What's Happening in May 2019!

Here's What's Coming Up...

Spring has finally sprung, and the township office is just a-hoppin' with everything coming up:  

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May Sewer Bills

The May 2019 quarterly sewer bills will be mailed out soon.  Be on the look-out for them in your mailboxes.  The May bill covers service from February 1st through April 30th. Any payment received after the due date will accrue late fees. Failure to receive your bill does not waive the past due penalty.  Sewer bills can be paid by cash, check, credit/debit card*, or money order.

>>> Please Note:  As of August 1, 2018, the new sewer rate of $90.20/quarter per REU (Residential Equivalent Unit) went into effect.  If you use automatic payments through your bank, please remember to update your information with your bank to reflect the new rate.   Click here to see the Sewer Billing Schedule <<<
Option A: You can pay your bills at the Township Office:

  • in person during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.
  • by using the 24 hour drop box in the office vestibule.
  • by mail - payments by mail must be received in our office by the due date listed on the bill in order to avoid late fees.  We DO NOT accept post marks as payment date.  Mail payments to:

    Northfield Township
    PO Box 576
    Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Option B: You can pay your bill on-line with a credit/debit card* (listed as "Utility Billing Payments" on the left side of the page)

**There is a $2.75 service fee for credit/debit card payments for utility bills when paying on-line **
This fee is charged by the credit card processing company, not Northfield Township

Option C: You can pay with a credit/debit card* over the phone by calling toll free (800) 272-9829, use our township code 3241.

** There is a $3.95 service fee for credit/debit card payments for utility bills  when paying over the phone**
This fee is charged by the credit card processing company, not Northfield Township


If you have any questions about your sewer bill, please contact the Clerk's office at (734) 449-2880 ext. 14

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Results from Citizen Survey

The township had recently asked for citizen input using a three-question survey about where township funds would be best utilized.  This survey was created so that our residents and property owners could tell the township what their personal priorities are for Northfield Township. Thank you to all who participated!  We received over 250 responses! 

The survey results can be viewed by clicking this link.

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Severe Weather Siren

Saturday, May 4, 2019 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, the testing 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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2019 Draft Master Plan 63 Day Review Period Ends Soon

The Township is now accepting public comments on the draft 2019 Master Plan. The 63-day comment period will run through May 9, 2019.  The plan is available for download at the link below or you can view a hard copy at the Township Office. Please submit comments in writing or via email to Mary Bird, Building / Planning / Zoning Coordinator at birdm@Northfieldmi.gov. You may also send a letter to the Planning Commission at:
Planning Commission
c/o Mary Bird, Building / Planning / Zoning Coordinator
Northfield Township
8350 Main Street
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Master Plan Update - Draft for Review

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Ann Arbor Housing Commission Taking Applications for Affordable Housing

MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019 AT 9:00 AM

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019 AT 4:00 PM

AAHC will randomly select 200 applications for 1-bedroom units and 75 applications for 5 bedroom units. At this time, they are not accepting applications for other bedroom sizes. This is not an application for the Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) Program.
If you require reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please call AAHC at 734-794-6720
Please note:  Applications are accepted online only through the Commission’s web page.  Applications can be completed through any device with internet access and a valid email address.  If you do not have an email address, please visit www.yahoo.com or www.gmail.com to set up and obtain a FREE email account.  The application should take about 15-30 minutes to complete. Applicants may only submit one application per household. Do not list the same household member(s) on multiple applications. Due to the volume of applications received, AAHC is unable to provide information on application status by phone.

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Annual Postal Worker's Food Drive

Please Support Northfield's Human Services Annual Postal Workers Food Drive

This is Northfield’s Human Services largest food drive, which enables them to feed families for several months out of the year. Please fill a bag with shelf stable food items and/or non-perishables such as paper products, soap and toiletries, and set it out by your mail box. No out-of-date food items please. The Postal Workers will take the donations to the Pinckney Post Office, and the items gathered in Northfield Township will be transported by People’s Express to Northfield’s Human Services. The best way to remember this event: it always takes place on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Volunteers are welcome, please call 734-449-0110.

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Kiwanis Fund Raiser at Panera Bread

Join us for dinner Thursday, May 16th between 4:00pm-8:00pm at Panera Bread in Green Oak Village Place to help raise money for Kiwanis Club of Whitmore Lake.  Simply bring a copy of this flyer, or show an electronic copy when you check-out, and Panera will donate a portion of the proceeds of your purchase to Kiwanis.  On-line ordering is also available.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will help Kiwanis in their many local projects and sponsorships: Whitmore Lake High School Scholarship Fund, Book Bingo, Whitmore Lake Robotics Club, Key Club, and Builders Club just to name a few.

