June 2018 Waterford Insider
Concerts in the Park
concerts in the park
concerts in the park
waterford logo

Accepting Resumes for
Vacant Trustee Position

The Waterford Township Board of Trustees is now accepting resumes and letters of interest from individuals interested in appointment to the Board of Trustees to fill a vacant Trustee position. If interested, please email your resume and letter of interest to Waterford Township Supervisor Gary Wall at gwall@waterfordmi.gov no later than June 15, 2018 at 4:30pm EST.

All Waterford Township Board of Trustees members are required to be Waterford Township residents and registered voters within Waterford Township.
The successful candidate will be appointed to the Board of Trustees by July 3, 2018 and serve the remainder of the unexpired term through November 20, 2020.
Trustee Responsibilities include:
  • Trustees have an equal voice in legislative and administrative governmental decisions.
  • Trustees investigate and study important issues before the board and participate in decisions and deliberations by voting.
  • Trustees are appointed by the Supervisor to serve on various committees, commissions, and boards.
  • Trustees, although not full time employees, receive a salary for serving on the Board.
Questions? Please email gwall@waterfordmi.gov or call 248-674-6201.
Peacefest 2018
relay for life

Don't Miss Relay for Life - June 9th

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Pierce Middle School track.This annual 24 hour event brings together more than 30 Waterford teams to relay and raise money for cancer research. Admission is free.
Stop by for a day of remembrance, celebration, and activities for the whole family. Concessions available for purchase, silent auction and live music.
For more information, visit the website


Public Safety SAD Information
Page & Calculator Launched

Information regarding a ballot proposal for a Public Safety Special Assessment District - including a calculator to estimate taxpayer cost - is now available on the Waterford Township Website.
Please visit https://www.waterfordmi.gov/1030/Public-Safety-SAD-Information

office hours

Township Summer Office Hours

Waterford Township administrative offices are now observing summer office hours. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Town Hall, Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Works administrative offices will be open 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.
For additional information and operating hours, please visit the website www.waterfordmi.gov

Household Hazardous Waste

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:

Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester*
Campus location, Parking Lot #37
NoHaz Traffic: MUST enter on South Oakland Drive from northbound Squirrel Road. South Oakland Drive will be one-way only for NoHaz event.
Construction Alert: Reduced lanes of traffic on Squirrel and Walton Roads around campus.

North Sashabaw Elementary School
5290 Maybee Road, Clarkston

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac*

Oakland Community College, Highland Lakes Campus
7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford
(Enter from Hospital Road)

*Check back, closer to event, for exact campus location

Waterford Twp. Public Library - June Events & Programs

Libraries rock

Used Book Donation Drop-off
Saturday, June 9, 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.
Summer Reading Programs Beginning June 18 & 19

Children’s Programs (through age 12)
Kick-off Party
Monday, June 18, 10:00a-Noon

Oddzin Ends Entertainment is joining us for the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party.  Stop by the library and pick up your summer reading pack, get your face painted, try on an airbrush tattoo, help create our mosaic summer banner, and enjoy a "cool" treat in our craft room.  This year we have three face pointers and two tattoo artists.  No registration required.
Note:  The artists will close their lines a little early in order to finish by 12:00PM.
This Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 18 through Saturday, August 4. See the Children’s Programs webpage on the Library’s website: https://www.waterfordmi.gov/584/Summer-Reading-Program
Teen Summer Reading Challenge (grades 6-12)
Monday, June 18 through Monday, August 13

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.
Register for our online Summer Reading Challenge. We will have a reading challenge every week for seven weeks. Teens who complete 5 out of the 7 challenges will earn a free paperback book and be entered into our final drawing. To complete each weekly challenge, you will have to read for 120 minutes and complete two additional activities. Once you’ve completed each weekly challenge, you are eligible for a weekly prize. Each new challenge will be available online every Monday from June 18th to July 30th .
To keep track of your challenges, you will have to create an account in Wandoo Reader, our new Summer Reading Program software. Here you will log your minutes and keep track of your challenges. It also allows you to keep track of the books you’re reading. Go to our Teen Programs page to find the Wandoo Reader link where you can create your account and track your challenges: https://www.waterfordmi.gov/594/Teen-Programs
Adults’ Summer Reading Program
Tuesday, June 19 through Monday, August 13

Read books to win prizes (and for your own enjoyment, of course)! This year will be a little bit different because we have a new online tool to use. Check in with us in early June for more information. 
More programs for Adults are listed at the link above.Anchor

Ask the Tech Guy for Computer Help
Saturday, June 16. 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.

lawn mower

Weed Control Notice - 2018 Season

Please be advised that the following is being published in compliance with the Waterford Township Code, Chapter 9, Health and Sanitation, Article V, Vegetation Control, Division 2, Noxious Weeds, Section 9-184:

Effective May 15, 2018, it shall be unlawful for the owner, agent or occupant of lands to enable by neglect, inattention, or conscious act, the accumulations or growth of noxious weeds of any height, upon any property in Waterford Township, or weeds, grasses, brush, or other rank, noxious, poisonous, or otherwise harmful vegetation, to height greater than eight (8) inches on:
1. Subdivided land on which buildings have been erected on at least sixty (60) percent of the zoning lots within the boundaries of the subdivided land
2. Zoning lots along improved streets in common usage, to a depth of one hundred sixty five (165) feet or the depth of the zoning lot, whichever is the lesser.

