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

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2017 Special Assessment Information

President Mike Snyder submitted a Special Assessment request of $75 per lakefront lot to the Clarence Township Board for action at their August 14, 2017 meeting. We are pleased to announce that the Clarence Township Board approved the request unanimously. This represents a reduction of $33 per lot from the prior level of $108 per lot. Recommending the Special Assessment amount 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. At the August meeting, the Duck Lake Association Board discussed the issue and directed President Snyder to recommend to Clarence Township $75 per lake front lot.

The Special Assessment amount of $75 per lakefront lot will be placed on the winter tax bills that were issued December 1, 2017.

Restorative Lake Sciences -Duck Lake 2016 Aquatic Vegetation and Water Quality Report

Click on the following link for the report: Duck Lake 2016 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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