Waterford Insider May 2018

Last Spaghetti Dinner Until Fall Tonight - Don't Miss Out!

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Monthly 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 (May 5 & June 2, 2018) from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.
Waterford residents only, please.

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Is Your Dog Licensed for 2018?

2018 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office.  To obtain a license proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is needed. 
Resident who pays on or before June 1
$18.00 (if not spayed or neutered)

Senior citizen (65 years or older) who pays on before June 1
$16.50 (if not spayed or neutered)

Any resident who pays June 2 or later*
* Exceptions to June 2 Fee Increase

  • New resident (within 30 days)
  • New dog (within 30 days)
  • Dog just turned 4 months of age (within 30 days)

Please note: the Township sells only the 1-year license. 3-year license are available at Oakland County Animal Control.  Please call Animal Control at (248) 391-4102 for more information.

Waterford Township Business Breakfast

Get your tickets today for the 2018 Waterford Business Recognition Breakfast. Join us in celebrating milestone anniversaries, Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, beautification,community service, and more!

You won't want to miss this popular annual event and the opportunity to both celebrate and network with the Waterford business community and leaders.
This year's keynote speaker is Oakland International Airport Manager Cheryl Bush.

Tickets are just $20 and include a hearty buffet breakfast. Call 248-674-6201 or purchase online at www.2018waterfordbizbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

Waterford Voting Precinct Boundaries Changes

Dear Registered Voter,
Effective February 9, 2018, most precinct boundaries were changed in Waterford. The number of precincts was changed from 29 precincts to 21 precincts. Several circumstances drove this change:

  • As the number of students in Waterford decreases schools are being closed and that reduces the number of locations that qualify as polling places.
  • With fewer precincts to staff for each election the payroll for elections is reduced, saving the Township money at a time when the budget is tight.
  • It has becoming increasingly difficult to find people willing to work at the polls as Election Inspectors. Even though the pay increased as the minimum wage increased, the number of people who are available to work at the polls has decreased. If you are interested in serving your community by working at the polls please contact my office.

With these changes we are still below the maximum number of voters per precinct but you may experience longer lines at peak times, such as first thing in the morning and in the evening after work. I encourage all who qualify to apply for an Absentee Ballot and avoid the lines altogether. And for those of you who will be voting at the polls, consider going at off peak times during the day. This will be an issue during Presidential Elections more so than during Primary Elections or Mid-term Elections.
Your new Voter ID card was mailed out in February with your new polling location. You can also confirm your precinct location at www.mi.gov/vote. If you have any questions, please contact my office at 248-674-6266.
Precinct boundaries and polling locations can be found on the Clerk's website at: www.waterfordmi.gov/158/Voting-Precincts-Locations
Waterford Township
Sue Camilleri, Clerk

Now hiring firefighters

Now Hiring Firefighters

Charter Township of Waterford is taking applications for Entry Level Firefighter. 

Minimum qualifications and application at https://www.waterfordmi.gov/jobs

Closing date is 4:00 p.m. 05/31/18. EOE

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Waterford Police Department

Waterford Police Seek Volunteer "Angels" for Hope Not Handcuffs

Waterford Police have committed to participate in the Hope Not handcuffs initiative.  Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative of  Families Against Narcotics.  The program is aimed at bringing law enforcement, community organizations, and individuals seeking assistance together in an effort to reduce dependency with heroin and prescription opioids.
Anyone struggling with drug addiction will be able to come into the Waterford Police Department and ask for help with their addiction.  Officers will gather preliminary information, provide a waiting space, and contact a Hope Not Handcuffs Angel Coordinator.
An “Angel” volunteer will respond to the Waterford Police Department within fifteen to twenty minutes, gather appropriate intake information, and assist the individual in finding an appropriate treatment option.
Since Hope Not Handcuffs launched in 2015, they have placed over nine hundred individuals into treatment and there are over thirty police agencies currently participating in the initiative.
Before we can launch the program in Waterford, we must have volunteers willing to be trained and commit some of their time as an on-call “Angel”.  We are committed to Hope Not Handcuffs and believe it is an important piece in the overall battle against heroin and opioid addiction.
For more information and to volunteer as a Hope Not Handcuffs “Angel”, contact a HNH Angel coordinator at 833-202-HOPE or visit their website at www.hopenothandcuffs.com
Scott Underwood
Chief of Police

