In 2020, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 2 million fraud reports from consumers related to fraud, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues.
Credit card and tax-related fraud are high on the list of identity theft crimes the FTC keeps track of.
It’s a certainty that identity theft is here to stay. The good news is that Clinton Township is doing what it can to help you protect yourself from criminals who would use your documents containing personal information to steal your identity and your money.
What are we doing? We’re bringing Shred Day back to the month of May!
Our annual document shredding service will take place on Saturday, May 1st, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Civic Center parking lot, rain or shine.
Shredding may end before 1 p.m. if enough paper is collected to fill the truck. And the truck may stay on-site to finish shredding what’s been collected after we’ve officially shut down.
Shred Day is for Clinton Township residents only and will take place, in step with social distancing guidelines. We offer curbside service, which means you stay in your car, but you’ll need to roll down your window to show identification proving you are a Clinton Township resident.
There is no charge to drop off two grocery bags or two small boxes of paper per household. We are not charging for extra bags because we are not allowing extra bags this year. Too many businesses were bringing way too much and filling the truck before some residents had an opportunity so it’s two bags of your most important documents to be shred at no charge.
So, I suggest you leave out documents that are NOT important due to the limitations of the containers.
The short and long-term ramifications of identity theft can be devastating. I hope you will use this opportunity to protect yourself and have personal documents you no longer need shredded on-site at the Civic Center on Saturday, May 1st, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Civic Center parking lot.
Joy Boulevard Park, Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m.
The Clinton Township Conservation Committee seeks volunteers to help plant 20 trees at Joy Boulevard Park on Saturday, April 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with planting to start at 9:30 a.m.
“Throughout the year, residents are invited to join us in planting small trees in our Township parks,” said Clinton Township Trustee and Conservation Committee Chair Mike Keys. “It’s always a great opportunity to beautify our community and foster strong roots with your family and neighbors,” he said.
Joy Boulevard Park is located at 23701 Henry B. Joy Boulevard in Clinton Township.
Keys added that the event includes a short presentation about the importance of trees in our ecosystem and training on how best to plant them. “Our parks are vital assets in creating safe and welcoming neighborhoods,” he said.
Trees will be spaced apart to allow for social distancing, and masks, which will be provided, are required to participate.
Personnel from the Township’s Public Services Department will pre-dig holes for the trees in advance, and equipment will be available to spread the roots. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and a shovel or rake if possible. The tree planting will take place rain or shine unless the weather is severe.
Volunteers can register with SignUpGenius at
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e44aea92fa3fa7-joypark, or call 586-286-9366.
This Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. On the heels of a successful, well-attended cleanup of the Clinton River Spillway, Township Clerk Kim Meltzer has announced a roadside cleanup along Little Mack Avenue between Rudgate Way and Weybridge Street. The Little Mack Avenue roadside cleanup takes place, rain or shine, on Saturday, April 10, at 10 a.m.
“It was wonderful to have such an energetic and enthusiastic group of volunteers to help clean up the spillway, but there’s a need to focus on roadside areas of the Township,” said Meltzer. “That’s why I’m handing off the hosting of spring roadside cleanups to the Clinton Township Beautification Committee,” she said.
The Beautification Committee, comprised of residents and business owners, actively promotes high standards of appearance of all properties within the Township. Their cleanup strategy focuses on areas of the Township that need cleaning up before the growth of plants and vines restricts access. The committee suggests that volunteers wear long pants and sleeves to protect their arms and legs. Water, trash bags and grabbers, vests, masks, and hand sanitizer will be available.
Volunteers can park their vehicles in the back parking lot at Peachtree Tennis Club, 37600 Little Mack Ave, Clinton Township.
Interested volunteers can register by calling 586-723-8055 or go online to SignUpGenius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ba4aa23a0fac43-spring.
Clinton Township government meetings will be held in a virtual, electronic setting for the foreseeable future, resulting from Township Supervisor Bob Cannon’s pending state of emergency declaration.
“As a result of the alarming, recent, sharp increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the State of Michigan and especially in Macomb County, and after consultation with our emergency management coordinator, I have declared a state of emergency to begin on Tuesday, April 6,” said Cannon.
Authority for the Supervisor’s action is under Section 10 of the Emergency Management Act, Section 3a(1)(b), and Section 3(2) of the Open Meetings Act.
