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2015 WINTER TAXES:
Winter taxes are due December 1, 2015, and payable without penalty through February 16, 2016.  See the tax bill, front and back, for more information.  
 
If you did not receive your tax bill by the second week of December, please notify the Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.
          
ONLINE PAYMENTS MADE THROUGH YOUR BANK
If you initiate your payment through your financial institution, a paper check will be issued.  Make sure payment is sent to:
            5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329
Do not send payment to a P.O. Box address which will delay delivery of payment.  For ONLINE BANKING through your Bank, please schedule your payment to be delivered 10 business days prior to due date or your payment may be late and interest applied.  Please note payments are posted paid the date the check is received in our office by the post office.
 
ONLINE PAYMENTS MADE THROUGH TOWNSHIP SITE:
Please note:  Online payments processed through the Township website at:
www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes/ will be posted paid on the scheduled payment date you choose.
 
RECYCLE YOUR ENVELOPE
We appreciate you bringing your unused envelope when making your payment at town hall.
 
DOG LICENSES:
2016 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office January 4, 2016.  To obtain a license proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is needed.  See back of tax bill for further information.
 
Please note:   the Township sells only the 1-year license.   3-year license are available at Oakland County Animal Control.  Please call Animal Control at (248) 391-4102 for more information.


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Three Trustees Host Meet & Greet


Waterford Township Trustees Julie Brown, Anthony Bartolotta, and Donna Kelly are hosting their last of three meet and greets at the Great Lakes Restaurant on M-59 and Airport Road,5834 Highland Road, Waterford, on December 2, 2015 Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
They want residents of Waterford Township to come out and give them their ideas and what you would want to see happen in the Township.
 
This is your opportunity to talk with these Trustees one on one, or all together to let them know your concerns and suggestions.


Garden Club Greens Market December 3 & 4
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Holiday Extravaganza Dec. 5th


The annual Holiday Extravaganza Parade and winter fun event will be Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Downtown Pontiac.
Join Waterford Township along with Auburn Hills, Pontiac and White Lake as they celebrate the season with this lively parade and events including: The WinterFUN Festival is a great opportunity for families to come together to participate in several activities. There is a Gallery of Ice with live ice carving competition, a petting farm with adorable animals, live Santa reindeer, s’mores and much, much more. There is also a children’s WinterART Center that allows kids to participate in several different craft projects, get their face painted and much, much more. Don’t miss out … ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!!
Events are from 8:30-10:30am, the parade begins at 11:00am. For more information, visit www.holidayextravaganza.org


Goodfellows

Goodfellows Host Sign-Up for Christmas Baskets


The Waterford Goodfellows will host in-person sign-up for a Christmas basket on Saturday December 5th between 9am and 1pm,  at the Covert Center located at 1150 Scott Lake Road between Pontiac Lk. Road and Watkins Lk. Road. 

In order to be eligible for a basket, you must be either be a Waterford Resident, a family living within the Waterford School District boundaries, or a family with children attending school in the Waterford School District.

You must register in person. Applicants must bring ID for proof of residency or a letter from school for proof of your child’s attendance in the Waterford School District.


Toys for Tots
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Monthly Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser


Waterford Parks & Recreation 50+ program will host its monthly fundraiser spaghetti dinner Friday, December 4th. Buffet style meal served 4:00 to 6:30pm includes spaghetti, tossed salad, coleslaw, roll and coffee. Cost is $8 for adults and children 12 and older, $4 children 11 and under. Homemade desserts available for $1 extra benefit the Recreation Center building enhancement fund. Cash ONLY!


Upcoming Events Calendar

Senior Center Hosts Annual Events


Join the Waterford Senior Center for their upcoming big events:

Holiday Shopping Bazaar, Craft Show, and Greens Market December 3-5. Craft vendors, Waterford Garden Club's annual Greens Market. 9am-5pm December 3 & 4, 9am-3pm December 5th.
Home for the Holidays - Thursday, December 10th at Noon. Family style holiday dinner with musical performance by Mott High School Chamber Chorus. Raffles, door prizes. $8 members, $10 non-members. Seating is limited. RSVP by 12/4 to 248-682-6450.
Annual Cookie Sale - Thursday, December 10th. $4.50 per plate.

All events held at the Waterford Senior Center 3621 Pontiac Lake Rd. Waterford 248-682-6450.


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Parks & Recreation News & Events


TREE LIGHTING 2015
Tue, Dec 1    6-8pm  
Township Hall, 5200 Civic Center Drive
 
Join us on Tuesday, December 1 in front of Waterford’s Township Hall to observe the Holiday Season. Children and families will have the opportunity to visit and take their picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus and, new this year, one of Santa’s reindeer! There will be music, crafts, cookie-decorating and sing-a-longs. Food concessions will be available for purchase. Please consider others as we recognize the joy of the season and wish for peace for our families, community and world.
 
Donations and letters requested: Our letter station this year will be offered to send holiday greetings to our Armed Service troops without families and those overseas. In addition, Goodfellows will have Holiday Mason Jars available for a suggested donation price of $5 to help fund the holiday distribution of gifts to Waterford families and will continue to accept non-perishable food items on either side of the stage. Help us make this holiday bright for all.
 
3rd GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL CLINIC  and  BOYS BASKETBALL 7&8 GRADE
REGISTRATION:  Now - December 10
Please call our office for more information.
 
