Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Tax Bills are On-Line

The 2009 Village of Lake Isabella summer tax bills will be mailed out later this week. But did you know that you can view your bill on-line? Right on our homepage we have a link to "Tax & Parcel" information. This will take you to a page where you can search by name, address, or property ID number.

Once you have searched, select the parcel you are looking for. You view current and past tax bills, assessed value, equalized value, legal description, a breakdown of each part of the tax bill, and if google maps can find it the property on a map. Check the link out for yourself and see it before you get it in the mail by clicking here.

In addition to the tax info, just below that link on our homepage is another link for Special Assessment Payoffs. These payoffs are sorted in numerical order by the property ID number, and reflect a payoff amount after the 2009 Village tax bill has been paid. To view the payoff spreadsheet, please click here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

2009 Election Update

The 4PM deadline for residents wishing to file paperwork to run for Village Council came and went today. Four seats on the Council are up for election at this September 15th election.

Those seats are currently filled by the only four people to file paperwork to run on the ballot this fall. Those four Council members are Village President Dave Torgerson, Village Treasurer Charles Kiel, Village Trustee Arnold Griffin, and Village Trustee Richard Lacca.

Terms to be elected at this year’s general election begin in January 2010, and run until January 2014. The other three terms on the Council were elected at the 2007 election, and have terms expiring in January of 2012.

The last day to register to vote for the election is August 17th. Residents wishing to run as a write-in may do so by filing the required paperwork by 4:00 PM on September 4th.

The polling place for this year’s general election will once again be the Village Hall, 1010 Clubhouse Drive, Lake Isabella, MI 48893.

Also, the Village is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. A copy of the application is on our website, and can be obtained at the Village Hall.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

South End Natural Gas & Newsletter Update

Consumers Energy held a public meeting tonight at the Weidman Community center to present the natural gas build-out. Around 30 people were in attendance. Those in attendance were informed that the cost to connect for this project is $2,250, and Consumers needs at least 90 customers to begin the project.

A complete copy of the informational materials presented at the meeting can be found on the Village's homepage at www.lakeisabellami.org.

Consumers will be mailing information materials to those were not in attendance tonight. In addition to the mailing by Consumers, the Village will be mailing information next week to everyone in the project area with information on financing from our local banks.

Unlike DTE, Consumers is not able to offer financing "in-house" for the project. As such, residents will need to pay the entire $2,250 connection fee up front. Check back for more updates.

Also, the Village's summer newsletter will be in the mail shortly. But, as an exclusive to our friends on the blog you can check it out for yourself on-line right now!

The link to the newsletter is: www.lakeisabellami.org/2009-Summer-Newsletter.pdf

...and, the link to the insert is: www.lakeisabellami.org/2009-Summer-Newsletter-Insert.pdf

We hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

July 4th Fireworks!

Fundraising is underway for the 4th of July Fireworks. As of Wednesday, June 17th we have raised nearly $4,000. This is over the half-way goal for this year of $7,000. If you are able, please consider making a donation to help cover the cost of this annual community event.

Lake Isabella is not alone in struggling to reach donation goals for fireworks. Below is from the Chicago Tribune:
(http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-july-fourth-half-off-17-jun17,0,2604382.story)

4th of July fireworks canceled in some towns, scaled back in others...

In years past, thousands of residents have gathered at Joliet Memorial Stadium and surrounding parking lots to watch the free fireworks display on the 4th of July.

If they want to watch this year, they may have to pony up.

Officials for the committee that raises money for the show said that, because of the recession, they are seeing fewer donations from city businesses. That, in turn, has forced them to do something they've never done before: ask residents for donations.

With less than three weeks until the holiday, the Joliet July 4 Celebration Committee is $9,000 short of the $23,000 it needs to cover the cost of the fireworks display and save the show, said Russ Slinkard, the committee's secretary.

"We've had several calls about it, and people [are] saying they want this to continue," said Slinkard, also president of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce. "We're confident that the community will respond."

In dozens of communities throughout the Chicago region, officials are struggling to find funding to keep their 4th of July celebrations alive. In some towns, parades, street festivals and shows that are annual community traditions are being canceled or scaled back because of budget cuts.

North Aurora already has scrapped its fireworks show and instead is helping sponsor Aurora's, officials said.

In Elmhurst, there will be no 4th of July parade this year, said Shazad Mehta, whose Elmhurst Jaycees struggled to raise money for the event after the city cut its financial contribution by two-thirds. "The money we were being offered wasn't good enough," he said.

For the first time in its 87-year history, the Evanston Fourth of July Association is charging participants to ride in its parade.

Even with the entry fee, the organization had to scale back its performance budget and shorten the fireworks display, said Joan Ducayet, the association's vice president and celebration manager. "This is how we responded to the economic challenges," she said. "We wanted to do everything we could to avoid canceling the parade."

But not all towns are tightening their red-white-and-blue belts.

Despite Chicago suffering through a budget crisis, there won't be any cutbacks to this year's 4th of July celebration, said Cindy Gatziolis, spokeswoman for the Mayor's Office of Special Events. The Independence Eve celebration will take place July 3 at the Taste of Chicago and will feature a pyrotechnic show coordinated to music.

Oak Lawn, celebrating its 100th anniversary, will have a parade with more than 100 entrants including military color guards, bands, clowns and antique cars, followed by a celebration at Centennial Park and a fireworks show at a local high school.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Natural Gas Update

DTE & Kent Power have dropped off several small bags of grass seed at the Village Hall. If you need additional grass seed to help restore your lawn from the gas project, please come by and get a bag. Bags will be given out on a first come basis!

Also, for our residents in the unserviced Consumer's Energy side of the Village, we are pleased to announce that you should be receiving a mailing shortly from Consumer's about building out that remaining section of the Village. The notice from Consumer's will have information on a meeting later this month in Weidman where Consumer's will present the project.

As was with DTE, Consumer's will need half of the 180 homes to "sign-up" for the project before they can proceed. Look back for more information later this month!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Unbuildable Lots Update - Airpark & Canterbury Estates

The Village of Lake Isabella is pleased to announce that this morning applications for "plat review" were submitted to the Central Michigan District Health Department for the Lake Isabella Airpark and Canterbury Estates plats. Along with the application, copies of the soil testing report from this past September and a water quality report from this April were submitted. Copies of both reports can be found on our website.

Check back for future updates!