Cannon’s declaration is set to expire after seven days, on April 12, the day of the next Board of Trustee meeting. At that meeting, Cannon will ask for Board approval to extend the state of emergency through June 7, 2021. Once approved, Township Board meetings scheduled for the remainder of April, all of May, and on June 7 will continue to be held virtually on the GoToMeeting platform.
“With COVID-19 on the rise again, I don’t see how we can hold our Township Board, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings in person and remain safe,” said Cannon. “In-person meetings with the public in attendance would risk the personal health and safety of everyone present.”
Cannon reinforced that the response and recovery aspects of the emergency plan will be activated, utilizing local resources to the fullest extent possible.
It is with heavy hearts that we share this sad news.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz has died at the age of 64 from complications due to COVID-19.
Township employees were shocked and saddened on Monday to learn of the passing of their beloved co-worker, a long-time police officer and public servant of the Township.
Fred Posavetz began his career with the Clinton Township police department nearly 41 years ago, in April 1980. He was promoted to sergeant in March 1991 and in July 1996 became Captain of the Road Patrol, Special Investigations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Support Services. In April 2007, he was promoted to serve as Police Chief.
Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said Posavetz was exactly what you would want in a police chief – an effective, dedicated, compassionate, and non-judgmental leader.
“As Chief, Fred was always proud to promote and swear-in new police officers,” said Cannon. “At these events, he emphasized the positive qualities of each officer, then he acknowledged and thanked the families for attending and for what would be their child’s next 25-years of service to the community.”
Cannon said that family and community were Posavetz’s top priorities.
“Fred lived and loved the life he chose, and he was very proud that his sons followed his footsteps into law enforcement.”
In 2019, both Ryan and Eric Posavetz became Clinton Township police officers. According to a Macomb Daily article, Posavetz never pushed his sons into police work, saying they made their choice, and he supported it. He said it wasn’t his prerogative to tell them what to do with their lives.
Cannon went on to say that nothing seemed to distract or discourage him.
“It was Fred’s idea to have a K-9 unit within the Township. He was our first K-9 officer training Cos and Nondo, two German Shepard police dogs,” he said.
Posavetz was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the FBI National Academy Associates training curriculum for the Michigan Chapter. He served as President of the Macomb County Chiefs Association and was a founding member of the Clinton Township Police Department Honor Guard. He was selected as Grand Marshal of the 16th Annual Gratiot Cruise in 2018.
The Fraser-Clinton Township Chronicle reported in 2014 that after the Township’s Board of Trustees extended his contract, Posavetz was excited about achieving his goal to get staffing levels back to pre-recession levels and was grateful to residents for approving millages to that end.
Fast forward four years to another contract extension – one that would have taken Posavetz to retirement this June, after which Posavetz said he still enjoyed working with a very dedicated group of police officers and opted to “stick around” to contribute in a positive manner.
Cannon credits Posavetz for the elevated state of policing in Clinton Township by carefully hiring officers based on temperament, demeanor, and professionalism. In his recent State of the Township address, Cannon mentioned that today officers often volunteer at special events and help individuals down on their luck.
“Fred understood what was important and how to prioritize,” said Cannon. “He was able to separate those things of little consequence. He had the heart of a lion, strong and courageous. We will miss him immensely, are appreciative of his lifelong dedication to the residents of Clinton Township, and extend our sincere condolences to his family.”
Beginning March 15, 2021, GFL will resume Yard Waste/Compost collection on your regular trash day
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – The Clinton Township Civic Center’s leadership team continues to change with the retirement and replacement of department heads.
At the Township Board of Trustees meeting on December 21, 2020, Tami Letcavage was approved as the Clinton Township’s Recreation Department’s new assistant director. She replaces Brian Kay, who was promoted to the director a year ago.
“Tami has been a tremendous asset to our team over the past six years that I have been an administrator for the Recreation Department,” said Kay. “Her leadership and professionalism will be an instrumental part of our success for the exciting new recreational amenities that the township will be offering in the upcoming years,” he said.
Kay added that the Parks and Recreation Department is fortunate to promote from within as it continues to add to the legacy established by former recreation directors Linda Walter and Frank Pizzo.
Letcavage began her career with Clinton Township in 2012 as a recreation programmer. After five years, she was promoted to recreation coordinator.
