LOUIS GEREAUX: Offers plea for Bear Lake businesses, services

TO THE EDITOR:

Bear Lake is a village in transition. Since I moved here last year, a building downtown had burned. Then over the winter, they tore down the only bit of history this small village had left — a large building that used to be a variety store on the corner of the village downtown. That building had apparently housed an opera house upstairs. The building was closed for years, but it used to have a variety store on the main level.

My letter is in regards to the current road and sewer construction taking place in downtown Bear Lake, which started in June and is proposed to last until late September. This project is too big, and it is happening right outside my building in downtown Bear Lake. There are too many holes in the street all at once, and I don’t know when the noise, the dirt and invasion of privacy will end.

These construction workers are strangers. Their jobs are not really local. The construction company has brought these workers in from out of town. All the local businesses will suffer from tourists and summer people driving around Bear Lake. The few cars that do drive through downtown Bear Lake probably will assume the businesses are closed because of all the dirty construction going on right at the center of the village.

I don’t have to ask why this heavy construction project is going on. I know that in November Gov. Rick Snyder will be leaving office for good. Whether Michigan decides to vote a Democratic candidate in or not is uncertain. Michigan certainly didn’t help Hillary Clinton in her campaign a couple of years ago. Huge infrastructure snafus will be the enduring legacy of the Snyder Administration. Whoever has to clean up his mess will have the thankless job of filling potholes.

Meanwhile, all around the village, at most every intersection, potholes do exist here at the corners of the road because people turn too tightly with their cars. The road surface is weaker at the edges. No road crews are re-surfacing these obvious problem areas of the road. Why? Because all hands are working on a more glamorous, and overly ambitious digging project throughout the village. Yet, every neighborhood street has problems … patches of dirt and gravel exist on most roads which should be paved over.

I guess all of that sorely needed road resurfacing work will happen next year … or not at all. So for now, drivers in the village of Bear Lake beware. But make sure to stop if you need something, because it is the businesses and services in the village of Bear Lake which need to survive in the long run, once the construction company and its workers skips town with all your hard earned tax dollars.

Louis Gereaux

Bear Lake business owner

 

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