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Village of Bear Lake
January 11, 2006

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, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.
Absent: Vern Best and Don Hyrns.
Guests: Carver Edwards and Vince Hancock.
Minutes: The December minutes were approved as presented.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund             56,853.52
Equipment Fund           5,641.33
General Fund             56,090.85
Local Street Fund         3,623.45
Major Street Fund       31,910.62
Park Fund                   39,577.70
Water Fund                 87,797.13
Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guests: Vince Hancock introduced himself and informed the council that he will be publishing “Three Pines Gander” which will include local news.
Correspondence: A letter will be sent to Lutz Farms thanking them for their donation to the Village. The Christmas tree was lit and displayed on the deck for all to enjoy.
Easter Egg Hunt: Carver Edwards (representing the Bear Lake Promoters) requested the use of Hopkins
(Park) for an Easter Egg Hunt on April 15th, 2006. Motion by Ron and seconded by Robert to allow the Egg Hunt. Motion carried.
Cross Connection Customers: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to send the Village’s Cross Connection customers a letter reminding them to have their annual inspections submitted to the Village by August 1, 2006 followed by a second letter with a deadline of September 1, 2006, if non-compliant. Motion carried.
Christmas Items: Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to purchase new brackets, star replacements, icicle lights and replacement bulbs for our Christmas decorations. Motion carried.
NEW MEETING DAY CHANGE: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to change the Village of Bear Lake Meeting Day to the THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH BEGINNING IN MARCH, 2006. Motion carried.
Money Market Accounts: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to move a portion of the Building Fund, Park Fund and Water Fund into a 90-day money market account with a 4.25% rate to Huntington Bank. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:

– Possibly interested in applying for a State Grant for various projects in the Village.
– Repaired garage door and truck tires.
– 6 of the 8 seasonals at Hopkins Park are confirmed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for December:

American Water Works, $62.00; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $248.32; Cadillac Garage Door, $206.95; Corrpro, $530.00; District Health Dept. $120.00; Gear It Up Communication, $30.00; Jackpine, $40.77; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00; Mathieu Agency, $459.80; McLeod’s Sales & Services, $793.46.

Village of Bear Lake
February 8, 2006

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, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.
Absent: Don Hyrns.
Guests: Larry Bacon and Jim Reed.
Minutes: The January minutes were approved as presented with corrections.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund             56,943.60
Equipment Fund           5,655.71
General Fund             55,378.33
Local Street Fund         3,518.42
Major Street Fund       31,878.03
Park Fund                   40,153.72
Water Fund                 85,979.20
Money Market Account: Connie read money market account balances located at Huntington Bank in the amounts of: Building Fund $55,000; Park Fund $30,000; and Water Fund $80,000.
Bills: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guests: Jim Reed reviewed the meeting he recently attended in Frankfort regarding information about grants and the possibility of applying for them in the future. A special meeting has been scheduled for February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Pleasanton Township Hall to discuss options for the Village, Bear Lake Township and Pleasanton Township. Jim along with Larry Bacon also discussed what the top 3 or 4 ideas the Village Council would like to explore in the future. Creating a Master Plan and updating the Recreational Plan were also discussed.
Correspondence: A letter was received from Dendra Best requesting 15 minutes at our regular meeting held in March to present and explain the Wastewater Community Education and Planning Resource Kit and how it can be used to educate the community. Motion by Ron seconded by Vern to allow Dendra to present the information. Motion carried.
A welcome letter will be sent to Doug Peters and Jodee Randall in regards to their new businesses on Lake Street (U.S. 31).
Budget: Council members received the initial 2006-2007 budget for review. The meeting to discuss the budget will be held on March 15th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. before the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Discussions Held On:

– Joel Fink will be contacted to fix the lights on the hall and deck.

– Consumers will be contacted about a street light out by the corner of Smith and Stuart.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for January:

Auto Value, $17.67; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $40.99; Blarney Castle, $1,337.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield, $322.16; CNA, $480.00; Haviland, $360.40; Jackpine, $32.99 and $66.06; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00.

Village of Bear Lake
March 15, 2006

The Budget Hearing was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:05 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Present: Vern Best, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Robert Howe, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.
Absent: Don Hyrns.
Funds: The budget was presented with discussion on the various accounts. Changes made were; General Fund: Should be Metro Act instead of Metro Grant. Metro Act Revenue must be used for Village right-of-ways such as sidewalks, trees and streets. Care will be taken to use the revenue first to ensure proper disbursement of the monies. Major Street Fund: Actual transfer out for 2005-2006 was $15,000 not 0. Water Fund: Wellhead Protection Grant 2005-2006 actual should be $3,000 instead of $3,600. The proposed 2006-2007 Wellhead Protection Grant line item was changed to $3,600 income and $7,200 in expenditures.
Millage: Discussion was held to tentatively set the millage at 9 mills.

