Township divides retirement account with library

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer While cleaning up accounting snafus from the past, Independence Township officials discovered approximately $950,000 in a retirement fund account for employees of the prior Independence Township Library. During the transition into the Clarkston Independence District Library in 2012, the legal agreement between the township and the City of […]

City hall, DPW site plan OK’d

City hall, DPW site plan OK’d

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor An estimated $400,000 DPW and city hall expansion project is out for bids after city council approved its site plan. Council voted 4-3, Mayor Joe Luginski, and council members Michael Sabol, Eric Haven, and Sharron Catallo voting in favor, and Council members David Marsh, Al Avery, and Jason Kneisc […]

Council nixes permit plan

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor City Council rejected a proposal by City Manager Carol Eberhardt to extend special-event permit requirements to private property. “I think it’s too much,” said Mayor Joe Luginski at the April 11 meeting. “I host a Christmas party at my house every year for the historical society. Would I need […]

Pedestrian bridge proposed over I-75 at Sashabaw Road

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer According to Independence Township Trustee David Lohmeier, the township has been good at “getting ahead of problems.” That’s what his proposal to build a pedestrian bridge at the I-75 Sashabaw Corridor does. “This is a project that we’re going to have to do one day,” Lohmeier told board […]

Playground for Ryan

Playground for Ryan

BY WENDI REARDON Clarkston News Staff Writer The Ryan Kennedy Memorial Playground at Clintonwood Park is one step closer to reality. “We are moving forward with a build to occur in the fall of 2016,” said Lisa Christensen, Recreation Supervisor for Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors “Everyone is really excited. The township and FORK […]

Arc honor for sons’ advocate

Arc honor for sons’ advocate

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Whenever Robert White of Independence Township meets with a local or state official to advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, he starts with one thing. He pulls out a picture of his sons. “We always introduce our two sons because we don’t want our advocacy efforts to […]

Board OKs raises for full-time elected officials

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer Salaries for Independence Township’s supervisor, clerk and treasurer will increase to $82,200 beginning Jan. 1, 2017, following a 4-0 vote at the April 5 board meeting. However, the raises apply only after four years experience in one of those three positions. Supervisor Pat Kittle, Clerk Barb Pallotta and […]

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