The City of Farmington Hills is responsible for snow removal from the road surfaces around the city, but residential roads, such as ours, are a relatively low priority. In order to allow WoodCreekers to enjoy cleared roads far more quickly than they otherwise would, some years ago, the WoodCreek Civic Association negotiated with the City and a private snow removal company to have our roads plowed as soon as possible after a snow event. The cost of this service is borne by WoodCreek residents who are encouraged to pay their share and not rely on their neighbors to subsidize a benefit we all enjoy. If you haven't contributed to the snow fund, you can do so by contacting email@example.com or pay your dues on line.
All snow season plowing and salting responsibilities on our WoodCreek roads is currently handled by Bob and Leslie's Lawn Maintenance & Snow Removal and WoodCreek is their first priority before any other contracts they handle. Most importantly, they are very accommodating and helpful when something goes wrong or is not within our guidelines.
The Association's Snow Removal Coordinator is Marc Wikins. If you have any issues with snow removal you can contact Marc at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.798.6285.
Plowing: Our policy and our snow plow budget (from annual Association dues) dictates that we plow when the snow reaches 2 inches in depth and/or the snowfall has stopped or is close to ending.
- If you happen to notice that it has snowed and the snowplows haven't arrived yet, the two inch requirement is probably in effect.
- At the appropriate time, two to three trucks are dispatched into our sub-division with the bus route for WoodCreek Elementary being the number one priority...so, Danvers, Utley and Spring are plowed and salted first. Plowing of the school parking lots is the responsibility of Farmington Public Schools, not Bob & Leslie's.
- An additional truck is dispatched to begin plowing the Triangle (Old Colony, Village and Wellington) and the remaining roads in WoodCreek are cleared after the school route is completed.
- If it snows continually and we are near 4-5 inches of snow, trucks are dispatched regardless of how much it is snowing to plow that snow away to get 80% of the snow off of the roads. Then, they return within about an hour of that radar notification (approximately one hour) to finish plowing the sub-division from edge to edge.
- An important note: If you ever notice a plow truck in the middle of the road, that is not to annoy you, it is by design. By plowing from the middle and turning the plow blades towards the right, it allows the roads to be cleared from edge to edge with minimal passes.
Salting: After plowing the roads, the trucks go to the Farmington Dept of Public Works (DPW) to pick up our salt supply and return to salt the roads in the sub-division. Our WoodCreek allotment for salt has not yet been determined, but this salt is provided free of charge by DPW. Bob & Leslie's uses our supply of salt judiciously throughout the sub-division focusing on the "hot zones".
- Our first priority is spread around WoodCreek Elementary.
- The remaining salt handles the curves, hills and stop signs and any leftover salt is spread on the remaining roads.
- An important note about salt: Salt is temperature sensitive. It works best at 20 degrees or above. From 12 degrees and below, salting is approximately only 20% effective. Sunshine increases its efficiency, so even between 0 to -5 degrees, we may see some melting of the ice.
- Once the salt is spread, it works from the bottom up. If you notice a slushy snowy buildup on the roads, then the salt is working, as planned. After the slushy mixture is at its peak, then the plows return to remove the debris. This is a delicate timing balance... If we plow too soon, then the salt is plowed away before the job is complete. If we plow too late, we get complaints about the slushy roads. We do our best to guess correctly, but we ask for a little grace, when we miss the mark. Call me and we will correct the situation in a timely manner.
Here are a few other "snow" tidbits to consider.
- Take a moment to make sure that your mailboxes are secure. Due to postal regulations, we must clear the roads up to and underneath the doors of the mailboxes or the mail will not be delivered, as postal workers are not permitted to leave their vehicles to put mail in boxes.
- Please note that rarely does the actual snow plow knock down a mailbox. But we do have some instances that the force of the snow being pushed by a snow plow can damage a mailbox. The velocity of heavy snow we've experienced, along with speeds of 10-20 mph can create a force that can knock down a mailbox. Call Marc Wilkins (see above) if you experience any mailbox mishaps. We will coordinate your repair with our snow plow company and the WoodCreek Association making sure that your mailbox is repaired in the Spring, once the snow has melted.
- Most importantly, if you contract your own snow removal company or shovel yourself, please keep the plowed snow on your property. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT AND CRUCIAL WITH THE BUILT UP LEVELS OF SNOW PILES IN THE SUB-DIVISION. Snow that is blown on the street or across the street, freezes over, ices up, and then, no amount of salt will melt that pile and the snow plows cannot remove them. These piles set up very dangerous road conditions and blind spots for drivers throughout our neighborhood.