Waterford Insider January 2017
ice rescue

Ice Safety Advice from the Fire Dept.

"When in doubt, don't go out on the Ice".

Remember no ice is 100 % safe.  The following information is a recommended guide to help judge recreational use of clear, solid blue ice and help you minimize your risk:

  • 5" inches thick minimum for general use (fisherman, ice skaters, and foot traffic)
  • 8" inches thick minimum for travel by snowmobile, Off Road Vehicle (ORV)
  • We do not recommend automobiles out on the ice.
Survey the ice, keeping in mind that ice conditions change day by day, lake by lake, and location by location on the same body of water.  Some signs of changing ice conditions can be, but are not limited to: moving water near a stream, river, unseen spring or inlet, slushy areas, depressions in the snow, heavy snow, white “milky” or black colored ice and “frazzle” ice  weakened by the freeze-thaw cycles.  Frazzle ice is pocketed with tiny air pockets and often looks like frozen slush. These are all signs of thin ice or unsafe ice.
  • Do not go out alone on the ice.
  • Check with someone who has experience with a particular lake or pond before you venture out on the ice.
  • Always leave a travel plan with someone who can call for help and direct a search party if you do not return. Plan ahead by dressing appropriately for changing weather conditions.  Dress in layers to protect all exposed parts of your body.  Consider wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) as part of your overall protective clothing or a flotation jacket or suit.  Ice creepers attached to boots will help to keep you stable on the ice and can assist in self-rescue.
  • Bring safety items which may include: cell phone, whistle, rope, ice pick or awls, screw driver, hand flares, flashlight, throwable PFD.  Plan ahead for a rescue.
  • Check and double check the ice thickness with an ice spud, auger or cordless drill.  If you discover a weak spot, retrace your route off the ice.  Keep a distance between others in your group.
  • If you hear the ice crack or detect unsafe ice you should stay spread out, immediately lie down (which will distribute your weight) and crawl back to safer ice by the same way you came.
  • If someone falls through the ice, do not run to the hole.  First call 911 and get help on the way and then use a pole, branch, rope or any other handy object, which can be extended to the victim from a safe position.  You cannot help if you also become a victim.
  • If you fall through the ice, do not panic, because this will only hinder your self-rescue actions.  Call out for help and kick your feet while getting your hands and then arms up onto safer ice.  This is when the ice awl or screwdriver will help you with your self-rescue.  Continue to "swim" up onto the ice far enough to crawl or "roll-out" to safer ice.
  • Snowmobiles, ORV's and vehicles on the ice increase your risk of falling through, especially at night.  Many accidents occur when operators are driving at a high rate of speed (over driving) and are unable to slow or stop in time to avoid open water or unsafe ice. 
  • Pets that venture onto unsafe ice are another major cause for many near drownings and deaths.  If you find your pet has ventured out onto the ice, resist the urge to go out after them.  Stay at a safe position on shore and persuade them back to safety. 
  • Wildlife that ventures onto unsafe ice is a natural occurrence.  Wildlife such as deer are strong swimmers prepared for cold weather and find their own way off the ice.  Most often, wildlife discovered in the water are injured and succumb to injuries from predators or natural forces.

Be Safe - Deputy Fire Chief Matt Covey


Waterford Business Owners:
Property Tax Information

If the True Cash Value of your business equipment is less than $80,000, you may be eligible for an exemption from paying Personal Property taxes.  An “Affidavit of Owner of Eligible Personal Property Claiming Exemption from Collection of Taxes” (Michigan Dept. of Treasury Form 5076) MUST be filed with Waterford Assessing NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 10TH, 2016To ensure that this document is filed timely, please HAND DELIVER, if possible, to the Waterford Assessing Department, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, Michigan.  This will be the only time of year that the Affidavit will be accepted.  This form will be mailed to you along with your 2017 Personal Property Statement at the beginning of January.   If you need a new Form 5076, we have them available at the Waterford Assessing Dept. or you can access it from the following State of Michigan link: 
If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, or if you have any other questions regarding the Personal Property tax exemption, please contact the Waterford Assessing Department at 248-674-6270.


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. No cost. Waterford Township residents and business owners only, please.

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Cable Commission Offers Scholarships

The Waterford Cable Commission is happy to announce the 2017 Waterford Cable Commission Scholarship. Four scholarships are available, each one in the sum of $1,000. Any 2017 graduating senior pursuing further studies in the media arts, and is a Waterford resident, may apply.
The application process opens on Wednesday, February 1st , 2017 and closes on Friday, May 12th, 2017. Applications are available on the Township website only, as well as further information and guidelines regarding the scholarship and application process. www.waterfordmi.gov/cable

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waterford area chamber of commerce

Chamber to Host Annual Awards

This year’s Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce annual gala will surely make you laugh. And, no doubt, it’s time to lighten things up and simply have fun! The Annual Dinner is our moment to glance at the memories of the past year, celebrate the accomplishments of our business community and look towards the coming year!

The Chamber is also looking forward to sharing this evening with co-workers, friends and spouses at a new venue - The Fountains Golf & Banquet. The perfect place to feature the evening’s great entertainment!

With his quick wit and commanding stage presence Jason Douglas takes his audience on a roller coaster ride of laughs from the word go. Incorporating a barrage of “pop” culture references, funny stories, and off the wall “one liners,” you can’t help but laugh at this goofy, crazy, and original talent. His ability to improv with the audience makes every show a unique experience. Jason's show pulls no punches and he refuses to sugar coat anything ... Jason tells it the way it is, the way it was, and the way it should be!

