Owner of Defunct South Lyon Mill Donates a ‘Ton’ of Historic Items to Move Leonard Mill Restoration Project Step Closer to Completion

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The owner of a soon-to-be demolished grain mill in South Lyon donated a ton – literally – of historic items from their mill to assist in the restoration of a similar mill in Leonard. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson attended the July kickoff to save the Leonard Mill. He commended Peter Grebeck, who owns the South Lyon Mill, for his generous donation – estimated to be worth at least $10,000 – and Leonard Village President Mike McDonald for their collaboration. “This is … [Read more...]

Community Health Survey Launched in Oakland County

Oakland County Health Division launched a countywide survey this week to gather residents’ views on key issues that affect health and wellness. The survey, which is part of the Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO) initiative, will help public health professionals prioritize and respond to health concerns in Oakland County. “This community survey enables our Health Division and its community partners to improve the quality of life for residents and achieve better overall … [Read more...]

The Brooksie Way Minigrant Program Seeking Applications for Winter Funding Cycle

The Brooksie Way is seeking applications from local communities and non-profits interested in funding assistance for programming that supports healthy and active lifestyles for Oakland County residents. The Brooksie Way Minigrant program uses proceeds from the HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon to support various programs that support healthy and active lifestyles. The minigrant program has allocated more than $135,000 since it began in 2010. The maximum award is $2,000. “We have … [Read more...]

Analyst: Oakland County Tops Michigan in Personal Income

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An Oakland County, Michigan market research analyst is clearing up some confusion about a recent 24 7 Wall Street report that claims Livingston County has the highest median household income in Michigan, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Dan Riley, who analyzes economic data for the county’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, said Oakland County is first in per capita income in Michigan. “The report used five-year estimates for household income … [Read more...]

Road Commission Officials Available to Give Presentations on May 5 Road-Funding Ballot Initiative

Officials with the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) are available to give educational presentations about the upcoming May 5 ballot initiative that would provide additional funding for Michigan’s roads and increase the state’s sales tax – Proposition 1. Prop. 1, placed on the ballot by the state Legislature, would provide a long-term solution to Michigan’s road-funding crisis while also eliminating the sales tax on fuel in the state. At the same time, the initiative would … [Read more...]

Patterson calls Woodward’s Opposition to Tax Cut a “Publicity Stunt”

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson proposed in his 2015 State of the County speech that the Board of Commissioners allow Oakland County taxpayers to keep more of their own money. His proposed reduction in the future county operating tax rate reflects Patterson’s belief that the taxpayers must be allowed to make decisions on how to spend their own money. “What you have here is a collision between philosophies of governing. I prefer the Republican approach of cutting taxes and giving the … [Read more...]

Registration Opening Next Week for Free Skywarn Classes

Oakland County residents may now register for free Skywarn severe weather spotter training, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Classes will be held throughout March and April at various locations in Oakland County. To register, go to OakGov.com/HomelandSecurity and click on the Skywarn logo or call 248-858-5300. “Only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel cloud with complete certainty - the human eye,” Patterson said. “Weather spotters enable us to identify … [Read more...]

Honorable Lisa Langton Sworn In as the Newest Oakland County Circuit Judge

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On January 30, 2015, Judge Lisa Langton was sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Justice David F. Viviano as the newest Oakland County Circuit Court. Judge Langton was surrounded by her close-knit family, colleagues, friends, members of the judiciary from the Michigan Supreme Court, Federal Bench, several Circuit and District Court Judges as well as a host of dignitaries who were there to witness her swearing in. The program, emceed by Judge Langton’s husband, Charlie Langton, included … [Read more...]

Volunteer Your Time to Make a Big Difference in a Child’s Life

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 ages 5 to 16 years old. Make a difference in a lonely young person’s life in your community. Come check it out the next training/orientation session on Saturday, February 21 at 10 a.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford. Saturday, January 24, at 10 a.m. at the Oakland County Executive … [Read more...]

Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan Outline Ballot Proposal Language

If your eyes tend to glaze over when reading and making sense of ballot proposals, chances are you're not alone. On May 5, Michigan voters will be asked to vote on an important tax increase, which is supposed to help finance badly needed repairs to Michigan roads. To help make sense of what specifically voters are being asked to approve, former state representative Tom McMillin and chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, a grassroots citizens' organization, has put together the following … [Read more...]