Waterford Regional Fire Department:
10 Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Crawl low under smoke to your exit
    If you have to escape a fire through smoke, crawl low, keeping your head 12 to 24 inches above the floor, where the air is cleaner.
  1. Plan your escape
    Make a home escape plan and hold regular fire drills so everyone in your household knows what to do in an emergency. When escaping a fire, feel the cracks around doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If they are warm, try another escape route.
  1. Install smoke detectors
    Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, inside and outside the bedrooms. Test them once a month, and replace your batteries twice a year.
  1. Be careful with smoking materials
    Never smoke in bed or when you're drowsy or have been drinking or taking medications. 
  1. Use electrical safely
    Replace damaged electrical cords and repair appliances the smell, smoke, or overheat.
  1. Cook Safely 
    Never leave cooking unattended, and keep cooking areas clean and uncluttered.
  1. Space heaters need space
    Keep portable and space heaters at least three feet from anything that could possibly burn or ignite.
  1. Keep matches and lighters out of sight
    Keep matches and lighters away from children. Store them up high in a locked cabinet.
  1. Have a home fire extinguisher available
    Keep an ABC type of fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure that the unit is charged. Common places to keep an extinguisher are the kitchen, the garage, and the basement.
  1. Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch fire
    If your clothing catches fire, STOP - DO NOT RUN. Drop to the ground. Roll over and over to smother the flames.

Be Safe,
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey

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Waterford Township Public Library - May News & Events

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Plant Sale
Sat., May 4, 10:00a-4:30p
Sun., May 5, 1:00p-4:30p

Sponsored by the Library Garden Club, perennial plants from divisions of plants in the Children's Sensory Garden and gardens of Library Club members will be on sale at the Library. Proceeds to support the Children's Sensory Garden at the Library's entrance. 
Waterford Township Friends of the Library
General membership meeting, Sunday, May 20, 2:00p-3:30p in the Community Room. All members and prospective members welcome.

Used Book Donation Drop-off
Saturday, May 12, 10:00a-1:00p. Library Community Room

The library accepts donations of used books in saleable condition on the second (2nd) Saturday of each month, 10am-1pm in our Community Room. Items can be dropped off in the library's Community Room at this time each month. Donations are first considered for use in the Library's collection and second as merchandise included at the Friends Used Book Sales. While we appreciate your generosity, there are some items that we do not accept. These include: Encyclopedias, Magazines (including National Geographic), Musty or moldy items, Reader's Digest condensed books, Text books, VHS tapes, Vinyl records. You can obtain a receipt for number of books you donate for tax purposes. For a receipt, please count the number of hardcover and soft cover books being donated prior to arriving at the monthly Donation Drop-off event.
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 5, 10:00a-5:00p
The library is giving away comic books to kids, teens, and adults!  Check in with either the Children's or the Adult librarians to see your choices.  Only one comic per person, while supplies last.

Children’s Programs (through age 12)
On hiatus while we prepare for the annual Summer Reading Book Club which begins on Monday, June 18. Check our website for details and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/WaterfordLibrary)

Teens’ Programs (grades 6-12)
NOTE: for students in grades 6-12 only.  Please be respectful of the teens as they enjoy library programs planned just for them. Thank you.
TAG (Teen Advisory Group) Meetings – First Tuesday of the Month
Tuesday, May 1, 3:00p-4:00p

The purpose of the group is to give input to the Teen librarian on the Teen collection, programs, volunteer projects, etc.  Each meeting we start by talking about some of our most recent favorite books, movies, and music and then we’ll get down to business.  High school kids interested in joining can show up at any meeting.  
Tuesday Teens
May 8 & 22, 3:30p-5:00p

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. 

