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June 18, 2014 - Missing Mayor

Where has the Mayor of the City of the Village of Clarkston gone?

Mayor Joe Luginski has been absent over the past few months and his term is over in Nov. Despite questions asked, The Clarkston News received no response from Luginski.

Township approves

purchasing easements

"Independence Township is in the process of laying out plans for the expansion and improvement of the Waldon and Sashabaw Roads intersection," said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle.

Kittle said purchasing four easement rights in the area is needed to complete road improvements.

He added improvements will occur in the area on 1-75 as well as several parcels of property in the area.

The Township's Planning Firm, Hubbel, Roth and Clark has also been working closely with the Road Commission for Oakland County regarding issues in the area.

Kittle said the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Team will ensure any easement issues are resolved amicably.

Trustees approved the purchase of four easements, one which is still being negotiated, at a total cost of $97,000 to be paid out of an upcoming check run and approved at the next meeting on June 24.

Programs eliminated

Independence Township Parks and Recreation Director Ken Elwert asked the Independence Township Board of Trustees to eliminate the Recreation Division Basketball Program at a board meeting, June 10.

Elwert said although the basketball category covered its direct costs, when full-time staff programming costs are factored in, the program does not come close to its needed cost recovery rate.

"We were aware of challenges in this category from the last service assessment completed in 2012 and we put together a different program model for the 2013-2014 season in an attempt to get this category within range. However, the 2013-2014 model did not work as anticipated and attendance dropped," Elwert said.

Trustees voted to eliminate the program for the 2014-15 season.

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