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Oakland to apply for a
grant to repair mill race

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Special Writer
      Residents along the Paint Creek Mill Race received good news at a special meeting of the Oakland Township Board of Trustees Nov. 20.
       The board is applying for two grants from the Stormwater Asset Management Wastewater Grant and Loan Program (SAW). 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 grant for the mill race is $300,000 plus a 10 percent match from the township. The application will be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Annette De Maria of ECT explained the application to the board.
       "Applications are taken on a first come, first serve basis, but we suspect that the fund will be oversubscribed," she said. "So it's going to be a lottery. Basically, your applications will be picked out of a hat, so to speak. There will be two subsequent years of funding for this program. So if your application is not selected for the first round, you automatically go into the second round."
       Oakland Township resident Jan Olson requested that the township board not contact the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) in regards to the grant application.
       "We hope that you will keep in mind that if you request letters from the CRWC as reference to get any of these grants about this mill race, the CRWC may think that they have gotten a pass for their liability on that access agreement; that they were to pay for two grants but not to administer them, and hand them over to the township if they got those grants," she said.
       Township Supervisor Terry Gonser was pleased with the grant application.
       "It's a good first step, so I endorse starting here and proceeding as best as we can with other grants, and get this job done so that at the end of the day we have restoration of the mill race to its historic flow and historic configuration. I really appreciate you putting this grant together," he told De Maria.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       Approved SMART credit transfer funds to the Older Persons Commission, who can provide transportation service and utilize these funds.
       Rejected the plans for a sidewalk from the planned pedestrian crosswalk on the replacement bridge on Orion Road to the Paint Creek Cider Mill, instead requesting the plans be sent to the Planning Commission for possible inclusion in the Goodison Plan.
       Appointed Dr. William Jandeska as the Oakland Township representative to the Older Persons Commission.
       Rejected a motion to advertise for an Administrative Assistant position in the Supervisor/Manager/Planning Department, and then approved tabling the issue until they had a complete job description and understanding of what the job entails.
       Approved a decision to continue interviewing candidates for the position of Township Superintendent.
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