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- Canton expands Food Compost Pilot Program
- “Know It Before You Throw It”
- Cantonmi.gov is live!
- Planning Services’ Master Plan Open Houses
Last year, Canton launched a residential Food Compost Pilot Program to help reduce the amount of food waste being sent to landfills. Composting is a sustainable alternative to disposing of food waste that turns the material into rich, healthy soil.
Since the start of the program, over 165,000 pounds of food waste have been diverted from the landfill. This year, Canton is hoping to divert even more by opening up the program to more volunteers. Participants will receive a 2.5-gallon bucket with a lid, a sticker displaying the list of acceptable food waste, and a guide listing program information. There are currently four designated food compost drop-off locations for volunteers to use; the Summit on the Park, Walker Winter School, the Canton Farmers Market and Fire Station #2.
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit www.cantonmi.gov/1360 and fill out the online application.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is continuing its “Know It Before You Throw It,” statewide education campaign to better inform Michigan residents on what can, and cannot, be recycled and how to recycle correctly.
EGLE’s goal is to promote awareness of cleaner recycling practices to reduce the amount of contaminated materials improperly going into recycling bins. Contamination occurs when nonrecyclables are placed in the carts which can include anything from food waste to plastic bags. Recycling loads with contamination are rejected from the recycling facility.
To help the campaign, EGLE continues to use the Michigan Recycling Raccoon Squad, a six-member team of recycling champions who will serve as EGLE’s education ambassadors.
For more information on the “Know It Before You Throw It” campaign, visit RecyclingRaccoons.org.
Canton has launched its redesigned website, complete with a new address! Please update your bookmarks to www.cantonmi.gov so that you can access all of the latest Canton news with one click.
Canton’s Planning Services Division will hold two Canton Master Plan Open Houses this month to display and highlight all the public feedback received in 2023. Dates for the Open Houses are as follows:
• Thursday, February 22 – The Summit (Walnut Room); 2 – 7 p.m.
• Thursday, February 29 – Administration Building (Board Room); 2 – 7 p.m.
These sessions are open to the public and will provide a final opportunity for residents and business owners to submit feedback on conceptual designs and ideas for the future of Canton before the Master Plan is adopted. Please note, the materials for each session will be the same. For more information, visit www.cantonmi.gov/Masterplan
- A message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
- Residential Cross Connections program continues in 2024
- Local Road Match applications accepted on rolling basis
I hope everyone is staying warm and safe - please continue to look out for neighbors who may need assistance as the weather fluctuates. If you feel isolated, please reach out to a neighbor or call our resident advocate at 734/394-5198 if you need resources.
In January, I spent four days at the US Conference of Mayors with over 400 Mayors from across the country, as well as business leaders, and many of the Biden administration cabinet – including our own Governor Granholm, Secretary of Energy. Some of the discussions were of funding for technology, mental health, infrastructure, economic development and fighting against hate and extremism. At the many roundtables I participated in, I was proud to brag about the infrastructure, arts, green space and social safety nets that we have been moving forward with over the last few years. I spoke about how Canton has been working on strengthening our diverse community and gave examples of what we have been doing, of which many took note.
Canton is a model of how to pull together as a community and the board and I look forward to more accomplishments with you!
In addition, The Canton Chamber University will be kicking off the Bridging to Belonging Community / business events on February 14 at 1 p.m. more details to come via Facebook and www.cantonmi.gov.
Under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, there are rules to protect drinking water and to prevent cross connections that may contaminate public drinking water systems. Due to a State mandate – as part of compliance with Public Act 399, Part 14A – Canton has implemented a Residential Cross Connection Control Program.
Most residential contamination risks come from underground irrigation systems. It’s estimated that over 11,000 homes in Canton have underground irrigation systems and will need to have their backflow devices tested. Canton has divided the community into five zones that will be tested on a five-year rotating cycle. HydroCorp has been contracted to locate all backflow devices in Canton. All inspections will be done outside of your home and at no time should any HydroCorp employee ask to gain entrance.
