<![CDATA[CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON - Announcements]]>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:59:18 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Golden/Arcyle Sewer Repair Notification]]>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:45:36 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/goldenarcyle-sewer-repair-notificationJuly 14, 2020

Dear Resident,

Clinton Township is investigating public sewers and found a location
where an immediate sewer repair is needed under Golden Street, at the Arcyle
Street intersection. The contractor responsible for the repair will be on-site this
week to make the repair. The repair will require concrete sections of Golden Street
to be removed and replaced.

During the sewer repair and pavement replacement, a detour will be necessary for
the road closure and you will need to seek an alternate travel route. Please use
Danbury Street and Weideman Streets as alternate routes around this intersection
for access to Little Mack and 15 Mile Road. We expect Golden Street to be fully
open to traffic in approximately two weeks.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and
understanding as this matter is being resolved quickly as possible.
Please contact the Clinton Township Department of Public Services
at 586-286-9300 with any questions.]]>
<![CDATA[Inclusive playground proposed for Clinton Township Civic Center]]>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:50:23 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/inclusive-playground-proposed-for-clinton-township-civic-centerCLINTON TOWNSHIP – A plan for the installment of an inclusive playground in a Clinton Township park is beginning to take shape with the Clinton Township Civic Center as the recommended location.  
“Individuals with special needs deserve a place to recreate, with, and not separated from everyone else in our community,” said Clinton Township Treasurer Paul Gieleghem, a member of the Clinton Township Inclusive Playground Committee, formed last fall. “We believe the Township Civic Center has some of the existing infrastructure and amenities that make this an ideal location for an inclusive playground,” he said.
“We hope this can be an attraction point for area families coming from the MISD, Glen Peter’s School, or Lutz School nearby,” added Trustee Ken Pearl who also served on the Site-Selection Committee. “We want to provide something special for families who may be visiting the Civic Center already while another family member plays baseball or soccer,” he said.
The need for a playground to serve the special needs of 4,600 individuals living in Clinton Township was established last fall by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees at the request of AnnMarie Ottoy, a Clinton Township resident who serves as Community Relations Specialist for The Arc of Macomb County.
“Advocating for amenities to serve the disability community is part of my job,” said Ottoy. “It’s also a passion as a mother of a special needs son.”
Ottoy was appointed to the Inclusive Playground Committee by the Township Board and then elected by the Committee to serve as the chair. “Even in the midst of a pandemic, I couldn’t be more pleased with the commitment of members who agreed to serve, and the support from the Board of Trustees,” she said. “Agreement on the Civic Center as a location will serve as a jumpstart to the next phase, reaching out and building the community support we will need.” 
The Inclusive Playground Committee concurred in the recommendation of site-selection sub-committee members Paul Gieleghem, Treasurer; Ken Pearl, Trustee, and Mary Bednar, Director of Public Services. Bednar estimated that 14,000 to 15,000 square feet are needed to accommodate the necessary playscapes for children with and without physical disabilities.  
“The area identified next to the existing comfort station allows for expansion, is close to where families congregate and is near infrastructure and amenities that seamlessly support public activities,” said Bednar.
According to the Playground Committee, the next step is to ask the Township Board of Trustees for their concurrence of the Civic Center location. The discussion is scheduled to take place at the July 13, Board of Trustees virtual meeting held on GoToMeeting. Members of the public can find the access code and instructions to join the meeting through the Township’s website at www.clintontownship.com.
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<![CDATA[​The Wall That Heals visit to Clinton Township postponed until September]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:36:26 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/the-wall-that-heals-visit-to-clinton-township-postponed-until-septemberCLINTON TOWNSHIP – The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, will now be coming to Clinton Township from September 10 to September 13, 2020. Originally scheduled from July 16 to July 19, the display’s visit to Clinton Township has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The unpredictable factors surrounding COVID-19 will not allow us to host the exhibit at this time, said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “I’m hopeful that by the middle of September, things will improve, and area residents can experience The Wall as we did in 2010 and 2015,” he said.
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is looking forward to returning to Clinton Township with The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit,” said VVMF president and CEO Jim Knotts.  “The health and safety of our visitors is of the utmost importance. We hope that this postponement will allow more local veterans and their families a chance to experience The Wall,” he said.
Knotts went on the say that the steps VVMF and the host committee are taking to provide the exhibit in the safest manner possible will benefit all those who visit in September. When the exhibit arrives in September, it will be on display on the grounds of the Township Civic Center and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.
The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War, and it bears the names of the 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
Community support is needed to bring The Wall That Heals to Clinton Township. It takes more than 100 volunteers to set up and take down The Wall, as well as staff and guide visitors 24 hours a day.
Financial and in-kind donations are also needed to help support this community event. As planning stages develop, the Township will list a dedicated phone number and website for residents to apply.
Several sponsors that have already stepped forward to support the event are Plante Moran, Jim Riehl Friendly Automotive, Moran Chevrolet, Medstar Ambulance, Resurrection Cemetery, George Development Group, AEW Engineering, and an individual donation from Bob Cannon.
School and youth groups are encouraged to visit The Wall That Heals. Trained staff from VVMF will be on-site to provide free educational tours of the exhibits. Tours can be customized based on ages so visitors can learn about the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, hear stories of those who served in Vietnam and learn about the impact of the Vietnam War on America. More information about tours will be announced as plans develop.
About The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer.  When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the divisive era in American history.
The three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors will experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C. Visitors can do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.
The mobile Education Center displays includes digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” – service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit and the “In Memory Honor Roll” – Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service. A display of items representative of those left­ at The Wall in D.C. tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict.
The 2020 national The Wall That Heals tour is generously sponsored by USAA and transported thousands of miles across the country each year through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry.
More than 300,000 people visited The Wall That Heals exhibit in 2019. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been displayed in nearly 600 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005.
The Wall That Heals is a program of VVMF, the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1982. The Wall That Heals is the only traveling exhibit affiliated with The Wall in Washington, D.C., and includes the largest Wall replica that travels the country. Two VVMF staff members lead volunteers on site, educate visitors and students, and ensure the reflective atmosphere of The Wall. For more information, go to www.thewallthatheals.org.
About VVMF
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C., in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies, and education materials. To learn more about VVMF, visit www.vvmf.org, or call 202-393-0090.]]>
<![CDATA[Clinton Township’s Gratiot Cruise canceled due to COVID-19 concerns]]>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:15:18 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/clinton-townships-gratiot-cruise-canceled-due-to-covid-19-concernsWall That Heals, Festival of the Senses still a go
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon announced today the cancelation of the Township’s annual Gratiot Cruise, scheduled for Sunday, August 2. It would have been the eighteenth year in a row for the car cruise event that draws thousands of spectators and participants.
“The fact that more than 200,000 people from all over the region attend the Gratiot Cruise is why the decision was made to cancel this year,” said Cannon. “We can’t take a chance bringing that many people to crowd together with the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus and the Governor’s executive orders to social distance and stay safe,” he said.
All is not lost, however. On August 2, the Gratiot Cruise Committee still plans to hold its annual classic car show with social distancing in the parking lot of the McLaren Macomb building on the southeast corner of Gratiot Avenue and Metro Parkway. Along with the car show, the committee plans to schedule their pre-cruise events during the week leading up to August 2. Check for more information on the Gratiot Cruise website at www.ctgratiotcruise.com.
“All of us who support the Cruise will miss what has become a big, summertime family event,” said Cannon. “The barbeques, the parties, the fun zone for kids – there is nothing like the sight and sound of seeing those classic cars rolling up and down Gratiot.”
Although the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancelation of other large-scale events in Clinton Township, namely the annual fireworks show and concert in the park, Cannon said he’s optimistic that the two-day Festival of the Senses Art Fair will take place as expected on September 26 and 27.
Also, Cannon is looking forward to the arrival of The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial scheduled for set-up on the Civic Center grounds from July 14 to July 19.

