New Faces, Sewer Rate Update & More!

Here's What's Coming Up...


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Welcome Our New Faces

There have been quite a few changes in our offices over the past few months.  Please help us in welcoming our New Faces:

  • Jim Turner:  Jim is Northfield Township's new Code Enforcement Officer.  He started in the office a couple of weeks ago, and is already up and running following up on complaints that have been coming into the office.  He is expecting to be in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays. Jim can be contacted at (734) 449-2880 ext. 13 or at 
  • Emily Hofsess:  While Emily is already a familiar face around here, she is starting at a new position within our office.  Emily is moving from our Front Desk into our Treasurer's office, as she recently accepted the full-time position of Deputy Treasurer.  You can reach Emily for information about your taxes or just to say hi at (734) 449-2880 ext. 11 or
  • Leisa DeVaney:  Leisa DeVaney has accepted the position of Front Desk Clerk/Building Department Assistant.  Her friendly face may be familiar to you when you stop in, as she is from Whitmore Lake.  To reach Leisa in the Building Department, call (734) 449-5000 or email her at
  • Shannon Clark: The Police Department welcomes Shannon as their newest Police Department Clerk/Dispatcher.  Shannon will be working full-time at the Police Department's front desk (734) 449-9911.
  • Ben Griffin:  Northfield recently updated their assessing contract to include an in-office assessing assistant 24 hours per week in addition to our part-time Assessor.  Ben Griffin was selected for this position, and will be in our office 3 days per week to assist you with your assessing needs.  You can contact the Assessing office at (734) 449-2880 ext. 23 or at

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Sewer Rate Increase


At the August 28, 2018 Board of Trustees meeting, the Board voted to increase the quarterly sewer rate.  The Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in 1961. With some of the existing equipment and infrastructure being original to the building, we are approaching a time where many items will soon need to be repaired and/or replaced. This rate increase ensures that the township is able continue to operate the plant at its current capacity and react to any failures or improvements needed as they arise. It does not cover any major projects.

The new rate of $90.20 per quarter is effective August 1, 2018 and will appear on the November 2018 billing.

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Outdoor Warning Siren Testing


Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 12:00 Noon

Washtenaw County's 87 warning sirens will be tested at Noon on the first Saturday of every month from March through October. If there is a threat of severe weather on the day of a test, it will be canceled.

Except for scheduled testing, the sirens will be activated for the following emergencies:

  • The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning
  • A severe thunderstorm has been detected with damaging winds of 75 MPH or greater
  • A hazardous materials accident requires immediate protective action by the public
  • An attack on the United States is imminent, underway, or has recently occurred

Warning siren activation is a signal to members of the public to immediately go indoors and monitor local Emergency Alert System media outlets for official information.  Washtenaw County's emergency broadcasters are:

WEMU 89.1 FM
WWWW 102.9 FM
WQKL 107.1 FM
WTKA 1050 AM
WLBY 1290 AM

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Office Closed for Labor Day

The Township Offices will be CLOSED on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day.  We wish everyone a Safe and Relaxing holiday weekend!

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2018 Summer Taxes Due

    2018 Summer Taxes are due Friday, September 14, 2018. This is the date that Summer Taxes must be paid to avoid any late fees. Our office will be open until 5:00pm on Sept. 14th to collect tax payments.  Deferments may be available to seniors, veterans, and farmers if specific requirements are met. Please call, stop into the office, or visit the Treasurer's Office webpage for more details.

There are many ways to pay your taxes. You can mail your payment to:
          Northfield Township Treasurer
          8350 Main St.
          PO Box 576
          Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

    You can also use the 24/7 drop box in the office vestibule, pay by cash, check or credit card at the Township Offices, or pay by credit card on-line through the link on our website.

    Please remember, postmarks are not accepted as the payment date, and postdated checks are not accepted. When paying by check, please ensure all information is included and correct (date, ‘Pay to the Order of’ information, written and numeric amounts, and signature). If any information is incorrect or missing from the check, payment processing will be delayed and/or your check may be returned which could result in late fees.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Treasurer's Office. We are here to help you. 734-449-2880 ext. 11

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You’re invited to the first annual Trunk-a-Palooza in beautiful Whitmore Lake, Michigan on Sunday, September 16th from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the North Village (next to the Whitmore Lake Post Office)!

SHOP 'Til You Drop - it's a FREE flea market/garage sale on Wheels! 

Or SELL your wares for only $5 per parking space (NO political vendors or corporate sales)

This is a first come, first served event (no advance registration but vendors and attendees are encouraged to RVSP on our Facebook page).  See our Facebook Event page for details. 

