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Partial Audio: Village of Bear Lake Council May 16, 2018

The Village once again had issues with it’s conference line. Prior meetings have muted everyone, preventing public comment. This time all attendees were unmuted which caused considerable feedback and allowing private conversations to be overheard. Furthermore the audio transmission was not as clear as on other occasions.

To protect the privacy of those who did not know they were being broadcast here is an edited piece of the recording. Again the conference line was terminated by the host and attendees were unable to resume listening.

The Village has received a complaint on this matter, as the right for reasonable accommodation is included in the Open Meetings Act, and again a link to how to administer a conference call from: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/support

FOR ALL FUTURE CALL INS – DO NOT ASSUME YOU ARE MUTED. PRESS 6 Self Mute – Mute your individual line. Press 6 again to unmute the line.

Or if you are using Skype or Google, to avoid phone charges, be sure there is a Mute bar across the microphone symbol.

Several documents available at the meeting have not been received:

  1. Monthly Profit and Loss by Detail by Fund
  2. Revised draft of a replacement Water Ordinance – see prior version here.
  3. Two Lakes Sewer Authority Special Assessment District Map – see next posting.

The following documents had been previously requested but have not been received:

  1. FY 2017-18 Year End Profit and Loss by Detail By Fund Report
  2. Copy of the Authorizing language to place the 2 petition questions on the August Ballot: one to decided if Village tax payers want to allow the appointment of a Clerk employee and give up their current right to vote for this position
  3. Copy of the Authorizing language to decide whether to enter into a 30 year loan of $350,000 for a new Maintenance Building – it should be noted prior requests by FOIA to see a site plan, building specs, construction estimate and Bond repayment schedule have received no response.
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Village of Bear Lake: May 16, 2018 Meeting documents.

Conference Call-In to listen to monthly council meetings can be done by calling 1.302.202.1107, Conference code 149002.  Note:  a charge from your phone carrier could apply – we suggest using Google or Skype to avoid charges

NOTE: We do not edit documents received but post ‘as-is’

AGENDA Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting May 16, 2018
7 p.m. – Village Office

CALL TO ORDER and PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL ADOPTION of AGENDA
• Additions
PUBLIC COMMENT: Any agenda item ONLY (two (2)-minute maximum)

Note: Members of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person.
CORRESPONDENCE:

REPORTS/DISCUSSION
MINUTES APPROVAL:
• April 18, 2018 Regular monthly meeting see the DRAFT Minutes here.
• May 15, 2018 Special Meeting

Village of Bear Lake Council SPECIAL MEETING
DPW Building Water Well System
May 14, 2018 7PM
Bear Lake Village Hall
Unapproved Minutes

The Special Meeting Meeting on the DPW Building and Water Well System of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 5:01 p.m. at the Village Hall. Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Peggy Bass, Marla Evans, Ron Ronning & Andrea Ware
Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson, Staff: Jared Bair
Absent: Jackie Johnson, Greg McPherson & Larry Gibson
Guests: Two (2) guests
Public Comment:
 None
Motion to Accept the resolution authorizing village proposal to authorize issurance of
municipal securties by Ronning and seconded by Evans, motion carried.
Ayes: Bass, Evans, Ronning, Ware, Bair
Nays: none
Absent: Johnson, McPherson
Motion to authorize the village president and the village clerk to sign any documents
necessary to close the USDA water project by Evans and seconded by Ronning, motion
carried.
Ayes: Bass, Evans, Ronning, Ware, Bair
Nays: none
Absent: Johnson, McPherson
Motion to authorize the village president and the village clerk to sign the construction
contracts on behalf of the village by Evans and seconded by Ronning, motion carried.
Ayes: Bass, Evans, Ronning, Ware, Bair
Nays: none
Absent: Johnson, McPherson
Public Comment:
 Guest questioned repayment of water system. [the Guest questioned the repayment of the DPW Bond payment]
Meeting adjourned at 5:08pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Cindi McPherson, Clerk

VILLAGE MAINTENANCE REPORT:
TREASURER’S REPORT:


• Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report
• Amendments:
BILLS to be PAID:
REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:
COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS:
PARK:
• Park Manager Report
• Sign
• Kayak/Canoe Project
STREETS, TREES, SIGNS, LIGHTS, SIDEWALKS:
WATER:
• Water Well update
• Water Ordinance update – Jeff & Marla
• Verbiage for new water invoices – Sally
• Maintenance Building update
BLIGHT/CABA:
• CABA :
• Blight Enforcement Officer report:
COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT:
MANISTEE COUNTY TRAIL COMMITTEE REPORT: Meeting cancelled
BEAR LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD REPORT: No report, meeting on May 17
TWO LAKES SEWER REPORT: Jeff
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT:
• Redevelopment Ready Community
AD HOC COMMITTEE: Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – Clerk McPherson

