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Village Council Minutes
Village of Bear Lake
January 17, 2007

The Regular Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:33 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Council Present: Carver Edwards, Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson, Michelle Mortenson and Ron Ronning.

Absent: Ricke Guerne.

Guests: Gregg Brown, Elaine Bush, Tim Richard and Carol Urbanus.

Minutes: The December 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 63,030.15
Equipment Fund 15,801.55
General Fund 53,470.51
Local Street Fund 17,451.96
Major Street Fund 24,603.19
Park Fund 27,681.44
Water Fund 90,059.58

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

Correspondence: Manistee County Library and Pauline Jaquish.

Guest: Carol Urbanus (former council member) offered guidance regarding the brush pickup postcards/setup for Village residents. She also expressed concern regarding the council’s decision to pass on the 2006/2007 Wellhead Protection Grant. She was reassured that it is not uncommon for municipalities to take a year or two off and reapply in the future.

Guest: Gregg Brown presented a water system analysis with averages from the year 2005. The Village pumped 27,270,000 gallons of water divided by 365 days per year = 74,712.33 gallons per day divided by the Village population of appox. 318 residents = 234.94 gallons per day, per person – well above the Manistee County Health Dept.’s figures of 150 gallons per person, per day. Council members pointed out that Bear Lake School is located in the village as well as Hopkins Park Campground which could account for the increase of water usage.

Guest: Elaine Bush, representing the Manistee Conservation District, gave an information pamphlet on the upcoming Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day set for August 25th, 2007 at the Manistee County Road Commission on Chippewa Hwy. For more information on acceptable and unacceptable items you can call 231-889-4761.

Motion by Ron seconded by Larry to allow the Bear Lake Promoters to use Hopkins Park for their annual Easter Egg Hunt set for April 7th. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to appoint Village resident Jim Reed to replace Michelle on the Bear Lake Joint Planning Committee. Motion carried.

Motion by resolution by Ron seconded by Don to appoint Michelle as new street administrator to replace Ricke Guerne who is stepping down. Yes votes: Carver Edwards, Bill Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. Abstain: Larry Mortenson. Motion carried.

Motion by Don seconded by Ron to increase the Street Administrator’s wages from $600 to $1,000 per year. Yes votes: Carver Edwards, Bill Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. Abstain: Larry Mortenson. Motion carried.

Motion by Don seconded by Bill to increase the President’s wages from $1,200 to $1,800 per year. Yes votes: Carver Edwards, Bill Howe, Don Hyrns, Larry Mortenson and Ron Ronning. Abstain: Glen Moore. Motion carried.

Motion by Don seconded by Bill to increase the Maintenance Supervisor wages from $600 to $1,000 per year. Yes votes: Carver Edwards, Bill Howe, Don Hyrns, Larry Mortenson and Ron Ronning. Abstain: Glen Moore. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Bill to approve Wilson, Ward CPA Firm to provide the 2006 – 2007 audit. Price not to exceed $4,944.00 Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to add four plugs to the outlet by “The Bear and Flagpole.” Motion carried.

Motion by Don seconded by Larry to upgrade the lights in the Village garage. Motion carried.

Discussions held on:
– A purchase agreement will be presented to the Schmidt’s in an effort to finalize the purchase of land on U.S. 31

– A special meeting will be held on February 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall to discuss the 2007-2008 budget.

  • Larry will check with Thompson’s Tree & Stump removal about brush pickup service for 2007.Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.Respectfully Submitted,
    Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

    Bills paid for December:
    Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $12.98; Galaxy Electric, $1,163.00; Gear It Up, $30.00; Jackpine, $47.67; Hyde Equipment, $66.90; Kent County Health Dept, $60.00; McBride Septic Systems, $625.00; McLeod’s Sales & Services, $2,152.92; Michigan Pipe & Valve, $578.46; Northstar Auto, $187.82; Dale Stanton, $750.00

Village of Bear Lake
Budget Hearing
February 7, 2007

The Budget Hearing was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Council Present: Carver Edwards, Connie Guerne, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson and Michelle Mortenson.