Since its beginning in 2003, the Gratiot Cruise takes place on the first Sunday of August. It began as a small car event, attended by less than 20,000 people, and supported by about ten businesses. Today, the Cruise has grown into one of Macomb County’s most anticipated summer events, drawing more than 200,000 people and supported by about 100 businesses.]]>
<![CDATA[Electronic Recycling Event]]>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:22:01 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/electronic-recycling-eventThis year’s Electronic Recycling Event (for Clinton Township residents only) is set for Saturday, August 8th, 2020, from 9 am until 12 noon at the Civic Center located at 40700 Romeo Plank Road.  
<![CDATA[Clinton Township seeks public input on Groesbeck Highway design guidelines]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 19:47:07 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/clinton-township-seeks-public-input-on-groesbeck-highway-design-guidelinesCLINTON TOWNSHIP – Long before economic development was identified as one of the top five priorities in Clinton Township’s Strategic Plan, Bruce Thompson, Director of Planning and Community Development, was working to improve the business climate of Groesbeck Highway.
Groesbeck, also known as M-97, is a major road that runs through Clinton Township. The corridor is lined with a wide variety of businesses, offices, light industrial companies, and residences. However, economic swings and the evolution of online shopping led many of its industrial and commercial companies to vacate properties along the highway.
“I was brought on board to develop a Groesbeck Highway corridor plan,” said Thompson. “The Township Board has targeted Groesbeck as a reinvestment opportunity, and I’m working with MKSK, a firm that will help us to create guidelines for improvement.”
MKSK is a collective of planners, urban designers, and landscape architects who are passionate about the interaction between people and places. Collectively, they are a network of seven regional metropolitan studios in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.
In looking at the potential to keep and attract new investment, MKSK found the Township’s Groesbeck corridor to be lacking in cohesiveness, walkability, and aesthetic value. Currently, MKSK is putting the finishing touches on proposed design guidelines for future business investment that will keep the corridor attractive and vibrant. The guidelines are a culmination of an extensive study that includes market analysis and existing conditions. The process was led by a consulting team, guided by a technical working group and stakeholder input.
“Applying design guidelines consistently will add value to businesses on Groesbeck,” said Thompson. “Overall aesthetics and consistent design will improve the experience of visitors, the employees working in businesses, and increase the safety of those traveling up and down the corridor,” he said.
Thompson explained that the design guidelines are visual recommendations to be adopted into the Township zoning ordinances to help staff and officials, developers, business owners, and property owners as sites are redeveloped and upgraded.
“The guidelines provide design standards that become applicable when owners invest in their property,” Thompson said. “They also provide flexibility to encourage investment of high-quality development along Groesbeck.”
The objectives of the M-97/ Groesbeck Highway Design Guidelines are to:
  1. Provide for functional, attractive new development and redevelopment of sites,
  2. Encourage reinvestment in vacant and underutilized properties, while establishing pride in ownership,
  3. Enhance the public realm and pedestrian experience through aesthetic improvements, and
  4. Provide a transparent and consistent framework for decision-making.
The guideline components are comprehensive in scope. For example, guidance for landscaping includes buffer walls and screening. Redeveloped building design guidance covers size and place on site, materials, lighting types, signage and style. The guidelines will apply to all new developments and substantial building expansions, alterations, or significant changes that increase traffic, noise, the need for more parking, and other external impacts. Projects that don’t fall within these categories are still encouraged to follow the design guidelines when investing in their property.
“Our Department of Planning and Community Development will oversee the implementation of the guidelines,” said Thompson. “However, other Township departments, typically involved in the site plan review process, will also be responsible for ensuring that the design guidelines are incorporated into proposed site plans,” he said.
Clinton Township invites residents to a public presentation of the guidelines on June 24, at 6 p.m. The presentation is hosted by MKSK on the Zoom platform at https://mksk.zoom.us/j/96259736241.
Following the presentation, a draft version of the guidelines will be posted to the Clinton Township website at www.clintontownship.com, and public comments will be welcomed by email. Comments can be submitted to b.thompson@clintontownship-mi.gov until July 8, 2020.