The preferred method of weed control is cutting with a lawn mower or brush cutter.  In instances where noxious weeds are involved, herbicides may also be used.  Uncultivated gardens may be treated the same as weeds and tall grasses.

Property owners must eliminate the growth or accumulation exceeding the limitations as noted above by May 15, 2018 and ensure compliance with the growth limitation throughout the 2018 growing season. In the event a property owner has failed to prevent the uncontrolled growth of weeds and grasses, the Township shall mail a warning notice that if the owner fails to eliminate the uncontrolled growth within seven (7) calendar days of the date of such notice, the Township shall be empowered to enter upon the property to cut and eliminate the uncontrolled growth.  In the event a property owner has failed to eliminate the growth and prevent the re-growth of noxious weeds, the Township shall be empowered to enter upon the property to cut and eliminate the re-growth of noxious weeds as many times as is necessary during the growing season of each calendar year to protect the public health, safety and welfare.      All costs incurred by the Township, including such administrative fee established in
accordance with Sec. 9-186 shall be paid by the property owner and the Township shall have a lien against the land for such expense which may be enforced in the manner provided by law for enforcement of tax liens or construction liens as provided in Chapter 1 of this Code.

Sprinkler Meter Information

You may have heard from a friend or neighbor that a 2nd water meter could be saving money on your quarterly water and sewer bill. Waterford Township offers a 2nd sprinkler meter for outdoor watering to residential and commercial customers connected to Township water. Water used outdoors for lawn and water gardening does not enter the Detroit sanitary sewer system. By investing in a 2nd meter, you will not be charged for sewer.

Step 1. Purchasing Your Meter
A Sprinkler meter can be purchased at the counter of the Waterford Township DPW. The current charge for a standard 5/8 of an inch sprinkler meter is $195. A 1-inch sprinkler meter is $295. At this time, you will be provided with 2 meter couplings. The spacing of these couplings is:
  • 5/8 inches meter – 7.5 inches space between couplings
  • 1 inch meter – 10.75 inches space between couplings
Step 2. Plumbing Your Home
The home or business owner is responsible for ensuring their home’s plumbing is set up correctly for a 2nd meter. A schematic as well as a list of licensed plumbers and contractors is available upon request when the meter is paid for. A plumbing permit and inspection is mandatory through the building department. If hiring out to a plumber, request that the plumber pull the permit. This ensures a chain of responsibility.

Step 3. Meter Installation
Once the plumbing has been inspected and approved, call the DPW to set up an appointment to install your water meter and an exterior meter reader. Installation typically takes 1/2 an hour. Sprinkler meter charges will be included in your quarterly utility bill. Current standard minimum charges are $10.29 per quarter for the first 1,000 feet. This minimum charge may vary depending on meter size and usage.

All meter information and pricing is subject to change. Please contact the DPW for current pricing, questions, and appointments at 248-618-7410.
garage sale

Garage Sales - FAQs

With warm weather upon us, questions regarding garage sales in Waterford are rolling in.
Here's some basic information to keep in mind while planning your garage sale this season:

No permits are required for garage or rummage sales in Waterford Township. However, residents are permitted a maximum of two sales per year not to exceed 7 days each.
Any signage advertising your sale must be placed on private property with permission, not located in the right of way or attached to utility poles or street signs. Please remove all signs in a timely fashion at the conclusion of your sale.


Campfire Permits & Rules

Another hot topic as the warmer weather invites us outside to enjoy our homes - campfires.

Please note, the only open burning allowed by Michigan State Law in Waterford are campfires. A campfire is a small fire used for recreational purposes only and must be attended at all times. Prior to any campfire, a permit must be obtained from the Waterford Fire Department Headquarters during normal business hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Anyone burning outside of the rules or without a permit may be issued a citation.

Campfire permits are now permanent and are valid as long as you reside at the address listed on the permit. The applicant must either be the property owner or current resident. A valid state picture ID must be presented at the time the permit is issued which reflects the property address.

These are residential campfire permits valid only for single or double residential properties. All others are by special permit only.