Should HydroCorp find a backflow device on your property, you will need to get your device tested by a State certified tester. A list of certified testers can be found at http://watercustomer.com/. The cost of the test is the homeowner’s responsibility, however HOA’s may have the ability to negotiate group rate discounts. HydroCorp will begin inspections in Zone 5 this spring. Please note, if you had an inspection last year, you will not be tested again until 2028.
For more information on Canton’s Cross Connection Program or to find out what zone you live in, visit www.cantonmi.gov/1266.
As a reminder, Canton’s Engineering Services Division accepts applications to participate in the Local Road Match program on a rolling basis from Homeowner Associations and other interested resident groups. This program only targets subdivision roads under the jurisdiction of Wayne County. Private roads are not eligible to participate. Improvements to these roads are funded by a combination of millage funds and matching funds from homeowner groups.
All applications must be dropped off at the Engineering Services counter, located on the second floor of Canton’s Administration Building. Applications will be accepted and processed in the order they are turned in. For more information on the program or to download the application, please visit www.cantonmi.gov/1160.
- Canton Fire Department adopts Head Up CPR
- “A Parent’s Guide to Building Teen Life Skills” seminar
- Treasurer Slavens' corner
Every year, over 700,000 people in the US suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), and only 10.8 percent survival rate when SCA occurs outside of the hospital, and 24 percent when SCA occurs in the hospital. The Canton Fire Department is hoping to change that statistic by implementing an innovative new technique for resuscitation-Neuroprotective Head Up CPR.
The department will be the first in Michigan to utilize the EleGARD Patient Positioning Systems. This device will lift the patient’s heart, and thorax in a multi-level elevation, in a timed sequence, in conjunction with best practice CPR and resuscitation protocols. Preclinical and clinical studies exploring this “neuroprotective” method as part of a bundle of care including high quality CPR have shown a strong potential to improve resuscitation and neurologically-intact survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
To learn more about Head Up CPR, visit the Canton Fire Department Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CantonMIFireDepartment
If you have teens, work with teens or are a teen preparing to graduate, this seminar is for you! Join the Local Impact Alliance and experts from Growth Works on Tuesday, February 13, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Administration Building (Lower Level Meeting Room E) for a discussion focusing on topics such as: goal setting, educational planning, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, positive communication, and more.
Call 734/495-1200 or email email@example.com to reserve your space for this free event (limited to the first 32 people).
Happy February from the Treasurer’s Office.
You can pay your winter taxes without penalty until February 14. A 3% penalty fee is added on February 15 - 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.
The Treasurer’s Office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. unless there is an observed holiday and the Administration Building is closed. You may also pay your taxes online, through the mail, via interactive voice response (1-866-327-3522) or at the 24-hour secure drop box located on the outside wall, by the entrance of the Administration Building.
Section 211.59 (3) of the General Property Tax Act, Public Act 206 of 1893 allows for the deferment of winter taxes until April 30, 2024. You must turn in the application by February 14. Please call our office at 734/394-5130 or visit www.cantonmi.gov/287 to see if you qualify for a deferral.
Property taxes are levied on your taxable value, which is issued by the Assessor’s Office every February. Residents will receive a letter from the Assessor’s Office in late February, regarding their taxable value. This is how your property tax is calculated: Taxable value x millage rate divided by 1,000. **For new homeowners it is important to know that your taxable value is uncapped the year following the transfer of ownership (sale) of a property; therefore, the “Taxable Value” equals the “Assessed Value.”
Please remember to “Go Red” on Friday, February 2, for Women’s Heart Health Awareness Day.
- IN THE CLS SPOTLIGHT: Leisure Services part-time positions available
- Canton Pavilion online reservations
- Off-Season Farmers Markets return
- Spotlight on TR
Are you looking for a rewarding part-time job where you can learn and grow on the job? Then be sure to check out the variety of positions that are currently available or will start this spring and summer with Canton Leisure Services!
Open positions that may be posted in the coming weeks include: Day Camp Counselors; Summer Camp Supervisors; Therapeutic Recreation Camp Staff; Teen Services; Summit Building Attendants; Member Services Assistant; Fitness and Gymnasium Specialist; Kids’ Corner Assistant; Birthday Party Assistant; Special Events and Programs; Golf Cart/Range Attendant; Grill Cook; Pro Shop Assistant; Operator; Sports Coordinators; Farmers Market Supervisor; Park Laborers; Park Rangers; and more!
