News in Brief

SMART contract

Independence Townshp Board approved a contract for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), at its Jan. 3 regular meeting.
The contract provides $30,168 to SMART for transportation of persons who are handicapped or are 65+ years and live in Independence Township, the City of the Village of Clarkston, and Springfield Township.
Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said the money is used for vehicle maintenance, gas and a sizeable part of the labor involved for the drivers. He added the contract doesn’t have any budget impact.

Director job search

Independence Township is seeking a new Director of Assessing. The job was posted Dec. 22, 2016, and township Supervisor Pat Kittle said they’re planning to begin the process of filling the position soon.
A St. John’s, Mich., resident spoke during public comment, Jan. 3, with hopes to be hired for the position.
The township Assessor’s Office job, which is posted on, has an annual salary range of $80,000-$95,000.
Duties include assessment, administration, supervision, and inspection, appraisal, and assessment of real and personal property.

Short meeting

Clocking in at just nine minutes, the Independence Township Board may have set a record for shortest meeting, Jan. 3.
“Happy New Year everyone, we’re off to a great start,” said Trustee Andrea Schroeder at the end of the meeting:

City manager search

Clarkston City Council was scheduled to interview and possibly hire a candidate for city manager at Monday’s meeting. The News went to the printer on Monday for the Township Times, so results were unavailable in time for publication.
The seach committee, Eric Haven, Rich Little, former Mayor Joe Luginski, and Mayor Steve Percival, reviewed 24 candidates and interviewed five either by telephone or in person.
Little, interim city manager, declined to name the finalists on Friday, saying they had not yet been notified.