August 2016 Waterford Insider

State Primary Election - August 2nd

Waterford Township will conduct the State Primary Election on August 2, 2016. For Election information including precinct locations, sample ballots, absentee voter information, voter ID requirements, results and more, please visit the Clerk's election information website.

Road Closed

Hatchery Road Closure Aug. 1-5

Canadian National (CN) railroad will close a section of Hatchery Road between Dixie Hwy. (US 24) and Frembes Road to traffic in Waterford Township beginning Monday, August 1, for railroad crossing repair work.
The detour for the closure is Dixie Hwy. (US 24) to Frembes Road, back to Hatchery Road and vice versa.
CN is expected to conclude the repair work on Friday, August 5. Hatchery Road carries approximately 4,000 vehicles daily


Library's Annual Matinee Movies

Now Showing
We're showing some great movies this August.  All the movies are rated PG, begin at 2:00 PM in our Community Room, and run 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  CHILDREN UNDER 9 MUST BY ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.  Popcorn is provided.  You may bring your own snacks, drinks with lids, pillows, blankets, etc.  Please, no peanuts or uncovered drinks.

August 1 - Cinderella (2015)

August 2 - The Good Dinosaur (2015)
August 4 - Goosebumps (2105)

August 8 - Hotel Transylvania (2015)

August 9 - Inside Out (2015)

August 16 - Minions (2015)
August 18 - Norm of the North (2015)

August 22 - Pan (2015)
August 29 - Open Season 2: Scared Silly (2015)

August 30 - Zootopia (2016)

August 31 - Air Bud (1997)

September 1 - Space Jam (1996)

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Library Hosts Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show Fundraiser at the Library
Saturday August 6, 6:00p-8:00p

Rain or shine - gear up for the Waterford Township Public Library's Car Show Fundraiser!
Join us for an evening of delightful tunes, food, prizes and raffles. Plus, Miniature Motorways slot car racing for the kids.Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place based on your votes.
To register your car, please call 248-618-7678 or register online through the Library’s website, A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the event. Proceeds will go toward upgrading walkway lights and benches at the entrance to the Library.
Thanks to our sponsors: Steve’s European Auto, Waterford Hill Road Racing, & Ray’s Red Hots
Special thanks to: 300 Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings, Calabrese's Pizza, Imperial Car Wash, Michigan Chiropractic,Planet Fitness, &Waterford Pool & Fitness Centers

Waterford Police Department

Police Chief Reorganizes Department

After several months of evaluation and analysis, the Waterford Township Police Department has initiated a re-organization of the department with several objectives in mind.
It is important that our department is organized in a manner that allows us to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. To that end, we have identified three main bureaus; Patrol Services, Investigative Services and Administrative Services. This allows us to identify tasks and functions and make sure those things are accomplished within those bureaus. This ensures that our members are concentrating on their specific assignments instead of being pulled in different directions.
The backbone of any police organization is Patrol Services and that is certainly the case in Waterford Township.  Our greatest amount of people and resources is dedicated to
Patrol Services. We are always trying to find ways to increase our efforts in this area to ensure adequate response times and deliver quality services to Township residents.
Our Patrol Services Bureau gets great support from Investigative Services.  They are responsible for follow-up,  investigation, and prosecution of all criminal matters.   Most often as a result of cases initiated or reported by Patrol Services.
Administrative Services is responsible for day to day business operations of the Police Department, including all personnel matters, records functions, budgeting, dispatch, and a host of other administrative functions.
By organizing people and functions in their proper place, we have already been able to add the following personnel:
Patrol Services:
(1) Full Time Police Officer
(1) Full Time Sergeant

(1) Full time Dispatcher Investigative Services:
(1)  Full Time Detective
We have also been able to return three Full Time Police Officers to Patrol Services, from short term disability or administrative duties, since April of this year. This means an increase of five uniformed personnel, available on patrol in Waterford Township. As well as, one additional Dispatcher and a Full Time Detective to pick up part of the case load in the Investigative Services Bureau.
The Waterford Township Police Department is also in the process of establishing an eligibility list to hire new Officers, one immediately, as well as promotional lists for the rank of Lieutenant and Sergeant.  In addition, we are preparing to hire one additional Part Time Police Officer to bring our compliment of Part Time Officers to full strength. This has all been accomplished with no additional cost to the taxpayers of Waterford Township.
Our re-organization has been met with enthusiasm and cooperation by our entire department. We have received great support from Township Supervisor Gary Wall and the Board of Trustees. We are creating a culture at the Police Department that is positively impacting our people and our organization, which we will leverage to have a positive effect on our community.
- Scott Underwood Chief of Police

Waterford REgional Fire Department

Fire Alarms Save Lives

Working Fire Alarms reduce your risk of dying in a Fire by 50%
Fire can quickly start and spread through your house, which is why we all need to be extremely careful and educated when it comes to fire safety. Planning and education can be the big difference in your family’s survival in a fire.  
The Hard Facts
In 2013, 334 children died in home fires. Eighty-seven percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2008, nearly 61,000 children around the world died due to a fire.

