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Two Lakes Sewer Meeting CANCELLED for tomorrow November 7, 2018

Not surprisingly, today the Two Lakes Sewer Authority cancelled its meeting scheduled for tomorrow at Bear Lake Township Hall. No alternative date has been published. For Village residents, we are still waiting to see the revised Special Assessment District Map as requested from the Village. However, using the draft October Minutes we can speculate. The… Read More

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MI Freedom of Information Act (Public Act No. 442 of 1976 as amended)

Media Services: In November 2017 Bear Lake News submitted a 6 month FOIA subscription – ruled valid by the Village Attorney with mandatory compliance. [See Article Link here] A person has the right to subscribe to future issuances of public records which are created, issued or disseminated on a regular basis. A subscription is valid… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: Financial Statements

In prior articles we have reported that the State of Michigan Department of Treasury has declined to accept a Qualifying Statement – a request to exceed the normal % of debt through borrowing – due to an abnormally high % of delinquent property tax payments. (Village Minutes recently stated this as 25%) tl41R01AuditingProceduresReport tl41R01Audit2017 tl41R01FiscalReport… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: November General Election Candidates

Current positions on the November 6 Ballot: Village President – Marla Evans has declared as a Write In Village Clerk – Dendra Best or Cindi McPherson Village Treasurer – Sally King Village Trustees: Rodney Gee, Andrea Ware – one position remaining with no declared candidate DECLARATION OF INTENT REQUIREMENT: An individual who wishes to seek… Read More

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How to set water rates

The Alliance For Water Efficiency provides many tools for small communities to set fair and fiscally sound water rates as well as include sensible water conservation measures. Rates and Water Conservation: What You Need to Know This webinar showcases the recent Alliance for Water Efficiency and California Water Efficiency Partnership report that evaluated the impact… Read More

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Two Lakes Sewer Proposal – update 10/14/18

A combined Special Meeting was held at Bear Lake School on October 3, 2018 – however no action was taken as neither Bear Lake Township or Village had a quorum present. This meeting posed several issues of concern and the following information comes from individuals present as the Minutes are not available at https://www.onekama.info/two-lakes-collaborative-sewer-proje A FOIA… Read More

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Village of Bear Lake: New Water Ordinance approved.

At the September 19, 2018 Village Council meeting the Council approved a revised Water Ordinance September 2018 passed with corrections (Click on link to download the PDF) Bear Lake News notes that the revision was discussed at several prior meetings, a copy of those drafts was requested and not provided. A copy of this document was… Read More

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SPECIAL MEETING called by Village of Bear Lake in regards to Two Lakes Sewer Project

The following notice has appeared at the Bear Lake Post Office and on bearlakemichigan.org A copy has not been received at Bear Lake News. At the September TLSA meeting, the Minutes record the following: [New Business: Most of the entities are complete with the boundary list. Coding is the next step to include with the… Read More