Waterford Insider February 2018
State of the Township Tickets

Annual State of the Township Breakfast

On sale now - get your tickets for the annual State of the Township Breakfast. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the latest news and plans in Waterford Township from speakers including Township Supervisor Gary Wall and Waterford School District Superintendent Keith Wunderlich. This year’s event will take place Wednesday, February 21st at 7:30am at the Overtyme Fireside Lounge. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.waterfordchamber.org.


Daddy Daughter Dance 2018
property tax

Waterford Business Owners: Personal Property Tax Information


If the True Cash Value of your business equipment is less than $80,000, you may be eligible for an exemption from paying Personal Property taxes.  An “Affidavit of Owner of Eligible Personal Property Claiming Exemption from Collection of Taxes” (Michigan Dept. of Treasury Form 5076) MUST be filed with Waterford Assessing NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018.  This will be the ONLY time of year that the Affidavit will be accepted.  To ensure that this document is filed timely, please HAND DELIVER, if possible, to the:
 
Waterford Assessing Department
5200 Civic Center Drive (2nd floor, Town Hall)
Waterford, MI  48329
 
This form was mailed to you along with your 2018 Personal Property Statement in December.   If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, or if you have any other questions regarding the Personal Property tax exemption, please contact the Waterford Assessing Department at 248-674-6270.

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News From the Treasurer's Office


Taxes due Wednesday, February 14
 Last day to pay 2017 winter tax bill without penalty is
Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
If you need further information, please call the Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.
 
Payments received February 15 – 28
2017 late summer and/or winter tax payments are accepted at the Township Treasurer Office through February 28, 2018.  Interest and penalty will be charged on any unpaid balance.  Payments must be paid at Town Hall or mailed to the Township Treasurer’s Office, 5200 Civic Center Dr, Waterford MI 48329.    Payments must be received on or before February 28, 2018.  Postmarks will not be honored.  
 
Tax Payment Options

  • In person - the Treasurer’s Office located at 5200 Civic Center Dr.  Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Mail – payments may be mailed to our office at 5200 Civic Center Dr, Waterford MI 48329.  Please make checks payable to Waterford Township Treasurer.  Payments may also be mailed in the courtesy envelope sent with tax bills.  Please note there may be a delay in posting payments sent to the PO Box if your check was written incorrectly or lower part of tax statement was not included with payment.
  • After Hours Drop Box – an after-hours drop box is located near the lower entrance door to the Township Hall.
  • Online Banking – payment may be made through the township website at www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes.     

 
Please Note:   It is NOT recommended  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 February 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.
 
Beginning March 1
Beginning March 1, 2018, all unpaid 2017 taxes are paid to Oakland County with additional penalties (Township cannot accept payments).    Mail payments to Oakland County Treasurer, 1200 N Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48341.  During the month of March, a revised statement from the Township Treasurer needs to accompany your remittance to the County Treasurer. 
 
Do You Need Amounts Paid for Income Taxes?
Tax amounts for 2017 and prior years may be attained on the Waterford Township website at www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes, select Tax Information Search. This site will report the base tax amount; does not give you payment status.   Statements of tax amount; payment status and date paid are available at the Treasurer’s Office.  There is a fee of 50 cents for each photocopy.
Receipts are also available on line through Oakland County for a fee of $2.50 at www.oakgov.com/propertygateway - select Current Tax Report.


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Closed For Presidents' Day

Waterford Township Administrative offices and the Library will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents’ Day. Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.

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Monthly Recycling - First Saturday

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 (February 3, 2018) from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.
Waterford residents only, please.

danger - hot

Safety Reminders from the Waterford Regional Fire Department


Simple precautions that will help keep you and your little chef safe from potential burns:

  1. Cool a burn under cold running water for 10-15 minutes and call 9-1-1 for serious burns.
  2. Always supervise children in the kitchen and dining areas.
  3. Create a “No Child Zone” while preparing and serving hot foods and beverages.
  4. Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, place the child into a high chair or other safe area while cooking.
  5. Children love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from its edge; also, keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters.
  6. Keep clothing from coming in contact with flames or heating elements.
  7. A small adjustment to your water heater can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
  8. Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline, and lighters in a safe place out of children’s reach and avoid novelty lighters as they may look like toys in a child’s eyes.
  9. When filling the bathtub turn on cold water first then mix in warmer water carefully.

Remember always think “SAFE”
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey


Family Movie Night
CDBG program information

Community Development Block Grant Funding Helps Waterford Low-Income Homeowners


The Community Development Block Grant is a federally funded grant administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), aimed to assist low to moderate-income communities with community development projects. Every year, each community with more than 50,000 people, and each county with a population with more than 200,000 are eligible to receive this funding.

What can CDBG funds be used for?
In general, CDBG funds can be used for a wide range of activities such as housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, acquisition of real property, demolition, infrastructure and public facility improvements, economic development, and social services. The primary eligibility requirement for any funded activity is that the project or program principally benefits low and moderate-income persons in designated census tracts. HUD defines low and moderate income as a household that is at or below 80% of the median income for the area. Because demographic and economic conditions change quickly within a geographical area, these income guidelines are adjusted annually. 

For more information, a full list of FAQs regarding this program, and to apply for funding, please visit the Township website.


Keepsake Waterford Montage - Get Your Copy Now

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Pick up your copy of the new Waterford montage featuring iconic locations around Waterford that will surely stir up some fond memories and hometown pride!
A beautifully crafted artist's rendering to be displayed in your home, business location, or office for years to come. Just $10 cash or check. Available at Town Hall in the Supervisor's office, the Waterford Public Library or the Waterford Chamber office while supplies last!
Call 248-674-6201 for more information.


