What's Happening in June 2019!
- May Sewer Bills
- Members Needed For DDA and Parks & Recreation Board
- Assessing Department Field Technicians May Be In Your Area
- Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week - June 1 - 9
- Severe Weather Siren - June 1
- Clean-Up Day - June 8
- Classic Boat Show - June 7
- Trunk-A-Palooza (Rescheduled) - June 9
- NTAL Summer Reading Club - June 15 Kick-off
- Movies Under the Stars - June 21
- German Park Annual Picnics - June 19
- 4th of July Festivities - June 29-July 6
- Freedom Is Never Free Travelling Memorial - July 11-14
- August 6th Election Information
- June Meetings Schedule
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May Sewer Bills
The May 2019 quarterly sewer bills are due Friday, May 31st. 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:
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
Are you a resident of Northfield Township? Do you love your community and want to do more to help our township prosper? We may have the opportunity you're looking for! June 30th marks the end of some member's terms on various Township Boards. Now is your opportunity to get involved. If any of the following openings are of interest to you, please submit your application and letter of interest by clicking on the links provided at the bottom of this page. Please turn in your submission by June 17th. The Township Board will be looking to fill these openings at an upcoming board meeting.
- Downtown Development Authority (DDA): The DDA has 2 terms expiring on June 30, 2019. The mission of the DDA is to undertake public improvements and activities that have the greatest impact in strengthening the business district, and attracting new private investments.
Members of the DDA are persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district, or officers, members, trustees, principals, or employees of a legal entity having an interest in property located in the downtown district. The DDA typically meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00pm. DDA members serve a 4 year term and are appointed by the Board of Trustees.
- Parks & Recreation Board: The Parks & Recreation Board has 3 terms expiring on July 1, 2019. The Parks & Recreation Board is a dedicated group of residents and business owners working to establish a vision for future parks and recreation opportunities in Northfield Township, and developing projects that provide a tangible benefit to our community. Upcoming projects will be in accordance with the Parks & Recreation Master Plan, established in 2016.
Members of the Parks & Recreation Board are members of the community. Members are appointed by the Board of Trustees by recommendation from the Parks & Recreation Board, and each member serves a 3 year term. The Parks & Recreation Board meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.
Click here for the Application for Northfield Township Boards & Commissions
Completed applications and letters of interest can be dropped off or emailed to the township office.
To the Residents of Northfield Township:
The Northfield Township Assessing Department is continually working to update the Township assessment records. It is recommended that the township assessing department check 20% of the homes in the township each year for audit purposes, so that every 5 years all properties are reviewed. This includes verifying exterior measurements of all structures and taking new photographs.
In the coming few months, field personnel may be visiting your home or homes in your area to update the township's assessment records. The measurements and photographs required are EXTERIOR ONLY.
Please note there is no action needed by the homeowner.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Northfield Township celebrates Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week with important tips to support water resources
The water we drink. The water we enjoy. The water we use. There’s only one water. And it belongs to all of us.
Northfield Township joins partners throughout Michigan in celebrating Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week from June 1-9 by supporting One Water stewardship.
The Great Lakes, along with our smaller lakes and rivers, provide all the freshwater we could ever need. While this water is plentiful, we depend just as much on the water providers and systems responsible for treating and delivering the water we drink, the water that falls, and the water we send down the drain.
The systems that treat our stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water are interrelated. It takes thousands of miles of pipes and a workforce of devoted professionals to cycle water out of our lakes and rivers, through our treatment plants, into our homes, back through wastewater treatment plants, and into our lakes and rivers again.
To keep our water fresh and flowing, it also takes a collective effort of everyone living in Northfield Township to be stewards of our water resources. During Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week and beyond, all residents are encouraged to support water resources with the following tips.
One Water tips:
- A “Boil Water Advisory” is a notification issued by your local community as a precautionary measure. Boil water advisories are distributed if there is a possibility of microbiological contamination in the drinking water system.
- A “Do Not Use Advisory” is a notification issued by your local community to alert the community not to use tap water for any purpose. This advisory is typically used only in emergency situations.
- Understand the age and condition of your home's water infrastructure. This can help you determine actions to take to keep your infrastructure in good shape.
- Learn where your water comes from. This will allow you to learn more about the water body and service provider that bring water to your home.
- Remove garbage, leaves, and other debris from your yard. This will help prevent unwanted debris from entering the storm drain.
- Keep local storm drains clear. If you notice a storm drain backed up with leaves, lawn clippings, or garbage, remove the debris to allow water to flow freely.
- Pick up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash.
- Never fertilize your lawn before a storm event. If possible, reduce the amount of chemicals you apply to your lawn, including pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
- If you can, plant a tree or implement a rain garden at your house. Green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, helps water absorb into the ground, preventing water and pollutant runoff.
- Pour fats, oils, and greases (FOG) into covered containers and cans, and dispose of them in the trash when full.
- Wipe down pots and pans with a paper towel to remove any remaining FOG.
- Scrape food and scraps into the trash when possible.
- Avoid flushing medications down the toilet or drain when another safe option is available. (Northfield Township has a Red Barrel in the lobby of the Public Safety Building for disposing of unused and expired medications!)
- Dispose of feminine products, tissues, paper towels, and other trash in the garbage.
- Only flush the Three P's down the toilet: pee, poo, and paper.
Learn more about One Water, an initiative from the Freshwater Forum at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Great Lakes Water Authority, and SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments at miOneWater.org.
Saturday, June 1, 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
Northfield Township is hosting it's 6th annual Washtenaw County Clean-up Day, Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm. 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.)
- 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
- 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!
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 7:00pm-9:00pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rain date of Thursday, June 13 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
You’re invited to our 2nd Trunk-a-Palooza in beautiful Whitmore Lake! This event was rescheduled due to weather, and will now be held on Sunday, June 9th from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the former Whitmore Lake Middle School (8877 Main St.) 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.
