Plymouth Township e-News
JULY 2018 
TOWNSHIP BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF NEW FIRE TRUCK
 
For the first time since the year 2000, the Township Board has authorized the Fire Department to start replacing our out-of-date fire-fighting equipment. The order is being placed for a new 2018 Pierce Enforcer Fire Pumper. Due to funding secured by State Representative Jeff Noble, $400,000 will be provided to the Township by the State of Michigan for the specific purpose of purchasing a fire truck.
 
The new truck will be custom made for Plymouth Township to handle specific equipment and the Jaws of Life. It will take a minimum of 10 months before delivery. Next year, it will replace a 30-year old obsolete 1989 open cab truck that is no longer manufactured.
  
 
ANN ARBOR ROAD/McCLUMPHA ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS BEGIN

 

 

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $543,000 in safety improvements to the Ann Arbor Road/McClumpha Road intersection in Plymouth Township. Work will include milling and resurfacing, along with widening the pavement in all four directions of the intersection and adding dedicated left-turn lanes in all directions.
 
The project also includes new pavement markings and upgrading sidewalk ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
 
According to MDOT, a traffic signal will not be installed at this time. A traffic study is planned upon completion of the construction to see if a traffic signal is warranted. The Township is working with the State to accelerate the traffic signal's installation.
 
During construction, two-way traffic will be maintained at all times on Ann Arbor Road and one direction of traffic will be maintained on McClumpha Road while the other direction will be detoured.
 
Traffic safety will be improved for drivers and pedestrians with a wider area for turns and a dedicated left-turn lane for each direction.
 
 
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF SUMMER TAX DEFERMENT
 
Summer tax bills have been sent out as of July 1, and the 2018 bill must be paid by September 14 in order to avoid any interest penalty.  
 
Availability of Deferment
 
 Under MCL 211.51, property taxpayers may defer until February 14, 2019, without penalty or interest, the due date of their summer taxes on their principal residence, if their gross household income for the preceding calendar year did not exceed $40,000 and they are:
 
*62 years of age or older, including the unmarried surviving spouse of a person
  who was 62 years of age or older   at the time of death;
*A paraplegic or quadriplegic;
*An eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran, or their eligible widow or widower;
*A blind person; or
*A totally and permanently disabled person.
 
 
Persons applying for a deferral must certify that they qualify for the deferment on a form available through the Treasurer's Office and website in order to receive the deferral. The form must be completed each year in order to have taxes deferred without penalty in any given year. The form must be filed with the Treasurer no later than September 14, 2018, to receive the deferral.

 
DON'T GET SOAKED ON WATER BILLS!
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Plymouth Township urges you to set your residential and business sprinkler systems to operate during the 'non-peak' hours between 12 pm to 6 pm or 12 am to 6 am.   
 
Setting your sprinkler system to these times helps keep future water rates stable, controlling the cost of our water bills!
 
If residents or business owners have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Services at 734-354-3270.
 



TOWNSHIP RESUMES SEWER MANHOLE 'UNCOVERING' PROGRAM
 
The township will resume its community-wide program to uncover and restore to grade more than 300 buried sanitary sewer manholes that are covered up and inaccessible.
 
Manholes are a critical component of the sanitary sewer system as they provide the only means of access to the sewer line for maintenance, clearing blockages, and repairs.
 
Our DPW crews need immediate access to all manholes so we can investigate and fix sewer lines that may be clogged or damaged. Nobody wants to see your basement flooded, or have giant sinkholes in the middle of our neighborhoods as we have seen in other communities.
 
All buried manholes will be raised to surface grade for full and permanent exposure and accessibility. Homeowners with a buried manhole(s) on their property will be notified by letter at least two weeks in advance of the uncovering and adjustment work.
 
Residents with questions regarding the project can contact the DPW at (734) 354-3270 Ext. 3.
 
FROM THE CLERK'S OFFICE - ELECTIONS 2018 - MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
 


There is a PRIMARY election coming up in Plymouth Township on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
 
Michigan is an open primary state, meaning that you do not have to register to a particular party in order to vote in the primaries. However, when you vote in the primary election on August 7th, you must confine your votes to a single party column. If you want to vote for candidates from multiple parties, you may do so in the general election on November 6th. Remember that when you vote, don't 'split' your vote.  Stick to one political party only; don't switch between parties.
 
Absentee voting has already begun. If you have any questions about absentee voting, or anything else related to elections, please call Clerk Jerry Vorva at 734-354-3228 or sgroth@plymouthtwp.org .
 
