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                                        Spring 2011
                      City Hall 1820 Inverness, Sylvan Lake MI 48320 Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
                       Mayor: Aron Lorenz - 682-7857, Mayor Pro Tem: Sharon Maurina - 681-5708
              Council Members: Brian Etter 681-7236, Russell Meskin 310-0780, Mike Zubrzycki - 738-1192
               City Manager: John Martin, City Clerk/Treasurer: Dennise Clippert, Police Chief: Mark Silver
                Sylvan Lake Web Site: sylvanlake.org , Email Address: SylvanLakeCityHall@Comcast.net
                                 Telephone: (248) 682-1440, Fax Number: (248) 682-7721
                      Police, Fire or Medical Emergency 911, Police non-emergency (248) 682-2104

NEWSLETTER by sending your name, mailing                        Spring Leaf Clean Up Reminder - there is no
address and Email address to:                                   spring curbside leaf collection. To dispose of
Sylvanlakenewsletter@gmail.com It will offer you                your leaves, please put them out for collection as
more information on a more timely basis. We                     yard waste (see below). All garbage cans must
send out “newsbytes” quite often to inform you                  be stored so they are not visible from any street.
and remind you of upcoming events instead of
trying to get them all into a monthly electronic                Yard Waste Program starts April 6 . Yard waste
newsletter. To save money, this paper newsletter                will be picked up on the same day (Wednesday),
is only mailed quarterly.                                       as your trash but in a separate yard waste truck.
                                                                Pickup is on a weekly basis. Please place your
Online Bill Payment Pay your water/sewer bills,                 trash and yard waste a few feet away from each
permits and park and recreation fees online.                    other for pick up so it can be easily seen. Yard
Payment can be made using Visa, Master Card,                    Waste Includes - cut grass, leaves, cut weeds,
Discover or electronic check. An enhanced                       shrub trimmings, brush, twigs, small branches,
access fee will be added to your payment. Go to                 sod and similar items.
www.sylvanlake.org for further details and the
1. Yard waste will be accepted only in brown                    attend. The subject is “Invasive Plants and Why
      paper yard waste bags (from retail stores) or             They Matter.” Please call 248 682-1082 with any
      trash cans clearly marked compost or                      questions.
      yard waste. Yard Waste stickers are
      available at no charge at City Hall.                      Barbara has been the proprietor of Barbara’s
2. SMALL BRANCHES 3 inches in diameter or                       Gardens, a design and consulting business,
      smaller will be accepted if securely tied in              since 1996. She served as Executive Director
      manageable bundles, no more than four-feet                Assistant at Oakland Land Conservancy, now Six
      in length.                                                Rivers Land Conservancy, and was Editorial
3. Yard waste in any type of plastic bag will not               Assistant at Michigan Gardener magazine for
      be accepted!                                              three years. A commercial banking escapee,
4. Yard waste may not be placed at the street                   Barbara is an avid garden tourist and a published
      earlier than 5:00 p.m. the night before                   author.
      collection day.
                                                                Sylvan Lake Youth Soccer It is that time again!
Garden Club Invitation                                          Soccer will begin mid-April. Watch the Parks &
Barbara Ash, a Master Gardener and Sylvan                       Recreation facebook page for more information
Lake resident, will speak at the evening meeting                http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11464
of the Sylvan Lake Garden Club on April 21 at                   6875232609&v=app_2344061033. Registration
7:00 p.m. All Sylvan Lake residents are invited to              forms will be available at City Hall.
Planning Commission Meeting The next
Planning Commission meeting will be May 3 at
7:00 p.m. They will be holding a public hearing to
discuss outdoor seating for restaurants and minor
changes to the sign ordinance.

