FOCUS newsletter

SEPTEMBER 2021

  1. GFL Collection Update
  2. Picnic in the Park to feature fireworks display
  3. 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
  4. Hazardous Waste Round-Up on September 11

Last month, GFL began consolidating all residential yard waste collections to Saturday. This change will be effective through October 9. GFL made this change in an effort to remain current on residential garbage and recycling collections.

Residents are advised that curbside collection of garbage and recycling will remain the same, only yard-waste collections are moving to Saturday.

In an effort to keep phone lines open, Canton is asking residents to use its online submittal process to report all missed garbage, recycling and yard waste pick-ups. Using the online form will help Canton and GFL keep an updated spreadsheet on all missed locations. You can access the form at www.canton-mi.org/216.

Please wait 24 hours before reporting a missed pickup as GFL is currently running 1-3 days behind schedule. If your home was missed, keep all garbage, yard waste and recycling at the curb until it’s collected. Please do not take your containers in at night as GFL is working longer hours than usual.

We understand that weather and animals are a nuisance to bagged collection items. Please note, our curbside collection guidelines do allow for the use of 32-gallon containers for both yard waste and refuse.

For the most up-to-date information on collection delays, visit www.canton-mi.org/216 or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cantongovernment.

  1. A message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
  2. Did you know?
  3. Schools are back in session – drive safely!
  4. Keep sidewalks free of tree branches and shrubs

Hello Neighbors!

The 2020 Census results were recently released, and Canton gained around 8,400 residents, bringing our population to 98,659. This puts Canton in the top 10 largest communities in the state, and the second largest township behind Clinton Township. The demographic make-up of the community shows that approximately 67% of residents are White, 19% are Asian, 9% are Black, 3% are Hispanic, and 3% are two or more races. While we thought we might hit the 100,000 mark, we still have about two years of growing to do before we are built out, so we will get there eventually. The Census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where schools are needed, how federal funding is distributed, and how Congressional seats are apportioned. Most importantly, it helps to show us how our community has changed over time and how we can adjust our services so that we may provide the best quality of life possible for our residents.

In other news, it may be time to start masking up again. Unfortunately, COVID cases are on the rise as the delta variant is spreading and infection rates are going up. While we are not requiring visitors to our facilities to wear masks, we are highly recommending it regardless of vaccination status.

And, lastly, we recently updated Canton’s Five-Year Roads Plan. This plan provides a summary of methodology and planning for the Canton Township Road Improvement Program, which is funded by the road millage. The plan is subject to change and will be adjusted and modified each year, due to conflicts with other projects, funding sources, and other external situations. You can find a link to it at www.canton-mi.org/1160.

  1. Treasurer Slavens' Corner
  2. 11th annual brew, brats and bands and the barn
  3. Canton Goodfellows “No Child Without a Christmas" Campaign
  4. Canton Leisure Services Master Plan

I hope you have had a wonderful summer! It is hard to believe that September is here and school is back in session. A quick reminder, your summer taxes are due by Tuesday; September 14, by the close of our business day. After this date an interest charge of 1% per month will be added.

Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you are unable to stop by our office, you can pay by mail, sign up for autopay, use our 24-hour drop box, pay online at www.canton-mi.org/304, or by phone (IVR) 833-697-1711.

With the challenges of COVID and the mail service, many of our residents have opted to use autopay and the drop box as a way to pay their water bill as well as their taxes. If you would like a receipt when using the drop box, please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope with your payment and we will mail you a receipt.

COVID continues to bring challenges to some of our residents. It is always important to pay your water/sewer bills. Last month we began to look over any water/sewer balances that are six months in arrears. Since the Township pays the water/sewer cost up front, we must place any arrears owed on your winter property tax. This is one of the many ways to keep our water/sewer rates down. Residents who have arrears have been notified which will give them time to pay off their debt before the winter taxes go to print.

As we move into September let us recognize and honor all the hard-working laborers this Labor Day, September 6. September has been designated National Suicide Prevention Month, you can find out more information on the NAMI website: nami.org

If you ever have questions please call my office at 734/394-5130.

  1. Halloween Happenings
  2. Last Bites for the Barn of the season
  3. Canton Club 55+ golf outing
  4. Hike with a naturalist

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to pick out this year’s costume and plan on attending these special events hosted by Canton Leisure Services.

On Saturday, October 2, Howl at the Moon will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Canton Dog Park, located on Denton Road north of Cherry Hill Road. Dog owners along with their four-legged friends can enjoy live entertainment, purchase merchandise, and receive free giveaways from local pet supply and service vendors. Make sure to dress up with your pup to enter our costume contest with prizes! Both members of the Dog Park and non-members are invited to let their dogs experience this off-leash dog park during this FREE event. All non-dog park members must show proof of up-to-date vaccination for rabies and DHLPP, signed by an accredited veterinarian to attend. No pre-registration is required.

Trick or Treat Story Trail returns on Thursday, October 7. Dress up in your costumes and join Canton Leisure Services, the Canton Public Library, and Canton Public Safety in Heritage Park for Trick or Treating along our story trail from 4 - 7:30 p.m. Participants of all ages will enjoy our featured story. Pre-registration is required for all children regardless of age. Registration will be available September 15-30 at www.cantonfun.org/register. Per person fees are $5 for Canton residents and $6 for non-residents. For additional information about these special events, visit www.cantonfun.org

  1. Back-to-school summit membership special
  2. summit swim lessons

Make the Summit on the Park your fitness and recreation destination! From September 15-30, sign up for an Annual Membership and save 15%! This special offer includes Annual Individual, Couples, and Family memberships (excluding payment plans) and is available online (excluding Family Memberships) at www.summitonthepark.org with our special discount code: SCHOOL15 or at the Summit front desk.

For more information, please visit our website or call 734/394-5460.