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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday June 6th

The first Household Hazardous Waste Collection of 2020 will take place this Saturday at the Roscommon County Road Commission located at 820 E. West Branch Road, Prudenville from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

This is a free service for Roscommon County residents only provided by Roscommon County Townships, the Roscommon County Solid Waste Recycling Committee and the Crawford-Roscommon Conservation District.

Organizers are asking that you please wear a face mask and respect social distancing guidelines at this event.

The next Collection will take place on the Saturday after Labor Day, September 12, 2020.

Boat Wash Locations & Boating Safety/Rules

For a DNR copy of the New Boating Law Effective 2019 reference Aquatic Invasive Species along with a map showing boat wash locations around Higgins Lake click here: https://www.gerrishpolice.org/gerrish-township-police-department/laws/boating-regulations/


100 FOOT RULE: All powered boats must operate at no-wake speed within 100′ of docks, rafts, buoyed swim areas, moored boats or hoists and persons wading or swimming.
RECKLESS OPERATION: No weaving through congested traffic, crossing wakes of other water craft, being unreasonably or unnecessarily close to other watercraft or when visibility around the other vessel is obstructed.
YOUNG BOATERS 12 YEAR OLD TO 16 YEAR OLD: Must have a boating safety course certificate to operate solo.
UNDER 12 YEAR OLD OR WITH NO CERTIFICATE: Must be under direct (on board) supervision of someone at least 16 years old.
LIFE JACKETS: An approved life jacket must be worn or readily available (not wrapped or under seat, etc.) for each person in the boat. Children under 6 years old must wear type I or type II life jackets while boat is underway. No exceptions.
BOW RIDING: Riding on the bow of a boat not designed for this purpose is prohibited.
INTOXICATION: A person who is intoxicated (same definition as for driving a car) may not operate or be in charge of any vessel.

For a DNR copy of the Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities, go to: https://assets.kalkomey.com/boater/pdfs/handbook/mi_handbook_entire.pdf


Michigan Bicycle Tips for Riding Legally & Safely

It’s Bicycle Season! Check out these great references for all of Michigan Bicycle Laws and Safety Information…

These booklets are also available at the Gerrish Police Department if you would like to pick one up.


  • Follow the rules of the road and ride with traffic flow. Follow traffic signs and signals just like motorists do. Bicyclists can be ticketed for violating traffic laws.
  • Use hand signals when turning.
  • Stay to the right. Michigan law now requires motorists to give three feet of distance when passing a bicyclist.
  • Bicyclists may never ride more than two abreast, however, the safest way to ride with traffic is single file.
  • If you need to stop, move completely off the road as far as possible.
  • Make eye contact at intersections and signal your intent.
  • Utilize Bike Lanes if available and avoid riding on sidewalks. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.
  • Always wear proper safety gear, especially a helmet and wear brightly-colored, high-visibility reflective clothing.
  • Before you ride, make sure your bicycle is checked over and tires are properly inflated. Make sure brakes are in working order and inspect the chain.

For more information on Bicycle State Laws, Statute references and safety information, visit our “Michigan Bicycle Laws” page on our website at : https://www.gerrishpolice.org/gerrish-township-police-department/laws/michigan-bicycle-laws/

ACT NOW Extends Scholarship Application Deadline to APRIL 30, 2020

ACT NOW and the Gerrish Twp. Police Department will be awarding two $1,000 Scholarships to Roscommon High School Seniors graduating this year.
Although schools will remain closed for the academic year, we are still accepting applications and have extended the deadline date for submission to APRIL 30, 2020. The application packet with instructions is available on-line at our website www.gerrishpolice.org (click on the ACT NOW tab) or we can mail one to you.
These scholarships are awarded based on GPA, need and Community Service.
We are lifting the requirement for an “Official” High School Transcript (if you are able to get one emailed to you without a school signature that would fulfill that requirement), however, if you cannot obtain a Transcript, please do not let that stop you from applying.
Completed application packets can be mailed to ACT NOW Scholarship Program, 3075 E. Higgins Lake Drive, Roscommon, MI 48653.

These are trying times for our entire community and we do realize that our graduating Seniors will not be able to participate in the social events that would normally be happening during this time of year.
We still want to award our scholarships as we strongly feel that this is a very worthwhile program and funds can still be awarded to the recipient’s designated college or university at a later date for the 2020 Fall semester.
If you have any questions regarding our Scholarship Program or would like to have an application mailed to you, please contact Julie Hill at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 291 or email at jhill@gerrishpolice.org.

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