Minutes of WoodCreek Civic Association September Board Meeting
The WoodCreek Civic Association board met September 27 at the Farmington Hills Library, the venue allowing room for any non-board member residents to attend should they wish.
Agenda items included were:
- the process involved in determining if speed bumps are appropriate for WoodCreek
- treasurer's report
- social events
- board meeting venues
- snow and mowing report
- welcome committee report
- dogs in WoodCreek
- mill and fill road maintenance
Citizens' Police Advisory Committee
You may know Marc Wilkins as the WoodCreek Civic Association board member responsible for working with our snow clearing and grass cutting contractors, but he is also a member of the Citizen Police Advisory Committee, after having been invited to apply to attend the Farmington Hills Citizens Police Academy. Marc shares his experience in the Fall 2022 edition of Playback, but because of space limitations, his very interesting story had to be somewhat shortened. To read his full story, which includes facts and information you may not know about our local policing, check out Marc's full story.
Marc is 4th from the left in this picture.
A Toast to Education
A Toast to Education, an event for the benefit of the students of Farmington Public Schools, will take place this year on Friday, October 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Meridian, 26750 Haggerty Rd, Farmington Hills. For full details and ticket purchase go to www.ffhedfoundation.org/toast.
Election Workers Sought
The Farmington Hills City Clerk is seeking highly motivated individuals to work at the November 8 Gubernatorial Election.Election workers can expect a fast-paced work environment where they work as part of a team to process voters at the precincts on Election Day or work on the Absent Voter Counting Board processing absentee ballots.
Applicants should be 18 years of age on or before Election Day and are required to be a registered elector of Michigan. Training is required for new Election Inspectors and more details will be provided to those who are appointed.
If you are interested, you can find an Election Inspector (Worker) Application at the following link Election Inspector Application or you can contact the City Clerk’s Office at 248-871-2410 to request an application to be mailed.
Applications should be returned in person to the City Clerk’s Office no later than Friday, September 23 during normal business hours on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The City Clerk’s Office is located inside Farmington Hills City Hall at 31555 W. Eleven Mile Road.
Pay Your 2022 dues here
You will have already received a letter concerning your WoodCreek Civic Association annual dues but should you have mislaid it, you can find a copy here. Rather than writing a check and then having to find, address and stamp an envelope, you can simply go to our payment page for 2022 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. There's also a reminder as to how to pay by check.
For the long-suffering residents and drivers of WoodCreek Hills, some good news is on the way. The Farmington Hills Engineering Department has confirmed that WoodCreek Hills roads will be totally resurfaced in the summer of 2023 at a cost of approximately $4 million.
Background: WoodCreek Hills forms the southeastern part of WoodCreek, including Danvers Drive, Danvers Court, Harwich Drive, South Harwich Drive, New Bedford Drive, Weymouth Court and Salem Road south of Wellington Street. Since the subdivision’s earliest development in the 1960s, the roads have increasingly shown their age. Today they are marked by huge potholes, crumbling asphalt and in some cases drainage problems in times of heavy precipitation. The problem is only made worse by heavy school traffic, both by parents and buses, as well as snowplow and salting activities in winter. As far back as 2012, the City of Farmington Hills had assessed a “PASER rating” of 2 to WoodCreek Hills roads, which is the second worst rating on a scale of 1 to 10. At that time the City wanted to fix our roads but 80% of the funding would have had to come out of a special assessment paid for by the affected residents themselves. This would have resulted at the time in a $10,000 to $15,000 bill for each residence, depending on the amount of frontage. That proposal met with very little support and the plan was shelved. Thanks in part to the lobbying efforts of some WoodCreek and other Farmington Hills residents, the City changed its funding model for local roads to a millage-based one which received city-wide approval in a ballot initiative in 2018. Now the City is diligently completing road refurbishing projects City-wide with the complete makeover of WoodCreek Hills roads scheduled for 2023.
2022: Two to three “mill and fill” pavings will be done this summer until the main project commences in 2023. Mill and fill is a small-scale paving operation, usually in the order of 30 to 50 feet in length, meant as a stopgap measure in areas of particular disrepair. Over the last few summers, several such pavings were done along Danvers, South Harwich and New Bedford.
2023 Outlook: Looking ahead to next summer, there will undoubtedly be some disruption for WoodCreek Hills residents during the construction phase. The City will communicate with residents early in order to prepare them for the event, and the WoodCreek Civic Association will try to assist in any way it can to ensure a smooth flow of information. It is anticipated that when all is said and done, drivers and property owners alike will have reason to smile again.
Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Removal
Visit our Rubbish Disposal page for information about all aspects of garbage removal in WoodCreek. In addition, our Calendar page provides information regarding future dates when our normal Tuesday collections are delayed because of holidays. Alternatively, you can view and/or print the listing of the 2022 Holiday Collection schedule.
This year yard waste removal in WoodCreek ends December 18th.
Our Calendar also includes all the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Events. However, you don't have to wait for an event. Farmington Hills residents can drop off hazardous waste at ERG Environmental Services in Livonia at no charge (you may be asked to prove residency). More information about hazardous waste is available on the RRRASOC website.
Photos from our 2022 Social Events
If you attended either or both the 2002 Ice Cream Social or the Summer Soirée, be sure to visit click on our Gallery to view photos of both events.
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.
Some Future Dates to Note
(For a full event listing, see our Calendar page)