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 contact me at any time. Thank you.
Kristen Nelson, Commissioner
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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.
The Board 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. In 2018, total of
$147,313 was successfully secured for local communities, funding that was wisely leveraged towards projects equaling
$675,440 in road infrastructure investment. You can find a detailed list of the 2016-2018 local road projects in my district
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.
In early 2018, 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 twenty-four (124) drinking water stations were provided to local schools serving students in my district. The Bloomfield Hills, Pontiac, Walled Lake, Waterford and West Bloomfield school districts, as well as Waterford Montessori Academy participated in the program and the new units were delivered to the districts before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
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.
In the spring of 2018, 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).
The following lakes in District #5 participated in the Healthy Lakes Initiative: Cass (Keego Harbor), Dollar, Cass (Orchard Lake), Sylvan, Crescent, Elizabeth, Bloomfield, Cass (West Bloomfield Township), Cross, Darb, Green, Middle Straights, Upper Middle Straights, Union and Walnut.
Through its 2018 partnership with the Board, the CLMP saw a fivefold increase in registered Oakland County lakes compared to the previous year, with a total of seventy-seven (77) participating countywide.
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.
In 2018, 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.
On June 19, 2018, 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 the its annual gun safety lock giveaway and announce the launch of the new School Safety Resources webpage.
The initiative was 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.
The 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.
If you are a high school administrator, teacher or parent, and are interested in having your school participate, you can learn more here or contact BOC Senior Community Liaison
The National Association of Counties (NACo) 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.
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
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