Adults’ Programs
Library Garden Club
Wednesday May 9, 4:30p-8:00p in the Community Room

4:30p-6:00p -  Join us for a work bee in the Children's Sensory Garden as we get hands-on experience with spring clean-up and plant inspection.

Capturing Garden Beauties in Pictures
Wednesday May 9, 6:30p-8:00p in the Community Room  -  Enjoy gorgeous garden images as you learn professional horticultural photographer Steven Nikkila's simple methods for taking pictures of flowers, birds, butterflies and other garden beauties. Great for anyone with any camera or camera-phone. You will see how to capture fleeting beauty, frame the best shot, set up striking before-and-after shots, plan a dramatic sequence to show seasonal change or differences over the years, and correct for less-than-perfect light or subject matter. 

Ask the Tech Guy for Computer Help
Saturday, May 19. 30-minute appointments from 10:30a through 12:30p

Computer/technology help.  One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it in with you).  Our library computer technician will do his best to troubleshoot your problem, answer your questions, or advise you on what to do. Held in the Conference Room. Please make an appointment by calling or coming in to the adult desk. Registration required.

Knitting Group
Every Wednesday 10:00a – 12:00p in the Conference Room

Share patterns, exchange project ideas, and socialize while you knit! Bring your own supplies. Refreshments

Poetry Writers Workshop
Meets 3rd Thursday each month, 7:00p – 8:30p in the Conference Room

Local poet and teacher Glen Armstrong leads this monthly poetry-writing workshop. Bring paper and a pen/pencil, leave with a poem.

Waterford Writers Workshop
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30p-8:30p in the Conference Room

The goal is to write, share, and develop works that make us feel; to celebrate the art of words; to provoke, evoke, and inspire; to write confidently. Each writer will have the opportunity to read their work to the group. Participants should bring at least five copies of their work (limit of 5 typewritten, double-spaced pages of fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose, screen plays, etc.) for peer review and discussion. All copies will be returned to the writer with edits, constructive critiques, and suggestions by fellow group members. Participants must be 16 or older. Registration is not required.

Concerts in the Park
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Waterford Lakes Association Hosts
Spring Meeting May 31

Our Spring Meeting is scheduled for May 31st at 7:00 in the Waterford Township Auditorium.  The goal of this group is to discuss issues that we face as lake residents so that we can learn and help each other.   We started this group with the help of Gary Wall, Waterford Township Supervisor, and he continues to be an asset for us.
We have open discussion forums and presentations on topics of interest to lake residents.  We will continue this so that we can openly talk about issues we are facing and sharing solutions/ideas between our beautiful and important lakes in Waterford and Oakland County.
Any lake resident that wants to be an active participant both in Waterford and Oakland County are welcome.
Please contact Heidi Nettler if you have any questions:  heidinettler@gmail.com

Thank you Earth Day Volunteers - Another Successful Year!

On behalf of the Waterford community, I want to take a moment to say "thank you" to our Earth Day Cleanup volunteers for their time and physical labor on Saturday, April 21, 2018 for our 3rd annual Earth Day Waterford Township Cleanup event!

Each year the event continues to grow with more volunteers working to clear litter from Waterford roadways and parks. This year our team of volunteers helped clean up about 40 cubic yards of debris – litter that is otherwise an eyesore and an environmental hazard to our wildlife and precious waterways.

Your work really made an impact in some of the most heavily littered areas of the Township. I’m truly grateful for volunteers such as you and your families.

Thank you, too, to the generous donor businesses who provided supplies and discounts to help make the event possible:
Advanced Disposal for use of dumpsters
Great Lakes Ace Hardware for donation of gloves (Highland Rd. & Dixie Hwy. locations in Waterford)
Sam’s Club of Novi for donation of water and trash bags

Again, my sincere thanks!
- Gary Wall, Waterford Township Supervisor
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oak wilt

Protecting Trees from Oak Wilt

Oak wilt is a lethal disease of oak trees which has been confirmed in 56 Michigan counties.

While the disease has been in our state for some time, infection rates are increasing from year to year at an alarming rate. Oak wilt is a threat to almost 150 million oak trees which make up 10 percent of our forests.

