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Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
January 21 , 2009

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, Don Hyrns, Alice Howe, Jim Mlejnek, Glen Moore, Donna Ronning, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.

Absent:   Larry Mortenson and Michelle Mortenson

Guests:   Bob DeWildt

Minutes:  The December  minutes were approved as presented. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried. Building Fund $6,094.87 Equipment Fund $10,514.26 General Fund  $23,974.86 Minor Street Fund  $25,144.54 Major Street Fund  $37,072.85 Park Fund  $25,248.43 Water Fund  $26,303.00 CD – Honor Bank  $26,343.23 CD – Honor Bank  $30,643.23 Huntington Bank  $79,056.24

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

Motion by  Don seconded by Jim to update website to include businesses if costs are reasonable. Motion carried.

Motion by  Carver seconded by Don to set a special meeting date to discuss budget for February 11, 2009. Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Carver to sign the contract agreement between the Village and Manistee County for tax rolls, assessments & bills for 2009 at the rate of $1.11 per parcel. Motion carried.

Motion by  Jim seconded by Ron to add to our water rules & regulations list: a 1-3 business days for water turned on by request and no water sales to non-residents which was previously approved at our May 2008 meeting. Motion carried.

Motion by  Carver seconded by Jim to deny a request by Michigan Logos for Bear Lake Marine to erect a sign in the Village limits. Yes votes: Carver Edwards, Don Hyrns, Jim Mlejnek, Ron Ronning and Glen Moore. No votes: George Schafer. Motion carried.

Motion by  George seconded by Carver to accept the Sidewalk Ordinance as presented. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:  – The benefits of including businesses on the website. Clerk will check into cost of putting all businesses on with or without links.
– George gave an update with the concerns on the Jt. Planning Committee’s Comprehensive Plan. Next meeting is set for Jan. 28th.

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

Bills To Be Paid: Kent County Health Dept $60.00, Auto Value $25.08; Bear Lake Ace Hardware $15.99; Pioneer Press Printing $163.00; MML $70.00; American Water Works $68.00; Manistee County Controller $268.18; McLeod’s $197.94; Gear It Up $56.25.

Village of Bear Lake
BUDGET HEARING
February 11, 2009

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

Present:  Carver Edwards, Alice Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson and Michelle Mortenson 

Absent:  Jim Mlejnek, Ron Ronning and George Schafer 

Funds:  The budget was presented with brief discussion on the various accounts. The budget will be approved at the regular council meeting held on February 18, 2009.

Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
February 18 , 2009

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

Absent:   None

Guests:   None

Minutes:  The January 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  6,095.05, Equipment Fund 10,514.99, General Fund 23,314.63, Minor Street Fund  25,723.95, Major Street Fund 38,343.19, Park Fund 24,596.18, Water Fund 32,922.72, CD – Honor Bank $26,343.23, CD – Honor Bank $30,947.30, Huntington Bank $79,099.88

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

Motion by  Ron seconded by Jim to allow the Bear Lake Promoters to have the Easter Egg Hunt in Hopkins Park on April 11, 2009. Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Larry to erect eight “no parking” signs along the south side of Cody Street and the east side of Smith Street (across from the school). Motion carried.

Motion by  Don seconded by Larry to budget $1,000 for our share to the Keddie Norconk Library. Motion carried.

Motion by  Carver seconded by Ron to approve the proposed 2009/2010 budget and set the millage rate at 10.5501. Motion carried.

Motion by  Carver seconded by Jim to sign the agreement with the Manistee County Conservation District for Hazardous Waste Day and approve the $100 request for service. Motion carried.

Motion by  Larry seconded by Carver to approve the new Sidewalk Ordinance 2009.01. Motion carried.

Motion by  Jim seconded by Ron to sign the Fiscal Agent Agreement between the Bear Lake Township, Pleasanton Township and the Village of Bear Lake for the Lake Improvement Board funds to be handled by Russell Pomeroy, Manistee County Treasurer. Motion carried.

