July 2018
Arthur Frasca

Waterford Township Appoints New Trustee

The Waterford Township Board of Trustees appointed Waterford resident Arthur Frasca to fill the vacancy created when former Trustee Michael Healy resigned from the Board effective May 20, 2018. At a special Board meeting held Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Board voted to approve Mr. Frasca's appointment to complete the term of the vacant position through November 20, 2020.


Fireworks - Discharge & Use Within Waterford Township

As you may be aware, the State of Michigan enacted a law legalizing 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.

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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!

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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.

Tax Bill

News From the Treasurer

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 by the second week of July,  please contact our office at (248) 674-6220.
Summer taxes are payable July 1, 2018 through September 14, 2018.  
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, payment by check or cashier’s check is preferred.
Partial tax payments are accepted.
Summer taxes may be deferred until February 14, 2019, if your 2017 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, 2018.    See back of tax bill for requirements or township website at https://www.waterfordmi.gov/172/Deferred-Taxes

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 lockbox service.   The bank retrieves the payments from the PO Box, processes the payments and deposit 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 2018

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.


Public Safety SAD Ballot Proposal
Information Page & Calculator

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

It's Not Too Late To Sign Up for Summer Day Camps!

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Brewing 4 Business 2018 - Tickets Now On Sale!

Join the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network as they host their annual Brewing 4 Business Beer Tasting & Networking Event! 
Enjoy a fun night of local beer tasting from local breweries, appetizers, live entertainment by local musician Johnny Stevenson, & tons of networking opportunities!

Your ticket gets you 10 - 2oz tastings plus 1 - 12oz pour.
Networking only/DD tickets available.

Live Entertainment by: Johnny Stevenson -- Singer songwriter from Waterford, Michigan
Johnny's first full length album "Crash Like Thunder" features artists such as Tony Lucca from "The Voice". He has performed large venues for crowds 6,000 + at the Toronto beer festival and opposite for 1 person in his back yard at a bonfire, always making it a point to sing with all his soul and passion, no matter the crowd size. He has made his rounds throughout the United States, Europe and recently Mexico. Hope you enjoy his music as much as he enjoys creating it for you.

Visit the Chamber website at www.waterfordchamber.org for tickets and more information.

Brewing 4 Business 2018
Upcoming Election Information

State Primary Election Aug. 7, 2018

The State Primary Election will be held in the Charter Township of Waterford, County of Oakland on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.   
Persons wishing to obtain an absentee ballot may do so by contacting the Township Clerk’s office.  The Clerk, or their designee, will be available in the Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  In addition, the Clerk’s office will be open the Saturday preceding the election, August 4, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot which will be mailed.
For sample ballots and full text of proposals or any other information, please contact the Charter Township of Waterford Clerk’s Office at 248-674-6266 or visit www.waterfordmi.gov.

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Waterford Regional Fire Department

Make Water Safety Your Priority
This Summer Season

Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water
  • Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
Maintain Constant Supervision
  • Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
Know What to Do in an Emergency. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Enroll in Red Cross first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.

Be safe and enjoy the weather,
 Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey

Adult Fall Softball
Libraries Rocks

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

Rock your reading skills by joining the summer reading book club. The reading program is open to all students ages 3-12. Set and meet your own reading goals. Prizes include books, gift cards, book bags, t-shirts, games, craft kits, passes to fun places around town, and other cool stuff. Through August 4.

Children’s Programs (through age 12)
Summer Activity Center for ages 5 and up – weekly themes for make-and-take projects. Drop-in and join the fun. Monday through Thursday, 10:00a-Noon & 2:00p-4:00p
July 2 - 5: American Anthem. Celebrate America by making a patriotic sun catcher, wreath and a wind decoration while listening to music unique to America.
July 9 - 12: Rock Art. Paint and decorate garden rocks, make a rock photo holder, and create a pet rock.  We might even have a “rock” concert.
July 16 - 19: Sounds of Nature. Replicate nature sounds with a rattlesnake rattle, rain stick, bird caller, and elephant noisemaker.
July 23 - 26: World Orchestra. Make a musical instrument from different continents along with a craft.  A different world region featured each day.
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

Family Events – Registration Required
July 2, 10:00a-10:45a. Percussion Rocks. Drummunity with Lori Fithian returns to Waterford. This is a full-audience-participation concert. Ages 5 and up.
July 9, 1:30p-2:30p. Maestro Chef. Food can be fun and fabulous as you learn to make some simple and healthy snacks.  Then you get to eat!  Notify us of food allergies.  Recipe book to take home. This program is for older kids who like challenging tasks.  Ages 9-12.
July 10, 10:00a-10:45a. Renaissance Music Rocks. Travel back in time to the 16th Century with Anne and Rob Burns of "A Reasonable Facsimile" as they bring the past to life with timeless tunes and beautiful old instruments. Interesting, informative, and great fun. Ages 5 and up.
July 17, 1:30p-2:30p. Sled Kite Sonata. Build, decorate, and fly your own sled-style kite.  Kite flying will commence outdoors if the wind and weather cooperate. This program is for older kids who like challenging tasks. Ages 9 – 12.
July 30, 10:00a-10:45a. Animals Rock. Exotic Zoo with Javon Stacks is back with his menagerie of live furry, scaly, and feathery critters to educate young people about who we share our world with. Ages 5 and up.

Teen Summer Reading Challenge (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.
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.

Adults’ Summer Reading Program - 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. To register, create an account for yourself via the link on our website and then when you've read a book, log in and log each book you read (or listen to).

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:

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

Meet up & Eat up
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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
Oakland Uncorked

Oakland Uncorked is a unique craft beer, wine & food tasting experience hosted in partnership by the Oakland County Farmers Market, SCAMP and the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy an evening of culture and entertainment while experiencing the best Oakland County has to offer in culinary tastings, fine wines and craft beers from local breweries. Jazz Music Provided by Scott Gwinnell - Silent Auction - Local Artisans
Space is limited so get them early!   Click here to reserve your space

Fall Soccer Information
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