Roadside Mowing FAQ
1. Who is responsible for mowing along the roadway?
The RCOC is responsible for roadside mowing along County main
roads and all State of Michigan roads. The Township will mow
roadsides in the subdivision, if needed, and will mow from
subdivision roads out onto County roads only to clear vision
for traffic. The mowing is done to clear vision and to keep
weeds, grass and small trees from encroaching the roadway.
Gravel Road Grading FAQ
1. Our gravel road is a muddy mess; can you do something
to stop this springtime situation?
We can try, but in the spring when the frost comes out of
the road, what was once frozen and solid turns soft and
unstable. It will remain this way until the moisture comes out
of the road. The best cure for this is warm dry temperatures
and a good wind. If we attempt to grade and haul gravel on top
of this condition, it could turn it into a bigger mess because
the heavy equipment will disturb the saturated ground even
deeper, making it take longer to dry out and firm up. Be
assured we will respond to any request of this nature and do
the best we can to repair it.
2. How many times does the Roads Division grade the
Roads are graded when the road conditions warrant grading.
We accomplish this in a Township-wide effort. It generally
takes about a week to grade all 37 miles of gravel roads,
depending on the weather. During the months when dust is a
problem, tanker trucks will apply 38% calcium chloride to the
roads. Dust control will be completed either the same day or
the day after the roads are graded. Gravel roads are not
completely re-graded until they are all ready for a new
application of chloride during the summer months. We budget
for four to five applications of chloride a season. When dust
is not a problem we will grade and spread gravel on those
areas needing repair. This generally is late fall.
Drainage Ditch and Storm Sewer FAQ
1. The water in our ditch does not drain through our
driveway culvert. Is this our responsibility or the County's?
The Road Commission for Oakland County is responsible for
keeping the ditches cleaned out, but the property owner is
responsible for the driveway culvert. If you live on a public
road and have a ditching request, you may contact the County
2. We would like to enclose our ditch. Can we do this?
All road right of way ditches are the responsibility of
the RCOC. In the past they have not issued permits for such
Select Trimming and Forestry FAQ
1. We have a tree that needs trimming; will the Township
The Road Division has a forestry crew. These
industry-trained professionals will be dedicated full-time to
supplementing services provided by the Road Commission for
Oakland County. The crew’s primary duties will be to:
trim along intersections for vision;
trim branches along the road for clearance of
emergency vehicles, and;
remove smaller dead trees in the public right of
way that pose a hazard. Larger trees and limbs beyond the
scope of our equipment will be referred to Oakland County.
Requirements of the crew may change as required to provide
optimal service for the safety of the community within the
public right of way.
2. The large windstorm blew limbs down in my yard; will
the Township come out and pick these up?
The Township will help clean up storm debris that have
fallen from road right-of-way trees. Large damaged
right-of-way trees that have fallen will be referred to the
RCOC. Storm debris from private property not exceeding 2"
inches in diameter and four feet long may be tied in bundles
not exceeding 50 lbs. These bundles will be collected with the
garbage. Call a private tree
service contractor for removal of limbs larger than 2” in
3. A tree is tangled or fallen on some wires; will the
Township take care of it?
The Township will not touch any tree touching any sort of
utility wire. Residents should contact the utility itself.
Asphalt Patching FAQ
1. Our public paved road has some bad areas that need
paving. Can the Township do something about this?
During the winter the Roads Division is planning for
summer projects. The process includes an assessment of all
subdivision roads, a selection of repairs that need to be
made, and a prioritizing of repairs based on need and
available resources. Township Roads Division crews and
contractors will select deteriorated sections of road and
patch asphalt over their full width. The purpose of the
asphalt maintenance patch is to repair those areas where
potholes are prevalent, safety issues have been raised or road
breakdown is imminent. This activity will extend the useful
life of the pavement, but it is not a total resurfacing of
Street Sweeping FAQ
1. Who is responsible for street sweeping on main roads
RCOC is responsible for all sweeping on all main roads like
Telegraph, Woodward, Square Lake Road, Squirrel, all mile
roads and more. Bloomfield Township is responsible for
sweeping on all public sub-local roads. We generally sweep all
of our subdivisions twice a year.
Street Sign FAQ
1. Who is responsible for the street signs?
RCOC is responsible for all street signs (i.e. Stop, Speed Limit, Street
Name) in Bloomfield Township. Damaged or missing signs can be reported
to RCOC at 248.858.4804.
2. Can we put up decorative street signs in our subdivision?
Any signs placed in the road right-of-way require a permit from RCOC.
The requirements for street signs can be found here. Decorative
signs that are not in compliance with the requirements are not
maintained by RCOC.
1. Does the Township have the name of a contractor for
Sorry but the Township does not engage in recommending
contractors for hire. We suggest residents seek references
for repairs from neighbors and friends.
2. We live on a private road. Are we responsible for
Typically the property owners are responsible for the paving
of private roads. However, the Township can administer a
special assessment district (S.A.D.) for residents who would
like their private road paved. All public roads are managed
by S.A.D. through the RCOC; any residents who would like
their roads paved should contact the Township Public
Services at 248.594.2800.