Absent : Ricke Guerne, Don Hyrns and Ron Ronning.

Funds : The budget was presented with discussion on the various accounts. Changes made included: Major Street Fund – Net Expenditures should read (7,150.00); Minor Street Fund – Contributions from Major St. should read $5,000.00; Water Fund – Capital Outlay should be $0

Millage : Discussion was held to tentatively set the millage at 12 mills.

Village Council Minutes
Village of Bear Lake
February 21, 2007

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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson and Michelle Mortenson.

Absent: Don Hyrns and Ron Ronning.

Minutes: The January 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carver seconded by Larry to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.

Building Fund 63,237.34
EquipmentFund 15,818.19

General Fund 53,472.05
Local Street Fund 17,095.31
Major Street Fund 24,187.17
Park Fund 42,126.50
Water Fund 89,754.74

Budget: Motion by Carver seconded by Bill to adopt the proposed budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. Motion carried.

Bills: Motion by Bill seconded by Carver to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Correspondence: Manistee County Library, Consumer’s Energy, MSU Extension and Manistee Cty. Revenue Sharing Board.

Tax Bills: Motion by Carver seconded by Bill to sign the Contractual Services Agreement with Manistee County to provide services for property taxes for the 2007 calendar year at a cost of $1.00 per parcel. Motion carried.

Millage: Motion by Ricke seconded by Larry to set the village rate at 12 mills. Motion carried.

Insurance: Motion by Ricke seconded by Bill to approve the transfer of the insurance carrier for the Village to the Michigan Municipal League, saving an estimated $4,500.00. Motion carried.

Computer Software: Motion by Bill seconded by Carver to purchase the necessary Quickbooks programs for the clerk and treasurer. Motion carried.

Meetings: Motion by Ricke seconded by Don (Carver) to increase the monthly meeting pay for council member to $45.00 per month. Motion carried.

Discussions held on:
– Request Gerry Peterson from the Manistee County Road Commission to attend the March meeting to discuss road repairs.

– Check to make sure storm & sewer drain coverage was included with the new insurance carrier.

– Schmidt land purchase agreement was submitted and we are waiting for final approval.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for January:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $262.05; Corpretek, $4,121.00; Bittner, Hyrns, $175.35; Blue Cross, Blue Shield, $373.30; Galaxy Electric, $257.00; Hyde Equipment, $708.60; Kent County Health Dept, $60.00; Manistee Conservation District, $75.00; Pioneer Press Printing, $72.00; Staples, $29.65; and State of Michigan, $10.00

Village of Bear Lake
March 21, 2007

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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Gary McBride, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson, Michelle Mortenson and Ron Ronning.

Absent: Don Hyrns

Guests: Manistee County Road Commission representative, Jerry Peterson and Wade-Trim representative, Brian Sousa.

Minutes: The February 2007 minutes were approved as presented with one correction.

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

Building Fund  63,237.34
Equipment Fund  15,818.19
General Fund  36,133.21
Local Street Fund  21,178.01
Major Street Fund 32,453.08
Park Fund   44,123.50
Water Fund  82,062.03

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

Guest: Jerry Peterson presented various ideas as to how to handle possible street repairs in the Village and the estimated cost of such repair.

Street Repairs: Motion by Ron seconded by Larry to have Mr. Peterson evaluate the village roads and offer a recommendation for repairs. Motion carried.

Guest: Brian Sousa presented a Professional Service Agreement in an effort to secure two different federal grants from the MDNR.

Waterways Grant: Motion by Carver seconded by Bill to sign an agreement with Wade-Trim to complete an application to secure a grant from the MDNR for Hopkins Memorial Park and the Boat Launch Upgrade. Cost for agreement is $1,600. Motion carried.

Water System Overview: Motion by Ron seconded by Larry to sign an agreement with Wade-Trim to complete an application to secure a grant for the Master Water Map & System Overview. Cost for agreement is $950.00. Motion carried.

