Eric S. Wilson has assumed his new role as the third member of the Board of Oakland County Road Commissioners, the board that oversees the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC).
RCOC board members are appointed by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Wilson was appointed by the county board at its January 4 meeting. He joins Larry P. Crake and Richard G. Skarritt on the RCOC board.
"As a road commissioner, my primary goal is to ensure that the road commission continues to do the best job possible with the dollars available," Wilson stated. "Good roads are absolutely necessary for a viable economy and to maintain our quality of life. Oakland County is a great place to live, work and raise a family, and we want to make sure that it stays that way."
Wilson, 59, said he also plans to work to make sure that Oakland County gets its fair share of state and federal road dollars from both Lansing and Washington, D.C.
A practicing attorney for 30 years, Wilson runs the Rochester- and Hazel Park-based law firm Wilson and Wilson with his brother. A resident of Orion Township, he served for four years (two terms) on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, from 2003 through 2006.
While on the county board, Wilson served on the Finance, General Government, Personnel and Planning, and Building committees and chaired the Oakland County Jail Task Force. He also led the effort to increase county funding for the popular Tri-Party county-road funding program.
The Tri-Party Program is a three-way matching program in which county general government kicks in one-third, the road commission provides one-third, and cities, villages and townships collectively provide the final one-third. The funding is distributed to each community based on a formula that takes into account the community's miles of county roads, number of accidents on those roads and, for the townships, population. The program budget is established based on the size of contribution from county general government.
"Eric Wilson has been a strong proponent for roads in Oakland County," observed RCOC Managing Director Brent Bair. "He clearly understands the issues related to roads and road funding, and we're confident he'll be a great addition to the RCOC board."
Prior to his election to the county board, Wilson served on the Orion Township board of trustees for nine years and on the township's Zoning Board of Appeals for 10 years, including chairing that body for eight years.
Road commissioners serve for six-year terms and earn a salary of $10,000 annually. The board usually meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at RCOC's Beverly Hills offices, 31001 Lahser Road (just north of 13 Mile Road).