City Council Meeting The next City Council              Household Hazardous Waste Collection
meeting will be April 20 at 7:30 p.m. One of the        Sylvan Lake will again participate with West
tentative agenda items will be the discussion of a      Bloomfield for household hazardous waste
proposed millage question on the ballot.                collection. The collection is May 7 from 9:00 a.m.
                                                        to 2:00 p.m. at the West Bloomfield Civic Center,
Millage Question to be placed on November               4550 Walnut Lake Road. There is no cost to
Ballot City Council voted to place a question on        residents, it will be paid by the City. Have your
the November ballot asking for a millage                drivers license ready upon entering the Civic
increase. The City’s taxable value dropped an           Center site. This document’s residents from each
additional 11.4% this year. That means we               community. They are going to take the normal
anticipate receiving only the same amount of            hazardous material and electronics (including
revenue from taxes next year as we did prior to         TV’s). A full list is available at
the 2-mill increase, with costs still rising. Council   www.sylvanlake.org. There will also be a
has not decided on the exact ballot language.           shredder there so anyone can have documents
However, specifying the proposed millage for            destroyed. Again this spring will be the collection
Public Safety (Police/Fire) has been discussed.         of used syringes at Beaumont Medical Center,
                                                        6900 Orchard Lake Rd. (rear loading dock) on
Police Department Discussions We have been              Friday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m.to1:00 p.m.
in discussions with Bloomfield Township and
West Bloomfield Township regarding a                    Park/Beach/Trail Clean-Up Looking for
contractual agreement for Police (and other)            volunteers to help Saturday, April 30. Watch the
services. City Council continues to support our         Parks & Recreation website for more details.
Police Department and the goal is to be able to
keep what we currently have. However, given the         Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:15 a.m.
financial situation in the State and the continued      Sylvan Lake's Service begins when the parade
decline of property values, they recognize that         ends (around 11:45 a.m.) A flower drop and lunch
other measures may need to be taken. It is              will be held at the Oakland County Boat Club at
currently the intent of City Council to offer the       12:30 p.m.
residents the opportunity to vote on the future of
Sylvan Lake’s Police Department through a               The Parade Committee invites all businesses,
millage question in the November election. City         local and civic groups, schools, organizations,
Council continues to strive to bring the best           entertaining individuals, and those who feel they
service to Sylvan Lake residents at the most            would like to participate in honoring a current or
reasonable cost.                                        former member of the armed services.

Parks and Recreation Committee will meet on             The deadline to reserve your reservation and
the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.           have your entry recognized is May 10, 2011.
                                                        Please complete the parade registration form
Sylvan Shuffle Dust off your running shoes!             found on our Web Site as soon as possible.
The Sylvan Shuffle will take place on May 7 at
9:00 a.m. starting at the Community Center.             City-Wide Garage Sale The Sylvan Lake Home
There will be music, food, neighbors, and fun.          and Garden Tour Committee is again holding the
There will be a 5-K run, a 1-K run for the kids, and    City wide garage sale on May 26, 27and 28. A
a 5-K walk. Go to www.sylvanshuffle.com for             permit fee of $20.00 will cover the cost for ads in
registration and more information.                      The Oakland Press and Eccentric newspapers,
                                                        garage sale signs on Orchard Lake Road and a
list of participants’ addresses at City Hall and
Sylvan Market. The deadline to purchase a
permit is May 24. A box with envelopes for your
application and payment is placed at City Hall.