Brush Pick-Up: Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to have Pioneer Press Printing produce brush pick-up cards and have Connie include them in the water bills. Motion carried.

Joint Planning Pay: Motion by Carver seconded by Larry to pay Joint Planning Committee members for four meetings (if attended) at $35 per meeting. Motion carried.

Discussions held on:
– Brush Pick-up dates for 2007 are: April 12 & 26; May 10; June 14; July 12; Aug. 9; Sept. 13; and Oct. 11.
– Schmidt land purchase agreement was submitted and we are waiting for final approval.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for February:
Auto Value, $15.93; Kent County Health Dept, $60.00; McLeod¹s Sales & Services, $349.12; MML, $835.00; MML, $4,246.00; Pioneer Group, $68.00; Staples, $132.63.

Village of Bear Lake
April 18, 2007

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

Absent: Connie Guerne and Rick Guerne.

Guests: None

Minutes: The March 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: No report given this month.

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

Correspondence: Manistee County Library, B.L. Joint Planning Committee, Vern Best.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to send a complaint letter to homeowner and renter regarding their barking dog. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to pay $30 for each person attending the Joint Planning Committee’s Zoning Training Session on May 14th. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to resubmit the grant application for Hopkins Park Improvements at a 50/50 match of $19,995 for Village’s share. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Robert to have Thompson’s Tree Service remove the Ash on Maple Street and the Chestnut Tree on Euclid. Motion carried.

Motion by Larry seconded by Carver to have Galaxy Electric replace the lights in the Village Hall. Motion carried.

Discussions held on:
– Confirmation will be sent to Vern Best regarding his request.
– Council members will volunteer their time to refurbish the existing boards on the picnic tables that are in need of repair.
– Don will get updated bids for the pavilion roof repair.
– The council opted not to renew the ad for Hopkins Park in the Manistee Visitor’s Guide.
– Workman’s comp audit went well and without incident.
– Bids will be obtained for sidewalks in need of repair.
– The importance of communication among council members and the community was discussed. The President will contact the Treasurer to receive an update regarding the status of various items and issues.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills paid for March:
Auto-Value, $18.42; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $44.10; Blarney Castle, $1,859.02; BC/BS, $373.36; Galaxy Electric, $142.75; Haviland, $377.20; Kent County Health Dept, $60.00; McLeod’s Sales & Services, $884.04; Pioneer Press Printing, $35.00 and Staples, $423.98.

Village of Bear Lake
May 16, 2007


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

Absent: Ricke Guerne

Guests: Heather DeRidder, Jay and Jackie Johnson, Jim and Polly Ludwig, Mary Manning and Don Raiff.

Minutes: The April 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carver seconded by Bill to approve the treasurer’s report. Motion carried

Building Fund                $6,016.96
Equipment Fund           $20,875.41
General Fund               $33,103.09
Local Street Fund         $26,958.74
Major Street Fund        $34,073.16
Park Fund                    $17,151.11
Water Fund                  $4,484.74

Money Market Acct.     $154,123.35

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

Guest: Mary Manning expressed her sympathy in the passing of treasurer Connie Guerne and acknowledged her dedication to the Village over the years.
Mary also expressed her appreciation for the Village posting the Bear Lake Bulletin on the website and the willingness to pay the $30 (if applicable) to continue to have it available to website viewers.
She also announced an exciting new event in the planning stages for Bear Lake. It’s tentatively named “Autumn Glory Day in Bear Lake”.  October 13th is the date for the community wide event which hopes to raise money in the fight against the Milfoil issues Bear Lake is currently experiencing. They expect to have artisans, antique collectors, live music, kids activities and much more. A highlight of the event could include a scarecrow contest with entries lining the streets of Bear Lake. More details will be announced at a later date.

Guest: Jackie Johnson requested permission to use the newly purchased land on U.S. 31 in the downtown area for a diving tank during Bear Lake Days. She reassured the Village that the tank would be under 24-hr supervision plus the Manistee County Sheriff’s Dept will perform extra patrols of the area.