Jason performs over 200 shows per year. He’s a regular in Las Vegas and has opened for Dennis Miller, Ron White, Brad Garrett, Carrot Top, Michael Buble, Foreigner, The Doobie Brothers, Beach Boys, and more.

Join us at the 18th Annual Meeting and Awards dinner Thursday, January 26, 2016 5-9pm. For tickets and more information, visit the Chamber website at www.waterfordchamber.org.

Kindergarten Orientation
waterford area cultural council

Seeking Art Enthusiasts & Artists

The Waterford Area Cultural Council is looking for community members interested in the arts and in reforming the Cultural Council. The group's mission statement reads: The Waterford Area Cultural council will strengthen, enrich and unite our community through the arts, Cooperation and communicating with all aspects of the community, the Waterford Area Cultural Council will provide leadership, and a cultural center with varied cultural experiences and opportunities which encourage development of the arts
Those interested are encouraged to call or text Darren at 248-330-9588

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sorry we're closed

Office Closings, Holidays Observed

Waterford Township offices and the Library will be closed Monday, January 2, 2016 in observance of New Year's Day. We will also be closed on Monday, January 16, 2016 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Emergency services remain available during these administrative closures.

Waterford Garden Club

Garden Club Hosts Speaker

The Waterford Garden Club will meet Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Waterford Senior Center at 3621 Pontiac Lake Rd. in Waterford.

At this meeting, the club will have guest speaker Cheryl English talk about "Native Plants and Their Unique Relationships with Beneficial Insects".

The special program will follow the business meeting and guests are welcome. There is a $5 fee for non-members. This meeting will take place in Activity Room #1. Public of all ages welcome!

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Library Programs - January 2017

minute to win it
poetry leaves

Storytimes for ages 6 months-3 years:
Our drop-in storytimes resume this winter, with three sessions: Session I is January 17--February 14 (5 weeks), Session II is February 28--March 29 (5 weeks), and Session III is April 11--May 3 (4 weeks).  There is a week-long break for the public schools between each session. 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, January 14, 10:30a-11:15a
Saturday Storytimes (for ages 4-7): Snow Much Fun
Students in grades preschool through second grade are invited to join us for stories and crafts on different Saturdays throughout the season from 10:30-11:15 am. No registration required.
Saturday, January 21, 10:30a-11:30a
S.T.E.M. on Saturdays: S is for Science - Join us for a fun, interactive program for grades 3-6. 
Saturday, January 7, 2:00p-3:30p
Minute to Win It: Are you competitive?  Do you  like to play games?  Join us as we try to beat the clock in a variety of 1-minute challenges made famous by the game show Minute To Win It.  PLEASE NOTE: The date has been changed from the original date published in the Parks & Recreation Leisure and Education brochure.
Tuesday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 24, 3:30p-5:00p
Tuesday Teens: 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.
Book Discussion Groups

  • Thursday, January 12, 7:00p-8:30p: We will be discussing The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. Copies of the book are available at the Adult Reference Desk. No registration required.
  • Monday, January 23, 1:00p-2:00p: We meet to discuss this month's book and have light refreshments. This month's book is The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  Pick up a copy at the Adult desk to check out and read, or you can get one at the previous month's meeting, if you attend.  
Used Book Corner
The Friends of the Library accept used book donations on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10:00a-1:00p. Next donation drop-off date: Saturday, January 14.
Used Book Sale: Includes back issues of magazines
  • Wednesday, January 25, 1:00p-8:00p
  • Thursday, January 26, 9:00a-8:00p
  • Saturday, January 28, 10:00a-11:30a (regular sale), Noon – 2:00p Bag Sale
Poetry Leaves 2017
Now accepting your poem for inclusion in the May 2017 Exhibition on Civic Center Campus. Submit electronically at www.poetry-leaves.com
  • Thursday, February 9, 7:00p-8:30p. The Creative Process of Poetry
  • Saturday, March 18, 1:00p-4:00p. Open Mic Poetry Readings & Small Press Book Fair
  • Saturday, March 25, 10:00a-11:30a. Kids Poetry Camp (students K-8)
  • Thursday, April 13, 5:30p-7:30p. Poetry Readings & Poets’ Discussion of Their Work
Taste of Waterford - Save the Date
Camp Staff Needed
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Bryan's HOPE Hosts Bowl-a-Thon

Join Bryan's HOPE for their 4th annual fundraising Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 300 Bowl located at 100 Cass Lake Rd. in Waterford.

$20 per bowler includes 2 games, shoes & Pizza
Children 10 years old and under play for $15 each (bumper guards available). Check in at1 pm and event ends at 4 pm.
In addition to bowling, the event will also feature a Chinese Auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and lots of family fun!
This annual family-friendly event is the primary fundraiser for Bryan's HOPE. Sponsors and auction donors are asked to contact Bryan's HOPE at (248) 875-5604 or bryanshopemedia@gmail.com
Information is also available at: http://www.bryanshope.org/bowl-a-thon-2017/

riverwalk cleanup

River Walk Clean Up - Save the Date

Save the date for Spring River Walk Clean Up. Saturday, April 29th from 9am to Noon. Stay tuned for more information or contact Clerk Sue Camilleri for more information scamilleri@waterfordmi.gov

January 2017 Calendar of Events
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