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This popular Valentine’s tradition is back as Canton’s Butterfly Ball returns to the Summit on the Park next month.
Enjoy a night of dancing to age-appropriate music on Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, from 6 - 8 p.m. Event also includes refreshments, a special butterfly souvenir and the always thrilling balloon drop at the end of the festivities.
For those not ready for crowds, schedule time to hit your personal dance floor with your date on Saturday between 1-3 p.m.
Fees are just $11.50 for Canton residents and $14.50 for non-residents. Keepsake photos, face painting and additional butterfly souvenirs will be available onsite for an additional fee.
Registration is now underway at www.cantonfun.org/register, and ends February 1. For more information, visit www.cantonfun.org or call 734/394-5460.
Six individuals were recently honored for their extraordinary contributions to the Canton community. This year, the Canton Hall of Fame recognized Eva Davis, Tammy Haggerty and Dr. Syed Taj (pictured) based on their long-time and long-lasting contributions to the Canton community.
The Community Achiever Award recognizes those individuals who brought attention to Canton as a result of a special or outstanding achievement in the past year, and the Community Supporter Award recognizes those who continue to make a regular contribution to the community. This year’s Community Achievers are Jeff Poplin and Jennifer Brock, and this year’s Community Supporter is Cam Nellett.
We thank them all for their dedication to the Canton Community!
A snow emergency is declared for the purpose of clearing streets for snow removal and allowing accessibility for Public Safety vehicle response. Canton Public Safety declares a snow emergency when snow accumulation of generally five inches or more is predicted. The following prevailing weather conditions are also taken into consideration:
• Duration of the snow event
• High winds, drifting, blizzard-like conditions
• Warming conditions
• Sleet, freezing rain, etc.
During a snow emergency, parking is prohibited on all streets in Canton to provide adequate access for plows and emergency vehicles. Voluntary compliance is sought, but the traffic order does provide for enforcement action to be taken up to and including vehicles being ticketed and/or towed. For further information, please call the Public Safety Department at 734/394-5400
- A Message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
- Plowing and salting of Canton's roads
- GFL tree pick-up January 3-14
Happy New Year, neighbors!
As we all look forward to all of the great things to come in 2022, it is also a time to reflect on the past year and all that was accomplished. Here is just a small sample of highlights from 2021. We will go more in-depth in the annual State of the Township address in March.
• Canton Municipal Services completed three major road projects:
--Canton Center: Rehabilitation and repair work from Cherry Hill to Ford
--Sheldon Road: Heavy rehabilitation work from Cherry Hill to Ford Road.
--Haggerty Road: Repairs from Michigan Avenue to Van Born.
• Completed major projects on the Summit on the Park
--Replaced copper roof
--Replaced skylights in the gymnasium
--Refinished gymnasium floor • Newly constructed Fire Station #2 opened and is providing excellent service to the community.
• Canton Police Department increased their community engagement, with over 150 activities in 2021, including a resident subcommittee.
• Canton Leisure Services held the first-ever Picnic in the Park last fall, complete with a spectacular fireworks display and new cultural events.
• Fully translatable FOCUS newsletters available on the Canton website.
Again, these highlights are just a fraction of the incredible work done by our municipal organization in an effort to provide the best service possible to Canton residents year-in and year-out. Here’s to a successful 2022 and beyond!
Now that winter is here, many residents have been inquiring as to who is responsible for plowing and salting the roads in Canton. Because Canton is a township, and not a city, it is not responsible for roads in the community.
Most subdivision streets are maintained by contactors working for the local neighborhood Homeowners Associations (HOA). Subdivision roads owned by Wayne County are considered Priority Level V (lowest). Snow removal on these roads will not begin until there is an accumulation of more than 6” and travel is difficult. Work will only be done during regular work hours without using overtime. Please note: If icy conditions exist, Ice Control Sand will be used instead of salt.
STATE and COUNTY ROADS
Plowing-related questions on non-residential public roads should be forwarded to the Wayne County Department of Public Service (DPS) at 1-888-ROAD-CREW. However, due to lack of funding resources, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Wayne County DPS will continue with a reduced level of service during winter maintenance operations. Again this winter, state highways throughout Michigan will be designated either Priority Service Level I or II.
Wayne County provides MDOT with services on three state-owned highways that bisect Canton: I-275, Michigan Avenue (US-12), and Ford Road (M-153). Under the modified maintenance program, I-275 has been designated Priority Service Level I Route, the highest level of service, while most of Ford Road and Michigan Avenue have been designated Priority Service Level II Routes.