OLD BUSINESS:
• Community Clean-Up Day – update
NEW BUSINESS:

• Bear Lake Hardware payment of invoices – treasurer
• Flag banners
• Audit
• Ratify resolution – treasurer to sign
• Resolution for Millage Rate

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018 BUDGET AND LEVIED MILLAGE RATE RESOLUTION NO. 2018 – __
MAY 16, 2018

WHEREAS the Village of Bear Lake has a fiscal year that begins March 1, and;
WHERESAS the Village of Bear Lake maintains three (3) major accounts, General Fund, Major and Minor
Street Funds, all receiving state revenue sharing, with the General Fund receiving a millage and;
WHEREAS the Village held a budget hearing on February 21, 2018 with six (6) members of the council present and;
WHEREAS the Village council, at a special meeting on February 21, 2017 and by roll call vote, passed the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year with the millage rate of 10.3108;
WHEREAS on May 16, 2018 the Village of Bear Lake Council amended the millage rate to be 10.3108;
THEREFORE let it be said that the budget was set for the Village of Bear Village with expectations of maintaining the village as it should be maintained.• Garlic Mustard – Rebecca Coteskey

PUBLIC COMMENT: General Time – Any Village-related item (two (2)-minute maximum) Note: Members
of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person.
Items on agenda or not listed
UPCOMING EVENTS and ANNOUCEMENTS:

ADJOURNMENT


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Village of Bear Lake Special Meeting, Monday May 14 at 5 PM

THE VILLAGE OF BEAR LAKE will be having a Special Meeting for the public on:

New DPW Maintenance Building

Water Well System Project

Meeting date: Monday, May 14, 2018

Meeting Time: 5pm

Location: Bear Lake Village Hall
12376 Virginia Street, Bear Lake, Michigan 49614

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the public hearing/public meeting should contact the Bear Lake Village Clerk at 231.970.2066 or at the above address to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

Cindi McPherson Village Clerk May 11, 2018 posted.


No additional information has been supplied- we have requested an Agenda.

Village of Bear Lake Regular Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month (In May this is the 16th), beginning at 7:00pm.

Conference Call-In to listen to council meetings can be done by calling 1.302.202.1107, Conference code 149002.  Note:  a charge from your phone carrier could apply – we suggest using Google or Skype.

It is assumed the first item refers to a Petition for a Referendum Vote, signed by 1/4 of Village voters to decide the proposal to enter into another 30 year debt of $350,000 at the stated rate of 3.5%.

The Council must approve Ballot language by May 15, 2018 in order for this to be on the same August Ballot as the Referendum vote to decided whether to abandon voting for the positions of Village Clerk and Treasurer and allow both to become appointed employees.

At that % interest rate the repayment would be @$1600 a month.

Numerous residents have asked, unsuccessfully for the site plans, the repayment schedule and cost of the overall loan, plus the building plans. At the suggestion of the current Village President, two past Village Presidents have formally requested the Maintenance Building loan application package.

The history of this project can be viewed here:
https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/2018/03/17/sunshine-week-2018-foia-updates-three/

It should be noted there is no information on bearlakemichigan.org

The following was published once in the Manistee News Advocate on April 2. It has not been published by the Village. A local resident placed a print copy at the Bear Lake Post Office.It is assumed the other item on the Agenda is to approve the purchase of Municipal Bonds – $1.46m over 40 years at 1.875% to finance water system improvements. =$53K per year, $12,133 in Repair, Replacement & interest, $5,300K in Bond Reserve.

See https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/2018/03/08/village-of-bear-lake-special-meeting-february-27-2018/

 

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Village of Bear Lake Regular Meeting April 18, 2018

Our volunteer had difficulty connecting – the meeting was joined in progress.