Motion by Don seconded by Larry to allow the use of the land on U.S. 31 for the dive tank during Bear Lake Days under the condition that the Village will not be liable in the event of an accident. Motion carried.

Guest: Jim Ludwig asked for clarification on the street millage proposed.

Guest: Don Raiff gave a status report on the Milfoil issue in the lake. He acknowledged the various local groups that have donated starter money to the cause. He hopes to have an informal meeting with council members and a lawyer to discuss a possible special assessment district and what it entails. The group is making every effort to keep the citizens of Bear Lake informed on the ongoing efforts to clear the lake of the Milfoil weed.

Guest: Community member Heather DeRidder requested the opportunity to assume the position of treasurer and offered her qualifications and willingness to help the community.

Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to nominate and appoint Alice Howe to complete the term of treasurer due to the loss of Connie Guerne. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to re-levy the millage originally set at 12 mills down to the maximum allowed at 10.5501 mills. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to implement a new check cashing policy that states, “all checks shall be deposited within 15 days of receipt.” Motion carried.

By Resolution a Motion was made by Carver seconded by Larry to close approximately one mile of U.S. 31 on July 14, 2007 from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. to accommodate the Bear Lake Days Parade. Motion carried.

Motion by Robert seconded by Larry to close Main street between U.S. 31 to Virginia and Wise streets from U.S. 31 for Bear Lake Days on Saturday, July 14th from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Motion by Robert seconded by Don to re-hire Josh Groenwald as our summer helper with a 50¢ increase in pay. Motion carried.

Motion by Robert seconded by Carver to appoint Larry Mortenson as Hopkins Park Supervisor. Yes votes: Carver Edwards, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. Abstain: Larry Mortenson. Motion carried.

Motion by Robert seconded by Larry to have Adamczak Construction repair the pavilion roof in Hopkins Park at a cost of $1,800. Motion carried.

Motion by Robert seconded by Ron to pre-approve payment to T. Edinger for repair of various portions of sidewalks in the Village. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to add Alice Howe and Gloria Edwards to the Village accounts as second signatures on checks if needed. Motion carried.

Motion by Robert seconded by Carver to pay Michelle $500 for her extra work regarding the treasurer’s position. Yes votes: Carver Edwards, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. Abstain: Larry Mortenson. Motion carried.

Discussions held on:
– New treasurer Alice Howe was sworn in.
– A tree will be purchased and planted on the new property in memory of Connie Guerne.
– Alice Howe will be the main contact for garbage bags.
– Purchase of the Schmidt property on U.S. 31 has been finalized.
– Six 25mph signs will be purchased and posted within the Village.
– The Sheriff’s Dept. will be contacted about a barking dog complaint.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid:
Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $82.00; District Health Dept., $120.00; Ron Brown & Sons, $171.60; Ron Brown & Sons, 324.50; Crystal Lake Clinic, $37.00; Galaxy Electric, $356.00, Galaxy Electric, 480.00; Jackpine, $94.00; MML, $2,607.00; McBride Septic Systems, $160.00; OMS Compliance, $79.50; Pioneer Press Printing, $50.85; Thompson Tree and Stump Removal, $1,500.00 and $92.50.

Village of Bear Lake
June 20, 2007

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, Howard Higley, Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Gary McBride, Larry Mortenson, Michelle Mortenson and Ron Ronning.

Absent: Ricke Guerne

Guests: Joanne Schroeder, Don Raiff, Bob Yates and Dave Adams.

Minutes: The May 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carver seconded by Bill to approve the treasurer’s report. Motion carried

Building Fund                $6,023.30
Equipment Fund           $20,897.39
General Fund               $15,237.69
Local Street Fund         $20,356.13
Major Street Fund         $40,773.64
Park Fund                    $24,561.85
Water Fund                  $10,618.74
Money Market Acct.     $154,677.75

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

Guest: Joanne Schroeder (representing the Bear Lake Promoters/Vision Bear Lake) invited council members to the dedication of the Hopkins Park sign during Bear Lake Days. The sign will guide visitors into the park via the steps off U.S.31 by JJ Wittigs. They also plan to put fieldstone and a picnic table at the base of the stairs for visitor/community use.

