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Douglas Lake Improvement Association
PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769              May 9, 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Please have your trash ready at the end of your driveway near the road by 7am.
One pickup load per household.
Allowed Not Allowed
Household junk, bagged garbage, bundled building materials, furniture, scrap metal, appliances without Freon, dry cut carpet. 
Lumber must be cut to 3-foot lengths.
Brush, leaves and grass clippings, oil, liquid paint, flammable materials, chemicals, explosives, tires, batteries, cement, appliances with Freon and hazardous waste materials.
If you have problems or questions pertaining to trash day cleanup, please call Supervisor Charles Antkoviak at 231-627-7232.
Volunteer Boat Assistance Team is forming for 2019
Thanks to the work of Ron Kelemen, the Volunteer Boat Assisance Team began the summer of 2016. For 3 summers, team members have assisted boaters over the phone with motor issues, and sometimes have provided a tow when the motor would not start.
Past members have been contacted by Ron about continuing their service in 2019. For purposes of the DL Volunteer Boat Assistance Team, the boating season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 
More team members from around the lake are needed. Please help. 
Contact: Ron Kelemen, 231-373-2614 or
A former DLIA member has donated 2 kayaks (pictured above) to DLIA.  These kayaks were purchased new several years ago and have only been used on Douglas Lake. Each kayak is 10 1/2’ long, has a paddle and appears to be in excellent condition. Original purchase price was approximately $200 each, including the paddle. The kayaks are currently stored in the DLIA merchandise locker.  There will be a silent auction on Saturday, June 15th during the first DLIA Merchandise Sale.  The kayaks will be on display during the sale. On-Site bidding begins at 10:00am until the bid cut-off time at 11:45am.  Kayaks are labelled PINK and GREEN for ease of bidding. Early bidding is available prior to June 15th; send your bid(s) specifying which kayak to  Be sure to include your phone number.  There will be a sign-up sheet and bid information available during the merchandise sale.  At 11:45 AM on June 15th, the winning bidders will be notified by phone (or in person if present.)  The kayaks need to be removed from the DLIA locker ASAP, preferably by noon on June 15th.
Ice Berm Problems in 2019? The DLIA Website has helpful information for you ! 
The 2018 DLIA May Newsletter included a special article by Jennifer Buchanan for shoreline owners whose properties suffered from ice damage.  This included advice for shoreline remediation and building more resilient shorelines that might reduce the impact of wind, water and especially ice damage.  You can find this article posted on the DLIA web site at:

Check out our Resources Page on the web.
Links to our partners, our community groups and helpful information.
What Is A Police Welfare Check?
Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff, featuring Black’s Law Dictionary Free Online Legal Dictionary 2nd Edition 
 Submitted by Jim Clark
Most people think of the police as patrolling the streets looking for wrongdoers or responding to calls. What many people don’t realize is that the police in their community are also available to conduct a police welfare check. This essential law enforcement function is an important tool for building safe communities.
What is a Welfare Check?
Friends, family, and neighbors are important social contacts. They may regularly check in with loved ones to see how they’re doing. When a loved one fails to respond, the police can be called in to conduct a welfare check. 
Situations That Require a Police Welfare Check
  • You normally see your neighbor, but it has been an extended period of time since you have. You call him or her and knock at the front door, but there is no answer.
  • Your grandpa calls you at least once a week, but you haven’t heard from him. When you try to call him, he doesn’t answer either. He has a heart condition, so you begin to worry.
  • You know of a suicidal friend who lives alone. She sent you a text message that causes concern, and you stopped hearing from her after that.
Regardless of the situation, it is important that you are certain a loved one is in danger before you request for a police welfare check.
How to Ask for a Welfare Check
The first step is to get in contact with local law enforcement authorities. You may call 911 if you have reason to believe that there may be an emergency situation in progress. However, you can also contact the police through a non-emergency phone number. Either way, you will need to get in touch with the local police department in the person’s town where the welfare check will be conducted.
If you live in that same area, you may be permitted to accompany the authorities. It is also possible to request a welfare check in another jurisdiction. For instance, if a relative living in another state has not responded to your attempts to contact them for some time, you may want to ask for a welfare check at their residence. It is important to proceed with caution. You’ll want to be reasonably certain that your relative’s behavior is out of character and have reason to believe that something is truly amiss before calling the police. 
Legal Considerations
No court order is required for the police to conduct a welfare check. Essentially, as long as they have reasonable grounds to believe that an inhabitant in a residence in endangered, they can legally enter the premises. They typically knock on the door and await a response before announcing their law enforcement affiliation. If they still receive no response, they may enter the property. This is particularly useful when someone inside the house is unconscious or otherwise unable to respond. The ability to enter the property without permission means that emergency aid can be rendered. In some cases, this is a life-saving intervention.
What Happens After a Police Welfare Check?
At the time of the call, most people don’t think about what’s to follow after the authorities check on the individual. If the police go to the location and find that the person is in good health – and it was likely a miscommunication why you were unable to get ahold of him or her – they will notify you to let you know. However, if the police find the person injured, sick, or already deceased, they will call for medical assistance immediately, as well as contact you to come to the scene (they will stay at the home until you arrive). And lastly, if the individual is found dead and there was any foul play involved, a criminal investigation will follow.
And while there are countless reasons why someone may request a police welfare check, the most common reason is to check on an elderly person who lives alone.
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