No financial documents were received – a volunteer collected copies which will be posted separately. [Note: a full meeting packet, to be supplied in advance of each meeting, has been requested under both FOIA and the ADA provision of the Open Meetings Act}

Unapproved minutes April 18 2018 [pdf]

Village of Bear Lake Council
REGULAR MEETING April 18, 2018
Bear Lake Village Hall

Unapproved Minutes

The regular meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Peggy Bass, Marla Evans, Jackie Johnson, Greg McPherson, Ron Ronning & Andrea Ware
Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson, Staff: Jared Bair and Larry Gibson
Absent: None
Guests: Two (2) guests

Motion to Accept the Agenda by Ronning and seconded by McPherson, motion carried.
Ayes: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nays: none. Absent: none

Public Comment: None

Correspondence: Read by clerk:

  • Letter from resident Daniel DeBano regarding the poor condition of the street (Ronning Street) in front of his home. And the repair he needs to do to his lawn after winter, due to the snowplow truck when plowing. He would like someone to call/email this with him. President Bair will contact him.

REPORTS:

Motion to accept the minutes from March 28, 2018 Public Hearing for Kayak/Canoe Launch by Evans, seconded by McPherson. Motion Carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: None. Absent: None

Motion to accept the minutes with corrections from March 28, 2018 Regular Monthly Meeting by McPherson, seconded by Evans. Motion Carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: None. Absent: None

Corrections: Wrong $ amount under amendments and name correction noted.

  • Maintenance Report: Verbal report was given by Jared Bair. Finished up painting in restrooms for campers. Plowing and general maintenance.
  • Treasurer’s Report: Reviewed by King. Written report on file in the 2018 Minutes binder.

March 30, 2018 Fund Balances:
General checking/savings total 66,629.75
Water checking only 37,777.78
o Wages to General Fund: $4,784.43
o Equipment Rental to General Fund: $5,084.17
Money Market Checking 10,089.86

Park checking/savings total 28,218.47
Park CD#2 33,149.40

Major Street checking/savings total 29,565.77
Minor Street checking/savings total 8,281.15
Equipment Fund checking/savings total 7,296.68

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Bass seconded by Ronning, motion carried.
Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: none

Bills to be paid presented by Treasurer. List on file in 2018 Minutes folder.

Motion to pay the bills by Ronning, seconded by Bass. Motion carried.
Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: none

February Reimbursements to the General Fund were read by President Bair.

Committee Chair Reports:
Park:
Park Manager Report: Verbal report by Park Manager, Jeff Bair. March 2018 deposits – $6,302 compared to March 2017 – $3,058. The snow needs to melt so campers can move in.
Landscaping wall by restrooms area may need to be replaced. Jared will look at project to see if it can be done by DPW.
Due to snow & cold there are still some Sparkle items up.

  • Kayak/Canoe project – Manistee County Community Foundation has opened their recreation grant phase $215,000, need to give them notice if we are applying by end of this month. Put in for 26%, (est. $35K), village would still need 10% match money of the $35K. Deadline is July 3, 2018. President Bair will ask AES to write the grant again for us. An endowment was given by an individual (Meninger Family Endowmwnt) to be used for recreation projects.

Streets, Trees, Signs, Lights, Sidewalks: No report

Water:

  • Ken Mlcek from Fleis & VanderBrink was present and asked the council to approve first pay documents for the Water System Project. First draw for reimbursement to village & some payments for services already preformed.
  • A motion was made to approve the first pay documents for the water system project by McPherson, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.
    Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: none
    President Bair signed both documents.
  • Update on Water System Improvement Project; loan closing will be on May 15, 2018 starting at 9a/9:30a. Construction and drilling will start shortly after closing. Ken Mlcek, project manager will be present most of the time or a representative will be in attendance. Ken is waiting on schedule of street work. Village residents will be notified by construction company when work will be done in their street section.
  • Question was asked if Lynn Street to US-31 would be repaved. Not at this time, cost prohibitive. $35-37K to repave.
  • The updated Water Ordinance was presented to the council.
  • Evans asked for the Water Ordinance is tabled until May for council members review and get with Evans or Bair for any concerns they may have.

Blight/CABA

CABA: No report.
BLIGHT: Blight Officer no report by Gibson.

Clerk McPherson shared brochure from the USDA on home improvements at low cost to residents. Brochures available at the Village office and when updated brochure is received from the USDA it will be on the village website as well.

County Commissioner Report: Pauline Jaquish verbally reported she will be attending an Identity Theft presentation at Munson West Shore Hospital, Representative VanderWall will be at the county courthouse 10a on the 20th to answer questions or talk to him. April 24 is the next Manistee County Commissioner meeting.

SMARTrail Committee Report: McPherson reported they will be applying for a $54K grant for the Copemish Trail. McPherson donated $20 for a logo contest for area schools to go along with their new name.

