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Benzie Emergency Management Seeks Feedback on Its Natural Hazards Draft Plan

In Agriculture, Community Alert, E Beach, Elsewhere in BenCo..., Environment, Fishing, Gov't Watch, Green Elbertians, Infrastructure and Planning, On and off the Apron, Open Season, Public Safety, Transportation, Water, Weather, Wildlife on January 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Get back to Frank Post, our county emergency management coordinator, by email or phone asap! (, 231-882-0567)

Read and download the draft plan here: 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan

More information is available at the Region 7 website.

Near Beer, Cont’d: Frankfort Beer Week

In Agriculture, Calendar, Community Alert, Culture Bluffs, GOOD NEWS, On and off the Apron, Open Season, The Mess Deck on September 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Frankfort holds its first-ever Beer Week the second week of Hoptober, Monday through Saturday, celebrating our new deeply local beer scene (thank you, Stormcloud Brewing Company). More than a dozen restaurants will be participating, creating unique items just for this event, made with Michigan beer. Stormcloud will tap their annual Harvest Tripel, a Belgian-style libation made from fresh Empire Hops Farm hops; then at Saturday’s wrapup they’ll debut a Belgian-German Oktoberfest batch. On Tuesday come feast at Coho Café’s Beer Dinner with New Holland Brewing Company brews. On Thursday the 9th, the Garden Theater hosts The Michigan Beer Film, a documentary about Michigan’s geysering craft beer industry. Paul Starr, of “I’m a Beer Hound” fame, will be in Frankfort to provide three nights of beer-tasting instruction; you’ll learn how to drink beer with Michigan-made Mindo Chocolate, Hilltop Ice Cream, and locally smoked bacon. And if you’re all, “I make my own beer,” enter the homebrew competition. The winner gets a chance to use the Stormcloud facility, and the knowledge of brewmaster Brian Confer, to brew their beer and have it there on tap. Don’t forget to check out the selection of beer-related books and novelties across the street at Frankfort Bookstore. If you’re not from here, sign on for the Frankfort Beer Week Package at Harbor Lights Resort, including a welcome basket with a growler fill at Stormcloud. With Fall Fest activities taking place every weekend, Frankfort Beer Week is just one more reason to stick around, or get here, this October. http://www.facebook/fbwEmily Votruba


Elberta Business Owners Speak! On State Proposal 14-1

In Education, Gov't Watch, On and off the Apron, Politics, Public Safety, Uncategorized, Village Money Situation on August 4, 2014 at 10:18 am
Like a rock: A large Petoskey stone at the Conundrum Café, probably not subject to the personal property tax.

Like a rock: This large Petoskey stone at the Conundrum Café is probably not subject to the personal property tax.

By Emily Votruba

Tomorrow, August 5, voters will decide whether to adopt a proposal to eliminate the personal property tax. The strangely worded measure doesn’t actually mention “personal property tax,” but instead says the following:

Approval or disapproval of amendatory act to reduce state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share to modernize the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs. (Read the full ballot language and more about the proposal here and here.)

If you own a business in Michigan, you pay personal property tax (PPT) every year on equipment you use (machinery, vehicles, furniture, computers, refrigerators, cash registers, kitchen appliances). You’re supposed to pay the same rate (set by your local government) every year, based on the price you paid for the item, for the life of your business or until you get rid of the equipment, even as the item decreases in value. In communities with big business and manufacturing bases, the PPT forms a large share of local revenue, used for schools, fire, police, EMT, park maintenance, and other services.

In 2010, Elberta derived 3.32% of its property tax revenue from personal property tax.* That means out of the Village’s $129,933.48 in total property tax revenue, $4,313.79 came from business owners paying tax on their various movable assets, most of which they had already paid sales tax on at the time of purchase. Businesses are in effect taxed twice—more than twice—on material regular consumers are taxed for once.