Motion by  Larry seconded by Ron to sign the Allied Waste Agreement for trash pick-up for the next three years. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:  – Winter water turn-offs. – George gave an update with the concerns on the Jt. Planning Committee’s Comprehensive Plan. Next meeting is set for Feb. 23rd.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid: Kent County Health Dept $60.00, Bear Lake Ace Hardware $363.47; McLeod’s $150.24; Gear It Up $56.25; Manistee Conservation District $100.00; Blarney Castle $960.47; District Health Dept $120.00; Corrpro $600.00; Staples $74.17 and Manistee News Advocate $141.97.

Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
March 18 , 2009

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, Jim Mlejnek, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Donna Ronning, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.

Absent:   Don Hyrns and Larry Mortenson

Guests:   Brian Sousa (Wade-Trim) and Bernie Ware.

Minutes:  The February minutes were approved as presented.

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

Building Fund 6,099.43
Equipment Fund 10,520.85
General Fund 19,965.13
Minor Street Fund 26,348.23
Major Street Fund 39,700.81
Park Fund 32,765.02
Water Fund 34,885.92
CD – Honor Bank 26,343.23
CD – Honor Bank 30,947.30
Huntington Bank 79,139.32

Motion by   Jim seconded by George to pay bills as presented. Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Jim to have Thompson’s Tree & Stump Removal pick up brush again this year.  Motion carried.

Motion by  Jim seconded by Carver to approve the purchase of brush pick postcards to be mailed with the next water bills. Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Carver to renew a CD for twelve months at the rate of 2%.  Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Brian Sousa from Wade-Trim gave an overview of grants that may be available from the Obama stimulus plan. A meeting will be set to discuss ideas and to talk about other options.  PLEASE NOTE: A special meeting has been set for April 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Hall to discuss and review options regarding stimulus plan grant opportunities for infrastructure improvements and upgrades.
– Brian Sousa also updated the Village Council on the progress of the Dock grant. We are waiting on response from the DNR regarding changes that were made.
– Bernie Ware expressed his willingness to help the Village continue with the Comprehensive Plan despite the possible withdrawal of Bear Lake and Pleasanton Townships. The Village will pursue options regarding  updating the current proposed Comprehensive Plan to comply with Village changes only.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid: Kent County Health Dept $60.00, Bear Lake Ace Hardware $28.83; McLeod’s $404.92; Staples $92.20; Pioneer Group $178.80; Haviland $426.25; McBride Septic $60.00

Village of Bear Lake
SPECIAL MEETING
April 8, 2009

The Special Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 6:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Council Present:  Alice Howe, Don Hyrns, Jim Mlejnek, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.

Absent:   Carver Edwards, Howard Higley and Larry Mortenson.

Guests:   Brian Sousa, Dave Ertel, Blake Smith, Reilly Merrill, Tony Merrill, Ed Thompson and Cynthia Endander.

Discussion:   Brian Sousa from Wade-Trim and Blake Smith from USDA – Rural Development gave an overview of grants available for water tower and water mains upgrades and/or replacement of existing tower and mains. Council will discuss their options and make a decision at their regular meeting on April 15th.

Village of Bear
REGULAR MEETING
Lake April 15, 2009

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, Michelle Mortenson, Donna Ronning, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.

Absent:   Larry Mortenson

Guests:   None

Minutes:  The March minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund 6,099.58
Equipment Fund  10,521.45
General Fund   25,921.67
Minor Street Fund   26,884.44
Major Street Fund   40,996.25
Park Fund   28,459.64
Water Fund   26,504.10
CD – Honor Bank   26,343.23
CD – Honor Bank   30,947.30
Huntington Bank   79,183.01

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

Motion by  Ron seconded by Carver to order six stop signs and three 3-way stop signs from the Manistee Road Commission.  Motion carried.

Motion by  Carver seconded by Don to send a letter to a local business requesting the replacement or repair of the sidewalk in front of their building. Motion carried.

Motion by  George seconded by Don to sign agreement with Wade-Trim for $6,900.00 to pursue a full application for grant money from the stimulus program.  Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Jim to send the Health Dept. and a local homeowner a letter regarding rubbish in their yard. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:  – The Village will purchase new flags as needed. – The issue of park rules was discussed with no changes being made at this time. – The council will possibly form a planning commission.

