Supervisor Gonser scheduled a July 31 private meeting with the Road Commission of Oakland County about the Orion Road Bridge Pedestrian Crossing and his “Good News” trail that will connect with it. Two trustees then forced it to be a public, open special meeting of the Board of Trustees. Today Gonser emailed the Board saying that he had been called away to a different meeting and couldn’t attend Wednesday’s Board meeting. He also said the Road Commission people would not attend as previously planned.
Trustee Judy Keyes called the Road Commission and said that the Trustees and the public had questions and information to discuss. So, at this time, it is planned that the meeting will go on and Tom Blust, Director of Engineering for the Road Commission will be there to gather and share information.
I expect it will be an informative meeting and I hope to see many of you there.
Here is the Meeting notice. 2013_07_31 Special Meeting Notice
On July 9, 2013 Supervisor Gonser announced the “Good News” that the Township would build a trail to connect the Paint Creek Trail to the Paint Creek Cider Mill on Oakland Township land adjacent to Flagstar Bank. It will be in conjunction with a Road Commission of Oakland County project to replace the Orion Rd. bridge over the Paint Creek just north of Flagstar Bank. The proposed bridge will have a safe pedestrian lane. Here’s a video of his announcement.
It must have looked good on paper. But wait, did Gonser stop and look at the Township Land where he will build his good news trail? Here is an aerial image showing the topography of the land. This image shows that the stream bank where the trail would be excavated is 12 feet high and has slopes up to 45 degrees. It is almost a certainty that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will not permit this trail.
There is also a problem with information provided by Gonser to the Road Commission. To include the pedestrian lane, the Road Commission must have a commitment from Oakland Township to build a connecting trail. Gonser told the Road Commission that the commitment was contained in the Goodison Plan (which was total derided by the Board and definitely not approved at the July 9th meeting). The Trustees have never discussed this trail. Upon hearing this the Road Commission became concerned and asked for a meeting ASAP.
There is a controversy with the meeting. Gonser wanted the meeting to be private with only 3 Board members attending. Two of the excluded Trustees have forced it to be a public Board meeting. Here is the meeting notice .
2013_07_31 Special Meeting Notice
It will be Wed. 7/31/13 at 10 AM. Hope to see you there.