FOCUS newsletter

FEBRUARY 2024

  1. Canton expands Food Compost Pilot Program
  2. “Know It Before You Throw It”
  3. Cantonmi.gov is live!
  4. 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.

  1. A message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
  2. Residential Cross Connections program continues in 2024
  3. Local Road Match applications accepted on rolling basis

Greetings Everyone,

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

  1. Canton Fire Department adopts Head Up CPR
  2. “A Parent’s Guide to Building Teen Life Skills” seminar
  3. 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 

  1. IN THE CLS SPOTLIGHT: Leisure Services part-time positions available
  2. Canton Pavilion online reservations
  3. Off-Season Farmers Markets return
  4. 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.

  1. Tax counseling no longer available
  2. Village Theater call for artists
  3. GCYBSA registration underway
  4. 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.