About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk
Garth Christie is a life-long resident of Redford and an honor graduate from Thurston High School, the University of Michigan Dearborn (B.A.), and Wayne State University (J.D.). He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.
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Board Meeting Information
Board of Trustee Meeting Dates
All meetings are held at 7:00p.m. at Town Hall, 15145 Beech Daly Road, Redford, MI.
Board of Trustee Special Meeting Notices
- Notice of Special Meeting for Friday, July 25th @ 5:30 pm, of the Township Board of Trustees.
- Notice of a Study Session of the Redford Township Board on 7-22-14 at 6:00 pm.
- Notice of Special Meeting of Twp Board on 7-17-14
- Amended Special Meeting Notice of the Redford Township Board on 7-1-14 at 5:30 pm.
- Special Meeting Notice of the Township Board for July 1, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
- Special Meeting Notice for June 24, 2014
- Notice for a Study Session Meeting for the Redford Township Board of Trustees, May 27, 2014, 5:30 P.M.
- REVISED Notice of a Special Meeting of the Redford Township Board of Trustees, May 20, 2014, 5:30 P.M.
- Notice of a Special Meeting of the Redford Township Board of Trustees, May 20, 2014, 5:30 P.M.
- Notice for a Study Session of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 5:30pm.
- Notice for a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 2, 2014 at 5:30pm.
- Notice for a Study Session of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:30pm.
- Notice of a Special Meeting of the Redford Township Board of Trustees, April 22, 2014, 5:30 P.M. This is not another BS&A training class.
- Notice of a Study Session of the Redford Township Board of Trustees, April 8, 2014, 5:30 P.M., BS&A Training Workshop.
- Notice for a Study Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Monday, April 2, 2014 at 7pm
- Notice for a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 4pm
- Notice for a Budget Study Session of the Board of Trustees for Monday, March 24 at 5:30 P.M.
The Fire Department is the featured department.
- Notice for a Study Session of the Board of Trustees for Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. The DPS budget will be discussed at this time.
- Notice for a Study Session of the Board of Trustees for March 19, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. The Court budget will be discussed at this time.
- Notice for a Study Session of the Board of Trustees for March 17, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. The Police Department budget, and possibly the Fire Department budget, will be discussed at this time
- Notice for a special study session of the Board of Trustees for March 11, 2014 at 6pm. The Police Department budget will be discussed at this time.
- Notice for a special meeting of the Board of Trustees study session on March 6, 2014 at 5:30pm in the Town Hall Board Room. The Police Department's budget is the topic of discussion.
- Notice for a Study Session of the Board of Trustees, February 25, 2014, immediately following the 7:00 P.M. Regular Township Board Meeting. The purpose is to discuss the 2014-2015 budget, addressing the areas of Community Development, Leisure Services, Seniors, and Minnock Meadows
- Notice for the Study Session of the Board of Trustees on February 25, 2014 at 6pm
- Notice for a special meeting of the Board of Trustees study session on February 18, 2014 at 5:30pm in the Town Hall Board Room
- Please be advised the Supervisor has cancelled the two (2) scheduled Study Sessions dated February 18, 2014 and February 19, 2014.
The Clerk and Treasurer are preparing a study session on February 18, 2014 at 5:30pm with the Fire Department. Please keep this time open for this meeting and we will be sending out the formal notice after this is accomplished.
- NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 11, 2014 ON THE REQUEST OF PENNSYLVANIA STEEL CORPORATION
- Notice of Township Board Budget Study Sessions, February 18, 2014, 5:30 P.M.
- Notice of Township Board Budget Study Sessions, February 11, 2014, 5:30 P.M.
- Notice of a Township Board Special Meeting, that may also convene into a Closed Meeting, Tuesday, February 04, 2014, 5:30 P.M.
- Notice of a meeting of the Board of Trustees for January 28, 2014 at 5:30pm in Town Hall.
- Special Study Meeting, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6 P.M.
Print the form, complete it and send it to:
Clerk's Office: Township Hall
15145 Beech Daly Road
Redford, Michigan 48239
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Citizenship - May 2014
by Garth Christie, MMC
This year, Memorial Day is on May 26. Prior to 1971, citizens celebrated this holiday on May 30 for about a century. Congress wanted to create another 3-day weekend – a move popular with voters – when they passed the National Holiday Act designating the Fourth Monday of May as Memorial Day.
An unintended consequence of that Act has been a substantial undermining of the basic reason for this holiday, i.e., honoring those who gave their lives that the nation might live. Efforts by veterans and other patriots to restore meaning to Memorial Day by restoring it to its traditional date have failed. Consequently, the best way to give this holiday its due respect is a review of its importance in history.
The roots of Memorial Day can be traced back to an earlier observance, Decoration Day, which was born during the Civil War era. On the first anniversary of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumpter, April 12, 1862, a group of Michiganders traveled to Arlington Heights Cemetery and decorated the graves of fallen soldiers with wild flowers.
Tiny, Boalsburg, Pa., is one of over two dozen communities claiming to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, first decorating the graves of Union soldiers on October 10, 1864.
Conversely, congress honored the village of Waterloo, NY, as the Official birthplace in 1966. Waterloo held its first observance on May 5, 1866. In addition to decorating the graves of the fallen with bouquets, wreaths and crosses, that celebration included, processions to and from cemeteries, military music, speeches and prayers. Thus, they established the paradigm for subsequent observances, called Decoration Day until 1882 and then Memorial Day until now.
In 1873, New York was the first state to legally establish May 30 as Memorial Day and by 1890, all Northern states were on board. The states of the former Confederacy were not far behind and Memorial Day became a nation-wide holiday honoring all citizens who lost their lives fighting for our country.
For too many citizens, the true importance of Memorial Day is lost in the fun of the 3-day weekend. Too often we take for granted our freedoms which were paid for with the lives of other citizens. This is wrong. We must remember individually and as a country the ultimate sacrifice paid by our fellow citizens so that we can live in peace and freedom. This is a civic obligation as well as a personal one.
Personally, I ask readers to join me in remembering my Uncle, Darwin Dale Christie, Private, United States Army Infantry. Darwin was born on Armistice Day, November 11, 1919, and killed on Okinawa on Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945. My father, who was a Corporal in the Army Air Corps, told me that his brother returned exhausted, after an extensive reconnaissance of enemy positions gathering critical information for a future counterattack, and took his helmet off. His blond head caught the eye of a Japanese sniper. Two years after his death, Uncle Darwin was honored for his bravery with internment in Arlington National Cemetery.
I urge all citizens to honor those who gave their full measure of devotion to our country this Memorial Day.
Note: Garth Christie served in the Marine Infantry during Desert Storm.