Waterford Insider January 2020

Waterford Township Joins Western Oakland Transportation Authority (WOTA) for Senior and Disabled Adult Transportation Services

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Waterford Township Transition to Single-Source Residential Waste Hauler Begins March 30th!

March 30, 2020 Single Source Hauler update

WSD Kindergareten Orientation

How To Vote By Mail - Important Instructions from the Clerk's Office for 2020 Elections

Please click the ballot application image below for a five (5) page PDF presentation created by Clerk Kim Markee

Ballot Application Form
taxes due

News From the Treasurer

Why are tax payments mailed to a P.O. Box in Detroit?
Our local bank, JP Morgan Chase on Dixie Highway in Waterford, has a payment center located in Detroit.  This payment center saves Waterford money by collecting, posting and depositing tax payments.
Payments may be sent directly to Waterford Township Treasurer at 5200 Civic Center Dr, Waterford MI 48329.
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 processed through the Township website at:
www.twp.waterford.mi.us/taxes/ will be posted paid on the scheduled payment date you choose.
We appreciate you bringing your unused envelope when making your payment at town hall.
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
2019 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office.  To obtain a license, proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is needed. 
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.


Waterford Business Owners

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, 2020.


Monthly Recycling- January 11th

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 second Saturday of every month from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.
Waterford residents only, please.

Please note that beginning January 2020, monthly paper and cardboard recycling moves to the second Saturday of each month.


2020 Waterford Calendar - Highlights

Check your Winter 2019 tax bills (mailed December 1st) for your copy of the 2020 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!


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.

Spaghetti Dinner 2020 Dates
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January Office & Library Closures

Waterford Township Offices and the Waterford Township Public Library will be closed January 1, 2020 in observance of New Year's Day.

We will also be closed Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For a full list of federal holidays observed and accompanying closures, please visit: https://www.waterfordmi.gov/892/Office-Closings-Holidays-Observed

Emergency services remain available during these administrative closures.

Tickets Now Available for Chamber's Annual Dinner!

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Tickets are now on sale for the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner -our moment to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and make plans for the new year. It is a time to reflect and acknowledge those who have made a difference within our chamber and community and embrace the blessings we have received among one another... business, friendships, growth. And, all in an atmosphere of FUN! www.waterfordchamber.org

This year's theme, in honor of Dr. Adam Apfelblat, is the Grand Prix. 
We have some fabulous surprises for you!

January Library News & Events

The Faygo Book
Snow Much Fun
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Waterford Township Friends of the Library

Used Book Sale, Saturday, February 1 & Sunday, February 2
Saturday, 10:00a-4:30p, Sunday, 1:00p-4:00p
Library Community Room
The Waterford Township Friends of the Library are holding a used book sale this weekend. Great gifts at sweet prices - or your next fun read. Stop by and shop! Proceeds support programs and projects at the Waterford Township Public Library. BAG SALE, $5/bag, all day Sunday. 
Library Closed

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Day

Children’s Programs (through age 12)
Our drop-in storytimes resume this winter the week of January 14-15. 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 crafts room. A parent or caregiver must accompany children. We ask that parents and caregivers arrive a few minutes before storytime begins in order to get settled in.
Babytime (ages 6 mos. – 15 mos.) Tuesdays 10:00-10:30 am – begins January 14
Toddlertime (ages 16 mos. - 23 mos.) Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 am – begins January 15
Two-Year-Old Storytime – Tuesdays 11:00-11:30 am – begins January 14
Three-Year-Old Storytime – Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 am – begins January 15
Join us for this evening storytime funded with a grant from the Oakland County Great Start Program.  Each session has a feature story, hands-on activities, and take-home materials and books.  Storytimes are 35-45 minutes long.  Children are welcome to wear jammies and bring blankies and stuffed toys.  Recommended for ages 0-4 yrs.  No registration required.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30p-7:15p in the Storytime/Craft Room.
Students in grades preschool through second grade are invited to join us for stories and crafts on different Saturdays throughout the winter, 10:30-11:15 am. No registration required.
Snow Much Fun – January 18
How about an indoor snow day?  Snow in the library!  Why, yes, of course.  Come and make snowflakes, an edible snowman, and make your very own play snow to take home.  It's going to be "snow much fun"!  No registration required.
1,000 Books before Kindergarten
For children, infant to 5 years. We are a participating library in this early literacy program. Pick up a reading chart and book list from the children’s department. Read to your young child. For every 100 books that you read together, we will put your child’s name on our “Wall of Fame.” And your child can pick out a book to keep. Reach the 1,000-book milestone and get a book bag.
Lego Club
Saturday, January 25, 10:15-11:00 am OR 11:30-12:15 pm. Recommended for Ages 5 and Up
Students meet one Saturday a month to create their own Lego structure. They are displayed 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
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month, 3:30p - 5:00p , September 10 through May 26th
This Month: January 14 and January 28     
Library Community Room
Drop in anytime between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us each month 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.
(NOTE: not held on March 10, 2020 or Tuesdays when the Waterford School District is closed because of inclement weather.)
Teen Pages & Pizza Book Club
Saturday, January 25, 1:00p-2:00p 
Library Community Room
Join us as we discuss books that we’ve read while we enjoy pizza for lunch. Copies of the books will be available to check out 1 month before each session. January title: Dry by Neal Shusterman.
Please note: Sessions will be cancelled if no more than 3 people register.
Adults Programs
(NOTE: Registration is required for most adults program. To register please call 248-618-7694, drop by the Adults Reference desk when you visit the library, or register online via the Calendar of Events on our website.)
Books and Brags
We’d like to highlight real-life ways that library books (and online resources) have helped you. Did you use a cookbook to bake a cake for a special occasion? Did you pass your SATs with flying colors using one of our resources? Did your child learn how to do origami using a book from the Children’s Department? Submit a picture showing the result of how a library resource helped you achieve something. Examples: a good grade on a report, a selfie of you working on your car, a photo from a family vacation. Let us know which book(s), magazine(s) or online resource(s) you used. Photos may be submitted in person at the Adult Reference desk, sent to waterfordlib@gmail.com, Or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We will share the photos on social media and in the library.
Adult Matinee Movie: Stage Door (Not rated)
Thursday, January 23, 2:00p-4:00p
Young women share cheers, jeers, and tears while living in a boarding house for aspiring actresses in this 1937 movie based on a play of the same name .Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou
Director: Gregory La Cava. Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
Popcorn will be provided. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, provided that your beverages have lids. No registration required.
Author Talk: The Faygo Book
Thursday, January 23, 6:30 pm
The Faygo Book is the social history of a company that has forged a bond with a city and its residents for more than a century. The story of Faygo, Detroit's beloved soda pop, begins over a hundred years ago with two Russian immigrant brothers who were looking to get out of the baking business. Author Joe Grimm mixes the ingredients of a successful beverage company confected in dicey times in a boom-and-bust town. The Faygo Book is the story of a pop, a people, and a place. These stories and facts will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere. Faygo will be served. Registration required.
Adults – Enrichment Groups; drop-ins welcome.
Knitting Group
very Wednesday 10:00a – 12:00p in the Conference Room
Share patterns, exchange project ideas, and socialize while you knit! Bring your own supplies. Refreshments
Evening Book Discussion
Thursday, January 9, 7:00 pm in the Conference Room
Title: TBA
The group meets on the second Thursday of the month (excluding August) at 7:00 pm in the Library Conference Room. Books for the next meeting are available at the Adult Reference Desk beginning the Saturday after each month's meeting.
Afternoon Book Discussion
Tuesday, January 21, 1:00 pm in the Community Room

