Duck Lake, Calhoun County, Michigan is a beautiful lake with clear water and ample opportunities for boating, fishing and sailing.

The Duck Lake Association is a Michigan Non-Profit Lake Association

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Surface Water Runoff Discussions and Actions

Restorative Lake Sciences (RLS) submitted a "A Practical Watershed Management Plan for Duck Lake, Calhoun County, Michigan" in November 2018. On December 7, 2018 committee members met with Dr. Jennifer Jermalowicz-Jones to review the document. At the May 2019 Duck Lake Association Meeting, a committee was formed to further study and pursue action. The committee members are: Nan Hibler, Sarah Cool, Mike Snyder, and Ken Cool.

2019 Special Assessment Information

President Sarah Cool submitted a Special Assessment request of $50 per lakefront lot to the Clarence Township Board for action at their September 2019 meeting. We are pleased to announce that the Clarence Township Board approved the request unanimously. This is the same amount as 2018.

 Recommending the Special Assessment amount to the Township Board is a balancing act; on the one hand, there is a concern that the annual tax bill assessment be as low as possible. On the other hand, the Special Assessment must generate sufficient funds to pay for needed lake treatments.

The Special Assessment amount of $50 per lakefront lot will be placed on the winter tax bills that are issued December 1, 2019.

Bicycle Trail

Carolyn Palchak and Alan Laing are interested in a bicycle trail to allay safety concerns about 26 Mile Rd when bicycling or walking around Duck Lake. They approached President Mike Snyder, and Mike agreed to use DLA assets to put out a survey. The Duck Lake Association Board of Directors has not had the opportunity to discuss this issue. We want to share the survey results, because we think DLA members will be very interest in the results. Please click the following link to read the detailed comments: SurveyBicycleTrail

Restorative Lake Sciences (RLS)

Is the firm hired to manage, consult and advise concerning invasive aquatic weeds. The 2017 RLS Duck Lake Management Plan and Study, (new fall 2017) is available on this link. Duck Lake 2017 Annual Report

On October 12, 2015, the Clarence Township Board held the second public hearing

to finalize the process of establishing a special assessment district for invasive aquatic weed control on Duck Lake. At the meeting, the Township Board approved the assessment for the December 1, 2015 winter tax roll. This special assessment district ONLY includes lake front property owners.

Major DLA Meeting By Bill Taylor (In the Springport Signal)

The Clarence Township Board conducted a public hearing to receive objections to the establishment of a special assessment district around Duck Lake on Monday evening September 14 (2015). The assessments at issue would cost lakefront property owners about $100 per parcel per year, and would be used to control hybrid Eurasian milfoil and other invasive aquatic weeds in the lake. These special assessments could potentially continue for up to seven years.

Several lake residents expressed objections to the proposed assessments at the hearing. These included some individuals who had been objecting to the cost from the outset, and others who appeared to be genuinely struggling with the pros and cons of chemical treatment or the reasonableness of the estimated costs.

One resident provided an informal cost estimate from a potential contractor that was substantially lower than the figure in the special assessment proposal. He did this out of concern that the Duck Lake Association (DLA) and other proponents were not following a competitive bidding or price quote process that could reduce treatment costs. This led to an extended discussion about how the treatment contractor would be selected that seemed to satisfy most audience members.

Several individuals explained how the DLA had hired Jennifer Jermalowicz-Jones of Restorative Lake Sciences early in the deliberations because we did not have enough local knowledge about treatment alternatives and the qualifications of the several potential treatment firms. Mrs. Jermalowicz-Jones will use her expertise to help develop a specific treatment plan, prepare and distribute a bid solicitation document, and evaluate the bids that are received. A detailed set of specifications will be prepared for controlling the milfoil without harming the lake, and the treatment contract will be awarded to the lowest-price, highly qualified firm that submits a responsive bid. Mrs. Jermalowicz-Jones’ firm will continue to participate in an advisory and oversight capacity only, and will not compete for the treatment contract.

While most of the objections to a special assessment district were made in a good natured way, most of them also came from individuals who had not participated in the DLA’s many meetings and work sessions on the project. The DLA spent a great deal of time searching for a responsible solution to a serious problem, and received a round of well-deserved applause for its work near the end of the hearing. Clarence Township has also cooperated fully in this important project.

The Clarence Township Board voted to proceed with the special assessment district in the regular business meeting that followed the hearing.

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