Fall is shaping up to be an exciting season here in Waterford Township.

If you haven’t driven down Atco Avenue lately, I suggest you take a detour and give it a visit.

Our public works department painted red and blue lines down Atco Avenue to help us display our appreciation for the men and women of the Waterford Township Fire Department and the Waterford Township Police Department. This may be a small gesture, but it is my hope that these lines will be a constant reminder to our community of the many sacrifices our police and fire departments make in order to keep us all safe. We have an amazing group of first-responders and I, for one, rest much easier knowing that they are on-call to meet the needs of the citizens of Waterford Township.

During your trip down Atco Avenue, you may also spot a train conductor, Yoda, and Peppa the Pig. No, you aren’t hallucinating (haha!) . . . it’s that time of year again where organizations in the township decorate the light poles lining the avenue with scarecrows. All of the participants have really outdone themselves; each of these scarecrows took a lot of time and effort. Thank you to these organizations for helping decorate the Township for the fall season.

Since the leaves are falling, you all know what that means . . . leaf collection season is upon us! Keep an eye out around your neighborhood for signs letting you know the dates that leaf collection will be in your area. Please remember that leaves will NOT be picked up if any other yard debris (including limbs, brush, and branches) are mixed in.

Fall is a time of reflection and in closing of this edition of the “Mayor’s Column,” I’d like to reflect on some things that I am thankful for. I’m thankful for all those who share my vision on the importance of preserving our Township’s rich history as well as encouraging its promising future. I am thankful for all of the individuals who reach out to me and share how much they care about our town and its residents. Finally, I am thankful that I have been chosen to represent the exceptional citizens of Waterford Township. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to help make Waterford Township a wonderful place to call home.

Mayor Bill Richardson
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