Top Tips

  1. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
  2. Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children. Teach them if they find matches of lighters to give them to an adult and if a friend or siblings are using them advise an adult.
  3. Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. The kids will love it. Here’s a handy worksheet to help get you started. 
  4. Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe.
  5. Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.
  6. Blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep. Avoid use in areas that curtains, paper or other light weight materials could come in contact with the flame.
  7. Do not discard cigarette butts or matches into a trash can. You would be surprised at how long it takes ashes, cigarette butts, or matches to cool down.
  8. Do not smoke in bed.
  9. Do not leave appliances plugged into extension cords. (Space heaters, AC units and other large electrical draw items). Most of your high electrical draw equipment is designed to be plugged directly into a wall electrical outlet.

Please be safe,
 Deputy Fire Chief Matthew J. Covey

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Monthly Paper Product Recycling

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 5200 Civic Center Dr. Recycling truck will be operating Saturday, August 6th. No cost. Waterford Township residents and business owners only, please.

Girl's Basketball
Co-ed Kickball
Boy's Basketball
Oakland Uncorked

Win Tickets to Oakland Uncorked!

FREE Tickets to Oakland Uncorked Wine & Food Tasting on Aug. 5th at the Oakland County Farmers Market! All you have to do is share, like and comment on the original post from the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce FB page

For every "share", "like" & "comment" your name will be entered to win 2 tickets to this fabulous event! (only one comment per person). This event is limited to 300 tickets and will sell out! To purchase your tickets go to

Another huge thank you from the Chamber to their event partners, Clarkston SCAMP, Oakland County Farmers Market, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, edibleWOW Magazine and the sponsors and restaurants that allow this event to take place: Oakland County Credit Union, ATD Solutions LLC Canterbury-on-the-Lake Retirement Community, Fritz Kainz Jackson - Ideas for You, Clarkston State Bank - Margaret Birch,Treasurer at Waterford, Michigan Studio 8 Fitness, Katherine's Catering, Maggiano's Little Italy Troy, Fork n' Pint, Huerto Tequila Bar and Grill, Overtyme Grill and Taproom, Red Wood Grill, The Holly Hotel, Bologna Via Cucina, Billy's Tip N' Inn, Heroe's Bar-BQ & Brew, Dorsey Schools Culinary, So Thai Restaurant, Rangolii, White Pine Coffee, Gino's Pizzeria and Restaurant, Lafayette Market Catering, Buffalo Wild Wings, Irish Tavern, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, The Clean Plate
Waterford Fitness Studio

Save the Date - The Longest Breakfast Table 2016

The Police & Firefighters of Waterford will be flipping pancakes for you! Join us September 10th for the 14th Annual Longest Breakfast Table event at Fire Station One 2495 Crescent Lake Rd. All proceeds from this popular community event benefit the Police Benevolent Fund and Firefighter's Charities. Bring the whole family. Suggested donation $5 for pancakes prepared by Waterford Police Officers and Firefighters, sausage, coffee, juice and water. Stay tuned for for more details!

Project Backpack
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Post Impressions

Street Art Exhibit Opens Sept. 10th

Post Impressions Street Art Exhibition will open Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 AM beside the River Walk at Highland Rd and Crescent Lake Rd (in the Kroger Plaza)
Join us as we present over 50 colorfully decorated posts and stroll the River Walk during the Dare 2 Inspire Festival.

