April 2019 Waterford Insider
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Annual Earth Day Township Cleanup

Sign up now for Waterford Township's 4th Annual Earth Day Township Cleanup Saturday, April 13, 2019.

We'd love to have you and your family join the volunteer effort this April in conjunction with Earth Day to help remove litter from Waterford's parks and roadsides! Over the past three years, volunteers have come together to clean up nearly 150 cubic yards of trash helping to keep Waterford beautiful and our waterways free from litter.

This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for groups and individuals looking to make a difference in the Waterford community!
  • Individuals
  • Scout groups
  • Athletic teams
  • Youth and Church groups
  • Social clubs
  • Civic organizations
  • Businesses, Corporate teams

We will also sign for community service requirement hours as well, so let your students know about this great outdoor activity that truly makes an impact on the community.

Sign up is now available online at: www.waterfordmi.gov/earthday

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Development Possibility - Summit 327, LLC

Brownfield Redevelopment Funding Approved
For Former Summit Place Mall Site

External Demolition Expected to Commence Early May 2019

The Waterford Township Brownfield Redevelopment Authority received approval of $12,864,514 in local and school tax capture to support a business development project that will demolish the vacant Summit Place Mall and construct a new business center in the Township of Waterford. When completed, the Summit 327,LLC project will consist of  1 million square feet of commercial space that may include light industrial users, logistics companies, research and development or engineering firms, office users, or other flex-space users.

“Approval of the Brownfield Development for the former Summit Place Mall area is a huge step in the right direction for redevelopment of the long-vacant and dilapidated building,” said Waterford Township Supervisor Gary Wall. “We’re excited about the proposed revitalization of this area and look forward to the economic growth this project will bring to Waterford. Collaborative projects like these help ensure redevelopment success for the betterment of our community, Oakland County, and the State of Michigan.”

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $63 million and create the capacity to support up to 2,183 potential jobs, will replace a long-vacant mall that has been an eyesore in the community, and will bring an inventory of high-quality, readily available space for companies looking to invest or grow in Michigan. The tax capture will be used to alleviate brownfield conditions at the site, making it suitable for redevelopment.

“The demolition and redevelopment of the Summit Place Mall will bring an exciting business center and 1 million square feet of attractive commercial space and multiple opportunities to a site that has been dormant for years,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “This project has been a long time coming and the economic impact for Waterford and the county will be significant.”

The Summit 327 project qualified for brownfield tax increment financing under the MEDC’s Speculative Building Development Program, which offers several incentives and financing programs to encourage the development of new speculative building projects in Michigan. This performance-based program is aimed at increasing the availability of high-quality, single-tenant and multi-tenant building space that will help Michigan and its local communities attract businesses considering new or expanded corporate offices, technical centers, and research and development, manufacturing, or logistics operations

Star Award

Business Recognition Awards Event

Tickets now on sale for the 25th Annual Business Recognition Breakfast

Waterford Township’s business community will be recognized for outstanding achievements at the 25th Annual Business Recognition Breakfast on Friday May 10, 2019. The Charter Township of Waterford together with the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce host the annual event to acknowledge longevity, commitment, community service, and beautification efforts of Waterford business owners.

The awards breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. at Oakland Community College’s Highland Lakes Campus - Student Center. Tickets are $20 each and are available for purchase online at: http://2019waterfordbizbreakfast.eventbrite.com and from the Waterford Township Supervisor's office 248-674-6201 or supervisor@waterfordmi.gov
Beautification awards are bestowed based on the extra effort put forth by business owners to create and maintain appealing commercial space and landscape that demonstrates pride in serving the community. 

“This annual spring event provides an opportunity for the Township officials to say ‘thank you’ to and recognize businesses that have grown up in the Township over the years and to business owners that go above and beyond to improve their properties both architecturally and aesthetically” said Larry Lockwood, Waterford Township’s Superintendent of Planning & Zoning. “The Business Recognition Breakfast is a great event for the business community.”

