A Voice In Whiteford - Walter Ruhl  TWP Supervisor

What is Happening in Whiteford Township
7/12/2018
The August Primary is coming up quickly.  The Whiteford Township Board has place a request for 1/4 Mill levy for 5 years on the ballot to care for our 3 cemeteries.  They need the roads redone, old grave stones need to be re-set with new foundations and Whiteford Union needs to be ready to expand.  Lake View needs it's roads paved so the Funeral Procession can get into the cemetery,
The fences need to be painted. In general we need to maintain our sacred  grounds.

     Water Project:
The Water Project is behind schedule!  The contractor has asked for a 90 day extension because of a major piece of equipment being back ordered.  It now looks like Whiteford Township Water will not be licensed until October.  We will take that into consideration when people are trying to hook up to the system.
We are asking if you are planning to hookup to the water system that you stop by our office and sign a document so we can install the meter in your meter pit.  We will have other information for everyone at this time.  If you can't attend the meetings please call or e-mail and we will send you the information you need. 
July 18, 2018 11:am - 3:pm
July 19, 2018 3:pm - 7:pm
We have also been mandated to continue water lines to the apartments at Whiteford Ctr.and Sterns Roads. The parcel owners that will be affected by this extension will be notified soon. 
It looks like we may be coming from Sylvania Petersburg Rd along Temperance Rd. under the expressway to Whiteford Ct then on to Whiteford Rd. and south on both to Consear and close the loop and continue south on both to the point of Whiteford and Whiteford Ctr. and south to the apartments. This means we can close the loop in the near future south to state line.  Again we will be notifying everyone that is affected soon.   

Medical Marijuana Grow Operation and Dispensaries
Will Remain Illegal in Whiteford Township!  
The board will be considering a new ordinance that will plainly state our position on dispensaries and grow operations and the like.  Most of the other township supervisors that I have talked with are opposed to allowing this type of business in their townships.  

Disk Golf 
 JAWS has completed all but one of the tee boxes.  This should take care of most of the heavy work.  We will be finishing the course in the spring.  Your help would be appreciated.  You can make a check out to Whiteford Township Disk Golf fund.  

Whiteford Stone Co. Park
The new signs are up at the park.  We purchased them over a year ago but have not figured out how to use them until now.  Bob and Pat Schnipke donated the money for the signs.  
We are now ready to put up the signs for donations of trees and benches. 
We have purchased 10 Maple trees and 10 benches and placed the trees along the trails marking every 1/4 mile and will soon add the benches to the trails near the trees.  
We are in the process of designing a sign that recognizes everyone that that has donated to the park over the years.  We appreciate everyone that has donated time or money to make this a nice park. 
We have a donation of Slide Safe for field 3 which will improve it a great deal. 
We would like to put slide safe on all the infields.  We have dugouts donated for 3 of the fields and this makes them competitive much nicer to play on.
We have started developing drop off areas where the backstops end at each paved drive, for equipment and people that have problems walking, .  We have also created handicap parking at the 300 foot line on each drive.  We are doing the same thing at diamonds 5 and 6. this would make it more convenient for everyone. Stone Co is donating all the stone for the park and will be recognized for their help.  We also have blacktop grindings that have been used to improve our roads in the park.

We are planning on improving the parking lots 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.  

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 have security cameras in Stone Co Park. Any Damage will be recorded and we should be able to identify who is doing it.  

We are planning improvements at the park in Ottawa lake.  If  you have suggestions please feel free to give me a call.

We need your support to keep moving forward.
 
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
 


 
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