December 2017 Waterford Insider
Holiday Extravaganza 2017

Waterford Goodfellows Basket Signup December 2nd

Waterford Goodfellows

If you, or someone you know, lives in Waterford or whose children attend Waterford schools, are in need of a Christmas basket this year come to the Waterford Recreation Center (formerly CAI) on Saturday December 2nd from 9a-2p.
Bring your license with a current address. If your kids attend Waterford schools please bring their current report card or a letter from their school stating they attend. The address to the Waterford Recreation Center is 5640 Williams Lake Rd. Waterford, MI 48329.
This will be the only day to sign up.


Historical Society Christmas Sale 2017

Tickets On Sale Now for Annual Chamber Events


Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Join the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce for their outrageously fun Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Party at  The Fountains 6060 Maybee Road, Clarkston, MI
Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 5-7 PM
Ticket Cost: $15.00

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you and your associates to the 19th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner featuring the master mind mentalist, Brent Webb.

Brent Webb will astound you! He sees with your eyes! He hears with your ears! He thinks with YOUR mind!

Webb predicts your actions and thoughts with uncanny accuracy, from the name of your first love to the amount of change in your pocket. He performs a high speed, interactive, full stage extravaganza that will have you questioning what is real and unreal. Webb’s show is a breathtaking, dramatic, and energetic voyage to the farthest reaches of your mind!
 
Join us for the fun evening as we recognize the accomplishments of our peers and celebrate the abundant relationships built throughout the year.

January 25, 2018 5-9pm
Ticket cost: $48.00

Annual Dinner & Awards Chamber
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News From Treasurer Margaret Birch


2017 WINTER TAXES:
Winter taxes are due December 1, 2017, and payable without penalty through February 14, 2018.  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.
 
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.  
           
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:
Online payments processed through the Township website at:
www.twp.waterford.mi.us/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:
2018 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office January 2, 2018.  To obtain a license proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is needed.  See back of tax bill for further information.
 
The Township sells only the 1-year license.   3-year license are available at Oakland County Animal Control.  Please call Animal Control at (248) 858-1090 for more information.
 
Oakland County Animal Control has moved from its Auburn Hills facility to Pontiac.    
The new shelter is located at 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 42 East, in Pontiac, next to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters.
 
 
GOURMET NUTS
Waterford Lions Club is selling Gourmet Nuts -  a 36 oz. can of roasted and seasoned Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, and Macadamias.   Cans are available at the Treasurer’s Office for $20 – the perfect gift!  

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2018 Waterford Calendar - Highlights

Check your Winter 2017 tax bills (mailed December 1st) for your copy of the new 2018 Waterford Events highlights calendar featuring just some of Waterford Township’s abundant opportunities to connect with your friends, neighbors, and community!
 
We know that in a fast-paced world with busy schedules it can be a challenge to find time to make these vital connections. We also believe that Waterford  is made better when the people who live, work and play here have the chance to meet up and share common interests in recreation, activities, education, volunteering, support of charitable  organizations, community meetings, and more.

Visit the Waterford Township website in the Community tab for more information as well. And be sure to check back throughout the year for calendar updates!


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Golden Age Club news

Golden Age Club News

Time to  Renew your Golden Age Club Membership
Memberships run yearly
Please complete your form by December 1st to make sure you receive your Jan/Feb 2018 Newsletter
  

Christmas Dinner with Special Guest
Thursday, December 14 2017, doors open at Noon. Deadline to register 12/8. Door prizes and 50/50 raffle
$8 Member  $10 Non-Member
family movie night
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Monthly Recycling - December 2

Waterford Township offers free monthly recycling collection of magazines and cardboard (shipping boxes, cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, etc, free of food debris and dry.)
This service is provided the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.
Waterford residents only, please.


Dashing Through December
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Board of Trustees Meeting Dec. 13th

The Waterford Township Board of Trustees will hold its final scheduled Board meeting of the year on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6pm in the Main Auditorium of Town Hall at 5200 Civic Center Dr., Waterford, MI  48329.

Among other agenda items, the Board will review and vote upon the 2018 budget.

Board of Trustees meetings can be viewed live on Municipal Channel 20 on both Comcast and U-Verse, and also live on the Township website at www.waterfordmi.gov/cable, then Channel 20 Live.
For more information visit https://www.waterfordmi.gov/168/Board-of-Trustees.


closed for the holidays

December Office Closures

Waterford Township Administrative offices will be closed in observance of the holidays on December 25 and 26,  and January 1 & 2.
The Waterford Township Public Library will close December 24, 25, 26 & 31,and January 1 & 2.
Waterford Township Parks and Recreation offices will be closed December 25 - January 2.
Emergency services remain available during these administrative closures.
On behalf of the employees of Waterford Township, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.


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Update your Winter Mailing Address

Attention all “Snowbirds”!  Please contact the Waterford Assessing Department with your forwarding address if you are leaving town for the winter.  Even though you may have your mail forwarded by the U.S. Post Office, property tax bills and assessments notices are not forwarded and are returned to the Township.  Please call 248-674-6270 to let us know your Winter address.


volunteers

Library Board Seeking Volunteer

The Waterford Township Public Library has an upcoming opening for a volunteer position serving on the Library Advisory Board.

The Library Advisory Board members are appointed by the Township Board of Trustees. Each serves a term of 3 years, limited to 2 consecutive terms. Board members are not paid to serve.

The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00p.m. in the Library's Conference Room, January through October. The final meeting of the year is on the 1st Wednesday of December.

Details on how to apply are at Candidates for Library Advisory Board. For an overview of typical involvement as a Library Advisory Board Trustee see Guidelines for Library Advisory Board Trustees.


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A Season For Sharing Fire Safety

Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damage. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.
 
Preventing Christmas Tree Fires
 
Christmas Tree Fire Hazards – Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases.
Selecting a Tree for the Holiday – Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.
Caring for Your Tree – Don’t place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
Disposing of Your Tree – Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.
 
 
Holiday Lights
 
Maintain Your Holiday Lights – Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets – Don’t link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch.
Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended
 

Holiday Decorations
 
Use Only Nonflammable Decorations – All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents.
Never Put Wrapping Paper in a Fireplace – It can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers and may result in a chimney fire.
Artificial Christmas Trees – If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.
 

Candle Care
 
Avoid Using Lit Candles – If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning.
Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree – Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame – candles, lighters or matches.
 

Be safe and enjoy the Holidays,
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey


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