July 2017 Waterford Insider
Fireworks safety

Fireworks - Discharge & Use Within Waterford Township

As you are most likely aware the State of Michigan enacted a law that legalized the sales and discharge of consumer grade fireworks within the State of Michigan. This law allowed the local Jurisdictions to enact only a few limitations on the use and discharge of consumer grade fireworks. The Waterford Township Board of Trustees enacted Ordinance Chapter 11-178 based on the State Law. The following is a summary of this Ordinance related to the discharge and use of consumer and low grade fireworks.

  • It is against the law to discharge and use consumer grade fire works on any day other than the following. On the day before, day of or day after a national holiday you can discharge consumer grade fireworks from 8:00am until 12:00 Midnight, and for the first hour of New Years Day until 1:00am.
  • Consumer Grade shall not be discharge or used on public, school, church, or private property of another person without express written permission from the person or entity legally in possession and control of that property. (this includes the right of way and roads)
  • Consumer and low-impact fireworks, shall not be ignited, discharged or used by a person under the influence of alcoholic liquor and/or a controlled substance.
  • Consumer fireworks shall not be possessed ignited, discharged, or used by a minor, with the parental neglect and responsibility provisions in Article IX of Chapter 11 of the Waterford Charter Township Code applicable to this Ordinance.
Responsibility; You are responsible for whatever happens when you discharge a firework and can be held liable for any damage they cause to property and any injury caused to a person.
Please be Courteous and respectful to your Neighbors
To view the Charter Township of Waterford Code of Ordinance regarding Fire Works. Go to www.waterfordmi.gov, Code of Ordinances Chapter 11 page 15 & 16.

Recommended Safety Tips
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Have a safe and happy summer,
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey  


News From The Treasurer's Office

The summer tax bill has been mailed to either the mortgage company, if taxes are escrowed, or the homeowner.  If your tax bill was sent directly to your mortgage company, you can easily obtain a copy of your tax bill on the township website at www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes , click on Tax Information Search. 
If the tax bill is supposed to be mailed directly to the homeowner and you have not received your bill, please contact our office at (248) 674-6218.
Summer taxes are payable July 1, 2017 through September 14, 2017.  
Please refer to the front and back of statement for detail tax information.

For those considering making their payment in cash, for safety, efficiency and Township savings, we prefer payment by check or cashier’s check versus cash.

Partial tax payments are accepted.
Summer taxes may be deferred until February 14, 2018, if your 2016 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, 2017.    See back of tax bill for requirements or township website at http://waterfordmi.gov/Departments/Treasurer/Tax-Information/Deferred-Taxes.aspx.
Why are tax bills mailed to a Post Office Box in Detroit?  Waterford Township’s bank, JP Morgan Chase, located at 4750 Dixie Hwy, provides us with a lockbox service.   The bank goes to the box, retrieves the payments, processes the payments and deposit the funds directly into our bank account.  The lockbox service center is located in Detroit.   Tax bills can be mailed to the P.O. Box in Detroit or directly to the Treasurer’s Office at 5200 Civic Center Dr, Waterford MI 48329.
If you initiate your payment through your financial institution, a paper check will be issued and mailed to the Township. Please read the following:

  • Schedule your payment to be delivered at least 10 business days prior to September 14 to avoid a late payment and interest and/or penalties.
  • Payment may fail to be delivered to Treasurer's Office if a P.O. Box address is used for an online payment; please use the township address.   See below for township address.
  • Payments not received by the due date will incur interest and/or penalties.

Payment Address
     Waterford Township Treasurer
     5200 Civic Center Drive
     Waterford MI 48329-3773

Legends Softball Game
community center

Community Center Survey

Waterford Township residents and business owners - we need your input!
Please take a moment to visit our website and participate in a brief survey regarding a future community center!

Summer Day Camps
Lil' Lions Academy
Park It

Brewing For Business - July 20th - Tickets on Sale Now

The Waterford Chamber Young Professionals Network is hosting their annual Brewing for Business at Oakland Yard on July 20th. Grab your co-workers and friends to network with other young professionals in a fun, entertaining atmosphere.  Taste the finest brews from two local breweries: Parker's Hilltop Brewery and CJ's Brewing Company.  Entertainment provided by Johnny Stevenson!  Space is limited - click here to register..

Brewing for Business

Waterford Public Library Presents July Events

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  • Summer Reading Clubs through August 6
    BUILD A BETTER WORLD (ages 5-11)