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

Bills To Be Paid: Kent County Health Dept $60.00, Bear Lake Ace Hardware $47.23; OMS Compliance $72.00; Blarney Castle $690.48; Gear It Up $37.50 and Munson Health Dept. $17.00.

Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
May 20, 2009

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, Donna Ronning, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.

Absent:   None

Guests:   John Devol and Ben Kladder from Fleis & Vandenbrink and Barb Farfsing.

Minutes:  The April minutes were approved as presented. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund 6,099.71
Equipment Fund 10,521.98
General Fund   20,745.55
Minor Street Fund   27,004.49
Major Street Fund   40,936.71
Park Fund   31,544.28
Water Fund   32,555.06
CD – Honor Bank   26,343.23
CD – Honor Bank   30,947.30
Huntington Bank   79,225.31

Motion by   Larry seconded by Carver to pay bills as presented. Motion carried.

Motion by Resolution  by Ron seconded by Don to apply for an ICE grant of approx. $600,000 with a local match commitment of 20%.  Motion carried.

Motion by  Carver seconded by Larry to close usual streets for Bear Lake Days and apply for the parade permit. Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Larry to send a local home owner a letter regarding excessive brush pile up.  Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Jim to send the Health Dept. and a local homeowner a letter regarding rubbish in their yard. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:  – Barb Farfsing gave an overview of how the Beautification Committee was coming along and their projects. Benches, picnic table, bike rack, message board and garbage can should be in place soon. – A complaint was heard from a local resident regarding “power loading” by the dock.  – The council has requested a revolving work crew from Traverse City travel to Bear Lake in an effort to help fix up the deck and retaining wall. No response was received yet. – Christmas lights will be ordered for the Promoters when the Village places their order for Christmas ornaments. – A water rate increase was discussed with no action taken at this meeting. The council will approach the subject again at the June 17th regular meeting. – The clerk requested permission to provide an article to the Bear Lake Bulletin each time it was published. Request approved. – Cross connection letters will be sent out every three years to comply with DEQ rules and regulations.

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid: Manistee County Road Comm. 320.05; Staples 80.97; Pioneer Group 71.00; Kent Cty. Health Dept 60.00; Arcadia Propeller 60.00; Bear Lake Hardware 100.75; MML 2,662.00; Keddie Norconk Library 1,000.00; Ron Brown & Sons 72.00; American Water Works 71.00; Blarney Castle 68.10; Pioneer Press Printing 68.00 and Thompson Tree & Stump Removal 412.50.

Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
June 17 , 2009

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, Donna Ronning, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.
Absent:   Jim Mlejnek

Guests:   Pauline Jaquish, Don Brisbin, Bob Yates, Barb Farfsing, Don Raiff and Earl Schopp

Minutes:  The May 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 6,102.51
Equipment Fund 10,525.81
General Fund   20,727.57
Minor Street Fund   27,270.98
Major Street Fund   34,883.32
Park Fund   34,558.62
Water Fund   32,614.80
CD – Honor Bank   26,343.23, CD – Honor Bank   30,947.30, Huntington Bank   79,269.05

