September 2017 Waterford Insider
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Big Wheels
School's Open

School's Open - Drive Carefully


The Waterford Police Department reminds motorists to take extra precaution while driving as our children head back to school Tuesday, September 5th.

Drive cautiously through neighborhoods and slow down in school zones. Stop for school buses and maintain a safe distance while children enter and exit the bus. Michigan Motor Vehicle Code requires drivers to stop 20 feet behind a school bus that is stopping or has stopped and is displaying two alternately flashing red lights. There is no requirement to stop if the vehicle and bus are separated by a median or barrier. If a violation does occur and the driver cannot be physically identified, the registered owner of the vehicle is presumed to be the driver at the time of the violation.

Parents: talk with your students and review safe practices around the school bus, crossing streets, and walking or riding a bike near roadways.

Together we can keep Waterford kids safer this school year.


taxes due

News From The Treasurer's Office


Taxes due Thursday, September 14
Last day to pay 2017 summer tax bill without interest is
Thursday, September 14, 2017. If you need further information  please call Treasurer’s Office at
(248) 674-6220.
 
Payment Options:
In Person
Treasurer’s Office, Town Hall, 5200 Civic Center Dr. 
Hours:  September 1 - 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
            September 5 thru Memorial Day -  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Office CLOSED Monday, September 4
 
After-Hours Drop Box
An after-hours drop box is located near the lower entrance door of the Township Hall
 
U.S. Post Office
Taxes may be mailed to our post office box in the envelope provided with your bill at:
Department 771361
P.O. Box 77000
Detroit, MI 48277-2000
This payment is mailed directly to our bank's lock box processing center.
 
If you do not have a tax bill please mail payments to Town Hall at:
Waterford Township Treasurer
5200 Civic Center Dr
Waterford MI 48329
 
All payments must be post marked by the US post office September 14 or earlier to avoid late penalties and fees.
 
Online Through Township Website
Electronic Check (e-check) and Credit/Debit payments may be made electronically by accessing www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes and click on Online Bill Payment

  • E-Check Payments (using a checking/savings account) will incur a Convenience Fee of $1.00 per transaction.
  • Credit and Debit Payments may be processed through VISA, MASTERCARD or DISCOVER.  Please note that you will pay a Convenience Fee of $2.49% based upon the amount of your payment.

Please Note:   It is highly recommended  NOT  to have payment issued through your bank at this late date.    Payments issued through your bank takes 10 to 15 business days to receive payment.   These payments are received in envelopes that are not post marked; anything received after September 14 will be charged late penalties and fees. 
 
 
Cash Payments
For those considering making their payment in cash, for safety, efficiency and Township savings, payment by check or cashier’s check is preferred.
 
 
E-MAIL/TEXT REMINDER
If you would like to be notified with an e-mail or text when taxes are due, please click on www.waterfordmi.gov  and click on Notify Me to sign up for reminders.


Dare to Inspire Fest 2017
labor day closure

Office & Library Closed for Labor Day


Waterford Township administrative offices and the Library will close Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.  The Library will also be closed Sunday, September 3rd. Regular hours resume Tuesday, September 5th.

Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.

On behalf of the employees of Waterford Township, we wish you a safe holiday weekend.


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Office Hours Change September 5th


Beginning Tuesday, September 5th, Waterford Township Town Hall and DPW offices will return to standard operating hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.

For contact information, address, and hours of operation for Waterford Township departments, please visit the Township website at www.waterfordmi.gov and select the Department you wish to visit or call.


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Drive In Movie at the Market - September 15th

Pack up your family in the car and drive in to the Oakland County Farmer's Market for a Drive In Movie! Broadcasting the sound through your car's radio, as well as normal speakers outside by the screen will give each family a fun and exciting way to enjoy the movie!
In addition to the Drive In Movie, the Farmer's Market provides an excellent venue for bounce houses, food trucks, farmer's market vendors, and so much more! Come join the fun on September 15!

Drive In Movie 2017
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Library Presents September Events & Activities

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Ask the Tech Guy
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SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH
For students in grades K-5 who live in Waterford Township who sign up for their first library card at the Waterford Township Public Library, they will receive a coupon redeemable for a free book from the Children’s Department. 

Fall Fun Day - All ages – Saturday, September 9th
Several Waterford departments are welcoming fall with fun events on the Civic Center Campus. Come join the fun!

  • “Longest Breakfast Table” - Waterford Fire Department – 8:30-11:00 am – Pancakes!
  • “Celebrate Autumn” - Waterford Library – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Make a paper wreath and scarecrow.
  • “Sidewalk Sale of Used Book” One day only. The Waterford Township Friends of the Library are offering used books at sweet prices. Stop by to shop for a great deal on your next fun read or gifts for readers in your life.
  • “Big Wheels on Campus” - Waterford Parks & Recreation – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Touch and climb on a big truck.  There is a $5.00 parking fee for the “Big Wheels” event.
Please note that you can register for programs that require registration through the Library’s Calendar of Events online at http://waterfordmi.evanced.info/signup/calendar

Children’s Programs (through age 12)

Weekly Storytimes for ages 6 months – 3 years. Our drop-in storytimes begin the week of September 12. Storytimes are a fun half hour aimed at developing reading readiness through a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays and other activities. Sessions: Babytime (6 -16 months), Toddlertime (16 – 23 months), Two-Year-Old Storytime and Three-Year-Old Storytime. Contact the Children’s department at 248-618-7692 for

Saturday Storytimes for ages 4-7 years. Saturday, September 16, 10:30a-11:15a.m. Join us monthly for stories and crafts. Around the Campfire features great stories about camping and campfires. Make-your-own-s’mores kit to take home.