Human activities have the potential to make a huge impact on the progression of this disease. Learning when to prune oaks to prevent oak wilt, as well as how to
handle accidental wounding of trees is critical. Everyone should know the signs of oak wilt, and know what to do if oak wilt is suspected. Lastly, firewood should never be moved. The use of local sources for firewood should be encouraged to avoid spreading oak wilt to new locations.
Learn the facts about oak wilt and what you can do to prevent new infections.
What is oak wilt ?
Oak wilt is a disease caused by a fungus which blocks the water-carrying vessels of the oak tree. It causes wilt and catastrophic leaf loss before the seasonal leaf-drop. Red oak specie swill die within 3-6 weeks. White oaks species decline more slowly.
How is oak wilt spread?
Sap beetles play a large role in the spread of oak wilt. These beetles feed on oak wilt spore mats that form on trees that have died from the disease. The spores are sticky
and cling to the body of the beetle. When they feed on the sap of fresh oak wounds the fungus is spread to that tree. The diseased oak tree then passes the fungus through root connections to surrounding oak trees. This will create an epicenter of the disease which expands by up to 39 feet per year if not contained. Oak wilt is also spread by moving firewood to new locations.
What can I do if I suspect my oak tree has the oak wilt disease?
If you see signs such as wilting and significant leaf drop in the summer, you should call a
certified arborist as soon as possible. They can take measures to protect surrounding oak trees that have not yet been infected. This involves severing root connections between infected and healthy trees, as well as possible fungicide treatments. It should also be reported to the Department of Natural Resources Forest Health Division by emailing DNR-FRD-Forest-Health@michigan.gov .
What can I do to prevent oak wilt?
-Do not prune during the warmer months of the year . Prune in the colder months when fungus and beetles are dormant.
-Seal tree wounds with pruning paint, latex paint or clear shellac as soon as they are made. Beetles have been observed on wounds within 10 minutes. Stumps of removed trees need to be sealed, as well.
-Do not move firewood. Wood from an oak tree should be chipped, debarked, burned or buried. If you use it for firewood, it needs to be tarped tightly to the ground for 6-12 months until it is dry and the bark falls off.
Learn more at www.michiganoakwilt.org

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive - Sat. May 12th

Please check your cupboards for unexpired, non-perishable foods or pick up a few extra items for the annual Stamp Out Hunger U.S. Postal Service Food Drive on Saturday, May 12th.
Donations stay within the Waterford community to help feed those in need locally.

Did you know that Waterford Township's letter carrier annex is one of the top collectors each year for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive?

Thank you to the Waterford community for your continued generosity. And thank you to the Waterford letter carriers for your hard work!

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Food Sorting Volunteers Needed At Open Door

Open Door Outreach Center in Waterford is seeking volunteers to help sort canned goods donated through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Last year, Open Door received 90,000 pounds of food! This food comes at the perfect time to feed hungry children through the summer.
Volunteers are need for various shifts May 14-16.
Please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4aa9af22a0fa7-open to sign up online.
Have a large group? Please email Jon at jmcgregor@opendooroutreachcenter.com.

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Closed for Memorial Day

Office Closures for Memorial Day

Waterford Township offices will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. The Board of Trustees’ regularly scheduled meeting for that week will be moved to Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. as posted.

The Waterford Township Public Library will be closed Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day weekend.  The Library is always closed on Friday and traditionally we observe this holiday closing Sunday and Monday.  The addition of Saturday this year is to accommodate the final step in the process of migrating the library system software.  For more information please call 248-674-4831.

Emergency service remain available during these administrative closures.

On behalf of the employees of Waterford Township, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday weekend.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Parade May 28th

Heart of the Lakes VFW Post 1008 will again be hosting the Waterford Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2018.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on the Dixie at Sashabaw and proceeds north to the intersection of Walton/Williams Lake Road.  A memorial service is held immediately following the parade in the Drayton Plains Cemetery.  Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should call the VFW Post at 248-674-2826.  

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Check Out Waterford Parks & Recreation Summer Camps!

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