Bear Lake Improvement Board: McPherson reported no report, no meeting. Next meeting is May 17th, they are still looking for an additional member, candidate must be a resident living on Bear Lake.

Two Lakes Sewer Collaborative: McPherson reported no report, no meeting. Next meeting should be in May. McPherson is stepping down as representative for the village and stated President Jeff Bair would be willing to replace him. McPherson would stay as alternate for attending when Bair cannot.

Motion to approve Jeff Bair as Two Lake Sewer representative and McPherson to be the back-up representative by Evans, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.
Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: none

Planning Commission: Barb Farfsing gave update on Planning Commission April meeting. Rob Carson, county planner will begin work on the village zoning ordinance. Ordinance will be done for a Public Hearing in November. Election of officers was held.

Ad Hoc – Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee –Clerk McPherson reported Julie, our volunteer student, is a great help and is working on the policy notebook.

OLD BUSINESS

Clerk & Treasurer Appointment: Clerk McPherson talked with the council on a resolution to approve the ballot language for August 7, 2018 election.

Motion to approve the resolution for ballot language to appoint the clerk & treasurer on the August 7, 2018 ballot by Bass, seconded by Evans. Motion carried.
Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: none

Community Clean-up Day – President Bair stated he had not applied for the gift certificate from Meijer to purchase food items, he will do this. Clerk McPherson stated she had asked Bear Lake Township if they would be interested in partnering with the village on this event. Township made no decision.

NEW BUSINESS

  • Clerk McPherson explained the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Redevelopment Ready Community Program (RRC). RRC has established a statewide RRC program to empower communities to shape their future and maximize economic potential. Farfsing & McPherson attended a two-day course outlining this program. Two steps need to take place now; a self-evaluation of the village of Bear Lake and a resolution to participate in this program. Grant money and funding could be available for the village through this program.

A Motion to sign the resolution to participate in the MRDC Redevelopment Ready Communities program by McPherson, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.
Aye: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: none

COUNCIL COMMENT: None

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

COMING EVENTS

  • Community Dinner Thursday, April 19, at BLUMC. Food pantry also.

Meeting adjourned at 7:59p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Cindi McPherson, Clerk

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Village of Bear Lake meets tonight 4/18 at 7 PM

This Agenda was received but none of the requested meeting or financial documents.

Proposed AGENDA Village of Bear Lake Council Meeting

April 18, 2018 7 p.m. – Village Office

CALL TO ORDER and PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL ADOPTION of AGENDA
• Additions
PUBLIC COMMENT: Any agenda item ONLY (two (2)-minute maximum)
•Note: Members of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person.
CORRESPONDENCE:

REPORTS/DISCUSSION
MINUTES APPROVAL:
• March 28, 2018 Public Hearing Kayak/Canoe Launch
• March 28, 2018 Regular monthly meeting
VILLAGE MAINTENANCE REPORT:
TREASURER’S REPORT:
• Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report
• Amendments:
BILLS to be PAID:
REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:
COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS:
PARK:
• Park Manager Report
• Kayak/Canoe
STREETS, TREES, SIGNS, LIGHTS, SIDEWALKS:
WATER:
• Water Well update

o Ken Mlcek – document approval
• Water Ordinance update – Jeff & Marla
• Maintenance Building update
BLIGHT/CABA:
• CABA :
• Blight Enforcement Officer report:
COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPORT:
MANISTEE COUNTY TRAIL COMMITTEE REPORT:
BEAR LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD REPORT: No report, no meeting
TWO LAKES SEWER REPORT: No report, no meeting
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT: Annual report
AD HOC COMMITTEE: Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – Clerk McPherson:
OLD BUSINESS:
• Clerk & Treasurer appointment – August ballot

o Resolution needed for the ballot language of appointment of clerk & treasurer
for August ballot
• Community Clean-Up Day – update
o Meijer gift card – Jeff

NEW BUSINESS:

• Resolution for Redevelopment Ready Community

PUBLIC COMMENT: General Time – Any Village-related item (two (2)-minute maximum) Note: Members of the public will speak only when recognized by the chair person. Items on agenda or not listed
UPCOMING EVENTS and ANNOUCEMENTS:
ADJOURNMENT

REIMBURSEMENTS to the GENERAL FUND:
March 2018

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Village of Bear Lake 2018 Meeting Dates

As the Village web site is showing the 2017 Meeting dates:

Village of Bear Lake Regular Meetings are held on
the 3rd Wednesday of the Month, beginning at 7:00pm.