Motion by   Ron seconded by Carver to pay bills as presented. Motion carried.
Motion by Resolution by George seconded by Ron to send $65.00 to Bear Lake School for the fencing project.  Motion carried.
Motion by  Carver seconded by Don to increase the water rates $5.00 per month, effective October 2009 in an effort to update the water system. Letters will be sent with the July water bills. Motion carried.
Motion by  Ron seconded by Larry to send the Planning Commission Ordinance to the lawyer for review.  Motion carried.
Motion by  Ron seconded by Don to sell the old lawn mower for $300.00. Motion carried.
Motion by  Carver seconded by Ron to gratefully accept the offer of Franklin Smith to fix up the tennis courts. The Village will provide the items needed and Franklin will donate labor. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Pauline Jaquish expressed interest in working with the three government entities on researching a community building project. George Schafer volunteered his time to work on the project.
– Don Brisbin and Bob Yates updated the council on the Lake Improvement Board’s progress. Treatment seems to be attacking the milfoil and the next round of treatment should be performed soon.
– Don Raiff inquired about the beach in the park and the Council will check on purchasing more sand for the area.
– Barb Farfsing gave an overview of the park and expects to have most items in place by Bear Lake Days.
– A letter will be sent to a local business owner regarding sidewalk repair.
– A permit to close U.S. 31 for the Bear Lake Days Parade was received.
– DEQ received our grant request and is proceeding with the application process.
– Trees are being trimmed on Lynn Street and the weeds on the corner of Smith & Main streets will be cut down.
– The purchase of a new lawn mower will be tabled until next month upon getting three quotes.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk
Bills To Be Paid: Kent Cty. Health Dept 75.00; Bear Lake Hardware 188.60; Ron Brown & Sons 63.20;  MML 470.00; Lark Lawn & Graden 46.20; McBride Septic 510.00; Auto Value 24.20; Allied Wast 35.91 and Larry Mortenson 200.00.

Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
July 15, 2009


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

Absent:   Howard Higley

Guests:   Barb Farfsing, Sean Adams, Judy Kuhn and Ken Hilliard.

Minutes:  The June minutes were approved as presented. 

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

Building Fund – 6,102.64
Equipment Fund – 10,526.34
General Fund – 14,616.11
Minor Street Fund – 27,538.67
Major Street Fund – 36,146.77
Park Fund – 34,108.86
Water Fund – 31,481.50
CD – Honor Bank – 26,343.23
CD – Honor Bank – 30,947.30
Huntington Bank – 79,311.40

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

Motion by  Carver seconded by Larry to accept the new Freedom of Information Policy with a change to include charging the person/group requesting the information for special meetings.  Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Don to accept the new Village Deck Policy. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Sean Adams made a presentation of the zero turn lawn mowers he has available. The council will consider options and make a decision at the next meeting.
– Barb Farfsing gave an overview of the Beautification Committee’s ideas. Phase I (the park on U.S. 31) is nearly complete. Phase II will be the walkway entrance to Hopkins Park from U.S. 31 and Phase III will include lighting at the point in Hopkins Park. The Council appreciates Barb keeping us included in all decisions involving the Village.
– Ken Hilliard from Country Commissioners Board, addressed a complaint he received from a Village resident regarding a home that is littered with trash and rubbish. The Council will take steps to implement a new Junk Ordinance.
– Treatment for the milfoil in the lake will take place on July 16th.
– A permit was received from the DEQ for the dock improvement. We are waiting on approval from the DNR.
– The roaming youth work crew completed the retaining wall in the park, cleaned the tennis courts and managed to complete a few other jobs despite the rain.
– The Council will take steps to prepare an ordinance and speak with the Sheriff’s Dept. regarding Hopkins Park Campground in an effort to eliminate problems with some campers who refuse to follow the rules and regulations.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid: Kent Cty. Health Dept 60.00; Bear Lake Hardware 157.25; Ron Brown & Sons 149.00;  Auto Value 12.60; Allied Waste 181.92; Ellen’s Equipment $336.00; Bear Lake Promoters $25.00; G.T. Packaging $264.52; Manistee Tire $18.00; McLeod’s $1,727.37; Flies & Vandenbrink $6,000.00; Thompson Tree and Stump Service $1,710.00 and Larry Mortenson 200.00.

Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
August 19, 2009


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, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Donna Ronning, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.

Absent:   Don Hyrns, Jim Mlejnek and Larry Mortenson

Guests:   Barb Farfsing

Minutes:  The July minutes were approved as presented. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund-6,102.78
Equipment Fund-10,826.91
General Fund-27,822.28
Minor Street Fund-26,349.74
Major Street Fund-37,339.91
Park Fund-34,976.16
Water Fund-31,883.94
CD – Honor Bank-26,343.23
CD – Honor Bank-30,947.30
Huntington Bank-79,355.18

Motion by  Ron seconded by Carver to increase Park Fund budget line item “audit” from $500.00 to $1,000.00 and to increase Water Fund budget line item “audit” from $600.00 to $1,000.00. Motion carried.