SNOWMOBILE SAFETY
When: Mon & Wed, December 16 & 17
Time: 5:30PM-9:00PM Cost: $18
Location: Recreation Center
 
Open to persons of all ages, but is required for students ages 12-17 who operate a snowmobile without direct adult supervision. To earn your safety certificate students must attend 7 hours of instruction, pass a written exam & be12 years of age by March 31, 2016. Pre-registration is required. No refunds.


Chamber Annual Dinner

Chamber Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner - January 14, 2016


Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner - January 14, 2016.

Join the chamber and community dignitaries for this annual gala in celebration of the great accomplishments of area business leaders and community.  Enjoy the pure electric performance of Nuclassica - nominated best entertainment - 2014 & 2015 and redesigns the traditional concert experience with a fiery hot image high energy stage presence. A musical fusion of classical, pop and electronica. A one of a kind production!

For ticket & sponsorship information, please visit the Chamber website.


Closed for the holidays

Township Offices Holiday Closures


Waterford Township administrative offices will be closed for the holidays December 24, 25 and 31, 2015 as well as January 1, 2016.

The library will be closed December 24, 25, 26 & 27, 2015 as well as January 1, 2 & 3, 2016.

Emergency services are available during these administrative closures.

On behalf of the employees of Waterford Township, we wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.


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Police Warn of Phony IRS Calls


The Waterford Police Department has experienced a high volume of calls from the senior citizens in the community advising they have been contacted by subjects claiming to be IRS Agents in an attempt to gain personal information or wire transfers from the citizen. This fraudulent activity is better known as the “IRS Phone Scam”.
 
The perpetrator(s) will call unsuspecting victims claiming they owe money to the IRS and if not paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer they are threatened with arrest from their local police department or suspensions on their driver’s license. The perpetrators may even have the last four digits of the victim’s social security number and email address in an attempt to help validate their fraudulent call. Perpetrators will also spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
 
The first contact for anyone that owes taxes to the IRS is likely to occur via mail per the IRS. If you know or think you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and an IRS employee will help you with a payment issue.
 
If you believe you have been contacted by a scammer you should not give any personal information out to the caller and hang up. Then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. In the last two years alone, victims have paid over $23 million as a result of the phone scam.
 
For more information on this and other scams the public can go to:

At this time no caller to the Waterford Police Department has reported a loss of money or given out any personal information.
 

“Policing is a Partnership”


Christmas Tree Fire Safety

Christmas Tree Fire Safety


Don't let Christmas ever heat up too much -- with fire that is. Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family and friends. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.
Please follow the below safety tips while choosing and preparing your home for Christmas.

1. If you're buying an artificial tree, it should bear the "Fire Resistant" label. While this type of tree can catch fire, it will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
 2. If you're buying a natural tree, buy the freshest you can find.

  • A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break.
  • The trunk butt is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
  • Watch out for trees with a greenish cast to their trunks and branches; many growers spray trees with green paint to make them look more appealing.
  • Cut at least one inch off the trunk's base to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day thereafter.
  • A seal of dried sap will form over the cut stump in four to six hours if water drops below the base of the tree, preventing the tree from absorbing water later when the tree stand is refilled. If a seal does form, another fresh cut will need to be made.

3. To maximize freshness and minimize fire risk, keep the tree outdoors for a few days in a bucket filled with water before bringing it indoors to decorate. The tree stand should hold at least one gallon of water.
4. Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out
5.  Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety and throw out any damaged lights.
6. Bedtime means Christmas lights off, ­unplug all items
7. When your tree begins to drop its needles, it's time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year.
Remember to always to check that you have working smoke alarms within your home. 1 working smoke alarm reduces your risk of dying in a fire by over 50%.

Have a safe and happy Holiday Season!


Food Drive for Hunger

Dispatchers Host Food Drive


The Waterford Police Dispatchers are collecting donations for the Open Door Outreach Center
in Waterford. Donations of non-perishables and toiletries can be dropped off at the police dept. from now until Christmas. For more information, contact Waterford Police dispatch at 618-7550


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Citizens Guide Available For Viewing


The Waterford Township Citizens Guide & Performance Dashboard are available for viewing on the Township website.A copy is available for viewing at the counter in Clerk’s Department located on the 2nd floor of Township Hall 5200 Civic Center Dr., Waterford, MI 48329.


Taste of Waterford

Save The Date - Taste of Waterford


Come and “Taste the World with the Coalition” on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6-9 pm at the Oakland Schools Conference Center at the 18th Annual Taste of Waterford!   
 
Over 30 restaurants await your arrival to sample their most delicious cuisine. Exciting cultural entertainment from a multitude of genres awaits you, along with a spectacular raffle featuring hundreds of products and services ranging from sporting events and dining to jewelry and entertainment. There will be fun activities for kids, a 50/50 drawing will be held and we’ll honor a Citizen and Youth Group of the Year to recognize those who go above and beyond to support prevention in our community’s youth and families.
 
Mark the date on your calendar and plan now to bring the entire family out to beat the winter blues at this event that caters to all ages.  We guarantee you won’t go home hungry and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the evening with friends and community members. Tickets go on sale in December and sponsorships are now available for businesses.  Contact the Waterford Coalition for Youth at 248-618-7424 or visit them at wcfy.org for more information.

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