“I love being a part of this team and the Clinton Township community,” she said. “I am excited to continue the many great traditions and expand on the programming that we provide.”
Letcavage attended Central Michigan University’s Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration program. She is a nationally Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), a Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA), and a certified American Red Cross Instructor.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Jessica Leija, CPA, has been promoted to assistant director of finance for Clinton Township.
Leija has worked as an accountant for the Township’s Budget and Finance Department for more than eight years. She replaces Mary Hein, who became finance director in June 2020.
“Mrs. Leija has played an integral role on our team since 2012,” said Hein. “During that time, she has demonstrated her knowledge of all aspects of the department by assisting with the annual audit, preparation of the budget, grant administration, and other daily responsibilities,” she said.
“In my new position as assistant director, I look forward to new challenges and continuing to add value to the Budget and Finance Department,” said Leija.
Leija, a Chippewa Valley High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Oakland University.
Before coming to the Township, she spent more than ten years with UHY, LLP, in Sterling Heights.
ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH. – The Clinton River Watershed Council is now accepting submissions for its 23rd Annual River Day Logo design contest. The contest encourages local artists to get involved in the promotion of River Day, which will be held Saturday, June 12. The event coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend and Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week. Outdoor events will occur throughout the month of June, including river paddles, fishing derbies, fly-tying lessons, clean up events, native plant sales, and other recreational opportunities. Events for 2021 will be modified to ensure social distancing is observed and all CDC guidelines are implemented.
The Logo Design Contest
The winning River Day 2021 logo design will be used on official River Day shirts and the event guide. The artist’s picture and statement will be hosted on the River Day event page on the CRWC website. The winner of the River Day Logo design contest will receive an official River Day shirt with their design and a one-year membership to the watershed council.
Entries will be judged on their ability to convey River Day's goal of celebration and enjoyment of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, as well as their clarity and ability to be reproduced easily at a variety of scales. Judging and selection of the winning design will be completed in April, 2021. The winning design will be announced shortly thereafter.
For more information, contact Kathleen Sexton at 248-601-0606 or email@example.com.
About River Day
River Day celebrates the leadership of local citizens, organizations, and communities whose efforts are critical to protecting and enhancing the water quality of the Clinton River Watershed. Events locations range from the uppermost parts of the watershed in Oakland County’s Springfield Township where the branches of southeast Michigan’s most populous river system begin; all the way to the mouth of the river in Macomb County’s Harrison Township where the Clinton River meets Lake St. Clair.
Premiere scheduled for Friday, February 19, 1 p.m.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon’s annual State of the Township will be different this year.
“Typically, I would give my address inside our beautiful Clinton Macomb Public Library auditorium with several hundred residents and business owners in attendance, but not this year,” said Cannon.
Instead, Cannon’s annual message to the Township will premiere as a video on Clinton Township Television’s YouTube channel at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 19. A link to the premiere will be posted to the Township’s website at clintontownship.com.
“Premiering the State of the Township on our YouTube channel is the best alternative given the limitations of indoor gatherings,” said Cannon. “Of course, the program will also broadcast on our cable television channels on Comcast, WOW, and AT&T.”
Cannon will highlight the accomplishments and challenges of the past year during his address and added that he’s looking forward to sharing news about projects and events planned for 2021.
“We are excited about implementing our strategic plan, which includes a new Township website, as well as utilizing the concepts and ideas from the Groesbeck corridor study,” said Cannon. “There are plans for more bike paths and a pedestrian hike-bike path over the north branch of the Clinton River on Cass Avenue that will connect our Civic Center site with the George George Park,” he said.
Cannon added that he looks forward to completing the Garfield Road replacement project’s final phase and is excited about the Wall That Heals’ return in August.
For cable TV subscribers in Clinton Township, Cannon’s address will air on Comcast Channel 5, WOW Channel 10, and AT&T Channel 99 at 2 p.m. on February 19 and repeat for several weeks.
For many years, the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce hosted Cannon’s annual message, which included breakfast, paid for with sponsor support, and a variety of guest speakers.
“The Chamber, with Kelly Lovati as Director, works hard to attract and welcome businesses that locate or expand in communities throughout Macomb County,” said Cannon.
Clinton Township Television (CTTV), on YouTube, has more than 930 subscribers, who can expect an email notification once the State of the Township is uploaded. After its premiere, the video will remain posted for viewing at youtube.com/CTTV.