On Priority I Routes, County maintenance crews will work to clear ice and snow off 75% of the pavement both during and after a snow event, using overtime if necessary. On Priority Level II Routes, County crews will work to clear most snow and ice from roads. At a minimum, roads will be cleared for one wheel-track in each direction. The remainder will be cleared as soon as possible without working overtime. Although Level II Routes will be passable, they will not necessarily be completely clear until sometime after snow has stopped accumulating
GFL Environmental USA will only offer curb-side pick-up of natural Christmas trees from January 3-14. Please place your tree at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your regular refuse collection day with all stands, lights and ornaments removed. After January 14, trees will no longer be accepted at the curb. For more information, call GFL at 844/464-3587.
Canton is pleased to announce that last month, our Municipal Services Department received full accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the second time. The purpose of accreditation is to promote excellence in the operation and management of a public works agency, its programs and employees. Accreditation is designed to assist the agency in continuous improvement of operations and management, and in providing a valid and objective evaluation of agency programs as a service to the public and the profession.
Open to all governmental agencies with responsibilities for public works functions, initial accreditation from APWA is for a four-year period, during which time semi-annual updates are required to demonstrate continuing compliance. Canton MSD received their initial accreditation in 2017 and applied for reaccreditation in 2021. The re-accreditation process builds on the original accreditation, encouraging continuous improvement and compliance with newly identified practices.
The continuation of accreditation for Canton’s Municipal Services Department, indicates staff have met all applicable accreditation documentation and practices over time. Canton MSD Director Jade Smith stated, “The awarding of the APWA Accreditation reflects the dedication from all the staff towards continues improvement and excellence. We are extremely proud to receive this honor. The heroes of this prestigious APWA award are the public works staff whose mission is to provide services and programs that contribute to making Canton a great place to live and work.”
Happy New Year!
Our office has been busy helping residents with tax payments and answering questions. Winter property taxes were mailed out December 1, and you have until February 14 to pay without penalty. After that, a 3% penalty fee will be added through February 28. On March 1, delinquent real property taxes are turned over to the Wayne County Treasurer, who will add a 4% administration fee plus interest of 1% per month. Visit our website for more information regarding your taxes or call our office at 734/394-5130.
Water billing continues to help our residents with questions regarding their bills. Here are a few suggestions to lower your water usage and water bills. Inspect your appliances. Keep an eye out for leaks and drips, as these pile up quickly over time. Install low-flow toilets, or convert your current ones. This will significantly reduce the amount of water used.
Upgrade to Energy Star appliances. Replacing your dishwasher and washing machine will allow you to cut back on both your water and energy usage. Take shorter showers. Shaving off even one or two minutes can lead to impressive savings. If you’re feeling particularly eco- or budget-friendly, you can try the “Navy shower,” in which you shut off the water while soaping up and turn it back on to rinse off.
Use your dishwasher. Hand-washing dishes can use more water than a dishwasher. If it takes you more than three minutes to wash your dishes, you’re better off using a dishwasher. As we enter the month of January, nationally recognized as Glaucoma Awareness Month and the beginning of a new year, I hope the very best for you and yours.
Are you planning to kick off the New Year with fitness as a top priority for you and your family? Then be sure to take advantage of special savings with the Summit’s New Year Membership Special.
From January 1-15, save 15% off of the following Annual Membership packages: Individual, Student, Senior, Couples, and Family memberships. Purchase your membership at www.summitonthepark.org with promo code: NY15.
Please note: Family Memberships are only available for purchase at the Summit front desk and payments plans are excluded from this special offer. For pricing and more information, please visit www.summitonthepark.org or call 734/394-5460.
Winter is here, which means many people have come back indoors for their fitness needs. Come visit the Summit on the Park and join our high-energy cardio classes or wind down with our yoga classes. With over 40 classes every week, there is something to meet nearly every fitness need! Group fitness not your passion? The Summit’s fitness center has five new treadmills with upgraded consoles to suit your streaming needs, so you can watch Netflix while you get your steps in! Learn more at www.summitonthepark.org
Start 2022 with a focus on health and wellness! Take 10% off all Summit on the Park personal training and health coaching packages from January 1-31.
