Waterford Insider April 2016
Earth Day April 22

Earth Day Township Cleanup

Join Waterford Township, the Waterford School District, and various community organizations for a Township Cleanup Day in conjunction with Earth Day.
On Friday, April 22, 2016 volunteers will be out in the community doing our part to collect and clean up rubbish along roadways and in visible areas in the Township.

If you'd like to volunteer please call or email the Township Supervisor's office at 248-674-6201 or supervisor@waterfordmi.gov. We will soon be creating sign-up lists. Looking forward to seeing individuals and groups from all around Waterford join us for this terrific event!

Live Work Play Expo
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Annual Business Breakfast May 6th, Tickets On Sale Now

Waterford Township’s business community will be recognized for outstanding achievements at the 22nd Annual Business Recognition Breakfast on Friday May 6, 2016. The Charter Township of Waterford together with the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce host the annual event to acknowledge longevity, commitment, community service, and beautification efforts of Waterford business owners.

The awards breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. at Oakland Community College’s Highland Lakes Campus - Student Center. Tickets are $20 each and available for purchase by contacting the Waterford Township Supervisor’s office at 248-674-6201 or online at https://2016businessbreakfast.eventbrite.com
Beautification awards are bestowed based on the extra effort put forth by business owners to create and maintain appealing commercial space and landscape that demonstrates pride in serving the community. 
“This annual spring event provides an opportunity for the Township officials to say ‘thank you’ to and recognize businesses that have grown up in the Township over the years and to business owners that go above and beyond to improve their properties both architecturally and aesthetically” said Larry Lockwood, Waterford Township’s Superintendent of Planning & Zoning. “The Business Recognition Breakfast is a great event for the business community.”
Anniversary awards are given to businesses that have operated within the Township for more than 25 years at varying intervals.
“It's important to express our appreciation to those who have decided and continue to do business in Waterford Township understanding that they are the stakeholders that drive our local economy and provide jobs” said Marie Hauswirth, Executive Director of the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce.  “The Annual Business Recognition Breakfast is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’.”
Selected from Chamber of Commerce member nominations, Business of the Year candidates are singled out based on their contributions to the well-being and development of the Waterford business community, supporting projects and activities which further the community as a whole. The Business Person of the Year recipient contributes their time and expertise to promote and support both the business and community philosophy with an emphasis on making Waterford a better place to live, work and play.


Treasurer Sponsors Shredding Event

Waterford Township Treasurer Margaret Birch offers free document shredding for Waterford residents twice per year. The next shredding event will take place on Monday, May 2, 2016 in the parking lot of Town Hall 5200 Civic Center Dr. in Waterford from 10am to Noon. Paper only, please - no plastic or film.

reduce, reuse, recycle

Monthly Recycling at Town Hall

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 (May 7th) from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall 5200 Civic Center Dr. No cost. Waterford Township residents and business owners only, please

Summit Place Mall sign

Hearing Set for Summit Place Mall
April 13, 2016, 9am - Public Welcome

After more than three years of working diligently with SD Capital, LLC., the owner of the Summit Place Mall and its local representative, Waterford Township had scheduled a Dangerous Buildings Hearing relative to this structure.

On December 8 & 9, 2014, the Township Engineer, and officials from the Building, Fire and Police Departments conducted an inspection of the entire mall property inside and out. At that time, it was determined that the building was unsafe and unfit for human inhabitation. The building was condemned and Township Supervisor Gary Wall issued a directive prohibiting all Township personnel from entering the building for any reason other than a life and death emergency circumstance.

Since that time, the Township has worked closely with Oakland County, the mall owner, and other interested parties. A March 25, 2015 meeting set the tone for what the expectations were and now almost another year later, the 1.3 million square foot vacant and condemned building is another year deteriorated with no feasible resolution in sight.
It is the belief of the Township Supervisor and Development Services Department that the cost to rehabilitate the mall at approximately $80-$100 million is cost prohibitive. Demolition is estimated at approximately $3.5 million.

Administrative proceedings will include a hearing before the Township’s appointed Hearing Officer scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. at the Township Hall Auditorium located at 5200 Civic Center Dr. at which each owner and party with interest in the property will have the opportunity to show cause why the dangerous building(s) and structure(s) should not be ordered demolished or otherwise made safe.
The public is welcome to attend. The purpose of this meeting is to have the owner agree to either make the structure safe by rehabilitation of the entire mall, or a combination of demolition and rehab; or agreement to demolition of the entire structure.

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Test of Outdoor Warning Systems
Scheduled for April 13th at 1pm

The Oakland County Homeland Security Division will conduct a test of the Outdoor Warming System sirens Wednesday, April 13th at 1pm during Severe Weather Awareness Week. 

