A Voice In Whiteford - Walter Ruhl  TWP Supervisor

What is Happening in Whiteford Township
5/30/2017
The Water Project is moving to Bond Closing and start of construction.
We have cleared most of the hurdles and are moving to a June 22, Closing and
Ground Breaking.  Construction could start as early as June 23rd if everything goes as planned.  Completion is about 1 year.   

Whiteford Center. Fire Department needs more Volunteers. 
Can you help?  We need at least 10 people to step up and volunteer as a firefighter and be willing to take Fire 1 and 2 classes.  You would also have to learn to operate the trucks.  At that point it would be optional to obtain more certifications. 

Disk Golf 
A lot of the work is done on the Disk Golf course at Whiteford Stone Co. Park.
However there is still a lot to do.  Some clearing needs to be done for the course, steps need to be made and installed on one hill, tee boxes need to be installed and signs need to be made and installed.  We would like to have the course completed by the end of summer.  
We could use your help, we need sponsors for each hole.   
Please consider sponsoring a hole.  We need about $500 per hole to complete
the course.  Your help would be appreciated.  You can make a check out to Whiteford Township Disk Golf fund.  
For more information call Walter Ruhl at 734-854-2416
Please send Donations to:
Whiteford Township 
8000 Yankee Rd. Suite 100
Ottawa Lake MI. 49267
 
Whiteford Stone Co. Park
We had the grand reopening of field 4 last month.  The dugouts are complete, Clay has been brought in, a pitches mound has been added and new signs have been put on the backstops.  This was done with donations of time and material. No tax dollars were spent on these improvements.  If we had to pay for this material and hire people to do the work, it would have cost about $35,000.  The red clay alone cost $8000.   Your township board feels that this is of great value to our park.  

We are considering drop off areas where the backstops end at each paved drive, for equipment and people that have problems walking, .  We are also thinking of handicap parking at the 300 foot line on each drive.  We can do the same thing at diamonds 5 and 6.  this would make it more convenient for everyone. 

If you have your own company and would like your company name on one of the six ball fields please contact us for more details.  Improvements are not cheap.  Sponsorship is essential.  

We are planning on improving the parking lots and putting in posts so cars have to stay in the lots.   

Please come enjoy our walking trails!  Some of the trails will be shared with the disk golf course but that shouldn't be a problem.  

We have planted 4 more trees along the drive and have plaques to honor the people who donated money for that purpose.
 
Our next project is to get a pavilion built in the area near the new flagpole. We want this park to be a place our community wants to come and enjoy.

The grass is good enough to support Soccer fields now.  I am hoping someone will step up and help  bring soccer to the park. 

Most of the improvements you see are a combination of donations and township money.  The dirt that has been hauled in is at no cost to the township.  We just pay to have it leveled.
 
As most of you know, the 14 acres of woods is being managed by “The Nature Conservancy”.  We have renewed the contract with the Nature Conservancy so they can continue to manage the 14 acres. They have made great improvements in that area and the walking trails allow people to enjoy that area.
 
We are applying for a grant to install cameras to catch vandals.
We need your support to keep moving forward.
 



 
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