May 2019 Waterford Insider
SMART Community Transit Bus photo

Transportation Survey - Resident Input Needed!

We need to hear from members of the Waterford community! Your voice is important and these surveys could have a huge impact on transportation for seniors and disabled adults in our community.

Local area communities are exploring the opportunity to combine transportation services for senior and disabled residents. Waterford wants to hear from you. You may click the link below to take the survey online or pick up a paper copy of the survey at the Waterford Township Clerk's office, Waterford Recreation Center, or the Waterford Senior Center.


Business Recognition Awards Event

Last chance for tickets - on sale through Friday, May 6th!

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.

You won't want to miss our keynote speaker Greg Martin, Executive Director of DRAW (Diaster Relief at Work) - an inspirational young philanthropist and entrepreneur!

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: and from the Waterford Township Supervisor's office 248-674-6201 or

Spaghetti Dinner
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Monthly Recycling- May 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.)
This service is provided the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Township Hall.

hazardous waste items

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.:

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

Girl Scouts at Hess-Hathaway

Thank you Earth Day Volunteers - Another Successful Year!

On behalf of the Waterford community, I want to say "thank you" to our Earth Day Cleanup volunteers for their time and efforts on Saturday, April 13, 2019 for Waterford's 4th annual Earth Day Waterford Township Cleanup event!

Each year the event continues to grow with more volunteers working to clear litter from Waterford roadways and parks. This year our team of volunteers helped clean up more than 20 cubic yards of debris – litter that is otherwise an eyesore and an environmental hazard to our wildlife and waterways.

Your work made an impact in some of the most heavily littered areas of the Township. I’m truly grateful for volunteers like you and your families!

Thank you, too, to the generous donor businesses who provided supplies and discounts to help make the event possible:
Advanced Disposal for use of dumpsters
Sam’s Club of Novi for donation of water, gloves & trash bags.

Save the date for 2020 Earth Day Township Cleanup - Saturday, April 18, 2020. We'll be adding more parks to the list next year, so there will be expanded opportunities for families with smaller children to participate! Let's make 2020 our best year yet!

Sign up for Earth Day email updates on our website:

Again, my sincere thanks!
- Gary Wall, Waterford Township Supervisor

Hearing Assistance Devices Available

Hearing Assistance Devices Now
Available for Town Hall Meetings

The Waterford Town Hall auditorium is now equipped with four assisted listening devices to aid those who have trouble hearing during meetings.

A sign-up sheet will be at the podium when you sign in for meetings. Assisted listening devices are provided on a first come, first served basis. The devices will be handed out 5 minutes prior to meetings and immediately collected at the end. Those requesting assisted listening devices must fill out the sign-up sheet in its entirety.

Beautification Award Flyer

Clerk Launches Waterford Township
Beautification Award Program

Spring is here and it’s time to spruce up our yards, homes, and outside structures.  The Township would like to recognize homeowners, neighborhoods, condominium, and apartment associations, schools, churches, and businesses that take pride in making their exteriors beautiful.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a form and a before picture (optional) by Friday, June 28, 2019.  The form can be found on the Township’s website; the Clerk’s Office; or by emailing, (be sure to include your return email address) and a form will be emailed to you.

Award signs will be placed from August 15th to 30th, 2019.  Please contact the Clerk’s office with any questions.

Family Dance Party

Waterford Township Public Library - May 2019

Used Books Neon Sign
Free Comic Book Day
Ask the Tech Guy

Used Book Sale - Great reads at sweet prices
Saturday, June 1, 10:00a - 4:30p and Sunday, June 2, 1:00p-4:00p.
Bag Sale - $5/bag, Sunday from 2:00p-4:00p
Note: This sale will include back issue of magazines withdrawn from the Library’s collection, sold by the bundle.
Library Community Room

Free Comic Book Day (all ages)
Saturday, May 4th from 10:00a - 5:00p
The library is joining other libraries and comic book stores nationwide in giving away free comic books on Free Comic Book Day.  Stop by the Youth, Teen, or Adult Department for a free comic book (while supplies last).  One comic book per person please.  Drop in anytime between 10:00a and 5:00p.

Memorial Day Parade (all ages)
Monday, May 27 from 10:00a - Noon
Join us at this annual community event, sponsored by Heart of the Lakes VFW, Post 1008 (248-674-2826) You may walk with the Library entry or enjoy watching the parade with thousands of our neighbors. Parade route: Dixie Hwy., from Sashabaw to Williams Lake Rd./Walton Blvd. Those who wish to walk with the Library group should be at the staging area, Burke Lumber on Dixie Hwy., no later than 8:30a. Dress for the weather and apply that sunblock. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Children's Desk, 248-618-7692 to let us know to look for you. Section number for the Library posted on our website when we have that information.  
Children’s Programs (through age 12)
A Universe of Stories
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by the Apollo 11 crew, our summer reading program this year will include family events, drop-in crafts, and, of course, books with a space theme. Summer Reading for all ages will begin on Monday, June 17.

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. May 14 & May 28, 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.

Adult Programs
Ask The Tech Guy Computer Help, Saturday, May 4, 30-minute appointments available beginning from 10:30a-12:30p
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 registering yourself online here, or by calling or coming in to the adult desk. Registration required.