NTAL Summer Reading Club
June 15-August 17!
Every year the Northfield Township Area Library (NTAL) hosts a Summer Reading Club for kids of all ages. This year's theme is S.T.E.A.M. with nine weeks full of crafts, amazing science experiments, a special storytime, awesome prizes, and of course... reading! Each week's theme corresponds with one of the letters of S.T.E.A.M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Summer Reading Club activities are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. And best of all, it's FREE!
Join us Saturday, June 15th for our Summer Reading Club Kick-off Party and NERF battle! Summer Reading Club Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Then from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, duck, dip, and dodge outside at an epic NERF battle! We also will have bubbles, chalk, and a sweet treat to beat the heat. No registration is required for this afternoon of free family-friendly fun. Northfield Township Area Library is located at 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Call 734-449-0066 or visit www.ntal.org/src for more information.
To see what other amazing activities and clubs the library has to offer for readers of all ages, please visit the NTAL website!
Movies Under the Stars 2019 debuts on Friday, June 21! Mark your calendars and plan to join us! Enjoy lawn games, pizza, popcorn and more beginning at 7:30pm. The movie begins at dusk. Bring a lawn chair and join us on the shore of Whitmore Lake, or watch from your boat!
- June 21: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
- July 12: Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story
- July 19: The Grinch
- August 9: Mary Poppins Returns
- August 30: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Thank you to our partners for lending their support to the program: Hungry Howie's will be offering large slices of pizza for $2, and donating the proceeds to help support the program! Living Water will be selling popcorn, candy, water and more!
Hope to see everyone there!!
- Live Music
- Authentic German Food and Beer
- Live German Dance Performances
We welcome everyone to come enjoy our traditional German hospitality. Please take a moment to visit our website and prepare for your visit. www.germanpark.org
- Whitmore Lake Races: Red, White, and Blue Color Run
WHERE: Start and Finish at Whitmore Middle School
8877 Main St., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
WHEN: Saturday - June 29, 2019
Registration and Packet Pickup - 7:00am
10K Start - 8:00am
5K Start - 8:15am
Awards and prizes - 10:15am
5K Run/Walk - $25.00 before June 17th ($30.00 Later Registration)
10K Run - $25.00 before June 17th ($30.00 Later Registration)
Thursday, July 4, 2019
- 4th of July Parade - 10:00am
Gather all your friends and family and come down to Main Street for the parade! Enjoy a patriotic and festive display of fire trucks, floats, decorated bicycles and more! This year's theme: America's Family - Heart of our Community.
The Parade starts on Barker Road and proceeds south down Main Street ending at the Public Safety Building.
To be a part of the parade, please submit a Parade Registration Form. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Whitmore Lake.
- Root Beer Float Social - following the parade
Join us at the Community Center (9101 Main St.) after the parade and enjoy a refreshing Root Beer Float along with Music from the 50's & 60's by “FAST EDDIE!” Floats will be served until supplies run out!
- Banana Split Eating Contest at 3:00PM
Contestants in six age groups will devour banana splits for prizes in this tasty event. Enjoy a refreshing ice cream treat and cheer for your favorite banana split eater! Sign up on July 4th between 2:00 and 3:00 to participate. Cost: $2.00. Space is limited.
Location: Dee's Place
9876 Main St.
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Friday, July 5th
- Boat Parade of Lights at 9:30PM
Don't miss this beautiful parade of lighted boats. To enter, decorate your boat with festive lights and line up in front of Mac's Marina at 9:30 pm (FREE). Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd! For more info, contact Sam at Mac's Marina (734) 449-4706
Saturday, July 6, 2019
- Dance Pro DJ: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Enjoy Summertime Music by the Lake across from the Post Office from 7:00PM to 10:00PM! Come and dance or just listen to the music while you're waiting for the fireworks to begin. Games! Fun! Prizes!
- 4th of July Fireworks - 10:00pm (dusk)
Enjoy a thrilling and patriotic fireworks display set off from the center of the lake! Please respect private property and keep our community clean. Rain date is Sunday, July 7th. This show is solely funded and made possible by donations from our community.
Brought to you by: Whitmore Lake 4th of July Committee with Contributions from YOU
Please note: At request of private property owners, this is an Alcohol-Free event. We appreciate your help in respecting this request.
Other events will be posted as the details come in.
Freedom Is Never Free Travelling 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 Travelling Memorials to our area. The Freedom is Never Free Travelling 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 Travelling Memorials, Michigan Vietnam Memorial Travelling 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.
August 6th Election Information
There will be an election on August 6, 2019 for those residents within the Whitmore Lake Public School district and in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. Here is some important information regarding the election:
- Last Day to Register: Due to the new election laws, you can register to vote through election day. You must register in person with proof of residency at the Township Clerk's office or at any Secretary of State (SOS) location.
- 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.
Applying for an Absentee Ballot:
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.
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 the 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 8:00pm 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.
PLEASE NOTE: The Township Office will be open on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 8:00am-4:00pm to receive and process AV ballot applications. You can request an AV ballot until 4:00pm on Monday, August 5, 2019, however if you request an AV ballot on Monday, August 5th you MUST vote in-house.
When mailing your ballot, please allow appropriate time for mail delivery. The Post Office Closes at 5:00pm, so any ballots received BY MAIL after 5:00pm on August 6th ARE NOT ABLE TO 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 Township 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 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
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
June Meetings Schedule
June 5 - Planning Commission
June 11 - Board of Trustees
June 13 - Land Preservation Committee
June 17 - ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals)
June 19 - Planning Commission
June 20 - Parks & Recreation Board
June 24 - DDA (Downtown Development Authority)
June 25 - 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.