December Waterford Insider
Holiday Extravaganza
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In Need of a Little Extra Help This Holiday Season?
If you, or someone you know, lives in Waterford or whose children attend Waterford schools, and are in need of a Christmas basket this year, come to the Waterford Recreation Center on Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This will be the only day to sign up.

Bring your license with a current address. If your children attend Waterford Schools, please bring their current report card or a letter from their school stating they attend. 
The address to the Waterford Recreation Center is 5640 Williams Lake Rd. Waterford, MI 48329.
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Annual Holiday Sale- December 1st
Waterford Historical Society

The Waterford Historical Society will be holding LAST MINUTE shopping during its “Christmas Sale” at Fish Hatchery Park, 4490 Hatchery Road in Waterford. 

Leave the crowds and hassle behind in our Log Cabin and Jacober’s General Store.  Unique gift items for all ages await you:  Fish Hatchery & Drayton Plains T-Shirts and New sweatshirts, Alice’s Cottage gift items, Stocking Stuffers, Aprons, Handmade greeting cards, Waterford attire, made in U.S.A. Historic Folk Toys, made in the U.S.A. Sweet Romance Jewelry, gift baskets, collectibles, gently used children’s books, and much more. 

Something for everyone with most items priced $10.00 and under!  Get your list ready and come shop on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:00am-4:00pm.  All proceeds go toward construction of Historic Waterford Village.  Support the preservation of your history of Waterford.  Please call 248-683-2697 for more information.

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Monthly Recycling- December 1st

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 from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.
Waterford residents only, please.

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Record Voter Turnout

Waterford voters turned out in record numbers for the November mid-term general election.Typical voter turnout for a mid-term election is 40.75%. Voter turnout for November Election was 59.55 % which represents a 40% increase over the 2014 mid-term election

Precinct Ballots Cast 22,755
Absentee Ballots Cast 9,920
Total Ballots Cast 32,675
Total Registered Voters 54,874


Attention All Snowbirds

Attention all “Snowbirds”!  Please contact the Waterford Assessing Department with your forwarding address if you are leaving town for the winter. 

Even though you may have your mail forwarded by the U.S. Post Office, property tax bills and assessments notices are not forwarded and are returned to the Township. Please call 248-674-6270 to let us know your Winter address.

Clinton River Pump Station Bypass Installation Dedicated

Ribbon Cutting Clinton River Lift Station

Waterford Township’s largest Sanitary Sewer Pumping Station had its newly installed ByPass Pumping Improvement formally dedicated with a ceremonial ribbon cutting to former Water-Sewer Superintendent Tom Coburn on Friday, November 9, 2018.
This station is a very important asset to the sewer system in Waterford.  Its daily functioning is essential.  The Station now has a ByPass capability which would enable the safe and efficient flow of sanitary sewer water in case of an emergency or failure at the main station.
The ByPass Station was dedicated to Tom Coburn because he was a longtime advocate for a redundant system at the station to help ensure the integrity of the system and to ensure and enhance the safety of the public health and welfare within the Township.

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Don't Miss the Waterford Chamber Ugly Sweater Party!

Chamber Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Join the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce for the Annual Holiday After Hours Mixer and Ugly Sweater Party! Don’t miss this chance to network with chamber members and other members of the Waterford community while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar at The Fountains Golf & Banquet Center!
Prizes for the ugliest sweater and more will be awarded! So slip on those ugly sweaters and come join the fun!

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Time: 5-7 PM
Location:  The Fountains Golf & Banquet Center 6060 Maybee Rd. in Clarkston
Cost: $15

For more information or to RSVP, please call 248-666-8600 or visit

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Citizen's Guide Documents Available

Waterford’s Citizen’s Guide, Performance Dashboard, Debt Service Report and Projected Budget are available for viewing on the Township’s website at .
These documents are also available for viewing during normal business hours at the Clerk’s Office which is located at 5200 Civic Center Drive.

