Vote Local on November 2, 2021
Have you read the Committee to Increase Voter Participation’s latest bulletin? Follow this link to view the article highlighting how important local elections are to YOU and YOUR community.
Polls will be open for the City General Election on November 2, 2021 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you would like to participate in the upcoming Election by absent voter ballot, applications are available on the City website at www.fhgov.com, visit the City Clerk’s Office in person or call the City Clerk’s Office at 248-871-2410 for an application.
The City Clerk’s Office, to date, has issued over 13,000 absent voter ballots – that’s more than the total voter turnout in some past local Elections!
Don’t wait to return your ballot! Currently, only 25% of the ballots issued have been returned. Information on candidates and ballot proposals were included in the FOCUS Newsletter mailed to all households in Farmington Hills. The newsletter can also be found here on the City's website.
Use the convenient drop boxes and forget the postage or visit the City Clerk’s Office in person. A drive-up drop box for Election materials is located in front of the Police Station and a walk-up drop slot is located on the south entrance brick wall as you enter City Hall.
Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.
Our Ice Cream Social and Pet Parade
– a wonderful afternoon for adults, children and pets alike
We couldn’t have wished for more perfect weather for the 6th annual WoodCreek Ice Cream Social and Pet Parade. It was a wonderful way to once again celebrate community after the long hiatus of the Covid pandemic.
There was more than enough ice cream in both quantity and variety to satisfy even those with the most voracious appetites. It was an afternoon long-time residents meeting new friends and neighbors and children playing together and meeting new playmates. Even the family pets happily socialized.
The pet parade featured 7 dogs and one chicken! Big and small, old and young, lively and slow, every one of them won a blue ribbon in our not-too-serious and very imaginative prize classes. This Westminister-styled event was entertainingly MC’ed by Rick Astley and Tor Shwayder.
Our special thanks to Peggi Tabor and Telia Fuller who hosted the event on their spacious front lawn. Many helping hands guaranteed that the party ran smoothly from set up to tear down. A very heartfelt thanks to all who generously contributed time and effort towards making this such a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon.
Whether you were able to attend or not, be sure to check out Marc Wilkins' superb photographs in the animation below. Click on any picture to stop and enlarge it. For an even better view, go to our website gallery.
As restrictions ease, we look forward to seeing more neighbors at more events, which will be featued in our Calendar as they are scheduled.
Thanks and Best Wishes Tom and Linda Morris
Think of all the beautiful photos that have graced the Playback and our website gallery; Tom took those. Being an attorney, Tom has guided the board on all things legal during his long term as a trusted board member. Linda served as a volunteer at WoodCreek Elementary, Warner, and Harrison schools for many years, donating her considerable artistic and design talent to those schools.
When Tom and Linda came back to visit on the occasion of our Ice Cream Social, we took the opportunity of presenting them with an engraved clock in appreciation for all they have done for WoodCreek over many years. We wish them a very fond farewell with sincere wishes that they enjoy continued good health, success, and happiness in their new home.
You may justifiably consider WoodCreek as “majestic”, but you may not know that is was actually once the home of European royalty; Archduke Stefan of Austria, Prince of Tuscany lived on Beech Hill for several years. Read the full story.
Unfortunately, owing to changes to her work load, our recently announced new Playback editor was unable to continue her work for us. That means we are again looking for someone to fill the post. The task involves compiling the articles and photos submitted by residents, selecting those considered most suitable and editing as necessary. No special computer skills are needed; we have someone who does the layout in desktop publishing for us. If you would like to volunteer as editor, which is also a Civic Associaion board position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pay Your 2021 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 2021 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.
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, 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.
- School Traffic. A count was made in October of 2019 of the number of cars entering and leaving Wood Creek Elementary. From the results it was estimated that 100 journeys are made by parents to and from WoodCreek Hills twice a day, and 35 by staff once a day for about 200 days a year. The total number of round trip Hills journeys of 235 by outsiders probably far exceeds those made from the 110 residences.
- 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:
Gary Mekjian, City Manager email@example.com (248) 871-2510
James Cubera, City Engineer firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Some Future Dates to Note
(For a full event listing, see our Calendar page)