Monthly Archives: April 2017

Volunteer for this year’s Oakland Township ‘Clean Scene’ event – May 6, 2017

In the spring of each year, Oakland Township sponsors an event that benefits all of our residents.  That event is the ‘Clean Scene’ event.   During this one day event, volunteers from the Township, as well as other concerned citizens, offer their services in picking up the clutter that is along the roads in our Township.  It is a great way to help the community, get some exercise, and meet some of our fellow citizens.

This year’s event is scheduled for this Saturday, May 6 , 2017.  

The volunteers will meet at 9AM at the Township Hall on Collins Road .  

Anyone can volunteer.  Please wear hard soled shoes, work gloves and clothes appropriate for the weather conditions.

To volunteer, please contact:

Clerk Karen Reilly,


Treasurer Jeanne Langlois,


call (248)651-4440.

Here is a flier advertising the event (click on image to enlarge)!

Here is a link to the Township website or Facebook page with more information:

Township Official Website

Township Official Facebook Page

We hope to see you there!

Richard Michalski


Oakland Township Board takes pro-active steps to improve Township Roads

Oakland Township is blessed with a ‘rural’ atmosphere.  That appeal is made possible, in part, because many of our roads are not paved.  Unpaved gravel roads however deteriorate rapidly under various weather conditions and high traffic counts.  In a recent Township wide survey, our Township residents made is clear that we love the rural atmosphere, but we are not satisfied with the quality of our gravel roads.  The Township Board took steps at the April 25, 2017 board meeting to respond to the wishes of our residents.

The Township Board had previously established a Road subcommittee to develop an organized approach to deal with the road issues in our Township.  The members of the subcommittee include Trustee Robin Buxar, Trustee Frank Ferriolo, and Clerk Karen Reilly.

The responsibility for maintaining the roads in our Township is the Oakland County Road Commission’s.  As with statewide road improvements, funding is very limited.  Up until recently, the only source of funds for road improvements were ‘Tri-Party’ funds. The Tri-Party fund receives money from the State, the County, and local communities.  The cost is shared equally among all three.  The Road Commission ultimately makes the decision which roads will get improvements, but they rely very heavily on input from the community.  The subcommittee provided a structure methodical approach to identifying Oakland Township’s highest needs.

In 2016, the Township Board made a somewhat controversial decision to subsidize additional road improvement above and beyond what the Tri-Party fund would cover.  The 2016 Tri-Pary funding was $125,092 ($41,697 from Oakland Township).  The Board approved spending an additional $68,421 for road improvements. The total cost to the Township was $110,121.

The 2017 road improvement plan developed by the subcommittee, and approved by the Board on April 25th, has three parts:

Limestone addition to the following road segments:

  • Dutton Road (end of pavement to Livernois)
  • Gallagher (Silverbell to Orion Road)
  • Premier (Lake George to Kline)
  • Buell Rd (End of pavement to Hadden)

Gravel addition to the following road segments:

  • Hadden Road (Gunn to Inwood)
  • Harmon (Stoney Creek to Predmore)
  • Predmore (Harmon to Lake George)

Increase frequency of grading/chloride application (every 2 to 3 weeks from 4 to 6 weeks) :

  • Dutton (Brewster east to beginning of pavement)
  • Siverbell (End of pavement to Orion Rd)
  • Snell (End of pavement east to County Line)
  • Gunn (End of pavement east of Collins east to County Line)
  • Lake George (Stony Creek to Predmore)
  • Predmore (Lake George to Rochester)

Here is map of roads that will have increased frequency of maintenance

Click on map to enlarge view

The total cost to cover all three items is $230,664 ($84,508 from the State and County).  The total cost to the Township will be approximately $146,000.

Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township?  Road maintenance and improvement are the responsibility of the Road Commission.  Trustee Ferriolo determined that about 50% of Oakland County communities subsidize road improvements above the Tri-Party levels.  The decision by the Township Board to spend an additional $104,000 over our obligated Tri-Party amount was based on the residents’ response to the recent survey, where we indicated we were not satisfied with our Township roads. The Board has made an attempt at improving the situation.

We all need to be aware of the work that will be done on our roads this summer, and need to monitor the quality of the roads to determine if we notice a significant improvement from previous years.  Our feedback will influence the plan for 2018.

Richard Michalski



Summary of the April 25, 2017 Oakland Township Board meeting

The following is a summary of the major actions taken by the Township Board at the April 25, 2017 BOT meeting:

  • The Board approved a Safety Path and Trails strategy plan that will be an appendix to the, yet unapproved, Oakland Township Master Plan.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Libby Dwyer to the Safety Path and Trail committee for a three year period.  Libby has been the chairperson for the Safety Path and Trails committee for the past few years.
  • The Board approved the appointment of two Historic District Commission members: Gene Ferrera and Donald Westphal.
  • The Board approved a prepayment of Oakland Township’s share (approximately $525,000) for improvements to the Water Resource Commission’s sewage sludge treatment.  They could have chosen to fund the project through a bond proposal.  Since the cash is currently available in the Township’s accounts, it made more sense to them to make the payment now and eliminate the higher interest expense associated with the bonds.  The Bond interest would be a higher rate than what the Township is currently making on the money in our accounts.
  • The Board approved a proposal (which was developed by the Board’s road sub-committee) that identified the roads that would be serviced by the Road Commission’s Tri-Party fund.  The proposal also included several additional road improvement items that would be solely funded by the Township. A SEPARATE POST WILL BE MADE WITH THE DETAILS OF THIS PROPOSAL.
  • The Board approved retaining our Township’s current Liability insurance company.
  • The Board approved a contract for the Landscaping services of our Township properties.

Richard Michalski


Former Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commissioner Roger Schmidt passes away

It has recently come to our attention that former Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Roger Schmidt, has passed away.  Roger was a dedicated citizen of Oakland Township.  He pursued, what he believed to be, the best interests of Oakland Township.  We offer our deepest regrets to his family and friends.

Here is a link to his obituary:

Oakland Township Firefighters & Oakland County Sheriffs salute Roger Schmidt:

Richard Michalski