Career Transitions Workshop. Monday, May 6, 5:45p-8:15p
Are you stuck in a rut? Want to do something different with your career? This workshop will explore different career directions using your skills, talents and passions. We start by answering the question “What do you want to do with your life?” and try to use the skills and experience you already have to move into that next career. Presented by Michigan Works .Registration required.
Poetry & Prose Open Mic. Saturday, May 18, 2:00p-4:00p
Do you have poetry or prose you want to share with the public? A slam you love to perform, an essay which
needs to be heard? Do you enjoy listening to fine writing, experiencing art performance? If so, then come join
local writers as they read their works and share the joy and artistry of the written word. Presented by the Waterford Writers Workshop and Oakland Fiction Writers groups. No pre-registration needed. Participants just sign up at the event.
Adult Matinee Movie: Nobody’s Fool. Thursday, May 23, 2:00p-4:00p
In this comedy-drama based on the book by Richard Russo, Paul Newman plays Sully, a 60-year-old man who has shirked responsibility for most of his life. When he discovers he has a grandson, he decides it's time to get to know his family. Starring: Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy. Director: Robert Benton. Runtime: 1h 50 min. Rated R. Popcorn will be provided. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, provided that your beverages have lids. No 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, 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, May 8, 2019, 4:30p - 8:00p. Work Bee in the Gardens: 4:30p-6:00p.
Seminar: 6:30p-8:00p – Topic TBA

Work bee will include planting the new Rain Garden. 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: Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday

Julie Run to End Hunger
Summer Ball
Super Saturday Soccer

Campfire Permits In Waterford

How to obtain a Campfire Permit from the Waterford Regional Fire Department

Several years ago the Waterford Fire Department went to a Camp Fire Permit that is permanent for our residents. This permit can be picked up at our Fire Department Headquarters located at 2495 Crescent Lake Road, Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm.  There is no cost to this permit. Please bring with you a State of Michigan issued ID or Drivers License with the address of the home. Any questions please call 248.673.0405

Camp Fire Rules:

  1. The campfire must be 25 feet from any building and 15 feet from any property line.
  2. No burning is allowed when the wind speed is greater than 15 mph.
  3. The campfire must be extinguished before leaving it unattended.
  4. 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.
  5. The campfire must be for recreational use only and may not be used for waste disposal of any kind.
  6. The campfire is limited to a four (4) hour period per day and your permit must be readily available when burning a campfire.
  7. By signing this permit you are giving permission to be notified by the Township’s Community Notification System (commonly referred to as Reverse 911) when restrictions are placed on campfires.  Should your telephone number change please notify the Fire Department of your new number.
  8. There must be a garden hose available at all times.
  9. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for manufactured fire pits.
  10. Always be considerate of your neighbors.

Open burning and bonfires and burning of yard debris, leaves, brush, garbage and other items is a violation of State of Michigan Law. This law is bases on the population density of each community and Waterford Township is well the number.
Have a great and safe summer,
Deputy Fire Chief Matthew J. Covey


Spring Lakes Association Meeting

Join fellow riparians for the Waterford Lakes Association Spring meeting (all lakes welcome in Oakland County) on 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

Summer Camp Registration in Full Swing!

Keep those kiddos busy this summer with a variety of engaging and affordable camp offerings from your Waterford Parks and Recreation Department!

2019 Summer Camps brochure
Haley Stevens

Newsletters from Rep. Stevens

Keep aprised of legislative updates and other pertinent information regarding the 11th District with a subscription to Congresswoman Haley Stevens' bi-monthly E-newsletter.

Save the Date: Movies Under the Moonlight

movies under the moonlight 2019

Back by popular demand, Movies Under the Moonlight with will back at Pierce Middle School on Friday, June 21, 2019! In partnership with the Waterford Coalition for Youth and the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, this community wide event draws hundreds of families and has become a popular Waterford summer event!

Not only will there be a movie playing at dusk, but there will be all sorts of other activities to keep your family busy! Entrance fee $5 per person, Children 2 and under free, (concession stand excluded from price). Gates open at 6:30pm, arrive early to find your prime movie viewing spot!

Activities Include: Rock Climbing Wall, Bounce Houses, Inflatable Jousting, 138 foot Inflatable Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts, Cornhole, Giant Connect Four, Balloon Animals, Prizes, and SO MUCH MORE!

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
Time: 6:30-11:00 PM
Location: Pierce Middle School
Cost: $5 per person, Children 2 and Under Free - includes all activities except concession stand
For more information please contact Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-666-8600 or online at

In Case of Rain: The event will be relocated to a secondary - indoor - location.

ORV Safety

Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carrier Food Drive - May 11th

letter carrier's food drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 27th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 11.

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.
Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect these donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food banks, pantries, shelters and churches. Visit to learn more.

The Letter Carriers' food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. It remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects tens of millions of people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.

Memorial Day

Closed for Memorial Day

Waterford Township Administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. The Waterford Township Public Library will be closed Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th.

The Board of Trustees meeting will be held Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00pm in the Town Hall auditorium.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Parade May 27th

Heart of the Lakes VFW Post 1008 will again be hosting the Waterford Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, 2018.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on the Dixie at Sashabaw and proceeds north to the intersection of Walton/Williams Lake Road.  A memorial service is held immediately following the parade in the Drayton Plains Cemetery.  Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should call the VFW Post at 248-674-2826.

Concerts In The Park Returns This June

Save The Dates for This Awesome Lineup & BBQ & Brew Nights

Concerts in the Park
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