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Village reaccredited as Main Street community

February 02, 2011 - Ortonville- Snow covered the roads this week as a massive storm slammed much of the country, but the village found a clear path to Main Street.

Following a year-end evaluation Jan. 18, the village was reaccredited as a Main Street community. The evaluation measures the village's progress in the economic development and historic preservation program.

"Main Street is going great," said Main Street Manager Molly LaLone. "This is a very dedicated community and it's nice to get things done and have enthusiastic people to work with."

The village became a Main Street community in 2004. The 10 criteria used to evaluate progress in Main Street communities are broad-based community support; vision and mission statements; historic preservation ethic; paid, professional DDA/Main Street Program Director; program of ongoing training; reporting of key statistics; Main Street Network membership; comprehensive work plan; active board and committees and adequate operating budget.

Communities must meet all 10 criteria annually to receive accreditation. Officials from Main Street Oakland County offer advice on areas that the village can work to improve. LaLone said as in years past, the village's Main Street mission statement has received some criticism, and the Downtown Development Authority plans to continue work on it, as well as on creating a work plan for every project.

The DDA is always looking for volunteers for the Main Street program and various committees to help at events. For more information, contact Molly LaLone at 248-627-8070.

Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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