Susan Millar Recognized as “Paragon of Volunteer Spirit”

Al Haggerty

The late Susan Millar was recognized as “a paragon of volunteer spirit” as the Oakmont Board of Directors formally named its Volunteer of the Year Award for her at its Nov. 13 meeting.

Millar, who died last May after a valiant battle with cancer, was described in a special resolution as exemplifying “the spirit of volunteerism” as she inspired many Oakmont residents to volunteer to serve innumerable boards and committees over the years.

Board President Steve Spanier said the honor “remembers Susan as a paragon of volunteer spirit. She touched countless lives during her time in Oakmont and we are all the better for having known her.”

The resolution also endorses a proposal by the Oakmont Community Foundation to award a $1,000 grant to a qualifying Oakmont club or organization chosen by the Volunteer of  the Year. Foundation Secretary Tony Lachowicz, said Millar was “an inspiration and encouraged many Oakmont residents to volunteer.” Millar was president of the Foundation and chair of the Oakmont Community Development Committee when she died.

Millar and her husband John moved to Oakmont in 2005. She quickly became active in the community, serving on the OVA board from 2007 until 2010 and was president in 2009-2010. She co-chaired Oakmont’s 50thAnniversary Celebration in 2013.


            Despite recent setbacks, the Dog Park Committee is taking another run at the concept by suggesting a “no frills” park on a site adjacent to the shuttered water treatment plant off Stone Bridge Road on the outskirts of Trione-Annadel State Park.

Dick Ayers, co-chair of the committee, told the board that the site is “away from the community garden,” further from homes than the previous proposed sites and easy to maintain. He said the club engaged a professional dog park consultant in choosing the site. He said the park would have a “bare minimum” of amenities.

Ayers said the next step is to meet with city officials to determine what is needed to satisfy city and ADA requirements. He said the volunteer-built path which leads from Stone Bridge Road to the proposed site will need work.

Previous proposals for a dog park near the Oakmont Community Garden were abandoned after a proposal to spend up to $20,000 on studies of ground pollution issues died on a tie vote by the board.


            The board unanimously approved a work order change adding $515,975 to the cost of the East Recreation Center renovation. This brings the total cost of the project to $2.78 million.

The additional costs are related to market inflation, tariff increases and additional construction costs, including electrical and lighting; storm drain and sewer lines; exterior doors; countertops and tile work. A number of increases are related to ADA compliance.


            The board also gave unanimous approval to an increase in the new member fee from $150 to $200. Where there are multiple owners of one property the maximum fee will be twice the single-resident fee, or $400.