According to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan DC based think tank, seven states have eliminated PPT altogether, four states assess a very small PPT, and other states have enacted exemptions for businesses of certain types or sizes. Michigan itself has already enacted a personal property tax exemption for businesses with less than $80,000 worth of equipment. More on that below.

Some voters may be wary of taking Lansing’s word for it when it promises any local revenue lost from eliminating PPT will be replaced through the use tax, which the proposal also promises not to increase. The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates that state general fund revenues would be cut by $126 million in 2016, the first-year the proposal would begin taking effect, and by $483 million in 2023 when fully phased-in.

What is use tax? Most of us never pay it because we don’t buy goods wholesale. But if you have a state business ID, you can buy goods without paying sales tax, as long as you pay that 6% eventually—whether you pass the expense on to consumers when you sell products, or by declaring that amount to the state and paying it at the end of the year.

This use tax might be an unpredictable source of revenue. Let’s say you purchase 50 pounds of coffee wholesale with a business ID. If you don’t make cappuccinos with it, you’re supposed to pay the state 6% out of pocket on whatever you have left that isn’t spoiled. That’s to keep you from just buying all your personal groceries wholesale. You can see how abuse of the use tax might be hard to detect and enforce.

In Michigan, use tax is also assessed to lodging establishments for their rooms and amenities and in sales or transfers of recreational vehicles to nonfamily members. Wired communication services, Internet sales, and all imports of goods from outside Michigan are also subject to use tax. You can read about it in more detail here.

Use tax revenue, like that from PPT, fluctuates according to consumer activity and whether or not businesses are investing in inventory. The Local Community Stabilization Authority that Prop 14-1 creates would distribute the use tax revenue directly to municipalities and would theoretically ensure that communities receive the same revenue they’re accustomed to, and perhaps more (some argue). Proponents say eliminating the PPT will also save both businesses and local governments the paperwork headache involved in filing and adminstering the tax.

Since tax law is really confusing, and businesses are the ones who’ll (supposedly) be most immediately affected by this proposal if it passes, I asked some Elberta business owners what they think of the measure and how they’re going to vote.

Steve Hubbard, owner of Bayshore Tire & Auto, says he’s been so busy he hasn’t had time to investigate the proposal. “I’ll say any measure that’s going to cut my taxes, I’m probably for. Michigan taxes the crap out of small businesses. We lose so much money just processing that stuff.”

According to the US Small Business Administration, over 98% percent of Michigan businesses are “small”—with fewer than 500 employees. Indeed, the vast majority of Michigan businesses (670,000+) have no employees at all.

Katie Condon, along with her sister Janet Condon Whiting, has owned the Mayfair Tavern since January 2012. They pay personal property tax on kitchen equipment, TVs, their computer system, and any other tangible business assets they acquire. Condon says she’s definitely voting yes on Proposal 14-1. “[Personal property tax] is a dumb tax. It kills small business, and up here in Northern Michigan we’re all small.”

Diane Jenks, owner of A Shear Class Experience Salon & Day Spa, and also a member of the Village council, said in an email on Friday that she was still researching the issue. “I want to know where the replacement dollars are coming from and how and when it will be disbursed back to municipalities. I wonder if there will be any hidden criteria or restrictions on funding replacement of personal property tax dollars.”

Jim Barnes is a new business owner in the Village, with both Elberto’s Taqueria and Eco-Building Products opening here in 2013. He suspects that if the personal property tax is eliminated, that revenue won’t be replaced. He said he hadn’t yet been assessed personal property tax by the Village, but has paid it in Elmwood Township and Traverse City for Northern Delights and Eco-Building Products.

“In the past, our personal property taxes have been a nominal annual fee. The hassle of filling out the forms is more painful than paying the tax,” Barnes wrote in an email. He noted that the Village has “an extraordinarily high real property tax rate”—it’s the highest Village rate in the county at 16.1565%but says he will probably vote no on eliminating the tax, because he believes “federal, state, and municipal taxes are necessary to maintain infrastructure and provide valuable services to our citizenry.” Barnes says he’s more than willing to keep paying the PPT. “I just hope it isn’t too much when the Village gets around to assessing ours.”