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, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.
Absent: Don Hyrns.
Guests: Sue Setzer.
Minutes: The February 2006 minutes were approved as presented.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Vern to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund             61,210.76
Equipment Fund         15.669.36
General Fund             62,691.03
Local Street Fund       14,455.23
Major Street Fund         9,182.94
Park Fund                   48,171.11
Water Fund                 91,426.39

Budget: Motion by Robert seconded by Ron to adopt proposed budget with corrections for 2006/2007 fiscal year. Also tentatively set the millage at 9 mills. Motion carried.
Bills: Motion by Carol seconded by Ricke to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Guests: Sue Setzer expressed her feelings that the Village should be responsible for bills concerning a car accident that took place on March 2, 2006 between the Village plow truck and her son’s vehicle. She felt the maintenance man was negligent and should be reprimanded and would like approximately $3,200 in damages. She relayed that some residents complained that the snow plow driver should stop at stop signs and is consistently driving too fast. She will be notified next month as to the decision of the Village council.
Accident: Motion by Vern seconded by Ron to have Glen contact the Village Attorney for a legal recommendation concerning the Setzer/Village Plow Truck accident. Motion carried.
Wellhead Protection Update: Water Awareness Week at Bear Lake School was proceeding successfully thus far. Students were treated to various presentations and participated in hands-on activities revolving around groundwater. Students were also encouraged to participate in a poster and placemat design contest. Items purchased for educational purposes included VHS, CD’s, DVD’s, coloring books, crayons and other various materials. Vern will be reimbursed from the Wellhead Grant Fund for $64.59 for ink cartridges purchased. Vern also received 10 free CD’s for our use.
Correspondence: Manistee County Clerk Annual Address List, Manistee County Clerk Tax Allocation Board Listing and New Associate Hired at Bittner, Hyrns.
Motion by Vern seconded by Ron to send a letter to a homeowner on Potter Road regarding complaints about numerous vehicles blocking the road and right-of-way. A copy will also be sent to the Manistee County Sheriff’s Dept. Motion carried.
Tax Bills: Motion by Vern seconded by Ron to sign the Contractual Services Agreement with Manistee County to provide the necessary personnel and computer services for taxes for the 2006 calendar year for a price of $1.00 per parcel. Motion carried.
Water Main Upgrades: Estimates for upgrades were received from Nordlund & Associates for 3 different areas in the Village. No action was taken at this time.
Payment Pre-Approval: Motion by Carol seconded by Vern to pre-approve the bills from the Wellhead Protection Grant for payment to AWWA for $561.22 and Staples for $250.67. Motion carried.
Brush Pickup: Motion by Vern seconded by Robert to accept Thompson’s Tree & Brush Removal $5.00 increase for brush pickup for the 2006 season. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:

– New trash bag pickup from Allied Waste is now on Wednesdays.

– Fire Hydrant Report – 2 hydrants will possibly be raised 18″ in the spring.

– Pay raises were discussed with agreement that ethically raises should be given at the beginning of the fiscal year.

– Request to have Peterson Insurance give a quote on Auto Insurance for the Village.

– Brush pickup postcards will be sent out with the water bills.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for February:

Fidlar Co., $234.00; Galaxy Electric, $155.00; Hyde Equipment, $112.00; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00, Manistee County Treasurer, $247.50; The Mathieu Agency, $2,405.41; The Mathieu Agency, $3,358.00; McLeods Sales & Services, $428.00; Sam’s Club, $99.86; and Dale Stanton, $750.00.

Village of Bear Lake
April 19, 2006

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, Glen Moore and Ron Ronning

Absent: Vern Best, Michelle Mortenson and Carol Urbanus.

Guests: Clayton Setzer, Rick Setzer, Tim Richard, Dendra Best, Jim Ludwig and Polly Ludwig.

Minutes: The March 2006 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund             61,426.34
Equipment Fund         15.713.73
General Fund             48,232.46
Local Street Fund       14,218.46
Major Street Fund         8,819.19
Park Fund                  51,068.16
Water Fund                91,767.29

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

Guests: Clayton and Rick Setzer were informed by the Village Council that no action will be taken on their request, per the legal recommendation from our attorney.
Dendra Best (representing the Northwest Michigan Onsite Wastewater Task Force) provided the Village (a copy is also available at the Keddie-Norconk Memorial Library) with packets containing information on how to protect surface and ground water along with valuable ideas on alternative types of wastewater treatment systems and how they work. A joint effort between the Joyce Foundation and the Manistee County Community Foundation is what helped to yield the educational packets.Dendra also informed the council about a 20-year loan at 1.68% that is available thru a program called the “Clean Michigan Initiative, a Strategic Water Quality Initiative Fund” which is designed for small communities to help those within the community who want to replace their individual system or replace a cluster of systems with a shared community drain field or system. More information will be offered at a June 1st workshop with the DEQ.
Jim and Polly Ludwig requested information on the status of repairing the broken fire hydrants, streets and adding some curbs in the Village. Progress will be made on repairs this summer.

Correspondence: MML, Manistee County Sheriff’s Department, Bittner, Hyrns, Daly & Riemland and Manistee County Library.

Bear Lake Days: A letter delivered by Nancy Richard (representing the Bear Lake Lioness Club) requested the closing of various streets for Bear Lake Days on July 8th, 2006. Motion by Don seconded by Robert to close Main Street between US 31 to Virginia and Wise Streets from US 31 to Jim Reed’s driveway for Bear Lake Days on Saturday July 8th from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Fence: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to have Evans replace fence around new school parking lot. Motion carried.

