February 2017 Waterford Insider

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.

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State of the Township Breakfast

The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce presents the
2017 Annual State of the Township Breakfast. Featured
speakers include Gary Wall, Waterford Township Supervisor; Dr. Keith Wunderlich, Superintendent, Waterford School District; and Keith Pawlovich, Oakland Community College Highland Lakes Campus.

Come hear what’s in store for the Waterford community in 2017. Cost is $20 per person advance paid RSVP only, $145 for a table of 8. Visit the Chamber website at www.waterfordchamber.org for more details and registration options. Online Registration (includes hot buffet breakfast)
Citizens Police Academy participants

Waterford Citizens Police Academy - Sign Up Now

The Waterford Police Department is inviting all Waterford Residents, and/or Waterford business owners to join their team for one night a week, for eight weeks, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm beginning Monday, February 20, 2017 through April 10, 2017. 

We offer an educational and hands-on forum for learning the components that make up your police force. Go for a ride-a-long with an officer, test your skills on the gun range, learn precision driving in a patrol vehicle, experience first-hand what an officer sees, hears and what they are trained to do under a variety of circumstances.

If you are interested in participating in this academy, please complete the application and return it to the Waterford Police Department, Attention: Administrative Sgt. Will Dolehanty by February 9,2017. http://waterfordmi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/80

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

*Class size is limited
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taxes due

News From The Treasurer

Taxes due Tuesday, February 14
 Last day to pay 2016 winter tax bill without penalty is Tuesday, February 14, 2017. If you need further information, please call the Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.


  • In person - the Treasurer’s Office located at 5200 Civic Center Dr.  Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Mail – payments may be mailed to our office at 5200 Civic Center Dr, Waterford MI 48329.  Please make checks payable to Waterford Township Treasurer.  Payments may also be mailed in the courtesy envelope sent with tax bills.  Please note there may be a delay in posting payments sent to the PO Box if your check was written incorrectly or lower part of tax statement was not included with payment.
  • Online Banking – payment may be made online through your bank or through the township website.  Please see below information regarding online payments.
  • After Hours Drop Box – an after-hours drop box is located near the lower entrance door to the Township Hall.

If you initiate your payment through your financial institution, a paper check will be issued.  Please remember:

Send payment to:
Waterford Township Treasurer
5200 Civic Center Drive
Waterford, MI 48329

Do not send payment to a P.O. Box address which will delay delivery of payment. 

Schedule your payment to be delivered 10 business days prior to February 14, or your payment may be late and interest applied.

Please note payments are posted paid the date the check is received in our office.

Online credit card or e-check payments processed through the Township website at: www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes will be posted paid on the scheduled payment date you choose.   There is a 2.49% Service Fee if using credit card and $1.00 Service Fee if using e-check.  
Winter taxes are payable through February 14, 2017 without penalty.  Add four percent penalty and fee to winter taxes paid February 15 – 28, 2017.  All 2016 late payments paid AFTER THE DUE DATE must be mailed to Waterford Treasurer’s Office, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford MI 48329.  (Do not use the enclosed envelope addressed to a PO Box).  Payments must be received on or before February 28, 2017.  Postmarks will not be honored.
We appreciate you bringing your unused envelope when making your payment at town hall.
If you would like to be notified with an e-mail or text when taxes are due, please click on www.waterfordmi.gov  and click on Notify Me to sign up for reminders.  

Walk for Warmth

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.


Spaghetti Dinner - Fundraiser

Join us the first Friday of every month (February 3rd) at the Waterford Recreation for this popular community event and fundraiser.

Buffet style dinner includes spaghetti, tossed salad, coleslaw, roll and coffer or tea. Homemade desserts available for $1.00 each.

CASH ONLY at the door, please. Serving from 4:00-6:30pm
Adults & Children 12 & up $8.00 Children 4—11 years $4.00. Under 3 years are free

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employee of the year

Waterford Twp. Employee of the Year

The Employee Recognition Committee is pleased to announce and congratulate Jonathan Deahl from the Library who has been selected as Waterford Township’s 2016 Employee of the Year!

Jon is the Circulation Services Coordinator for the library moving up the ranks from where he began as a Library Page more than a decade ago.

Fellow employees recognize Jon as a “pleasure to work with” who is very knowledgeable and whose attention to detail makes him stand out. Coworkers are also impressed with the systems Jon has put into place to make the library run more smoothly and ensure the materials on the shelves are in good condition. As a trainer, Jon is noted to be thorough, patient, “great”, and is someone who goes above and beyond! Colleagues also notice that Jon has a strong customer service ethic, gets along well with employees and patrons, exhibits professionalism and enthusiasm, and is willing to step outside his comfort zone to take on projects that challenge him to grow professionally.

Patrons notice that Jon is “one of the most helpful Circulation Clerks” who is “very personable, helpful, nice, informative and extremely knowledgeable.” He has also been called “extra helpful, always patient, and very pleasant”. Although he wouldn’t ask to be recognized for it, Jon even spoke at a memorial service for a long-time library patron – a true testament to his relationship with the public as a customer service super hero!

