RCOC Introduces Wing Plows to Improve Efficiency of Winter Road Maintenance

RCOC truck equipped with a wing plow

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has introduced a new tool in the effort to fight snow more efficiently: the wing plow. Wing plows are large plows attached to the sides of snowplow trucks. When in use, the plow extends out from the side of the truck on an angle, allowing the truck to clear an additional six feet of roadway. When not in use, the plow is retracted and stored next to the truck, the press release stated. RCOC currently has 12 plow trucks equipped with wing … [Read more...]

Food Safety Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Oakland County Health Division encourages residents to stay healthy this Thanksgiving by following the four basic steps of food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. “It is important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from making your family and friends sick this holiday season,” said Kathy Forzley, Health Division manager/health officer said in the press release. “Remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.” Hot foods should be held at 140 … [Read more...]

Get Vaccinated Before the Flu Finds You

Flu Shot Graphic

The Oakland County Health Division is encouraging residents to get a flu shot in order to prevent the flu from spreading during this holiday season when families and friends get together, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced through a press release. “Our Health Division advises individuals to get vaccinated against the flu before visiting friends and family during the holidays,” Patterson said. “And if you do get sick over the holidays, it is best to stay home instead of … [Read more...]

Challenge Accepted to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Oakland County, Mich. has accepted the 100-Day Challenge to stamp out veteran homelessness, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced in a press release. Veterans’ Services Division kicked off the challenge Wednesday, November 19. Veterans make up less than eight percent of the population, but represent 16 percent of homeless adults, according to the U.S. government. Oakland County Veterans’ Services Division will partner with the county Health Division’s Homeless Healthcare … [Read more...]

Tienken-Livernois Intersection Getting Closer to Completion

In their weekly email update, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) estimates that if temperatures rise enough to complete the paving process, then the Tienken-Livernois intersection should be open around Wednesday, November 26. No word on an opening date should temperatures stay on the lower side. The second phase of this project - from Rochester Road to the Paint Creek Trail - will take place in 2015. Additionally, as holiday shopping ramps up around Great Lakes Crossing, be … [Read more...]

Top Five Artists Chosen as 2014 MI Great Artist Online Competition Gets Down to Business

Five artists – including three returnees from 2013 – will vie for the top spot in the 2014 MI Great Artist online competition and a share of more than $16,000 in cash and prizes. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced the finalists via press release. “We’re delighted with this year’s finalists, the number of participants overall and the quality of their work,” Patterson said. “There is a lot of talent lurking out there. I thank the public for casting more than … [Read more...]

Oakland County Roads Still in Bad Shape and Getting Worse

Despite a near record construction season including the reconstruction and resurfacing of many roads, a recent press release stated that more than 40 percent of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) road system remains in poor condition, and that percentage is expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future. In fact, RCOC calculates that $600 million worth of road projects is needed today just to preserve RCOC’s existing roads – and that number is going to continue to grow … [Read more...]

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson Launches tech248 to Harness the Power of Nearly 2,000 Tech Companies in County

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson launched tech248 – a branding and business development initiative aimed at harnessing the power of the nearly 2,000 tech companies in the county and market the county as a global technology hub. Patterson launched the initiative before about 140 Oakland County-based tech firms and government officials at Koala CoWork in Southfield the press release stated. “Oakland County’s tech industry – with nearly 2,000 tech firms – is a global … [Read more...]

Oakland County Health Division receives outstanding marks from Michigan

Oakland County Health Division met or exceeded all 124 essential requirements in an intensive State of Michigan accreditation review receiving special recognition in every section for best practices and innovative initiatives, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced via press release. “This outstanding accreditation report reflects the excellence and professionalism of Health Division administration and employees,” Patterson said. “It is yet another example of why Oakland County … [Read more...]

Donate a little of your time to make a big difference

As a Mentors Plus volunteer, only a few hours of your time each month, will help a young person in your community. Be a positive adult role model for someone 5 to 16 years old. Make a difference in a lonely young person’s life in your community. The Next Training/Orientation Sessions Will Be Held: November 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford. To learn more, call Oakland County Youth Assistance at (248) … [Read more...]