Saturday, April 27, 2013
Morgan Gilliam and Asha Freeman are among students from around the county who attended the April 22 event.
Saturday, April 27
North Farmington seniors Morgan Gilliam and Asha Freeman participated in the 33rd Annual Youth in Government Day April 22 at the Oakland County Government Center in Pontiac. High school students from Auburn Hills, Ferndale, Farmington Hills, Milford, Pontiac, Southfield, Waterford and White Lake met top Oakland County officials and learned about Oakland County government. The event was part of National County Government Month. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson complimented the "bright bunch of young men and women who give me hope and confidence that the future is in good hands.”
Sunday, April 21, 2013
A Coast2Coast Rx discount card can help consumers save money on prescription drugs and other services.
Sunday, April 21
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners announced during a Thursday press conference that the county has adopted the Coast2Coast Rx discount prescription card as a health resource for residents. The free card is designed to help consumers save money on their prescriptions and other health care services, while contributing to the community. Each time the card is used to fill a prescription, $1.25 is generated for public programs. “We chose the Coast2Coast Rx program to be Oakland County’s discount prescription card because it will allow us to address both the health and financial concerns of individual residents and it is a fiscally-responsible way for the Board of Commissioners to provide a valuable public service for our constituents,” …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Residents can get pet vaccinations and dog licenses at these clinics held in several Oakland County parks.
The Oakland Pet Adoption Center (OPAC) will be offering low-cost pet vaccination and license clinics in select county parks in April and May. All About Animals Rescue will be providing rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccinations, heartworm testing, and microchipping for cats and dogs. In addition, OPAC will be selling dog licenses. “Vaccinations are essential in protecting pets from various diseases, some of which can be fatal,” said Joanie Toole, OPAC administrative supervisor. “Plus, a rabies vaccine is required in order to buy a dog license.” The clinics will be held on the following Saturdays: All vaccinations are $10 each; heartworm tests are $20; microchips are $20; and heartworm/flea preventative will be available - prices will …
Summer volunteer opportunities available at campgrounds, community events, dog parks and more.
Looking for a way to volunteer your time this summer while getting to enjoy the outdoors? Oakland County Parks is currently seeking volunteers for a variety of its recreation programs. Rachel Boyd, recreation supervisor of volunteer services, described the available opportunities in a recent Oakland County podcast. Campground hosts General program Golf program Gatekeeper program Visit www.destinationoakland.com and click on the volunteers link to fill out an application. A variety of incentives are available for those who volunteer.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The next hearing, on the topic of mental illness, will be held April 23.
Saturday, April 13
The broadcast of an April 9 Oakland County Board of Commissioners hearing focused on curbing gun violence is now available for viewing on the county's website. Commissioners welcomed top federal and state law officials to share their views at a Public Services Committee meeting. To watch, visit oakland.michiganliveevents.com/oakgov.com and forward to 16:25. The next hearings, organized by County Commissioners Bill Dwyer and Marcia Gershenson, who represent Farmington and Farmington Hills, will be on the topics of mental health (April 23) and the Second Amendment (May 14). Correction: The link to the video feed has been corrected.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
RSVP by Friday to attend one of several workshops next week that will ask residents which parks services they value most.
The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission is conducting a series of public workshops next week to gather input on park and recreation services. The commission is in the process of developing a Cost Recovery Model and Philosophy and wants feedback from Oakland County residents, business owners and others who are interested. All are welcome to attend the free workshops, which will be conducted by parks staff and recreation consulting firm GreenPlay LLC on April 16 and 17. One will be held at Glen Oaks Golf Course Banquet Center in Farmington Hills on April 16, from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. "We’ll be talking really about what the community values in terms of parks and recreation services," said Melissa Prowse, Oakland County Business …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Commissioner Marcia Gershenson is taking applications for a group that advises the county executive.
Saturday, April 6
Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, who represents Farmington Hills, seeks a resident interested in senior issues to serve on the Oakland County Senior Advisory Council. The Oakland County Senior Advisory Council’s primary purpose is to advise the County Executive on the needs and services required by the elderly and to point out gaps in the elderly network. The Council meets on the third Monday of each month, and the appointee will serve a two-year term representing District 13. For more information, contact Commissioner Gershenson at 248-808-1032 or by email at email@example.com. The application deadline is April 19. To request an application, call 248-858-4078 or obtain an application online, go to www.oakgov.com/boc/ …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Andy Meisner says a "1-2" punch can help homeowners avoid losing their properties.
Friday, March 29
Property owners with delinquent taxes from 2010 and earlier have until March 31 to take action that will prevent foreclosure. Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner is urging those with late property taxes to give knock them out with a one-two punch. “The first punch ... to knock out delinquent property taxes is contacting our office immediately at 248-858-0612 to work out a monthly payment plan,” Meisner said in a press release. "The second punch ... is applying for the Step Forward Michigan Program for Property Tax Assistance, which can ‘knock out’ up to $30,000 in delinquent property taxes for families facing hardships.” Under Public Act 123 of 1999, property owners have until March 31 of the third year of their delinquency to have their…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Road Commission for Oakland County staff members take feedback and answer questions during a Wednesday open house held at Warner Upper Elementary.
Area residents got their first look Wednesday at detailed plans for a construction project that will dramatically change the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake/Northwestern Hwy. intersection in Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield. The installation of a turnabout and related road improvements will take more than eight months, with the project staged in four phases during the 2014 construction season. Different sections of 14 Mile Road will be completely closed for all but the final phase, and plans call for two-way traffic to be open at all times on other roads, for the duration. Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) design engineer Jeff O'Brien said those who came to the open house at Warner Upper Elementary School in Farmington Hills wanted …
The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner plans additional oil drilling and fracking town hall meetings.
Thursday, March 28
I want to thank the voters of Oakland County for their support of my candidacy for Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner. My time serving as Oakland County Commissioner was an honor and the most rewarding experience of my life. I have had the opportunity to serve with so many dedicated public servants and community volunteers, at the county, region, state and national levels. We can be truly proud of the people who work for us and those who volunteer in so many important capacities. From the beginning, I focused my efforts on green building and sustainability, both as county policies and in public/private planning and economic development efforts. I have worked with dedicated public employees in these areas also, through the …