Letter to the Village of Bear Lake Council

From: Jeanne Walsh Date: August 14, 2018 at 3:34:15 PM EDT To: “Cindi McPherson, Clerk” <bearlakeclerk@gmail.com> Cc: jeffbair4@gmail.com Subject: Public Comment on Draft Minutes from July Village Council [the Village does not publish Draft Minutes until they are approved – through a FOIA Subscription Bear Lake News receives a copy usually within the 8 business days required under the Michigan… Read More


Village of Bear Lake Council meeting August 15, 2018 partial recording

Before we post this partial recording of the August 15, 2018 Village Council Meeting Bear Lake News joins the nationwide protest today – in spite of personal and journalism attacks, from national to local news outlets such as us, the press is not the enemy. We invite you to read today’s mLive Editorial at https://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/08/a_free_press.html When… Read More


Village of Bear Lake: August 15, 2018 Regular Meeting Agenda and documents

A reminder Bear Lake News would greatly appreciate any resident who attends to record the proceedings as the Village no longer does so. Bear Lake Village Council meetings may now be accessed via telephone conference call. Phone number:1.302.202.1107 (this maybe a long distance call with charges for some – in which case we suggest calling in via… Read More

Evaluating lead/copper issues during water system construction

BearLakeNews suggests all Village residents receive hand delivered notification of the need to continue monitoring and line flushing during construction work. The number of lead (i.e Pb the metal – not ‘lead’ pronounced ‘lead’) service lines and/or connective brass fittings and fixtures is unknown within the Village water system and older village properties. Confusion arises… Read More


Outside ‘the box’ Bear Lake: Managing run off stormwater

Let it grow! The simple answer to avoiding mass street run off, carrying with it silt and pollutants, is to encourage roadside run off and storm water catchment planting buffers. Often referred to as simply ‘rain gardens’ curb-side plantings serve an invaluable purpose – much like using a filter in your coffee maker. The myth… Read More

Outside ‘the box’ Bear Lake – veterans housing

Sustainable, affordable, P3 (Public Private Partnership) projects have long been discussed by a consortium of local residents who have a vested interest and the expertise to offer alternative options for the Village of Bear Lake. Their efforts created the following alternative scenario for a viable Downtown without crippling the current 200+ residents with long term… Read More

Village of Bear Lake: Water System Updates

A number of subscribers have asked who to contact to complain about the following: behavior of meter installers speeding construction vehicles lack of signage or safety barriers lack of information of which streets are closed or restricted. The Village has declined to provide this information on its own web site. To contact Fleis Vandenbrink, Ken… Read More


Village of Bear Lake – updated concerns of proposed sewer

With such little transparency in the proposed Two Lakes Sewer Authority – on Thursday July 26, 2018, at Bear Lake High School Library At 5:30pm – Village residents had the opportunity to question a representative from Wade Trim, the proposed engineer of record. UPDATE: No documents were provided however – there is an updated Sewer… Read More