News in Brief

Substation security

The Oakland County Sheriff Substation in Independence Township recently had a security system installed, but found the four-channel camera and monitoring system left gaps in their ability to view certain areas.
Independence Township Board approved a project change to install a 16-channel system which will allow four additional cameras to secure the sight and allow the fire department to eventually add exterior cameras if they need to.
It also will include two additional monitors. The overall cost of the addition is $3,888, which will come from one of the substation’s capital accounts.

Fight invasives

Continuing to combat the township’s invasive species problem, the board approved the Treatment for Invasive Species on Private Property Program. The program creates a process to assist residents in treating invasive species on their private property.
If residents wish to get rid of invasive species on their property, they will be able to fill out a form online on the township website and turn them in. The contractor will then contact them and residents will pay a cost to the contractor for treatment at a pre-negotiated price that’s been competitively bid through Oakland County.

Budget amendment

The Township Board approved an eleventh budget amendment to the 2017 budget at their May 2 meeting. The amendment moved liability and property insurance costs between township departments and funds.
Fees went up by about $2,100, and Budget and Operations Analyst Rick Yaeger spread that cost over different accounts and funds, Supervisor Pat Kittle said.

Kids Day in park

Independence Township hosts Kids Day in the Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road.
Admission is free to the event, which includes crafts, petting zoo, games, facepainting, balloon animals, magic, egg race, music, archery, bounce house, kite building, and vision screening by Clarkston Area Lions Club.