COVID-19 UPDATE



Effective Immediately:  Independence Township Hall, Senior Center, Fire Stations and DPW will remain closed to the public through June 12th,
per Governor Gretchen Whitmer's extension of the "Stay Home. Stay Safe." Executive Order, to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Township essential services will continue and Township employees will be available to answer phone calls or e-mails from our residents.  We are asking everyone to utilize the online services or e-mail.

The Fire Department has created an informational self-evaluation guide for our residents to use during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance explains the difference between minor symptoms, minor symptoms with risk factors, and severe symptoms, along with the recommended steps to be taken for each. Click here to download the guide.

Self-Monitoring Guide HandoutINDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY - Dated March 17, 2020 - Resolution 2020-007

NOTICE OF LAWN SERVICES - Dated April 20, 2020


ASSESSING:
Property Transfer Affidavits (PTA's) and Principle Residence Exemption Forms (PRE's) may be faxed (248-625-2585) or emailed in to assess@indtwp.com and the originals mailed to Township Hall. Property record card information is available online or by calling into the office. We will email the information requested out to the public.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT
: 
**UPDATE, 5/5/2020** 

Effective immediately and until further notice, the Independence Township Building Department doors will continue to be closed to the public however, we will be conducting business as follows: 
 
  • All Permit applications may be submitted by mail or placed in the Township drop box located at the main entrance of the building (west side of Township Hall)*.
  • Payment must be in the form of a check only, made payable to “Independence Township”
  • Permits will be returned via USPS upon receipt of payment. Electrical, Mechanical & Plumbing permits may be emailed. Be sure to include an email address on your completed permit application.
  • To schedule an inspection, please call the Building Department at (248) 625-8111, 24 hours prior to requested inspection date.
  • Building Inspections will be conducted Monday – Friday
  • Electrical Inspections will be conducted Tuesday & Thursday
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Inspections will be conducted Monday, Wednesday & Friday
  • Appointments to review plans with the Building Inspector may be made directly with him by calling the Building Department at (248) 625-8111.
 * Building construction plans too large to be placed in the Township drop box may be received in person by appointment only. 
 
Contact the Building Department with any questions or concerns, (248) 625-8111 or email us at buildingdept@indtwp.com

For Planning, Zoning & Code Enforcement questions, please call (248) 459-1649.

CLERK’S OFFICE:


FOIA Requests:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 5, 2020

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. The Executive Order takes effect immediately and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-38.pdf

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.

Applications can be found on the website, completed and e-mailed to foia@indtwp.com or faxed to the Clerk’s Office at 248-625-2585.

Licenses and Permits:
Due to the COVID-19 situation, licenses and permits obtained through the Clerk's Office have been suspended until further notice.  We will not be accepting applications for:  Solicitors, Floating Retail Sales, Special Events, Right of Way Disruption, Solid Waste Hauler until further notice.


Elections:

Residents may register to vote online at www.michigan.gov/sos.


FIRE DEPARTMENT:
The ban on recreational burning was lifted on Saturday, April 18th at 8:00 AM.  Recreational burning does not require a burn permit.  Click here for Fire Department recreational burning guidelines.

The ban on open burning was lifted on Wednesday, April 29th at 8:00 AM. Open burning does require a burn permit.  If you do not already have a burn permit for 2020, click on the link to Apply for Open Burning Permit


PARKS, RECREATION & SENIORS:
All programs, events, and classes in a Township facility and off-site have been suspended until further notice. 

All facility rentals have been suspended until further notice.

All Township Parks are open, effective Monday, May 4th. Please see park signage for guidelines. All playground equipment is closed per Oakland County Emergency Order.

All public gatherings and events at our Senior Community Center have been suspended until further notice. 
The Senior Community Center will continue with Meals on Wheels and transportation services. 
AARP Tax Preparation has been cancelled at the Senior Community Center.

If you need to register for a program, class or event you are encouraged to utilize online or phone registration.

For specific Senior Community Center questions, please call 248-625-8231.

For specific Parks & Recreation questions, please call 248-625-8223.

TREASURER’S OFFICE:
Dog Licenses can be purchased through the mail and online at Oakland County Animal Control’s website.  Remember, dog licenses will not be delinquent until after June 1st

Oakland County Park Passes may be purchased online at www.oakgov.com.

Utility Payments may be mailed using the enclosed envelope provided with the bill.  Payments, by check only, may also be placed in the drop box at Township Hall.  **Due to COVID-19, April 2020 utility payments may delayed without penalty until July 15, 2020.** 
Please call the Treasurer’s Office at 248-625-5115 with any questions. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Stay Home and Stay Safe.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Independence Township has launched a new hotline and e-mail address directed to our Fire Department staffed 24/7 to address COVID-19 concerns.  Please e-mail HELP@INDTWP.COM or call 248-519-4410. 
If it's an Emergency, dial 911.

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information.

Please refer to the Oakland County COVID-19 Webpage for local information.

Comcast has opened Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity

WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

Please see the Comcast Press Release for additional information.

The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce has added a "Open for Carry-Out, Drive-Thru and/or Delivery" Restaurant Directory to their website.

Free meals available

Families whose income has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for free and reduced meal benefits now, over the summer and into next school year. Please see the attached fliers for more details, where to apply and information on the P-EBT program. 

P-EBT Information

Free & Reduced APP


Our incredible school districts, Waterford School District and Clarkston Community Schools, are offering free meals to individuals under the age of 18 and those with disabilities under the age of 26. 

Additionally, many local churches are offering Food Pantry services.  Please see the interactive map entitled Meal Sites Locator here for specific locations, hours, and other details about Food Pantry services and the Clarkston Schools Free Meals Program.