bill: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to allow Connie to pay the revised Workman’s Comp billing when it is received from the Mathieu Agency. Motion carried.

Water Summit: Motion by Don seconded by Ricke to pay the $15.00 fee to send Vern Best to the Regional Water Summit held at the Little River Casino in Manistee. Motion carried.

Building Usage: Motion by Vern seconded by Ron to allow the village Hall to be used by Attorney Hyrns to conduct a deposition on September 30, 2005 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Trees: Motion by Don seconded by Robert to purchase replacement trees, mulch and compost with cost not to exceed $500.00. Motion carried. Ricke will check with the school to see if both 4th and 6th grade would be interested in planting the trees this fall.

Grant: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to have Dendra Best write a grant to the Manistee County Foundation for the amount of $600.00 to be used for educational purposes regarding the Wellhead Protection Plan. Motion carried.

Contingency Plan: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to allow Vern to distribute the Village’s Contingency Plan to various government entities. Motion carried.

Campground: Carol reported that the playground is now completed; the trees by the park entrance were trimmed; and the Memorial Tree in Bill Kuhn’s name has been planted. Carol also announced her desire to retire as campground host. A replacement will be announced at a later date.

Discussions Held On:
– Pedestrian crosswalk on U.S. 31.
– Sidewalk repair in the spring.
– Possible removal of trees on Main Street.
– Water bills will contain reminders of the leaf pickup procedure and winter parking hours.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for August:
Allied Waste, $164.77; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $65.12; DEQ, $100.00;
Jackpine, $12.99; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; Mathieu Agency, $297.44;
Ron Brown & Sons, $1,039.85; Thompson Tree Removal, $2,495.00; and Carol
Urbanus, $66.91.

Village of Bear Lake
October 12, 2005

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: Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning.

Absent: Vern Best and Carol Urbanus.

Guests: Jim and Polly Ludwig.

Minutes: The September minutes were approved with corrections.

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Ron seconded by Don to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read.  Motion carried.
Building Fund                     55,688.15
Equipment Fund                   5,603.65
General Fund                     30,172.73
Local Street Fund                15,586.07
Major Street Fund               41,435.53
Park Fund                         42,918.99
Water Fund                       84,938.04

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

Business Letters: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to send letters to local businesses regarding snow removal and requests to have address numbers easily visible on their buildings. Motion carried.

Guests: Jim & Polly Ludwig addresses the issue of snow along the sidewalks. The council will send out letters requesting businesses to do their best in keeping an open passageway along the entire downtown sidewalk.

Trees: 14 new trees were planted in the Village. One by maintenance man Howard Higley and 13 by the 4th, 5th & 6th grade students at Bear Lake School. Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to have Thompson Tree Removal take down a tree by Mrs. Johnson’s home for $700.00. Motion carried.

Bear Lake School: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to send a letter to Bear Lake School approving their parking lot paving plans submitted as long as they meet the requirements of the State and DEQ. Motion carried.

Drains: Motion by Don seconded by Robert to have McBride Septic Systems fix the drain on Cody Street. Motion carried.

Equipment: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to purchase a 24 ft ladder from Bear Lake Hardware for $225. Motion carried.

Pay Increase: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to increase the clerk and treasurer’s monthly pay by 30%. Motion carried.

Budget: Motion by Ricke seconded by Ron to transfer $15,000 from the General Fund to the Building Fund. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Changes to Contingency Plan tabled until next meeting.
– Thank you letters were sent to Mr. Harthun, Mrs. Bowman and Mrs. Peters and the students at Bear Lake School for their help in planting the new trees. Pictures will be posted on the website and will also be sent to the Manistee News Advocate.
– Letters will be sent to two local residents regarding complaints about their dogs.
– Bill Timmons offered the Village first option to buy a piece of his property. No interest was expressed at this time.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for September:

Allied Waste, $165.38; Auto Value, $3.91; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $16.33; Ricky Bishop, $40.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield, $322.60; Innotech, $150.00; Keddie Norconk Memorial Library, $750.00; Northern Fire & Safety, $98.00; OMS, $3.00; Pleasanton Valley Greenhouse, $574.27;  Ron Brown & Sons, $76.44, $241.40, $144.60 and $131.28; and Thompson Tree Removal, $130.00.

Village of Bear Lake
November 9, 2005

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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.

Guests: Scott Brown, Jean Burley, Pastor Al Cantor, Carver Edwards, Denise Hubbell, Gary McBride, Jim Reed, Tim Richards and Kim Schafer.

Minutes: The October minutes were approved with corrections.

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

Motion carried.
Building Fund 55,591.39
Equipment Fund 5,615.43
General Fund 58,039.51
Local Street Fund 3,668.60
Major Street Fund 31,887.22
Park Fund 43,610.70
Water Fund 97,485.40

Bills: Motion by Robert seconded by Don to pay the bills as presented. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Motion carried.

Sparkle In The Park: Past Al and Denise Hubbell presented flyers explaining the legality of allowing nativity scenes in Hopkins Park. Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to allow Nativity Scenes in Hopkins Park based on the information provided. Motion carried.

School Parking Lot: Scott Brown from Ron Brown and Sons, gave an update on the paving on the school parking lot which is progressing nicely.

Beach at the Park: Kim Schafer from Schafer Excavating and Jim Reed proposed an idea via Envision Bear Lake, to create a swimming area close to where the playground is located. The beach would be approx 100′ x 40′. Businesses and local community members will volunteer their time. Ron, Carol and Connie will serve as liasons between the Village and Envision Bear Lake Members. The council embraced the idea and a motion was made by Ron and seconded by Ricke to set aside $2,000.00 for various items such as permits. Motion carried.