The Home and Garden Tour - Save the date:             the watercraft being launched. The day pass is
Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.     good for one day only. When using the boat
The tour would not be successful without our          ramp, be sure to lock the gate when you are
wonderful volunteers. We are looking for docents      done. There will be no replacement ramp keys
and people who would like to join the committee       sold if you lose yours.
or just help the day of the tour. Please contact
Robin James at news@sylvantour.com or
248-914-5011.                                         Detroit Edison Customers Reminder. You can
                                                      Report Street Light Outages online at
Don’t Drive on the Grass! Our parks are being         dteenergy.com/streetlight. To report a street
destroyed by people driving across them to            light out at their home or business, customers
access their dock spaces to install their docks       need only to fill in the address on the online form.
and/or hoists. We try very hard to maintain the       If they spot an outage elsewhere, customers
beauty of our parks and need your help. Do not        simply type in the city location, the intersection
drive in the parks under any circumstance! Doing      nearest to the affected light, and their contact
so may result in a ticket. In addition, you will be   information.
charged for any necessary repairs. It is the
responsibility of the dock holder to inform anyone    Prevent Littering Pet Supplies Plus of
sharing your space, or a company installing your      Bloomfield Hills is encouraging pet owners to be
dock, of this rule.                                   kind to the planet and prevent littering by getting
                                                      their dogs and cats spayed and neutered. Pet
Boat Ramp Keys, Park and Sports Tags are              owners can prepay April 1-16 to have their pet
now on sale. The park registration is $10.00.         spayed or neutered on April 17 for only $50 for
The park tag is $30.00 ($25.00 for seniors) and       dogs and $30 for cats. Pet Supplies Plus is at
will allow your family and eight (8) guests to use    2057 Telegraph Rd., north of Square Lake Rd.
our park facilities. You must have the park tag
with you at all times, the Park Ranger will be        Rewards for Recycling This program
checking to make sure residents have a tag. The       encourages curbside recycling. Residents can go
sports tag is $15.00 and will allow you and up to     online to register at www.rewardsforrecycling.com.
three (3) guests to use the bocce and volleyball      Your identifier tag was sent to you. If you did not
courts. All guests must be accompanied by the         receive one or lost it you can call Richfield at
resident. Please abide by the rules that are          877-609-6753. Participation in the program gives
posted at each court. If you have more than three     you access to valuable savings with local
guests, you must borrow a sports tag from a           merchants. To see items which can be recycled,
Sylvan Lake resident to make sure you have one        a recycling flyer is at www.sylvanlake.org, click on
tag for every three guests. Boat ramp key is          City Services.
$25.00 (comes with one boat sticker); an
additional boat sticker is $15.00 each. You do not    Wheeled Recycling Bins To encourage
need to own a boat to purchase a boat ramp key.       recycling, the City is selling green, wheeled
However, you must have a day pass or boat ramp        recycling bins at City Hall. There are three
sticker for the watercraft you are launching. To      sizes: 35-gallon for $20, 64-gallon for $22, and
purchase a watercraft sticker you must apply at       $96-gallon for $25. Each has a 10-year warranty.
City Hall and supply your original boat
registration and proof of Sylvan Lake                 Wheeled Garbage Cans Richfield Equities
residency. To purchase a day pass you must            (trash collection company) is selling large
apply at City Hall and supply the information for     wheeled garbage cans to Sylvan Lake residents
                                                      at a great price. Cans are available to purchase at
City Hall. There are three sizes: 35-gallon for $41,   found on our website under “downloadable
64-gallon for $46, and 96-gallon for $52. Each         forms.” Or you can pick one up at City Hall.
has a 10-year warranty.

Volunteers needed The Tri-City Fire Board has
one position for a two-year term. If you are
interested, please fill out the application form

                 Spring Calendar of Events
            Monthly meetings at the Community Center (subject to change):
             Parks and Recreation Committee - 1st Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
                      City Council - 2nd Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
                City Council Study Session - 4th Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

April 6 Yard Waste Collection begins
April 22            Earth Day
April 30            Park/Beach and Trail Cleanup
May 7               Sylvan Shuffle, 9:00 a.m. at the Community Center
May 7               Household Hazardous Waste Collection in West Bloomfield
May 20              Water Bills Due
May 26, 27, 28      Citywide Garage Sale
May 30              Memorial Day Parade, 10:15 a.m.
June 11             Home and Garden Tour, 10 am-4 p.m.
July 3              Annual Fireworks by the Oakland County Boat Club
August 20           4th Annual Kids day hosted by the Sylvan Lake Police Department

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City of Sylvan Lake
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Sylvan Lake, MI 48320

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