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 state’s 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.
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:
- 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
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
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:
- 2014 4th of July Parade Photos
- Diamond Lake Association
- Cass County
- Cass County Sheriff’s Office
- Michigan Boating Laws
- Michigan DNR
- Michigan DEQ
- Penn Township
- facebook users: there is both a Diamond Lake Michigan and a Diamond Island Michigan group on facebook – neither are affiliated with their respective associations, but both are fun!