Village Limits: Jean Burley approached the idea for expanding the Village Limits and what positive or negative aspects it might have on the community. Discussion ensued but no action will be taken as this time.

Septic Tank: Motion by Vern seconded by Ron to allow a resident on the corner of Main and Wise to remove the septic tank under the sidewalk if he agrees to replace the sidewalk at his expense. Motion carried.

Drain: Motion by Don seconded by Ricke to erect a fence around the drain by Carver Edwards House. Motion carried.

Halloween Hours: Motion by Vern seconded by Don to set the Halloween Hours for 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for 2006 and beyond. Motion carried.

Tree Donation: Gary McBride offered to donate a tree for the Village to decorate for Sparkle In The Park. Motion by Vern seconded by Don to glady accept the donation for the tree and to purchase lights if needed. Motion carried. A sincere thank you is extended to Gary.

Lights: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to purchase 3 strings of lights and needed bulbs for the Bear Lake Promoters. Motion carried.

Equipment: Motion by Vern seconded by Robert to purchase 2 new tires for the truck. Motion carried.

Amend Budget: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to amend the budget for the Clerk and Treasurer’s pay increase by $2,250.00. Motion carried.

Winter Parking: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to have Pioneer Press Printing print postcards to send to Village residents reminding them of the winter parking hours which are Nov. 15 to April 15 from Midnight to 6:00 a.m. Motion carried.

Right-of-way: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to send a letter to a local resident about their trailer parked in the Village’s right-of-way and asked for it to be removed. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Vern gave a report of the meeting he attended concerning water and recycling.
– Vern asked for various financial reports from 2004 under the Freedom of Information Act
– The audit was discussed but final decisions were tabled until next months meeting.
– Vern requested the Wellhead information be put back on the website.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for October:
Allied Waste, $171.04; Auto Value, $6.56; Gosling Czubak, $6,000.00; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00; McBride Septic Systems, $175.00; Michelle Mortenson, $5.35; and Thompson Tree Removal, $1,062.50.

Wellhead Protection Minutes
December 14, 2005

The Wellhead Protection Meeting began at 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Members Present: Vern Best, Carver Edwards, Robert Howe, Jim Ludwig, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.
Absent: Dendra Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Don Hyrns, Alfred Johnson, Mike Ludwig, Gary McBride.
Guests: Don Conway (Gosling Czubak, Engineer).
Overview: Vern Best will send out the Wellhead Contingency Plan (2003) to various businesses and organizations. The Contingency Plan will be updated in 2008.

Dendra Best was successful in securing a $600 Grant from the Manistee County Community Foundation for the period of December 1, 2005 thru December 1, 2006 for the Village of Bear Lake. The grant will be geared toward the Education Program planned at Bear Lake School.

Don Conway reported that we have completed all major elements for the previous year and meet all requirements.

The DEQ has requested a timeframe and liaison person to ensure obligations are being met for the upcoming year. Future plans include a K-12 Education Program that will attentively be held in March of 2006 during Water Awareness Week. Ideas for the program are encouraged and will be discussed during the regular council meeting.
The meeting closed at 7:30 p.m.

Village of Bear Lake
December 14, 2005

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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.
Absent: Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne and Don Hyrns.
Guests: Carver Edwards and Jim Ludwig (portion of meeting)
Minutes: The November minutes were approved as presented.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund 56,715.46
Equipment Fund 5,627.69
General Fund 67,189.09
Local Street Fund 3,676.64
Major Street Fund 31,957.13
Park Fund 39,909.23
Water Fund 90,805.19
Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guests: Jim Ludwig approached the subject of water runoff at the school parking and was informed that it was designed and built to required specifications.
Correspondence: The Village has received many Christmas cards and a Thank You from the Bear Lake Promoters for the use of Hopkins Park for their “Sparkle in the Park” display. Thank you letters will be sent to: Dendra Best for writing and securing a $600 grant from the Manistee County Community Foundation; the Bear Lake Promoters for their continued efforts in promoting Bear Lake with their outstanding events. A letter will be sent to the Manistee County Road Commission asking for a good faith effort be put into removing the buildup of snow on U.S. 31 (in front of downtown businesses).
Bonus: Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to give Village Maintenance Man Howard Higley a $750.00 bonus. Motion carried.
Campground Supervisor: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to appoint Connie Guerne as the new Campground Supervisor. Motion carried.
Planning Resolution: Various aspects of the multi-jurisdictional group were discussed with the council being in favor of joining the collaboration with Bear Lake Township and Pleasanton Township in their efforts to write a shared Master Plan and Recreation Plan to enhance and better direct our common future growth. Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to sign the Cooperative Planning Resolution Agreement. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– The fire department will be informed of a broken hydrant that will be fixed in the near future on Cody and Maple streets.
– A flat tire on the tractor was repaired.
– Future projects such as a new roof on the pavilion in the park, gravel in the park, tree replanting at the Keddie Norconk Memorial Library, Various repairs on curbs in the Village, Water Main and Storm Drain Repairs.
– The Village Hall was once again used as the facility to take depositions on a continuing case on December 13th.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for November:
Allied Waste, $138.53; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $312.10; Blue Cross Blue Shield, $322.16; Gear It Up, $120.00; Grand Traverse Tire & Wheel, $603.50 and $236.39; Hyde Equipment, $774.60; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00; McBride Septic Systems, $2,703.60; McLeod’s Sales & Service, $431.50; Miss Dig, $188.88; The Pioneer Group, $25.10; Pioneer Press Printing, $35.00; Staples, $114.42; Wayne Manufacturing, $540.90.