HB 4837: Motion by Robert seconded by Ron to oppose HB 4837 in its entirety, which would require local units of government to prepare two housing affordability impact statements before adopting any ordinance, rule or regulation. Motion carried.

Catch Basin: Motion by Don seconded by Robert to have Ron Brown & Sons perform catch basin work on Cody Street by the school and Wise Street by the Edward’s home. Motion carried.

Master Plan: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to allow Vision Bear Lake to obtain a bid for a Master Plan to be written. Motion carried.

Building Concerns: Motion by Ricke seconded by Robert to send a letter to John and Karen Leckrone concerning the falling bricks on the Old Variety Store and the broken window at the Odd Fellow building. Motion carried.

Water Turn-Off: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to send a certified letter to Connie Walstrom and Terry Dansby regarding water shut off in 10 days. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Various sidewalk repairs needed in the Village.
– Insurance quotes are comparable to what the Village currently pays.
– Inquiry will be made into distributing a petition for street improvements through a millage in 2007.
– Will payoff Carter’s with the final sale of their home, per 10-water agreement.
– New gravel and brine will be put down in Hopkins Park.
– Drain basin was repaired on Wise street.
– Quotes will be sought on trimming a tree on Cody street by Jim Ludwig’s home.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for March
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $28.45; Bear Lake Insurance Co., $4,157.00; Bittner, Hryns, $81.00; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00, McBride Septic Systems, $5650.00; Michigan Pipe & Valve $113.36; Northern Woods Business Forms, $189.32; The Pioneer Group, $138.80 and Pioneer Press Printing, $30.00.

Village of Bear Lake – May 17, 2006

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 (arrived at 7:37), Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson and Ron Ronning

Absent: Carol Urbanus.

Guests: Dorothy Hanes and Jay Johnson.

Minutes: The April 2006 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ricke seconded by Don to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund 61,621.21
Equipment Fund 15.729.72
General Fund 42,402.82
Local Street Fund 14,232.95
Major Street Fund 8,828.18
Park Fund 53,372.70
Water Fund 93,521.57

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

Guests: Dorothy Hanes asked for an update regarding her need to have water run to her home on U.S. 31. Council advised she gather other interested parties and submit a letter which will allow us to contact the DEQ for further advisement on this issue.

Jay Johnson (representing the Bear Lake Days Committee) requested the use of Village property to be used for the lawn mower and golf cart slalom course. Motion by Vern seconded by Robert to allow them to use the land south of the school for the slalom course on July 8, 2006 with the stipulation that must carry their own insurance and they have a spillage contingency plan in place due to the fact that the property is located in the Wellhead Protection Area. Motion carried.

Correspondence: MML, B.L. Promoters, Gockerman, Wilson, Saylor & Hesslin, M. Setzer, Manistee County Planning Co., Secretary of State Office, MI Public Service Commission and Manistee County Library.

Amend Budget: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to amend the water fund by increasing the capital outlay line item by $2,000.00 to cover the $1,820.00 payment due to the Carter’s by previous agreement. Motion carried.

Bear Lake Days Parade: By resolution, a motion was made by Vern seconded by Ron to close approximately one mile of U.S. 31 on July 8, 2006 from 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the Bear Lake Days Parade. Motion carried.

Millage: Motion by Don seconded by Vern to set the village rate at 10.0 mills for General Fund Use. Motion carried.
By resolution, a motion was made by Ron seconded by Vern to extend the tax deadline with no penalty from September 14, 2006 to February 28, 2007. Motion carried.

Trees: Motion by Don seconded by Vern to have Thompson Tree & Stump Removal cut down a maple tree & grind the stump by Mr. Ludwig’s home for $450.00 and also take down a limb on Maple street for $175.00. Motion carried.

Motion by Vern seconded by Robert to purchase a new tree and necessary items needed to plant the tree and to send the bill to the Keddie-Norconk library due to the fact that it was the snow plow driver they hired who inadvertently ran the tree over. Motion carried.

Quarterly Wellhead Protection: Vern updated the council on the activities involving the Wellhead Protection Committee. Six-grader, Nikki Slater’s drawing was chosen as the Bear Lake Wellhead Protection Official Poster from the contest held at Bear Lake School. Eleventh-grader, Billie Jean Chamberlain was chosen as the Official Placemat winner from the contest.

Motion by Robert seconded by Ron to have all placemat drawings scanned and put on a CD for future use for the amount of $300.00 with payment to come out of the Wellhead Protection Grant. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On:
– An announcement will be made at the school regarding the need for summer help. Applicant must be 18 years of age.
– Sign pointing to the post office will be left in place.
– Howard will try to build up sand under fence by the water tower.
– Hopkins park is full for Memorial Day weekend as well as most of July & August.
– Will seek bids on the many sidewalk repairs needed in the Village.
– A new supplier for park materials and necessities is now being utilized with delivery made directly to the Village Hall.
– A letter will be sent to a home on U.S. 31 regarding water shut-off.