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson have declared the week of April 10 - April 16, 2016 a Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Oakland County Homeland Security Division will be engaged in various public education efforts during Severe Weather Awareness Week. These efforts include instruction on suggested preparations for minimizing the loss of life and destruction of property that can result from severe weather.

During the 2015 severe weather season there were 79 storm-based warnings issued for SE Lower Michigan. There were 10 recorded tornadoes (our average is 6). The warning lead time average was 18 minutes for all severe weather events.

In an effort to promote severe weather safety preparedness, Oakland County will conduct a special test of the Outdoor Warning System on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM. The purpose of this test is to raise the awareness level of our citizens and offer schools and businesses the opportunity to test their internal disaster plans during normal business hours.
For information, please visit Oakland County's Homeland Security website at www.oakgov.com/homelandsecurity

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Set for 2016

Waterford Township has partnered with the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NO HAZ). NO HAZ provides residents of participating communities a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

Waterford residents must receive a voucher prior to attending a collection event. The vouchers are available beginning April 1st of the current program year.  They may be picked up at the Development Services Department on the 3rd floor of Township Hall for $10. Vouchers are limited and are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Vouchers must be used during the program year they are purchased.
This year's collection dates, times and locations are:

Saturday, April 30
8 AM – 2 PM
Oxford Middle School
1420 Lakeville Road, Oxford
From M-24/Lapeer Road, travel east on Burdick Street
Saturday, May 21
8 AM – 2 PM
North Sashabaw Elementary School
5290 Maybee Road, Clarkston
Saturday, June 11
8 AM – 2 PM
Oakland University – Rochester
Parking Lot 35 and 37
Enter campus on Pioneer Drive from Squirrel Road, south of University Drive

Saturday, September 10
8 AM – 2 PM
Oakland Community College Highland Lakes Campus
7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford
Enter campus from Hospital Road
Saturday, October 15
8 AM – 2 PM
Wildwood Amphitheatre
2700 Joslyn Ct, Orion Township

Waterford Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation News & Events

Saturday, April 30

Come down to the farm at Hess-Hathaway Park to see our sheep getting sheared (10am) and enjoy a hot pancake off the griddle with a special addition of chocolate chips or fruit!  Breakfast served in the Community Room. Take this early opportunity to visit the historic farm house and feed the animals.
Time:  9:00AM-11:00AM     Cost: $3 (children 10 & younger)  $5 (11 & older)  
All donations and proceeds benefit Hess-Hathaway Park.
Registration Ends April 28
Late Registration: April 29-May 6, $10 late fee is added
Acquiring an elementary knowledge of the game and learning skills of throwing, hitting, and catching.  Practices will be scheduled by coach.  Volunteer coaches are needed; please contact us for more information. Boys ages as of April 30, 2016.  Boys & girls in separate leagues.  Girls ages as of January 1, 2016.  **July 19-21 will be used as a make-up week to make-up two rained out nights should they occur. Online registration available!
T-Ball                    Age 5 & 6
Intermediate      Age 6 & 7 (1/2 T-Ball & ½ Coach Pitch)
Coach Pitch         Age 8 & 9
WHEN:                 June 13 – July 18** No games on 7/4
GAME TIMES:     between 5:45PM – 8:00PM
LOCATION:          Waterford Schools & Parks
COST:   $50         LATE REGISTRATION COST:   $60
Registration Ends May 5 
Late Registration: May 6 – May 12, $10 late fee is added
Individual or team registration! Age as of January 1, 2016. This program is for girls that have beginning to intermediate skill levels. Volunteer coaches are needed. Coaches will schedule practices. No games July 1st or July 4th. Online registration available!
9-10 year olds: 1 week instructional clinic (6P-7:30P) and 4 weeks of games
11-12 year olds: 5 weeks of games in Waterford
13-14 year olds & 15-17 year olds: 5 double header games played on Fridays and weeknights in Waterford
Ages 9-10 (as of 1/1/15)
M & W                  6/15-7/15
Ages 11-12 (as of 1/1/15)
M & W                  6/15-7/15
Ages 13-14 & Ages 15-7 (as of 1/1/15)
F                              6/19-7/24
LOCATION:   Waterford Fields        COST:    $50           No games 7/1 & 7/4
Registration is limited to the first 60 children per session! Must be registered one week prior to the start of program.
Children must be 3 years old when the program begins to participate. This coed program is an introduction to the sport of baseball played with a safety ball and foam bat.  Everyone plays in the field, each child bats every inning and every hit is a home run!  The first week will be used as an ice-breaker/skill session. Games begin the second week and all instruction is provided during league play. Team rosters are limited to 10 players. Cost includes t-shirt.  Games are played on Saturdays between 9:00AM-12:00PM.
Ages 3–4
Session 1:            June 4—July 9
Session 2:            July 23 - August 20
LOCATION:  Hess-Hathaway Park      5 wks        COST:  $65/session

