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Village council to discuss road endings

The Wolverine Lake Village Council will meet on Monday, November 30, at 7 p.m. to work on crafting a proposed ordinance to address the use of public road endings used to access Wolverine Lake....more>

Village administrator to leave post

Wolverine Lake Village is working with the Michigan Municipal League to find a replacement before the end of January for outgoing village administrator Sharon Miller, council president John Magee said on Wednesday, November 25....more>

DIA Inside-Out program comes to Commerce

Commerce Township has been selected as one of 10 communities to participate in the Spring of 2016 in the Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) Inside|Out program, which brings high-quality reproductions of artistic masterpieces from the DIA's collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit....more>

Walled Lake resident bilked out of thousands

A Walled Lake woman told she had won nearly a half-million dollars in Las Vegas prize winnings was tricked out of more than $7,000 by a individuals claiming to be with a government agency....more>

Fraudulent Comcast account discovered

A Commerce Township man on Monday, November 16, discovered a fraudulent Comcast account that had been opened in his name, authorities said....more>

Mail stolen from porch

A Commerce Township man who returned home on Monday, November 16, after being out of town for several days discovered his mail had been stolen from his front porch in the 8000 block of Golfside Drive, authorities said....more>

Safe or not?

It's a chemical most have likely never heard of, glyphosate, other than as the weed killer Roundup. A white crystal that is odorless, it was introduced by Monsanto in 1974, and it has since become the world's best selling herbicide of all time. It was developed to control a wide variety of weeds, grasses and broadleaf plants. Originally designed for farmers, it is also used, in a slightly different formulation, by landowners, local municipalities and school districts, and residential homeowners to keep weeds in check. ...more>

Capturing Oakland taxes

More than $171 million in taxes intended for local schools, community colleges, parks, libraries, local governments and other millages were diverted through tax increment financing (TIF) from 2004 to 2014 to two dozen downtown development authorities (DDA) in Oakland County....more>

Shining light on DIA

On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 64 percent of Oakland County voters approved a property tax millage, along with residents in Macomb and Wayne counties, to help funnel approximately $23 million a year for 10 years, to help the operations of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The .2 mill property tax adds about $20 a year to the tax bill of a homeowner whose home has a market value of $200,000 and a taxable value of $100,000. Today, the tri-county millage accounts for approximately 70 percent of the operating budget of the DIA, which is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Oakland County residents alone provide the DIA with $11 million annually....more>
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