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 Study Session Tuesday, January 13th @ 6:30 pm.
- Notice of Special Meeting for Tuesday, January 27th @ 6:30 pm.
- Notice of Special Study Session on Tuesday December 9, 2014 @ 6:00pm
- Notice of Special Study Session (2014 Financial Visioning Session) on Monday December 8, 2014 @ 6:00pm
- Notice of Special Meeting for Tuesday, January 27th @ 6:30 pm.
- Notice of Special Meeting for Tuesday, December 11th @ 5:30 pm.
- Notice of Special Study Session for Tuesday, November 25th @ 6:30 pm.
- Notice of Special Study Session for Tuesday, November 25th @ 6:00 pm.
- Notice of Special Study Session for Tuesday, November 11th @ 6:00 pm.
- Notice of Special Meeting for Tuesday, November 11th @ 6:30 pm.
- Notice of Ammended Special Meeting for Thursday, November 6th @ 5:30 pm.
- Notice of Special Meeting for Thursday, November 6th @ 5:30 pm.
- Notice of Special Study Session for Tuesday, October 28th @ 6:30 pm.
- Notice of Special Study Session for Tuesday, September 23rd @ 5:00 pm.
- Corrected Notice of Special Study Session for Tuesday, September 9th @ 6:00 pm.
- Corrected Notice of Special Meeting for Tuesday, August 26th @ 6:00 pm, of the Township Board of Trustees.
- 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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WHY AN OMBUDSMAN
I regularly confer with my colleague, Treasurer Lily Cavanagh. This allows us to compare notes on a total range of Township issues. Last spring we noticed a disturbing trend rising out of complaints from our small business community. Too often, after a business owner contacted the Township regarding a problem, there was no follow through. The problems festered and the business owner’s frustration and anger were compounded. Then, completely fed up, they confronted one of us. Neither Lily or I sought to find fault or assign blame, rather, we wanted to find out why and to find an answer.
In most cases the business owner contacted the wrong person, looked for help in the wrong places and just did not understand the system. The problems would have been much easier to remedy in the front end if only we had known sooner. A proactive approach was needed.
The idea for a business ombudsman first took root when Lily and I discussed these scenarios over lunch with Steve Zdravkovski, the former owner/operator of DiMaggio’s Bakery for 38 years. I was not sold on the idea. I was sure that a Geschaftsproblemfixierer was the best approach but kept an open mind. It was more important to agree on the nature of the problem than the solution at that point.
During the summer I met one on one, or one on two, with my colleagues as time permitted since I was busy with the Primary Election. Breaks allowed ideas to germinate and I was still able to meet with some colleagues multiple times. I wanted to take everybody’s ideas and forge a solution. I encouraged everyone to participate and contribute.
Trustee Patricia Kennedy was surprisingly terrific. She has been ill and should be praised for having the courage and strength to battle a serious illness to come back to duty on the Township Board. Her insight as a Township business owner is invaluable. She understands how these problems can arise based on her business experience but she didn’t buy my Geschaftsproblemfixierer solution.
How and how much to pay for any solution was another obstacle. Lily Cavanagh proposed $1 per year plus expenses and Steve consented. It seemed like the problem was solved. After further review this was determined to be unworkable so we went to a flat $30,000 promise for expenses to be paid at some time in the future when we can find the money. In hindsight this is better for the Township and we would have paid more for expenses otherwise. Lily put the best interests of the Township ahead of her ego and she deserves praise for her dedication.
I moved slowly and brought this to the Board in three steps in an effort to gain consensus. I wanted everybody on board and am concerned about sabotage. Experience shows that a disgruntled minority can be eager to gain redemption and to say “I told you so”.
Special recognition should also go to Trustee Jay Johnson. Jay completely rewrote my draft of the most important section of the proposal. Even though I’m a lawyer, I deferred to Jay’s language hoping it would gain broader support. It didn’t work and the ombudsman proposal prevailed with a slim 4-3 victory and only now I realize that the Supervisor and her supporters never would have voted for this no matter what.
Ombudsman is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as “An official or semi-official office or person to which people may come with grievances connected with the government. The ombudsman stands between and represents the citizen before the government.” I believe the Township Board does a good job addressing our residents’ grievances. After a resident complains about something during citizen’s comments at our meeting I go visit them so I can see it for myself. I’m always the second or third Board member to visit with either or both Trustees Johnson and Kennedy beating me to the punch. We needed someone for our business citizens to go to even if it is not a Geschaftsproblemfixierer.
Steve DiMaggio is a well known and hardworking immigrant businessman and I accept his offer to help promote our business community and economic viability wholeheartedly. Over the past few months Steve has contacted hundreds of businesses. He seems to work around the clock, even on Sundays. I’ve met with him and business owners a couple of times after church doughnut hour. He offers new business owners tips on best practices based on his 38 years of experience and has lured entrepreneurs to take a look at investing in Redford. Conversely he has uncovered some ugly truths but we need to know about the problems before we can fix them. We wanted a more proactive approach.
A thriving small business community is vital to our Township and we need to do all we can to promote their success. We need to have a more proactive approach to helping our commercial citizens’ problems. Too often they’re complaining to the wrong person who treats them politely but incompetently. Even though it was not my idea I will do everything I can to make the ombudsman approach succeed because it addresses the needs of our Township.