Lego Club – recommended for ages 5 and up. Saturday, September 23 10:15 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
Students meet once a month to create their own Lego structure. These are on display in the Library until the next meeting when students make new structures. Offered at either 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Saturday Specials for ages 8 – 12 years. Saturn Moon Cruise. Saturday, September 30, 10:30a
The spaceship Cassini is ending tis cruise around Saturn and its moons in a grand finale in mid-September. Take a tour of Saturn while learning about this mysterious planet. Registration required.

 
Teens Programs (grades 6-12)

Sci-Fi Saturdays
Saturday, September 16, 2:00p-4:15p.
Screening: Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Brit Robertson.  Rated PG. Feel free to bring a blanket and pillow if you want to stretch out on the floor.  We'll provide the refreshments.  Parents: Check out commonsensemedia.org to determine if the movies are suitable for your teen.
 
Adults Programs

Essential Oils
Thursday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. Tiffiny Mentgen, a doTERRA Wellness Advocate© will demonstrate the use of numerous essential oils and explain the health benefits. Registration Required.
Computer classes for the COMPLETE BEGINNER
  • Computer Basics for the Computer Shy. Saturday, September 9, 10:00 a.m. Covers the absolute basics of a computer including the parts, procedures for use, and how to move a mouse. Class size limited. Registration required.
  • Internet 101. Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. Covers the basics of getting online, viewing web pages, and doing basic Internet searches. Class size limited. Registration required.
  • Using Email. Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. Covers your address book/contacts, folders, how to search your email, and how to do attachments. Class size limited. Registration required.
Ask the Tech Guy computer help
Saturday, September 9. Computer/technology help. One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it in with you). 30-minute appointments from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration required.

Learn to Meditate. Mondays 7:00 p.m. starting September 11. This four-week program offers a simple set of relaxation and meditation exercises, which when practiced daily help restore balance in life, manage stress, better your health, and most of all will lead you to inner calm and peace. Ideally, all participants should attend all sessions. Registration required.

Movie Matinees featuring classics old and new. Free Popcorn!
  • Thursday, September 7, 2:00 p.m., High Fidelity starring John Cusack
  • Thursday, September 14, 2:00 p.m., Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy
  • Thursday, September 21, 2:00 p.m., The Martian starring Matt Damon
  • Thursday, September 28, 2:00 p.m., Adam’s Rib starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
 Book Discussion Groups
  • Thursday, September 14, 7:00p. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Monday, September 18, 1:00 p.m. Don’t Tell M You’re Afraid by Guiseppe Catozzella.

Poetry Writers Workshop (meets monthly)
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Bring paper & Pencil/Pen and leave with a poem. Drop in to see what it’s all about our contact the Adults’ Reference Desk for details: 248-618-7694.

Muffins & Quick Breads Baking Contest and Recipe Exchange
Saturday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Roll up your sleeves for our latest baking contest. Top winners will take home cash prizes. For details and contest rules, see the Adults’ Programs page on our website: www.waterfordmmi.gov/library/programs-for-adults. Pre-registration required.


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Sundays in Historic Village

Summer Sundays in Historic Village


The Waterford Historical Society presents “Summer Sundays in the Village”. 

No hoopla, just history!  Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon with us walking our Historic Village at your own pace.  Stuff a mattress or “wash” some clothes.  

Pack a lunch and enjoy Fish Hatchery Park.  Free admission.  Sundays:  August 20 and September 17 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

We are located in Fish Hatchery Park at 4490 Hatchery Road in Waterford. 
For more information please call 248-683-2697.


Fire Safety

Fall Fire Safety Tips from Waterford Regional Fire Dept.

 
As summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Some safety tips are the same regardless of the time of year, but many safety concerns are seasonal, particularly those that involve keeping your home warm.

Time Changes Mean Battery Changes
Get in the habit of changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every fall and spring when changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. It is also a good idea to make it standard procedure in your household to verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order when you adjust the clocks each season.

Home Heating Tips
No matter what type of device you use to heat your home, making sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order is an important part of learning some fall fire safety tips. Many things can go wrong with heating equipment during the spring and summer months. Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is in good working order before you experience the first cold snap of the season.
Central Heating System Safety Tips

  • Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) contractor every year before using it.
  • If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have a sufficient quantity of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.
Space Heater Safety Tips
  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry.
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
  • Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.
Fireplace Safety Tips
  • Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe.
  • Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
  • Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
  • Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside the fireplace.
  • Do not every use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace.
  • For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season.
  • Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them.

 
Be Safe, Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey

Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection- Vouchers Still Available


Waterford Township has partnered with the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NO HAZ). NO HAZ provides residents of participating communities a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

Waterford residents must receive a voucher prior to attending a collection event. The vouchers are available beginning April 1st of the current program year.  They may be picked up at the Development Services Department on the 3rd floor of Township Hall for $15.Vouchers are limited and are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Vouchers must be used during the program year they are purchased.
This year's remaining collection dates, times and locations are:
 
Saturday, September 16th
8 AM – 2 PM
Oakland Community College - Highland Lakes Campus
7350 Cooley Lake Rd.
(Enter from Hospital Rd.)

Saturday, October 28th
8 AM – 2 PM
Wildwood Amphitheater
2700 Joslyn Ct. Orion Township
(Enter from Joslyn Rd. from Civic Center Park)


Summer Photo Contest Deadline Extended - Sept. 7th

Snag your last few pictures of summer fun in picturesque Waterford Township, Michigan and submit them for our 2017 Summer Waterford Four Seasons Photo Contest! The summer deadline has been extended through Thursday, September 7th at 11:59pm EST. Visit www.waterfordmi.gov/photocontest for all the details!

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