Public Comment Sought For Consolidated Plan

The following notification invites you to provide public comment on the Waterford Township 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and DRAFT 2016 Action Plan.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Waterford Township is a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community and this notice invites public comment on Waterford Township’s 5 Year (2016-2020) Consolidated Plan and first year Action Plan (2016) for the use of allocated funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 
The CBDG grant can be used to support a variety of programs to assist low-income persons. The Consolidated Plan is a 5-year comprehensive planning document that identifies Waterford Township’s overall housing and community development needs. It also outlines a strategy that establishes priorities for meeting those needs, identifies resources anticipated to be available, reports on the local housing market, population profile and other information to assist in making informed decisions. The Consolidated Plan includes the first year (2016) Action Plan. The Action Plan discusses how Waterford Township will implement the Consolidated Plan during the first year and includes a list of eligible programs and projects to be funded with CDBG resources.
The DRAFT Consolidated Plan and DRAFT Action Plan will be available for a 30 day public review and comment period from Thursday, March 24, 2016 through Monday, April 25, 2016 at Waterford Township Development Services Department, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329.  They can also be viewed via the following link: http://www.waterfordmi.gov/287/Community-Development.
Public Comments: Written comments will be accepted by mail to the attention of Rob Merinsky, Director, Development Services Department, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329 or electronically via: rmerinsky@waterfordmi.gov

Computer operator

Got Computer Skills?

Consider working 2 days to help your community and get paid for your work!
The Clerk’s Office is seeking computer savvy people to work the polls on August 2nd and November 8th.
Contact the Clerk’s Office to see what’s involved at
248-674-6266 or clerksoffice@waterfordmi.gov


River Walk Cleanup -
Volunteers Needed

Please join us for the River Walk Cleanup. We'll be clearing brush, cleaning up trash and generally getting the area ready for warm weather months and use this Spring and Summer! Join us Saturday April 16th. 9am to Noon. Meet behind Planet Fitness by the Cedar Bridge.
If you have any questions, please contact Clerk Sue Camilleri at 248-674-6211 or email.

Spaghetti on a fork

Monthly Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Waterford Parks & Recreation 50+ program will host its monthly fundraiser spaghetti dinner Friday, May 6th. 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!

Grilling Safety

BBQ Grill Fire Safety Tips

Waterford Regional Fire Department offers some safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • All barbeque grills must only be used outdoors — using grills indoors or in enclosed spaces is not only a fire hazard, but it exposes occupants to toxic gasses and potential asphyxiation.
  • Always position the grill well away from combustible objects — buildings, fences, deck railings and landscaping can easily and quickly ignite.
  • Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Always use long handled grilling utensils and heat resistant oven mitts to avoid exposure burns from heat and flames.
  • Periodically remove grease build-up in catch trays to prevent it from igniting.
  • Keep a garden hose nearby, connected and ready for use in case of a fire.
Tickets on Sale

Enchanted Evening - Tickets on Sale

Join the Waterford Senior Center for its 7th Annual Enchanted Evening event! "A Time to Celebrate" is Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5pm. Featuring a catered gourmet dinner by Bon Appetite, live entertainment by the Dave Bennet Quartet, silent auction and delicious appetizers.
Tickets on sale now $65 each - Waterford Senior Center Members receive a $5 discount. Limited seating. This event sells out every year, so no walk-ins, please!
Contact the Waterford Senior Center for tickets and more information 248-682-9450!

Mother's Day Luncheon
Food for fines

Waterford Library News & Events

Once again the Library is partnering with Gleaners Community Food Bank and other libraries in our cooperative to collect non-perishable food items to help feed hungry children, seniors, and families in our community.
The Library will forgive $1 in fines for each item donated, up to 10 item/day now through Saturday, April 30, 2016. See Library News at www.waterfordmi.gov/libraryfor details.
The Street Poetry Exhibition returns for a 3rd year. Your poem can be in this Exhibition on the Civic Center Campus. To submit your poem, visit www.poetry-leaves.com and click on the “Submit Your Poem” button. The Exhibition will be on display in the trees on the campus from May 3 through May 31. Join us for the Ribbon Cutting opening ceremony and reception at the Library on Tuesday, May 3, 5:30p.


Saturday, April 16, 6:00p-Midnight. Genealogists will take over the Library afterhours for an evening of research, workshops, and networking with other genealogists. Event includes dinner.
Brought to you by the Waterford Genealogical Society. See Library News ,www.waterfordmi.gov/library for details.

