Work on high school, roads coming in 2020

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer More school renovations and roadwork are coming to town in 2020. At the Independence Township Board of Trustees regular meeting, Sept. 10, Supervisor Pat Kittle gave the details. Clarkston High School will have some building renovations starting the summer of 2020, and the Waldon Road parking lot will […]

Senior housing across from concerts

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer More elderly housing is a step closer to reality in Independence Township, after a proposal was unanimously approved at the Sept. 10 township Board of Trustees regular meeting. The 18-acre development will be located on the west side of Sashabaw Road, south of Moody Drive and across the […]

Anti-terrorist training at DTE, across county

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Residents might notice law enforcement and firefighters converging on DTE Energy Music Theatre next Wednesday morning. It’ll just be a drill, said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle. “It is just good business to plan for the worst and hope for the best,” Kittle said. “If something really bad […]

Fire union, administrators continue finance fight

Fire union, administrators continue finance fight

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Independence Township Fire Department and Independence Firefighters Local Union 2629 are still at odds over department finances. According to a statement released by the union in response to last week’s story “Fire budget woes pinned on pensions” and column “Keep the promises you make, don’t make promises […]

Fire budget woes pinned on pensions

Fire budget woes pinned on pensions

Staffing changes could improve service, chief says BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Increasing pension costs are close to crashing the Independence Township Fire Department’s budget, warns township Supervisor Pat Kittle and Independence Township Fire Chief Mitch Petterson. The fire department operates on a $6 million yearly budget, and its 2019 labor expenses are […]

Sashabaw work enters next phase

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Construction on Sashabaw Road will switch sides in the next couple weeks. Paving work on the southbound lanes from I-75 to Clarkston Road was to begin on Tuesday, with work on the shoulders and driveways starting on Thursday. There will be a stop sign added and lane shifts […]

Township urged to reconsider cannabis business

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Would a cannabis business work in Independence Township? Two area women think so, presenting the idea to the Board of Trustees on Aug. 20. The Township Board approved and adopted a zoning ordinance amendment prohibiting marijuana establishments in the township earlier this year. But emergency administrative rules for […]

Lock doors to thwart thefts

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer A reader went on Facebook in the early hours of July 26 and posted a warning to area residents. “Hate that I have to write this…LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS!! Car burglar is back.. around cranberry lake road/ Holcomb road.. long story short, my car door passenger side doesn’t […]

Questions of safety on new safety path

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The swamp safety path currently being installed on Clintonville Road between Waldon and Maybee roads is sagging, according to reader Michael Powell, who sent an email to The Clarkston News recently. “In the last ‘Township Times,’ Supervisor (Pat) Kittle mentions rain as being the reason for the lack […]

Intersection under scrutiny after recent accident

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer After a July 30 traffic accident at the intersection of Clintonville and Mann roads where three cars were involved, an area resident voiced his displeasure in an email to The Clarkston News. “The driver who blew the stop sign on Mann Road east of Clintonville Road took off […]