Gonser ready to lead Oakland Township Board

Terry Gonser has retired from several previous careers. This month, at the age of 66, he embarks on a new one: Oakland Township Supervisor. “I certainly didn’t need it and it certainly doesn’t pay,” he said Tuesday night as he cruised to victory despite a last-minute write-in campaign by incumbent supervisor Joan Fogler. “I think the reason I did it is for the citizens. I have a daughter and a granddaughter who live in the township. And as I look across the country, I am very disappointed in … [Read more...]

Candidates file for local offices

With the filing deadline passed, here are the candidates who filed to run in local elections this fall. Many districts have been redrawn since the 2010 Census. For maps of the new districts, visit the Oakland County Clerk’s website here. U.S. House District 8 (including Rochester, Oakland Township and most of Rochester Hills): Republicans:  Incumbent Mike Rogers of Brighton, Brian Hetrick of Brighton, and Vernon Molnar of Holly. Democrats: Lance Enderle of Lansing and Michael Magdich of … [Read more...]

Readers want to know: Q & A on the OPC

In an attempt to answer readers’ questions about the current OPC budget dispute, we consulted the Interlocal Agreement that governs the OPC, budget documents, meeting minutes, the most recent audit and relevant officials. WHO RUNS THE OPC? The OPC was created as a separate public corporation in 1983. The municipalities of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township jointly fund it and share authority under the terms of the Interlocal Agreement (ILA). The OPC does not have taxing … [Read more...]