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Board of Trustees Open House

The September 25th meeting of the Northfield Township Board of Trustees will be a more relaxed format to allow the public to provide their input and ask questions of the Board. We will have a quick overview of our government structure and the boards and commissions that serve us all. There will be a presentation on a mixed use (retail, housing, and public space) proposal for the North Village site and a synopsis of the current state and service commitments of our wastewater treatment plant. The public is invited to share their thoughts on these and other areas of interest.

If you are unable to attend the Open House, we would still love to hear from you.  Any concerns or ideas for our township can always be sent directly to our board members by email.

Click here to send an email to the Board of Trustees

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WLPS Homecoming Parade

Friday, September 28th              
Parade begins at 4:00 p.m.                  
Game begins at 7:00 p.m.

Come on down to Main Street for the Homecoming Parade and then march over to the football field to support our Whitmore Lake Trojans as they head off to victory over Madison!

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Non-Motorized Path Repairs

If you regularly use the Barker Road Non-Motorized Path, you may have noticed sections of the path that have shifted since the original installation, particularly near the bridges by the Elementary School.  We are in the process of getting those sections repaired.  A construction date is still to be determined, and we will notify you once the dates have been finalized.  During construction, sections of the concrete will need to be torn out and re-poured.  During that time, those sections will be roped off and will not be accessible for use until the concrete has fully cured.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

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November 6th Election Information

Our next election will be the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th.  Here is some important information regarding the election:

  • Last Day to Register:  The last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2018 election is Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  You can register to vote at the Township Clerk's office or at any Secretary of State (SOS) location.  Our office will be open until 4:30pm on October 9th for voter registrations.
  • Absent Voter (AV) Ballots: If you are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day, Absent Voter (AV) Ballots are available through the Clerk's office.  Here's how it works:
    Step 1 - Completing an AV Ballot Application:  To receive an AV ballot, you must first submit an AV ballot application to the Clerk's Office.  You must complete a new AV application for every election, even if you are on the permanent AV list.  AV Applications can be obtained from the Clerk's office up until the Monday prior to the election.

    Step 2 - Receiving Your AV Ballot:  Return your completed AV ballot application from Step 1 to the Clerk's office.  Your AV application can be dropped off at our office or mailed in.  Once your application is received and entered into our voter registration system, an AV Ballot will be mailed to you.  

    Step 3 - Casting Your Vote:  After you receive your AV ballot, you have until 8:00 p.m. on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office.  Please do not take your AV Ballot to the precincts.  And remember, your AV ballot can only be counted if your signature is on the return envelope and it matches your signature on file.

       The Township Office will be open on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:00am-2:00pm to receive and process AV ballot applications.  Absent Voter Ballots can be issued through Monday, November 5th. If you request an AV Ballot on November 5th, you MUST vote in-house at the time you submit your application.
        When mailing your ballot, please allow appropriate time for mail delivery.  Any ballots received after 8:00PM on November 6th WILL NOT BE COUNTED and Post Marks are NOT accepted.  Northfield Township is not responsible for mail delays.  There is a 24 hour Drop Box in the Office vestibule if you are unable to submit your ballot during normal business hours.
        To be placed on the permanent absentee voter list, please provide the Clerk with a written request.  You will then automatically receive an AV ballot application for every election.
  • Poll Hours: Polls will open at 7:00am on Election Day and will remain open until 8:00pm.
  • Polling Locations:
         Precincts 1 & 3
         Whitmore Lake Middle School
         8877 Main St.
         Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

         Precinct 2
         Fire Station #2
         2727 E. North Territorial Rd.
         Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Please contact the Clerk's office with any questions.  734-449-2880 ext 14

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Election Inspectors Needed!

Northfield Township is always looking for Election Inspectors to work at the polling places on Election Days. Election Inspectors are people who are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Days.  Appointments are made each election for Election Inspectors and Chairpersons. Wages start at $13.00 per hour and meals on election days are provided.  Election Inspectors must commit to working a whole day or a half day on election day and must attend a mandatory certification class.  The certification class is approximately three hours, and is a paid training.  Elections Inspectors are expected to report to the precincts at 6:00am on election day.  An Election Inspector must be a registered voter of the State.  Click here for an Application.  For more information, contact the Clerk's office at (734) 449-2880 ext. 14

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September Meetings Schedule

Sept. 5 - Planning Commission
Sept. 11 - Board of Trustees
Sept. 13 - Land Preservation Committee
Sept. 17 - ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals)
Sept. 19 - Planning Commission
Sept. 20 - Parks & Recreation Board
Sept. 24 - DDA (Downtown Development Authority)
Sept. 25 - Board of Trustees

All meetings are held at 7:00pm (unless otherwise noted) at the Northfield Township Public Safety Building, 8350 Main St., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189.  Please visit our website for a full calendar of events.

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