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News From the Treasurer's Office


Winter taxes are due December 1, 2015, and payable without penalty through February 16, 2016.  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.
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.
Please note:  Online payments processed through the Township website at:
www.waterfordmi.gov/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.
2016 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office January 4, 2016.  To obtain a license proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is needed.  See back of tax bill for further information.
Please note:   the Township sells only the 1-year license.   3-year license are available at Oakland County Animal Control.  Please call Animal Control at (248) 391-4102 for more information.


Snowbird Alert

Absent Voter Ballot applications for the Presidential     
Primary will be mailed out the first week of January.

If you will be out of town at that time please give the Clerk’s Office your temporary mailing address. ELECTION MAIL CANNOT BE FORWARDED.

The Clerk can be reached at 248-674-6266.

Don’t forget about your tax bill
If you are a “snowbird” leaving Michigan for the winter, please be sure to contact the Waterford Assessing Department to let them know your temporary winter address.  This will ensure that your Winter property tax bill and Notice of Assessment Change will be properly delivered to you.  The Winter property tax bill is mailed on or about December 1st and the Notice of Assessment Change is mailed around mid-February.  Please be sure to contact them again in the Spring when you return to Michigan so they can remove your Winter address.  The Assessing Department can be reached at 248-674-6270

Have you registered to vote?

Register to Vote by February 8th

February 8, 2016 is the last day for voters to register for the March 8, 2016.
You can register online at www.mi.gov/sos , at the Secretary of State’s Office or at the Clerk’s Office.
Call 248-674-6266 for more information.


New Rules for Multi-Line Phone Systems Will Improve Emergency Response

LANSING, MICH. In an emergency, seconds can save a life, which is why new rules go into effect Dec. 31, 2016, that require all Multi-Line Telephone Systems (MLTS) or Private Branch Exchange (PBX) phone systems in Michigan to provide accurate locations for phones when a user dials 911 from one of these systems.
Currently, not all phone systems provide granular location information with the 911 call to enable first responders to know the actual location of the emergency. In many instances, a call from the 12th floor of a large office building may only provide the street address of the building. If the caller is unable to provide his or her specific location within the building and no one else is available to provide assistance, emergency response can be delayed as first responders work to find the individual.
Under administrative rules enacted in October 2011 pursuant to the Michigan Emergency 9-1-1 Services Enabling Act, owners of MLTS or PBX phone systems in Michigan must upgrade their systems by Dec. 31, 2016, to provide location information.
According to State 911 Administrator Ms. Harriet Miller-Brown, “Having the correct location information associated with a 911 call is vital in making sure the call goes to the correct 911 center with the correct location information. It is also imperative that the 911 operator knows where to send help, even if the caller is unable to speak.”
Owners and operators of MLTS or PBX within Michigan are encouraged to review the complete set of administrative rules to ensure compliance of their systems by the effective date. Rules R 484.901 - R 484.906 can be found on the Michigan Public Service Commission’s website at http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc, under “Documents Library.”
To further assist owners and operators in understanding the rule change and requirements, the State 911 Committee developed a guide available at www.michigan.gov/snc, under “Current Issues.”


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Be Stopped

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning-
What You Need to Know

According to a new study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first month of the year is the worst for carbon monoxide poisoning. At least two people die each day from carbon-monoxide poisoning in January—three times the fatality rate recorded in August and July. Unintentional carbon monoxide exposure accounted for 15,000 emergency room visits annually between 1999 and 2004, with an average of 439 people dying each year.
Fatalities were highest among men and senior citizens: Men because they are engaged in more high-risk behaviors such as working with fuel-burning tools or appliances and seniors because they are likely to mistake the symptoms of CO poisoning (headaches, nausea, dizziness or confusion) for the flu or fatigue.
It should come as no surprise that CO deaths are the highest in winter (December is the second highest month). Cold weather increases the use of gas-powered furnaces as well as the use of risky alternative heating and power sources (portable generators, charcoal briquettes, propane stoves or grills) during power outages. It’s also understandable that the highest CO death rates are in colder states: Nebraska, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and North Dakota. By contrast, California has the lowest fatality rate.
With these sobering facts it’s a good time to remember the following safety tips to prevent CO poisoning:

  • Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil or coal-burning appliance inspected and serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Install battery-operated CO detectors on every level of your home.
  • Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside the home, basement or garage or outside the home near a window.
  • Don’t burn anything in an unvented stove or fireplace.
  • Don’t let a vehicle idle inside a garage attached to a house, even if the garage door is left open.
  • Don’t heat a house with a gas oven.

If a CO detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911 from outside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and if you or someone in your household is feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.
 Information found and copied from Consumer Reports News: January 03, 2008 http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2008/01/january-is-the-deadliest-month-for-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/index.htm

Annual Dinner featuring Nuclassica

Chamber Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner - January 14, 2016

Have you made your reservations yet?

Join the chamber and community dignitaries for this annual gala in celebration of the great accomplishments of area business leaders and community.  Enjoy the pure electric performance of Nuclassica - nominated best entertainment - 2014 & 2015 and redesigns the traditional concert experience with a fiery hot image high energy stage presence. A musical fusion of classical, pop and electronica. A one of a kind production!