If you no longer reside at the above property address, it is your responsibility to notify us to void your permit.

Campfire Rules

  • The campfire must be 25 feet from any building and 15 feet from any property line.
  • No burning is allowed when the wind speed is greater than 15 mph.
  • The campfire must be extinguished before leaving it unattended.
  • The campfire must be small (bushel basket size) in a small pit (3’- 4’ in diameter), and only seasoned firewood can be used. No burning of leaves, brush, tree trimmings, yard waste or lumber! The campfire must be for recreational use only and may not be used for waste disposal of any kind.
  • The campfire is limited to a 4 hour period per day and your permit must be readily available when burning a campfire.
  • Should your telephone number or e-mail address change please notify the fire department referencing your permit number. If restrictions and/or other important information regarding your permit needs to reach you, we will use the information provided us.
  • There must be a garden hose available at all times.
  • If this permit is lost there will be a $5 replacement fee.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for manufactured fire pits.

Please be considerate of your neighbors!


Waterford Regional Fire Department
Urges Fireworks Safety Practices

The warm weather is here and if you plan to celebrate by setting off a few fireworks or giving the kids sparklers, know the dangers and take every safety precaution to avoid injuries.
That’s especially true with the more powerful consumer-grade devices such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky lanterns, and Roman candles.
According to the latest national data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 230 people go to the emergency room daily with injuries from fireworks and in past years at least 11 resulted in death. Most emergency room visits were for the treatment of burns. The most common injuries were to the eyes, hands, head, and face. Most inflictions were to bystanders rather than the activators of the fireworks themselves.   
In Michigan, consumer fireworks became legal Jan. 1, 2012, and can only be sold to people 18 years of age or older. Low impact fireworks (ground-based items such as sparklers, toy snakes, snaps, and poppers) are legal for sale and use. Be sure to check local ordinances for other limitations on the use of fireworks. 
State law requires consumer-grade fireworks only be ignited from personal property. It is illegal to ignite fireworks on public property (including streets and sidewalks), school property, church property, or another person’s property without their express permission. State law makes it illegal to discharge fireworks when intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. When fire-related incidents involve consumer, low impact, or illegal fireworks resulting in property damage, injury or death of another person, individuals are subject to being convicted of a misdemeanor or felony punishable by imprisonment of not more than five years and fines of up to $10,000 or both, depending upon the severity of the crime.
People are encouraged to enjoy professional fireworks displays by attending events run by their municipalities. If consumer fireworks are used at home, here are safety tips to protect lives and property.

  • Always purchase fireworks from an authorized retailer as evidenced by a displayed license and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Never purchase fireworks packaged in brown paper.
  • Use of fireworks and sparklers should always be supervised by an adult.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then immediately back away to a safe distance.
  • Always ensure that people and pets are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Light fireworks outdoors on a driveway or other paved surface at least 25 feet away from houses and highly flammable materials such as dry grass or mulch.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a running garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Douse spent fireworks and sparklers in a bucket of water before discarding them.
  • Allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Children under 15 years of age accounted for 35% of the estimated injuries.
  • Place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Point or throw fireworks at other people.
  • Carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Purchase or use unlabeled fireworks, experiment with or make your own fireworks.
  • Re-light “dud” fireworks that have not fully functioned; (instead, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).

Please do not forget the dangers of sparklers. Children are being injured by being poked with sparkler wires and are being badly burned by sparklers each year.
“More than 50 percent of sparkler-related injuries happen to kids under age 14 across the country,” she said. “Sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which can cause third degree burns. They can quickly ignite clothing and can cause grass fires if thrown on the ground. Always promptly dispose of used sparklers in a bucket of water.”
Information from LARA Michigan State Fire Marshal’s Office

Please also remember Waterford's Fireworks Ordinance:

Except for the following, fireworks shall not be ignited, discharged, or used in the township:

(1) In compliance with a permit granted by the township board.

(2) Consumer fireworks from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight on the days preceding, of,
and after a national holiday, and for the first hour of New Year’s Day until 1:00 a.m.

National holiday means:
New Years Day (January 1),
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (third Monday in January),
Washington’s Birthday (third Monday in February),
Memorial Day (last Monday in May),
Independence Day (July 4),
Labor Day (first Monday in September),
Columbus Day (second Monday in October),
Veterans Day (November 11),
Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November),
Christmas Day (December 25).

Judge Kuhn at Pierce

Waterford's 51st District Court Chief Judge Richard D. Kuhn, Jr. spoke to Waterford Pierce Middle School 8th grade students about making responsible decisions.