Walk and roll for meals on wheels

Shredding Event at the Waterford Senior Center

Free Shredding Event By Shred Max
Friday, August 12
Help Protect Your Identity
This shredding event is to help securely dispose of papers containing your personal information
-Paper Only Please
-No Newspapers, Magazines, Cardboard, Plastic, Junk Mail Fliers, Page Protectors

Meet the Candidates at the Waterford Senior Center

Meet the Candidates at the Waterford Senior Center
Wednesday, September 7, 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
By attending this event, you will have the opportunity to speak directly with candidates about what is important to you.
-Meet with Local and State Candidates
-Free Lunch will be Served at 12:00 provided by Candidates.
Reserve Your Lunch @ 248-682-9450


News from the Treasurer's Office

Summer Taxes are due without interest through September 14, 2016.   See your tax bill (front and back) for more details or call the Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.
An original tax bill will be sent to either the mortgage company, if your taxes are escrowed, or the homeowner.  If your tax bill is sent directly to your mortgage company, you can easily obtain a copy of your tax bill on the township website at and click on Tax Information Search.
If you would like to be notified with an e-mail or text when taxes are due, please click on  and click on Notify Me to sign up for reminders.
Electronic Check (e-check) and Credit/Debit payments may be made electronically by accessing and click on Online Bill Payment

  • E-Check Payments (using a checking/savings account) will incur a Convenience Fee of $1.00 per transaction.
  • Credit and Debit Payments may be processed through VISA, MASTERCARD or DISCOVER.  Please note that you will pay a Convenience Fee of $2.49% based upon the amount of your payment.

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.
Partial property tax payments are accepted.
Summer taxes may be deferred until February 14, 2017, if your 2015 total household income was less than $40,000 and you meet state qualifications.  A copy of your 1040A Federal Tax Form or MI-1040CR needs to accompany your application.    Applications must be received by September 15, 2016.    See back of tax bill for requirements or township website at

For Rent

Residential Rental Certification

Did you know that Waterford Township has a Rental Certification Ordinance that applies to all single and multiple family residential properties. The ordinance requires the owners of each residential rental property to register those properties with the Township.   
All rental property owners are required to pay an annual fee based upon the adopted Fee Schedule.

Rental Registration Requirements
For each rental property, a completed Registration Form must be submitted with the required registration fee (as listed on the form).  Please note:  If the property owner does not reside within Michigan, a Michigan based local agent must be established.  

Rental properties must comply with the Existing Rental Housing Standards. Residential rental properties are subject to inspection upon registration.  Re-inspection will then occur every 3-4 years thereafter.  

For More Information
Contact the Development Services Department at 248-674-6238 with questions.

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Water Meter Changeout - Last Call

Last Call! Let’s get that old water meter changed out!

  • No charge to have your meter changed out
  • Updated technology is more accurate
  • Lead free brass body
  • Coming soon, App for your phone for leak alarms
  • Meter change out is required; lets schedule it at a convenient time for you.Meter changes take about an half hour on average. Scheduling exact appointments every 30 minutes, early mornings, late evenings and Saturdays.
Contact the Waterford Township Department of Public Works today at 248-674-2278!
now hiring

Job Opportunities Available

Interested in working for Waterford Township? Keep up to date on job openings for general Township services, Police and Fire on our website at
hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates - Last dates 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 remaining collection dates, times and locations are:

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

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Bucket of Love Volunteers Sought

Waterford Youth Assistance (WYA) Seeks Bucket of Love Volunteers for the 2016/2017 School Year

Waterford Youth Assistance (WYA) is committed to help strengthen youth and families and to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency, child neglect and child abuse by providing positive alternatives through volunteer involvement.
Bucket of Love is a program unique to the Waterford community. Retired/seniors meet with selected elementary students in the Waterford schools on a one-on-one basis throughout the school year to be a friend. The Bucket mentors and mentees like to gather as a group at the Holiday Party in December for pizza, crafts and a visit from Santa. In the spring the group meets at the Drayton Plains Nature Center to check out exotic animals from a local exhibitor.
The Bucket of Love program is a success due to our committed volunteers, supportive school partnerships, generous donations from local businesses and grants from the Waterford Foundation for public education.
For more information, please call us at 248.618.7383, email us at, visit and like us on Facebook!

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Therapeutic Garden

Garden Club Welcomes Members

If you are a frequent visitor to the Waterford Senior Center then no doubt you’ve enjoyed some of the beautiful gardens the Waterford Garden Club volunteers maintain. Check out the Bistro Garden and the Serenity Garden!
The Waterford Garden Club members enjoy workshops, garden walks, estate tours, plant sales, educational speakers, field trips, and of course, helping maintain community gardens in Waterford. Consider joining them at a monthly meetings. They are a fun bunch with a common love for gardening in Waterford! 
Visit their website to learn more: 

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