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Gather around the table with your neighbors and enjoy delicious small plate eats from local chefs and food trucks, quench your thirst with several beer and wine options, listen to some music and support local artists at Canton’s new community dinner nights, which will be held monthly throughout the summer. The first al fresco dinner will be held on Tuesday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Preservation Park, located at 500 N. Ridge Road.
Table registrations and payment is required in advance at www.cantonfun.org. Per Person Fee: $35R/$46 NR (tickets include 4-5 small plates; beer and wine sold separately). Please note: Tables will be configured for eight individuals. To be seated at the same table, participants must register together on the same transaction. Seating assignments and priority seating is determined by registration date on a first-come, first-served basis.
This inaugural event will highlight “SUNDAY BRUNCH,” featuring:
Great Lakes Confections - Mini Donuts;
Truckin Waffles - Chick’n & Waffles;
Grace Savory and Sweet - Breakfast Scramble;
Tapped - Avocado Toast;
Meltdown Creamery - Ice Cream Dessert;
Maraschinos Pub - Beer and Wine (additional fee). Musical entertainment will be provided by Bob Skon. Future Bites for the Barn include: August 3 and September 14.
Learn more at www.cantonfun.org.
The Public Safety Department reminds residents of the Michigan law and Canton Township ordinance that state:
(a) The discharge of novelties, low-impact fireworks and consumer fireworks are permitted June 29 - July 4, from 11 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.
(b) Consumer fireworks shall not be ignited or discharged on public property, school property, church property, or property of another person without that organization’s or person’s written permission to use consumer fireworks on the premises.
(c) Minors shall be prohibited from possessing, using, igniting or discharging consumer fireworks.
(d) No person shall use low-impact or consumer fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic liquor or a controlled substance or both.
Unlawful use of fireworks can be reported to the Public Safety Department’s non-emergency line at 734/394-5400, at the auto attendant dial 2, then 1. Emergency situations should be called in to 911.
Violators are subject to a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of $1,000.
Enjoy local eats and music at the 7th Annual Rally on Ridge event, held on Saturday, July 24, from 4 – 9 p.m. as food trucks will line Ridge Road between Uptown Avenue and Cherry Hill Road. All ages are encouraged to join us for this special fundraiser that will benefit the Canton Farmers Market. The evening will feature several popular gourmet food trucks, live local musicians, and a Beer Garden area.
Do you have a food truck and are interested in participating in this year’s event? Contact the Farmers Market at email@example.com. Come out for a great night with great food to support the Canton Farmers Market! For all the details, visit www.canton-mi.org/496.
Now is the time to rate your Police and Fire Departments. During the month of July, Canton Public Safety is offering citizens the opportunity to evaluate the department’s police, fire, emergency medical, and ordinance services.
The survey can be accessed directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021CPSD or through the department’s website at www.cantonpublicsafety.org, under Spotlights on the homepage.
Survey results will be reviewed by Public Safety officials to identify any potential issues or areas of concern. The results will also be taken into consideration as the department gathers information for its next Five-Year Strategic Plan.
Results of the survey will be available to the public later in the year on the department’s website, Canton FOCUS newsletter, and various local and social media outlets.
I was sad to see the loss of our Cady-Boyer barn to a fire over Memorial Day weekend. Many of you have asked about the plan for replacing it. We are currently working with the insurance company for removal of debris. Once that is completed, we will begin developing plans for the future.
As our facilities continue the reopening process, I wanted everyone to know that Canton Township is still looking for part-time workers in many positions. Jobs are open for both seasonal and year-round employment. You can check our website for details: https://canton.applicantpro.com/jobs/
We are continuing to work with GFL on trash, recycling and compost pickup. They are experiencing resource issues and have stated they will continue to work overtime to pick up compost by the end of each week. I have had a chance to speak with many residents regarding our refuse collection, and I appreciate your information and feedback. We are in constant contact with GFL, and publish updates publicly through our website and Municipal Services Facebook page. You can find updates at www.canton-mi.org, and www.facebook.com/cantonmsd/
As Independence Day approaches, it is good to not only know the rules and ordinances related to fireworks in our community, but also to brush up on fireworks safety in general. Please reference the article on the front page of this newsletter developed by our Public Safety department. I encourage you to please read it thoroughly, it will answer many questions you may have.
Please have a happy and safe fourth of July.