Meeting adjourned at 8:43p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for April
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $325.95; Elmer’s, $1,680.00; Gear It Up Communications, $60.00; Gockerman, Wilson, Saylor & Hesslin, $202.50; Grand Traverse Tire & Wheel, $761.61; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00; McBride Septic System, $691.15; Ron Brown & Sons, $225.68, $1,408.00 and $187.00; Staples, $529.92; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $455.00; Wayne Manufacturing, $528.08.

Village of Bear Lake – June 21, 2006

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, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.

Absent: Vern Best.

Guests: Carver Edwards, Jim Ludwig, Polly Ludwig and Roger Swanson.

Minutes: The May 2006 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Ricke to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund 61,827.47
Equipment Fund 15,743.06
General Fund 43,824.93
Local Street Fund 10,969.77
Major Street Fund 8,835.68
Park Fund 51,078.49
Water Fund 90,352.11

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

Guests: Jim and Polly requested an update on the fire hydrant repair work which the Council hopes to have completed soon. They also asked about having a special assessment for street repairs put on the ballot for 2007.

Roger Swanson requested clarification on the backflow inspection report that is required by the Village of Bear Lake (per the DEQ). He also hoped something could be done regarding sand in his yard, possibly a curb or gutter could be erected. The council will check into various ideas.

2007 Ballot: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to have Connie check with the Equalization Dept. about obtaining information for putting a special assessment on the 2007 ballot for village street repairs. Motion carried.

Correspondence: MML, Auto-Owners, Manistee Cty. Extension Office and the Manistee County Library.

Amend Budget: Motion by Carol seconded by Ricke to amend the general fund by increasing the insurance line item by $3,000.00 Motion carried.

Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to amend the general fund by increasing the sidewalk line item by $3,000.00 Motion carried.

Complaint: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to send a local resident a letter requesting the removal of a trailer, clothes line and other miscellaneous items on the Village property located adjacent to their home. Motion carried.

Sewer: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to send a letter to Michelle McManus, David Palsrok, Pete Hoekstra and Jack Sawka clarifying the Council’s position on the proposed sewer project and correcting a few erroneous items of information they may have received regarding Bear Lake. Motion carried.

Superior Energy: Motion by Carol seconded by Ricke to send Superior Energy a letter requesting them to clean-up and restore the land to as close as possible to the original condition i.e.: replace sod, plant grass, spread hay, etc. upon completion of their work projects. Motion carried.

Sidewalks: Motion by Robert seconded by Ron to accept T. Edinger’s proposal for various sidewalk repair work in the Village for $5,400.00 Motion carried.

Trees: Motion by Don seconded by Carol to pay for tree, trunk and brush removal for a tree already taken down on Maple Street. Motion carried.

Water: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to send a certified letter to the owner of a home on U.S. 31 regarding water shut-off within 10 days due to non-payment. New tenants will also be notified of possible turn-off. Motion carried.

Reith-Riley was sent a water bill for 1950 gallons at .10 per gallon used during the paving of the downtown area.

Fence: Motion by Ricke seconded by Robert to allow Tom Evens to erect a fence with a 12 ft. gate behind the new parking lot at Bear Lake School for $2,510.95. Motion carried.

Wellhead Protection Area: Motion by Don seconded by Robert to allow Gosling Czubak to take water samples from three wellsites (2 on Eleven Mile Rd and 1 on Anderson Rd.) per a written request from trustee Vern Best who was unable to attend the meeting. Motion carried.

Vern also requested the council to approve having engineers draw up plans for water main lines for a Stuart Street project and the expansion of the water main in the Ronning and Grove Street areas. The council tabled the request until more information could be obtained.

Discussions Held On:
– Josh Groenwald was hired as the new summer employee.
– Received an estimate for lights by flagpole/bear and will seek other estimates and check with the Bear Lake Promoters about possibly splitting the cost.
– General Liability/Workman’s Comp Audit performed by Auto-Owners was conducted with the Village having no problems.
– A permit was received for the beach project to begin with the estimated date of completion by July 8, 2006.
– Will request written permission from a local resident to remove a portion of the broken sidewalk in front of her home and not replace it at this time.

Meeting adjourned at 8:57p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for May
Allied Waste, 42.56; American Water Works, $62.00 and $561.22; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $97.85; Bear Lake Insurance, $270.00; Bear Lake Insurance, $50.00 and $9.00; Bittner, Hyrns, $36.20; Blarney Castle, $1,511.68; Blue Cross Blue Shield, $373.36; GT Packaging & Janitorial, $97.89; Kent County Health Dept., $74.00; MML, $447.00; MI Pipe & Valve, $2,014.89; Pleasanton Valley Greenhouse, $65.44; Pioneer Group, $41.20; Ron Brown & Sons, $208.65; Sam’s Club, $35.00; Staples, $357.80; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $712.50.

Village of Bear Lake
July 19, 2006

Please note that the Minutes are not posted to the web site until they have been approved.

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:32 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

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

Absent: Don Hyrns

Guests: Gregg Brown, Don Raiff, George Thompson, Robert Cummings, Rich Russell, Carver Edwards, Jack Sawka, Pat Bacon, Jim Abbott, William Axce, Roger Swanson and Bernie Ware.