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Waterford Twp. Public Library - December News & Events

Holiday Closings

  • Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
  • Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
  • Monday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day

Waterford Township Friends of the Library

General membership meeting, Sunday, December 16, 1:30p-2:00p in the Community Room. All members and prospective members welcome.
Used Book Sale - Great reads at sweet prices
Saturday, December 1, 10:00a-4:30p and Sunday, December 2, 1:00p-4:00p. Bag Sale Sunday - $5/bag from 2:00p-4:00p.
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Used Book Donation Drop-off
Saturday, December 8, 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. Drop off Items in the library's Community Room at this time each month. Donations considered first for use in the Library's collection and second as merchandise included at the Friends Used Book Sales. While we appreciate your generosity, we do not accept some items. These include Encyclopedias, Magazines (including National Geographic), Musty or moldy items, Reader's Digest condensed books, Textbooks, 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 you donate prior to arriving at the monthly Donation Drop-off event.

Children’s Programs (through age 12)

Saturday Storytime: Grinch Day! Saturday, December 1, 10:30-11:15a, (ages 3-8)
Students in grades preschool through second grade are invited to join us for stories and crafts on the first Saturday of the month.  Today's theme: Grinch Day! Wear green! Hear the classic story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Decorate a Christmas ornament to keep.  Pin the heart on the Grinch and Grinch Heart Hunt games.  Grinch juice and a treat will be provided!  No registration required
A December Tea. Saturday, December 8, 10:30a-11:15a (ages 6-12)
Join us for a fun, but relaxing time of tea, or your favorite hot beverage.  There will be cookies, music, and gift making in celebration of the season.  No registration required.    
Lego Club. Saturday, December 15, 2 sessions: 10:15a & 11:30a (ages 3 and up)
Students meet one Saturday a month to create their own Lego structure.  On display in the library until the next meeting.  Then the students can make new structures.  No registration required. 

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.
Tuesday Teens. December 11, 3:30-5:00p
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.
Coding & Cookies. Saturday, December 8, 11:00a-Noon
Join us for an hour of coding when we participate in the global movement known as Hour of Code.  During this hour, middle & high school students will learn the basics of computer coding with fun, creative, and hands-on activities. Computer science doesn't have to be boring or hard!  Cookies and beverages will be served.

Adults Programs

Author Visit & Book Signing with Ben Goldfarb author of Eager: The Surprising SecretLlife of Beavers and Why They Matter. Saturday, December 22, 1:00p-3:00p
Ben Goldfarb, author of this new book will be in town and will spend some time at the library to speak about his book. He is an independent environmental journalist, editor, and fiction writer. The Washington Post called his book, "Eager",  “a masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world.” It received excellent reviews in several other respected publications as well. Refreshments will be provided.
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, 6:00p – 7:30p 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
No meeting in December.
Next meeting Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 6:30p-8:00p. Tool Sharpening Workshop.

Calling all gardeners, both novices and experts, to join us each month for seminars on a variety of gardening topics. This month we are holding our Annual Tool Sharpening Workshop. Bring your tools that have gotten dull and scruffy from use. Learn tips and tricks to get them back into shape for the 2019 growing season. Feel free to bring a green Scrubbie or two, a honing stone and oil for the job. Janet Macunovich, Master Gardener, will help us get started. We can enjoy a good chat with other gardeners as we work on our gear.


A Season For Sharing Fire Safety

Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damage. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.
Preventing Christmas Tree Fires
Christmas Tree Fire Hazards – Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases.
Selecting a Tree for the Holiday – Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.
Caring for Your Tree – Don’t place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
Disposing of Your Tree – Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.
Holiday Lights
Maintain Your Holiday Lights – Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets – Don’t link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch.
Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended
Holiday Decorations
Use Only Nonflammable Decorations – All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents.
Never Put Wrapping Paper in a Fireplace – It can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers and may result in a chimney fire.
Artificial Christmas Trees – If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.
Candle Care
Avoid Using Lit Candles – If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning.
Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree – Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame – candles, lighters or matches.
Be safe and enjoy the Holidays,
Captain John Phebus

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2019 Waterford Calendar - Highlights

Check your Winter 2018 tax bills (mailed December 1st) for your copy of the 2019 Waterford Events highlights calendar featuring just some of Waterford Township’s abundant opportunities to connect with your friends, neighbors, and community!
We know that in a fast-paced world with busy schedules it can be a challenge to find time to make these vital connections. We also believe that Waterford  is made better when the people who live, work and play here have the chance to meet up and share common interests in recreation, activities, education, volunteering, support of charitable  organizations, community meetings, and more.

Visit the Waterford Township website in the Community tab for more information as well. And be sure to check back throughout the year for calendar updates!