Free Classes in TV Production for Waterford Residents

Want to know what it takes to be a Director? Media Network of Waterford offers free classes to Waterford residents interested in television production. Learn to work a studio, on location, an actual production truck, and how to produce your very own television show. Contact Media Network of Waterford to make it happen! Don’t wish you could do something creative with video, actually do it. Call 248-682-8706, today! (Free for Waterford residents, small fee for non-resident)

WTV10 Director's Chair
Dog License

2018 Dog License Fees Increase


Oakland County Animal Control has announced an increase on the 2018 license fees effective January 1, 2018.   This is the first increase in 24 years.
 
The license fees are:
            $10.50 if dog is spayed or neutered
            $18.00 if dog is not spayed or neutered
If pet owner is a senior citizen (65 years or older):
            $  9.75 if dog is spayed or neutered
            $16.50 if dog is not spayed or neutered


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spring softball league
Walking Shoes Street Art
Star award

Attention Waterford Businesses


Are you a Waterford business owner celebrating a milestone business anniversary 25+ years in 2018? Has your favorite Waterford business been serving the Waterford community for decades?

Let us know! We are now taking nominations for anniversary awards at the upcoming 2018 Business Recognition Breakfast. Call or email the Supervisor's office 248-674-6201.


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ask the tech guy

Waterford Township Public Library- February Events


For a full list of events, please visit the Waterford Township Public Library website at www.waterfordmi.gov/library

LIBRARY CLOSED Monday, February 19 in honor of Presidents Day


Waterford Township Friends of the Library
General membership meeting, Sunday, February 11, 2:00p-3:30p in the Community Room. All members and prospective members welcome.

Used Book Sale
Saturday, February 3, 10:00a-4:30p and Sunday, February 4, 1:00p-4:00p. Library Community Room

Great reads at sweet prices

An Evening of Warmth
Thursday, February 15, 5:30p-7:30p in the Community Room

Come out and join us for a soup supper and family games. (Local soups, Coffee, Hot Cocoa, Water, and Desserts provided). Bring a canned good to donate to the Senior Center food bank if you wish. Register online through the Library’s Calendar of Events.

Used Book Donation Drop-off
Saturday, February 10, 10:00a-1:00p. Library Community Room

The library accepts donations of used books in saleable condition on the second (2nd) Saturday of each month, 10am-1pm in our Community Room. Items can be dropped off in the library's Community Room at this time each month. Donations are first considered for use in the Library's collection and second as merchandise included at the Friends Used Book Sales. While we appreciate your generosity, there are some items that we do not accept. These include: Encyclopedias, Magazines (including National Geographic), Musty or moldy items, Reader's Digest condensed books, Text books, VHS tapes, Vinyl records. You can obtain a receipt for number of books you donate for tax purposes. For a receipt, please count the number of hardcover and soft cover books being donated prior to arriving at the monthly Donation Drop-off event.
 
Children’s Programs (through age 12)

Weekly Storytimes for ages 6 months – 3 years. Session I of our drop-in storytimes runs through the week of February 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 details.

Saturday Storytime for ages 4-7 years. Saturday, February 3, 10:30a-11:15a.m.
Birthday Bash: Preschoolers through second graders may join us stories and crafts related to birthdays.

Lego Club – recommended for ages 5 and up. Saturday, February 24, 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.

Teens Programs (grades 6-12)

Tuesday Teens
November 13 & 27, 3:30p-5:00p

Middle and high school students are welcome to join us every other Tuesday to hang out with friends and to meet new ones.  We'll provide games, activities, craft materials, and light refreshments for you to enjoy.  Or, just come and work on homework or socialize with other kids your age. 

Superhero Saturdays
Saturday, February 17, 2:00p-4:30p Wonder Woman (Rated PG-13)

Join us for superhero movies on the following Saturdays. Feel free to bring a blanket and pillow if you want to stretch out on the floor. We provide the refreshments. No registration required
Parents: Check out commonsensemedia.org to determine if the movies are suitable for your teen.

Candy Craze
Tuesday, February 20, 2:00p-3:00p

Join us for an hour of fun candy-related activities, puzzles, and games. Everyone will go home with some sweet treats. Registration is required.
 
Adults Programs

Adult Craft: DIY Cuff Bracelet
Thursday, February 1 at 7:00p in the Conference Room

Fight the winter blahs by getting creative! Use memory wire and beads to create a bracelet. All tools and supplies provided. Registration required.

Help with Hoopla
Monday, February 5 at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room

Did you know the library has a subscription to Hoopla? Hoopla offers access to audiobooks, eBooks, music, movies and more, all free with your library card. Bring your device and we will help get you started! No registration required.

Ask the Tech Guy computer help
Saturday, February 24, 1:00p-4:00p in the Conference Room

Computer/technology help. One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it in with you). 30-minute appointments available. Registration required.

Waterford Writers Workshop
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30p-8:30p in the Conference Room

The goal is to write, share, and develop works that make us feel; to celebrate the art of words; to provoke, evoke, and inspire; to write confidently. Each writer will have the opportunity to read their work to the group. Participants should bring at least five copies of their work (limit of 5 typewritten, double-spaced pages of fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose, screen plays, etc.) for peer review and discussion. All copies will be returned to the writer with edits, constructive critiques, and suggestions by fellow group members. Participants must be 16 or older. Registration is not required.


Expo 2018

Save The Date - Business & Home Expo 2018


March 22 - Waterford Mott High School
4:30 - 5:30 Business to Business
5:30 - Doors Open to Public
Now reserving space for exhibitors
WYA February events
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