America Recycles Day 2013
Issued 10-29-13 by Supervisor Chris Barnett
Whereas, Orion Township recognizes the importance of protecting and preserving our natural resources and adopting conscientious habits that will improve our daily lives and bring about a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable environment; and
Whereas, although there has been a significant increase in the amount of recycling in Orion Township to date, we must also continue to focus on other initiatives such as waste reduction, composting, the reuse of products and materials, and purchasing recycled products; and
Whereas, by encouraging businesses, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools and individuals to celebrate America Recycles Day 2013, we can further promote recycling as an environmentally efficient and economically smart habit; and
Whereas, state and community leaders can help encourage recycling by informing citizens about local recycling options, they can also help foster greater awareness of the need to expand collections programs by promoting the benefits of recycling investments for businesses; and
Whereas, it is important that all Orion Township citizens become involved in recycling activities and learn more about the many recycled and recyclable products available to them as consumers; it is also fitting for Orion Township to celebrate America Recycles Day 2013 and take action by educating citizens about the recycling options available in our community;
Now, Therefore, I, Chris Barnett, Supervisor of the Charter Township of Orion, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2013 as America Recycles Day in Orion Township.
Fire Prevention Week
Issued 9-27-13 by Supervisor Chris Barnett
Whereas, Orion Township is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our community; and
Whereas, fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and
Whereas, home fires killed more than 2,500 people in the United States in 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and fire departments in the United States responded to 370,000 home fires; and
Whereas, cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States where fire departments responded to more than 156,000 annually between 2007 and 2011; and
Whereas, two of every five home fires start in the kitchen; and
Whereas, unattended equipment was a factor in one-third of the reported cooking fires; and
Whereas, 57% of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves; and
Whereas, children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire; and
Whereas, residents should stay in the kitchen when frying food on the stovetop, keep a three-foot kid-free zone around cooking areas and keep anything that can catch fire away from stove tops; and
Whereas, residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire; and
Whereas, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half; and
Whereas, Orion Township’s first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and
Whereas, residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and
Whereas, the 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires!” effectively serves to remind us to stay alert and use caution when cooking to reduce the risk of kitchen fires.
Now, Therefore, I Chris Barnett, Supervisor of the Charter Township of Orion, do hereby proclaim October 6-12, 2013, as Fire Prevention Week in Orion Township, and I urge all residents to check their kitchens for fire hazards and use safe cooking practices, and to support the many public safety activities and efforts of Orion’s fire and emergency services.
General Federation Women’s Club – Lake Orion
Issued 9-27-13 by Supervisor Chris Barnett
Whereas, The General Federation of Women’s Clubs was organized on April 24, 1890 and duly chartered by President William McKinley and the United State Congress on March 3, 1901; and
Whereas, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is the largest and oldest non-denominational international service organization of women volunteers in the world; and
Whereas, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) – Lake Orion was organized in February of 1914 as a non-profit group with a mission of community service; and
Whereas, GFWC – Lake Orion has been involved in many local programs such as scholarship endowments to Lake Orion High School, Girlstown Foundation, and fundraising for the Orion Township Public Library; and
Whereas, one of the crowning achievements of the GFWC – Lake Orion is the original establishment of the Orion Township Public Library in 1926; and
Whereas, in honor of GFWC – Lake Orion’s contributions to the community, a wall at the Library was dedicated to the club on September 28, 2013.
Now, Therefore, I, Chris Barnett, Supervisor of the Charter Township of Orion, do hereby congratulate the General Federation of Women’s Club – Lake Orion on their upcoming centennial anniversary and thank each volunteer for the tireless devotion and commitment to our community.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Issued 9-26-13 by Supervisor Chris Barnett
Whereas, domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender, and income levels; and
Whereas, domestic violence is widespread and affects over four million Americans each year; and
Whereas, one in three Americans have witnessed an incident of domestic violence; and
Whereas, children that grow up in violent homes are believed to be abused and neglected at a rate higher than the national average; and
Whereas, domestic violence costs the nation billions of dollars annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters, foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity; and
Whereas, only a coordinated community effort will put a stop to this heinous crime; and
Whereas, Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to learn more about preventing domestic violence and to show support for the numerous organizations and individuals who provide critical advocacy, services and assistance to victims.
Now, Therefore, I, Chris Barnett, Supervisor of the Charter Township of Orion, do hereby proclaim the month of October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and urge Orion Township citizens to work together to eliminate domestic violence from our community.