Anniversary awards are given to businesses that have operated within the Township for more than 25 years at varying intervals.

Selected from Chamber of Commerce member nominations, Business of the Year candidates are singled out based on their contributions to the well-being and development of the Waterford business community, supporting projects and activities which further the community as a whole. The Business Person of the Year recipient contributes their time and expertise to promote and support both the business and community philosophy with an emphasis on making Waterford a better place to live, work and play.

Court Night 2019
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Monthly Recycling- April 6th

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 Videos

Waterford Video Tour: Available on Township Website

In partnership with Waterford Township, CGI Communications recently produced six videos designed to take visitors on a virtual video tour of all the things Waterford Township has to offer.
The video series covers a variety of topics including:

  • Welcome
  • Public Services
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Education
  • Homes & Real Estate
  • Quality of Life

We invite you to checkout all six short videos on the Waterford Township website homepage at www.waterfordmi.gov
Special thanks to all of the advertisers you'll see featured on the video landing pages for supporting this project!

Waterford Paks & Recreation Sports

Register Now for Summer Ball ages 5-17

Visit the Waterford Township Parks & Recreation website for more information and to sign up for Summer Ball for ages 5-17. Check out all of Waterford Township Parks & Recreation's athletics, events and programs while you're at it! Activities for all ages and interests!


Spring Riverwalk Cleanup - Volunteers Needed

Riverwalk Cleanup on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00-12:00, meeting behind Planet Fitness. Bring gloves, rakes, pruners. wheel barrows, tarps. Insect repellent, water and trash bags will be provided.
Family friendly activity, all are welcome!

Book It 5k
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Waterford Twp. Public Library - April Events & Programs

Waterford Township Friends of the Library
Used Book Sale - Great reads at sweet prices
Saturday, April 6, 10:00a - 4:30p and Sunday, April 7, 1:00p-4:00p.
Bag Sale - $5/bag, Sunday from 2:00p-4:00p
Library Community Room
Book It 5k Family Fun Run Fundraiser. Saturday, April 13. Registration 8:30a. Race start 10:00a.
Race begins/end at the Warming House by the pond on the Waterford Civic Center campus. A professional timing service will enable competitive runners to get an accurate timing of their run. Walkers are welcome to complete the course at their own pace. Pet owners are welcome to run/walk with their pets. Medals will be awarded to top finishers in each age category and overall best time. Entry fee $30/$20 under 18. Entry fee payment with online registration is by credit card.  All proceeds to benefit library programs and services.  
Children’s Programs (through age 12)
Storytimes for Young Children: Ages 6 Months – 3 Years
Our drop-in storytimes resume starting the week of January 15-16.  Because of the public school break schedule, we have three sessions:
Session III (4 weeks): April 9-10 through April 30-May 1
Weekday Schedule
Babytime, 0-15 months, Tuesdays 10:00-10:30 am
Toddlertime, 16-23 months, Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 am
Two-year-old Storytime, 2-year-olds, Tuesdays 11:00 - 11:30 am
Three-year-old Storytime, 3-year-olds, Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 am
Storytimes are 30 minutes long and include a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays, and other activities.  Storytimes are held in our children’s storytime and craft room.  A parent or caregiver must accompany children.  We ask that parents and caregivers arrive at least 5 minutes before storytime begins in order to get settled in. 
Money Smart Week. April 1 through April 4. Daily 10:00a-Noon & 2:00p-4:00p (ages 3-12)
It's Money Smart Week during the school's spring break week. Stop by the children's department to learn about saving, spending, and giving with fun activities and free give-a-ways.  Paint your own wooden bank to keep and find out how to earn a free book.  No registration required, but supplies are limited. 
Saturday Storytime: Bunnies & Baskets.  Saturday, April 6, 10:30 - 11:15a, (ages 4-7)
It's time for spring!  Hop on in for bunny stories, Easter eggs, and spring crafts.  No registration required
Trickster Tales.  Saturday, April 13, 10:30a - 11:15a (ages 6-12)
Anansi, the raven, the coyote ... all trickster characters in literature.  Learn about other countries' cultures through their folktales.  Geography contest and crafts included in the fun.  Do you know where your tales come from? No registration required.    
Lego Club. Saturday, April 27, 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.
Teen Taste Test. Thursday, April 4, 2:00p-3:00p
Pringles….Oreos….Hershey Kisses….and more!  We’ll be taste-testing different flavors of a variety of products. We’ll provide the food, you provide an appetite and your taste buds. Registration is required.
Tuesday Teens. April 9 & April 23, 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.
Teen Move Matinee – Alice in Wonderland (PG-13). Thursday, April 18, 2:30p - 4:45p
(2010 version with Johnny Depp) Join us after school for a movie and snacks.  If you can’t stay for the whole movie, you’re still welcome to attend for part of the program.  The movie will start promptly at 2:45p. Parents: Check out commonsensemedia.org to determine if the movies are suitable for your teen. No registration required. 
Adults Programs
How to Create a Resume. Monday, April 8, 6:00p-8:00p
Create a resume that will get read! Also, learn how to write cover letters, follow up letters and more. Presented by Michigan Works. Registration required.
Adult Matinee Movie: All about Eve. Thursday, April 25, 2:00p-4:30p
A young fan insinuates herself into an aging Broadway star's life adversely affecting her life, both personally and professionally. Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders. Director: Joseph Mankiewicz. Runtime: 2h 18 min. Not rated. Popcorn will be provided. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, provided that your beverages have lids. No registration required. 
Spring Garden Fair. Th. APR 25 10:00a-4:00p, Sat. APR 27 10:00a-4:00p, Sun. APR 28 1:00p-4:00p
The Library Garden Club is hosting this Spring Garden Fair featuring 
plant sale including divisions of plants from the Library’s Children's Sensory Garden and houseplants,
Tool care demonstrations with tips & tricks for tuning up your gardening gear, and gardening information for all skill levels. Proceeds to benefit the Library's gardens.
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 – 7:00p 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, April 10, 2019, 4:30p - 8:00p. Work Bee in the Gardens: 4:30p-6:00p.
Seminar: 6:30p-8:00p – Topic TBA