Minutes: The June 2006 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer¹s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to accept the Treasurer¹s Report as read. Yes votes: Vern Best, Ricke Guerne, Robert Howe, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. Abstain: Carol Urbanus. Motion carried.
Building Fund     62,027.08
Equipment Fund     15,730.98
General Fund     42,732.17
Local Street Fund    10,978.79
Major Street Fund      8,842.94
Park Fund         53,148.36
Water Fund         90,841.04

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

Correspondence: Manistee County Chamber and Manistee County Library.

Sewer Supporters: A letter recently sent to Jack Sawka and our State Representatives evoked a civil discussion on the efforts by individuals to acquire a new sewer system in the 3 district (Pleasanton, Bear Lake Township and the Village) area. Many ideas and concerns were presented and funding issues were approached. Mr. Sawka offered his assistance in searching thru data, (with a Village council member) at the Manistee County Health Dept. in search of septic systems in our area that have not been updated since 1973. Although no action was taken, various items were discussed and erroneous information was acknowledged.
The Council would like to remind Village residents of various websites they can visit to view important information regarding sewer and septic systems: septic.umn.edu/ or michigan-onsitewastewater.org which can guide you to other website links.
The possibility of the council acquiring a loan(thru the Strategic Water Quality Initiative Fund) to upgrade or replace failing septic systems in the Village has been addressed in the past and will be revisited at the August meeting. This program could fund up to 90% of a community¹s cost for planning & designing a State Revolving Loan (SRF) or (SWQIF) wastewater construction loan project. The SRF provides funds to municipalities to plan, design and build publicly owned projects for water pollution control.
Kudos were given by audience members regarding the open lines of communication between sewer supporters and council members.

Guest: Roger Swanson checked on the backflow inspection with a certified plumber and found that an inspection report was not needed. The council would like the record to show that Roger Swanson will be exempt from acquiring an inspection sheet and his name will be removed from the list.

Guest: Pat Bacon requested that the sand be removed from various intersections in the village as she’s concerned about the safety hazard and the vehicles ability to start and stop. Howard will do his best to keep ahead of the problem.

LIAA: Bernie Ware announced that the Land Information Access Association has selected the Pleasanton and Bear Lake Townships along with the Village of Bear Lake to participate in the multi-jurisdictional planning assistance program known as ³Partnerships for Change Program². The LIAA will provide at least $25,000 worth of services over the term of this project. The Partnerships for Change Program will cover $15,500 worth of these costs and the three municipalities will provide the remaining $9,500 (as cash match) for the project.

Pleasanton has agreed to fund $5,000; Bear Lake Township, $2,500 and the Village reaffirmed their commitment to contribute $2,000 toward the common goal. Official signing of the document will take place in early September at a joint planning meeting at which time they will have 12 months to fulfill the requirements.

Motion by Vern seconded by Ron to sign the necessary paperwork needed to comply with the programs requirements and contribute $2,000 to the Partnerships for Change Program. Motion carried.

Property Owners Update: Don Raiff, representing the Bear Lake Property Owners, gave a report about their efforts regarding the weed mapping and their ideas for controlling obnoxious weeds that have been spotted in the lake. At this time there is no way to rid the lake of this particular weed, they are seeking ways to control the problem. He will do his best to keep the Village informed of their activities regarding the lake.

Computer: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to allow the clerk to purchase a new computer for Village records. Motion carried.

Centurytel: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to allow Centurytel to bury the lines as long as there is no financial responsibility to the Village. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Audit is in progress.
– Signs for the sidewalks discouraging skateboarding will be ordered.
– Signs regarding the beach water not being tested will be ordered along with a public beach sign that
will be posted in Hopkins Park.
– All approved sidewalk repairs have been completed.
– An outstanding water bill will be paid on a home on U.S. 31
– Fence around school parking lot has been erected.
– Will seek bids on a metal roof for pavilion in the park.
– Implementing a Social Security Privacy Act Policy was approached with more discussion to ensue at the next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 9:06 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for June
Allied Waste, $188.00; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $485.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield, $373.36; Tom Evens Fence Co., $2,510.95; Galaxy Electric, $76.00; Gear It Up Communications, $30.00; Gosling Czubak, $300.00; GT Packaging & Janitorial, $94.08; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00; McBride Septic Systems, $760.00; McLouth Welding, $100.00; Ron Brown & Sons, $965.00; Dale Stanton, $600.00; Staples, $52.45; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $480.00.

Village Council Minutes – Approved

Village of Bear Lake

August 16, 2006

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, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Carol Urbanus.

Absent: Vern Best

Guests: Gregg Brown, Don Raiff, Liz Raiff, Jim Eaton, Carver Edwards, Jack Sawka, Bernie Ware and Ray Franz.

Minutes: The July 2006 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer¹s Report: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to accept the Treasurer¹s Report as read.
Motion carried.

