Updated 5/29/2020

Northfield Township Residents and Neighbors,

Effective at the close of business Friday 3/13/2020 at 4:30PM, Northfield Township will be closing our lobby to the public until further notice.  Updates will be provided through our E-newsletter, on our website and on our Facebook page.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for our E-newsletter so that we can inform as many people as possible about this ever evolving situation. 

To limit social interactions, Northfield Township will be altering the staffing levels in our office until further notice.  We are doing this to not only ensure the health and safety of our office staff, but to also ensure the health and safety of our Police Officers and Fire Fighters with whom we share common spaces in our building.  Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, our office will be closed in accordance with the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order.  We hope to return to normal business hours once the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order is lifted.  Staff will be working from home as much as possible with limited access to voicemail and e-mail.  Please contact us by email whenever possible and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.  Contact information can be found on our website.  

We will continue to take extra health and safety precautions and will be sanitizing common areas and work areas.  The Inner Lobby doors will be locked, but there will still be access to the 24-Hour Drop Box in the vestibule for any payments and/or paperwork to be deposited.  You can also mail items to: 
Northfield Township
PO Box 576
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Phone: 734-449-2880
Fax: 734-449-0123

We kindly ask that if you can answer YES to any of the following questions, DO NOT enter the Public Safety Building and instead make phone contact with your health care provider:

  • Do you currently have a Cough or Difficulty Breathing?
  • Do you have a Fever?
  • Have you lost your Sense of Taste and/or Small?
  • Have you traveled outside of Michigan in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone you have been in direct contact with tested positive for the COVID-19 virus?
  • Do you live with or have contact with anyone who would answer “yes” to any of the above questions?

Our website is a great resource for obtaining documentsaccessing property informationcontact information, updates and much more!  


The Police Department will be opening their office to the public beginning on Monday, June 1st.  For the health and safety of our Police Officers and all others that share our Public Safety Building, we are asking that you please wear a nose and mouth covering when entering the building.  Breathalyzer tests will NOT be available at this time.  All other services provided by the Police Department will be available: submitting gun permits, fingerprinting services, impound vehicle pick-up, etc. 

Our Red Barrel program will again be available with some changes.  We have received many items in the Red Barrel that are not allowed (liquids, inhalers, sharps), so you now must turn your expired or unused medications in at the Police Desk.  Any products not allowed for collection through the Red Barrel program will be returned to you.

If you are not feeling well, have a fever, have a cough or difficulty breathing, have lost your sense of taste and/or smell, have traveled outside of Michigan in the last 14 days or have had close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case, we ask that you do not enter the building.

The Police and Fire Departments are taking all necessary precautions when responding to calls as is recommended by the Washtenaw County Emergency Response Plan. We will be taking extra health and safety precautions and will be sanitizing common areas and work areas on a daily basis. If we are able to handle your business by phone or e-mail, we ask that you please contact us in that manner. The dispatch phone in the office vestibule is also available. We will provide notice of any changes through Nixle, our website and our Facebook page.

Police Officers will remain on Patrol and will continue Investigations. Police and Fire Fighters will continue to respond to emergency incidents.

Emergencies 9-1-1
Police Department Non-Emergency: 734-449-9911
Fire Department Non-Emergency: 734-449-2385

The following Lobby activities have been suspended until further notice:

  • Preliminary Breath Tests (PBT)

Due to the current state of emergency concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in accordance with the preventative actions recommended by the Washtenaw County Health Department, the Northfield Township Community Center will be CLOSED effective immediately and will remain closed until further notice.

All classes and programs are cancelled indefinitely including the Senior Café Lunches. However, we are working with the Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development to ensure that Meals on Wheels delivery continues for our citizens in greatest need.

The safety and well-being of everyone in our community is our priority, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help stem the tide of COVID-19 and protect our friends and neighbors.

Although the Community Center building will be closed, staff will be there until they are told that they need to be working from home. If anyone is in need, or even just needs someone to talk to, please feel free to CALL the Center at 734-449-2295. Staff is still there to help if and when they can. Updates pertaining to the Center closure will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and the Northfield Twp. website.


Meetings are being held virtually with Zoom. Click here to learn more about participating in a Zoom meeting.


The Northfield Township Area Library will be closing effective immediately to support the greater community during this public health crisis. We know this will be an inconvenience and apologize for the disruption in normal library services. Our goal is to help keep all our community members and staff safe during this time.

The Library will be closed indefinitely. We will be assessing the situation on a daily basis and will adjust our approach based on recommendations from public health authorities.

For patrons that have materials out, no one will be penalized for late items, including wifi hotspots.

If you have questions please email the Director Zaley Nelson at znelson@ntal.org or Assistant Director Meg Goldwyn at mgoldwyn@ntal.org

Please remember to follow the recommendations for prevention! To see these recommendations and learn more information about COVID-19, go to https://www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19 .