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

Motion by  Ron seconded by George to approve the Blight/Junk Ordinance 2009.03 as presented. Motion carried. A committee consisting of Carver Edwards, Ron Ronning and George Schafer was appointed by the President to enforce the Ordinance rules and regulations.

Motion by  George seconded by Carver to have A&B Painting reseal the Village deck at a cost not to exceed $2,400.00. Motion carried.

Motion by  George seconded by Carver to increase seasonal lots in Hopkins Park Campground from 8 sites to 10. Motion carried.

Motion by  George seconded by Ron to withdraw from the Joint Planning Commission effective August 19, 2009. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Barb Farfsing gave a general update of the Beautification Committee’s continuing plans for improvement. – The Council discussed possibly applying for another grant for water tower improvements in the fall.
– A report on obnoxious weeds in the Village was discussed with a Village member possibly seeking donations to eradicate the weeds.
– The clerk will consult with the lawyer to get clarification on a few items regarding the proposed Planning Commission Ordinance 2009.02.
– The council has decided not to pursue a Rural Development Grant at this time.
– A clock that may be erected at Huntington Bank is able to play music at times with the Village’s permission. No action taken at this time.
– A new lawn tractor was discussed with further discussion to be held at the next regular council meeting.
– A donation of sand for the beach was received courtesy of Ron Brown & Sons

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid: Bear Lake Hardware 409.95; Ron Brown & Sons 64.35; Allied Waste 184.77; Ellen’s Equipment $10.35; Larry Mortenson 200.00; Galaxy Electric $250.79; Crystal Lake Floral $25.00; Bittner Hyrns $301.85; McBride Septic $1,170.00; Pleasanton Valley Greenhouse $42.71; Cadillac Garage Door $252.35; Staples $147.82; Pioneer Press Printing $171.00; Wilson CPA $4,950.00; Haviland $434.65; Michelle Mortenson $55.00.

Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
September 16, 2009

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, Donna Ronning, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.

Absent:   None

Guests:   Rich Russell, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Schindler, Pauline Jaquish, Don and Liz Raiff

Minutes:  The August minutes were approved as presented. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Carver seconded by Ron to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund  5,972.45
Equipment Fund   10,630.62
General Fund     31,869.74
Minor Street Fund   26,098.33
Major Street Fund   37,049.29
Park Fund           31,499.29
Water Fund          30,747.72
CD – Honor Bank   26,343.23
CD – Honor Bank   30,947.30
Huntington Bank   79,398.99

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

Motion by  Ron seconded by Don to allow Sparkle In The Park to take place in Hopkins Park again this year. Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Larry to send a letter of support to 2-1-1- in Manistee County. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Rich Russell gave an overview of the new Bear Lake Watershed Alliance which included their Mission Statement along with what they hope to accomplish in the future.

– Don Raiff was interested in learning some history of fishing in the lake and welcome any information or ideas of ways to improve fishing in Bear Lake.

– The proposed planning commission ordinance was discussed with no action taken at this time.

  • The Council will look into purchasing a new saw.
  • – Our application for the Water ICE grant is being re-visited and we expect to hear the results in early October.Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
    Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid: Thompson Tree & Stump Removal $2,162.50; Ron Brown $1,333.46; Fleiss & Vandebrink $500.00; Gear It Up $45.00; Allied Waste $184.60; Michigan Pipe & Valve $1,127.00; Grand Rental $261.77; McBride Septic $1,280.00; Pioneer Group $212.98; Kent Cty Health Dept. $60.00; G.T. Packaging $133.49; Bittner Hyrns $577.45; Larry Mortenson $200.00; B.L. Hardware $20.98

Village of Bear Lake
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
October 21, 2009

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

Absent:   Carver Edwards,

Guests:   John DeVol, Barb Farfsing and Don Raiff

Minutes:  The September minutes were approved as presented. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Larry seconded by Ron to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.              Building Fund                       5,972.57 Equipment Fund    10,631.17 General Fund   49,757.24 Minor Street Fund   27,432.31 Major Street Fund   40,096.04 Park Fund   28,872.41 Water Fund   26,859.05 CD – Honor Bank   26,343.23 CD – Honor Bank   30,947.30 Huntington Bank   79,441.41

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

Motion by Resolution by  George seconded by Ron to withdraw from the Bear Lake Joint Planning Commission w/hope to work in a cooperative effort with B.L. Township in the future. Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Jim to sign agreements with Fleis & Vandenbrink to move forward the the MEDC Ice Grant. Motion carried.