Guest: Don Raiff gave a general briefing of the special assessment district and some of what it entails to institute the tax. The community is invited to a public gathering to be held on July 16th at the Bear Lake Manor at 5:30 p.m. All three governmental units (Bear Lake Village, Bear Lake Township and Pleasanton Township) will be represented along with an attorney who specializes in setting up Special  Assessment Districts.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to allow Josh Groenwald to work one weekend in exchange for an old apple computer the Village no longer uses. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to send an informational update and reminder sheet to village residents in the next water bill mailing. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Larry to send property owners with split residents/renters a water bill for each location. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to raise the water off and on charge to $20.00 each. Motion carried.

Discussions held on:
– A hot dog stand vendor in Hopkins Park was not an option at this time.
– Damage to a camper¹s window and the needed repair was discussed with no action taken.
– Bill will get an update on sidewalk repair.
– Don will check on tree behind the flower shop that may need to be taken down.
– Doug and Rose Osborn would like to plant a couple of trees in the park which the council welcomed.
– Lynn Myers would like a tree planted by his home in the fall to replace one that was removed.
– The council briefly touched on the Joint Planning Committee and the need for additional money. No action taken at this time.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid:
Auto Value, $18.65; Allied Waste, $66.91; Blue Cross Blue Shield, $400.82; Galaxy Electric, 142.75; Gear It Up, $70.00; Kent County Health Dept., $75.00; MML, $461.00; McBride Septic Systems, $1,140.00; Pioneer Group, $68.00; Pioneer Press Printing, $129.00; Pleasanton Greenhouse, $48.53 and Ron Brown & Sons, $143.52

Village of Bear Lake
July 18, 2007

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, Howard Higley, Alice Howe (Correction), Robert Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson and Ron Ronning.

Absent: Ricke Guerne and Larry Mortenson

Guests: Don Brisbin, Greg Brown, Rick Farfsing, Judy Kuhn, Don Raiff and Jim Reed.

Minutes: The June 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to approve the treasurer’s report. Motion carried

Building Fund $6,029.44
Equipment Fund $20,918.69
General Fund $20,692.96
Local Street Fund $20,376.88
Major Street Fund $40,815.20
Park Fund $20,706.86
Water Fund $9,672.45
Money Market Acct. $155,214.25

Bills: Motion by Bill seconded by Carver to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Guest: Rick Farfsing representing Vision Bear Lake and Promoters updated the Village on the recent grant application for $15,000 to help improve the newly acquired property on Lake Street and the walk entrance to Hopkins Park Campground. The Council would like to revisit the design plans if the the grant is received in an effort to beautify the area yet keep it functional for the neighboring businesses.

Motion by Ron seconded by Bill to improve the property on Lake street if the grant applied for by Vision Bear Lake is approved. Yes votes: Bill Howe, Don Hyrns, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. No vote: Carver Edwards. Motion carried.

Motion by Don Hyrns seconded by Carver Edwards to pay Hopkins Park Host Judy Kuhn $500 per month for July and August for her extra work with the campground. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to pay Bill Howe $100 per month for July and August for his extra work with the campground. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to purchase a cell phone that will be used strictly for the campground. Motion carried.

By Resolution a Motion by Ron seconded by Don to establish the Bear Lake Improvement Board and appoint Carver Edwards as the Council’s representative. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to issue a payment of $833.00 to LIAA for their additional share of the money needed for the Joint Planning Committee. Motion carried.

Motion by Bill seconded by Don to allow the Manistee County Road Commission to repair various roads in the Village for the sum of $52,250.00. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Bill to send a registered letter for water shutoff giving them 10 days to make payment arrangements. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to institute a new water bill policy which states that if a customer is destitute on the property tax roll they will not receive a water bill from the Village. Motion carried.