Apply today for these and other jobs online at https://canton.applicantpro.com/jobs. Canton is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Starting February 1, at 11 a.m., Canton Leisure Services will begin accepting online reservations from Canton residents for most of its open-air pavilions at www.cantonfun.org.
Only online bookings from Canton residents will be accepted at this time for the pavilion rental season which runs from May 1 through September 2.
Starting March 1, at 11 a.m., Canton residents may submit phone reservations by calling the Canton Sports Center at 734/394-5310; however, online reservations are still encouraged. Online or phone reservations for non-residents will be accepted starting March 28.
Due to damage from last year’s extreme weather events, not all Canton Park pavilions will be available for rent once registration commences. Heritage Park’s south pavilions are expected to be rebuilt this spring and rental information will be available online at www.cantonfun.org on April 1. Freedom Park pavilions will be available for rent from June 1 through Labor Day, due to expected construction. The Heritage Park amphitheater and gazebo, as well as the Preservation Park pavilion, are available for rent by submitting a Community Event Application, which can be found online at www.cantonfun.org. Payment is due at the time of reservation.
For rates and other rental information, visit www.cantonmi.gov/674 or call 734/394-5310.
The Canton Farmers Market will be returning to the Summit on the Park for three Winter Markets on Sunday, February 18, March 17, and April 14. Stock up on locally produced food items like leafy greens, root vegetables, meat, honey, cheese and spices! Shoppers can also visit local crafters to purchase various jewelry, body products, and wooden décor.
These markets will be held in the Summit’s banquet hall, located at 46000 Summit Parkway, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mark your calendars because the Canton Farmers Market will open for its regular season on Sunday, May 13. Find additional details at www.cantonfun.org/496. See you at the Market!
Canton Township will debut its “Spotlight on TR” awards, which will honor members of the special needs community who go above and beyond supporting the Therapeutic Recreation community, on Thursday, March 7, from 6 -8 p.m. at the Summit on the Park Banquet Center.
Honorees will be celebrated during this new event that will showcase the significant differences and impact that the special needs community makes within the Canton community, as well as in surrounding areas.
Tickets are $40 and available online at www.cantonfun.org/register. All proceeds of this formal evening will help support and expand Therapeutic Recreation Services in the Canton community.
For more information, please visit www.cantonfun.org.
- Tax counseling no longer available
- Village Theater call for artists
- GCYBSA registration underway
- Shine & Thrive Women’s Empowerment Night
Canton Club 55+ is no longer able to continue its free tax aid program through AARP for qualifying seniors this tax season. A number of free online tax filing programs are available, including: https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile/ and www.irs.gov (just select ‘File Your Taxes For Free’).
Please note that these services may have income or age limits. In addition, visit aarp.org and search: Tax Aide to find additional recommendations. Visit www.cantonmi.gov/476 for additional information.
The Gallery at Cherry Hill invites area artists to apply for a group or solo art exhibition for the 2025 season. The Village Theater is interested in featuring a diverse group of artists of all mediums.
Submission will be juried by an exhibition committee comprised of local artists, arts professionals, and art educators. Please be advised that you are ineligible if you have had a Solo Exhibition at The Gallery at Cherry Hill within the last five years. Submissions are due by April 7.
For submission information, please visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org.
Greater Canton Youth Baseball Softball Association offers programs for ages 4-18 for boys and girls ages 4-14. Discounts are available for families with 3 or more children signed up.
All games and practice fields are in the Plymouth Canton area. Spring registration for baseball and softball will remain open until March 15. To register, please visit www.gcybsa.com.
For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734/394-5358.
Canton’s Lead #LikeAGirl program is hosting a women’s night on Saturday, March 15 at the Village Arts Factory, 50755 Cherry Hill Road. Featured activities include: a charcuterie grazing table; live music; wine tasting; Glow-up Skin Care; a photo shoot; Restorative Yoga, and other mindfulness activities.
Tickets are $45 per person and participants must be 21 and over to attend. Purchase your tickets online by March 8 or until sold out at www.cantonfun.org/register. For more information, call 734/394-5361 or visit www.cantonfun.org.