Conference Call-In to listen to monthly council meetings can be done by calling 1.302.202.1107, Conference code 149002.  Note:  a charge from your phone carrier could apply – we suggest using Google or Skype to avoid charges

The following was received January 13, 2018 PROPOSED COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR 2018 (1)

PROPOSED COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR 2018
Third Wednesday of each month – with the exception of when the 3rd Wednesday may fall on or close to a holiday.
January 17
February 21
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
▪ Change to November 14 due to Thanksgiving on November 22
▪ Elections November 6
December 19

A reader has asked what the procedure is for changing a scheduled Meeting date. Here is the Michigan Municipal League Guidance Document

FS OMA Posting Requirements [pdf]

Introduction

The Michigan Open Meetings Act (OMA) requires meetings of a public body to be open to the public and held in a place available to the general public. Notice of regular meetings shall be posted within ten days after the first meeting in each calendar or fiscal year, and notice of special meetings shall be posted at least 18 hours before the meeting. In addition, the OMA allows for public bodies to hold emergency meetings. Public notices must contain the name of the public body to which the notice applies, its telephone number, and its address. PA 528 of 2012 amended the OMA with the intent to create more transparency in the event a public body has to hold an emergency meeting that does not comply with the 18-hour notice requirement of the OMA. This new Act contains additional new posting requirements for public bodies: public bodies are now required to post notices in a “prominent and conspicuous place” on their official websites.

New requirements for rescheduled regular meetings or special meetings

If a public body reschedules a regular meeting or holds a special meeting, a public notice stating the date, time, and place of the meeting shall be posted at least 18 hours before the meeting in a prominent and conspicuous place at:

• both the public body’s principal office and,

• if the public body directly or indirectly maintains an official website that includes monthly or more frequent updates of public meeting agendas or minutes, on a portion of the website that is fully accessible to the public. The public notice on the website shall be included on either the homepage or on a separate webpage dedicated to public notices for special meetings and accessible via a prominent and conspicuous link on the website’s homepage that clearly describes its purpose for public notification of those special meetings.

New requirements for emergency meetings

A public body may meet in emergency session in the event of a severe and imminent threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the public when 2/3 of the members serving on the body decide that delay would be detrimental to efforts to lessen or respond to the threat. However, if a public body holds an emergency public meeting that does not comply with the 18-hour posted notice requirement, it shall make paper copies of the public notice for the emergency meeting available to the public at that meeting. The notice shall include:

• an explanation of the reasons that the public body cannot comply with the 18-hour posted notice requirement.

o The explanation shall be specific to the circumstances that necessitated the emergency public

meeting, and the use of generalized explanations such as “an imminent threat to the health of the

public” or “a danger to public welfare and safety” does not meet the explanation requirements of this

subsection.

• If the public body directly or indirectly maintains a website that includes monthly or more frequent updates of public meeting agendas or minutes, it shall post the public notice of the emergency meeting and its explanation on its website in the manner described for an internet posting above.

• Within 48 hours after the emergency public meeting, the public body shall send official correspondence to the board of county commissioners of the county in which the public body is principally located, informing the commission that an emergency public meeting with less than 18 hours’ public notice has taken place.

o The correspondence shall also include the public notice of the meeting with explanation and shall be sent by either the U.S. postal service or electronic mail.

Compliance with the notice requirements for emergency meetings shall not be construed to create a legal basis or defense for failure to comply with other provisions of the OMA and does not relieve the public body from the duty to comply with any provision of the Act.

Michigan Municipal League  September 2016

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Village of Bear Lake March 28, 2018 Meeting audio

If you attended this meeting in person and collected documents available for the public please contact us to forward a copy as none have been received from the Village Clerk to date.

Also today http://www.bearlakemichigan.org/kayakcanoe-launch–fish-pier.html lists the correct meeting notice for yesterday’s meeting.

Village Of Bear Lake March 28th 7pm Public Hearing re Kayak Launch and Fishing Pier

A reminder that if you are unable to attend the Village has a telephone conference service.

Conference Call-In to  1.302.202.1107, Conference code 149002.  Note:  a charge from your phone carrier could apply – we suggest using Google or Skype.

