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June 04, 2014 - Beware of Scam

Oakland County Register of Deeds is warning Oakland County residents to beware of a scam in which involves a caller telling residents they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine.

Anyone receiving such a call in Independence Township should call the Oakland County Sheriff Office Independence Township by calling 248-620-4968.

Summer food program

Children 18 and under and those up to age 26 who are enrolled in an officially recognized educational program for those with mental or physical disabilities can get free lunches this summer through the Summer Food Service Program.

Lunch will be provided at Clarkston Community Education Building, 6558 Waldon Road, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 7 to Aug. 7.

For more information, call Clarkston Community Schools Nutrition Department Office at 248-623-8001.

Fight continues

against phragmites

Indepence Township DPW Director Linda Richardson said township officials have been working with the group Oakland Invasive Species to rid the area of phragmites.

The township recently accepted bids to fight several types of several invasive species. The bid will include removal of invasive species around 188 acres of township land.

"It includes all the invasive species on that property," said Richardson.

Two companies submitted bids to do the work. The winning bid was submitted by Natural Community Services.

Richardson said the township would also pay for a blanket permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, so if individual homeowners or businesses need to remove invasive species from their property, they can do so.

Township officials have budgeted $70,000 this year to fight the pesky species.

Treatment will start in 2015.

Aliaga in race

Jose Aliaga of Independence Township recently launched his campaign for state representative for the 43rd State House District, which includes Clarkston, Lake Angelus, Waterford and Independence Township.

Aliaga, currently an Independence Township trustee, is running on a platform of small government, keep taxes low, fix roads and defend the Second Amendment. Priorities also include education, bringing a hospital to the area, and protecting the under-served seniors, children, veterans, and the disabled.

The seat is currently held by State Representative Gail Haines, who is term limited and cannot run for re-election. Check



to be hooked up

A subdivision off Clarkston Road with a total of 272 homes, 95 homes in Independence Township and the rest in Orion Township, will have another water source after the Independence Township Board of Trustees approved an engineering service agreement so the township can enter an intra-governmental agreement to extend a water main in the Hillview subdivision.

According to DPW Director Linda Richardson, the 8-inch water main, which will be connect to a 12-inch main, will provide a valuable secondary water feed for the subdivision by providing additional flow in case a well system ever fails.

Richardon said because the well system is the only source of water in the area, if the well failed and there was a fire, the only way water could be brought in would be by truck.

"Because Orion buys water from the City of Detroit, there would be an unlimited amount of water supply in the area," said Richardson.

The township also has a similar agreement in another area in Waterford. At a May 27 meeting, the Township Board of Trustees approved engineering services from Hubbell, Roth and Clark for $12,500.

Plans, as well as a full set of engineering drawings for the project, must be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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