Pay Your 2020 dues here
You will have recently received a letter concerning your WoodCreek Civic Association annual dues. Rather than writing a check and then having to find, address and stamp an envelope, you can simply go to our payment page and get it all done for another year in just a few clicks. You'll be given the choice of paying using any major credit card or by PayPal.
Committee to Increase Voter Participation
The Farmington Hills Committee to Increase Voter Participation is looking for new members. The committee operates under the auspices of the city clerk, and its mission is to stimulate and improve voter participation in all elections and increase the quality and quantity of publicity and information regarding such elections. Meetings are held about 9 times/year at FH City Hall. For more information, please call the clerk's office at (248) 871-2410.
To apply for membership, submit a letter of interest and resume directed to the Mayor and City Council and email it to Pam Smith, City Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments will be made at the January 27 City Council meeting but can also be made at any time in the year.
Great Party, Great Pictures
Whether you were able to attend the 2019 WoodCreek Holiday Fête or not, you're sure to enjoy the photos that Tom Morris took at the event. Click on a photo to enlarge it and use the arrows to left and right to navigate back and forth. The pictures are also posted in our Gallery in a more easily scanned format.
Concerned about our roads? You can help.
Last year Farmington Hills road repair funding was changed from − a system that required home owners to bear 80% of the cost − to a millage, which amortizes the cost across all city tax payers. Since then, the WoodCreek Civic Association by letter, phone calls and meetings has been urging the City of Farmington Hills to prioritize the remaking of the roads in the Hills section of WoodCreek, which all regard as dangerous and unacceptable.
Currently, WoodCreek is 23rd on the City’s priority list with an estimated start date for road renewal of 2023. The condition of our roads actually justifies a higher prioritization, but in order for repairs to be effective and lasting, drainage has to be addressed through culvert and other work estimated to cost $3-million and which is not part of the road repair budget.
The City is now considering some temporary “mill and fill” repairs. This type of repair is not normally used for roads that have deteriorated as much as those in the Hills. You can see some examples in WoodCreek Farms along Wellington, Millbrook and recently Village, where it has been used for preventive maintenance purposes.
The WoodCreek Civic Association will continue to work with the City of Farmington Hills to improve our paving priority. You can help too. On the premise that the squeaky wheel gets the grease− especially with elections coming up in November − wherever you live in WoodCreek, if you are concerned about our roads, please contact the City and let those responsible know you are unhappy.
Some points you may wish to consider:
- Safety. Chunks of lose alligator cracking pavement that is particularly prevalent on Hills roads often fly at high velocity from under vehicle tires, with the potential of serious injury to pedestrians and property damage.
- Schools. Since the consolidation of other schools into Wood Creek Elementary, our roads have become community roads for buses and parents’ vehicles from all over our region, and so WoodCreek deserves a higher priority for road renewal than roads used largely for their residents and services alone.
- Ratings. The City’s official rating for Hills roads is 2 (Very poor – reconstruction required) but areas can be found where the pavement rating is arguably 1 (Failed) and more areas will surely reach that level before 2023. (You can learn more about Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating System (PASER) with example photos here.)
Some suggested contacts:
Dave Boyer, City Manager email@example.com (248) 871-2502
Gary Mekjian, Assistant City Manager firstname.lastname@example.org (248) 871-2510
James Cubera, City Engineer email@example.com (248) 871-2569
Nixle Replaced by FH Alert
If you had signed up with the Nixle system to receive immediate alerts from Farmington Police about crime, traffic and Amber Alerts, you'll have noticed that it has been unusally quiet lately. That's because the City has contracted with a new company to provide the service and you will, unfortunately, have to sign-up again.
FH Alert has the benefit that you can choose from a list of subjects that you wish to informed about, such as: emergency alerts, city events, severe weather, fires, floods, emergency preparedness, road closures, water main breaks, warming cooling centers, parks and recreation activities, event cancellations, election notices, and more. You can change these choices at any time by logging into your FH Alert account.
Just as was the case with Nixle, to ensure access to vital information, messages will be sent via the participant's preferred contact paths including text, cell phone, home phone, and email. Residents with a landline phone are already listed in the Farmington Hills 9-1-1 database and will automatically be subscribed to FH Alert (for mass notifications only) via their home phone. If you do not wish to receive any mass notifications, FH Alert allows citizens to go online and opt out of the system entirely.
Check out other police and security issues on our Neighborhood Watch page.
Thanks and Good Luck to our Snow Lady – Cheryl
The WoodCreek Annual meeting agenda included an item: Snow Plow Report from Cheryl Jeffries, who is often known simply as our Snow Lady. Cheryl told us some good news; that there was not a single complaint received this year concerning the snow plow service we receive from Bob and Leslie's Lawn Maintenance & Snow Removal, testament no doubt to Cheryl's good relationship with them.
Cheryl then went on to tell us what we selfishly took to be bad news. She and her husband intend downsizing and will be leaving WoodCreek in the near future, and as a result she has resigned her Board position as Snow and Beautification Chairperson.
We thank Cheryl for all she has done for WoodCreek throughout the years and wish her and her family good luck in their new home.
Cheryl finished her presentation by calling for someone to replace her. We're glad to say that by the end of the meeting a volunteer had already stepped forward. Thanks to Marc Wilkins for offering to take over from our Snow Lady. Will he now become WoodCreek's very own Snowman?
Some Future Dates to Note