Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The board will discuss participation in 2013 Tri-Party Program and hold second readings for the excavation and extraction and cemetery ordinances.
The White Lake Township Board of Trustees will meet for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Township Hall. Items on the agenda include:
Monday, March 18, 2013
The list of potential improvements includes Duck Lake Road, Harvey Lake Road and Hickory Ridge Road.
The Highland Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved participation in the 2013 Tri-Party Program for road improvements during its meeting last week. The annual Tri-Party Program involves one-third funding from Oakland County general government, one third from the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) and one third from the community. Projects are selected by the communities on RCOC roads with the approval of the Road Commission. Each community is entitled to a share of the annual Tri-Party Program funding based on several factors. For cities and villages these factors include miles of county roads and the number of accidents on those roads. For townships, a third factor, population, is added. This year, Highland Township's …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Joe Weinburger resigns this week after 27 years of service.
The familiar face of Highland Township's Building Official will not be seen behind the counter at the township offices after this week. Joe Weinburger has decided to resign after 27 years of service. His official last day on the job was Thursday. A divided Township Board voted 4-3 to approve the hiring of Steve Davies as the new building official and ordinance department supervisor. The position will remain part-time at 25 hours per week at $30 per hour. Supervisor Rick Hamill, and Trustees Chuck Dittmar and Brian Howe cast the dissenting votes after Hamill argued the need for the position be 30 hours per week. Currently, the building official works two full days and two half days with Fridays off. Hamill highlighted the need for 30 …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Large booms that were reported in the Highland area for several months were determined to be caused by a company doing seismic testing using dynamite.
Residents who reported hearing loud booms all over Highland for the last several months may soon hear a lot more. The Highland Township Board of Trustees approved the request of West Bay Geophysical to conduct seismic testing for gas and oil with the use of dynamite in the township park off Hickory Ridge Road where the soccer fields are located. The approval is conditional upon the company providing the township with a copy of the insurance certificate and its agreement to notify the fire department and area residents of days and times testing would be conducted. It was determined last month that the booms residents heard were from the company, which has been working in the area along land belonging to Oakland County. The request was …
Friday, March 8, 2013
So far, White Lake- Highland Patch readers agree with U.S. Sen. Carl Levin's decision not to run for re-election.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who has been in office for more than 30 years, announced he won't be running for re-election in 2014 on Thursday. On the White Lake-Highland Patch Facebook page, many Patch readers said they were happy with the decision, many agreeing that is the right time for the long-time senator to leave office. "Hurray," Patch reader David Mortellaro wrote. "Not a fan of Levin, he has voted away a lot of our rights while in the Senate. How about someone who wants to free me from government, not shackle me to it." "Overjoyed," Joseph Jozwiak wrote. "Simple one word." Levin, 78, released at statement Thursday afternoon stating “I can best serve my state and my nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Michigan senator won his first seat in 1978.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who has been in office for more than 30 years, won't run for re-election in 2014. Levin, 78, released at statement Thursday afternoon stating “I can best serve my state and my nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us … in other words, by doing my job without the "distraction of campaigning for re-election," according to the Detroit Free Press. Levin first won a senate seat in 1978 and is the longest-serving senator in Michigan history, according to Click on Detroit. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement regarding Democratic Senator Carl Levin retirement: “Michigan families are frustrated due to the lack of leadership and failed …
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
White Lake Township Board of Trustees approved the purchases last month.
The White Lake Township Board of Trustees approved purchases for both the Police and Fire Departments at its meeting last month. The Police Department requested permission to purchase six Colt patrol rifles, six Remington shotguns, six patrol rifle sights, slings and additional magazines as well as ballistic shields for a total of $19,536.52 using drug forfeiture funds. Police Chief Edward Harris said in a purchase request that the equipment is needed to ensure officers have the proper weapons and equipment when responding to situations similar to that of Columbine. Harris said that since the tragedy in 1999, police around the country - including White Lake officers - are being trained to immediately enter the scene and engage an active …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Congressman tackles sequestration in YouTube clip.
U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, released a YouTube video March 1 purporting to break down the math of sequestration. Bentivolio, a former school teacher from Milford, uses the clip to explain his thoughts on current budget talks in Washington, D.C. Do you agree with the Congressman? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
There are more than 90,000 federal employees in Michigan. Click on Oakland County in the interactive chart below to find out how many there are here and hover over the bars to see which departments they work for.
Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect more than 1,200 federal employees working in Oakland County. Barring any kind of deal, the Obama administration will have to impose $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs on Friday, according to The New York Times. Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. The numbers in the graph above show the number of federal employees in Michigan by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the U.S. Office of Personnel …