For ticket & sponsorship information, please visit the Chamber website.

Love your Parks & Rec

Parks & Rec - News & Events

SPRING SOCCER  Registration: January 11– March 3
Soccer league for boys ages 4-14 and girls ages 4-16. Practices will be scheduled by coach at various schools in Waterford. U12 – U14/U16 age groups may play games in surrounding communities with games on weekends or weeknights. To register on line, call 248.674.5441 for a username and password.

Registration: January 11– March 3  (3rd-8th Grade) Recreational League.
New this year we will be partnering with Waterford Little League. Tryouts will be available for those interested in playing in Little League Districts towards the end of the season.
SKYHAWK’S BASKETBALL: Registration Deadline is one week prior to start date.
Skyhawk’s Sports Academy will introduce your child to the exciting game of basketball with our ball in hands instruction. Teaching the fundamentals of ball handling, passing, shooting and in game strategies.
PEE WEE BASKETBALL (Ages 3-4) Two sessions available: Sa 1/23-2/20 and Sa 2/27-3/19
K-2 BASKETBALL CLINIC (Ages 5-6) Two sessions available: Sa 1/23-2/20 and W 3/2-3/23
(Ages 6-7) Two sessions available: W 1/27-2/17 and Sa 2/27-3/19
VOLLEYBALL SKILLS & SCRIMMAGE  Beginning Saturday, 1/30
3rd-4th Grades  learn proper techniques and scrimmage
5th Grade  learn sound fundamentals and progressive drills
6th Grade  sharpen your individual and team skills.
MOM TO MOM SALE  Renting Space Now
This event is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. To rent a space at the Waterford Recreation Center call 248.674.5441. Space is limited. Register early.

For more information on any of the above programs go to www.waterfordmi.gov/parksandrec or call our office at 248.674.5441. To register on line, call our office for a username and password


Library - News You Can Use

Did you know…Tumblebooks are available through the Waterford Library. What are Tumblebooks? The Tumble Book Library (http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com) is a fun, interactive collection of picture books enhanced with moving pictures within the story. Sounds, music, and narration are added. Children are enchanted as they see a book come to life. Plus, it’s easy to follow the storyline.
Hundreds of picture books are available. New titles are added to it throughout the year. This online resource also includes access to chapter books, educational videos that complement non-fiction books, puzzles and games, as well as follow-up quizzes to test reading comprehension. There is an ESL (English as a Second Language) collection for developing proficiency in English. Visitors to the website can also choose the language they would like to view it in: English, Spanish or French.
You can use your Waterford library card to access the Tumble Book Library from home as well as computers in the library. For more information about this or any of our children’s library programs please call the Children’s Desk at 248-618-7692. Happy Reading!
Storytimes for ages 6 months-3 years begin the week of January 11. Schedule posted on our website at http://waterfordmi.gov/745/Storytimes
Estate Planning: Do you really need a trust? Learn other options for avoiding probate and proper use of Power of Attorney. This class is put on by the Cygnet Institute of Personal Financial Literacy, which means there is absolutely no sales agenda to it. Monday, January 11, 7:00p-8:30p. Register online at http://waterfordmi.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=7447&lib=
Library Garden Club - meeting objective: Developing wayfaring guides for the new garden. Bring pictures, drawings or samples of your ideas. We will choose the design and work on how to produce them. We will need 50-60 to label all the types of plants in the garden. To be installed in the spring. Wednesday, January 13, 6:00p-8:00p. Register online at http://waterfordmi.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=6916&lib=

Daddy-Daughter Dance February 13th
Mother-Son Dance March 11th
office hours

Township Office January Closures

Waterford Township administrative offices and the Library will be closed January 1, 2016 on New Year's Day.

The offices and library will also be closed January 18, 2016 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Emergency services are available during these administrative closures.

River Walk path

Grant Awarded For River Walk

Waterford has been awarded a $45,000 Recreation Passport Grant from the State of Michigan to complete the section of the River Walk from behind the Mt. Zion Skate Park to the sidewalk on Crescent Lake Rd. Construction will begin in 2016.

Recycle Christmas Trees
shoveling snow

Important Snow Removal Reminder

Beverly Hills, Mich. — The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) reminds residents and business owners that it is illegal under Michigan law to shovel or plow snow or ice onto any road or highway, or to deposit snow on a road or road shoulder in such a way that it blocks motorists’ views of traffic.

Pushing snow from a driveway or parking lot onto a road or depositing snow in a way that blocks a drivers’ “safety vision” is specifically prohibited in section 257.677(a) of the Michigan Vehicle Code. Doing so is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $100 and/or a jail sentence of up to 90 days.


Travel With The Golden Age Club

The Golden Age Club loves to travel! Check out all of their upcoming trips in their newsletter.

