January 2019 Waterford Insider
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Last Call: Resumes for Twp. Clerk


The Waterford Township Board of Trustees is now accepting resumes and letters of interest from individuals interested in appointment to the Board of Trustees to fill the position of Township Clerk.

If interested, please email your resume and letter of interest to Waterford Township Supervisor Gary Wall at gwall@waterfordmi.gov no later than January 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. EST.


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Monthly Recycling- January 5th


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.


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2019 Waterford Calendar - Highlights


Check your Winter 2018 tax bills (mailed December 1st) for your copy of the 2019 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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Waterford Township Public Meetings


Looking to keep up with what's happening in your Township? Check out the list of regularly scheduled public meetings always available on the Waterford Township website.

Citizens may also choose to subscribe to receive email notification when agendas are posted to our website Agenda Center.


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Community Spotlight: Waterford Goodfellows


Each year around the holidays, Waterford Goodfellows begins its collection efforts throughout the community to help provide Christmas baskets for Waterford families in need - their motto is "No family goes without a Christmas!".

The Christmas baskets (which actually end up being several large boxes of items) include fresh food items, non-perishable food items, toiletries, and toys. Waterford families with children who live in Waterford or attend Waterford schools are eligible to receive the baskets and signup is held near the first of December each year.

In 2018, with the help of the generous Waterford community, the Waterford Goodfellows provided approximately 130 families with food and gifts for Christmas. Cash, food & toy donor groups included: North Lakes Corvette Club, the Waterford Dispatchers Association, the Waterford Historical Society, Italian American Club, Genisys Credit Union - who sponsored a food drive competition between Kettering & Mott High Schools and made a donation to the winning school's Senior All-Night Party (Kettering was the 2018 victor!), and The Waterford Kettering High School Music Department who donated $7,000!

Collection sites were located at all Waterford School District school buildings, Waterford Township Hall, the Waterford Township Public Library, the Waterford Recreation Center, the Waterford Parks & Recreation Annual Tree Lighting event, Farm Bureau - The Milner Agency, CoCo Grand, and Lunghamer Buick GMC.

If you'd like to help in 2019, the group does year-round fundraising through the Kroger Plus Card Community Care program (log in and search for Waterford Goodfellows), and through change boxes located at checkouts at Tenuta's in Waterford.
Follow the Waterford Goodfellows on Facebook for more information and to volunteer!

Thank you Waterford for helping ensure "No family goes without Christmas!"

Earth Day

Annual Earth Day Township Cleanup

Save the date for Waterford Township's 4th Annual Earth Day Township Cleanup Saturday, April 13, 2019.

We'd love to have you and your family join the volunteer effort this April in conjunction with Earth Day to help remove litter from Waterford's parks and roadsides! Over the past three years, volunteers have come together to clean up nearly 150 cubic yards of trash helping to keep Waterford beautiful and our waterways free from litter.

This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for groups and individuals looking to make a difference in the Waterford community!
  • Individuals
  • Scout groups
  • Athletic teams
  • Youth and Church groups
  • Social clubs
  • Civic organizations
  • Businesses, Corporate teams
We will also sign for community service requirement hours as well, so let your students know about this great outdoor activity that truly makes an impact on the community.

To be added to the email list for updates and upcoming Earth Day cleanup event notifications, please visit our Notify Me page, enter your email address, and click Earth Day Cleanup.
Chamber 2019 Annual Dinner

The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 20th Annual Meeting        & Awards Dinner. Spend an incredible evening For Your Eyes Only at the Fountains Golf & Banquet Casino Royale playing Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and More!

You Only Live Twice so RSVP before you Die Another Day and let us know if the Man with the Golden Gun will make you stay.

Join us for the fun evening as we recognize the accomplishments of our peers and celebrate the abundant relationships built throughout the year.

Thursday January 24, 2018 at 5:00-9:30 p.m.
Fountains Golf & Banquet
6060 Maybee Rd
Clarkston, MI 48346

Cost: $48.00 per person
Table of Eight: $360.00

Citizens Police Academy

2019 Citizen's Police Academy - Applications Now Being Accepted

The Waterford Police Department is inviting all Waterford Residents, and/or Waterford business owners to join their team for one night a week, for eight weeks, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm beginning Monday, February 4, 2019.

We offer an educational and hands-on forum for learning the components that make up your police force. Go for a ride-a-long with an officer, test your skills on the gun range, learn precision driving in a patrol vehicle, experience first-hand what an officer sees, hears and what they are trained to do under a variety of circumstances.
 
Applications can be picked up at the Waterford Police Department or by visiting https://www.waterfordmi.gov/177/Citizens-Police-Academy . All applications need to be returned to the Waterford Police Department, Attention: Administrative Sgt. Will Dolehanty by January 25, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the academy, please contact Sgt. Dolehanty at 248-618-6057.
*Class size is limited


Kindergarten Orientation & Expo




Pirate Bash & Mermaid Splash

Office Hours

Township Office Closures


Waterford Township administrative offices and the Waterford Township Public Library will be closed New Year's Day January 1, 2019. Offices & the Library will also be closed January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.


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Waterford State of the Township 2019


Mark your calendars now and secure your tickets for the annual State of the Township breakfast event! Hear first hand from Township Supervisor Gary Wall & Waterford School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wunderlich about what's being accomplished now and what's in store for the community in 2019

This event always sells out, so be sure to secure your reserved ticket early.
Visit the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce website for more information and to purchase tickets at $20 per person advance registration only.