    Build your reading skills by joining the summer reading book club. The programs are open to all students ages 3-12. You can earn three entries into our summer reading program drawing. Prizes include books, gift cards, book bags, t-shirts, games, craft kits, passes to fun places around town, and other cool stuff. Moreover, drop in Monday through Thursday for fun craft projects based on a new theme each week. For more details go online to http://www.waterfordmi.gov/584/Programs
    Teen Summer Reading Challenge (grades 6 through 12)
    Take the Teen Summer Reading Challenge and earn weekly prizes by reading and completing other activities. There are weekly challenges.  We also have a number of fun programs for teens throughout the summer.  More details about the Reading Challenge and all of the Teen programs are available online and at the library.
    For more details go online to http://www.waterfordmi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4247
    What better way to spend summer than reading for FUN & PRIZES? In addition, you will get suggestions of good books to try. Two lucky readers each week win a gift card to MJR Waterford Cinema, Panera, or Waterford Oaks Waterpark. Plus, read or listen to five books or more by August 6 to be entered to win a grand prize.  For complete information and a registration packet, stop by the adult desk.  Or go online to http://www.waterfordmi.gov/899/Adult-Summer-Reading
  • Summer Activity Centers: America
    July 3 – July 6, 10:00a-Noon or 2:00p-4:00p
    Celebrate America's birthday by creating a couple of patriotic decorations.  We'll be making red, white, and blue paper wreaths and wind "stars". Location: Storytime & Craft Room. No registration required.
  • Stories, Songs & Dances of the Voyageur
    Monday, July 10, 10:00a – 10:45a
    Storyteller Genot "Winter Elk" Picor tells about the adventures of a young French fur trader who journeys to the New World into the land of "Mitchigaamii". Location: Community Room. Registration online through our Calendar of Events beginning Monday, July 3.
  • Summer Activity Centers: Discover
    July 10 – July 13, 10:00a-Noon or 2:00p-4:00p
    Come to our drop-in activity centers. This week's theme is discover and explore. Make your own jungle rain stick, sand clay handprints, compass necklace, and paint your own rocks. Location: Storytime & craft room. No registration required.
  • Minute to Win It (students grades 6 – 12)           
    Tuesday, July 11, 2:00p-3:30p
    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.  Registration required 
  • Summer Activity Centers: Life around Us
    July 17 – July 20, 10:00a-Noon or 2:00p-4:00p
    Come to our drop-in activity centers. This week's theme is life around us. Celebrate everyday life by planting a mini-garden, paint hand art animals, build a vehicle or structure, communicate in code, and design magnetic fridge art. No registration required.
  • Stop Motion Workshop with Alex Thomas & Friends (students grades 6-12)
    Tuesday, July 18, 2:00p – 4:00p
    Learn about the magic of stop-motion animation and get hands-on experience when you build your own stop-motion puppet and bring it to life. Participants will get a free DVD of the finished product. Registration required.
  • Poetry Writers Workshop (meets monthly)
    Thursday, July 20, 7:00p-8:30p
    Bring paper & Pencil/Pen and leave with a poem.
  • Summer Activity Centers: Transform
    July 24 – July 27, 10:00a-Noon or 2:00p-4:00p
    Come to our drop-in activity centers. This week's theme will be transform. Take the ordinary and create the extraordinary. Paper zone, slime zone, playdough zone, deconstruction zone, and reconstruction zone. No registration required.
  • Alex Thomas & Friends Puppet Show
    Thursday, July 27, 10:00a – 10:45a
    A live interactive puppet show featuring "Muppet like" puppets.  Enjoy jokes, stories, and all-around silly fun at this entertaining event. Location: Community Room. Registration online through our Calendar of Events beginning Monday, July 20.
  • Snack Attack (students grades 6-12)
    Thursday, July 27, 2:00p – 3:00p
    Are you tired of chips or cookies when you have the munchies?  Join us as we get creative with our snacks.  Registration required

Recycling - First Saturday

Waterford Township offers 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 (July 1, 2017) from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.
Waterford residents only, please.


Closed for Independence Day

Waterford Township administrative offices and the Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Regular office hours resume Wednesday, July 5th. Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.
On behalf of the employees of Waterford Township, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Continues

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 $15.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, July 22nd
8 AM – 2 PM
North Sashabaw Elementary
5290 Maybee Rd. in Clarkston
Saturday, September 16th
8 AM – 2 PM
Oakland Community College - Highland Lakes Campus
7350 Cooley Lake Rd.
(Enter from Hospital Rd.)

Saturday, October 28th
8 AM – 2 PM
Wildwood Amphitheater
2700 Joslyn Ct. Orion Township
(Enter from Joslyn Rd. from Civic Center Park)

Winning Photo - Spring 2017 - Feathered Family

Congratulations to Irina Jacobs, the winning photographer who captured this beautiful photo of a feathered family near Hess-Hathaway Park in Waterford. Thank you for sharing the natural beauty that Waterford has to offer!
Irina will receive a Waterford Hometown Pride gift basket for her winning photo.

Photos are now being accepted for the Summer 2017 Four Seasons Photo Contest. For more information, please visit www.waterfordmi.gov/photocontest.

Feathered Family
meet up and eat up

Waterford School District Summer Food Program Returns

With summer in full swing, it's time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. The Waterford School District's Food and Nutrition Services Department provides free meals to children during the summer. There are no income requirements or registration necessary. Any child, 18 and younger, may eat free. This summer, meals are served Monday through Friday, beginning June 19 through August 18, at the following campuses:
Crary Campus | 501 N. Cass Lake Road, Waterford Breakfast
Served 8:00-9:00am
Lunch Served 11:00am-1:00pm

Mason Middle School | 3835 W. Walton, Waterford
Lunch Served 11:00am-12:30pm

Stepanski Early Childhood Center | 6010 Hatchery, Waterford
Breakfast Served 8:30-9:00am
Lunch Served 11:00am-12:30pm

Riverside Elementary | 5280 Farm Road, Waterford
Breakfast Served 8:30-9:00am
Lunch Served 11:00am-12:30pm

Closed July 3 & 4

Dave Bennett Concert
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