Jon will be honored with a luncheon celebration sponsored by the Employee Recognition Committee. He will also be formally recognized at the Board Meeting on February 13th at 6:00pm.

As Employee of the Year, Jon has earned:
A celebration in his honor
An award presented at a Board Meeting
A preferred parking space for the year
Special gifts
And bragging rights for as long as he deems necessary!

Congratulations Jon, and thank you for the hard work you do and the difference you make!

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Waterford Public Library February Happenings

Creative Process of Poetry
Thursday, February 9, 7:00p-8:30p. Poets Zilka Joseph, Joe Kelty, and Alise Alousi will read their work and discuss the processes they use to write poetry.

S.T.E.M. on Saturday: T is for Technology - Spy Tech.
Saturday, February 18, 10:30a-11:30a. Spy Tech: Learn about some of the simple techniques that spies have used throughout history and try them out.  Do you have what it takes to be a spy?

Throwback Thursday (grades 6-12)
Thursday, February 23, 3:00p-4:30p. Did your parents grow up in the 80s?  Do you want to see what they were into when they were your age?  Go back in time when we celebrate the 80s! We'll watch music videos that were popular on MTV (when they ACTUALLY played music videos!), play board and video games, and snack on food that was popular in that decade. 
PLEASE NOTE: The time has been changed from the original time published in the Parks & Recreation Leisure and Education brochure.

African American Genealogy
Saturday, February 18, 9:30a-1:00p. This class will stress the special sources containing African-American genealogical information and the methods necessary to trace one's family back to the Civil War era.  Special emphasis will be given to the records of the 1860s.  Techniques for identifying slave ancestors and their masters will also be discussed. Taught by Mr. Irv Rabideau, a genealogist with 40 years of experience

Library Garden Club
Wednesday, February 8, 6:00p-8:00p. Cacti & Succulents: Easy to Grow & Carefree. Speaker: Judy Cornellier. Join us to learn about gardening with cacti and succulents. Their beautiful flowers and textures are a big part of the appeal. Judy Cornellier is a founding member of the Troy Garden Club. A seasoned staffer at Telly's Greenhouse she gives talks on many aspects of gardening.

Send Us Your Poem
Poetry Leaves 2017 now accepting your poem for the Exhibition on Civic Center Campus in May 2017. Follow the link above to see guidelines for submittals and to send us your poem electronically.

Poetry Writers Workshop (meets monthly)
Thursday, February 16, 7:00p-8:30p. Bring paper & Pencil/Pen and leave with a poem.
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Closed for Presidents' Day

Waterford Township administrative offices and the library will be closed Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents' Day.

Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.


Seeking Volunteers:
Neighborhood Preservation Corps

The Waterford Township Neighborhood Preservation Corps now has four full seasons out in the field and is gearing up for the 2017 season.
The NPC is a dedicated group of volunteers helping to identify Municipal Code violations in Waterford Township. The  volunteers were able to work with the Code Enforcement staff at Waterford Township to identify and report simple “nuisance” violations in an effort to help maintain Waterford’s neighborhoods and business areas to keep Waterford a great place to live, work and play. The success of the program is evidenced by the fact that the vast majority of these violations are corrected after just a simple warning letter.

As a Neighborhood Preservation Corps volunteer, you must be a Waterford resident and agree to work a minimum of 2 hours per week without compensation. Volunteers use their own vehicles, fuel, digital cameras and must have Internet access. Volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the Code Enforcement officers to pro-actively identify, and report code violations for correction.

For application or further information, please contact the Township Supervisor’s office at 248-674-6201 or by email gwall@waterfordmi.gov. Or visit us online at: http://www.waterfordmi.gov/156/Neighborhood-Preservation-Corps

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Attention Waterford Businesses

Are you a Waterford business owner celebrating a milestone business anniversary 25+ years in 2017? Has your favorite Waterford business been serving the Waterford community for decades?
Let us know! We are now taking nominations for anniversary awards at the upcoming 2017 Business Recognition Breakfast. Call or email the Supervisor's office 248-674-6201/

Taste of Waterford

19th Annual Taste of Waterford Tickets On Sale Now

It’s time to beat the mid-winter blues!  Get groovy, get funky and get ready to DISCO down with the Waterford Coalition for Youth and Presenting Sponsor Genisys Credit Union at the 19th Annual Taste of Waterford on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6-9 pm at Oakland Schools in Waterford!  Sample the delicious cuisine of amazing community restaurants and enjoy - even dance - to the far-out beats of the 70’s disco era. 

Try your luck at our 50/50 raffle and our amazing pick-a-prize raffle of beautiful baskets filled with a wide variety of donations from community businesses.  Kids can enjoy activities and have their faces painted.  You won’t leave this family fun event for all ages hungry or bored.  Don your best disco look and you might go home with a prize! 

Tickets can be ordered online at www.wcfytaste.eventbrite.com or mail in your ticket order form.  Gather your friends and reserve a table.  Ticket prices include all food and entertainment.  Raffle tickets are additional and optional onsite that evening.  Visit restaurants as much and as often as you want.  Children Pre-K and younger are free. 