Motion by  Ron seconded by Larry to purchase five cases of trash bags at $1.75 per bag from Allied Waste and raise the cost to residents to $1.75 per bag effective January 1, 2010. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– John DeVol from Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering Co. explained in detail the upcoming MEDC Ice grant full application process and what to expect as we proceed thru this process. – Christmas lights and ornaments will be ordered for the Village and Bear Lake Promoters. – Reports will be designed for the treasurer in order to keep track of water on/offs.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid: Thompson Tree & Stump Removal $187.50; Pioneer Press Printing $19.60; DEQ $697.00; Allied Waste $185.27; B.L.Hardware $470.13; Auto Value $39.61; Manistee County Road Commission $136.93; Ron Brown & Sons $2,750.20; Michigan Pipe & Valve $420.00; McBride Septic $1,670.00; Grand Rental $123.58; Bittner, Hyrns $577.45.

Village of Bear Lake
PUBLIC HEARING
October 21, 2009

A Public Hearing 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:  Howard Higley, Alice Howe, Don Hyrns, Jim Mlejnek, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson, Michelle Mortenson, Donna Ronning, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.

Absent:   Carver Edwards

Guests:   John DeVol, Barb Farfsing and Don Raiff

Discussion:  The public hearing was held regarding withdrawal from the Bear Lake Joint Planning Commission. The village council, along with guests discussed the various options open to the Village. No action was taken at this time.

Village of Bear Lake
SPECIAL MEETING FOR STREETSCAPE GRANT
NOVEMBER 9, 2009

A Special Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.
Council Present:  Alice Howe, Don Hyrns, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson, Ron Ronning.
Absent:   Carver Edwards, Howard Higley , Jim Mlejnek, Michelle Mortenson, George Schafer
Guests:   Jay Johnson, Dave Johnson, Fleis & Vandenbrink
Discussion:  The public hearing was held to discuss the Streetscape Grant made available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The council along with Dave Johnson discussed the possibility of applying for a Streetscape Grant for the downtown (U.S. 31) corridor in the Village of Bear Lake. Ideas for the area were discussed. No action taken at this time.
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Village of Bear Lake
PUBLIC HEARING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE
CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT GRANT
NOVEMBER 18, 2009

A Public Hearing of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:00 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 and George Schafer.
Absent:   None
Guests:   Ben Kladder, Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc., Donna Ronning, Jason Haag, Kim Brown, Rick and Barb Farfsing.
Discussion:  The public hearing was held to discuss the Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement Grant under the Michigan Community Development Block Grant Program made available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The council along with Ben Kladder discussed in detail the proposed water project for the Village of Bear Lake and carefully viewed the ICE Grant Application. They fielded questions from the guests and successfully answered all to the satisfaction of those present. No action was taken at this time.
Meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Village of Bear Lake
MONTHLY MEETING
November 18, 2009

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 and George Schafer.
Absent:   None
Guests:   Ben Kladder, Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc., Donna Ronning, Jason Haag, Kim Brown, Rick and Barb Farfsing.
Minutes:  The October minutes were approved as presented.
Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Ron seconded by Larry to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund 5,964.70, Equipment Fund 10,631.73, General Fund   44,752.92, Minor Street Fund   25,178.72, Major Street Fund   41,486.14, Park Fund   27,249.50, Water Fund   33,854.71, CD – Honor Bank   26,343.23 CD – Honor Bank   30,947.30 Huntington Bank   79,485.25

Motion by  Larry seconded by Ron to pay bills as presented. Motion carried.
Motion by Resolution by Carver seconded by Don to authorize application for a Community Development Block Grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Designation of  Glen Moore as Project Representative – Yeas: Carver Edwards, Don Hyrns, Jim Mlejnek, Glen Moore, Larry Mortenson, Ron Ronning and George Schafer; Nays: None; Abstain: None; Absent: None. Motion carried.
Motion by  George seconded by Ron to award Howard Higley his annual bonus of $500.00. Motion carried.
Motion by  Ron seconded by Don to follow up on a possible easement grant from Wayne Reed to widen the road to the water tower. Motion carried.