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Waterford Township
Urgent Needs Home Repair Program

Our mission is to assist low-income Waterford Township homeowners improve their quality of housing. The upgrading of these homes and neighborhoods is important in keeping Waterford a desirable place to live and work.  Through funding from the Federal Government (HUD) we are able to provide zero percent (0%) interest, deferred payment loans (D.P.L.) to eligible homeowners for repairs to their homes. 

A D.P.L. is a zero percent (0%), no monthly payment loan that is recorded as a mortgage on your home for the amount of the improvements.

The loan is repaid ONLY when you sell your home, transfer title or rent out your home.  As long as you live in your home, payment is NOT required.  YOUR HEIRS MUST REPAY THIS MORTGAGE JUST AS THEY MUST REPAY ALL YOUR DEBTS.

You are eligible if you are a low-income Waterford Township homeowner, as defined by HUD.  Your home must be single-family owner-occupied for at least one-year, taxes must be current.


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Federal Regulations require us to anticipate income, using the household’s current circumstances to project future income.  WE ARE TO ASSUME THAT TODAY’S CIRCUMSTANCES WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS. Gross income includes the earnings of all household members 18 year or older plus the benefits of all household members.  Benefits include child support, Social Security benefits, alimony, etc.  PROGRAM GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO PERIODIC CHANGES WITHOUT NOTICE
This program addresses urgent home repair issues, with an emphasis on health and safety items.  The follow is a list of the eligible repairs your home may need: Furnace, Water Heater, Roof, Insulation, Barrier Free Access, Water/Sewer connections, Well, Minor Electrical/Plumbing Repairs.

This program does NOT provide funding for additions, siding, windows, painting, purchase or repair of furnishings, new construction, carports or garages, reimbursement on improvements in process or already completed.

Complete and return the application, required documentation (COPIES ONLY) and lead based paint notification to Charter Township of Waterford, Development Services Department, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329.  If eligible, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment for an inspection and initial work write-up for repairs on your house.  Your home will be released for bids to several contractors.  You can expect contractors to contact you so that they can view the house and specified work for bidding purposes.  Once the winning contractor has been selected, you will be contacted to schedule a loan closing date.  All work should be completed within one-hundred twenty (120) days after contract signing and will be inspected by the Waterford Township Development Services Department before the contractor is paid.  There will be no exchange of cash between Waterford Township and you.

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News From the Treasurer's Office

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Winter taxes are due December 1, 2018, and payable without penalty through February 14, 2019.  See the tax bill, front and back, for more information.  
If you did not receive your tax bill by the second week of December, please notify the Treasurer’s Office at (248) 674-6220.
If you would like to be notified with an e-mail or text when taxes are due, please click on  and click on Notify Me to sign up for reminders.  
If you initiate your payment through your financial institution, a paper check will be issued.  Make sure payment is sent to:
            5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI 48329
Do not send payment to a P.O. Box address which will delay delivery of payment.  For ONLINE BANKING through your Bank, please schedule your payment to be delivered 10 business days prior to due date or your payment may be late and interest applied.  Please note payments are posted paid the date the check is received in our office by the post office.
Online payments processed through the Township website at: will be posted paid on the scheduled payment date you choose.
We appreciate you bringing your unused envelope when making your payment at town hall.
2019 dog licenses are available at the Treasurer’s Office January 2, 2019.  To obtain a license proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is needed.  See back of tax bill for further information.
The Township sells only the 1-year license.   3-year license are available at Oakland County Animal Control.  Please call Animal Control at (248) 858-1090 for more information.
Oakland County Animal Control has moved from its Auburn Hills facility to Pontiac.    
The new shelter is located at 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 42 East, in Pontiac, next to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters.
Waterford Lions Club is selling Gourmet Nuts -  a 36 oz. can of roasted and seasoned Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, and Macadamias.   Cans are available at the Treasurer’s Office for $20 – the perfect gift!  

Closed for the holidays

Holiday Office Closures

Waterford Township administrative offices and the Waterford Township Public Library will be closed for the upcoming holidays Christmas Eve & Christmas Day (December 24th & 25th), and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (December 31st & January 1st). 
Emergency services remain available during this administrative closure.  

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Waterford Township staff, we wish you a healthy, happy and safe holiday season.

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"Can't Miss!" 2019 Events

Kindergarten Orientation
Pirate Bash January 2019
Daddy Daughter 2019
Taste of Waterford
Mother Son Dance
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