Discussions held on:
– Thompson’s tree & stump removal will be contacting regarding tree by the flower shop is in need of trimming.
– A thank you will be sent for a picnic table donation that was received.
– The annual audit is in progress.
– Issues regarding Hopkins Park Campground were discussed.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid:
Auto Value, $27.50; Allied Waste, $184.19; Bear Lake Hardware, $220.90; G.T. Packaging, $202.85; Kent County Health Dept., $60.00; Pioneer Group, $39.80; Sam’s Club, $35.00; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $637.50.

Village of Bear Lake
August 15, 2007

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.

Village of Bear Lake
August 15, 2007

Council Present: Carver Edwards, Don Hyrns, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore.

Absent: Howard Higley, Alice Howe, Bill Howe, Ricke Guerne and Larry Mortenson.

Guests: Jim Mlejnek, Judy Kuhn, Scott and Heather DeRidder and Jim Eaton.
Minutes: The July 2007 minutes were approved with one correction. (Alice Howe added in Council Present).

Treasurer¹s Report: No report was given this month.

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

Resignation: It was with regret that the Village Council accepted Ricke Guerne¹s letter of resignation due to personal reason.

Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to appoint Jim Mlejnek as a new Village Council Trustee to replace outgoing member Ricke Guerne. Motion carried. Jim was sworn in by the clerk.

Guest: Scott and Heather DeRidder approached the council about possible locations for a new skateboarding park. The location on Wise Street was discouraged but the Village was open to other options. The DeRidder¹s will continue to pursue different ideas in an effort to find a suitable location.

Motion by resolution from Ron seconded by Don to adopt the revised resolution (2007.02) to establish the Bear Lake Improvement Board and appoint Carver Edwards as the Village representative. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Audit in progress.
– Check on fixing lawn tractor or purchasing a new one.
– Tree by pump house #2 must be taken down.
– Payment on Virginia Street will be replaced due to water leak repair.
– Will check on progress of dock replacement grant with Wade Trim.
– Treatment of some trees in the park will be addressed in the spring.
– Tennis court repair was discussed‹no action taken at this time.
– The council will pursue repair of the deck in the spring.

Meeting adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills to be paid:
Allied Waste, $184.30; Alltel, $80.63; Auto Value, $.63; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $127.16; BCBS, $400.82; Kent County Health Dept, $77.00; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $112.50.

Village of Bear Lake
September 19, 2007

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: Carver Edwards, Howard Higley, Don Hyrns, Jim Mlejnek, Larry Mortenson, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore.

Absent: Alice Howe and Bill Howe.

Guests: Damian Currey (Wade Trim Representative), Pauline Jaquish, Judy Kuhn and Scott DeRidder
Minutes: The August 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer¹s Report:
Building Fund          $6,042.15
Equipment Fund        $20,962.77
General Fund        $39,956.84
Local Street Fund        $21,095.91
Major Street Fund        $31,533.77
Park Fund            $24,174.82
Water Fund            $18,431.30
Huntington Bank Money Market    $154,677.75

Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to accept the treasurer¹s report as presented. Motion carried.

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

Guest: Pauline Jaquish, representing the Bear Lake Promoters thanked the Village for their continued support of Sparkle in the Park which is set to open November 18th. She also addressed a couple of concerns regarding the entrance to the park which we will make an effort to open the area up a little more for easier accessibility. She also requested permission to decorate the deck and apply wrap to the pavilion to keep the wind down. The Promoters are once again having a residential and commercial lighting contest and encourage community members to participate.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to allow the Bear Lake Promoters to apply wrap to the pavilion and decorate the deck for Sparkle in the Park. Motion carried.

Guest: Damian Currey from Wade Trim gave an update on the grant that was approved by the DNR and accepted by Village council. More information will be sent to the Village regarding time lines and more.

