2018 District Report

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It is an honor to serve as your representative on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. We are always working to build on the excellent quality of life we enjoy in Oakland County, which is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. This district report is an update on our efforts and how they impact our community. I welcome your questions or comments, and invite you to share your feedback by completing my district survey at the bottom of this page. Thank you.

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Poor conditions on many of our roadways have had detrimental impacts on the local economy and quality of life. While Oakland County government is not directly responsible for the funding or maintenance of our roadways, we are committed to being part of the solution.

The Board created two programs: the Tri-Party Road Improvement Program for county roads and the Local Road Improvement Program for city and village roads. These programs encourage investment in our communities by providing matching funds for road projects.

I have worked diligently to obtain much needed road funding for the communities in my district by securing county matching funds for high priority road repairs and improvements. I am proud to have secured a total of $951,652 for local communities, funding that was wisely leveraged towards projects equaling $11,778,680 in road infrastructure investment. You can find a detailed list of the 2016-2018 local road projects in my district here.

To report poor road conditions on county roads, call the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) at 877-858-4804 or visit their website. To report poor road conditions on local city or village roads, contact your local city or village government.

New drinking water and bottle-filling stations for schools promote healthy habits, reduce waste

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Earlier this year, the Board launched an initiative to replace old drinking water fountains in Oakland County schools with state-of-the-art drinking water stations. The new units provided through the Oakland County Drinking Water Station Program encourage healthy hydration habits and reduce waste.

One hundred and thirty-six (136) drinking water stations will be provided to local schools serving students in my district. The Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Farmington, Walled Lake and West Bloomfield school districts, as well as Faxon Language Immersion Academy, participated and the new units will be delivered before school starts this fall.

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Oakland County joined the National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy Discounts Program to help county residents with healthcare costs.

The Live Healthy Oakland discount program provides county enrollees with the opportunity to save money on prescriptions, dental care and health services. The prescription discount card is free. The dental and health discount cards are available at a low annual or monthly fee. 

Click here to learn more or to register.

Volunteers enlisted for new Healthy Lakes Initiative

Healthy-Lakes-WEB.jpgThis spring, the Board, in partnership with the Health Division and Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), launched the Oakland County Healthy Lakes Initiative. This program provided Oakland County volunteers with free training and equipment to monitor lake water quality this summer through the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP)

Walnut Lake in West Bloomfield Township is enrolled in the new Healthy Lakes program. I attended the volunteer training with Commissioner Woodward on May 5th and was very excited to see so many engaged, enthusiastic Oakland County volunteers!

Since partnering with the Board on the program this year, CLMP saw a fivefold increase in registered Oakland County lakes, with a total of seventy-four (74) participating countywide.

County Budget

One of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Commissioners is to adopt an annual budget plan and work program for the purpose of funding the operations of county departments. Last September, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the FY 2018-FY 2020 Budget & General Appropriations Act.

Commissioners on both sides of the aisle came together in a collaborative, bipartisan manner to fund important county-wide programs and services for local residents and businesses. Visit the Fiscal Services website for the most recent and detailed information about the county budget.

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Thousands of free gun safety trigger locks distributed annually

sheriff-trigger-lock-2018-WEB.jpgOn June 19th, the Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and Oakland County Health Division, held a press conference to kick off our annual gun safety lock giveaway and announce the new School Safety Resources webpage. 

This initiative is part of the ongoing work of the Board of Commissioner's Study Group on Gun Violence, which focuses on promoting safe storage practices and preventing gun violence in Oakland County.

As a member of the Study Group and with the ongoing tragedies across the country, the issue of safely storing weapons to prevent suicide, accidents and violence is incredibly important to me. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Study Group, and with our allies, to find new and innovative ways to make our schools and communities safer.

Students take center stage at Youth in Government Day

Student Mic 4.jpgThe Board of Commissioner's 2018 Youth in Government Day on May 23rd brought more than 100 high school students from across the county together to learn about local government, participate in mock debates facilitated by the MSU Extension 4H Youth Development team and interact with Oakland County officials and judges. 

I really enjoyed interacting with students from Groves, International Academy, Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Western at the event!

If you are a high school administrator, teacher or parent and are interested in having your school participate, you can learn more about the event here or contact Kate Layton.

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently recognized the Board with an Achievement Award for their 2018 Human Trafficking Public Awareness Campaign. The campaign was selected as a winner in the category of Civic Education & Public Information, and was the result of a collaborative partnership between the Board of Commissioners, the Oakland County Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF), the Oakland County Health Division and the award-winning Oakland County IT/eGovernment (eGov) team. 

The development of the county Human Trafficking website was central to the overall effort, and was created to provide a hub for vital information and resources about human trafficking in Oakland County, as well as facilitate intergovernmental and cross-agency collaboration in the region.

PACE program launched to encourage clean energy investment

The Board of Commissioners approved a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program in November 2016 to encourage reinvestment and redevelopment county-wide while simultaneously helping to green local communities. 

PACE programs allow commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects via a voluntary property tax special assessment, so lenders are willing to provide fixed-interest loans with terms of up to 25 years. This type of financing helps property owners eliminate waste, save money and make energy projects profitable. PACE projects create good jobs and upgrade local building stock.

In June of this year, the first Oakland County PACE project was completed in Waterford Township.

Board honors leaders of Engage18 with proclamation

Gershenson-Engage18.jpgAt the July 19th Board meeting, I had the pleasure of honoring the executive board members of Engage18, Bloomfield Hills High School students Zackariah Farah and Michael Goldman Brown Jr. Engage 18 is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in February 2018. 

Michael Goldman Brown Jr. and Riya Doshi accepted the proclamation on behalf of the organization. The mission of Engage 18 is to involve young people in politics through voter registration drives, candidate debates and town halls. We commend these remarkable students for their leadership.

Photo by John Mieu, courtesy of Detroit Legal News Publishing, LLC

If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Board of Commissioners at 248-858-0100 or boc@oakgov.com. More information about the Board of Commissioners is available at www.oakgov.com/boc