Discussions Held On:
– Christmas lights and ornaments were received and the Bear Lake Promoters were billed for their portion of the lights. – The possible Streetscape Grant was discussed with a special meeting set for December 2nd to pursue ideas. – Follow-up letters will be sent to two Village residents regarding the new Junk Ordinance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk
Bills To Be Paid: Staples $101.96; Northern Fire Safety $33.00; Thompson Tree Removal $550.00; Blarney Castle $65.20; OMS Compliance $3.75; Ron Brown $640.00 and $65.65; Bear Lake Hardware $88.93; Arcadia Propeller $1,300.00; DEQ $489.33 and $108.00; Kent County $60.00; Allied Waste $2,722.90; McBride Septic $765.00; Pioneer Group $79.64; Wayne Manufacturing $1,873.44.

Village of Bear Lake
A SPECIAL MEETING  TO DISCUSS
STREET ENHANCEMENT IDEAS FOR LAKE STREET
December 2nd, 2009

A Special Meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Glen Moore at 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Village Hall.

Council Present: 
Carver Edwards, Alice Howe, Don Hyrns, Jim Mlejnek, Glen Moore, Ron Ronning and George Schafer
Absent:   Howard Higley, Larry Mortenson and Michelle Mortenson
Guests:   Rick and Barb Farfsing, Don and Rita Brisbin and Kim Schafer
Discussion:  The special meeting was to discuss options possibly available to the Village in the form of grants. A presentation was shown from the findings of the Michigan State University Small Town Design Initiative and guests and council members discussed other ideas that would improve the downtown area.
Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Village of Bear Lake
MONTHLY MEETING
December 16, 2009

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, Jim Mlejnek, Glen Moore, Michelle Mortenson, Ron Ronning and George Schafer.
Absent:   Don Hyrns and Larry Mortenson
Guests:   Barb Farfsing.
Minutes:  The November minutes were approved with corrections as presented.
Treasurer’s Report:  Motion by Ron seconded by Carver to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Motion carried.
Building Fund  5,967.31, Equipment Fund 10,635.38, General Fund 41,039.52, Minor Street Fund   25,593.82, Major Street Fund   41,529.55, Park Fund   27,526.01, Water Fund   30,971.33, CD – Honor Bank  26,343.23, CD – Honor Bank   30,947.30, Huntington Bank   79,524.23
Motion by  Carver seconded by Ron to pay bills as presented. Motion carried.
Motion by  Ron seconded by Carver to approve Glen to sign the grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Motion carried.
Motion by  Jim seconded by Carver to increase line item equipment purchased to $6,500.00 in the Equipment Fund. Motion carried.
Motion by  Ron seconded by George to purchase a Kubota Commercial lawn mower with mulch kit for $6,474.00. Motion carried.
Discussions Held On: 
– The Village Council received final word from the MEDC that we have been awarded the Community Development Blcok Grant in the amount of $487,500.
– A newsletter with various Village updates and reminders will be mailed with the water bills in January.
– Updated rules and job descriptions will be revised before the camping season begins.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,  Michelle Mortenson, Clerk

Bills To Be Paid: Auto Value $3.15; Blarney Castle $374.90; News Advocate $93.87; Ron Brown $65.30; Miss Dig $195.60, Fleis & Vandenbrink $7,627.23; Pioneer Press Printing $39.00; Kent County Health Dept. $137.00; Staples $29.98; B.L. Hardware $24.46; and Lake Improvement Board $378.00.