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to devise a policy that would include general upkeep or maintenance of donated items. Motion carried.

Motion by Don seconded by Ron to have Thompson¹s remove a tree behind the Village Flower Shop for $1,000. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Audit is complete.
– Several community members have expressed interest in filling the vacancy for trustee due to the loss of fellow friend and council member Bill Howe. No action was taken.
– The appointment of a new park supervisor was tabled until the next meeting.
– Jim Mlejnek will assume the position of representative for the Joint Planning Committee.
– Street repair will take place in the spring of 2008.
– Repair of the water tower is needed by early spring.
– The lawn tractor will be taken into Lark to see about a repair/replace estimate.
– The Village truck will receive a general overhaul before the winter season begins.
– A skateboard park was briefly discussed with no action taken.
– The Village gratefully accepted a $200 donation to our tree program from Tom Welsh (golf professional from Livonia) who has a friend that resides in Bear Lake during the summer months and wishes to help out our community. His thoughtful gift will used for the planting of various small trees in the Village. Thank you

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills to be paid:
Allied Waste, $184.54; Alltel, $45.73; Auto Value, $31.65; Bear Lake Ace Hardware, $203.64;Bittner, Hyrns, $302.90; Ron Brown & Sons, $1,038.00; Keddie Norconk Memorial Library, $800.00; Kent County Health Dept, $60.00; Staples, $41.01; Thompson Tree & Stump Removal, $1131.25; Wilson, Ward CPA, $4,900.00.

Village of Bear Lake
October 17, 2007

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, Howard Higley, Alice Howe, Don Hyrns, Gary McBride, Jim Mlejnek, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore.

Absent: Larry Mortenson and Michelle Mortenson.

Guests: Tim Richards and Donna Ronning.

Minutes: The September 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Building Fund – $6,048.31
  • Equipment Fund – $20,984.13
  • General Fund – $43,995.72
  • Local Street Fund – $20,910.77
  • Major Street Fund – $33,553.49
  • Park Fund – $25,428.58
  • Water Fund – $18,262.11
  • Huntington Bank Money Market – $155,217.97

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to accept the treasurer¹s report as presented. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to nominate George Schafer as trustee to fulfil a term until November 2008. Motion carried. George was then sworn in.

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

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to appoint Donna Ronning as the new Park Supervisor. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to purchase a new tape recorder. Motion carried.

Motion by Don seconded by Jim to have Reed Mechanical service the Village Hall furnace. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:

  • Three trees were purchased.
  • Trick or Treating hours set for 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Lake Street Property (US 31) survey was received.
  • Dismantled Vehicle Complaint letter was sent.
  • Water Well repairs were made.
  • Grant Update from DNR.
  • Received a Joint Planning Committee update from Jim.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills to be paid:

  • Allied Waste – $184.61
  • Alltel – $45.68
  • Auto Value – $4.75
  • Bear Lake Ace Hardware – $52.96
  • Ron Brown & Sons – $659.84
  • Gear It Up – $65.00
  • Kent County Health Dept – $60.00
  • McBride Septic – $905.00
  • Nordlund – $700.00
  • OMS – $3.75
  • Staples – $62.53
  • Thompson Tree & Stump Removal – $2,325.00
  • Village Flower Shop – $42.40

Village of Bear Lake
November 21, 2007

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, Howard Higley, Alice Howe, Don Hyrns, Jim Mlejnek, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, George Schafer.

Guests: Tim Richard, Donna Ronning and Ed Thompson.

Minutes: The October 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Building Fund – $6053.32
  • Equipment Fund – $21,001.52
  • General Fund – $38,034.10
  • Minor Street Fund – $20,932.14
  • Major Street Fund – $35,041.40
  • Park Fund – $26,300.17
  • Water Fund – $24,784.36
  • Huntington Bank Money Market – $157,433.31

Motion by Ron seconded by Don to accept the treasurer¹s report as presented. Motion carried.

