State, county OK ORV park agreement

By David Fleet Editor On April 2, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners OK’d a 20-year operating agreement, with a 10-year additional option, with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Under the agreement, the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission will operate the ORV Park, located in Groveland and Holly townships, in partnership with the […]

Purple Heart Trial M-15 signs move forward

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville-After more than a year, a stretch of M-15 will be designated as the Purple Heart Trail. The bill, now Public Act 543 of 2018, was introduced on May 22, 2018 and signed by Gov. Snyder in December, prompting Ortonville VFW Post 582 to order two 6 feet by 2 feet […]

Investigation continues in Seymour Lake Road crash

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-At approximately 2:45 p.m., March 28, Oakland County Sheriff Deputies-Brandon Township and Brandon EMS responded to a traffic incident on Seymour Lake near Hadley roads. According to police reports, three vehicles were involved when a suspected drunk driver allegedly drifted into traffic causing two motorists traveling on Seymour Lake Road […]

Township board opposes nonpartisn legislation

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- On Monday night, the township board made a resolution, 6-0, that they were in opposition to legislation that would allow township boards the option to have its elected offices appear as nonpartisan on the ballot. Trustee Kris Kordella was absent with notice. “Personally I am in the middle […]

Township, library, at odds over DDA funds

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-The Brandon Township Library Board is seeking funds that were accidentally captured for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in 2017. On the yearly library millage, prior to 2017, a portion of the millage was captured and given to the DDA. Tax laws in 2017 changed, and this was an […]

District ramps up facilities bond project

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-On Monday night the school board of trustees convened for special meeting to consider architectural services for an upcoming facilities bond project. Three companies, Holland based, GMB Architecture & Engineering; Troy based, Integrated Design Solutions and Bloomfield Hills based, TMP Architecture, Inc. attended the meeting each providing a 45 minute presentation […]

The Power of One

The Power of One

Ortonville Village Clerk Liz Edwards putting out pinwheels in front of the Old Town Hall. Photo by Patrick McAbee. By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Oakland County has declared April as child abuse prevention and awareness month. Both the Village of Ortonville and Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance (BGYA) are putting out pinwheel gardens to show their […]

Huff Lake pole barn fire

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-At 11:52 a.m., March 22, Brandon Fire Department engines were dispatched to the 100 block of Huff Lake Court for a structure fire. When firefighters arrived a 40 feet by 40 feet pole barn was engulfed in flames. The barn was not occupied at the time, however, a horse and […]

Township cell tower nears completion

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- A new township cell tower could be operational could be operational next month. By a 5-0 vote on Dec. 18, 2017 the township board of trustees OK’d a request for a conditional use permit for a cell tower constructed on private property by Skyway Towers, LLC. The new 180 […]

Village savings top $7K with LED bulbs

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- On March 8, 2018, the village signed a contract with DTE to switch the light bulbs in the village to LED bulbs. To date, the village has saved $7,382.06. “That’s been a great return on our investment,” said council member Coleen Skornicka. All of the street lamps were switched […]