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WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 2013

VOL 51/ISSUE 10

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Bluebirds, their homes and you Come learn about Bluebirds on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Participants will learn more about the birds and how they can help through a movie, discussion and a field trip part of the program. Fee is $3 per person. Preregistration required. For ages 10 and older. Call 810-227-8910

Thanks For The Memories, HMS

Former staff and students of Highland Middle School say goodbye to their school before demolition.

Right: Alumni revisited the school to share memories and bid farewell to the place they all loved. BELOW: The Highland Middle School staff gather one last time at the site of the school before it is demolished.

Huron valley horse blanket headquarters ribbon cutting Please join us to celebrate the official opening of Horse Blanket Headquarters on March 7 from 4 – 6 p.m. at 28525 Beck Rd. Suite #102 in Wixom. Ribbon Cutting will be at 5 p.m. as well as drawings for free washes and feedbag totes from 5 – 6 p.m. For more information call 248-858-2398 Huron Valley Horse Blanket Headquarters.

project wild workshop for educators On Saturday at 10 a.m. a Project Wild Workshop will be at the Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center. Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. Informal and formal educators are invited to attend. Participants should bring a sack lunch and dress for outdoor activities. The event fee is $35 per adult. For more information visit www.prjectwild. org Register by calling 248-625-7280 INSIDE One Minute Interview....2A Lake Area News..............3A Education........................4A Entertainment................5A Commentary..................6A Real Estate................3B-5B Classified........................5B 248.360.7355

Despite the cold weather and snow, former Highland Middle School staff and students came together on Friday to say goodbye to the school they had known for so many years. For-

mer staff and alumni assembled for a final group shot in front of the school before its demolition. Huron Valley Schools retiree Mike MacGregor said this was “a way to say goodbye” and “to

celebrate” the school they love. “We want anyone and everyone who worked at HMS or attended HMS as a student throughout the years to feel welcome and wanted to come together

to say goodbye to a very special place,” MacGregor wrote in a press release. “For one last time, we want to celebrate our strong feelings about our community.”

White Lake Township Will Use General Fund to Pay $740K Sewer Project Debt BY ALI ARMSTRONG EDITOR

aliarmstrong@scnmail.com

The White Lake Township Board of Trustees approved a loan of 740,000 general fund dollars to the township’s sewer debt fund on a decade old sewer project earlier this month. The township will loan $740,000 to the sewer debt fund to pay off, in full, the outstanding bond from Oakland County. White Lake Township began “Phase 1” of their sewer treatment almost a decade ago after the current sewer line was under violation from the Department of Environmental Quality. The new project was projected to pay for itself within 20 years, but now in its 16th year and with a lack of customers, the township must

loan from the general fund to support the over three-quarters of a million dollar debt. White Lake Township Clerk Terry Lilley says the ongoing issue dates back to the 1990s. While the Phase 1 project was generating revenue into the early 2000s, the board used the funds to subsidize a new sewer project along Pontiac Lake servicing over 400 homes. As a result, the debt grew. The township board must now figure out how the sewer debt will repay the loan to the township. “It was presented as a loan and the big question is who is going to pay the loan back,” Lilley said. “I just hope the board takes the time to read the options before them.” Lilley has presented the board with several options includ-

ing a proposition that would make Pontiac Lake property owners responsible for deficiencies related to the project and its funding, even though the residents have already paid for their sewers in full. Other options include raising rates, mandatory hook–ups for residents and White Lake Township residents being assessed township wide. “I think a lot of people involved in this have heard enough of history and will not pay,” Lilley said. “I just hope the board takes the time to read the options before them.” Trustee Rik Kowall was reported saying that it would be “a cold day in hell” before he and others on the board vote to reassess sewer users that have already paid for their sewer in full.

Earlier this month the White Lake Township Board of Trustees approved a loan of $740K from the township’s general fund to pay off a decade old sewer project.

At the last board meeting, the history of the past five administrations involved with the Phase 1 project was discussed. Lilley says that it is important to look back at those mistakes “so

we don’t make the same mistakes in the future.” The next board meeting will take place March 19 at 7 p.m. at the White Lake Township Hall located at 7525 Highland Road, White Lake, Michigan.

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