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Citizen's Guide Documents Available


Waterford’s Citizen’s Guide, Performance Dashboard, Debt Service Report and Projected Budget are available for viewing on the Township’s website at https://www.waterfordmi.gov/288/Citizens-Guide-and-Performance-Dashboard .
These documents are also available for viewing during normal business hours at the Clerk’s Office which is located at 5200 Civic Center Drive.


Waterford Regional Fire Department

Home Heating Equipment Safety
From Waterford Regional Fire Dept.


Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Read the manufactures recommendations for the proper use of portable heating devices and never use an extension cord.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.


As always be safe and have a happy new year.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey

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News From The Treasurer's Office


2018 WINTER TAXES:
Winter taxes are due December 1, 2018, and payable without penalty through February 14, 2019.  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:
2019 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office January 2, 2019.  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.

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Business Tax Information


ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS:  Personal Property Statements/Small Business Property Tax Exemption Claims for business owners have been mailed out.  

They should be returned to Waterford Assessing by February 20, 2019. 248-674-6270


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Attention Waterford Businesses


Are you a Waterford business owner celebrating a milestone business anniversary 25+ years in 2019? 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 2019 Business Recognition Breakfast. Call or email the Supervisor's office 248-674-6201.


Catch Me If You Can
True Crime Michigan
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Waterford Public Library - January News & Events


Waterford Township Friends of the Library
General membership meeting, Sunday, January 13, 1:30p-2:00p in the Community Room. All members and prospective members welcome.
Used Book Sale - Great reads at sweet prices
Saturday, February 2, 10:00a - 4:30p and Sunday, February 3, 1:00p-4:00p.
Bag Sale - $5/bag, Sunday from 2:00p-4:00p
Library Community Room


Children’s Programs (through age 12)
Storytimes for Young Children: Ages 6 Months – 3 Years
Our drop-in storytimes resume starting the week of January 15-16.  Because of the public school break schedule, we have three sessions:
Session I (5 weeks):  January 15-16 through February 12-13
Session II (5 weeks): February 26-27 through March 26-27
Session III (4 weeks): April 9-10 through April 30-May 1
Weekday Schedule
Babytime, 0-15 months, Tuesdays 10:00-10:30 am
Toddlertime, 16-23 months, Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 am
Two-year-old Storytime, 2-year-olds, Tuesdays 11:00 - 11:30 am
Three-year-old Storytime, 3-year-olds, Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 am
Storytimes are 30 minutes long and include a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays, and other activities.  Storytimes are held in our children’s story and craft room.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  We ask that parents and caregivers arrive at least 5 minutes before storytime begins in order to get settled in. 

Saturday Storytime: Catch Me If You Can.  Saturday, January 12, 10:30 - 11:15a, (ages 4-7)
Here's a storytime to keep you busy.  Music, movement, and other activities to burn off the winter blahs. No registration required

Paper Plate Pinball.  Saturday, January 19, 10:30a - 11:15a (ages 6-12)
A simple STEM activity and no electricity required coding activity.  Get in touch with your inner engineer by creating a pinball game for a marble with various supplies on a paper plate, like tunnels and tracks.  No registration required.    

Lego Club. Saturday, January 26, 2 sessions: 10:15a & 11:30a (ages 3 and up)
Students meet one Saturday a month to create their own Lego structure.  On display in the library until the next meeting.  Then the students can make new structures.  No registration required. 
 
Teens Programs (grades 6-12)
NOTE: for students in grades 6-12 only.  Please be respectful of the teens as they enjoy library programs planned just for them. Thank you.

Tuesday Teens. January 8 & January 22, 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.

Teen Move Matinee – Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG). Thursday, January 17, 2:30p - 4:45p
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers. (From imdb.com) Parents: Check out commonsensemedia.org to determine if the movies are suitable for your teen.
 

Adults Programs
Social Security, Tuesday, January 8, 7:00p - 8:00p
What claiming options are available? How are benefits taxed? Learn what survivor and retirement benefits are available to your family. Learn why you may want to collect early - or not. Class presented by an instructor from the Cygnet Institute of Personal Financial Literacy with **no sales pitch**.

Learn How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Earlier, Tuesday, January 22, 7:00p - 8:00p
There are other ways to pay off your house earlier than just refinancing. Find out what your options are and also discuss techniques for managing your credit. Class presented by an instructor from the Cygnet Institute of Personal Financial Literacy with **no sales pitch**.

True Crime: Michigan.  Wednesday, January 23, 7:00p - 8:00p
Come face to face with the malefactors who stained the pages of Michigan history with blood spatter including:  The Killer Dentist, a Grand Rapids native who tried to poison his way into his wife’s inheritance; The Detroit Bluebeard, who prowled matrimonial ads for victims; and serial killers John Norman Collins and Coral Watts, whose crimes terrorized southeastern Michigan's co-eds. Join crime historian and author Tobin T. Buhk as he unveils the truth behind some of Michigan’s most fiendish crimes. Books will be available for sale and signing after the presentation.  Seating is limited.  Registration required.

Movie Matinee: Selma (PG-13), Thursday, January 24, 2:00p
This movie chronicles Martin Luther King, Jr. and the epic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson. Director: Ava DuVernay. Runtime: 2h 8 min. Free popcorn. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, provided that your beverages have lids. No registration required
 
Ask the Tech Guy Computer Help, Saturday, January 26, 30-minute appointments available beginning at 1:30pm
One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it in with you). Our library computer technician will do his best to troubleshoot your problem, answer your questions, or advise you on what to do. Held in the Conference Room. Please make an appointment by registering yourself online here, or by calling or coming in to the adult desk. Registration required.


Daddy Daughter Dance
Taste of Waterford 2019
Mother Son Dance
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