Ice Cream Social & Pet Parade Pictures are now in our Gallery
The 2019 Ice Cream Social and Pet Parade was great fun. Thanks especially to Peggi Tabor as well as all the other people who helped organize and manage the event. As in other years, Tom Morris stepped up and used his extraordinary skills to record the event on camera. You can see his pictures below and in our Gallery. Click or touch on a picture to enlarge it. You can also see them, and pictures from other events throughout the years elsewhere in our Gallery, which can be accessed through the main site menu.
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.
Farmington Hills Committee to Increase Voter Participation
At the WoodCreek Annual Meetng, Aimee Ergas presented on behalf of the Farmington Hills Committee to Increase Voter Participation, which is under the auspices of the F.H. City Clerk.
Due to changes in the wake of Proposal 3, which was passed at last November's election, there are some changes in voting procedures for future elections.
You can now get an absentee ballot without having to give a reason, and you can sign up to automatically receive an absentee ballot application before each election. Information is available on this page of the city website.
Another change involves college students, who no longer have to vote in person for the first election after their voter registration. Information on this and other voting questions can be found here.
If you are interested in applying to serve on the new state redistricting commission under the auspices of the Secretary of State – the group that will redraw Michigan's voting districts after the 2020 census – information is available here.
Thanks and Good Luck to our Snow Lady – Cheryl
The WoodCreek Annual meeting agenda included an item: Snow Plow Report from Cheryl Jeffries, who is often known simply as our Snow Lady. Cheryl told us some good news; that there was not a single complaint received this year concerning the snow plow service we receive from Bob and Leslie's Lawn Maintenance & Snow Removal, testament no doubt to Cheryl's good relationship with them.
Cheryl then went on to tell us what we selfishly took to be bad news. She and her husband intend downsizing and will be leaving WoodCreek in the near future, and as a result she has resigned her Board position as Snow and Beautification Chairperson.
We thank Cheryl for all she has done for WoodCreek throughout the years and wish her and her family good luck in their new home.
Cheryl finished her presentation by calling for someone to replace her. We're glad to say that by the end of the meeting a volunteer had already stepped forward. Thanks to Marc Wilkins for offering to take over from our Snow Lady. Will he now become WoodCreek's very own Snowman?
Charter Amendment for Residential Roads Passes
City of Farmington Hills November 6 Ballot Proposal for Transitioning to a Local Road Millage passed 59% to 41%. The wording was:
Shall the city charter be amended to authorize the levy of a perpetual additional special tax rate of up to 2.75 mills ($2.75 per $1,000 taxable value), starting with the July, 2019 levy and raising approximately $9,272,000 in the first year, for improving, rehabilitating, repairing, and maintenance of local subdivision road infrastructure, and partly funding debt retirement and special assessment refunds, and eliminate limits on City payments toward local road special assessments, and amend unexpired special assessment rolls to zero out
Some of the roads in WoodCreek have a very poor Pavement Assessment Rating and are in need of repair. Previously, road reparation costs were borne 80% by residents and 20% by the City. Under the Amendment, the City will now pay 100% of local road repair costs with funding coming from the millage.
Little Free Library
Wood Creek Elementary and our Green Team recently installed a Little Free Library in the front of the school. We would LOVE to have the WoodCreek residents utilize the library. The way it works is: take a book, read a book, return a book, repeat. This is a great way to recycle books that you own and no longer want to keep in your house! It is a great way to pick up a new book! It is 'open' 24/7/365! The library is intended for adults as well as children.
Thanks to Dawn Smith, a teacher at Wood Creek Elementary, for this story. If you have any questions, Dawn invites you to contact her at:
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