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

Motion by Don seconded by Ron to have financial audit conducted every other year with the next audit to take place in March of 2009. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by George to give Howard a $500 Christmas Bonus. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to allow the Lake Improvement Board minutes to be posted on the Village website. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to allow the Joint Planning Committee’s Comprehensive Plan to be open for public viewing. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:

  • Public may view the Comprehensive Plan at the library, the Village Hall or on line at: www.partnershipsforchange.com.
  • New savings accounts were open per the Village’s auditor’s suggestion.
  • A Lake Improvement Board update was given by Carver Edwards regarding the Milfoil in Bear Lake and the special assessment district that may be implemented.
  • A park committee meeting was set for Monday, November 26th at 2:00 p.m. to discuss campground rates changes and new rules & regulations.
  • A new gift/donation policy will be presented at the next meeting for Council discussion and/or approval.
  • A new certified water shut-off letter will be presented at the next meeting for Council discussion and/or approval.
  • Howard Higley’s possible withdrawal from Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance Plan. No action taken at this time.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills to be paid:

  • Allied Waste – $185.33
  • B.L. Ace Rental – $64.99
  • B.L. Ace Hardware – $48.07
  • Bittner, Hyrns – $23.00
  • DEQ – $108.00
  • Gear It Up – $190.00
  • Hyde Equipment – $625.00
  • Kent County Health Dept – $60.00
  • McLeod’s Sales & Service – $3024.58
  • McBride Septic – $530.00
  • McBride Septic – $4405.00
  • Michelle Mortensen – $22.76
  • Northern Fire & Safety – $30.00
  • Pleasonton Greenhouse – $132.88
  • Pioneer Group – $32.50
  • Reed Mechanical – $169.60

Village of Bear Lake
December 19, 2007

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, Howard Higley, Alice Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning, George Schafer.

Absent: Jim Mlejnek

Guests: None.

Minutes: The November 2007 minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Building Fund – $6,058.24
  • Equipment Fund – $21,026.38
  • General Fund – $35,129.15
  • Minor Street Fund – $21,700.32
  • Major Street Fund – $36,718.84
  • Park Fund – $26,133.72
  • Water Fund – $20,594.45
  • Huntington Bank Fund – $77,842.62
  • 6-month CD – 50,000.00
  • 6-month CD – 30,000.00

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to accept the Treasurer¹s Report as read. Motion carried

Motion by Don seconded by Larry to pay the bills as presented. Motion carried.

Motion by Ron seconded by Larry to decline the DNR’s proposed grant agreement for dock/ramp reconstruction at this time. Motion carried. Research data and quotes will be gathered for further discussion by the Village council.

Motion by Ron seconded by Larry to allow George to contact the DNR about other avenues/resources for dock/ramp repair. Motion carried.

Motion by Don seconded by George to update rules & regulations for Hopkins Park Campground and raise the rates as follows: Back Lots: daily $18, monthly, $395 and seasonal $1,400. Lake Lots: daily $20, monthly, $445 and seasonal $1,600. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to send a 30-day reminder notice followed by a certified shut-off notice to residents who are delinquent in their payments. Motion carried.

Motion by Carver seconded by Don to implement a new gift/donation policy for the Village. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:

  • A Lake Improvement Board update was given by Carver Edwards regarding the Milfoil in Bear Lake and the special assessment district that may be implemented.
  • The lawn tractor was repaired for next year.
  • Judy Kuhn will continue as hostess for the campground for the 2008 season.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills to be paid:

  • Allied Waste $52.38
  • Auto Value $37.65
  • B.L. Ace Hardware $320.45
  • Blarney Castle $486.04
  • Cadillac Garage Door $123.45
  • Hach Supplies $76.25
  • Kent Cty Health Dept $60.00
  • Lark Lawn & Garden $14.39
  • Michigan Pipe and Valve $475.19
  • Michelle Mortenson $44.98
  • Miss Dig $195.60
  • Northstar Auto $35.10
  • Staples $8.99.