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.
Board Meeting Information
Regular Board Meeting dates for 2016
January 12 & 26
February 9 & 23
March 15 & 29
April 12 & 26
May 10 & 24
June 14 & 28
August 9 & 23
September 13 & 27
October 11 & 25
November 15 & 29
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 of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, May 24th @ 6:30pm.
- Notice of Special Meeting of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, May 17th @ 5:45pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, May 10th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, April 26th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, April 19th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, March 29th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, January 12th @ 6:30pm.
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Clerk's Office: Township Hall
15145 Beech Daly Road
Redford, Michigan 48239
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People, Pit Bulls and Poop
by Garth Christie
I love my job so my favorite after work activity is listening to the Detroit Tigers on the radio while I play ball with Autobahn, the most beautiful German Shepherd dog you can imagine – except when Miggy comes to the plate, then we go inside and watch on TV for a while. To us our backyard is like Comerica Park and I want to keep it in the best playing condition possible. I’m the grounds crew and I clean up after Autobahn every day. I don’t want him stepping in it; and I don’t want to step in it either.
Autobahn does his part too. He makes most of his business between the right field foul line and the fence. Occasionally he will drop one inside the bag at first or on the warning track in the right-center but 80% of his business is done in one area. Consequently I always survey the entire area.
My whole family loves dogs but we are split over breed preferences and how to care for and train your pet. Of course I’m the expert. Autobahn is my first dog in 30 years so I’ve learned a lot in a short time and have the confidence and enthusiasm of a first time mommy who won’t hesitate to correct the mother-in-law on the proper way to hold and burp a baby.
Part of my family doesn’t want to care for their pets properly, like that mother-in-law. On the other hand, they are the fun ones and my favorites. Recently we celebrated a nephew’s birthday at my favorite cousin’s home. We enjoyed beer in moderation, much mirth and amazing barbeque amid the prodigious piles of poo. I did not think I had a moral duty to tell my cousin he just stepped in a big gooey fresh one before he walked back into his house. His clean up strategy is to mulch it with his riding mower. His wife thinks he’s a genius. He is over 50 so he’s technically an adult and there’s not much I can say.
Autobahn and my cousin’s chocolate Lab play together like litter mates. Another cousin was asked not to bring her dogs because one attacked his docile Lab. She has two Pit Bulls, who look like mixes to me, that she got from a shelter. Her heart is in the right place. Shelters are teeming with Pit mixes. Her clean up strategy is to let it go all winter and then forget about it. Like the Lab owner, she is not involved with her pets but she’s a 30-something child and I was more generous with my uncle-like advice.
My wonderful Rin-Tin-Tin is not for everyone. Herding dogs want a job and need more attention and interaction. My cousin’s Lab is for everyone. This docile breed can train itself but Pit Bulls are another matter – they need socialization and training. Also, all breeds need to be picked up after every day irrespective of Comerica Park.