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Posted: 01/08/14

Transparency, expanding
technology on list for OT

Observer Special Writer
      What does 2014 hold for Oakland Township?
       Township Supervisor Terry Gonser had plenty to say.
       "Looking into my crystal ball in our township I see many issues that will need to be addressed," he said. "I would have to say the big picture view is to continue to make the interaction between residents and their township government easier and more user friendly. To that end, we will continue to increase transparency and expand the use of digital technology to decrease costs, increase accessibility and minimize the number of times residents actually have to drive to Township Hall."
       The board hired a new township superintendent in December, Ann Capela.
       "With a new superintendent (manager) in place beginning the first of the new year, we'll have a fresh input at streamlining all operations within the township and making all our services more cost effective," said Gonser. "While we were able to leave more tax dollars in the hands of our taxpayers in 2013, our desire is to continue that trend into 2014."
       This past November the board approved easements for the planned rebuilding of the Orion Road Bridge south of the Paint Creek Cider Mill parking lot.
       "Some of the challenges we face are road closures and a primary road bridge replacement, increased pressure on development, addressing sewer and water issues and gravel road improvement issues among others," he said.
       Gonser is also excited about a major event coming to one of the township's best known residential areas.
       "One of the most exciting events in years happening in Oakland Township is the HOMEaRAMA Luxury Homes Tour in Autumn 2014 at the Pinnacles development," he said. "This event is of international acclaim and will bring significant recognition to Oakland Township as the premier living community in Southeast Michigan. The Charter Township of Oakland is one of the most dynamic and exciting communities in all of Michigan."
       The Parks and Recreation Department has plenty of nature programs planned for 2014. One event is Extreme Sled Skee Ball for teens at the Lost Lake Nature Center Warming Shelter on Jan. 17. There will also be a wildflower walk on Mother's Day, which is May 11.
       Archery classes of various skill levels will also be offered at Marsh View Park Archery Range, beginning in May.
       More info is available at the township's newly redesigned website<      

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