2018-03-11 / News

Lapeer mayor starts as Ortonville’s new village manager

BY JEFF HOGAN
810-452-2640 • jhogan@mihomepaper.com


Bill Sprague, 63, of Lapeer started a new job as Ortonville Village Manager on Monday. Bill Sprague, 63, of Lapeer started a new job as Ortonville Village Manager on Monday. LAPEER — Bill Sprague enjoys being a public servant. He’s been the mayor of Lapeer since 2006, and now he’s the village manager in Ortonville in northern Oakland County. His first day on the job was Monday (March 5).

A village of approximately 1,500 residents, Ortonville is just off M-15 about 25 minutes southwest of Lapeer where Sprague, 63, lives with his wife, Debbie.

Sprague is no stranger to Ortonville. This is his second go-around at leading the quiet hamlet. He served as village manager from November 2009 to April of 2010. The position had been vacant since last summer when the village council voted to terminate David Trent who held the job after John Lyons stepped down from the position in 2016.

Lyons, a former director of the Lapeer Dept. of Public Works, had served as interim manager for the village until a permanent hire was made.

“It was very nice of them to think enough of me to have me back,” said Sprague. “I’m honored and excited to serve this great community.”

In total the Village of Ortonville, which is about one-square-mile in size, has less than 10 employees.

Sprague, retired from Delphi, left the Ortonville position for the private sector as he needed the income and benefits that were slashed when the former auto parts supplier went bankrupt.

Sprague has worked for Champion Bus, H&H Tool and most recently as a production manager for Knapheide Truck Equipment Center in Flint.

“The timing worked out perfect on this,” said Sprague. “I was looking and this opportunity presented itself.”

Sprague doesn’t foresee any conflicts in serving as mayor of Lapeer and the Ortonville village manager. The Lapeer City Commission, which he chairs, meets the first and third Monday of the month while the Ortonville Village Council meets the fourth Monday of the month at the Brandon Township offices.

Sprague’s current term of office as mayor in Lapeer runs through November 2021. He was re-elected as mayor last November. He was appointed mayor in September 2006, elected first time as mayor in 2009 and was re-elected in November 2013. Prior to serving as mayor, Sprague served as a city commissioner from April 2011 to September 2006.

Sprague also serves on the Lapeer Planning Commission that meets the second Thursday of the month.

The Ortonville post is a full-time job. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“I have a lot of experience with local government. It’s good to be back here. Right now I’m getting brought up to speed on what’s going on here. I like the people and I like the community. It has a lot to offer families who enjoy small-town living with good schools.”

Two of Brandon School District’s elementary facilities are located in Ortonville as well as the Intermediate School and the Community Education’s Sherman Lifelong Learning Center. Brandon Middle School and Brandon High School, awarded The Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Award for Excellence, are both short walks from downtown.

The Brandon Library, a newly designed, state of the art library, is housed in the village. Three park areas, two churches, a historical museum, an authentic one room schoolhouse, a senior citizen center, little league fields, and a skate park are also located in Ortonville.

“It’s a pleasure to serve this community. For a small town it has a lot to offer residents and visitors,” said Sprague.

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