Sheila Lafleur, proprietor of the Lighthouse Café, said Saturday that she hadn’t decided how she’ll vote on the measure and didn’t want to go on the record with her opinion of it. She said she’s had the same kitchen equipment for a long time, it’s still serving her well.

Colleen and Ed Jones acquired the Betsie Bay Marina from Kris Mills in mid-June this year. Colleen is familiar with the PPT from previous business ventures. “The existing tax law is really poorly written. It’s difficult to put reasonable values on your property, and it’s not enforceable. It’s a double tax on business owners.” She plans to vote yes on Tuesday to eliminate PPT, but concedes that the proposal “isn’t ideal—the allocation measure for replacement of revenue is kind of weird.”

Michele Cannaert of the Conundrum Café was undecided on the proposal when we spoke on Friday. She had applied for and received the new exemption, for businesses with less than $80,000 in equipment. “That’ll be $700 less that I’ll owe for next year. I can use that money to increase my inventory, or hire another person.

“I’m looking into whether that exemption will still be in effect if the proposal doesn’t pass,” she said. Cannaert, who is also an educator in the public schools downstate, is concerned about loss of revenue for schools and other services, but thinks the personal property tax is a disproportionate burden on small businesses like hers, not just in terms of money, but time and hassle. She files her taxes quarterly, and must submit a list of equipment values every time.

“It would be great if they could just keep that [small business] exemption in place even if the proposal doesn’t pass,” said Cannaert. “That would cover it. I don’t see why these larger companies need another break. But I do wonder how they’re going to offset that loss with the use tax. The use tax is unpredictable too.” Ψ

*Source: MLive report

Village Offers Beautiful, Affordable Event Locations

In Community Alert, Farmers' Market, GOOD NEWS, Infrastructure and Planning, On and off the Apron, Open Season, Uncategorized, Village Money Situation on July 31, 2014 at 2:21 am

By Diane Jenks

The Village of Elberta is struggling to survive with low fiscal scores and the threat of an emergency manager. The State of Michigan has many communities in this situation and is willing to help the village work its way back into the black. The departure of the former clerk, Sharyn Bower, and treasurer Laura Manville, with no notice and nothing in place for the incoming staff, has been traumatic. The new clerk and treasurer (Mary Kalbach and Sheila Applebee) are in training and working diligently to get the office up and running. Elberta residents have survived a lot of pitfalls and we continue to be the mouse that ROARS.  This community will roll up its sleeves and trudge on and fight for the right to shine like the gem this little village continues to be. I can’t help but wonder sometimes what keeps this little community together, but I realize that when good people gather for a good cause amazing things happen. I am proud to be part of Elberta and urge everyone out there to support this village, because it is here to stay.

The Village of Elberta is offering the opportunity to rent several of its facilities.

The Elberta Life Saving Station at the Waterfront Park is already available for weddings, private parties and events that require indoor space and a beautiful setting. A large deck overlooking Betsie Bay is a perfect way to watch the night sky calm the hectic day. Check out the Lifesaving Station page on our website at

We also offer our Waterfront Park Bandshell (performance pavilion) for $100 a day. This venue is available during the week for concerts or a performance with hillside seating overlooking our beautiful park and Betsie Bay. It makes holding your own concert or other event affordable.

You can rent the Amphitheater for your own little Film Fest. Elberta Parks & Recreation held the first annual Mushy Peach Film Festival in 2012.

You can rent the Bandshell for your own little event. Elberta Parks & Recreation held the first annual Mushy Peach Film Festival here in 2012.

