Oakland County Vaccine Information 
Oakland County residents can save their spot in line for the vaccine as long as they fall into an eligible group. Click here to fill the form out online. You can also call 1-800-848-5533 if you would like to fill out the form over the phone.

New MDHHS Guidelines 
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has recently issued new guidance on precautions due to COVID-19. Please click here for a guidelines overview. Please click here for additional information regarding all types of gatherings.

No-HAZ Cancellation
The No-HAZ dropoff day scheduled for Saturday, July 18th has been cancelled. Please continue to stay safe!

Testing for COVID-19 is now available for Oakland County residents with or without symptoms. Click here for more information. Please continue to stay safe!

Stay At Home Order Update
Governor Whitmer has relaxed some restrictions in her stay at home order. Click here for the press release. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

Our Reopenin
g Plan
We are committed to reopening safely and responsibly. View Oakland Township's reopening plan here!

Burning to Resume

Permitted burning may resume Saturday morning, May 16th, 2020. Thank you for your patience during this time! Please remember to stay safe in order to ensure protection for our first responders. You can find the 2020 burn permit here

Stay-At-Home Order Extension

Governor Whitmer has extended the stay-at-home order through May 28, 2020 by Executive Order 2020-77. Click here for the full text of the order.

Township Virtual Meetings Update
Governor Whitmer has issued Executive Order 2020-75 that extends allowing public bodies to conduct public meetings remotely. This new order expires June 30th. Click here for the text of the new executive order.

Township Virtual Meetings
Township public meetings are being held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can access all meetings by either clicking here or by calling 1 (646) 749-3112. The access code for this is 248-219-757.

Stay at Home Order Extension:
Governor Whitmer has extended the stay at home order due to the coronavirus pandemic to May 15th. However, some restrictions have been lifted. Please click here for more information. The full executive order for the extension is here.

Rochester Hills Public Library:
RHPL has cancelled all programs through the month of May. Find their updates here. The Library may be closed to the public but they have many online resources available here.

Lawn Service Notice for Oakland Township Residents:
The Township has new regulations for lawn care and landscaping for Township residents and businesses due to COVID-19. For the full text of the notice, click here.

Temporary Changes to In-Person Notarizations:
On Thursday April 9, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-41 (“order”) which temporarily suspends the in-person requirement for notarizations and provides for changes to how notarizations may occur. The order allows notaries to conduct notarizations using two-way realtime audiovisual technology so long as certain conditions are met. 

Liquor Buyback Program:

Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-46 to initiate a buyback in alcoholic beverages for bars and restaurants who have large liquor surpluses. 

Governor Whitmer Extends, Expands “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to Save Lives:

Governor directs all Michiganders to stay home, stay safe through April 30. For the full text of Executive Order 2020-42.

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order 2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of the coronavirus, and save lives.

“Michigan has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and we’re still on the upswing. We must continue to do everything we can to slow the spread and protect our families,” said Governor Whitmer. “Data shows that most Michiganders are doing their part by staying home and staying safe. That’s good, but we must keep it up. When we do, we can save lives and shorten the amount of time we’re working through this crisis, which will be good for our families and good for our economy in the long-run. We can also protect critical infrastructure workers like doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, and child care workers. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that people stay home and stay safe.” 

“It’s clear that staying home is the most effective way we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “This aggressive action will help us protect more people and ease the strain on our health care system.” 

Executive Order 2020-42 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers who meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that in-person work.  

Workers who are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-42 at the bottom of this page. To enable these critical workers to get to their workplaces, automobile dealerships will now be allowed to open for remote sales, though showrooms must remain closed.

Under the new order, all public and private gatherings among persons outside a single household remain temporarily prohibited. Though Michiganders may leave the house to get groceries or needed supplies, the new order encourages people to limit the number of household members running errands to the maximum extent possible. As before, people may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders. The order clarifies, however, that travel for vacations or for any other purpose is prohibited. 

A new section of the order imposes restrictions on stores in an effort to reduce crowds. Large stores must limit the number of people in the store at one time to no more than 4 customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space; small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits (including employees) under the fire codes. To regulate entry, stores must establish lines with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Large stores must also close areas of the store that are dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint. 

 All individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household. 

Below is a press release from the Governor's Office last night regarding Executive Order 2020-38. A link to the full executive order is here.

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-38, which relaxes requirements for responding to FOIA requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 emergency. This action will protect workers who handle FOIA requests by allowing public bodies to defer portions of requests that would require workers to report to work in-person. The Executive Order takes effect immediately and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020.

Under the Executive Order, a public body must respond to a request received at its physical office via U.S. mail or fax within 10 business days after an employee receives and views the request. If a request requires a search of physical records it will be deferred until after the state of emergency and disaster declared in Executive Order 2020-33 is lifted. 

The Executive Order also requires public bodies to communicate in writing with the person filing the request if they are unable to fulfill the request without a search of physical public records. The person filing the request then has the option to amend their request to include electronic records only. If a public body is unable to fulfill a request in the timeframe they specified because of remote work and social distancing, then a written notice will be sent to the person filing the request to explain why there is a delay.

Township Business:
Due to the Governor's Executive Order, all non-essential township business will be handled remotely through April 13, 2020. The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for April 7 will be postponed.

Please email us at mail@oaklandtownship.org if you have any business. We are still here to help, just not in person. The Fire Department is still accepting mask donations and appreciates all the support they have received.

You can purchase dog licenses online: https://land.oakgov.com/OPLS/MainIndex.aspx Dog licenses are not due until June 1, 2020. Oakland County is waiving their enhanced access fee for online transactions at this time. 

Property tax information is available online: https://bsaonline.com/?uid=1636&sitetransition=true

Building inspections are scheduled through the inspection line but may be delayed this week: 248-651-4612 

Freedom of Information Act request forms can be found on the Clerk's Department page. Once completed, email to foia@oaklandtownship.org.

Please follow this page and/or our Facebook page for additional updates. Please stay home and stay safe!

March 31, 2020 Board of Trustees Meeting:
Due to the Governor's Executive "stay home, stay safe" order, the March 31 Board of Trustees meeting will be held remotely. You are invited to join and provide your public comment. You can also email mail@oaklandtownship.org your public comment in advance of the meeting.

Access code: 625-522-077
Or by phone: +1 (312) 757-3121

Oakland Township Sheriff Substation:
Please see this update from the Sheriff for important information on handling non-emergency services. 

Park Closures:
Due to coronavirus concerns and in compliance with Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-9, the playgrounds in Oakland Township parks and the basketball courts at Marsh View Park are closed until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (248)-651-7810.

Important Notice For Seniors:
If you cannot shop right now, please consider contacting Meals on Wheels at 248-608-0264. Seniors qualify if they can't shop or prepare meals for themselves. Please share this with neighbors who may not be on social media.

Burn Permits:
*UPDATE: As of April 11, 2020 - You may have a campfire or cook fire as long as it is contained. Please continue to be safe for the protection of our emergency responders.

Due to the Governor's "stay home, stay safe" executive order, burn permits are suspended. Burning yard debris is the top cause of wildfires in Michigan. Suspending burn permits reduces the potential for wildfires, which will limit the risk of exposing first responders to coronavirus and make sure trained personnel and equipment are available to assist with COVID-19 response as needed.

Helpful Advice from Oakland County:
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic may be stressful for people and communities. Increased fear and anxiety, isolation and feeling disconnected can cause strong emotions in both adults and children. Protecting one’s mental health is very important at this time. CLICK HERE for ways to cope with stress and anxiety.

Please view the County public health kit here for valuable information on the virus.

Oakland County News Briefs

Important Updates from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov