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- Applications for Local Road Program
- Liberty Fest Canceled
- River Day on May 15
- Canton Farmers Market Opening Day
Beginning June 1, Canton’s Engineering Services Division will begin accepting applications from Homeowner Associations and other interested resident groups to participate in the 2022 Local Road Match Program. In an effort to help educate residents on how the program works, we’ve developed the following list of FAQs. Answers to these questions and more can be found at www.canton-mi.org/roads:
• What is the local match program?
• How are applications submitted?
• What if I’m not in an HOA, can I still submit a project?
• How much money will my homeowner group need to contribute?
• What does the project cost include?
• What if my group doesn’t know the size of the project?
• Can my homeowner group submit multiple projects for 2022?
• When will you need the check for the matching funds?
• Do I need to provide anything besides a check for the matching funds?
In response to the latest guidelines from state of Michigan public health officials and in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Canton Township is officially canceling its 2021 Liberty Fest for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rest assured that Canton is making plans to host an alternate community celebration as soon as conditions will allow, hopefully later this fall, that may include a fireworks display.
For the latest updates, visit www.cantonfun.org.
Canton’s River Day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Flodin Park. For a list of this year’s activities, visit www.canton-mi.org/247. Please note, all volunteers will be asked to wear masks and socially distance themselves during the event.
Due to COVID, there will be no t-shirts this year and registration MUST be done before the event at https://therouge.org/rouge-rescue/. For up-to-date information, including cancellation notices, follow us at www.facebook.com/CantonMSD.
The Canton Farmers Market regular outdoor season kicks off on Sunday, May 9, offering locally-sourced products directly from the farm to you! Stop in any time between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and find fresh seasonal vegetables, apples, baked goods, cheese, spices, jams, honey, handcrafted artisan items and more!
This outdoor market is open rain or shine every Sunday through October 17 (except July 4 and September 5), from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road. Please note: all market-goers, including children ages 5 and up, are required to wear a face mask to attend the market.
For additional information, please visit www.cantonfun.org/496, as well as www.facebook/cantonfarmersmarket. See you at the Market!
- A message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
- clerk's office wins national award
- hazardous waste disposal options
- did you know?
I hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather! We are very thankful for the warmer temperatures, as it means we can look forward to enjoying all of the many outdoor activities our community has to offer. Please consider outdoor dining at one of Canton’s many restaurants. Sunshine and fresh air can do wonders! Good things are still happening in Canton amidst this global pandemic. Treasurer Dian Slavens has some good news for residents in her column about water rates, and the Board just approved goals and strategies for the next four years which include: Welcoming Community, Healthy Ecosystem, Quality Infrastructure, Organizational Climate & Culture and Financial Stability. More to come soon as employee teams work to align actions!
Canton has also partnered with both Kroger Pharmacy and Wayne County to provide weekly vaccination clinics for our residents. Every department and functional area of our organization has pitched in one way or another to make these clinics happen, and I am very happy to report that we are on schedule to have vaccinated 13,000 residents by the end of April. However, vaccinations are not enough. As COVID cases skyrocket, I am once again obligated to urge residents to be vigilant in mask wearing, social distancing and in following other recommended safety guidelines. It takes a village to help each other and we are asking for volunteers to help us at the vaccination clinics. Please volunteer at www.canton-mi.org/582.
I understand that we are all suffering from COVID fatigue. I look forward to the day when this column is nothing but good news about all of the great things happening in our township. But for now, I am also asking that we all show some patience and understanding to our neighbors, fast food workers, store clerks, and others as we go about our day. A little kindness can go a long way.
Have a great May, and Happy Mothers’ Day!
The Canton Clerk’s Office is proud to announce that the United States Election Assistance Commission has awarded the Clerk’s Office with a Clearinghouse Award in the category of “Outstanding Innovation in Election Cybersecurity & Technology.” The award recognizes the Clerk’s hard work in implementing new technology and software to reduce wait times at the Clerk’s Office while providing better service.
