City OKs payment

Two months after Clarkston rejected bids for a proposed DPW expansion project, City Council agreed to pay about $16,000 in outstanding engineering fees to James Renaud. Payment was delayed until Mayor Joe Luginski, Council member Eric Haven, and City Manager Carol Eberhardt could meet with Renaud, city architect, regarding invoices for $6,012 and $9,997.25, for […]

Joint parking meeting in works

Planners will set up a joint meeting with Village of Clarkston City Council and the streets committee to discuss pay-to-park in city lots and other issues. “The time to address this is now – we’ve talked about this long enough,” said Planning Commissioner Frank Schoebel at the July 18 meeting. “We should act on it […]

Gates at Mills

Gates at Mills

Gates went up at the Mills mall parking lot on Depot Road, July 8, ending unrestricted public parking in the lot. The property owners have a lease with the city, offering use of the lot for five public events and Concerts in the Park, in exchange for city-owned space at the lot’s edge. Clarkston City […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Needs will change’ Dear Editor, I have been asked by several people what my thoughts are regarding the proposed school bond. I would not recommend providing $76 million of other people’s money all in one shot, to any local organization in a commitment that lasts 30 years. Priorities will change, needs will change, but the […]

News in Brief

DSO finalist Clarkston High School is one of seven finalists to host the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September. Online voting is now open at dso.org/DTEPowersDSO. “The DSO has been here twice,” said Joette Kunse, who nominated CHS. “It is well attended and good for the youngsters of the community, who many times don’t have the opportunity […]

School board split on bond

The $75 million school bond is vitally important for the school district, said Clarkston School Board President Steve Hyer. “We absolutely need to address our safety and security needs, technology infrastructure, and building/site/mechanical improvements,” Hyer said. “We understand we are operating our community schools and it is our duty as a board of education to […]

Sewer rates going up in township

Independence Township residents and business owners will see an increase in their sewer rates beginning in the next billing cycle on July 16, according to Department of Public Works Director Dave McKee. Customers will see approximately $3.29 per REU (Residential Equivalent Unit) per quarter or $1.10 more per month. “We’re not increasing any of our […]

$75 million school bond: New playground, lockers at SPE

Voters head to the polls on Aug. 2 to decide on a $75 million school bond proposal. The Clarkston News is touring the school district to see where and why it is needed. In the third of a series, we check out Springfield Plains Elementary. BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer Springfield Plains Elementary […]

Postmarks OK’d for late taxes

Township taxpayers will get a grace period for payments received late, but postmarked “on-time.” “There are always better ways to do things and I always try to seek that out from others,” said Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown. “While there is going to be a little more work in my office to coordinate to make […]

Concerns from citizens

For Henry Woloson of Independence Township, the school district’s campaign to pass its $75 million bond proposal has been inadequate and misleading. “In the recent brochure issued by the school district, there were four references that there would be ‘NO TAX RATE INCREASE.’ Their caps not mine,” Woloson said. “The brochure does not contain the […]