August 2018 Waterford Insider
2018 Car Show

Monthly Recycling - August 4th

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 September date has 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.

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

Amnesty flyer

Last Chance to Sign Up for Summer Camps

Nature Survival Camp Promo
Farm Camp Last 3 Sessions
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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 , 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

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

Project Backpack
Seeking Volunteers WYA
hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Last Two 2018 Dates

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 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 2018
Park It August 23
Preschool Open House WSD
Police & Fire Logos

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

educatius group

Host Families Needed for International High School Students

Educatius Group is working closely with Oakland County Schools and they have sponsored visas for international high school students arriving for the 2018-19 academic year. Educatius Group is looking for host families who live in the Waterford Kettering High School area/ Waterford District, who might want to experience this cultural opportunity.
The host family provides a furnished room and meals in the home for the student.  Host Families are asked to provide meals, love and guidance, as well as a room with a bed, desk and dresser.
Educatius’ Host Families come in many different shapes and sizes - young couples with small children, single persons, one parent families, empty nesters, etc. The one characteristic all Host Families share is a big heart with a lot of love for a new family member!

For more information, please contact Stephanie Burleson, Regional Manager Educatius Group at 800-301-6014 or

Waterford Township Public Library - August 2018

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Petosky stone

Library Classic Car Show Fundraiser
Saturday, August 4, 6:00p-8:00p. Library Grounds

Rain or Shine – gear up for an evening of delightful tines, food, prizes and raffles.  Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place based on your votes.  Call 248-618-7678 for more information.  A suggested donation of $10 to enter your car in the show will be collected at the event.  Proceeds will go toward upgrading walkway lights.
Waterford Township Friends of the Library
Used Book Donation Drop-off
Saturday, August 11, 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.

Children’s Programs (through age 12)
August 2, 10:30a-11:30a. Rock Rhapsody (for ages 9-12). Learn how to polish Michigan’s own rock: a Petoskey Stone.  This program is for older kids who like challenging tasks.  Registration required.
Children’s Matinee Movies (through age 12)
All movies are rated PG-13 and run approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  Popcorn is provided.  You may bring your own snacks, drinks with lids, pillows, blankets, etc.  Please, no peanuts or uncovered drinks.  Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration required.
August 7, 2:00p-4:00p The Boss Baby
August 9, 2:00p-4:00p Ferdinand
August 13, 2:00p-4:00p Beauty and the Beast
August 14, 2:00p-4:00p Despicable Me 3
August 16, 2:00p-4:00p Wonder
August 20, 2:00p-4:00p Paddington 2
August 22, 2:00p-4:00p Peter Rabbit
August 23, 2:00p-4:00p Lego Ninjago
August 27, 2:00p-4:00p Sherlock Gnomes
August 28, 2:00p-4:00p A Wrinkle in Time
Teen 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.
Teen Events
August 13: End of Summer Reading. This is the last day to claim your prizes for the Teen Summer Reading Program. 
August 29: Back to School Bingo. Prizes will include school supplies and snacks for your lunch bags. Registration required. 

Adults – Enrichment Groups, drop-ins welcome.
Knitting Group
very Wednesday 10:00a – 12:00p in the Community 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.
Library Garden Club
Wednesday August 8, 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 crew leader Janet Macunovich, with garden maintenance and plant inspection.   Constructing and using Labyrinths - 6:30p-8:00p

Mom to Mom Sale 2018
Summer Sundays Historic Village

Summer Sundays in the Village

The Waterford Historical Society presents “Summer Sundays in the Village”.  No hoopla, just history!  Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon with us walking our Historic Village at your own pace.  Stuff a mattress or “wash” some clothes.  Pack a lunch and enjoy Fish Hatchery Park.  Free admission.  Sundays: August 19 and September 16 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

We are located in Fish Hatchery Park at 4490 Hatchery Road in Waterford.  For more information please call 248-683-2697.

Dog license

Animal Control Begins Dog Census

Staff from the Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center will soon begin their annual dog census. Starting approximately August 20, 2018, census team workers will begin going door to door in your community to verify compliance with the Michigan State Dog Law of 1919 that requires all dogs to have a valid dog license. This law was enacted to ensure that all dogs have their current rabies vaccinations and continues to be enforced as part of Oakland County's pledge to fortify the public safety.
Census workers will be driving marked county vehicles and will be wearing county shirts with proper identification.
Any citizen questions regarding the census can be directed to 248-975-4463.
Dog licenses are available for purchase from Oakland County Animal Control or the Oakland County Treasurer's office.

Walk & Roll for Meals on Wheels

Clothes Dryer Safety Tips From
Waterford Regional Fire Dept.

Doing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire. Dryers should be properly grounded. Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow. Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc. Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.

  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.
  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected       around the drum.
  •  Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Verify that the dryer is properly grounded.
  • Keep area around the dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing.

As always be safe,
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Covey

Longest Breakfast Table
Labor Day

Closed for Labor Day,
Fall/Winter Office Hours Resume

Waterford Township administrative offices and the Library will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day.

Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.

Beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2018, general administrative office hours return to Fall & Winter operating hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. All operating hours can be found on the Township website on each department's page at

Skeet & Meat 2018

5th Annual Skeet & Meat Tickets Now On Sale

New and experienced skeet shooters are invited to join the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce and Oakland County Sportsmen's Club for a great afternoon of skeet-shooting, BBQ and networking
Novice or seasoned; it is time to test your skills. You may even win an award - men and women. Come out of hiding and join us for this awesome fun Michigan outdoor event. A great company event too. Employees welcome!
Register here today!

Waterford Garden Club

Waterford Garden Club Monthly Mtg.

The Waterford Garden Club's next meeting is Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 9:30am at the Waterford Senior Center, Activity Room One. We will be making cards so bring a photograph of one of your favorite garden subjects and we will make it into a beautiful card. We will also have a business meeting prior to the project. Check us out at

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