How’s your social calendar been for 2021 so far? Mine has been pitifully sparce. We on your WoodCreek board are united in missing the opportunity to offer you all the usual fun social events that enliven and unite our community throughout the year.
However, all is not lost. We do have one event scheduled that you can put onto your calendar for 2021. We think it’s safe to say that by December we will be able to get together with you in person once again. We will have the Holiday Fete this year! It will once again be held at beautiful Glenn Oaks. We will enjoy connecting with friends and neighbors, feast on fabulous food, and dance the night away. What a pleasure that will be.
So mark your calendars. The Winter Fete will be on December 5, 2021. You will, of course, receive an invitation with all the details beforehand.
There may be other events in the year. We will certainly be scheduling an annual meeting. Maybe the Ice cream Social will be possible and, who knows, we could even have a Summer Soirée. Let us all hope that vaccines and treatments for this dreadful pandemic arrive soon.
In the meantime please stay safe, wear those masks, and be happy.
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.
BAG-IT stands for “beautification, and garbage-interdiction program”! Our opening day is Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, but because of the need to maintain social distancing, please start anytime. BAG-IT is low tech: Take a bag, walk your yard, your street, or further afield, and pick up trash, litter, garbage that escaped the can or the truck, and recyclables, and throw it away or recycle it properly. Please wear personal protection (mask or gloves) as appropriate, and if you are concerned that roadside trash may transmit the virus, we understand that you may want to wait. As always, wash your hands! Thanks, and BAG-IT!
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:
Dave Boyer, City Manager firstname.lastname@example.org (248) 871-2502
Gary Mekjian, Assistant 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)