When it comes to properly disposing of hazardous waste, Canton residents can use the following options:
ERG Environmental Services, located at 1340 Merriman Road in Livonia offers year-round hazardous waste disposal for a fee of .75 cents per pound with a minimum fee of $20. For more information, please call ERG at 734/437-9650.
Canton residents can also dispose of limited hazardous waste items at scheduled Canton Cleanup events. To view the 2021 cleanup schedule, visit www.canton-mi.org/917.
Canton will also hold a Hazardous Household Waste event on Saturday, September 11, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Public Works Building, 4847 Sheldon. This free event is open to Canton residents only.
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Currently, Canton is looking for residents to serve on two committees: the Canton Cares Fund Advisory Committee and the Technology Committee.
The Canton Cares Fund Advisory Committee focuses on reviewing requests and advising on the proper use of the Canton Cares Fund. Members must be a Canton resident and willing to serve a three-year term with quarterly meetings. The Canton Cares Fund is a 501(c)(3) program in partnership with the Canton Community Foundation that assists families in need following a disaster as well as supports areas within the Township.
The Technology Committee will work to review technology available externally in the township and to develop a strategy to meet the Canton Board of Trustees goals and objectives as a smart sustainable township. This group will meet monthly at a minimum until the strategy is developed. It will then be determined as to the frequency of subsequent meetings.
Interested residents should fill out an application at www.canton-mi.org/590 by Friday, May 28.
Canton Township will hold an online public meeting to provide an update on its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan on Tuesday, May 11, at 3 p.m. To mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, protect public health, and provide essential protections to Canton residents, this public meeting will be conducted by video teleconference in accordance with Michigan law. Interested residents can find a meeting link at www.canton-mi.org/217
Township Hall is now open to the public and it has been wonderful to see our residents in person, even behind the masks.
In April, the Board of Trustees approved the 2021 Water and Sewer Rates for Canton Township. Each year, recommendations are prepared by the Municipal Director, the Finance Director and their staff, on the proposed water and sewer rates. This year their recommendation resulted in an average decrease of 10.95%, on a typical customer’s bill. I am happy to report that effective May 1, consumption rates will be $6.36/1000 gallons for water; $3.89/1000 gallons for sewer, for a total cost of $10.25/1000 gallons.
As we are happy to report the changes in water/sewer fees, we are asking residents to continue monitoring their water meters for any leaks. Leaky faucets, toilets, water heaters and spigots can be costly if left unrepaired.
A few helpful hints for savings in water use: run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking instead of running the tap for cold water; turn the faucet off while shaving, washing up and brushing teeth; shorten your shower one or two minutes; use low-flow shower heads; do not sprinkle lawns in the heat of the day and adjust sprinklers so they do not water the sidewalk, driveway and street; set mower blades to the highest setting to decrease evaporation; and mulch around shrubs and garden plants to minimize evaporation. We can all do our part in keeping water rates low by watering your grass, running your dishwasher and laundry machine during the non-peak hours of the day.
As we continue to face challenges in this month of May and recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month, we can also look to May for many things to be grateful for: the start of summer, flowers blooming, and Mother’s Day.
If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to call my office at 734/394-5130.
With the onset of warmer temperatures, many residents will be out walking, riding and strolling the many trails throughout the community.
The Canton Trail Fund is designed to provide grants to Canton Township for the building and maintaining of public bike and walking trails within the township. The intention of the fund is to be a supplement to existing and proposed future trail improvements, maintenance, expansion and capital construction activities of the Township.
Join the Canton Supervisor’s office for the first ever virtual Neighborhood Know How! Major topics to be covered will include roads, lighting, and ordinance concerns during the pandemic.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 13 at 6 p.m.
Please email email@example.com to register, and a zoom link will be sent to you for the event.
COVID-19 testing continues to be available at Heritage Park, 46202 Heritage Park Road (North Pavilion parking lot).
Testing is currently available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pre-register at www.MemorialClarity.com