Here's an example of a local trip the Golden Agers will be taking in March --
Casino Getaway - Firekeepers & Four Winds
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 8am through Wednesday 9pm. Visit both Firekeepers & Four Winds Casinos.
COST:  $119 per person / double occupancy, $149 per person / single occupancy
Deadline to register:  Thursday, February 11, 2016
Non-Member of the Golden Age Club add $10
Must be 18 years or older


Monthly Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Waterford Parks & Recreation 50+ program will host its monthly fundraiser spaghetti dinner Friday, December 4th. Buffet style meal served 4:00 to 6:30pm includes spaghetti, tossed salad, coleslaw, roll and coffee.

Cost is $8 for adults and children 12 and older, $4 children 11 and under. Homemade desserts available for $1 extra benefit the Recreation Center building enhancement fund. Cash ONLY!

globe on a plate

Taste of Waterford - February 18th
Sponsorships & Tickets Available

The Waterford Coalition for Youth cordially invites you plan now to join them at the 18th Annual Taste of Waterford on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. at the Oakland Schools Conference Center in Waterford!  This year’s family-fun event for all ages celebrates cultural diversity as they “Taste the World.” 

Sample food from over 30 area restaurants, each featuring their own special cuisine.  Enjoy the music and dance of different countries, participate in an amazing raffle that includes products and services for everything from jewelry and music to travel and beauty.   The Coalition’s selection for Citizen and Youth Group of the Year will be honored and there will be fun and exciting activities for kids to participate in throughout the night.  This popular, well attended premier community event won’t leave you hungry and you can beat the winter blues with friends and neighbors while partnering with the coalition in their efforts to reduce substance abuse and high risk behaviors in the community’s youth. 

Mail-in ticket orders and table reservation options can be found at wcfy.org and can also be purchased online at www.2016tow.eventbrite.comFor more information contact the WCFY at 248-618-7424. 

thank you from the garden club

Garden Club Greens Market a Success!

The Waterford Garden Club would like to thank all those who supported the 2015 Annual Greens Market. Proceeds from the plant sales help to support the community through gardening projects, educational events and financial gifts.
Come join them at their next meeting on January 7, 2016 at the Waterford Senior Center. Social time begins at 9:30 followed by our meeting from 10:00 - 12:00pm. Check them out on the web and on Facebook.
On the web: http://waterfordgardenclub.org 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waterfordgardenclub

Senior Center Hosts Two Community Forums

Community Forum Thursday, February 18th  10:00 a.m.
Older adults and caregivers in Oakland County – we need to hear from you!  The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is hosting a Community Forum on Thursday, February 18th from 10-Noon at the Waterford Senior Center. The purpose of this forum is to gather feedback from Oakland County residents interested in issues related to older adults and caregivers.  AAA 1-B receives federal, state, and local funding to provide services in our county through local partners, and this is your opportunity to have a voice in what programs and services are needed in your area.  Save the date – Your opinions matter.  Refreshments will be served. Please call 248-682-9450 to reserve your seat.

Peacefest June 4 & 5, 2016

Peacefest Seeking Sponsors, Artists, Vendors

Peacefest is looking for Sponsors- Artist - Vendors - Volunteers for this year's Peacefest  
Featured artist for 2016 is Mark Arminski -famous Poster Artist. Come meet Mr Arminski at Peacefest, he will have a booth
Find Peacefest on Facebook

bryan's HOPE

Bryan's HOPE January Events

Join Bryan's HOPE at their new location for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 26, 2016 at The Covert Center 1150 Scott Lake Rd Waterford 48328. ceremony will be from 4-5 pm and we will have an open house from 4-7 pm.
Also, January 31, 2016 from 1-5pm at the 300 Bowl is their 3rd Annual Bowl-a-thon. This is Bryan's HOPE's main fundraiser of the year.
For more information, please visit www.bryanshope.org

civic ready

Waterford Township Launches New Emergency Notification System

Waterford Township launches CivicReady, its new emergency notification system, January 1, 2016.  The new system allows Waterford Township officials and emergency personnel to create and rapidly disseminate time-sensitive messages to the community with phone calls, text messages, and emails.
CivicReady will also allow Township officials to send messages specifically targeted to geographic areas within Waterford which may be affected by a situation such as a water service interruption or a lost child or senior citizen.
Residents, businesses, visitors and those who work in the community are encouraged to log in to Waterford’s CivicReady website at www.waterfordmi.gov/emergency to complete a quick registration process. Community members will also have the option to receive non-emergency messages regarding community events, news, and other Township information. The Waterford CivicReady helpline at 248-618-6097 is available for those without Internet access or who require additional assistance.
“To ensure your contact information is included in the database, simply visit the website to sign up or call our helpline,” said Township Supervisor Gary Wall. “Be sure to include your physical address and your preferred method of contact to receive notices targeted to your neighborhood.”  
CivicReady is a replacement for the Waterford Connect system the Township has been using. Waterford Connect will no longer be active as of January 1, 2016. Users who registered with Waterford Connect must now sign up with CivicReady to continue receiving both emergency and non-emergency notifications.
For an overview, sign-up instructions and a list of FAQs, please visit the Civic Ready information page at www.waterfordmi.gov/500/civic-ready

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