A Voice In Whiteford - Walter Ruhl  TWP Supervisor

What is Happening in Whiteford Township
A New Disk Golf Course to Be Built at Whiteford Stone Co. Park.
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.
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. 
The Baskets for 18 holes cost around $12,000.  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 $1000 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 Water Project:
All the drawings are done and are still at MDEQ for approval and permitting.  Because of the Flint problems MDEQ has not been able to get to our project.  USDA Rural Development is aware of the problems and assured us that the finances are not in jeopardy.  We are meeting with USDA Rural Development later this month to make sure we have not missed something that will add time to the project after MDEQ approves it.  Once we get passed MDEQ we will  have one more public hearing before letting bids for the project. Because of the Flint problems we may not be able to start our project until spring 2017.  
The Roads are the next concern:
We will be starting mowing in the next two weeks and everything should be mowed by the fourth of July.
We were able to seal about 14 miles of roads in 2015.
We will be sealing around 10 miles of road this summer, also we are working on funding that will allow us to crush and pave Beck Road from Head-O-Lake to Memorial Highway.
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 have a plan to build a Disk Golf Coarse at the park.  We will be looking for sponsors for the course.  The cost to sponsor a hole is $700.  We will put a plaque up with your name and Company Name, at each Tee Box that you sponsor.  I have a commitment for 5 of the 18 holes already.  I would like to build this without any Tax dollars being used.  
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.  
Mike Jones and company will be managing the grounds and making sure the projects get completed.
We will be getting 4 more trees along the drive and then get plaques made 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.
“Whiteford Community Days” will be at Whiteford Stone Co. Park again this fall.  Whiteford Community Days will sponsor a pavilion where we had the stage area last year.  We hope to accomplish this completely by donations. 
We will have a bigger and better show this year.  There will be a consignment Auction starting at 9am. For entertainment we are having  The Retro Rhythm Kings and the Fossil Creek Band on Saturday, along with an adult softball tournament.
On Sunday we have Whiteford Wesleyan Church at 11AM  Whiteford Choir and Band will be up next.  The Sheriff Helicopter will be on site on Sunday and possible a Pro-Media Helicopter.
Since Community Days falls on 9/10  9/11 we will be having a service to recognize our volunteer Firemen and our veterans.   
The fire Department will have the Smoke House for the kids all weekend long, along with their newest equipment for all to see.  Go say hello and thanks to your volunteers. 
Please plan on spending part of the weekend with us and enjoy your park.
We have renewed the agreement with Summerfield Township and Petersburg for coverage by a contract sheriff for 12 more months.  How do you think this is working?  Have you noticed any more coverage?  Please call with comments.
We need your support to keep moving forward.

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