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, July 9th @ 6:30pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, June 14th @ 6:30pm.
- 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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Dog Gone It
by Garth Christie
June 24, 1996, was the first take your dog to work day (TYDTWD) initiated in the United Kingdom and has since spread all over the world including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. TYDTWD was started in order to promote dog adoptions and ownership by exposing dog less co-workers to the many benefits of having a dog. Dogs give us a lot more than love, companionship and joy. We gain both physically and psychologically from dogs.
When we pet a dog, our brain naturally releases endorphins associated with a sense of well-being, e.g. oxytocin and dopamine. That is why we enjoy petting a dog as much as dogs like getting petted. That also explains why so many people from the smallest cutest kids to the biggest burly men asked to pet Autobahn at the Community Festival last weekend. Many other positives can be explained in less scientific terms.
Dogs keep us active and increase our physical activity and functionality. Medical folks tell us they lower cholesterol and triglycerides as well as decrease blood pressure and stress. Dogs lift our mood and we fell less lonely because, in addition to the endorphins, we have someone else to care for. There are many more benefits to having a dog but I want to address a related topic - Pit Bulls and vicious dogs
Previously I have written that banning a specific breed or breeds as a vicious dog by local ordinance is stupid and that Lansing’s attempt to prevent local governments from doing this is even stupider. A recent case out of Waterford Township proves this point. A guy posted a picture of himself with his newly adopted two year old American Bulldog on social media. It looked like a Pit Bull to the Police Chief and the guy was issued a citation under the local ordinance that carries a $500 fine for owning a Pit Bull or mix. The Chief explained, “We aren’t dog experts here. We are just following our local ordinance.”
I predict that Waterford Township will junk its ordinance and copy Redford Township’s by defining a vicious dog by behavior not breed. But to concede our local control to Lansing, well look at Flint. Waterford Township will be responsive to their citizens demand for change. Lansing is out of touch and nonresponsive to citizens. I have emailed a copy of our ordinance to the Waterford Township Clerk.
When I rode through the Memorial Day Parade with Autobahn, many people had their dogs with them and many looked to be Pit mixes. These owners should be comforted that Redford Township does not arbitrarily ban their pooch. Instead, we provide the example for other communities to follow. Nevertheless, I am concerned about our overall strategy to address vicious dogs.