A letter from DLA fireworks chair, Walt Smiles:
A big THANK YOU to all those who donated this year and previous years to make the DLA Annual Fireworks display better each successive year.

The display is funded each year from scratch, completely by donations made to the fireworks fund.  This year we were late in getting out our registration and donation mailings.  Because of the slow start to membership and fireworks contributions, we were concerned we might have to cut back on the total number of fireworks in the display.

Thanks to all of you,we met our funding goal and the display went on as planned.  We received many positive comments, most saying it was the best display ever.

There was also a list published in On and Around the Water and posted on the DLA website under fireworks of those who contributed.  Some have said they donated but their name did not appear.  We are double checking our database and will post a corrected list on the website when the checking is completed in September.

Again, thank you to all who contributed and made the Annual Fireworks display better than ever.

Best wishes,
Walt Smiles
Chair. Fireworks Committee

On Saturday, August 22, Gary Gries, Kate Crane and Gary Nolte were re-elected to the board, and we welcome Bob Price (# 99) as the newest member of the board of directors. If you missed the meeting and would like a copy of the minutes, please send an email to:  diamondislandcassmi@gmail.com 

Any interest in a new DIA cookbook? All proceeds to go to the Barge Fund. It was a hugely successful fund raiser about 10 years ago. Shall we try again? Submit your recipes, with your full name and cottage number to diacookbook@gmail.com. Hard copy/ hand written recipes to cottage # 31 any weekend.

Attention all homeowners:

The Fall Island meeting is scheduled for August 22 @ 10 a.m. at cottage 7 (aka Dot Koranda)


  • Approval of June Island meeting minutes
  • Barge weight limits rules & procedures
  • Financial review, Mike Andrasco
  • Barge maintenance review, Bill Hullinger
  • Diamond lake association info update, Sharon Gries
  • Emergency procedures, Gary Nolte
  • Election of open board member positions, Gary Gries
    • Gary Nolte, incumbent
    • Gary Gries, incumbent
    • Kate Crane, incumbent
    • Open seat

See you all in a few weeks!

Attention Homeowners:

On August 22 we will be holding our annual island meeting.
We have 4 open board positions needing to be filled. Three current board members will be running for re-election. If you are interested in running please contact Gary Nolte, at cottage #151 or Kate Crane, cottage # 3.
We are also looking for a homeowner to fill the position of Barge Manager. As barge manager your main responsibilties will consit of hiring and training the operators for the 2016 season. You do not have to be a board memeber to hold this position. If you want to hear more about this opportunity, please contact Gary Gries cottage #135


2015 Dates to remember:

June 13, 2015: Island meeting
June 18, 2015: Geese round, has been canceled by the DNR
July 1-31, 2015: Island night lights
July 2, 2015: Blues Concert cottage 140
July 4, 2015: Island parade
August 15, 2015 American Legion Corn hole party
August 22, 2015: Annual meeting
September 8, 2015: Fall barge hours start
November 1, 2015: Estimated LAST day of Barge operation. Pending maintenance needs and weather.
November 2, 2015: Last day for garbage pick up

 6/17/15: Suspension of Canada Geese round up statewide due to High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Last week, the Michigan Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced the states first confirmed cases of HPAI H5N2 in the state.  The disease was found in free-ranging Canada geese in Macomb County.  Avian influenza (AI) is a virus that can infect both free-ranging and domestic poultry such as chickens, turkeys, quail and geese.  It represents the most serious threat to domestic poultry production in decades.

To date, no Michigan flocks have been affected, in part because of measures recently instituted by the MDARD and DNR.  We now have evidence that AI is present at low levels in an expanding area. While the virus does not present a significant human health threat, it does present a clear and important threat to agriculture. Erring on the side of caution, we are immediately suspending the statewide goose round-up program for this year.

We apologize for this inconvenience.  Canada goose contractors have been notified of this change.  The DNR will be processing refunds for your 2015 Round Up (Capture) and hold Canada Geese Permit Applications.

The DNR will continue statewide AI surveillance, which includes responding to suspicious dead animals, testing a sample of ducks and geese that DNR traps and applies leg bands, and testing a sample of hunter-harvested waterfowl.

With this type of HPAI, sick birds may experience neurological signs and abnormal behavior (e.g., difficulty walking), as well as nasal discharge, sneezing, or coughing. If you notice geese or other waterfowl exhibiting these symptoms or find three or more wild ducks, geese, or swans dead, report it to the DNR at 517-336-5030.

You can find additional information at www.michigan.gov/avianinfluenzaand www.michigan.gov/aviandiseases.

If you have questions regarding the Resident Canada Goose Program, please contact Barbara Avers, Waterfowl and Wetland Specialist, at 517-641-4903 ext. 247.

6/1/15 – Midwest Energy CoOp is updating out area with high speed fiber cable. They will consider wiring the island if there are enough clients who want high-speed internet. If interested, sign up at teamfiber.com.

