Macomb County Community Health Survey

countyBecause your opinions and experience matter, the Macomb County Health Department is conducting a Community Health Survey.

All those who live, work, and play in Macomb County are encouraged to participate, so forward this survey to all your friends and family in the county. The results of this survey will help Macomb prioritize current health concerns and enhance future services throughout the county. The survey is completely anonymous and only takes about 3-5 minutes.

Follow the link to Survey Monkey in order to complete the survey:

Winter Fest and Cookout at the Nature Center

Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors this winter season?

Head down to the River Bends Park at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center for a variety of winter festivities designed for families with children ages 4 and up this Saturday, January 30 (11:00am-4:00pm). A plethora of activities will be offered for your enjoyment: a winter wildwinterfestlife walk, wildlife programs, crafts, and games. Programs will showcase mammals in winter, as well as skulls, skins, scat, and live animals.

For the lunchtime cookout (11:00am-12:30pm), please bring hot dogs, drinks, chips, and other snacks to enjoy. The cookout will be followed by a marshmallow roast over a roaring bonfire.

Some games and activities will be snow dependent, and it certainly will be cold, so dress accordingly!

Cross country skis are welcome, but be cautioned that the trails are not groomed.

No registration is required, this is a walk-in only event. However, if you are part of a large group, or plan to bring a large group (such as scouts or other youth organizations), we do ask that you call in advance.

4101 River Bends Drive
Shelby Township, Michigan, 48317
At Ryan Rd. & Hamlin Rd. Entrance

For more information, please contact the Nature Center at (586)-323-2478.


Party for Princesses at the Shelby Community Center

prinThe annual Princess Fantasy Fun Night takes place next Friday, January 29 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Designed for young girls aged 3 to 10, child attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite gown and tiara and enjoy an evening fit for a princess. This year’s event will be Cinderella-themed, but all princesses are welcome!

Activities will include a kid-friendly dinner, dancing, face painting, and a themed craft. A real princess from Tea Party Castle will also be joining the festivities.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees are $13 per child, $6 per adult, and non-residents add an additional $10 per family.

Registration is required for this event. Please click here to use WebTrac registration.princess01

Spots are limited, so register as soon as possible!

Calling all Jedi aspirants! Force set to awaken at Shelby Township Library


The Shelby Township Library is inviting all Jedi Initiates, Younglings, and Padawans to awaken the force within next weekend. Put your skills to the test through a series of 60-second physical challenges designed for aspiring Jedi above the age of 5. Families are welcome and encouraged to participate in teams.

The Star Wars Minute to Win It event will be held in the Senior Center Craft Room of the Library from 2:00pm – 3:00pm on Saturday, January 16. No registration required.

May the force be with you.



 Shelby Township Library
Senior Center Craft Room
51680 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

Shelby Township receives new Chief of Police

On January 19th, 2015, Robert Shelide was publicly sworn in as Shelby Township’s Chief of Police.

Chief Robert Shelide joined the Southfield Police Department in 1994 after spending the first seven years of his law enforcement career with the Detroit Police Department. In Southfield, Chief Shelide spent 10 years as a detective. After his promotion to Sergeant in 2004, he spent five years as a supervisor in both the Investigations and Patrol Division. In 2009, Chief Shelide was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served three years as a watch commander. In 2012 he was selected as Coordinator of the Patrol Division where he was in charge of the departments specialized units including the Crime Prevention and Community Policing Unit, Traffic Safety Bureau, School Resource Officers, and the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit. In July of 2013, Chief Shelide was named Acting Deputy Chief by Chief Hawkins and placed in charge of the Patrol Division. In June of 2014, Chief Shelide was formally promoted to Deputy Chief and remained in charge of the Patrol Division, serving as Division Commander.

Chief Shelide is currently working on a master’s of intelligence analysis at the University of Detroit Mercy and holds a graduate certificate of achievement in criminal justice from the University of Virginia. He earned a bachelor of science in community development with a concentration in public administration from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Chief Robert Shelide addresses a room full of supporters in Shelby Township Hall after being sworn in as the sixth chief of the Shelby Township Police Department.
Chief Robert Shelide addresses a room full of supporters in Shelby Township Hall after being sworn in as the sixth chief of the Shelby Township Police Department.
Chief Robert Shelide and his family share a moment after the chief’s official swearing in.
Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis congratulates Chief Robert Shelide after he is sworn into office by Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot
The Shelby Township Hall board room was full of support for new Police Chief Robert Shelide with officers from the Shelby Township Police Department, fire fighters from the Shelby Township Fire Department, officers from Shelide’s former department, the Southfield Police Department, and other local law enforcement agencies.
Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot administers the oath of office to Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide.
Shelby Township Police Captain Steve Stanbury introduces Chief Robert Shelide prior to the chief’s official swearing in.
Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis addresses the crowd prior to the ceremony to appoint Robert Shelide as the sixth chief of the Shelby Township Police Department.