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<![CDATA[MACOMB COUNTY TO DISTRIBUTE $20 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS COUNTY TO USE FEDERAL CARES ACT FUNDING TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES]]>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 02:01:29 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/macomb-county-to-distribute-20-million-in-small-business-sustainability-grants-county-to-use-federal-cares-act-funding-to-support-local-businessesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
​June 11, 2020
Contact: Vicky Rad, Director of Macomb County Planning & Economic Development
Phone: 586-469-5065
Email: Vicky.rad@macombgov.org
Macomb County to distribute $20 million in small business sustainability grants
County to use federal CARES Act funding to support local businesses
Executive Mark A. Hackel today announced a plan to distribute $20 million in small business sustainability grants using federal CARES Act funding. Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED) will lead the grant program, which will benefit businesses affected by the shutdown during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The business community in Macomb County has helped us respond to this public health crisis in so many ways,” Hackel said. "Our small business sustainability grant will aid us in reacting to the economic crisis we now face. Our objective is to inject much needed resources into our economy by supporting local companies."
The grants are part of the Macomb County CARES for Small Business Program, a $70 million initiative made possible through the county’s $152 million allocation of federal CARES Act funding. The program includes PPE kit distribution, grants and a variety of efforts to prepare organizations for safe opening operations and future emergency preparedness needs.
The small business sustainability grant program and application process opens today. Each grant will be worth $5,000. MCPED anticipates the funding will provide direct relief to 4,000 businesses in Macomb County.
“This type of funding may not cover all of the losses our businesses have incurred, but it will have a definite impact,” said Vicky Rad, director of MCPED. “Our grant can help them pay employees, cover rent and utilities and purchase supplies and materials that are essential for operating. Our goal is to aid in recovery in any way we can.”
The grant application will be available at www.MacombBusiness.com through June 24 at 11:59 p.m. Small businesses can apply for funds if they meet the following criteria:
  • Must have a physical location in Macomb County (office/building/store front).
  • Employee size is 1- 49 employees.
  • Must be a for-profit organization.
  • Business must have a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  • Business must have been in business for at least 12 months.
  • Business must showcase a verifiable need for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses and/or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.
  • Business must be able to verify they have been negatively impacted or experienced a loss in revenue or business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An application must also include:
  • A signed W9 from within the last 12 months.
  • A recent utility bill (within the last 6 months) that lists the business address. This can be a rent or mortgage payment, water, gas, electric, or phone bill. The address must match the location you are submitting for a grant.
  • A signed and dated affidavit.
Businesses will be notified of their grant status no later than July 1. Funds will be distributed starting July 2. Additional information on eligibility and grant scoring can be found at www.macombbusiness.com.
About Macomb County Planning & Economic Development: The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development supports an environment where businesses prosper and people thrive.  Its activities and programs are focused on stimulating the local economy through business retention, expansion and attraction while improving the overall quality of life for residents.  The department specializes in providing services to businesses at all stages of development with a concentration on the high-growth industries of aerospace, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, defense, and homeland security. For more information, call 586-469-5285 or visit www.MacombBusiness.com

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<![CDATA[Clinton Township declares June 12 as Drive-up Census Assistance Day]]>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:41:18 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/clinton-township-declares-june-12-as-drive-up-census-assistance-dayCLINTON TOWNSHIP – If you or someone you know has not completed their 2020 Census, the Clinton Township Senior Center is making it easy for you to do so at its Drive-up Census Assistance Day event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 12.
Filling out the Census is easy anyway, but having help is always welcomed, and so is the free goodie bag that each household receives upon completed the Census.
“For a variety of reasons, not everyone is comfortable taking the Census online,” said Township Deputy Supervisor Elizabeth Vogel. For many people, access to a computer and the internet is difficult, and places that offer free Wi-Fi like libraries and cafes have been closed, so our event at the Senior Center fills the void.”
Senior Center director Matt Makowski encourages households in Clinton Township that have not yet taken the Census to schedule an outdoor drive-up appointment by calling 586-723-8121.
 “We will have computers and tables ready at your assigned time, and we will help you complete your Census form,” said Makowski. “It doesn’t take long, and everyone who completes the Census with us will receive a home goods goodie bag valued at $20,” he said.
“The home goods bag is our way of thanking Township residents for coming out to take the Census,” said Vogel. “People have been cooped up at home for months and are still hesitant about going out to shop. Well, we did the shopping for them, so as life slowly returns to normal, why not venture out, stop by the Senior Center and spend a few minutes on the Census.”
The Clinton Township Senior Adult Life Center is located at 40700 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township.
<![CDATA[Township Board passed an ordinance to help restaurants]]>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:39:52 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/township-board-passed-an-ordinance-to-help-restaurants​CLINTON TOWNSHIP – As Governor Whitmer eases the restrictions on businesses, municipalities like Clinton Township are taking advantage of a Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) decision that helps boost the safe reopening of bars and restaurants.
On May 19, the MLCC announced it is streamlining the licensing process for outdoor service to customers, provided that social distancing guidelines are observed. As a result, at their June 1 meeting, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees unanimously passed Ordinance 828, which allows for the review and approval of temporary outdoor restaurant seating during a crisis such as the present pandemic.
“We think this will help boost the reopening of those restaurants and bars that have the ability to expand outdoors, but we must still take every precaution necessary to protect Township residents,” said Supervisor Bob Cannon. “Our local restaurants are struggling, and if appropriate, allowing for extra seating areas outdoors, on sidewalks or where there is space, will help economically and encourage social distancing, which the Governor is still advocating,” he said.
Cannon went on to say that the in developing Ordinance 828, the Board received input from various departments such as Planning, Building Fire and Police to set conditions on approving requests from businesses. 
Applications, along with seating plans, can be submitted in writing to the Township Clerk. Call 586-286-9422 for more information.
<![CDATA[Notice to business owners, June 6 public march on Hall Rd.]]>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:53:20 GMThttp://clintontownship.com/announcements/notice-to-business-owners-june-6-public-march-on-hall-rd From Sterling Heights Police

​June 3, 2020
Dear business owner/manager:
Due to events happening nationally there is a public march scheduled in your area on Saturday, June 6th on Hall Road/M59 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  We want to assure you we are planning for the event and are expecting a peaceful group.
Our goal is to allow for a peaceful gathering keeping everyone safe and their property protected.  We have been working with multiple jurisdictions to have an organized response. Preliminary information is that the march will start near M59 and Schoenherr Road and proceed east to Macomb Community College in Clinton Township.
We understand as a business owner you may want to keep your business open during this time and it is your decision to stay open or closed.  We do know in other cities during a large public event, businesses have decided to close including major malls.  It does offer some assistance to the police to be closed because we know what the person’s purpose is once we ask them or tell them a store is closed. 
We also ask that if you see anything suspicious around your place of business to contact the police immediately.
It takes all of us as a community to work together to keep our community and businesses safe. We hope everyone stays healthy during this event in preparation for the continued healing and reopening of all businesses after the COVID19 pandemic.
Any additional questions or concerns can be directed to Sgt. Susalla at 586-446-2939 or email at asusalla@sterling-heights.net.

Chief Dale Dwojakowski
Sterling Heights Police Department