Building Fund 62,208.11
Equipment Fund 15,719.34
General Fund 36,127.39
Local Street Fund 10,888.11
Major Street Fund 8,750.45
Park Fund 52,974.19
Water Fund 94,881.78

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

Correspondence: Manistee County Library, Michelle McManus, Gourdie-Fraser.

Guest: Bernie Ware gave an update on the multi-jurdisctional meeting that will be held on September 6th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. Glen will be present to sign the agreement.

Guest: Don Raiff and Jim Eaton, representing the Bear Lake Property Owners Association gave an update on the Eurasian Water Milfoil Beds that have invaded the lake. They presented maps and underwater pictures that show the extent of the problem and highlighted ideas that could be used to control the weeds.

Guest: Jack Sawka is still interested in gathering data about septic permits that were issued in the Village. At this time, the Village feels it is still in the best interest of the Village to pursue other options. The clerk will contact Michael Cox, Project Manager for the Strategic Water Quality Initiative Fund about grant availability for septic system owners.

Guest: Carver Edwards, representing the Bear Lake Promoters, requested the use of Hopkins Park again this year for their annual light show.

Motion by Carol seconded by Ron to allow the Promoters to use Hopkins Park for “Sparkle In The Park” from mid-November thru early-January. Motion carried.

Library: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to amend the budget increasing the library line item by $50.00 for a total of $800.00. Motion carried.

Complaint: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to send a letter to a local resident regarding their barking dog. Motion carried.

Bonus: Motion by Don seconded by Robert to give summer helper Josh Groenwald a $100.00 bonus. Motion carried.

Tree: Motion by Ron seconded by Carol to pay Thompson Tree & Stump Removal when the invoice comes due for the tree removal on Wise street. Motion carried.

Fire Hydrant: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to purchase an extra fire hydrant in case of emergency. Motion carried.

Light on Bear: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to have a light installed on the Flag & Bear in the Village. Motion carried.

Glen will check with Promoters to see if they are willing to share the cost.

ACT 51: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to issue a letter of approval to Auditor Dale Stanton for $75 per hour for his help regarding the Act 51 report. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:

  • – Implementing a Social Security Privacy Act Policy was discussed and will be voted on at September’s meeting.
  • – No bid was received on the pavilion roof.
  • – Water bill was paid by owner of the home on U.S. 31.
  • – A quote was received for $4,500 to update the Cathodic Protection System on the Reservoir
  • – additional quotes will be obtained in an effort to keep the cost down.
  • – The purchase of more blue bags was discussed. The updated cost of the bags will be addressed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:56 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for July:

Allied Waste, $182.95; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $214.81; Bear Lake Insurance Agency, $135.00; Keddie Norconk Memorial Library, $800.00; Kent County Health Dept., $48.00; Manistee County Convention Bureau, $446.00; McBride Septic Systems, $1,720.00; McLouth Welding, $485.00; Michigan Pipe and Valve, $1,776.00; Pioneer Press Printing, $69.00; Ron Brown & Sons, $64.87 and Dale Stanton, $500.00.

Village Council Minutes

Village of Bear Lake

September 20, 2006

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: Jim Ludwig, Polly Ludwig, Don Raiff and Bernie Ware.

Minutes: The August 2006 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to accept the Treasurer¹s Report as read. Motion carried.


Building Fund            62,415.50
Equipment Fund        15,735.69
General Fund            27,390.36
Local Street Fund      10,899.43
Major Street Fund       8,759.55
Park Fund                 45,355.85
Water Fund               87,161.36

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

Correspondence: Manistee County Library, MML.

Guest: Bernie Ware gave an update on the multi-jurisdictional meeting that will be held on September 25th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.  Offered a rough estimate of $2,000 that the Village may want to add to their planning budget for future matching funds.

Guest: Don Raiff, representing the Bear Lake Property Owners Association gave an update on the Eurasian Water Milfoil Beds in the lake. At this time, no other major beds have been located. Don requested 2 people from the council to join their committee that will address treatment options and cost.

Guest: Jim Ludwig inquired about when leaf pick-up will begin and what we can do about loose leaves on the streets. Connie will include a list of rules concerning leaf pick-up in the next water bills.

Amend the Budget: Motion by Carol seconded by Don to up the Park Fund Repair & Maintenance line item by $700.00 to $1200.00. Motion carried.

Water Line: Motion by Don seconded by Robert to install 2″ water line was rescinded and re-worded to read: Motion by Don seconded by Robert to install a regular water line to the new Walburn home. Motion carried.

Water Tower: Motion by Ron seconded by Don to pay $350.00 to CorPreTek for a quote regarding the condition of the cathodic system on the water tower. Motion carried.

Schmidt Proposal: The Council would like to obtain more information regarding their proposal for land located on downtown Lake Street i.e.: price, time frame and terms. Discussion will be held on this issue at next month’s meeting.

Website: Motion by Don seconded by Robert to change from Inno-Tech to Gear-It-Up as host of the website for $175.00. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Motion carried.

Vision Newsletter: Motion by Carol seconded by Robert to post the Bear Lake Bulletin on the Village website with the Village paying for the first issue and possibly splitting the cost of the next issues. Yes votes: Ricke Guerne, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning, Carol Urbanus and Glen Moore. No vote: Vern Best. Motion carried.

