3848 VETERANS DRIVE / TRAVERSE CITY, MI 49684 (231) 941-1620 / FAX: (231) 941-1588 SUMMER 2009 www.garfield-twp.com ~ revised website coming soon! Garfield Charter Township SERVING THE CITIZENS OF NORTHERN MICHIGA N TOWNSHIP HOURS Monday —Friday FROM THE SUPERVISOR, CHUCK KORN The first six months for the new Board havebeen very productive. The spirit of cooperation and 8 a.m. to 12 noon and unique abilities and viewpoints each member brings have been key to our success. The other key is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the experience and talent of the staff. Our goals are to promote the efficient use of your money, and For your convenience, the to provide transparency and responsibility in the decision-making processes. We have saved several Treasurer’s office is open to hundred thousand dollars so far, but will be diligent in continuing to work towards more savings. accept tax payments during Going into effect in August, the new property and maintenance code should help keep Garfield the lunch hour. Township safe and looking good. Other notable successes: a $440,000 grant for water supply and sewage disposal improvements; and great progress in amending our Planning and Zoning docu- ments to conform to state standards. Future issues include: improved fire and medical response ** PLEASE NOTE ** times with Metro Emergency Services; continued upgrades to public infrastructure; and a new Parks Tax payment receipts will and Recreation Plan. We hope you will find the time to fill in a survey, write, or just stop by to tell only be sent upon request or us what you think our priorities should be. Your suggestions and comments are always welcome. if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with PARK AND RECREATION NEWS payment. A ribbon-cutting for the Boardman Lake trail bridge took place on May 15, 2009. Located on the north end of Boardman Lake, this exciting connection ELECTED OFFICIALS between the east and west sides of the lake moves the area one step closer to a paved path encircling the lake. AND STAFF In late May, the planning department began CHUCK KORN…………..…..SUPERVISOR developing a five year Parks and Recreation Plan which KAY SCHUMACHER………...…..…CLERK will help to shape the future of all parks and recreational DON WILCOXEN…..……..DEPUTY CLERK facilities within the Township. Such a plan is essential when applying for competitive Michigan Natural Re- AND ACCOUNTANT source Trust Fund grants, which can help to pay for land acquisition, park upgrades, new bike CARRIE CHARRON…..ADMIN. ASSISTANT trails, and more. Your input is vital as we develop this plan, so keep an eye out for your opportu- SUSAN YOUNKER……..….RECEPTIONIST nity to be involved in future park plans! JEANE BLOOD……………....TREASURER Kindly remember that Township park hours are dawn to dusk. For the enjoyment of all park users, every pet must be on a leash at all times. It is your responsibility to pick up after your THERESE O’BRIEN...DEPUTY TREASURER pet wherever you are in the Township. At the park, use the pet waste disposal bags found in dis- BOBBIE JAMES…….TREASURER’S ASST. pensers. Picnic facilities are intended for use by residents on a first come first serve basis. Thank JIM CHRESTENSEN..ASSESS.SUPERVISOR you for helping to keep our park clean and welcoming! SUE MUHA…….RESIDENTIAL ASSESSOR CHRIS SMITH….RESIDENTIAL ASSESSOR HOT TOPICS — MILFOIL IN SILVER LAKE Township Board meetings have recently addressed the issue of Eurasian Water Milfoil HILARY ALPERS….....ASSESSING CLERK (EWM) in Silver Lake. EWM is an invasive aquatic plant that out-competes native plants and GORDON JOHNSTON..BUILD.SUPERVISOR will overwhelm a lake if not controlled. First appearing in 2005, previous control efforts have CARL STUDZINSKI...BUILDING INSPECTOR been funded by Garfield and Blair Townships. Anticipating rising costs to control this spreading problem, additional funding is needed. The Silver Lake Improvement Association (SLIA) TODD CHARGO…....BUILDING INSPECTOR requested that the Townships establish a Special Assessment District to ensure that funding is BRAD KAYE…........PLANNING DIRECTOR available. SLIA considered four proposals and chose Savin Lake Services of Hale, MI to provide BRIAN VANDENBRAND….DEP. PLANNER treatment with the herbicide Renovate during the beginning of June 2009. ROB LARREA….ZONING ADMINISTRATOR Please do your part to help prevent the spread of milfoil and other invasive species by always inspecting your boat and personal watercraft every time you take it in or out of the water. BOB WOODS…..DEPUTY ZONING ADMIN. Remove all aquatic plants and drain all lake water. Take these simple steps to ensure that our scenic waters continue to be healthy and enjoyed for generations to come. SUMMER 2009 CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF GARFIELD PAGE 2 SPRING ROAD CLEAN UP Township officials and employees volunteered to perform a spring road cleanup on May 8th. 2009 Roadside trash was picked up along sections BOARD of