Welcome the return of the growing season with us during the work bee cleaning up the beds for spring. In exchange for your helping hands we can promise you an educational experience working with this group of passionate gardeners. Special project for this year: creation of a rain garden on the west side of the library entrance.

Holiday Closure: Saturday, April 20 & Sunday April 21 for the Easter Holiday.

Sheep Shearing & Pancake Breakfast
Open Door Outreach Spring Tea
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Document Shredding

Document Shredding Sponsored by Margaret Birch, Treasurer. Waterford residents only, please.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 10:00a.m. until Noon
Town Hall parking lot 5200 Civic Center Dr. Waterford

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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 collection dates and locations are as follows. All dates and locations hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

Oxford Middle School
1420 Lakeville Road, Oxford
(From M-24/Lapeer Rd., travel east on Burdick St.)

Oakland University* - Rochester

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)

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

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

Flower & Plant Sale

Spring Lakes Association Meeting

The Waterford Lakes Association Spring meeting (all lakes welcome in Oakland County) is scheduled for    May 28th from 7-9 at the Waterford Township Auditorium (5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford, MI  48329). 

Topics will be Lake Quality and Invasive Species.  Any questions, please contact Heidi Nettler at heidinettler@gmail.com.

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Holiday Office/Library Closures

Waterford Township Administrative offices will be closed Friday, April 19, 2019 in observance of Good Friday. The Waterford Township Public Library will be closed Friday, April 19th, Saturday, April 20th, and Sunday, April 21st as well.

Emergency Services remain available during this administrative closure.

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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 https://www.waterfordmi.gov/288/Citizens-Guide-and-Performance-Dashboard .
These documents are also available for viewing during normal business hours at the Clerk’s Office which is located at 5200 Civic Center Drive.

Summer Camp Registration Begins April 1st!

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