Title: TBA
The group meets every 3rd Monday of the month (except in January and February when the third Monday is a holiday; in January and February we meet on the third Tuesday of the month) in the library Community Room at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Pick up a copy of the book at the Adult Reference Desk or at the meeting you attend.  Readers wanted!
Poetry Writers Workshop
Meets 3rd Thursday each month, 6:00p – 7:00p in the Conference Room
Local poet and teacher Glen Armstrong leads this monthly poetry-writing workshop. Bring paper and a pen/pencil, leave with a poem.
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, screenplays, 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.
Library Garden Club
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30p-8:00p
This month we are holding our Annual Tool Sharpening Workshop. Bring your tools that have gotten dull and scruffy from use. Learn tips and tricks to get them back into shape for the 2020 growing season. Feel free to bring a green scrubbie or two, a honing stone and oil for the job. Janet Macunovich, Master Gardener, will help us get started. We can enjoy a good chat with other gardeners as we work on our gear.

Mentors Plus Volunteers Needed
Youth Enrichment Scholarships
Citizen's Police Academy Graduation

Citizens Police Academy 2020
- Now Accepting Applications

The Waterford Police Department is inviting all Waterford Residents and/or Waterford business owners to join your police department team for one night a week, for eight weeks from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, beginning Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

We offer an educational hands-on forum for learning the components that make up your police force. Test your skills on the gun range and learn precision driving skills from inside a patrol vehicle. Experience first-hand what an officer sees, hears and is trained to do under a variety of circumstances.

Applications can be picked up at the Waterford Police Department or by clicking on the link. All applications need to be returned to the Waterford Police Department, Attention: Administrative Sgt. Will Dolehanty, by February 17, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the academy, please contact Sgt. Will Dolehanty at 248-618-6057.

(Class size is limited)

Taste of Waterford

Taste of Waterford 2020

SAVE THE DATE! The Waterford Coalition for Youth cordially invites you to the 21st Annual Taste of Waterford on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. at the Oakland Schools Conference Center in Waterford!

This year’s family-fun event for all ages takes us on a magical journey with the amazing Anthony Grupido. Hailed as “Michigan’s Best Magician” by Channel 2, 4 and 7, as seen on Impractical Jokers and America's Got Talent, Grupido is one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 and is an Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.  Grupido’s spunky, energetic and clumsy characteristics make him a crowd favorite!  Laugh along as your friends have their watches stolen, minds read and your jaw drops with Grupido’s side splitting humor and perfected sleight of hand.

Participate in an amazing pick-a-prize raffle and try your luck at the 50/50. This extremely popular, premier community fun(d)raiser won’t leave you hungry as you beat the winter blues with friends and neighbors, while partnering with the coalition in their efforts to reduce substance abuse and high risk behaviors and empower our youth to make positive choices.

Admission includes all you can eat food and entertainment from over 30 area restaurants who year after year donate their food and staff to help support youth and families at this important community event. Contact the Coalition at 248-618-7424, or visit 2020wcfytaste.eventbrite.com for more information.

Earth day: You can make a difference

Annual Earth Day Township Cleanup

Save the date for Waterford Township's 5th Annual Earth Day Township Cleanup Saturday, April 25, 2020.

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 170 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.

2020 State of the Township Breakfast - Tickets Available

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Waterford chamber logo
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February 19, 2020, 7:30 AM?-?9:15 AM @ Overtyme Fireside Banquet Room

Join the Waterford Area Chamber Commerce as they host the annual State of the Township breakfast. You'll enjoy a buffet style hot breakfast, and hear from Waterford Township Supervisor Gary Wall and Waterford School District Superintendent Scott Lindberg with updates on the state of the Township and School District.

A can't-miss-event for the entire Waterford community! Purchase tickets from the Waterford Area Chamber Commerce online: https://www.waterfordchamber.org/events/state-of-the-township-breakfast-sign-up/

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