What Would You Improve in White Lake and Highland in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for White Lake or Highland, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in White Lake or Highland to make it an even better place to live?

Does White Lake need a dog park? How about a new restaurant in Highland?

What is on your White Lake and Highland wish lists? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or leave a note in our Local Voices section about why you love living here!

jack January 02, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Check everyones GREEN CARDS!!!
steve johnson January 02, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Keep the taxes low, keep it safe, keep it clean and what a great place to live (don't tell anybody how great we have it, every other city and twp. riddled with debt, but not us.)
SolarTide January 02, 2013 at 01:13 PM
I would love to see a traffic light installed at the intersection of Oxbow Lake Road and Elizabeth Lake Road. At times during the day the traffic on Oxbow Lake Road can be backed up quite far. Also, making a left off of Oxbow Lake Road onto Elizabeth Lake Road can be dangerous due to the curve limiting visibility. People tend to take chances they shouldn't due to becoming impatient. Thank you.
Laura Vogel January 02, 2013 at 02:12 PM
can't speak to Highland Twp governance because I don't live there, but at least for White Lake I truly wish we'd join the 21st century on the dissemination of information. There is no way at all for e.g. prior meeting minutes to be searched for issues/topics, nor is information made available in advance of meetings (e.g. "discussion of ordinances", um, ok, WHICH ordinances? what exactly is planned to be discussed?) I understand that you can drive the twp office M-F 8:30am-5pm, but some of us aren't anywhere in the vicinity of the twp during business hours.
Laura Becker January 02, 2013 at 03:42 PM
More restaurants would be a great addition.
Greg Burks January 02, 2013 at 04:45 PM
It didn't used to be so bad until they raised the speed limit from 25 mph to 35, now you get them coming at you at 40+. Also, big increase in traffic for this intersection coming off Oxbow Lake Rd ever since they paved it thru to Cooley Lake Rd and Bogie Lake Rd.
Pam Barckholtz January 02, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I fully agree. Maintaining open communication lines is increasingly important and we need to focus on allowing our residents access to any and all information. You don't even need fancy technology to post meeting minutes, etc. Detailed agendas also help citizens prioritize what meetings to attend if they are unable to attend all meetings regularly. The concept of 8:30-5 PM office hours is outdated, but could work if more information was online.
Laurie Parlovecchio January 02, 2013 at 07:18 PM
A new and modern township hall. Ours is stuck in the sixties!
Laurie Parlovecchio January 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Totally agree
Dawn Pratt January 03, 2013 at 07:09 AM
City water would be a plus but I know it's expensive so that probably wouldn't happen. I seems I'm the only one that has water issues;(. A dog park would be wonderful. Would be even better if there was 2...a outdoor for spring and summer months and a indoor for fall and winter months! My dog takes after her owner and is bored in the cold months!!
Laura Barnhart January 03, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I would like docks on Duck Lake for back lot owners.
KARON January 03, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Gerry S January 04, 2013 at 12:32 AM
How about basic snow removal? My sub is barely passable a week after the storm...
SolarTide January 04, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Absolutely! A place for the dogs to run would be awesome. Great for way for both human and canine to keep fit year round!
Lynda Foote January 06, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Would love to see a year round inexpensive, healthy hangout venue for kids/teens in Highland. Roller skating maybe?
Debbie LaRose January 06, 2013 at 01:38 PM
I would like to have a fruit market like Nino Salvaggio's or a Whole Foods Market in the area.
Aaron W January 07, 2013 at 01:10 AM
I would love to see some ATV/ motorcycle trials on the state land.
Harry January 07, 2013 at 12:59 PM
I have to agree with Debbie. Everytime I want to make pasta sauce I have to drive clear out to the East side to find the quality ingredients I need. If I was going to make Thai food I'd be in a similar situation. I'd also like to see Indian Springs Metro Park follow suit with Stoney and Kensington and make another world class Disc Golf course. This area is a bit of a deadzone for the sport.
Laura Vogel January 07, 2013 at 02:33 PM
for the road issues? Contact the Oakland County Road Commission at http://www.rcocweb.org/AboutUs/Contact_Us.aspx I've found them to be very responsive (generally within the week you'll get an email back). If it's a patch/repair problem, they really rely upon all of us road travelers to help be their second set of eyes since it's impossible for them to simply drive around looking for potholes and (on the dirt roads) washouts.
Greg Burks January 08, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I have say after living here for 40+ years it’s not all that bad a place the way it is. Although there has been significant growth and changes in Highland and White Lake over the years is not the trendy, yuppie place like Traverse City has become and it doesn’t look like they will be anytime soon. Not bashing anyone in particular but those of you that want all the "living in the city type luxuries" should not have moved out this way or at least did your homework on the area before you did. There are some people who would die to have what we have now. ;-)
Scott Ruggles January 14, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Laura, contact the township and you can be placed on a mailing list to receive this information well before the meeting.
Laura Vogel January 14, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Thanks, Scott, but we're talking basic information that all residents should have readily available. While I appreciate the ability to be asked to be treated special, why is it like pulling hen's teeth to get simple background information? State law requires e.g. posting proposed ordinance language before it is considered and enacted, so the twp takes the least communicative path by posting on an interior office-area bulletin board that is unviewable and unseeable unless the twp office is open. Yes, technically meets the letter of the law, but hardly evidences a government that wishes to have its citizens informed and involved.
SolarTide January 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I find Colosanti's to be comparable if not better than Nino Salvaggio's and Whole Foods and to be honest, I like the home town feel of Colosanti's much better than either of these places. Having Snook's inside is a bonus! With my difficult food allergies to deal with, I find it easy to please my palate with many wonderful choices from Colosanti's from exotic fruits and vegetables and fresh fish choices year round.
Gerry S January 14, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Transparency was an issue discussed by several candidates in the last election and it will be interesting to see how this issue is addressed by the new board. I personally think that 20 years after the dawn of the information age the township should at the very least be able to provide verbatim transcripts of board meetings. Several months ago I contacted The Patch about recording the meetings and converting the audio to text and publishing the minutes here. Then I spoke to Carol Burkhard and she told me that she can now Skype into a meeting if she needs to. Well, if we have the technology available for her why not make it available to everyone? The meetings could easily be recorded and posted to the township's website... In the meantime, Laura if you have a portable device capable of Skyping tomorrow's meeting I am sure it would be appreciated.
Laura Vogel January 14, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I wish I did, Gerry. There is no open WiFi channel at the Twp Hall, so I can't e.g. bring my laptop, connect to the WiFi and then broadcast the meeting to you. If you have a special issue you're concerned about (like sewers?) I can try turning on the "record" feature on my phone and seeing if it'll get a halfway decent sound recording for you
Laura Vogel January 14, 2013 at 05:19 PM
And this begs ("re"begs, actually) the question of why we pay to have microphones and a sound system that pipes to the transcriptionist, but somehow that audio recording can't be streamed live (or broadcast on the lovely public access cable channels that no one watches) or otherwise made available to folks who can't physically be there. Pam has a great point about how the agendas are often so cryptic as to give you little to no idea what will actually be discussed, especially since each meeting of late tends to begin with the Supervisor removing items from and adding items to the agenda so that the public has no notice at all of what ends up actually being what was planned to be discussed.


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