Park: A bid was received to repair the pavilion roof. The council would like to check with other sources for additional bids.

Streets: Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to repair areas on three Villages streets along with the entrance road into Hopkins Park.

Privacy Notice:
Motion by Vern seconded by Carol to approve the Social Security Privacy Notice. Motion carried.

Wellhead Protection: Corkey gave a report that every water site tested by SOS Analytical tested good or at non-detectable levels. He also conveyed that the Village received a $2,500 Wellhead Grant for 2007.

Discussions Held On:
– A letter concerning a local resident’s dissatisfaction with Hopkins Park was received and read at the council meeting. Glen will talk with our campground host.

– The Village received a $500 from the Promoters to help with the cost of lighting the bear and flag.

– The Council will invite Mike Cox to our next meeting to discuss the SWQIF Water Fund.

– A $2,000 check will be sent to Pleasanton Township for the Village’s portion regarding the Multi-Jurisdictional Committee.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for August:
Auto-Value, $39.70; Allied Waste, $183.32; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $85.41; DEQ, $110.00; Gockerman, Wilson, $35.00; GT Packaging, $103.50; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; McLeods Sales and Services, $112.50; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $790.00.

Village Council Minutes

Village of Bear Lake

October 18, 2006

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 and Ron Ronning

Absent: Michelle Mortenson and Carol Urbanus.

Guests: Mike Cox (DEQ), Alfred Johnson, Carver Edwards, Don Raiff and Bernie Ware.

Minutes: The September 2006 minutes were approved as corrected.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Vern seconded by Don to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund            62,615.98
Equipment Fund        15,751.73
General Fund            48,002.71
Local Street Fund      10,910.54
Major Street Fund       8,760.18
Park Fund                 44,442.06
Water Fund               89,945.52

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

Correspondence: Manistee County Library, MML, Karen Cromie, Manistee Community Foundation, Board of Commissioners and Prosecuting Attorney.

Guest: Bernie Ware gave an update on the multi-jurisdictional meeting and discussed the agreement establishing the Bear Lake Community Joint Planning Commission (BLCJPC). The group is requesting at least one elected official and two community members to reside on the commission. Next month’s meeting will offer continuing information and updates.

Guest: Mike Cox gave a general overview of the State Revolving Fund and Strategic Water Quality Inititaives Fund Grant Program that is available to municipalities. Eligible activities include planning activities such as project plan preparation, I&I studies, SSES work, soil borings and non-constructions costs of pilot projects. Design Engineering services are also eligible. An application should be submitted as soon as possible if the council wishes to take advantage.The council will take all information under advisement.

MCCF: Motion by Robert seconded by Vern to send The Manistee County Community Foundation $178.75 toward our share of the MI State Small Town Design Initiative fund request. Motion carried.

Pavilion Roof: Discussion was held on cost estimates. No action taken at this time.

Schmidt Proposal: Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to offer Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt $5,000 per year for four years (total $20,000 + interest), for their land on U.S. 31. Motion carried.
Don will talk with them regarding details.

Cathodic System Repair: Motion by Robert seconded by Vern to allow CorPreTek to replace the rectifier on the water tank system for $4,121.00 and to pay $350.00 for the annual testing of the system. Motion carried.

Park Property: Motion by Ron seconded by Vern to survey the O’Rourke property (in Hopkins Park) and if no survey of park roadway is found, then a survey of the roadway will also be performed. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Repair on the road to the park will be withheld pending a property dispute resolution.
– Road repair to the entrance of Hopkins Park will be put on hold until next spring.
– Information regarding special millage for street improvements could be found utilizing the MI
Municipal League, or possible the Village Lawyer. Equalization Dept. does not offer help to get a special millage on the ballot.
-Usage for the O’Rourke property in Hopkins Park was discussed. Ideas included but were not
limited to a walkway or path extending down the stairway.

Meeting adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for September
Allied Waste, $183.71; Auto-Value, $44.54; Bear Lake Marine, $69.48; Bittner, Hyrns, $11.50; CorPreTek, $350.00; DEQ, $510.00; Gear It Up, $45.00; Gosling, Czubak, $1,650.00; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; OMS, $3.50; Water, Fire & Safety, $50.50; Ron Brown & Sons, $256.30 and 921.00; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $870.00.

Village Council Minutes

Village of Bear Lake

November 15, 2006

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, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson and Ron Ronning

Absent: Vern Best, Don Hyrns and Carol Urbanus.

Guests: Alice Mummey, George Schafer, Carver Edwards, Larry Mortenson, Brett Gourdie (Gourdie Fraser Assoc.) and Bernie Ware.

Minutes: The October 2006 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            62,622.27
Equipment Fund        15,768.32
General Fund            64,599.59
Local Street Fund      18,489.91
Major Street Fund      27,039.26
Park Fund                 39,341.68
Water Fund               92,554.06

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

Correspondence: Manistee County Revenue Sharing Board and Consumer’s Energy.

Guest: Bernie Ware gave an update on the multi-jurisdictional meeting and discussed the agreement establishing the Bear Lake Community Joint Planning Commission (BLCJPC). At this time, Robert Howe and George Schafer will represent the Village and reside on the commission.

Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to approve village resident George Schafer to serve on the Multi-Jurisdictional Board. Motion carried.

Motion by Robert seconded by Ricke to approve the agreement establishing the Bear Lake Community Joint Planning Commission. Motion carried.

Motion by Robert seconded by Ron to approve an ordinance to establish a Joint Planning Commission among Pleasanton Township, Bear Lake Township and the Village of Bear Lake to be known as the Bear Lake Community Joint Planning Commission and to repeal all ordinances in conflict herewith also known as Ordinance No. 2006.01. Motion carried.

Guest: Alice Mummey read a letter from Rick Gerber, manager of Auto-Value, requesting the holes to be filled in behind his store and snow plowing performed in the winter because it is a public parking lot. The council informed Alice that the Village owes a 15 foot alley way which they will re-gravel. The rest of the parking lot would remain the responsibility of the store owner.

Guest: Brett Gourdie from Gourdie-Fraser has been working with the Council regarding a grant for infrastructure upgrade and/or replacement of various water mains and fire hydrants. The Village will hire the services of his company for approx $500-$900 to pursue the necessary paperwork to secure a possible grant for 2007.

Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to change the next meeting from the 20th to December 13, 2006. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Ricke to remove $20,000 from the Park Fund CD (pending a penalty check) to acquire the Schmidt property on Lake Street in the Village. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Miss Dig has marked the Turney property on Virginia street for a water main repair.
– The Council will look into purchasing and/or repairing the picnic tables in the park.
– The Clerk will check into the plans for the 2007 Wellhead Grant and will present the information at the next meeting for possible approval.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for October
Allied Waste, $4,125.00 and $636.84; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $84.41; Bittner, Hyrns, $23.00; DEQ, $553.47; DEQ, $100.00; Etna Supplies, $34.00; Gear It Up, $190.00; Jackpine, 127.65; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; McLeod’s Sales & Services, $75.00; Northstar Auto, $219.57; Ron Brown & Sons, $3,500.56 and Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $105.00.

Village Council Minutes
Village of Bear Lake
December 13, 2006

The Oath of Office was administered to newly elected Council Members.

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:  Carver Edwards, Connie Guerne, Ricke Guerne, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns, Gary McBride, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson, Michelle Mortenson and Ron Ronning.

Absent: Robert Howe.

Guests: Don Conway.

Minutes: The November 2006 minutes were approved as presented.

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

Building Fund             62,822.97
Equipment Fund         15,784.93
General Fund             59,786.24
Local Street Fund      17,433.60
Major Street Fund      24,880.87
Park Fund                  39,581.51
Water Fund                92,008.66

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

Correspondence: Manistee County Library.

Guest: Don Conway gave a general overview for plans or ideas for the 2007 Wellhead Grant Program.  Discussion was held with the council deciding not to sign the application for 2006-2007 and revisit the issue in a year or so.

Motion by Don seconded by Larry not to sign the 2007 grant application. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Larry to amend the Park fund line items as follows: Add $1,100 to Due to other funds; Add $700 to Public Utilities; Add $1,000 to Repair & Main Supply; Add $1,800 to Repair & Maintenance; Add $250 to Printing & Postage; Add $400 to Refunds; Add $250 to Misc. and Add $20,000 to Capital Outlay. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to amend the Water Fund line items as follows: Add $2,800 to Repair & Main Supplies; Add $1,500 to Misc; and Add $2,000 to Due to other funds. Motion carried.

Motion by Ricke seconded by Ron to amend General Fund line items as follows: Add $100 to Holiday Decorations and Add $6,000 to Halls & Grounds. Motion carried.

Motion by Don seconded by Ricke to give Howard Higley a bonue for $750.00 Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Ricke to pay $35 per meeting per person for January, February & March 2007 for three people to attend the Bear Lake Joint Planning Commission. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to rejoin the Bear Lake Promoters for the 2007 year. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to obtain a professional opinion from the village lawyer, Bittner, Hyrns – regarding our request to purchase the Schmidt property. Upon agreement confirmation from the lawyer – $20,000 will be paid in full to Robert and Terri Schmidt. Motion carried.

Discussions held on:
– Wheel on the dock will need to be replaced next spring.
– Ricke will be resigning from the position of Street Administrator. A new replacement will be
named at the next meeting.
– The council will search for a new firm to perform the 2006-2007 audit.
– The new address for the “Bear” is 7576 Lake Street.
– New Christmas candles or ornaments may need to be purchased next year as we are
consistently encountering problems with our current village decorations.
– Repair on the plow is being performed with completion expected in the next day or so.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for November:
Allied Waste, $201.69; Auto-Value, $7.17; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $142.42; Bear Lake Township, $772.92; Blarney Castle, $334.95; BC/BS, $373.36; G.T. Tire $966.54; Kent County Health Dept, $48.00; Manistee Cty. Road Commission, $303.82; McBride Septic Systems, $300.00; Miss Dig, $192.72; Pioneer Group, $290.06; Ron Brown & Sons, $81.25 and Staples, $3.78.