A number of subscribers sent in questions which we have forwarded this afternoon to the Village President Jeff Bair – jeffbair4@gmail.com

Good afternoon Jeff,

we have received a query wondering where the Kayak/Fishing Pier information is on the Village web site?  The current page only lists last year’s meeting notice and the prior conceptual plan?
Although there is no advance information about the project, the resident, who wishes to remain anonymous at this stage, asks for the following questions to be raised at the Public Hearing.
1. Have the current seasonal renters been surveyed for their acceptance/disapproval? As the Park is the only source of additional revenue to support Village programs, the reader worries we may be gaining a pier but losing campers.
2. How will this impact the safety of small children being so close to the parking activity.?
3. IS there sufficient parking for all these uses and those currently parking there to use the boat launch?
4. How does the design plan to accommodate the wastewater from the new bathroom facilities?
5. How will the plan accommodate fish cleaning?
6. Is there still a 50/50 agreement with the Township on facility maintenance – does this include upkeep on the main drive through the park which is laid on floating slabs?
7. How will the fishing pier conflict with those who currently fish from the Point onto the slabs? How will this affect fish habitat there?
8. Will the pier be removable in winter? If not how will it be protected from ice damage?
9. Will the pier be lit? If so what inspection protocols will be put in place, and who will be responsible for that, to avoid electrocution? How will a lit pier impact fishing at night?
And one comment – previous proposals had this located on South Shore Drive or at the property previously occupied by the Cook Station – both are considered by this reader to be a better location with better access of US31 and able to be served by seasonal portable sanitation at much less cost. Why was the location changed?
If you have a copy of the application and the new schematic please forward to Cindi so she can put it on your web site and send to us for publication so people have an opportunity to comment prior to the Village making a decision?
Kind regards,
Bear Lake News.

January and Upcoming 2018 Village Council Meetings

The following is posted at http://www.bearlakemichigan.org

Special Meeting Notices

2018-2019 Budget Work Section
The Bear Lake Village Council will be meeting on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
at 7pm to discuss the 2018-2019 Budget.
The meeting will take place at the Village Office, 12376 Virginia Street, Bear Lake.
Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the public hearing/public meeting  should contact the Bear Lake Village Clerk at 231.970.2066 or at the above address one week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance. 

NOTICE OF BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Village Budget 2018-2019
The Village of Bear Lake Village Council will be holding a public hearing to approve the budget for 2018-19 fiscal year on February 21, 2018 at 7pm  at the Bear Lake Village Hall, 12376 Virginia Street.  The regular monthly council meeting will immediately follow.
THE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATE IS 10.3108 TO BE LEVIED. 
A copy of the proposed budget will be available for public inspection after February 12, 2018  at the Village of Bear Lake office, 12376 Virginia Street during regular business hours; Tuesday – Thursday, 1pm -3pm.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the public hearing/public meeting should contact the Bear Lake Village Clerk at 231.970.2066 or at the above address one week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

The following Draft Minutes were received today:

A member of the public provided this additional partial recording of the January Meeting:

Unapproved Minutes January 17, 2018 (PDF)

Village of Bear Lake Council
REGULAR MEETING January 17, 2018
Bear Lake Village Hall

Unapproved Minutes

The regular meeting of the Bear Lake Village Council was called to order by President Jeff Bair at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Present: President: Jeff Bair Council: Peggy Bass, Marla Evans, Greg McPherson, Ron Ronning & Andrea Ware

Treasurer: Sally King, Clerk: Cindi McPherson, Staff: Jared Bair and Larry Gibson

Absent: Jackie Johnson

Guests: Two (2) guests

Motion to Adopt the Agenda with additions by Evans and seconded by McPherson, motion carried.
Ayes: Bass, Evans, Johnson, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nays: none. Absent: Johnson

Additions: Old Business – Grants; New Business: ETO & Cash In-Lieu Policy and Building door; Follow-up – add Gary McBride

Public Comment:

  • Guest questioned councilman McPherson regarding where the unapproved October 2017 minutes were for Two Lake Sewer Meeting on January 4, 2018 as he did not attend the meeting. (McPherson is secretary this the group.)

Correspondence: Read by clerk:

  • Clerk reported on resident complaint on snow plow damage to their personal basketball hoop located along the street in front of their house. Clerk presented pictures. Council recommended the home owner to try and claim it on their home owner’s insurance before the village sends it to their insurance company. Clerk will contact the home owner.

REPORTS:

Variety Store update: President Bair reported building is gone, hole is filled in and lot will be seeded in Spring. Large equipment may stay there until Spring.