Help support our community’s youth at this premier community event and have a great time!  The Waterford Coalition for Youth is non-profit organization working collaboratively with our community to reduce substance abuse and high risk behaviors with a primary focus on empowering youth to make positive choices.  For questions, please contact the coalition at 248-618-7424 or visit them on the web at wcfy.org

50 +

Great Programs for 50+ Individuals

Walking, pickleball, 50+ exercise, volleyball, euchre, Pinochle and lots more
Valentine Luncheon
February 15th 12:30pm, tickets are $8 and $10 for non members purchase tickets by February 9th.
Check out our 50+ program online at waterfordmi.gov/parksandrec

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Waterford Police To Carry Naloxone

The Waterford Township Police Department has partnered with Oakland County Community Mental Health to put Naloxone in the hands of every Township Patrol Officer.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. It can be used to counter the effects of opioid overdose. Specifically it can displace opioids from receptors in the brain that control the central nervous system and respiratory system. Opioids include heroin as well as a number of prescription drugs that may come in the form of tablets, capsules, or liquid.

Officers have been given the training and tools to carry and administer intranasal Naloxone, when appropriate, to assist any person who may be suffering from an opioid overdose.

These kits, which contain Naloxone as well as the applicator and necessary safety equipment, are provided through this partnership with Oakland County Community Mental Health. They have also trained our Officers as well as helped us develop Trainers within our department.

The opioid epidemic affects everyone. It knows no boundaries and does not discriminate against age, race, or gender. Overdose has become the leading cause of accidental death in Michigan and we must do everything we can, when we can, to help everyone we can, from dying of an opioid overdose.

Oakland County Community Mental Health has partnered with other law enforcement agencies as well. In 2016, they recorded 71 incidents where Naloxone was administered, by law enforcement, to someone experiencing an opioid overdose. Sixty-five of those 71 were saved.


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/

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Fashion Show

Fashion Show Tickets on Sale Now

The Waterford Historical Society presents our 16th annual Fashion Show on Saturday, March, 25, 2017. 

The show is styled just for us by The Clothing Cove of Milford and modeled by beautiful women of Waterford! 

The event takes place at the Silver Lake Golf Club at 2602 W. Walton Blvd. in Waterford.  Lunch is provided along with an opportunity to shop from The Clothing Cove traveling boutique. 

Ladies, gather your friends for a fun and elegant afternoon with us.  Tickets are $30.00 each and benefit the Waterford Historical Society.  Event starts at 11:00 a.m. For tickets please call Betty Seymour 248-666-4265. For questions please call Sally Strait 248-683-2697 or sstrait649@comcast.net .

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Know Two Ways Out of Your Home

Knowing two ways out of your home might save your life.
 “Knowing two ways out of every room in your home may save your life during a house fire. It’s not just knowing two ways out of your home, typically that is easy, but do you have two ways out of every room in your home can you safely exit?”
If not I ask you to create a plan, share this plan with everyone living in your home, and most importantly, practice your plan with your family during daylight hours and in the middle of the night since 50 percent of fatal home fires occur between 10 Pm and 6 am.
Here is how to begin:

  • Sketch a floor plan of your home and indicate with arrows two ways out of every room.
  • Have a flashlight or headlamp next to each bed in case you need to exit your home in the dark.
  • Walk through the plan with everyone you live with including visitors.
  • Make sure you have one “meeting place” for everyone to go to after they have exited the home. Never go back inside a burning home for anything; leave that to the firefighters.
  • Call 9-1-1 once you are outside the burning building; calling from inside the home wastes valuable time that you need to escape.
  • Purchase escape ladders if you have a two or three story home and know how to use them safely.
  • Post your plan in a prominent place such as your refrigerator door.
  • Practice your plan during the day and again at night. Do this a minimum of twice a year.

If you have small children, disabled or elderly individuals, make sure you have a plan for their escape. Add ramps and other equipment if necessary.
Keep in mind small children often hide when they get scared, so practice the exit drill more often so that they are comfortable with the idea. Don’t forget to Crawl Low Under Smoke while exiting your home, sleep with the doors closed, have a working smoke detector in each bedroom, in each main hallway and on each floor.
Please be safe,
 Deputy Fire Chief Matthew J. Covey

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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 Garden Club News

Join the Waterford Garden Club Thursday, February 2, 2017 for a general membership meeting at the Waterford Senior Center from 9:30 am - noon.

All newcomers welcome!

In April the club will be in some 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.  We will be signing up for this fun event at the meeting.

A presentation is planned after the regular meeting. Details of projects and events can also be found on the club's website and Facebook page. 

The Senior Center/former Leggett School campus is located at 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The Garden Club meets in Activity Room One.

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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


Calling All Entertainers

Entertainers are needed to open at our summer concert series at Hess-Hathaway Park

Musicians would perform for 45 minutes prior to the main act.Thursdays in June  6-6:45 pm. This is not a paid position, but an excellent place to gain exposure to the hundreds in the Waterford community.

Please email Lori at   lsoma@waterfordmi.gov

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SATURDAY, APRIL 29 9:00-12:00
 Meet behind Planet Fitness
M-59 and Crescent Lake Rd.

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