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July 10, 2013 - City fee study

Clarkston announced a building department fee study will be conducted to determine a fee structure to cover administrative salaries and department services. A review found the city was paying costs 2-3 times higher than other communities in the area.

The department presently subsidizes $12,700 of a $21,950 administrative city clerk salary.

City manager carol Eberhardt said the way the building department must be changed. "This study will give us the necessary information to obtain bids in order to make an informed decision," said Eberhardt.

Brainstorming ideas

Think Positively committee members brainstormed ideas to create special projects and programs to improve the city.

Ideas brought up during the June 27 meeting included having Henry Ford Days, finding ways to involve young families in projects, creating painted murals throughout the city, leveraging social media to raise awareness of volunteer efforts and placing positive quotes throughout the city and township.

The group will meet twice a month throughout summer. The next meeting will be on July 11 at 3 p.m. in Depot Park, and everyone is invited to attend.

Orchestra concert

Tickets are available for Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Sounds of Summer concert at Clarkston High School, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18, $20/adults, $10/under 18 and students.

Check dso.org/neighborhood or call 313-576-5111.

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