24 Mile Road between Van Dyke and Ruann in Shelby Township is tentatively slated to re-open by Feb. 1

free-vector-road-closed-ahead-sign-clip-art_109730_Road_Closed_Ahead_Sign_clip_art_hight (1)The project to install a 42-inch diameter water main under 24 Mile Road from Dequindre to Romeo Plank roads with a full reconstruction of both lanes of traffic has begun in Shelby and Macomb Townships.

Ric-Man Construction Inc.’s jack and bore operation for the installation of a 42-inch water main under the westbound lane of 24 Mile Road that closed  24 Mile Road between Van Dyke Avenue and Ruann Drive is tentatively slated for completion by Feb. 1.

Ric-Man’s goal for the segment between Van Dyke Ave. and Ruann Drive is to have that section of 24 Mile Road opened in an eastbound-only configuration by Feb. 1. Once the jack and bore operation is complete crews will begin open trench work to install segments of the pipe under the west-bound lanes of 24 Mile Road.

Ric-Man’s initial goal for the segment between Van Dyke Ave. and Ruann Drive to re-open Dec. 24 to accommodate motorists during the holiday was changed as the Macomb County Department of Roads advised that impending closures of that same section made the re-opening problematic.

Shelby Township sets 2015 top 10 priorities; community center, roads lead list

2015 Priorities SlideWith the finalization of its 2015 priorities set, Shelby Township government is ready to move ahead.

The priorities came from information gleaned from the annual community visioning process highlighted by a Nov. 13 meeting with the public and an online survey, township department heads meeting Oct. 29 and a Nov. 6 Board of Trustees work session.

Tabulation giving all three groups equal weight saw addressing “Community Center Needs” at the 41-Distrct Court, the Shelby Township Library, the Shelby Township Senior Center and Shelby TV as the township’s top priority.

“We crossed our top priority for the previous year off our list in 2014 when the Board and the police and fire unions reformed and funded our police and fire pension funds,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “And it’s no surprise that last year’s No. 2 issue moved up to the top of the list this year.

“Our Board continues to examine this issue from all angles, and we are confident we will find a resolution that serves all parties involved in the most cost-effective manner possible. As with any issue we need to serve our taxpayers, but we also need to keep costs to a minimum while doing so.”

While community center needs topped the list, a new initiative came in at No. 2 with all three parties throwing support behind plans to widen Schoenherr Road north of 23 Mile Road.

“This is a great initiative for our Township for a number of reasons,” Stathakis said. “I think it tells us that our residents understand that necessary sacrifice we need to make in funding and convenience to invest in our improved roads. Despite living through an unprecedented summer of increased road work, they are still committing to a major project like widening Schoenherr Road for the betterment of our community.”

More road investment was third among the overall top-10 priorities represented by “fund local road improvements.” Investigate new revenue sources, sidewalk construction and maintenance, reduce operational costs, Stony Creek Trail bridge replacement, implement economic development initiative, 23 Mile and Mound Roads redevelopment, and emergency management training rounded out the remaining priorities.

In addition to the traditional priorities, this year’s online survey allowed residents an opportunity to pinpoint concerns and leave specific comments about areas of need for a more personalized view of their input.

“While these comments are not easily quantifiable, it does appear there may be strong support for revising ordinances to restrict oil wells, oil and gas pipelines, heavy trucks and incentives to redevelop existing commercial properties,” said John Kaczor of Municipal analytics, who compiled all facets of the visioning process to form the priorities.

The priorities are a part of the Board of Trustees continued efforts to have government in Shelby Township be more participatory, and Stathakis hopes that the township can continue to make better use of its website and social media tools to make it easier for residents to submit priorities for 2016 and beyond.

“When I got into this, Township government wasn’t participatory enough for me, and this is what this is about,” Stathakis said of the priorities. “Residents can tell us how they want their money spent and now they can tell us, with pinpoint accuracy, where they believe that money should be spent”