Motion to accept the minutes from December 13, 2017 regular monthly meeting with correction by Ronning, seconded by Evans. Motion Carried.

Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair
Nay: None.Absent: Johnson

McPherson name to be stricken from Motion to pay bill for $10.49 etc..

Maintenance Manger should read Manager.

  • Maintenance Report: Verbal report was given by Jared Bair.
  • Treasurer’s Report: Reviewed by King. Written report on file in the January 2018 minutes binder.
    • Amendments to Budget 2017-2018
  • General checking/savings total 48,889.52
    Water checking only 40,903.99
    Money Market Checking 10,077.80
    Park checking/savings total 10,626.61
    Park CD#2 33,102.67
    Major Street checking/savings total 31,057.82
    Minor Street checking/savings total 9,610.50
    Equipment Fund checking/savings total 3,054.88
    Honor Bank CD 1,029.93

    Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read by McPherson seconded by Bass, motion carried.
    Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair
    Nay: none Absent: Johnson

    A motion was made to approve amendments as listed below to the 2017-2018 budget by McPherson, seconded by Bass. Motion carried. Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nays: None
    Absent: Johnson

    Amendments:
    General Increase Payroll Expenses $200
    Increase PC Wages $135
    Increase Village Board & President Wages $368.67
    Increase Blight Enforcement $391.64
    Increase Repairs & Maintenance $500
    Increase Office Supplies $7.75
    $4,003.06 from Treasurer Salary to cover
    Water
    Increase Utilities $1500
    Increase Postage $98
    Increase Print & Publishing $134.87
    $1,732.87 from Interest Expense

    Park
    Increase Repairs & Maintenance $1,054.43
    Increase Professional Service $433.50
    $1,487.93 from DPW Build Repayment

    Major
    Increase Repair Outsource $1,000
    Increase Repairs & Maint – Winter $500
    $1,500 from Wages

    Minor
    Increased Repairs (Outsourced) $1,000
    Increase Repairs & Maint-Winter $600
    Increase Repair & Maint – Summer $45.93
    Increase Equipment Rental $2,100
    $3,000 from DPW Building
    $700 from Gas & Oil

    • Wages to General Fund: $3,658.93
    • Equipment Rental to General Fund: $6,220.96
    • Earned Time Off Employee Policy amended to add Cash In-Lieu
    • Motion to amend the Earned Time Off Policy for Employees to add Cash In-Lieu by McPherson, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.
      employee-eto-policy-Jan-2018 PDF

      A motion was made to make amendment in Major Street Fund to move $5690 out of Accumulated Fund Balance to checking account by Evans seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.

      Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair
      Nays: None. Absent: Johnson

      Bills to be paid presented by Treasurer. List on file in January 2018 minutes folder.
      [See prior posting at https://bearlakemichigan49614.com/2018/01/18/village-of-bear-lake-january-17-2017-meeting/ ]

    • Motion to pay the bills by Bass, seconded by McPherson. Motion carried. Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: Johnson

      Reimbursements to the General Fund were read by President Bair.

      Committee Chair Reports:
      Park:

      • Park Report verbal report by Park Manager. Three checks have been received for seasonal campers. o Ken Mlcek from Fleis & VanderBrink said the Water/Well project is advertised & posted on various websites. January 31, 2018 there will be a pre-bid meeting at Bear Lake Village Office at 2pm. February 19, 2018 bids open to the public at 2pm also at the Bear Village Office.
      • Water Ordinance is tabled until February, appointed committee of Bair, Johnson & Evans have reviewed for language use, village attorney is now reviewing it.

      A follow up was asked by McPherson on the $700.00 bad check received from past summer camper, $700 payment was received but NSF of $25 was not received. Camper said she would send balance.

      Streets, Trees, Signs, Lights, Sidewalks: No report

      Water:

      Buildings, Grounds & Equipment:

      • No money has been received from USDA at this time on the DPW building or plow.

      Blight/CABA:

      CABA: No report.

      BLIGHT: Blight Officer verbal report by Gibson, no changes from December meeting report. Gibson reported the Manistee County Magistrate has community service workers to help out for Bear Lake Community Clean-up Day.

      County Commissioner Report: Pauline Jaquish reported on Manistee Housing for Manistee County meeting she attended addressing the need for single family housing & rental housing in Manistee County. Manistee County Sheriff is looking to hire deputies. Pauline will be running again in November 2018 for County Commissioner. The Manistee County Equalization Director is retiring.