If you’re looking for a place to hold your family reunion, birthday party, class reunion, or private party, our Waterfront Park Picnic Pavilion is only $75. The pavilion offers a beautiful fire pit, electricity and picnic tables. The children’s playground adjacent to it is one-of-a-kind in the area. The playground is handicapped accessible and starts with a ramp that little tykes can hop right on. Nearby is a swing set that includes with a handicap swing.

Perhaps you are looking for a little more privacy. If so, Elberta’s Penfold Farmers Market Park is a great venue for a more intimate gathering, but still conveniently located on the Betsie Valley Trail at the junction of old M-168 and M-22. For just $50, you get a spacious pavilion, picnic tables, two grills, a porta-john, and electrical outlets. Your guests can kayak down the Betsie River and put in at the small boat launch to get to your party.

If you’d like to hold a birthday party, open house, meeting, or baby shower indoors, we have our Community Building on First Street with a capacity 68. You can rent this space for $150. Although there is no kitchen, the building does have tables and chairs and places to plug in crock pots. This facility has the ball diamond and ample parking with restrooms that can be entered from inside and out.

The newest addition to Elberta is our Dunes South Park. It is located on the south side of the village on the west side of M-22. This fabulous rustic setting offers a parking lot and a flat space big enough to set up for a festival or event. Imagine your group or organization incorporating hiking the dune and embracing nature at its finest. You can rent this park for only $300.

For more information on renting any of these spaces, contact Diane Jenks at

Thank you for your support of the little village that can. Ψ

Bayview Grille Celebrates 4 Years on the Bay

In Culture Bluffs, On and off the Apron, The Mess Deck on May 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

By Ann Sinclair

Located on beautiful Betsie Bay in Frankfort, Bayview Grille has earned its reputation as a popular destination for great made-from-scratch home-style food and Michigan-made beers and wine. Located in the building that once housed Celia’s by the Bay, Bayview Grille is the pride and joy of Dale Evans and Jill Weide, both Michigan natives who, after spending 20 years in the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC, returned to their home state to seek a more relaxed and friendly lifestyle.

Part of Bayview Grille’s staff, from left: co-owner Dale Evans, Matthew Evans, co-owner Jill Weide, and Kadie Smith. Photo by Ann Sinclair

Part of Bayview Grille’s staff, from left: co-owner Dale Evans, Matthew Evans, co-owner Jill Weide, and Kadie Smith. Photo by Ann Sinclair

Since opening Bayview Grille in 2010, Dale, Jill and their staff have been learning how to best deliver their creations to their increasingly loyal customers. Both great amateur cooks, Dale and Jill were new to the food business. “Our customers and staff were great, and helped us develop our signature service, which emphasizes customer comfort and great food. Everyone who dines with us enjoys the fruits of the lessons we’ve learned,” Dale says.

Bayview smokes its own meats and poultry in the smoker that sits in front of the restaurant during the summer season. It makes its own jams, sauces, salad dressings and soups, including its popular corn and clam chowders. In addition, locally grown ingredients are used in its recipes whenever possible. Dale and Jill cook in their kitchen alongside some of Benzie County’s top talent. “Our staff is so pleased to be able to really cook from scratch and get away from simply opening a package or deep frying something that came in frozen,” Dale says. “They work hard to prepare fresh and delicious foods for our customers.”

During its first three years in the community, Bayview offered breakfast, lunch and dinner year-round. Now both Dale and Jill have decided to scale back their work hours so they have more time to enjoy northern Michigan. Starting this May, Bayview is open 7am to 4pm, focusing on breakfast and lunch.

“It’s the best breakfast on the Bay,” says Marilyn Maslo, a frequent morning customer. “Bayview serves organic coffee from Higher Grounds [the Traverse City–based coffee roaster], and prepares its Eggs Benedict for me with avocado instead of ham, all with homemade hollandaise sauce on a gluten-free bun. I can’t get that service anywhere else, and I love it!”