South Airport Road near the Logan’s Land- MEETINGS ing corridor. After the long winter of 2008, . staff cheerfully put on orange safety vests and July—9th & 23rd headed out in the sunshine to bring some August—13th & 27th much needed beauty back to our scenic September—10th & 24th Township roadways. (photo l to r: Supervisor Chuck October—8th & 22nd Korn, Treasurer Jeane Blood & Clerk Kay Schumacher) November—12th December—10th NEW TOWNSHIP WEBSITE UNDER DEVELOPMENT . All meetings begin promptly In April, the Township Board ap- issues, building permit questions and more. at 7:00p.m. upstairs in the proved a contract with LIAA, a local non-profit Finally, a Community page will be Township Hall. Meetings organization, to assist the Township in develop- available for Garfield Township businesses to are televised and can be seen ing a new website. This will bring our website provide a website link, helping local and out-of- at: www.upnorthmedia.org. into the 21st century, as a valuable asset for our town website visitors find your business. If residents and business owners, by making more you’re a Township business owner and would information readily available. Included will be like to spread the word about your restaurant, forms, permits, calendars, park information and auto dealership, golf course, office, residential maps, Township Board, Planning Commission, community, or anything else, please contact the and Zoning Board of Appeals meeting agendas Planning Department at planning@garfield- Now make your Personal and minutes, employee email addresses, and twp.com or by phone to request that we include Property and Real Estate surveys to let us know how to best serve our your information. Watch for the changes, Tax Payments by credit card! residents. The new website will offer residents scheduled to appear online by late summer, at and business owners timely information on www.garfield-twp.com! Pay online at: taxes, elections, development proposals, zoning www.officialpayments.com BITS & PIECES Or call: Retirements: Marge Johnson retired on Township offices to report. 1-800-2PAY-TAX April 8, 2009, after more than 30 years of Don’t forget that a blue USPS mailbox for Charter Township of Garfield service as Admin. Secretary. We welcome outgoing mail is located at the Township Jurisdiction Code: 7097 new Admin. Assistant Carrie Charron. hall and has easy access from your vehicle. Other retirements include Jack Robbins Additionally, the large gray Drop Box in Official Payments charges a from the Planning Commission; Mary Ann front of the Township entry doors is a se- nominal fee for this service. Fields and Steve Gallagher from the Zoning cure and convenient drop off for any infor- Board of Appeals. We thank you for your mation or tax payments to the township. Payment services provided by: time of service. Filling the vacancies on the 2009 County Road Maps are available at the Zoning Board, we welcome Haider Kazim Township Offices. They are $1.00 each. and Joe Yelencich. The vacant Planning July 30, 2009 is the next Household Haz- Commission seat has not yet been filled. ardous Waste day. This is an opportune The Township Board is looking to create time to get rid of hazardous items that can’t several new committees needing citizen go into regular garbage collection. More involvement. Please consider participating info is available at www.RecycleSmart.info. PLEASE NOTE in your local government through these The Commission on Aging provides foot Burning of brush is not allowed avenues. care to seniors the first Tuesday of each in Garfield Township. Brush, Your help is needed with street lights! If month, for the remainder of 2009. Call leaves, stumps, Christmas trees, you see a light in need of repair anywhere in Susan at 941-1620 for more information etc. can be dropped off at the G.T. County Composting facil- the Township, please call Susan at the and to schedule an appointment. ity located on Keystone Rd. The compost site remains open IS YOUR DECK READY FOR SUMMER? during the Keystone Road con- As summer approaches, deck use increases. Decks can be at risk of collapsing if they are not built struction with access from Park properly. Common safety hazards also can occur naturally as a deck ages. Homeowners should check Drive. Open: Tuesday noon - 7 their decks for: split or rotting wood; wobbly or missing handrails or guardrails; loose, missing or pm, and Thursday and Saturday 9 am-3 pm. Recreational fires rusted nails or screws; missing, damaged or loose support beams and planking; proper attachment of are permitted in approved re- the ledger board to the house; excessive movement of the deck when walked upon. It’s important to ceptacles. Call for more infor- take the time to inspect your deck. Reports come from around the country where decks have failed mation. causing injury or death due to improper construction or unchecked deterioration of aged decks. A free booklet on what to check on your deck is available at the township office.