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Washtenaw County Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting


Every five years the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission undertakes a comprehensive planning process to develop a Recreation Master Plan.  This plan is used as an overall operation and development guide for the county’s parks, preserves and other recreational amenities. 

Public presentations will highlight significant initiatives and exciting new projects.  In addition, we invite you to provide input on the direction of the parks system. The Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission will be in Whitmore Lake on May 16th to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, May 16 at 7pm
Whitmore Lake Elementary School
1077 Barker Rd.
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Other meeting dates and times in other communities are listed here

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You’re invited to Trunk-a-Palooza in beautiful Whitmore Lake on Sunday, May 19 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the former Whitmore Lake Middle School presented by the Northfield Township DDA!

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 please).  Parking for Vendors opens at Noon. Sale begins at 1:00pm

This is a first come, first served event.  There is no advance registration required, but vendors and attendees are encouraged to RSVP on our Facebook page.  See the Northfield Township DDA Facebook page for details. 

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Whitmore Lake Chamber of Commerce Goofy Golf Outing

Join the Whitmore Lake Chamber of Commerce for good times, lots of fun, and great networking at our second annual Goofy Golf Outing benefiting a scholarship for Whitmore Lake High School students!  You don't have to be a great golfer to come have fun and support our Whitmore Lake students!

May 20th at The Links of Whitmore Lake:
     * Shotgun Start at 1:00PM
     * Picnic Dinner at 4:00PM

Prizes and trophies will be awarded for goofiest golfer and most team spirit! 

Register at brightoncoc.org

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Office CLOSED for Memorial Day

The Township Offices will be CLOSED on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

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Classic Boat Show on Whitmore Lake

Northfield Township DDA Presents the First Annual Classic Boat Show!

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join us on the lakefront at the North Village on June 7th from 7pm-9pm for our first annual Classic Boat Show on Whitmore Lake.  Classic boat owners will enter Whitmore Lake at Mac's Marina and float to the viewing area at the North Village Community Park to show off their classic beauties!  This is a FREE local event for all ages!  Music/DJ and some concessions will be on-site.

If you have a classic boat and are interested in participating - please email  classicboatmi@gmail.com

Rain date of Thursday, June 13 from 7 pm - 9 pm

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County Clean-Up Day

Northfield Township is hosting it's 6th annual Washtenaw County Clean-up Day, Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9am-1pm.  Based on the popularity of previous events and to accommodate the high volume of vehicles expected , the location has been changed to the Whitmore Lake High School located at 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd.  

Long wait times can be expected.  Gates will CLOSE AT 1:00 sharp!  We reserve the right to cut the line due to safety or time concerns. 

What to bring:

  • Traditional recyclable materials (glass, cardboard, plastic, paper, scrap metal)
  • Appliances (refrigerator, dryer, a/c unit, etc.)
  • Household hazardous materials (paint, pesticides, cleaning supplies, oil, batteries, etc.)
  • Tires
  • Electronics (TV, computer, etc.)
  • Bulky household items (mattress, furniture, etc.)
  • Construction and demolition waste (drywall, wood, bricks, etc.) 
  • NOT ACCEPTED: Household garbage, driveway concrete, asphalt or shingles

Suggested donations:

  • Please consider a minimum donation of $15.00 to help support this effort.
  • Bring 4 tires for free. We request a donation of $5 for each additional tire.
  • Bring 1 TV, computer or appliance for free. We request a donation of $10 for each additional item.

Clean-Up Events are held throughout Washtenaw County in the Spring & Fall. 
More 2019 information will be added as the dates are finalized. Please check back for updates!

These events are for Washtenaw County residents. Sorry, but we can’t accept materials from businesses or out-of-county residents.

Call 734-222-3810 or visit www.washtenaw.org/cleanup for more info!

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Freedom is Never Free Traveling Memorial

Connect Five Veterans Foundation is joining with Region 9 V CAT in saluting our military heroes, past and present, by bringing the Freedom is Never Free Traveling Memorials to our area.  The Freedom is Never Free Traveling Memorials will be displayed at Spencer J Hardy Livingston County Airport in Howell from July 11 through July 14.  The display will feature the World War II and Korean War Traveling Memorials, Michigan Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall and EYES of Freedom, and Lima Company 3/25 Memorial.  These memorials will be open to the public 24 hours a day during their stay here in Michigan.  Please visit http://www.freedomsneverfree.com/traveling-memorials.html for more information.