Here is a list of Plymouth Township polling locations:
 
  • Precinct 1        -           St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 N. Haggerty Road
  • Precinct 2        -           Friendship Station, 42375 Schoolcraft Road
  • Precinct 3        -           Plymouth Twp. Clerk's Office, 9955 N. Haggerty Road
  • Precinct 4        -           Starkweather Academy at Fiegel, 39750 Joy Road
  • Precinct 5        -           Isbister Elementary School, 9300 Canton Center Road
  • Precinct 6        -           West Middle School, 44401 Ann Arbor Trail
  • Precinct 7        -           Church of the Nazarene, 45801 Ann Arbor Road, W.
  • Precinct 8        -           Praise Baptist Church, 45000 North Territorial Road
  • Precinct 9        -           Living Word Church, 46500 North Territorial Road
  • Precinct 10      -           Northridge Church, 49555 North Territorial Road
  • Precinct 11      -           Risen Christ Lutheran Church, 46250 Ann Arbor Road, W.
  • Precinct 12      -           Pioneer Middle School, 44081 Ann Arbor Road, W.
 
PT LINK - UPDATED FOR AN EASY WAY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE TOWNSHIP 


Plymouth Township has recently updated its online app that allows residents to notify the Township about items that include downed trees, missed trash pickup, graffiti, property maintenance problems, blight, and broken sidewalks. It can also be used to obtain building permits and pay bills online. The app is a free online service that allows residents to report community issues, pinpoint the location with GPS, and attach phots right from your smart phone. You can find links to download the PT Link app on the Township's website at http://www.plymouthtwp.org/how_do_i/pt_link.php 
 

 
 
NEWS FROM THE PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
 
The Plymouth Township Police Department welcomes new Officer Katlin Nicely, who was recently sworn in by Clerk Vorva. Officer Nicely comes to Plymouth Township from the Findlay (Ohio) Police Department, with outstanding experience and academic credentials and is a great addition to our law enforcement team. 
 BE ALERT FOR SUMMER TAX SCAMS
 
Cybercriminals Don't Take Summer Vacations  
 
Now that it's July and the beginning of summer, the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) encourages Michiganders to remain alert for aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating state tax officials.
 
Treasury typically observes scam phone calls throughout the summer where scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be tax officials and asking for cash through a wire transfer, prepaid debit card or gift card. Additionally, the criminals may leave "urgent" callback requests through robocalls or phishing emails.  
 
Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to make it look like Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service or another agency is calling. The callers may use employee titles, a person's name, address and other personal information to sound official.
 
Treasury will never:
 
*Initiate a phone call to ask for personal information.
*Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, Treasury will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
*Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
*Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
*Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
 
Taxpayers who don't owe taxes or don't think they owe taxes should hang up immediately if they receive one of these calls. For individuals who owe taxes or think they do, they can call 517-636-4486 to find out their account balance information.  
 
Taxpayers who have received a call from a scammer should report the case to the IRS by calling 800-366-4484.
 
To learn more about Michigan's individual income tax, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax 
 
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION UPDATE
 
 
Our Household Hazardous Waste Collection event held in May, 2018 collected over 100,000 pounds of hazardous waste. Approximately 37,000 pounds of that waste was electronic equipment. Even with the rain and storms we had over 900 cars attend our 2018 event. Our campaign to have residents carpool appears to have been effective since our number of cars decreased and our pounds collected increased compared to 2017.
If you missed Plymouth Township's HHW event in May you can still attend one of the upcoming Wayne County events:
 
 
Saturday, July 21
8am to 2pm
Detroit City Airport
11499 Conner St., Detroit
Saturday, November 3
8am to 2pm
Wayne County Community College District
21000 Northline Road, Taylor
Saturday, August 11
8am to 2pm
Westland Shopping Center
Lot behind JCP Store
 
Please visit www.waynecounty.com  for additional details or call Wayne County at 734-326-3936

CURBSIDE RECYCLING

The waste and recycling industry in North America and elsewhere is feeling the impact of  China's waste import ban and 0.5 percent contamination standard, which went into effect earlier this year.   While Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) are integrating new technologies to recycle more material, they are also facing the ongoing challenge of contamination. While single stream recycling often causes an increase in more material being sent into the recycling stream, that material isn't always recyclable because residents may not know what can and cannot actually be recycled so they just start placing everything they can in recycling carts.
 
to review Plymouth Township's list of acceptable items.


SAVE THE DATE! DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION/SHREDDING EVENT - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018,
9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
 
 
Plymouth Township and the City of Plymouth will offer a shred day for all residents of both communities on Saturday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or until trucks are filled) at the Plymouth Township Hall parking lot, located at 9955 N. Haggerty Road.
 
  •  Paper to be shredded shall be limited to 5 banker boxes on each trip.
  • Residents can make multiple trips throughout the morning.
  • Documents can be in paper bags or boxes when brought to shredding.
  • Documents in plastic bags must be removed. 
Residents participating must also provide proof of Township or City residence which can be done with a driver's license, voter ID card, water bill, or property tax bill.
    

PLYMOUTH COMMUNITY UNITED WAY TO HOLD ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
 
The
Plymouth Community United Way is gearing up for their annual school supply drive and they need YOUR help! In 2017, they were able to fill over 100 backpacks with more than 9,000 school supplies including pencils, markers, glue, notebooks and more. Bags are distributed to Plymouth, Canton and Western Wayne students in need of the proper supplies to help increase their ability to achieve their educational potential.
 