In addition to great breakfast offerings, like the popular beignet, a light, fritter-like pastry dusted with powdered sugar, Bayview is bringing back some of its exclusive lunch items, like the smoked turkey club made with house-smoked turkey, the smoked-turkey Reuben, and its unique grilled tuna sandwich. “We take fresh grilled yellow fin tuna, chop it, and mix it with our homemade sauce,” says Dale, “then serve it on a very special bread. It’s one of our most popular lunch items.” Innovative menu additions are on deck for June, Dale says. “We are excited to offer new foods that aren’t available elsewhere in northern Michigan.”

Also getting a fresh look will be Bayview’s cocktail, beer, and wine menu. “It’s been a bit of a secret that we have a liquor license, but those who know are definitely enjoying our offerings,” says Jill. A variation of their popular Bayview Bloody Mary, the “Crabby Mary” will feature a full crab claw as a garnish. “The claw is full of sweet meat, and it goes deliciously with our Bloody Mary. We think it will be a hit!” Jill says. And not to worry, Bayview will continue to offer a range of craft beers, Michigan wines, Spanish Sangria, Bud Light, and traditional mixed drinks. “If you enjoy it, we will do our best to provide it,” says Jill.

With all the great changes coming, Bayview Grille will continue to be the place to enjoy a hearty, healthy breakfast or lunch, or linger over an afternoon cocktail on their porch overlooking the bay on a warm day. Dale and Jill always strive to deliver something special to their guests. As Dale says, “Sometimes it takes a little longer, but our success shows that it’s worth it.”

Bayview Grille, 727 Main Street, Frankfort, (231) 352-8050. Open 7 days, 7 am to 4 pm.




Our New Tax Assessor: Barbie Eaton

In Gilmore Township, Gov't Watch, Housekeeping, Infrastructure and Planning, On and off the Apron on May 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

In late April this year, Marvin Blackford, longtime tax assessor for Frankfort, Gilmore Township, and Crystal Lake, retired, and Gilmore and Frankfort contracted with Barbie Eaton of Brown and Associates. Ms. Eaton kindly took the time to answer a few questions about her new position.

1. What is the role of the tax assessor? My job is to determine value for property in accordance to Michigan tax laws. To do this I use cost estimates, sales, and, when appropriate, income statistics (for commercial and industrial properties, mostly). I also handle the paperwork for various exemptions, including: Principle Residence Exemption (PRE), Veteran Exemptions, and Poverty Exemptions, to name a few.

2. What is NOT the role of the tax assessor?  I cannot tell you what your actual tax bill will be, nor can I see if you have paid your taxes. I also cannot tell you what the amount of tax was that you were billed for. I can estimate tax amounts based on the taxable value of the property and the millage rate, but the [Village/Township] treasurer is the one who actually handles the tax bills/money.

3. When are the Board of Review meetings for 2014/15, and what is their purpose? The Board of Review meets in March to hear protests of the assessed value from residents. In order to protest to the Michigan Tax Tribunal you MUST first attend the Board of Review in March. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that assessments are fair and equitable. The assessment rate in the state of Michigan is 50%, which means that your assessed value should reflect roughly 50% of the True Cash Value (a.k.a Market Value). The Board of Review also meets in July and December to correct qualified errors.  

4. Who sits on the Board of Review?  I haven’t met the Gilmore board yet, but I can give you the general guidelines of who can be on the Board of Review. It’s a three-member committee that meets three times a year. All three members must be registered to vote in the township and at least two thirds must be property owners. The Board of Review is part of the checks and balances system to property taxes.  The assessor certifies the roll, the Board of Review then reviews the roll and hears protests from property owners before they certify the roll. [Bob Delanoye and Ken Holmes were named to the Gilmore Board of Review at the Gilmore Township meeting in February. Carl Noffsinger, as township supervisor, also sits on the board.]

5. What do you like best about your job?  This job gives me flexibility to work around my family’s schedule. I also enjoy being able to help people better understand our property tax system here in Michigan.  

