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Posted: 02/05/14

Oakland board considers
revision of its bylaws

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Special Writer
      A discussion of Oakland Township's bylaws took place at the Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 27.
       Township Trustee Mike Bailey, Township Clerk Karen Reilly, and Township Treasurer Jeanne Langlois are the members of the township's bylaws subcommittee who have been meeting regularly to go over the township's bylaws, which have not been updated since 1993.
       "We feel that there are a number of issues that the board needs to reach agreement on. We didn't try to guess what that would be; we waited for your input. So we really view this as a starting point," said Langlois.
       The areas focused on included proper wording in the start and termination of a meeting, order of business, and putting agendas together.
       "I want to keep these bylaws as general as possible. The more you tie down, the more `gotchas' you keep having, and the board is known fundamentally by its motions," said Township Supervisor Terry Gonser. "So I think as this is prepared and worked over again, we need to keep that in mind that this board or any board should not be tied down too tightly."
       The board then approved a motion to have each of the board members review the proposed revisions and submit their suggestions to Langlois within a week. The bylaws will be discussed further at a future meeting.
       Gonser also announced when the recipients of Stormwater Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grants will be announced. The grants are offered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The board applied for two grants late last year. One is from the Oakland County Water Resources Commission (OCWRC) for televising and inspecting sewer lines. The other is from Environmental Consulting Technologies (ECT) for remediation of the Paint Creek Mill Race. The announcement will take place the first week of February.
       "There were 671 grant applications received. Obviously there are significantly more applicants than there is money. So they're going to conduct a lottery. Every community will be given one lottery ticket," he said.
       Although the township applied for two grants, they will only receive one lottery ticket. If their lottery ticket is chosen, they will receive both grants because the two grants totaled less than $2 million.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       • Approved a tentative preliminary site condo review for Oak Arbor Crest, consisting of a 12-unit development of single family dwellings.
       • Tabled a motion to enter a license agreement with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, an Oakland County industrial control program for water and sewage systems until February for further review.
       • Approved a motion to invite representatives from General Code to give a presentation on the significance and scope of codification. This will allow all township ordinances to be codified online.
       • Approved an affirmation for a budget amendment in staffing for an open position in the treasurer's office.


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