March 3, 2016
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SHOE DRIVE SUPPORTING THOSE IN NEED
Drop off new, used shoes at Novi Civic Center until March 8
Get an early start on your spring cleaning by sorting through your shoes and donating your used ones to an organization distributing them to people in need.

Novi Youth Council is working with Novi High School freshman Prateek Bhola to collect new and used shoes for Soles4Souls, a non-profit group that collects and distributes shoes to people around the globe.

Prateek hopes to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes during his high school career, and is well on his way having received more than 1,000 since starting the campaign in October 2015.

There will be a collection bin in the atrium of the Novi Civic Center until March 8, and shoes of any type, any size and any condition will be accepted. For more information, call 248.347.0416 or visit soles4souls.org
SAFELY DISPOSE OF ELECTRONIC WASTE 
RRRASOC E-Waste event 9-1pm on March 19 at Power Park
The Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County will be hosting its first of two Electronic Waste Collection Events this year on March 19 from 9-1pm at Power Park in Novi.

According to RRRASOC, E-Waste is the fastest growing portion of the municipal waste stream. These products are often nearing the end of their useful life and many can be reused, refurbished or recycled. Some also have hazardous constituents that can pose an environmental or health threat if not properly handled.

Some examples of E-Waste acceptable items include: desktop computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, laptops, scanners, DVD & VHS players, stereo equipment, radios, electrical cords, holiday lights, cell phones, video game consoles, cameras & camcorders, televisions, and satellite dishes.

Household appliances, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will not be accepted.

For more information or to view additional dates and locations of the 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Events, visit rrrasoc.org

STAY IN THE KNOW ABOUT SNOW
Learn how the City clears roads, what you can do to help
Mother Nature is having a hard time deciding whether or not she is ready to make the shift to spring. 

So while the snow seems to be hanging around for now, the Department of Public Services wants to remind residents about the snow removal process, what they can do to help, and tips to protect mailboxes and prevent snow from stacking up in the driveway.

The top priority when a winter storm hits is clearing major roads, emergency routes and school bus routes. Once completed, crews take on police and fire facilities, bridges and local/residential streets with significant hills or curves. Finally, crews clean up local/residential streets, public parking lots and sidewalks abutting city-owned property.

One downside to plow trucks clearing residential streets is snow leftover in driveways. Unfortunately, those pile ups are inevitable as drivers try to clear subdivisions in a timely manner. However, you can help limit the impact by following these tips to avoid a second shovel.

To learn more about snow removal, pothole reporting, sidewalk clearing requirements and more, visit cityofnovi.org.
SIGN UP FOR DO NOT KNOCK REGISTRY
Ordinance restricts peddlers from soliciting to residences on list
The City of Novi has created an optional "Do Not Knock" registry for residents interested in restricting peddlers and solicitors from coming to their residence.

Residents who want to put their name on the registry can do so online at cityofnovi.org. An optional 8X8 vinyl cling (like the one pictured) can also be requested at no cost. It should also be noted the restriction applies only to businesses that obtain a peddler's license from the Novi City Clerk's Office. Representatives of religious or political organizations, who are distributing information, are not subject to the requirements of the local law. Addresses on the registry expire after five years, but residents are able to renew again online. 

Peddlers and solicitors who are issued permits from the City allowing them to go door-to-door will be required to download the current "Do Not Knock" registry list each day. Violations of the registry can be reported to the Novi Police Department.