A Voice In Whiteford - Walter Ruhl  TWP Supervisor

What is Happening in Whiteford Township
After 10 Months MDEQ is Ready to Approve Our Drawings and Issue Permits for our Water System.
The Drawings for the complete water plant and system were turned in to MDEQ last December just before the Flint water crises.   The people had worked with for three years were forced to retire over the Flint situation.  The prints were sent back with a letter stating that this was an incomplete application.  We resubmitted the project in February and have been going back and forth until Senator Dale Zorn became involved.  That occurred because I wrote a letter to the Governor and asked Dale to carry it to the Governor.  We have been assured that the project can go out for bid in  late November or December.  That will make bid opening in February.  That will make the project start in May.   

Whiteford Ct. Fire Department needs more volunteers. 
Can you help?  We need at least 10 people to step up and volunteer as a Fireman 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 get more certifications than that. 

I am looking for someone that has time to become my right hand and serve as Deputy Supervisor.
You would be expected to be attend meetings and learn the duties of Supervisor.  You may be asked to be a certified F4 licensed Water plant operator.  Also you would be asked to learn how our sewer grinder pumps work and help make decisions about what will work best.  If you know anyone in our community that may be willing please call.

Disk Golf 
Whiteford Township is announcing the building of a Disk Golf course.  The Course will be located at the East Gate along Sterns Rd. Hole 1 would go south to the woods then the holes would go through the woods to the south and into the field along the walking trail, then back through the woods and back to the parking area.  The Baskets have been ordered but We still need more 
We are looking for Businesses or Individuals to sponsor each hole.  A plaque will be placed at each Tee Pad indicating what company or individual donated the hole. 
We were able to purchase Baskets for 19 holes cost of $5695..  The Tee Pad is made of concrete and would cost around $5000 to form and pour.  Signage would take the rest of the budget to establish the course.
We are looking for $500 per hole sponsorship. 
Any improvements in parking, fences, or grading would be at the Townships expense. 
Please consider sponsoring a hole for the park and your community.
For more information call Walter Ruhl at 734-854-2416
Please make checks payable to Whiteford Township Disk Golf project.  All donations are Tax deductible.
Please send Donations to:
Whiteford Township 
8000 Yankee Rd. Suite 100
Ottawa Lake MI. 49267
Walter Ruhl
Whiteford Township Supervisor

The Cemetery:
Carol Ruhl has the majority of the cemetery entered in the computer; now she will tackle the older parts that have no records. You may see her out there taking notes so we know who is buried where.  This has been a big project.
Whiteford Stone Co. Park

We will be working with JAWS (Jail Alternative Work Service) on park improvements.  They can paint the fence, dig and pour foundations for park benches.  We will have them pickup rocks and fill holes.  They can plant flowers near the flag pole. and many other things. 
We have put in the fence from the entrance to Section Rd.  After July 1st we will be completing the fence to the east along Section Rd. 
The last of the walking trail is under way and when completed we will have over 3 miles of trails for people to walk.  
We have planted 4 more trees along the drive and they will get plaques to honor the people who donated money for that purpose.
When we get the pavilion built and the area around the new flagpole looking nice with benches we will put plaques on the benches that the people paid for.
Your Park is getting better! 
Things that have been accomplished:
  • We can probably start playing soccer on the newly established grass.
  • Also notice the nice walking trails around and through the woods and       from the parking lot along Whiteford Road and Sterns back to the             woods to the parking lot.
  • The main drive and paths to the concession stand are paved.
  • Gates have been installed along Sterns Road thanks to Bill Hill.  The   post holes were drilled by Toledo Caisson
  • The field along Sterns has been filled and leveled.
  • Pat and Bob Schnipke have donated the flagpole and flag.
  • By the end of summer we will have all promised plaques installed for people to see.   
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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