Waterford Garden Club

Waterford Garden Club Events

The Waterford Garden Club will be attending EXPO on April 14th and are looking forward to meeting attendees of this fun event. The club will be in some of Waterford's local kindergarten classes sponsoring a Mother's Day project where students will decorate containers, plant seeds and care for the plants till giving their gift to someone special. Consider joining them! They have all sorts of fun!

Save the Date!
Waterford Garden Club - Live Work Play Expo
April  14 Mott High School
Waterford Garden Club - Spring Plant Sale
May 19- 20 Waterford Senior Center
Perennials and more! A popular event.

If you are interested in joining the Waterford Garden Club, please visit their website and look for upcoming meeting dates and contact information. WaterfordGardenClub.org

Clothing Donation Bin

Donation Collection Containers: Does Yours Comply With Ordinance?

In recent years, a strong effort has been put forth by many civic groups, for-profit and non-profit organizations to offer clothing collection containers throughout the Waterford community.  The clothing is collected, and then redistributed to those in need by the various organizations that collect the items.  Current estimates are that there are between 50 and 100 such bins in Waterford Township.  Most of these are located at business in the area of the parking lot closest to the roadway.  Some businesses have as many as 5 bins in one location. 

The existence of these collection containers are regulated by the Zoning Ordinance, which was revised in 2010.  Attached for reference is a copy of Section 4-014 which pertains to these, and other non-permanent structures. Many of the collection bins that are at the edge of parking lots close to the road right of way are in violation of Township Ordinance.  A site plan review and approval for placement of them is needed in many cases.  They have become a common, and sometimes unsightly, part of the landscape in our community.  In many cases they are used as a dump site for litter, garbage, furniture, and equipment, which then becomes the responsibility of the lot owner that these items are discarded on. 

Waterford Township wishes to continue to promote the effort of those offering these services, but would ask that they be placed in an area of the parking lot compliant with Township Ordinance. This spring, an effort will be made to bring these collection containers into compliance with Township Ordinance.  This will be done through our normal procedure of sending a courtesy notice requesting compliance to the owner of the zoning lot, then if necessary following that up with a warning notice and potentially a citation. 

Any questions regarding the legal and proper placement of these donation bins can be directed to Kirk Simpson or Larry Lockwood. 248-674-6238.

Bryan's Hope

Bryan's HOPE Hosts Q&A

Bryan's HOPE will also host at Q&A on April 26th at 7pm with the pharmaceutical company that makes Vivitrol - one of three drugs approved by the FDA to treat opiate addiction.This meeting will be held at the Bryan's HOPE offices located at The Covert Center 1150 Scott Lake Rd.  Waterford, MI 48328. For more information please call 248-410-4163.

Peacefest Seeking Sponsors
Dave Bennett

Dave Bennett In Concert May 3

America’s Roots of Pop Multi-Instrument Performing Phenomenon Comes to Waterford Kettering High School!
The Waterford Kettering Bands proudly present DAVE BENNETT IN CONCERT on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Waterford Kettering Performing Arts Center.
A multi-instrument phenomenon, Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, and drums and vocalizes. He is the only artist anywhere saluting the roots of pop, covering music from the swing era to early rock-a-billy and country, to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and more.  
Leading his tribute to Benny Goodman, Bennett has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops in 2013 and has played the show with 35 other US and Canadian orchestras including Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Vancouver, Orlando, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Portland, OR and Portland, ME and will be performing in Houston and Calgary this year.  An annual fixture at several American music festivals, Dave’s “Rockin the ‘50s” show always brings down the house!  Dave pays tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. His original compositions are influenced by the style of Roy Orbison, the “soul of rock and roll”.
Some of his annual roots music presenters include The Sacramento Music Festival, The Southern Oregon Music Festival, The Central Illinois Jazz Festival, The Clambake Jazz Festival, and The Redwood Coast Music Festival. Bennett performs at The Grand Hotel Jazz Weekend every Labor Day on Mackinac Island. He has been featured on NPR Radio’s “Jazz at Riverwalk,” and made his European debut in 2008 at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland in a combo with jazz legends and Benny Goodman band alumni guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and vibraphonist, the late Peter Appleyard. A Mack Avenue Records artist, his 2013 CD “Don’t Be That Way” met with critical acclaim.  His second CD is currently in production, featuring original compositions influenced by Bennett’s appreciation of jazz, blues, swing, gospel, and pop and is slated for release this year.
Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased online at waterfordpac.com or by mailing a check, made payable to the Waterford Kettering Band Boosters at 2800 Kettering Drive, Waterford, MI  48329, Attn:  Scott Adkins, Director of Bands.  For questions, please contact the Band Boosters at 248-396-1285.

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