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July 24, 2013 - Fighting phragmites

Clarkston City Council voted to provide $2,500 to PlantWise for removal of phragmites, an invasive species taking over local wetlands.

Removal will continue along White Lake Rd near Middle and Deer Lakes. A controlled burn last spring was the first stage in the two-stage project. A herbicide will be sprayed at the end of August.

The city paid $1,800 for the burn, and will pay $2,500 for the herbicide. Independence Township will also work with surrounding communities to eradicate several types of invasive species.

Advisory board plans

A Independence Township Advisory Board Committee is working on a 20-year Capital Improvement Plan for City of the Village of Clarkston.

Capital improvement projects include long-range planning for development and maintenance of sewer and water infrastructure. The board and city council will work to seek a new grant to help fund improvements.

Meetings began in May. The next meeting will be Aug. 19 at Department of Public Works building on Flemings Lake.

Government

connections

Independence Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert is spearheading a joint project of Independence Township and Clarkston to organize jont projects.

The concept is part of a regional initiative also includingng parts of Waterford, Springfield, and Orion townships.

The first meeting was June 18. The next meeting will be held at the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce on July 24.

Township OKs

theatre license

Independence Township approved two three-year license agreements for outdoor gathering stages at DTE Energy Theatre. The stages are usually located in the parking lot and serve to rally crowds and serve to warm-up the crowd before main events, said township Supervisor Pat Kittle.

"Occasionally the second and third stage events serve for standalone functions," Kittle said.

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