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Welcome to the Supervisor’s page! On this page you will find information about the Supervisor’s responsibilities, special assessment districts, roads, and more.

Staff

Supervisor 

Operations Director

Administrative Assistant

Special Assistant

Department Phone Number

Department Fax Number  

 

 
 

Chris Barnett, ext. 1001

Jeff Stout, ext. 1002

Julianne M. Savard, ext. 1000

Jenny Bhatti, ext. 1003

(248) 391-0304, ext. 1000

(248) 393-6858

 

 
 

 
 Chris Barnett, Supervisor 

 

Department Description

The Township Supervisor is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township and Chair of the Board of Trustees, which is the legislative arm of the Township.

The Supervisor’s Office is responsible for all the operating agencies of the municipality (except the offices of the elected Clerk and Treasurer) and other duties that may be delegated by the Township Board.

The Supervisor oversees the following Departments: Assessing, Building, Building & Grounds, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Police, Public Works, and Senior Services.

Responsibilities of the Supervisor

  • Purchasing, budgets, personnel, and all other items not assigned by statute to other officials.
  • Dealing with public concerns, citizen calls, developers, businesses, and staff business.
  • Interacting with Federal, State, County, other municipalities, and local agencies such as the library, schools, and the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Representing the Township on SEMCOG, OCATS, Polly Ann Trail.
  • Attending PR events such as groundbreakings and open houses.
  • Administering Community Development Block Grant program and SMART Municipal Credit Program.
  • Publication of Township’s community services brochure “Outreach”, four times a year.
  • Maintaining the Township’s websites.
  • Sitting on all Township committees Ex Officio.

Roads

Orion Township has no legal jurisdiction over any roads – public or private. Public roads are under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission for Oakland County. The phone number for their Customer Services Department is (248) 858-4804. Call this number with any concerns or complaints you may have regarding items such as road maintenance, snow plowing, clear vision, etc. Private roads are maintained by the property owners abutting the private road. Orion Township participates with the Road Commission for Oakland County and the County of Oakland in the Tri-Party Road Program in which the three entities share the cost of safety improvements to public roads such as passing lanes, sight distance improvements, and paving road approaches.

Special Assessment Districts

Special assessment districts may be formed for projects such as chloriding roads or weed control on lakes. If you are interested in getting more information about forming special assessment districts, please contact Julianne Savard, Administrative Assistant, by email or by calling (248) 391-0304, ext. 1000.

Stop Signs & Traffic Lights

Do you want a stop sign or traffic light installed? We will help you through the process of requesting these items from the Road Commission for Oakland County. We require that you circulate petitions in support of your request (we provide the petitions forms for free). Once we receive the signed petitions back, the request is forwarded to the Township Board for consideration. The Township Board is only a recommending body in this process – the Township has no say in the final decision. The Township Board will either agree or disagree with your request. If they agree, your request will be forwarded to the Road Commission for Oakland County for review and decision. To get petitions or if you have other questions, please contact Julianne Savard, Administrative Assistant, by email or by calling (248) 391-0304, ext. 1000.

Speed Limits

For information on speed limits in Michigan, visit the Michigan State Police website.

Street Lights - Intersections

If you wish to have a street light installed, we can help you through the process. We require that you circulate petitions in support of your request (we provide the petition forms for free). Once we receive the signed petitions back, they are forwarded to the Township Board for consideration. The Township Board will either agree or disagree with your request. If they agree, the request is forwarded to Detroit Edison. BE ADVISED, THE TOWNSHIP BOARD MAY REQUIRE THAT YOU PAY FOR INSTALLATION FEES. Listed below is criteria:

Possible Criteria for New Street Lights  (as adopted by the Township Board on 4-2-84):

Mile Road & Highways

  • Heavy traffic intersection, both ways
  • Heavy traffic intersection, one way
  • Blind or sudden intersections with nearby curves or hills
  • School bus stop more than ____ feet from nearest home
  • Medium traffic intersections in especially fog-prone areas

        Subdivisions: Generally NOT in interiors of subdivision – except for school bus stops (see above) or near public or subdivision parks.

To get petitions or if you have other questions, please contact Julianne Savard, Administrative Assistant, by email or by calling (248) 391-0304, ext. 1000.

Decorative Street Lighting in Subdivision Interiors

If you are interested in getting information about forming a special assessment district for interior sub street lighting, please contact Julianne Savard, Administrative Assistant, by email or by calling (248) 391-0304, ext. 1000.

Homeowner Associations

The Supervisor’s Office maintains a reference list of homeowner associations. If you would like your Association included, please fill out the Listing Form and return it to this office. You can include all of the requested information, or just the basic contact information, whatever you are comfortable with. Updates will be requested once a year. All changes/updates must be made in writing. If you have any questions, please contact Julianne Savard, Administrative Assistant, by email or by calling (248) 391-0304, ext. 1000.

Mission Statement

The Supervisor’s Office is the administrative nucleus of the Township. Its mission is to ensure efficient and effective day-to-day operations, provide human resource functions for the Township, identification of needs and provision of services to citizens, sound policy formation by providing information and leadership to the Township Board, representation of the Township and its citizens to all outside entities, and long-range planning for the future well-being of the Township.