City hall, DPW budget set at $300,000

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor City Council voted 5-0, April 8, to approve a budget of up to $300,000 for city hall expansion and renovation. It will be funded through a loan from Clarkston’s Water and Sewer Funds, to be repaid over 15 years at one percent interest. The project includes a larger DPW […]

Tips to protect letter carriers

Clarkston letter carriers have a message to deliver to the community during National Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 14-20. “Several of our letter carriers know first-hand about both the prevention and the pain of animal attacks, and we want to do whatever we can to help educate the community — especially parents and pet owners,” […]

State government transparency plan

The Michigan House of Representatives voted unanimously, April 9, in favor of House Bill 4014, part of a bipartisan plan to end exemptions for the governor and state legislators from open records laws. “Elected officials should have nothing to hide from the residents they serve,” said state Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township, top sponsor […]

Sashabaw work

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) expects to start road work on Sashabaw Road from I-75 to Clarkston Road in Independence Township on Monday, April 22. The $4.8 million project includes reconstruction and widening Sashabaw Road to five lanes, traffic signal modifications, new water main leads, drainage improvements, and new Americans with Disabilities Act […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Hotel hijinks

I’ve had a promotion of sorts, not at work where I’m still the editor, but at Clarkston Village Players. Not that I’ve received a lead role or anything, though the parts I’ve been getting are plenty. I run my lines in my head when I run and they’re enough to keep me occupied for almost […]

Thanks for lake help

Dear Editor, The residents of the Clarkston Mill Ponds would like to thank City Manager Jonathan Smith and Mike Speagle of the Clarkston DPW for facilitating the removal of the debris collected from our annual pond cleanup. Frank Schoebel Riparian representative for the Clarkston Mills Ponds

Protect wolves

Dear Editor, America’s wolves are in danger. Following the passage in the house of HR 6784, Manage our Wolves Act, and if passed by the senate, will remove gray wolves from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, in the continental United States. On March 14, David Bernhardt, acting secretary of interior, announced the U.S. […]

Open internet

Dear Editor, I am writing you about an issue Congress will vote on that is neither Democrat nor Republican, but may be rejected by members funded by telecommunications company money. I’ve seen the difference begin since two years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Ajit Pai repealed the net neutrality protections that make the […]

Agencies team up for animals

Oakland County Animal Control, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and Michigan Humane Society (MHS) are teaming up to fight animal abuse in the county. “Animal cruelty doesn’t respect city, county, or state lines, so we are incredibly excited to forge this new partnership with the teams in Oakland County,” says MHS vice president of Field Services […]

Warblers, conservancy on tap for birders

Spring warbler migration and the conservation of natural wildlife habitat will be the featured topics at the monthly meeting of the Clarkston-Area Backyard Birders Club on April 24. Sue Julian, executive director of North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC ), will discuss their work and upcoming projects. “Sue’s subject is very appropriate for springtime,” says Bob […]