Building Safety Month
Issued 5-6-13 by Supervisor Chris Barnett
Whereas, our State’s continuing efforts to address the critical issues of safety, energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainability in the built environment that affects our citizens, both in everyday life and in times of natural disaster, give us confidence that our structures are safe and sound; and
Whereas, our confidence is achieved through the devotion of vigilant guardians – building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, laborers and others in the construction industry – who work year-round to ensure the safe construction of buildings; and
Whereas, these guardians – dedicated members of the International Code Council – use a governmental consensus process that brings together local, state and federal officials with expertise in the built environment to create and implement the highest- quality codes to protect Americans in the buildings where we live, learn, work, worship, and play; and
Whereas, the International Codes, the most widely adopted building safety, energy and fire prevention codes in the nation, are used by most U.S. cities, counties and states; these modern building safety codes also include safeguards to protect the public from natural disasters such as hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, wildland fires and earthquakes; and
Whereas, Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council and International Code Council Foundation, to remind the public about the critical role of our communities’ largely unknown guardians of public safety – our local code officials – who assure us of safe, efficient and livable buildings; and
Whereas, “Building Safety Month: Code Officials Keep You Safe” the theme for Building Safety Month 2013, encourages all Americans to raise awareness of the importance of building safety; green and sustainable building, pool, spa and hot tub safety; backyard safety; and new technologies in the construction industry. Building Safety Month 2013 encourages appropriate steps everyone can take to ensure that the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe and sustainable, and recognizes that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies; and
Whereas, each year, in observance of Building Safety Month, Americans are asked to consider projects to improve building safety and sustainability at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential service provided to all of us by local and state building departments and federal agencies in protecting lives and property.
Now, Therefore, I, Chris Barnett, Supervisor of the Charter Township of Orion, do hereby proclaim May 2013 as Building Safety Month in the Charter Township of Orion and encourage all citizens to join with their communities in participation in Building Safety Month activities.
Severe Weather Awareness Week
Issued 4-1-13 by Supervisor Chris Barnett
Whereas, Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for all citizens to familiarize themselves with the procedures and safeguards to be employed when potentially severe weather approaches; and
Whereas, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms pose such serious peril to human life and property that proper precautions must be taken to mitigate their potential impact; and
Whereas, the greatest likelihood of tornadoes occurring is in the afternoon and evening hours during the months of April through August; and
Whereas, Oakland County Emergency Management carefully monitors approaching severe weather and stands ready to immediately alert citizens of imminent danger by way of the community warning system and broadcast media; and
Whereas, we encourage all citizens to learn more about severe weather safety and to develop a plan to protect themselves, their families and their property in the event of severe weather.
Now, Therefore, I, Chris Barnett, Supervisor of the Charter Township of Orion, do hereby proclaim the week of April 7-13, 2013 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week” and urge and encourage all Orion Township citizens to make sure they are properly prepared to deal with severe weather when it occurs.
North Oakland Community Coalition
Issued 3-4-13 by Supervisor Chris Barnett
Whereas, North Oakland Community Coalition promotes a sense of belonging in a healthy environment free of alcohol and substance abuse by uniting community members and developing community strength for all.
Whereas, North Oakland Community Coalition shares the vision where our community fosters a responsible, drug-free environment where healthy decision-making is valued, and where individuals and families thrive.
Whereas, North Oakland Community Coalition works in partnership with law enforcement agencies, civic organizations, healthcare professionals, religious groups, governmental agencies, and community schools to reduce alcohol and substance abuse and build open and honest relationships while connecting parents, youth, and community members.
Whereas, North Oakland Community Coalition helps the community gain a more complete understanding of current problems to develop a comprehensive plan addressing substance abuse.
Now Therefore, I, Chris Barnett, Supervisor of the Charter Township of Orion, join with Orion Township Board of Trustees, and hereby honor and recognize North Oakland Community Coalition, on this day March 4, 2013, for their resolve and successful efforts, thanking the Coalition for their continued service to the Community.
Issued 12-3-12 by Supervisor Chris Barnett
Whereas, The United States Naval Academy, is an undergraduate college of the naval academy, which strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen “morally, mentally, and physically.”
Whereas, as future officers in the Navy or Marine Corps, midshipmen will soon be responsible for the priceless lives of young Sailors and Marines and multi-million dollar equipment.
Whereas, Connor Stalions is an Orion Township resident, student, and recognized leader among his teachers and peers, who exhibits all the core qualities required by the Naval Academy of integrity, honor, and mutual respect.
Whereas, Congress Mike Rogers and his staff have also recognized Connor for his academic achievement, leadership, and high level of motivation and thereby nominated Connor for acceptance into the Naval Academy.
Now Therefore, I, Chris Barnett, Supervisor of the Charter Township of Orion, join with Congressman Mike Rogers, and hereby honor and recognize Connor Stalions, on this day December 17, 2012, for his successful nomination to the United States Naval Academy, and join all of Orion Township in thanking him in advance for his service and wish him all the best as he endeavors to serve our great Nation.