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
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
- Special Session: January 22
- Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 5:30 P.M., Town Hall Board Room
- Thursday, March 7, 2013, 5:30 P.M., Town Hall Board Room
- Monday, March 11, 2013, 5:30 P.M., E.O.C. ROOM OF THE REDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
- March 12, 2012, 5:30 P.M., Town Hall Board Room, to discuss labor negotiations
- Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 5:30 P.M., Town Hall Board Room, 15145 Beech Daly, Redford, MI
- Thursday, March 14, 2013, 5:30 P.M., E.O.C. Room of the Redford Police Department, 25833 Elsinore, Redford, MI
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 5:30 P.M.
- Monday, March 25, 2013, 5:30 P.M.
- Special Meeting - BS&A Software Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 5:55 P.M.
- Special Meeting Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 5:55 P.M.
- Payment of Shamrock Village Brownfield Infrastructure Invoice Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 5:55 P.M.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:00 P.M.
- Study Session - Tuesday, April 22, 2013, 5:00 P.M.
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7:00 P.M. - Detroit Diesel
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7:00 P.M. - Brownfield Plan
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7:00 P.M. - Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Tax Exemption
- Special Meeting Wednesday, May 1, 2013
- Study Session of the Redford Township Board, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 5:30 P.M.
Additional study sessions if necessary:
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 5:30 P.M.
- Thursday, March 21, 2013, 5:30 P.M.
- Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:00 A.M.
Approved 2013 Board Meeting Dates:
January 8 and 22
February 12 and 26
March 12 and 26
April 9 and 23
May 14 and 28
June 11 and 25
July 9 and 23
September 10 and 24
October 8 and 22
November 12 and 26
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 - February 2013
by Garth Christie, MMC
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY OR PRESIDENTS DAY?
Last month, citizens celebrated two federal holidays on the same day, MLK Day and Presidential Inauguration Day. This month, we will observe a federal holiday, Washington's Birthday in conjunction with the state holiday, Presidents' Day on February 18th.
Congress first recognized Washington's Birthday, February 22nd, as a holiday in 1879. After the passage of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (1968), citizens now observe this holiday on the third Monday of February. Several congressmen were in favor of replacing the holiday with Presidents' Day – that effort failed. Regardless, Presidents' Day is now universally observed as a state holiday; but, we shouldn't forget how the Father of our Country helped establish our American character.
Citizens who watched the inauguration last month were reminded of how Washington's legend still affects us today. After he took the oath of office, we heard President Obama swear "So help me God." That phrase is not part of the oath, but enshrined as part of American tradition thanks to the legend that George Washington first uttered it as a personal prayer. There are no contemporary news reports, so this cannot be confirmed or denied like many Washingtonian legends.
Most famous among these is young George's confession to his father that he cut down the cherry tree – "I cannot tell a lie." Since his father died when he was a young boy (11 yrs.), this is unlikely to have happened. On the other hand, Washington had a sterling reputation for personal integrity, truthfulness and honesty. Thus, citizens can believe that our first president could not tell a lie; but he never cut down a cherry tree.
Similarly, the legend of throwing a silver dollar across the Potomac River during the Revolutionary War fails closer scrutiny. Washington was physically strong and powerful – some said the strongest man in the army. He reminisced about throwing stones across the Rappahannock River on his boyhood farm; an estimated distance of 300 ft. Although he had a right fielder's arm, the parsimonious president would never throw away a coin of any denomination; strong arm – yes, throw away money – no.
The Washington's Birthday holiday is a tribute to the general who created the first meritorious military decoration awarded to enlisted ranks – the Purple Heart. It was revived on his 200th birthday in 1932 and now bears his image. It is awarded to all personnel for battle injuries. The old holiday honors the old general, veterans, and Purple Heart recipients. The purpose of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was to promote business. Citizens can do this while still honoring our American traditions and values.