Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lake Isabella Submits Grant Applications

Today the Village of Lake Isabella submitted two grant applications totaling $184,391.  The first application was submitted this morning to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for consideration in the spring round of semiannual 2% awards.  This application was for $167,841 for improvements to the Lake Isabella Dam and improvements to the Chippewa River between the dam and Tribal waters.  This application was submitted with the mutual support of the Lake Isabella Property Owners Association.

If funded, this project would include the following:

  • $21,975 for miscellaneous repairs to the dam.
  • $27,500 for heavy riprap channel armorment immediately downstream from the spillway.
  • $39,000 for a new sediment trap between the dam and Tribal waters.
  • $34,450 for 2 permanent monitoring stations between the dam and Tribal waters.
  • $44,916 for project mobilization and engineering.

In addition to this application, this afternoon the Village submitted a grant application to the Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) for $16,550 to fund the creation of a master plan for pedestrian and biking pathways in the community.  The Village's proposal would be to use a series of design charrettes for community members to work with professional planning staff to create a rough proposal of where and what should go into making a pathway network in the community.  Once that initial design period is completed, the proposal would enter into an online refinement process.  Using a special website, the rough draft of the plan would be further vetted and improved be all interested members of the community.  

Copies of both applications can be viewed at the Village Hall, and will be included as an attachment to the Village Manager's monthly report in the next meeting packet for the Village Council.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

January's Village Council Meeting

The January meeting of the Village Council will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at  7 PM.  The meeting location will be the Village Hall, located at 1010 Clubhouse Drive.

On the agenda this month are three public hearings, the FY 2011-2012 audit report, and two business items.

The public hearings all are for proposed ordinances.  The ordinances cover updating the Village's regulation of fireworks to reflect recent changes in state law.  An update to the regulation of fences which would increase the allowed area for rear yard fences.  And adopting regulations for accessory structures in non-residential districts.  Copies of all three ordinances can be found on the homepage of our website (

Also on the agenda this month is a presentation from Yeo & Yeo of Midland.  They have conducted the annual audit of the Village's finances and will be making their report to the Council.  A complete copy of the audit can also be found on the homepage of our website.  In addition to this audit report being online, the Village has placed every audit conducted since our incorporation online as well.  Those reports can be found on the "Financial Information" page of our website.

A complete copy of the packet is available online for the public's inspection.  During the meeting there are two places for general public comments or questions in addition to the three public hearings.  If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, we invite you to contact the Village Hall during normal business hours, or email the Village Manager at