6. What can we as a community (Elberta/Gilmore) do to create a good working relationship with you and make your job easier?  We will be coming around this summer to do physical inspections of the township. We never have to come into your home; all our measurements are done on the outside. Please allow my field staff to do their job and take a picture and verify measurements. My field staff will have picture IDs and will knock on the door before checking measurements. If you are not home when we come to your house we will leave an orange tag on your door with our office phone number so you may contact us if you have any questions. We will not measure a home that has only children there. If you ever have questions please feel free to contact my office.

We have a website with some really helpful information about Michigan property tax laws and exemptions. You can also find some personal information there about me and my office and field staff. Contact me at 1-888-714-9288 or I will be holding office hours at the City of Frankfort on Thursday mornings from 9:30-12:30, otherwise my Ludington office is usually open Monday–Friday 9 am–4 pm.

Finally the Truth! About Garbage

In Community Alert, Environment, Housekeeping, On and off the Apron on May 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

By Emily Votruba

Village garbage pickup, provided by Allied Waste (Republic Services) of Manistee, is every Friday morning. Put your trash out by 7 am to be safe. In the event of a Monday holiday, service will occur the next day (so, in our case, pickup will be Saturday).

You must purchase official red Allied Waste garbage bags. For many years, villagers bought these bags at the Village Office from our clerk, Sharyn Bower; most recently the price was $25 for a pack of ten. Because of the Village’s financial crisis, office hours have been drastically reduced, and this service is no longer provided.

You can buy bags at Glen’s in Frankfort or Shop-n-Save in Benzonia for $30 for 10 or $3 each. (“There’s no deal,” said the person who answered the phone at Glen’s.) City Hall in Frankfort sells them for $25/10—and yes, you can use theirs, because they also contract with Allied Waste. The cheapest option (not including gas) is to buy bags at the Village of Beulah office, at $21 for 10. The Beulah office is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm, or you can go there Monday through Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 when treasurer Dawn Olney is there.

It has become customary for Villagers to use their own standard-size trash receptacle, and simply hang an official garbage bag as a “red flag” over the side, secured to the can by its lid or some other means. This is perfectly acceptable. Be aware, though, that if the amount of trash in your container is significantly larger than what would likely fit in an official bag, the waste removal team may pass you by. Perhaps fly two red flags, if you’re not sure.

If you generate a lot of waste, and the whole buying-trash-bags scenario is harshing your mellow, you may choose to rent a container from Allied Waste for approximately $20 per month (that’s $15 plus fees; the Allied rep reached by phone today wasn’t totally sure of the cost). Give ’em a call at (231) 723-4940, or visit their website.

The Allied staffer also noted that yard waste pickup is available in the Village on the second Friday of every month from April through August, and then on the second and fourth Fridays from September through November. Special yard waste bags can be purchased at Glen’s for the same price. In the fall, leaves may be dumped at the swamp end of First Street. Or you can dump your leaves and pesticide-free clippings in Emily Votruba’s yard. If you spray, though, please stay away. Thank you. Note: Per a fairly recent Village ordinance, there is no burning of brush or other yard waste allowed in the Village limits. Some of your near neighbors like to keep their lungs pink, so please be considerate and follow the law.

Unlike Frankfort, the Village has no curbside large-item removal—except by your fellow Villagers, if you put out something cool. Instead, we have an annual cleanup day, where for $25 a pickup load, Village residents can bring their trash to the Village Office and Ken Bonney will help dump it in a rented Dumpster. The next one of those is this Saturday, May 17, from 9 am to 2 pm; details in the flier below. I, for one, am very excited about this.