Attention Homeowners:  Your 2015 Summer Island meeting is scheduled for June 13 @ 10 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the Koranda’s cottage #7, please bring a lawn chair.

On the agenda will be:

Gary Gries, President: Welcome and introduction of new members.
Mike Andrasco, Treasurer: Financial review
Billy Hullinger, Board Member: Barge maintenance, repairs and weight limits.
Phil Bottger, Vice President: Road repairs and dust control.
Sharon Gries, Diamond Lake Association Board: DLA membership, fireworks and geese round up.
Vail Family, homeowner: Break in recap of “actual events”
Phil Bottger, Vice President: Center of the island maintenance and update on tree replacement.

Hope to see you all there!













5/4/15: on behalf of Diamond Lake Association:

Dear Island Homeowners
With Memorial Day a few weeks away it is time to JOIN or Renew your membership in the Diamond Lake Association.  For the nominal fee of $30.00 you receive the following benefits from DLA:
  •       Protect the quality of the lake to retain property values
  •       Contract to control invasive weeds and manage geese population
  •       Support local law enforcement to keep the lake safe
  •       Monitor the quality of the lake water
  •       Interface with government entities to keep residents informed of information regarding lake property and county plans
  •       Arrange for the annual 4th of July fireworks display
Joining is easy to do online on the new, enhanced website, www.dlacassopolis.org.
Please note that a contribution to the annual Diamond Lake fireworks is a separate  donation which can also be made on the website.  If you choose to pay by check the form for your membership and fireworks donation can be found on the website.
You might also receive a mailing if you have not joined in the past.
Thank you, DLA Membership Committee


To all Diamond Island residents:

This week the Cass County Road Commission has been on the island repairing our road.  While I’ve not seen it, I’ve been told they have done a great job. The Road Commission has limited resources and it’s very difficult getting their heavy equipment and additional road gravel delivered to the island to do this work.  Steve Lucas, Managing Director of the Road Commission has been extremely good to work with on this project.  A special thanks to Steve and his people and also to Dennis Wauchop, Bob Price and Mike Andrasco for manning the barge during this project.

Now that the pot holes are gone I want to remind everyone to remember to keep your driving speeds down and also please under no circumstances should any homeowners make any changes to the road now that it has been graded. If you have an issue, please contact me and I will in turn contact the Road Commission to see what can be done to resolve any concerns.  Also please do not place leaves or grass clippings on the road.  The leaves and clippings retain moisture and basically turns into a compost and eventually causes the road gravel under it to break down resulting in pot holes.  After proper grading any rain water should hopefully drain off the road fairly quickly.  Anything that is done to impede rain water from draining will result in standing water that in turn will cause a breakdown of the road gravel and the road.

So, let’s all do our part to keep our road in the best condition possible.  Thank you.

Phil Bottger,  D.I.A. Board Vice President


2015 Garbage pickups:

May 11 and 26 (Tues. after Memorial Day)

All Mondays in June, July and August

Sept. 8 (Tues. after Labor Day), Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2

Spring 2015

Diamond Island members: Winter is still upon us, but Spring is in the air! Mark your calendars we have a date set to get the barge back online. The 2015 barge opening is scheduled for Friday, April 17 at noon. The SPRING and FALL hours of operation have changed. We have added 2 additional hours on Tuesday and Thursday only. The complete listing of barge hours is on the 3rd page of this letter. Remember Tuesday & Thursday hours don’t start until MAY. Your Island Summer meeting is scheduled for June 13, 2015 @ 10:00 AM. We encourage everyone to join us at the Koranda’s cottage #7 bring a lawn chair.   The financial condition of the Association remains strong. This allowed us to make some necessary repairs to the island gate. The work was completed in the Spring of 2014 with minimal inconvenience to the homeowners. The cost was just over $13,000. Our major fixed costs for fuel, trash removal, insurance and payroll have not increased significantly. As a result we are able to keep dues the same as 2014. Your 2015 Diamond Island Association Membership dues are $550. This includes garbage pickup along with 1 car sticker. Additional car stickers can be purchased at the cost of $50 each. If you own a second home, that is not being used as “rental property” the 2nd home membership cost is $250 which does not include a car sticker. Car passes for visitors, workers etc. can be purchased at $5.00 each. The cost of temporary passes will be $8.00 each. This increase is to help “offset” administrative cost of a temporary pass. Members are not permitted to operate the barge without attending a proper training session. Contact a board member if you wish to be trained to operate the barge. Did you enjoy the 4th of July fireworks? How about a summer of minimal amount of geese? See what Diamond Lake Association has to offer. You can become a member or if you want to make a donation visit their website at: www.dlacassopolis.org Phil Bottger, president of the Diamond Island Land Corp. (center of the island), requested that we include a DIL-2015Letter about the center island to all homeowners. DIL is a separate entity from Diamond Island Association. Links: