Late March is when spring officially arrives—on the calendar. But, living in Michigan, we know the warm weather often lags far behind.
So, it’s with warm thoughts we begin plans for a project on the land we purchased along the Clinton River Spillway. The grant we received to make the purchase requires the addition of recreation opportunities and environmental improvements to the land. The requirement fits well with our strategic initiatives to design environmentally friendly projects.
Our new parking lot at the Civic Center is one such project. The lot’s “responsible” design is another example of going the extra mile to ensure a healthy waterway system. It was built using clean water standards to ensure the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair are not contaminated with oils and other pollutants. Also, we built the lot to make sure our new splash pad has adequate parking. We held a trial opening last year when splash pad construction was completed. Hundreds of people came out, and the kids loved it, an excellent indicator to ensure a successful grand opening this spring.
Also, this spring, we’ve scheduled another Shred Day to help Township residents with their spring cleaning. If you have personal documents that need safe, secure disposal, then bring them to the Civic Center Parking lot on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, we’re looking to have another electronic recycling event in September.
I’m sure by now you’ve seen the inspirational Gold Star Families Memorial Monument near the Historical Village. Last year, we dedicated the monument, funded by private donations, to honor families impacted by the death of a loved one serving our nation. On June 11, at 1 p.m., we’re holding a ceremony to rededicate the monument with newly installed brick pavers to honor, recognize, and serve Gold Star Families and the legacy of their loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Calendar listings of all events held at the Civic Center can be found on our new website at ClintonTownship.com. Since last summer, when the website went live, more than 500 site visitors have signed up with MyAccount, which allows you to submit forms online and pay bills. Also, you can customize your viewing experience and engage in the information that interests you by subscribing to Notify Me. Notify Me automatically sends email and text notifications about community news and happenings, including board and committee meetings, agendas, and minutes. So, stay in touch with us through our website, follow us on Twitter, become our Facebook friend, or watch us on our CTTV YouTube channel.
In closing, it was a sad day when we heard the news about the passing of Police Chief Fred Posavetz. Since that time, there have been beautiful tributes in his memory, and we will never forget his dedication to our community. Although the time was short for Chief Bruce Wade to lead the department, he was instrumental in overseeing a smooth transition to Chief Dina Caringi. I was so pleased when she accepted my offer to become the first woman to be sworn in to occupy CTPD’s top job. Dina has spent her life and most of her career here in Clinton Township, making me proud to have her as our sixth police chief. She is truly homegrown, all the way. Chief Caringi told me she didn’t walk in the door when she was first hired, thinking she would be the chief. Instead, she saw herself becoming the best police officer she could be for all the residents of our community. I know she has done that and more.