      Other: Jaquish asked if Sparkle in the Park could take place in Hopkins Park again in 2018, council approval given. On behalf of Sparkle, Jaquish would also like to accept the donation of the villages old holiday wreaths, council approval given. Also reported that donations were up 30% for 2017 Sparkle event. Snow was an issue for 2017 and Jaquish asked if it was OK to have additional private plow trucks plow when the village is busy @ NO charge to the village. Council consensus, yes.

      Planning Commission: Clerk McPherson read a request from the Planning Commission Committee requesting the Council adjust the Planning Commission Budget for 2018-2019 to $3K, for Bear Lake Village Zoning Ordinance to be written by Rob Carson, Manistee County Planner. Approval was given by the council.

      Manistee County Trail Committee Report: Next meeting is February 12, 2018.

      Bear Lake Improvement Board: McPherson reported they will stay with Restorative Lake Sciences, same terms. Picked meeting dates for 2018. Don Brisbin stepped down as board chairperson and Bob Yates was elected as chairperson. There is an open position for an additional board member.

      Two Lakes Sewer Collaborative: McPherson reported he was unable to attend the January 4, 2018 meeting. Next meeting is February 7, 2018

      Ad Hoc – Policy, Resolution & Ordinance Committee – No report. Still looking for a volunteer student to help out with policy, ordinance & resolution books.

      OLD BUSINESS

      Budget Schedule: Clerk reminded Committee to get any items to them for budget. Clerk shared budget “Wish List” sheets to list items.

      Motion to set 2018-2019 Budget Work Session date for February 7 at 7pm and Budget Approval date February 21, 2018 at 7pm by McPherson, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.  Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair. Nay: none. Absent: Johnson

      Clerk & Treasurer Appointment: Discussion. Held over until February 2018.

      Water Review Board member – no report

      Mass Gathering – Clerk reported she has contacted the Cleon Township clerk but no information at this time.

      Grants : President Bair discussed the many options for available grants. The village missed the Kayak/Canoe Launch grant by 5 points. Bair suggests we apply again in 2018. March 2nd is the deadline for Revenue Sharing Different items discussed for grant applications; beach safety items, lighted warning signs to share with CERT, and Bair will write a grant to outfit new plow truck with blades, lights & sander.

      Park playground equipment would fall under criteria for a grant from the Health Department, Building Healthy Communities for Physical activity. A letter of intent will be sent to the Health Department.

      NEW BUSINESS

    • Earned Time Off Employee Policy amended to add Cash In-Lieu
    • Motion to amend the Earned Time Off Policy for Employees to add Cash In-Lieu by McPherson, seconded by Ronning. Motion carried.
    • Aye: Bass, Evans, McPherson, Ronning, Ware, Bair
      Nay: none.  Absent: Johnson
      {Employee ETO Policy: A copy can be read here Employee ETO Policy Nov 2017 }

    • Door replacement, east side of museum – the museum board would like to replace the door on the east side of the building, museum will pay for replacement door.
  • Follow up on item from October monthly meeting. Water Superintendent – Gary McBride
    Discussion on: Water Superintendent’s responsibilities, education class, training and items the Village will pay for; classes, membership, etc.

    Council approved payment in 2017 Water Superintendent annual salary of $700, denied payment for his hourly rate when he attended education classes the village paid for, village also paid or his membership fees.

    Clerk McPherson and Evans will work on job descriptions for all village elected & appointed positions.

    COUNCIL COMMENT:

    • None

    PUBLIC COMMENT: None

    COMING EVENTS

    • Community dinner at Bear Lake United Methodist Church, Thursday January 18, 2018

    Meeting adjourned at 8:55p.m.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Cindi McPherson, Clerk

    REIMBURSEMENTS TO THE GENERAL FUND AND EQUIPMENT FUND:

    WAGES NOVEMBER 2017 AMOUNTS

    Water Fund 591-000-702 $1,191.00

    Water-Treas 591-000-702 $350.00

    Park Fund 531-000-702 $85.00

    Major Fund 202-463-702 $892.88

    Minor Fund 203-463-702 $879.88

    TOTAL $3,658.93

    EQUIPMENT RENTAL NOVEMBER 2017 AMOUNTS

    Water Fund 591-558-943 $1,118.73

    Major Fund 202-463-943 $2,814.70

    Minor Fund 203-463-943 $2287.53

    TOTAL $6220.96

Village of Bear Lake January 17, 2017 Meeting

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