Voter registration QR code

Voter's Registration

The last day to register for the August 7, 2018, State Primary Election will be Tuesday, July 9, 2018.  If you are not currently registered to vote or need to register at a new address, you may do so at the Clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
You may  view your Sample Ballot and track the status of your Absentee Ballot and verify your Voter Registration Information at www.michigan.gov/vote or Click, tap or scan this QR code to go to our mobile-friendly voter registration site.

Election Workers Needed
election scheduled
Precinct consolidation

Beach Sampling Begins June 4th

The Oakland County Health Division Beach Monitoring Program for 2018 begins on June 4th and concludes August 10th.  This year the County monitored 75 public beaches on 61 different lakes.

The water collection and beach surveying are conducted by environmental health students hired by the County for summer internships. Water at each of the beaches is tested on a weekly basis, measuring for an indicator bacteria, E. Coli. As an indicator, if E. Coli is present, other, more harmful and harder to detect organisms could be present.

Monitored beaches are to meet the one day standard of 300 colonies per 100 milliliters of water AND the 30 day  geometric average standard of 130 colonies per 100 milliliters.  If a beach does not meet the water quality standard, it will be closed until satisfactory samples are obtained.  For more information and a list of beaches, please visit their website at: www.oakgov.com/health/services/Pages/Environmental-Health.aspx

If findings require Waterford beach closures, the Township will make every effort to post to the Township homepage www.waterfordmi.gov and on Facebook www.facebook.com/waterfordtownshipmi

summer camps
boater safety
meet up and eat up 2018

10th Annual Movies Under the Moonlight - June 22nd

It's almost time!! Pack up the kids, lawn chairs and blankets and plan now to join the Waterford Coalition for Youth and the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce for their 10th Annual Movies under the Moonlight on Friday, June 22 at Pierce Middle School.

The gate opens for tickets sales at 6:30 pm and are only $5.00 each, which includes all activities and the movie.  The concession stand will be open all night and the movie begins at dusk. Try your skills at the rock climbing wall, jump on the inflatables or have your face painted.  There will be music, crafts and plenty of other activities! 

Don't miss this family-friendly way to kick off the summer months on a safe, healthy, happy note!  For questions, please contact the Waterford Coalition for Youth at 248-618-7424 or the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-666-8600.

movies under the moonlight
log cabin days

News from the Treasurer's Office

2018 tax statements will be mailed July 2. 
Summer taxes are payable July 2, 2018 through September 14, 2018.  
Please refer to the front and back of statement for detailed tax information.
Tax bills are mailed to either the home owner or the home owner’s mortgage company.  Copies of tax bills are available online approximately one week before they are mailed through Waterford’s website at www.waterfordmi.gov/taxes, click on Tax Information Search.
2018 summer taxes may be deferred on your primary residence until February 14, 2019.  If your 2017 total household income was less than $40,000 and you meet one of the following requirements:

  • Senior Citizen, age 62 by December 1, 2018
  • Hemiplegic, Paraplegic, or Quadriplegic
  • Eligible Serviceperson, Veteran, Widow or Widower
  • Blind
  • Total and Permanently Disabled

A copy of your 1040A Federal Tax Form or MI-1040CR Form needs to accompany your application.  Applications for deferment are available at the Treasurer’s Office.  The deadline for filing is September 14, 2018.

Report change of ownership promptly to Waterford Township Assessing at (248) 674-6270.  Make sure your principal residence exemption and property transfer papers are filed with the assessor.
Failure to receive tax statement does not exempt taxes from penalties.  If you do not receive your tax bill after the first week of July, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.

sweet reads

Sweet Reads Summer Bookmobile

The Waterford ??School District has launched its first-ever Sweet Reads Bookmobile, made possible with $14,375 grant funding from the Waterford Foundation for Public Education and the Mary Lou Simmons Legacy Endowment. The Sweet Reads Bookmobile provides endless opportunities to read this summer and lessen summer reading loss.

The Sweet Reads Bookmobile visits designated neighborhoods surrounding the District's nine elementary schools and distribute free books to children. During these visits, children may exchange books for new books and purchase ice cream for $1. The Sweet Reads Bookmobile is staffed by Waterford School District employees and District volunteers. Please check out our Summer Schedule under Latest News and Information on the website

dave bennett concert
reduce reuse recycle

Monthly Recycling - July 14th

Waterford Township offers free monthly recycling collection of magazines and cardboard (shipping boxes, cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, etc, free of food debris and dry.)

Please note, the July date has been moved from the first Saturday of the month to Saturday, July 14th.
September's date has also been moved from the first Saturday of the month to September 15th.

This service is provided every month (usually on the first Saturday except in cases of a holiday or special event) from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.
Waterford residents only, please.

American flag

Closed for Independence Day

Waterford Township administrative offices and the Waterford Township Public Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.

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

Powered by CivicSend - A product of CivicPlus