In April 2017, the Waterford Township Board of Trustees held a Town Hall forum to share information and receive input from the community regarding the possibility of building a community center. The video for this meeting can be viewed on-demand at the Township's PEG channel website.
A survey was posted on the Waterford Township website and mailed to Waterford Township taxpayers with the Summer 2017 tax bill. Survey results were utilized by the Community Center committee to help determine how residents use or wish to use a community center in the Waterford Township Community.
Facts about Waterford's current Recreation Center
Built in 1947
Township purchased in 2002
5,000 visits per month
Over 275 Programs and Activities
Gathering spot for residents of all ages
Electrical system in poor condition, needs to be replaced
HVAC system needs to be replaced
Elevator should be replaced
Needs new windows and roof
Foundation is compromised
Minimally ADA compliant
Inefficient layout for current usage
45% of all money budgeted for capital repairs was spent on the Recreation Center
Ballot Language Approval
At a regular meeting of the Waterford Township Board of Trustees held August 13, 2018, ballot proposal language for a proposed new community center was approved to appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
Shall the Charter Township of Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan, borrow a sum of money not to exceed Thirty Million Dollars ($30,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, equipping and furnishing new community center facilities to be located on the Charter Township campus on Civic Center Drive, and improving the site thereof? The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding exclusive of refunding, is 21 years; the estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year that the levy is authorized is 0.84 mills (which is equal to $0.84 per $1,000 of taxable value of real and tangible personal property in the Charter Township of Waterford); and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire the bonds is 0.84 mills.