Charter Township of Orion
TOWNSHIP BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Matthew Gibb, Penny Shults, JoAnn Van Tassel, Neal Porter, Mark Crane
TOWNSHIP BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: John Steimel, Alice Young
LAKE ORION SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Mary Jo Burchart, Bob Gritzinger, Janet Wolverton, Jim Weidman
LAKE ORION VILLAGE COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Van Portfliet, Doug Hobbs, Douglas Dendel, David Churchill, Larry Stumkat, John Ranville, Mike Toth
ORION TOWNSHIP LIBRARY BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Jim Abramczyk, Mike Luna, MaryAnne Thorndycraft, Kathy Palmer, Mary Pergeau
Supervisor Gibb opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m.; Clerk Shults welcomed the group on behalf of Orion Township and presented information regarding the 2010 Census; Supervisor Gibb gave invocation.
Robert Daddow, Deputy Oakland County Executive, presented “Major Regional Economic Issues” and answered questions from the audience.
Charles Fleetham, Project Innovations, presented “A Region Coping with Transitions” engaging group discussion.
Supervisor Gibb led the group in discussion regarding the following:
Mike Luna emphasized the need to work together.
Paul Zelenak stressed the importance of also looking at neighboring communities for collaboration.
Lisa Sokol highlighted efforts the Township is making regarding green initiatives and conservation of resources.
Discussion ensued regarding:
Charles Fleetham emphasized the importance of working as a team.
Supervisor Gibb asked the group to form a team of three from each Board to meet the first Saturday in May to begin identifying areas of collaboration.
Jim Weidman stated the need to be specific when identifying strengths and weaknesses.
Additional comments were made concerning:
Bob Gritzinger stressed the importance of community stating each Board must continue to perform their core services while enlisting other entities to help with services that are outside their core responsibilities.
Linda Sickles suggested naming the committee “Orion Summit”.
Supervisor Gibb asked that all Boards agree to meet in May.
ADJOURNMENT. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.