Lake Max Assn, county partner for a safer community

CULVER - A successful partnership between Marshall County and the Lake Maxincuckee Association has resulted in a safer community.

Thanks to an agreement between the Marshall County Commissioners, the Lake Maxincuckee Association and Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin boats for the Maxincuckee Lake Patrol have been manned by Marshall County Sheriff's Deputies - law enforcement academy trained and deputized by Sheriff Chamberlin - for the better part of the past two years.

In addition to having full law enforcement powers, the deputies provide safety education, marking rocks and other safety hazards in the lake, and providing water perimeter security patrol for lake events such as Lake Fest Fireworks, Academy Moonlight Serenades, the Triathalon and Swim for Kids. The agreement with the county calls for 800 hours of on-water patrol during 2012.

The Lake Maxinkuckee Association has expressed their gratitude to the Commissioners and Sheriff Chamberlin for their help in establishing a more effective lake patrol safety program which will continue through December 31, 2014.

All costs to operate the Lake Patrol are primarily underwritten by the Lake Maxinkuckee Association a not-forprofit 501 c 3 charitable organization and by a grant from the Department of Natural Resources.

The Lake Maxincuckee Association feels the agreement with Marshall County is an excellent example of public-private partners collaborating to increase law enforcement activities at no cost to taxpayers.

In addition the Lake Maxinkuckee Association (LMA) donated the funds for a canine unit to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department towards the LMA's overall mission of water safety and preserving the environment on and around the lake Brandon Cooper of Culver will be the Sheriff's Deputy trained to be the canine officer.

Sheriff Chamberlin thanked the LMA Members for donating the funds to re-establish the canine unit - a much needed progra which will enhance safety in the county.