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June 12, 2013 - City DPW director cut

Clarkston City Council voted, June 10, to eliminate the Department of Public Works (DPW) department head and allow new city manager Carol Eberhardt to serve as DPW director.

One employee in the department will receive a raise and take on new responsibilities. Eberhardt also asked that the number of employees in the department be left at the discretion of the city manager. The cut will save the city just over $22,000.

Fourth of July parade

Celebrate the Fourth of July in downtown Clarkston during the Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m., Thursday, July 4.

The theme for the parade is "United We Stand." Floats, decorated vehicles, walking groups, and other participants will line up between 7-9 a.m. at St. Daniel Church, 7010 Valley Park Drive, off Holcomb Road. The parade will march through downtown and end at Clarkston Renaissance High School, 6300 Church Street.

Parade entry deadline is June 21. Call 248-705-7958.

Improvements planned for Independence

Independence Township Board voted, June 4, to approve over $15,000 in improvements for Township Hall property, including $5,000 in parking lot lights, safety lighting worth $2,500, new mulch, and repaving a center isle in the parking lot.

The improvements also include separating the township's irrigation system from a neighboring business.

Oil lease approved

Independence Township Board approved an oil and gas lease with Jordon Development Company, June 4.

Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said many meetings, public comment and negotiations have taken place prior to approving the contact.

Kittle said fracking, a process that injects massive amounts of fluid to break shale rock, will not be allowed in the township, and the contract with Jordon carries clauses to protect the environment. In addition, Jordon was also required to carry a $10 million liability insurance policy.

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