Village Variety Store Update

Source: Manistee County Commission DRAFT November 21, 2017 Minutes


Ryker Johnson and Jim Johnson of Onekama, requested permission to examine the area of the building and blue home in the downtown area in the Village of Bear Lake, that is scheduled for demolition soon. If any artifacts are found, they will be donated to the Manistee County Historical Society. There was a concern about the liability of the dilapidated building and others wanting to be on the property. It was a consensus to deny the request to allow Ryker and Jim Johnson permission to enter onto said property prior to and through demolition. Once the building is demolished, this could be reviewed in the spring 2018.


Russell Pomeroy, County Treasurer, presented his monthly report. Mr. Pomeroy reported that the dilapidated building in downtown Bear Lake will be torn down the last week in November 2017. He recognized and thanked Gary Buren of Lakeshore Construction, for putting together bid specs and writing the RFP, accepting bids and vetting the contractors all at no cost. The demolition project has come in significantly below what was expected at a cost of $57,500. The bid was won by a large Grand Rapids contractor who owns their own landfill. The demolition, permits and fees will cost total approximately $78,000 total. The demolition process will be taken down slowly as the contractor will be recycling the bricks.

Mr. Pomeroy will amend the request to the Revenue Sharing Board for funds. Between the blight elimination fund, the foreclosure fund and the Revenue Sharing Fund, and the bid coming in well below what was expected, there will not be a burden placed on the schools with less tax revenue.

Errors and Omissions 1

In response to comments and questions concerning the recording of local government meetings our advisor published this previous post.

Upon reviewing the July Village Council Draft Minutes – published here – subscribers have noted the following questions when comparing the Draft Minutes to the audio recording.

[It should be noted that the audio quality of the new Village telephone conference line is poor. We have offered to provide a noise cancelling microphone as it appears the conference line is being provided via a wireless device.]

Following the May Council meeting, in time for this matter to be corrected in June, the Clerk was alerted that the Motion to approve the newly revised agreement concerning the MCCF Blight Elimination Fund was not included.

“A Subscriber has noted the DRAFT Minutes do not contain the discussion and Motion (by Johnson. Second by McPherson) to accept the amended CABA Blight Elimination Fund agreement?”

By also approving the June Minutes in July, without correcting that omission, there is no official authorization to sign and enter into an amended agreement to oversee the Blight Elimination, not CABA, Fund with the Manistee County Community Foundation.


Receipt of May Village Council Documents – Blight enforcement report

On June 9 the following were received: these PDF documents are provided here as supplied by the Village Clerk, they have been reformatted for text readability here by a volunteer.

May 17 2017 report

Village of Bear Lake Blight Enforcement Report May 17, 2017

7667 Stuart St. o Demolition has been completed , debris cleared.

12273 Lynn St. o No new information at this time.

12252 Maple St.

o Several old cars have been removed.

o Owner making arrangement to remove old camper & plow truck.

o Still waiting to meet with the owner on site to discuss further clean up.

Blight Enforcement Tickets.

o Received ticket books from printer, invoice submitted for payment .

o Once a blight hearing officer is appointed, properties can be posted.

Future Plans:

o Will make arrangement with Greg to tour the village and set up priorities for

contacting owners of blighted properties.

Respectfully submitted by,

Larry J. Gibson

Blight Enforcement Officer

Receipt of May Village Council Meeting documents – CABA Agreement

On June 9 the following were received: these PDF documents are provided here as supplied by the Village Clerk, they have been reformatted for text readability here by a volunteer.

Fiels of Interest Fund Agreement May 2017





This is an agreement to establish a Field of Interest Fund to be known as theBEAR LAKE VILLAGE BLIGHT ELIMINATION FUND( Fund·) . This Agreement takes effect  on May 17 2017 and is subject to terms and conditions set forth herein.

Further, this Agreement amends and restates in its entirety that certain agreement , dated August 17 2015 between Jeff Bair Village of Bear Lake and J. Eric Farfsing, Community and Business Alliancw, (“Donors”), and Manistee County Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) which was at that time and no longer an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. Therefore, this Agreement shall govern the entirety of the assets contributed to the Bear Lake Village Blight Elimination Fund.

I. Contribution

I/we hereby irrevocably give the assets described in Schedule A to this Agreement to the Foundation, a charitable organization described in sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. This is an irrevocable gift, which will be used to establish and maintain a charitable fund of the Foundation, subject to the Foundation’s articles of incorporation, bylaws, and policies and procedures adopted from time to time by the Foundation. The Foundation may also receive additional contributions to add to this Fund, subject to the same terms and conditions of this Agreement.

II. Purpose

Consistent with the charitable purposes of the Foundation, distributions from this Fund will be used to assist the Village of Bear Lake, State of Michigan, with developing and implementing a blight elimination strategy for the Village that will benefit the general community, in accordance with the Permitted Uses contained in Schedule B to this Agreement.

