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March 27, 2013 - At their next meeting on April 2, the Independence Township board will vote on whether or not to hire Human Capital for their Human Resource needs.

Reaching an agreement with Human Capital will allow them to receive a discount because Orion Township hired the same firm.

"We joined forces with Independence Township," said Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett during a March 18 meeting.

"Our joint committees unanimously decided Human Capital would be the right fit for both communities, and doing that we were able to realize an additional discount because we were both going to hire the same firm," Barnett explained.

"We worked so effortlessly with Independence Township because of their excellent manner in which they facilitated this gathering. We were able to get all of the information we needed to make an informed decision," said Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults.

The Orion Township Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to hire Human Capital for HR services on March 18.

For collaborating with Independence, Orion received a $2.25 per hour discount and will pay $41.75 per hour or an estimated $34,736 annually for basic HR services, which do not include payroll assistance.

A representative of Human Capital will work two days a week for approximately 16 hours in Orion starting April 1.

Chris Belts, Human Resource Director of Human Capital, confirmed that if Independence Township chooses not to enter into an agreement to hire them for HR services, Orion Township will maintain the rate they approved on March 18.

Likewise, Independence Township's rate will not be changed if Orion alters their agreement with Human Capital.

Independence Township's Board of Trustees will review a potential agreement with Human Capital and make a decision about hiring the Rochester Hills firm at their next meeting on April 2 at 7 p.m. at Township Hall on Waldon Road.

Clarkston News reporter
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