City to Trim WoodCreek Brush and Trees

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In response to recent concerned calls from neighbors regarding trees and brush that have overgrown many of our roadways, the City of Farmington Hills will begin clearing up these areas. This effort if fully supported by your WoodCreek Civic Association board.


Generally, if brush or trees are encroaching on a road, the city will trim them back to an acceptable distance from or over the roadway. City specifications are a distance from the roadway of up to four feet and over the roadway of fifteen feet.

The principle reason for the trimming is safety and accident avoidance. Brush clearance from the roadway allows vehicles and pedestrians to more easily see oncoming traffic. Clearance over the roadway allows trucks and in particular our fire engines to pass along our streets without being impeded by overhanging branches.

The city’s intention is to open up sight distances and clear trees and brush that are encroaching into the road edge as well as check fire hydrant clearances. The city’s clearing project should commence in December, 2022 and end early in 2023. It will include all WoodCreek streets.

In the spring and summer of next year, WoodCreek residents are encouraged to trim their property’s street facing bushes. Cuttings can be bundled and left at curbside for the city’s weekly yard waste pickup.

We are all proud of our community and this effort will help ensure that WoodCreek continues to be safe and beautiful.

 

Photos from 2022 Events

If you attended any WoodCreek events this year, be sure to click on our Gallery tab to view photos of them all.
 

soiree22 33The photo left shows some of our residents enjoying the Summer Soirée.

 

Use the links below to go directly to the 2022 event pictures.

Ice Cream Social and Pet Parade

Summer Soirée

Halloween

Turkey Trot

 

Welcome to Marc Wilkins as our New Police Liason Coordinator

police academyYou probably knew Marc Wilkins as the WoodCreek Civic Association board member responsible for working with our snow clearing and grass cutting contractors. This year, however, WoodCreek’s snow plowing will be done by the City of Farmington Hills – instead of a private contractor, and depending on how this works out, we may continue the arrangement into future years (see the notification here). As a result, we no longer have a need for anyone to look after snow clearing and so Marc has kindly volunteered to take over responsibility of Police Liason and Neighborhood Watch. These 2 roles were formally held by Al Smith and Stan Beattie, both of whom no longer live in WoodCreek.

Marc is well qualified for his new tasks, being a member of the Citizen Police Advisory Committee, after having attended 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.

 

 

 

Pay Your 2023 dues here

Pay Dues Online Button 200x98You 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 2023 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.

  

 

 

Road Relief

roads 2022 04 ajpgFor 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

garbage truck 1 200Visit 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.

 

 

Some Future Dates to Note

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(For a full event listing, see our Calendar page)