In your ongoing effort to be a good citizen and member of our ecosystem, you may wish take advantage of Benzie County’s hazardous and electronic-waste collections (see flier below), orchestrated by the fabulous Marlene Wood, and by all means, save yourself some money by bringing your recyclables to the massive recycling bins in the Frankfort industrial park on Parkview Lane, off M-115. Paper products and anything stamped with a triangled number can go in there; glass must be placed the nearby separate glass containers. If you want to help out the local high school, take your cardboard to the trailer in the Frankfort–Elberta High School parking lot. They’ll appreciate it. Ψ





What’s Going Around: Rent Scammers

In Community Alert, Crime, Law & Order, On and off the Apron, Village Homes on April 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Rental Scammers Cashiers Check

By Kimm X Jayne

For any of you who list a property on or VRBO, be aware of this scam going around. Someone reserves your place and sends a cashier’s check, but before you get the check, he or she “realizes” they overpaid you and part of that money should have gone to their “travel agent” (or any other person). They ask you if, once you cash it, you could please forward the overpayment part to that person. The unsuspecting landlord (in this case, us!) thinks a cashier’s check is like cash and goes to cash it, and just happens to mention to the teller the story. The teller immediately says they get these types of checks about once a week and that they are cashed, and then 6-8 weeks later when the bank figures out they are bad, they recover the amount deposited by debiting your account for that same amount. By then the unsuspecting landlord has already sent a check or Moneygram to the supposed third party, and that check has cleared.

If my husband hadn’t happened to describe the situation to our bank teller, we would have been out about $1,100 cash. So, says the bank: Never accept an overpayment and then disburse your own funds. This sort of scenario is a sure sign of fraud and/or money laundering.

The following two emails show the scammers’ tactics.

Hello, Thanks for the updated information. We are okay with the accommodation and cost . We would also like to confirm the reservation on the following information: Mrs Kathrine Yelovikov8/10 Banderi S. Vul. Street, Lviv 79031 ,Ukraine, Also , due to the unsecured use of credit card online or on the phone, I have arrange for payment inform of check Please do forward me the following details for payment FULL NAME BILLING ADDRESS CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER Hope to hear from you soon Best Regards Kathrine Yelovikov

Good day, I am sorry for all the delay in payment. There was a mix up in the payment sent to you ,I was supposed to receive two separate payment one for you and the other for our traveling expenses but the whole payment was issued on a single one check in your name and sent. I tried to correct this but it was in vain as i was ask to resolve the problem myself. It would have to go through a very long process to change this error. Please I don’t know what to do. I have been advised to contact you since this check was issued in your name , so you should be able to deposit the check into your account. As soon as you have the check deposited into your account you are to deduct your rent and transfer the balance to my agent or to us . Please do let me know how you can help on this issue. Thanks

I figured it would be worth it to alert those who have rentals about our near-miss. If your bank even accepts the cashier’s check, they will reverse it 6 to 8 weeks later when they discover it’s counterfeit. If a potential renter overpays and asks you to forward the money to someone else, something fishy’s going on—no matter how innocent the “mistake” may look. Here’s to a great, scam-free summer!

Preliminary DEQ Report on Cold Creek Spill

In Agriculture, Breaking, Fishing, Law & Order, On and off the Apron, Open Season, Water, Wildlife on April 11, 2014 at 7:30 am



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Audio of April 10 regular Beulah Village meeting.

Frankfort’s Kinda Progressive Zoning Ordinance

In Agriculture, Community Alert, Gov't Watch, Infrastructure and Planning, On and off the Apron, Uncategorized on February 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Frankfort Zoning District Map

By Emily Votruba

It’s probably not anarcho-syndicalism in the making, but the City of Frankfort’s planning commission under the leadership of Bruce Ogilvie has put together a fairly progressive and forward-thinking zoning ordinance. The comment period is NOW, and the public hearing is set for Tuesday, March 11. Take a minute to read it and either weep or rejoice, depending on your POV.

Some Frankfort property owners (this one included) will be stoked to find that the minimum footprint for a residential dwelling in the North Residential and Rural districts has shrunk from 1,000 square feet to Read the rest of this entry »