The Summit’s Personal Trainers and Health Coaches will personalize sessions to meet your specific needs from balance training and sport specific training, to diet assistance and so much more! Packages can be purchased for a single person or group training. Call the Summit on the Park front desk at 734/394-5460 to get started today!
Area residents are invited to stay in their pajamas and head over to the Summit on the Park for some BINGO and Brunch family fun on Saturday, January 29!
Registration includes at least 10 games of BINGO, a pre-boxed continental breakfast and prizes! This family-friendly event will be held from 9 - 10:30 a.m. in the Summit on the Park Banquet Center, with a limit of 8 people per group. An additional session will be held from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Summit on the Park parking lot for a drive-in experience through your radio!
Select which time slot and option will work best for your family! Per person fees are just $8 for Canton residents and $10 per person for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. Sign up today at www.cantonfun.org/register or call 734/394-5460.
The Canton Farmers Market invites everyone to shop local during Summit Market Days, when a different Market vendor will be featured every Monday from 8 - 11 a.m. and every Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. in the Summit on the Park lobby, 46000 Summit Parkway.
Each Summit Market Day will showcase the products and merchandise from a single Canton Farmers Market vendor. These solo vendor marketplaces will be held throughout the winter and into early spring. The Market Days will offer visitors to the Summit on the Park a chance to experience locally sourced merchandise, ranging from produce, baked goods, prepared foods, artisans’ goods and more - depending on which vendor is featured in this pop-up single-stall market that day. Be sure to come back each week through April to connect with all of these local merchants and producers.
For additional information, visit www.cantonfun.org/496 or call 734/394-5460.
Once the snow starts to accumulate this winter, watch for Summit on the Park’s ‘Lending Sled Library’ to return that offers passersby a chance to borrow a sled for a spin down an adjacent small hill to then return it when they are done.
The ‘Need a Sled – Use a Sled – Have Fun’ set up will be located at the east side of the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway. The small sledding hill is located near the stand that offers a quick little sledding experience. Learn more at www.summitonthepark.org.
- Leisure Services part-time positions available
- Pickleball Learn-to-play clinic
- Snowball co-ed tournament
- Spring lacrosse league
- GCYBSA registration
Are you looking for a rewarding part-time position where you can learn and grow on the job? Then be sure to check out the multiple positions that are currently available or starting this spring with Canton Leisure Services!
Pheasant Run Golf Club will be hiring shortly for its upcoming 2022 season. Available positions include: Cart and Range attendant, Pro Shop Assistant, Waitstaff / Beverage Cart Attendant, Grill cook, Operator, and more. Applications are currently being accepted.
Apply today for these and other jobs online at https://canton.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Additional Leisure Services positions may include: Summit on the Park Facilities Assistant, Birthday Party Assistant, Teen Services Staff, Club 55+ Special Event Coordinator, Therapeutic Recreation Program Leader, and more. You Belong Here! For more information, visit cantonfun.org. Canton Township is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Canton Sports Center is offering a Learn to Play Pickleball Clinic on Monday, January 24, from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Summit on the Park Gymnasium, located at 46000 Summit Parkway.
Participants will be introduced to the rules, strategy, serves, returns and volleys of this popular game that is sweeping the nation. Space is limited to 12 and paddles will be available, so register early! Registration fee is $10 for non-Summit members and $8 for Summit members.
Sign up today at www.cantonfun.org/register, or call the Canton Sports Center at 734/483-5600.
If you are looking for some fun in the snow, then don’t miss this year’s Snowball Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, February 5, at the Canton Sports Center, located at 46555 W. Michigan Avenue.
This outdoor Snowball tourney will only take place if proper snowy conditions exist and will feature the 16-inch neon “Chicago”-style softball. Co-ed teams will take the field starting at 9 a.m.
Fees are $130 per team with a $15-per-game umpire fee, that must be paid on the field. For additional information or to register, visit csc.canton-mi.org or call 734/483-5600.
Final registration for Boys Spring Lacrosse Leagues for grades 2– 8 is currently underway. Both new and experienced players are welcome. Participants are required to provide their own equipment. Season runs March - June 2022. Register by calling 734/483-5600 or visit csc.canton-mi.org for additional information.
Registration for Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues will begin January 10 and end on March 15. Greater Canton Youth Baseball and Softball Association (GCYBSA) offers programs for boys ages 4-18 and girls ages 4-14.
Discounts are available for families with three or more registered children. All games and practice fields are located in the Plymouth-Canton area. For details or to register, visit www.gcybsa.com or call 734/394-5358.