MAYOR'S COLUMN
Happy Summer 2017!!

Dear Friends,

With 2017 coming to a close, on behalf of the Township Committee I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2018!

As we reflect over 2017, we were fortunate to provide another year of quality services while managing through another tight fiscal year and never losing sight of the reason we are here: to provide Waterford Township residents with the services they deserve, continually working to enhance and encourage programs while maintaining, to the best of our ability, a stable tax levy. We authorized just under $500,000 in capital projects, which included repair to 3 additional roads in our Road Program, allowed us to update failing infrastructure in our buildings and provide replacement equipment to our Police and Public Works. We also began working on an LED Streetlight Replacement Grant program which we anticipate being complete in late 2018. We accomplished all of this while maintaining an adequate fund balance and still providing core services to our residents such as police, fire, snow removal, sanitation services, leaf and brush collection services and beginning updates to recreational facilities. The new Public Safety Building is almost completed and because of our diligence, is anticipated to come in under budget.

The Township was also able to host several community events that brought our residents together. In the beginning of December, Winter on the Avenue hosted by the Civic and Events organization welcomed a Community Tree Lighting; the combined event welcomed hundreds of residents of all ages. In November we held our first Town Hall Meeting where we were able to recognize multiple organizations and individuals who continually make a difference in Waterford Township. Last summer, we continued with our National Night Out, and in the spring we hosted two successful events with the Dad’s and Grads Car Show and SpringFling both on the Avenue.

Looking forward to 2018, we will continue to bring the services you expect and deserve and are working on several new programs while keeping a major focus on keeping taxes as low as possible. The year looks to bring us many new beginnings, gains, continuity and change.

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017 let us all reflect on the many good things that have touched our lives and our community. Give thanks for at least one blessing and find a renewed spirit as we step into 2018.

My Waterford Township family remains one of the most important things to me, and I am grateful as we move into the new year for the opportunity to work alongside the members of committee, our staff and our residents as we stand for a closer community and building a stronger foundation of strength and prosperity for our future.

Happy New Year!