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How to Report a Pothole

   It's Pothole Season!  With the extreme temperature fluctuations and rain over the past few months, pothole season has come with a vengeance!  The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is patching potholes whenever the weather allows.

   Know of a bad pothole or other road issue? Report it on the WCRC website or by using the WCRC Fix It App on your Apple or Android device.  WCRC Fix It allows you to easily report non-emergency road issues directly to the Washtenaw County Road Commission. From potholes to signal problems, WCRC Fix It provides users the ability to track service requests and be notified when issues are resolved.

   If you are reporting a pothole that poses an immediate danger, please call WCRC immediately at (734) 761-1500.

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Sidewalk Repairs at Public Safety Building

  The Northfield Township Public Safety Building was built in 2002.  It's hard to believe we have been in this building for nearly 17 years!  As we all know, with time comes the need for property maintenance and repairs caused by weather and everyday wear and tear.  One of the most noticeable repairs needed at this time at the Public Safety Building is to our sidewalks and concrete pads in various areas all around the property.  Over the years the concrete has started to heave, crack, and disintegrate in many places.  We are currently in the process of getting quotes for repairing these areas of concern.

   We are hoping that in the coming months, we will begin repairing multiple areas around the Public Safety Building.  We appreciate your patience in advance as we get to work on these needed repairs.

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Streetlight Replacement

   Over the past year, the Township Manager and Township Supervisor have been working with DTE Energy to provide more energy efficient lighting for our township.  A contract has been finalized, and 89 of the township's streetlights will soon be replaced.  76 Mercury Vapor and 13 High Pressure Sodium streetlights are scheduled to be replaced with LED lighting. The streetlights to be replaced are located primarily along Whitmore Lake Road, Main Street, and East Shore Drive.

  By replacing the current lighting with LED lighting, the township is expected to see an estimated annual energy cost savings of over $6,900.  Not only will this project provide a cost savings, it will also provide a look of cohesiveness for our township. While the township is required to pay a portion of the construction cost for the replacement of these lights, this project is anticipated to pay for itself in only 2.8 years.

   DTE is anticipating the replacement work to begin some time in May.

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Fireworks Committee Fundraisers & Donations

The Whitmore Lake Fireworks Committee is in the process of planning the 60th annual fireworks display in Whitmore Lake. The fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2019 with a rain date of Sunday, July 7, 2019. It is the committee's goal to raise $50,000.00 annually. This all-volunteer committee works diligently on several fundraisers each year. It is only through the generous donations of people and business owners like you that they are able to provide this patriotic and family-fun celebration each year. Thousands of people come to Whitmore Lake to watch the fireworks and celebrate our country’s independence. This event brings extra revenue to our local economy and continues to provide a wholesome American tradition to our citizens!

  • 50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle is one of the most important fundraisers for the fireworks. Raffle tickets are only $5 each and the odds of winning vary with the number of tickets sold. 

    As the name implies, 50% of the money raised in the raffle is distributed to the winners. This year the prizes are 30%, 15% and 5% of the total amount sold.

    The 50/50 Raffle drawing will be held on July 13th at Captain Joe’s Grill at 1:00 pm. You do not need to be present to win, but you'll miss the party! 

    Anyone interested in helping the Fireworks Committee by selling tickets, please contact Keith Lee at (224) 392-1430 or click here to email.

    To see a full list of upcoming Fund Raisers, visit the Fireworks Committee website
  • Donations:  Donate directly to the Whitmore Lake Fireworks using PayPal or by mailing your donation to The Whitmore Lake 4th of July Committee, PO Box 424, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189.  Donations to the Whitmore Lake Fireworks are tax deductible.

   The Fireworks Committee meets at 6:30pm on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Northfield Township Public Safety Building, 8350 Main St., Whitmore Lake, MI to help plan this wonderful event. All are welcome - please come and join us!

   For more information about the Whitmore Lake Fireworks Committee, to find out how you can volunteer, or to learn more about their upcoming fundraisers, visit the Whitmore Lake Fireworks website, or follow them on Facebook


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Meetings Schedule

May 1 - Planning Commission
May 7 - Board of Trustees **Special Meeting**
May 9 - Land Preservation Committee
May 9 - Parks & Recreation Board (to be held at the Community Center)
May 13 - DDA (Downtown Development Authority)
May 14 - Board of Trustees
May 15 - Planning Commission
May 20 - ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) 
May 28 - Board of Trustees

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

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