Oakland County Board of Commissioners: Several honored at final 2010 board meeting

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The Thursday, Dec. 9, meeting of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners marked the fifth and final 2010 commission meeting cablecast county-wide through a partnership with the Southwest Oakland Cable Commission, the Greater West Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission, the Birmingham Area Cable Board, and the Orion Neighborhood Television and Community Media Network. Each partner donated coverage of one of the taped meetings and distributed the recordings to local cable access channels throughout the county.

The last meeting of the 2010 Board of Commissioners session marks the end of the commissioners’ two-year term ending December 31, 2010 and was recorded by Community Media Network, a public access facility serving eleven Oakland County communities. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners tackled some very tough and unprecedented issues such as the Pontiac Police – Sheriff Contract proposed by the city’s Emergency Financial Manager.

Oakland County Board Chairman Bill Bullard Jr. and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson also recognized Commissioners Tim Burns, Kim T. Capello, Eric Coleman, David Coulter, Sue Ann Douglas, Bradford C. Jacobsen, and Steven H. Schwartz for their years of service by presenting each commissioner with a service award.

Retiring Oakland County Circuit Court Judge John J. McDonald, also a former Oakland County commissioner, along with retiring Oakland County Probate Court Judge Eugene Arthur Moore were honored for their years of judicial service to Oakland County by Bullard and Patterson.

Former Oakland County Commissioner and Road Commissioner Richard Skarritt was also honored for his years of service as the chairman of the Road Commission for Oakland County.

Commissioner Steven H. Schwartz honored Congregation B’nai Moshe for its 100th Anniversary milestone at the Board meeting,  In addition, the Lake Orion High School Dragons Football Team were recognized for winning the school’s first Division I State Football Championship by Commissioners Bradford C. Jacobsen and Board Vice Chairman Michael Gingell.

Residents will be able to view the meeting on their local public access or governmental access channel.  They should check their local channel for scheduling information.  The meeting will also be available as a video archive at the SWOCC website (swoccstudios.pegcentral.com) and the GWBCCC website (civiccentertv.com.)

Listed below are the cable commission and boards that will provide coverage to the following communities:

• Southwest Oakland Cable Commission which provides services to the communities of Farmington, Farmington Hills, and Novi. (Oakland County Commissioners representing these areas are Jim Nash, Steven H. Schwartz and Kim T. Capello.)

• Greater West Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission  which provides services to the communities of Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake, and West Bloomfield. (Oakland County Commissioners representing these areas are John A. Scott, Shelley G. Taub, and Marcia Gershenson.)

• Township Birmingham Area Cable Board which provides   services to Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin. (Oakland County Commissioners representing these areas are David W. Potts and Marcia Gershenson.)

• Orion  Neighborhood Television which provides services to communities of Lake Orion and Orion Township. (Oakland County Commissioners representing these areas are Vice Chairman Michael Gingell.)

• Community Media Network which provides services to the communities of Auburn Hills, Berkley, Clawson, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oakland Township, Pleasant Ridge, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and Troy. (Oakland County Commissioners representing these areas are Tim Greimel, Janet Jackson, Tim Burns, David Coulter, Helaine Zack, Sue Ann Douglas, David Woodward and Robert Gosselin.)