It is an honor to serve and represent you on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. As we get through the coronavirus pandemic together, I want you to have access to resources to help you. This 2019 district report serves as an update on our efforts and how they impact our community, plus contains information about how your county government is handling the COVID-19 crisis. I welcome your questions or comments, and I invite you to contact me at any time. Thank you.
Oakland County has dedicated much of the first half of 2020 to combating the coronavirus.
I'm proud to say that the Board of Commissioners has worked tirelessly with county administration to ensure our residents and businesses have access to multiple avenues of support during this pandemic. We are also taking steps to ensure we are recovering from this pandemic, not just reacting to it.
- More than 2.3 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been distributed.
- $10 million awarded to support Oakland County nonprofits.
- $35 million dedicated to help cities, villages and townships, and other local government entities including local libraries, senior centers and community centers.
- 3,530 small businesses have received grants from the COVID-19 Small Business Stabilization Fund.
- $11 million committed to help manufacturing companies produce PPE through county grants and cross-county partnerships.
- 68 school nurses will be hired to guide all Oakland County school districts through the pandemic during the 2020-21 school year.
- 15,000 Oakland Together COVID-19 safety kits which include facemasks, no-touch thermometers, gloves and sanitizer were created to give small businesses essential materials for reopening and customers confidence they will have a safe experience.
- $32 million allocated to help retail stores, restaurants and personal service businesses such as salons and fitness centers that were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
- $1 million has been dedicated to helping veterans and their dependents with financial shortfalls during COVID-19.
- $20 million secured to provide direct assistance, housing assistance and food assistance to vulnerable populations.
Testing has also been a major aspect of the county's effort to deal with the coronavirus. Three testing sites have been established in various locations throughout the region to serve all residents, regardless of geography. For the latest on how to be tested for COVID-19, visit https://bit.ly/OCCvdTst. Oakland County is also setting up additional micro-testing sites in areas disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
In addition to what has already been done, there are a variety of ways for residents and businesses to stay plugged into the county's efforts during the public health crisis. As we work toward getting our residents back to work in a safe manner and ensuring our businesses have the tools they need to reopen safely, the county's COVID-19 page offers the most relevant information for our community.
- Residents - Here you can learn more about preparing for and preventing COVID-19, including information about cleaning, face coverings and handwashing. This section also provides guidance for those living with autoimmune diseases, those handling metal health and those who are sick or caring for someone.
- Toolkits - This page offers the most up to date information and printable resources for organizations operating during the pandemic. This includes reopening information for businesses and guidance for childcare; construction and manufacturing; dining, travel and entertainment; healthcare providers and first responders; faith-based organizations; government agencies; nonprofits; retail; senior centers; shared and cong and more.
- Business Relief - The Board has dedicated much of the pandemic relief funding Oakland County has received from the federal government to grant programs for businesses. Visit this page to find any active grant programs, tools for reopening, guidance on essential workforce and more.
- Worker Relief - Find more info on companies hiring, unemployment resources, financial coaching, resident resources and more on this page.
- County Services - Use this page to find more information about if county services have been modified during the pandemic.
Each year, the Board of Commissioners works to adopt an annual budget plan and work program to fund the operations of county departments. In September 2019, the Board unanimously approved the FY 2020-FY 2022 Budget & General Appropriations Act.
Adoption of the FY 2020 balanced budget was the result of an extensive, collaborative and bi-partisan effort. Leadership in both caucuses worked together with County Executive David Coulter to come to an agreement to fund county-wide programs and services for Oakland County residents and businesses. Visit the Fiscal Services website for the most recent and detailed information about the county budget.
The 2019 Financial Summary can be found here.
We all know that Michigan roads have a major impact on the quality of life for residents in Oakland County. That is why the county's Local Road Improvement Program and Tri-Party Partnership both aim to provide support to the local governments responsible for our area roads.
Oakland County's LRIP provides limited financial assistance to Oakland County cities and villages for repairs and improvements on roadways under their jurisdiction. The program ensures that the county investment in roads is multiplied by requiring local municipalities to match funding from Oakland County. Launched in 2016, the program is an effective means for encouraging investment in local roads. Read more about the LRIP in our community for 2019.
I have worked diligently to obtain much needed road funding for the communities in our district by securing county funds for high priority road repairs and improvements. During 2019, I am proud to have secured a total of $383,775 for local communities, funding that was wisely leveraged towards projects equaling $2,171,378 in road infrastructure investment.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners was honored with two Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) in 2019. Both programs selected by NACo focus on the importance of clean, healthy water: the Oakland County School Drinking Water Station Program and the Oakland County Healthy Lakes Initiative.
The Oakland County School Drinking Water Station Program replaced more than 650 old drinking water fountains in Oakland County schools with state-of-the-art drinking water and water bottle refilling stations. Across the county, 29 public school districts and 7 charter schools took advantage of this innovative program.
In partnership with the Oakland County Health Division and Huron River Watershed Council Michigan Clean Water Corps, the Board's Oakland County Healthy Lakes Initiative collects important scientific data that can be used to preserve and protect Oakland County lakes. The program resulted in 77 Oakland County lakes participating last year, a more than fivefold increase from the previous year. Oakland County is home to more lakes than any other county in Michigan.
Read more here.
On March 7, 2019, the Board of Commissioners announced the launch of the Oakland County Better with Breakfast program at Southfield Regional Academic Campus (SRAC) in Southfield where the program had already been successfully implemented.
The program has been implemented in more than 40 schools around the county. In those buildings, all students have the opportunity to eat breakfast for free. The aim of the program is to reduce the stigma of free breakfast so that all students start the day ready to learn and be successful. Before the pandemic closed schools in 2020, the program was helping feed an additional 3,000 kids breakfast every day.
Read more here.
If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Board of Commissioners at 248-858-0100 or email@example.com. More information about the Board of Commissioners is available at www.oakgov.com/boc.