As of June 1, all inspections MUST be scheduled online. Canton’s Automated Phone System in no longer available. For step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an inspection online, visit www.canton-mi.org/1024.
A fire on Sunday, May 30, destroyed the Cady-Boyer Barn, located at 500 N. Ridge Road in Preservation Park. Firefighters battled the blaze, which engulfed the wooden building quickly, for over an hour but the entire structure was lost.
After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the fire was caused by a combination of the careless use of ground fireworks (specifically colored smoke bombs) and the burning of paper as part of the creation of a social media post.
While the fire was unintentional, this incident serves as a strong reminder that even small novelty fireworks can cause significant damage. Fireworks of all types should be kept at a safe distance from structures, should never be handled by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and should only be used under close adult supervision. Although the destruction of the Cady-Boyer Barn is a significant loss to the Canton community, the Township is grateful that no individuals were hurt, and that none of the other historic structures at Preservation Park were damaged.
The Canton Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution declaring May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islanders Month in Canton Township and another commemorating June 19, 2021, as “Juneteenth Independence Day” in Canton Township.
You can view these, and all of the resolutions passed by the Board in 2021, at www.canton-mi.org/206.
This summer, MDOT will begin a large-scale construction project named “Revive 275,” aimed at improving and rebuilding 23.5 miles of I-275 from Will Carleton Road to Six Mile Road. The project is anticipated to start in July with construction taking place over the next four years.
All information related to this project, including closures and detours, can be found on the project website at https://revive275.org.
With golf season underway, we ask anyone other than golf course patrons to please refrain from walking on golf course cart paths or being on the course unless you are a paid guest. Although the golf course is an inviting place, it can be a very dangerous area to be walking around on. Golf balls can travel up to 300 yards in the air, meaning you may not see one coming. There are also a number of blind areas where a golf cart may not see you. In addition, individuals on the course can be a distraction to golfers playing their sport.
For the safety of all, we ask that you refrain from being on the golf course or any of the cart paths. Canton has plenty of walking paths and trails within close proximity that offer a great change of scenery.
For information on these scenic paths and trails, please visit www.cantonfun.org.
Summer is upon us and that means your summer tax bill should be in your mailbox the beginning of July. If you have not received your bill by July 15, please call my office at 734/394-5130. Summer tax payments can be paid July 1 - September 14. After that, an interest charge of 1% will be added per month.
There are a variety of ways to pay your property taxes. They include:
24-hour drop box: located outside the main entrance of the Administration Building. Please include the bill number or the property tax ID number on your check. Please do not submit cash in the drop box.
Treasurer’s window: Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We accept cash, personal checks, bank checks, MasterCard, Discover and Visa. The bank levies a $3.95 charge for debit/credit card use under $160 and a 2.5% charge for credit card payments over $160.
Online payment: www.canton-mi.org/296
By mail: send check or money order to: Canton Township Treasurer; P.O Box 87010; Canton Mi., 48187
Pay by phone with Interactive Voice Response: 1-833-679-1710
If you meet the following conditions, you may defer your property taxes, penalty-free, until February 14, 2022.
1. Age 62 or older (or the unmarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death) eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran, or eligible widow or widower of a veteran or serviceperson; permanently disabled, blind, paraplegic, quadriplegic, or hemiplegic; AND total household income in the prior taxable year did not exceed $40,000.
2. Property classified or used as agricultural property can also be eligible for deferment under specific conditions.
If you meet any of these conditions, please visit our office no later than September 16 and we will prepare a Deferment form. You must bring proof of your household income from 2020 (typically your 1040 form).
The Partnership for the Arts and Humanities will hold a hybrid in person/virtual fundraiser “An Evening for the Arts” on July 29, at Canton’s Village Theater at Cherry Hill. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go to support the Village Arts Factory.
For those who would like to attend in person, the evening will include a strolling dinner, live entertainment and an exciting array of silent auction items. A limited number of tickets are available for the in-person experience at $75 each. If you would like to also attend the afterglow party at Marachinos Pub, just purchase the next level tickets at $100 per person. For art supporters who are not yet ready to venture out, you can still get in on the fun online. Tickets for the virtual experience are $25 each and include a link to view the on-stage entertainment performed that night, and to place bids in the online auction. Check out www.villageartsfactory.com/an-evening-for-the-arts for updates and links to purchase tickets.