The drive will run from July 16th - August 13th, in an effort to get the backpacks filled and distributed by the start of the school year. Residents can drop off NEW supplies at Central City Dance & Fitness Center (6700 N. Canton Center Road, Canton, MI), Probility Physical Therapy in Canton (1600 S. Canton Center Rd. Suite 330, Canton, MI) and Probility Physical Therapy in Plymouth (990W. Ann Arbor Trail, Ste. 103, Plymouth, MI). They will also be collecting NEW items at the PCUW office (960W. Ann Arbor Trail, Suite 2) Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, and on Fridays from 8 AM to 2:45 PM.
 
For more information, visit www.plymouthunitedway.org

NEWS FROM YOUR FIRE CHIEF
 
Plymouth Township and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive on September 5, 2018.
 
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! 
Drive Details:
 
Site: Plymouth Township Hall
Address: 9955 N. Haggerty, Plymouth, MI, 48170
Room Name: Town Hall
Date: Wed Sept. 5, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Daniel Phillips
Coordinator Phone Number: 734-354-3221
 
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
 
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

ART IN THE PARK 2018
 
The 39th annual Art in the Park will take place July 13, 14, and 15. 400 artists from around the U.S. will be offering paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, woodwork, photography, folk art & much more.
 
Entertainment and cuisine will complement the art exhibitors, creating a sensory filled weekend experience.
 
Parking is Free! (The shuttle is $3.00 round trip for adults; kids 12 & under ride for Free.)
 
The shuttles will be operating continuously between Schoolcraft College (South Lot) & Plymouth City Hall.
 
Shuttle Hours
Friday:   10:30 am to 8:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
Sunday:   9:30 am to 5:30 pm
 
*please note the shuttle hours are one 1/2 hour prior to the event start time & one 1/2 hour after the event closes each day. (Schoolcraft College is located at: 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152)
 
For show information, directions, and parking go to www.artinthepark.com

40TH ANNUAL CONCOURS d 'ELEGANCE OF AMERICA - JULY 29, 2018 
We are thrilled to welcome back the Concours d 'Elegance of America to Plymouth Township! This world-renowned vintage automobile show will once again be held on the beautiful, historic grounds of The Inn at St. John's. The Concours continues to bring national and international attention to Plymouth Township, as well as over $1,000,000 in economic value through retail, food, lodging and other business revenue. This year's field boasts over 300 significant classic and historically relevant vehicles ranging from the Gas Light era to Modern Collectables. This event has something for car enthusiasts of all ages. Children 12 and under are FREE. The Field opens to General Admission ticket holders at 10:00 am.  
 
For more information, go to www.concoursusa.org
 
 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
 
MUSIC IN THE AIR CONCERT SERIES - FRIDAY NIGHTS IN KELLOGG PARK
  
The "Plymouth Rocks On" concert series continues throughout the summer. Here's the schedule for the remainder of June and July. There is no concert July 13. (Art in the Park weekend). All concerts begin at 7 p.m. in Kellogg Park and are FREE. Get there early to set up your blankets and chairs! Here is the schedule for the remainder of July and August.
  
  • July 20 - Boogie Dyn-o-mite
  • July 27 - The Square Pegz
  • August 3 - Main Street Soul
  • August 10 - Dale Hicks Band
  • August 17 - Steve King & The Dittilies
  • August 24 - Global Village
  • August 31 - Magic Bus 

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UPCOMING SENIOR EVENTS AT FRIENDSHIP STATION, 42375 Schoolcraft Road
  
COMING IN JULY - RED, WHITE & BLUE! - Friday, July 13, 12:30 pm at the Friendship Station. Tickets are $7/Members and $9/Non-members. Includes Sloppy Joes, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Watermelon and Brownies. Entertainment will be provided by Tom Slatton. Sponsored by Camelot Hall Centre and Regency at Canton.
  
THE FABULOUS FIFTIES! - Friday, July 27th, 12:30 pm at the Friendship Station. Entertainment will be provided by "The Fabulous Fifties Group," performing 60 minutes of your memorable songs from the 50's. The menu includes meat loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, corn bread, tossed salad, green beans with tomatoes, and dessert - and of course, COKE! Tickets are $9.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members.

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PLYMOUTH FARMERS MARKET
  
The market is Downtown in the Gathering and on the street in front of the Penn Theater. It will run through October on Saturday mornings from 8:00-1:00 pm. Vendors are selling flowers, plants, produce, cheeses, mushrooms, baked goods, granola, jewelry, clothing, crafts and more.
  
NOTE: The market will be closed on July 14, due to the Art in the Park event in Downtown Plymouth. 
  
  
SCHEDULED MEETINGS
   
JULY
 
17 - Board of Review, 3:30 pm
  
17 - Special Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 pm
  
18 - Planning Commission, 7 pm
  
24 - Board of Trustees, 7 pm
  
25 - Planning Commission Study Session, 7 pm
 
AUGUST
 
 2 -- Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 pm CANCELLED
  
14 - Board of Trustees, 7 pm
  
15 - Planning Commission, 7 pm
  
28 - Board of Trustees, 7 pm
 
 
All meetings are subject to cancellation