Ill. Distributions

Donors intend the Fund to be non-endowed. Distributions from the fund may be made in any amount not to exceed the balance of the Fund. However, the Fund may be terminated at the sole discretion of the Foundation if the balance falls below the minimum required fund balance in accordance with the Foundation’s policies and procedures, which may be amended from time to time.

IV. Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee shall make written recommendations for grant distributions from this fund. All recommendations are advisory in nature. The Foundation will independently determine whether recommendations it receives are consistent with the Foundation’s charitable purposes. The Foundation may accept or reject recommendations.

The Donors do not control the use of the Fund. The Foundation shall appoint all AdvisoryCommittee members . The Advisory Committee shall consist of five members including:

• President, Village of Bear Lake

• Clerk, Village of Bear Lake

• Blight Enforcement Officer, Village of Bear Lake

• Planning Commission Representative, Village of Bear Lake {who is not serving in another capacity on the Advisory Committee)

• President, Community and Business Alliance

V. Variance Power

This Fund is a component fund of the Foundation, and its assets are assets of the Foundation. The Fund is subject to the Foundation’s governing instruments including the Foundation’s power to modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of funds for any specified charitable purposes or to specified charitable purposes or to specified organizations if in the sole judgment of the governing body {without the necessity of the approval of any participating trustee, custodian, or agent), such restriction or condition becomes, in effect, unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment, or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community or area served.

VI. Fees

The Foundation will assess administrative and investment management fees against this Fund in accordance with the Foundation’s published fee schedule, as amended from time to time. The Foundation may also assess the fund to cover any unusual expenses incurred in connection with the contributed assets, including the cost of disposing of them, and in the administration of the Fund.

VII. Administration

The Fund will be administered in accordance with the normal and customary policies of the Foundation.

VIII. Anonymity/Publicity

To recognize and honor our donors, the Foundation’s policy is to include our donors’ names in publicity about the Foundation unless they wish to remain anonymous.










Schedule A – Contributed Property

The establishing gift to the fund in the amount of $1 ,000 .00 was received on August 19, 2015 .

Schedule B – Permitted Uses

Grants shall be awarded according to the terms of the Fund Agreement and the following guidelines.

All Grants shall be awarded only for charitable purposes · and in accordance with all applicable law, as determined in the sole discretion of the Foundation (although nothing herein shall be construed as a representation or warranty by the Foundation as to the legality of any such Grant).

Eligible Fund uses include but are not limited to :

• Expenses involved with enforcing the Village of Bear Lake Blight Ordinance (legal, engineering and other fees) ;

• Providing matching dollars to help the Village secure grants for demolition , as well as paying the entire demolition costs ; and

• Making site improvements within the Village for public benefit purposes and other uses consistent with the purpose of the Fund .

The Fund cannot be used to purchase buildings or properties from private individuals or for any other use that would enrich an individual property owner .

MSHDA Blight Elimination Program – Notice of Funding Availability

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is seeking proposals in support of targeted demolition activity within local units of governments across Michigan with the goal of initiating or triggering private investment and development; supporting current investment and development; promoting public safety, and/or stabilizing and increasing the property values of the project area­.    

Award Limit:

  • For communities that have a population of 50,000 or less, the minimum award is $25,000, and the maximum award is $250,000;
  • For communities with a population of over 50,000, the minimum award is $50,000 and the maximum is $500,000; and
  • The maximum amount of grant funds allowed per residential structure is $25,000.
  • The maximum amount of grant funds allowed per commercial structure is $100,000. 

Eligible Applicants: Local units of government (counties, cities, townships, or villages) and local Land Banks. 

Eligible Properties:

  • Must be vacant at the time of acquisition;
  • Must be blighted, which is defined as meeting any of the following criteria:
    • Properties have been either deemed a public nuisance according to local code or ordinance or deemed a nuisance because of age, physical condition, or use;
    • Properties are a fire hazard or otherwise dangerous to the safety of persons or property; or
    • Properties have had utilities, plumbing, heating, or sewage disconnected, destroyed, removed or rendered ineffective so that the property is unable to meet state and local building code.
  • For residential demolition, the Grantee must provide documentation that last use was as a single-family or multifamily residential 1-4 unit structure;
  • For commercial demolition, property must be in or adjacent to a residential area. Commercial demolition must be part of a development project with funding commitments, and must include a local match of at least 10%.
  • Must be publicly-owned.

Ineligible Projects:

  • Demolition of structures with known or suspected environmental contamination (e.g., sites with underground storage tanks, structures previously housing dry cleaning establishments, etc.), not including lead or asbestos;
  • Demolition of industrial property;
  • Property acquisition or redevelopment
  • Demolition of properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places (either individually or as part of a historic district) or those found within local historic districts designated under 1970 PA 169 for which the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and/or the local historic district commission has not already approved demolition.

Applications must be received on or before 5:00 PM on June 21, 2017.  For more details including how to apply (and deadlines), go to