2019 Water Quality Report is now Available on our Website

The 2019 Water Quality Report describing the source and quality of your drinking water is now available on our website.  Here is a direct link:

2019 Water Quality Report

A paper copy of this report is available upon request. Please contact a board member or send us an email with your name and the address if you would like a paper copy of the report sent to you. You can email us and/or find our contact information here.

An email will be sent to all homeowners on file with this information. The fall newsletter will also have a summary article about this water report. A paper copy of this newsletter will be sent to all homeowners of Franklin Knolls.

The Water Quality Report is required by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) It is based on testing our water system by AquaTest Laboratories, Inc. Water samples are taken monthly and tested to check the quality of our water on a regular basis. We also have a mechanical inspection done regularly to help keep our water system operational and the backup systems ready when needed.

We recently performed our spring flush out of the water system and have two more flushings planned for this summer and fall. Home lines need to be flushed out as well. Without flushing home water lines can become restricted or plugged up which can lead to a costly repair for the homeowner. Information on this and other tips are available here on our website.

We hope you find the report beneficial and reassuring that the water provided to your home meets or exceeds government standards. Let us know if you have any questions. There are also government agency phone numbers in the report.

Thx

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UPDATE – City Water Conversion – Engineering Study/Cost Estimate to be Conducted

City Water Engineering Study/Cost Estimate Petitions

UPDATE – We received completed and signed petitions from more than 30% of the homeowners of Franklin Knolls.   The 30% of homeowners was the required minimum number by the city to have an engineering study/cost estimate done for our subdivision.  

We have sent the petitions and the cover letter shown below to the city.   As stated in the letter the process will take at least 6 to 8 months to complete.   They also said it might be longer due to the COVID-19 issue.  Once this process is complete we will have a special homeowners meeting to review the results and answer questions

Regards,
Franklin Knolls HOA Board

2020_0618 FK Cover letter City Water Cost Estimate Petition

 

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Fire Hydrant Replacements to be Scheduled

 

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We gave the OK to have the fire hydrant replacements added to the job list again.   Previously we asked for it to be delayed due to COVID-19 Stay at Home orders.   No date is set yet but they think they might have an opening very soon.   New details will be posted here on the blog

———-    PREVIOUS BLOG POST (FALL 2019) – DETAILS ON PROJECT    ———————

We have 3 fire hydrants in the neighborhood that need to be replaced.   Parts are on order and we will let you know ASAP when the scheduled repair will take place.

**This will require the water system to be shut down in the areas of the repairs. **

A letter and map is included in the annual meeting notice mailing that went to all residents of Franklin Knolls.  Look for that in your mail soon.  Here are links to those items:

Hydrant Replacement Letter

Map with hydrant replacement locations and what we believe will be affected homes

 

We hope this will be a 1 day repair.   Updates will be posted here on our blog.

Thank you

 

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UPDATE – City Water Conversion – Petition to get Cost Estimate

UPDATE – As of Sunday, June 7, 2020 we have received 32 petitions back from the homeowners.
We need 47 petitions (30% of homeowners) for the city to conduct the engineering study/cost estimate of the water system. 

If you would like to know what the cost would be to have city water brought to our homes please send in your completed and signed petition.  Again this Engineering Study/Cost Estimate will be done at no cost to the homeowners. 

**We need 15 more petitions to move forward with this.   
The deadline is June 15, 2020. ** 

 

The previous blog post is below with the full details including a link to the petition form

Cost Estimate for Connecting to Farmington Hills City Water System.   

A special petition mailing is being sent to each home in the neighborhood.   Below are the the details in this mailing.  Look for this coming to your mailbox soon.

At our November 2019 annual meeting it was decided that the Board should research cost to convert from our current Well System to City Water. Board Members met with Jim Cubera and City of Farmington Hills engineers on 2/4/20. To proceed the city needs 30% of property owners to sign a petition that they are interested in what the cost might be. Once enough signatures are received, a cost analysis will be done. To complete the cost analysis takes several months. Once the analysis is complete an informational meeting with property owners will be held.

Typically, circulation of a petition would be done door-to-door. With our current situation the city has authorized us to get signatures through the mail.

Signing the petition does not cost the property owner, nor does it obligate them to convert. It simply means that you are interested in what the cost might be.

If you would like to proceed with requesting that the city develop cost estimates, please complete and sign the petition coming to you in the mail.

You can also download the form from this link

City Water Conversion – Petition to get Cost Estimate

Please return the completed and signed petition by 6/15/20 to:

Franklin Knolls HOA
32000 Shrewsbury
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

You can also hand deliver the petition to our mailbox at the above address.   Just insert the form in the slot behind the door of the mailbox.

Once we receive the requisite signatures they will be forwarded to the City of Farmington Hills.

If you have any questions please email us at FranklinKnollsHOA@gmail.com .

Regards,
Franklin Knolls HOA Board

 

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New Printed Neighborhood Directory Coming to Your Home Soon.

Look for the May 2020 Franklin Knolls directory on the door of your home very soon.  

Yes, we have started to hand deliver the new printed directories to homes in our neighborhood.   Look for yours hanging on the door to your home very soon.   We hope to have all of them delivered by June 10, 2020.

Thank you to the board members who volunteered to hand deliver these booklets to the homes too.

 

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Water System Flushing Saturday, June 6th (9am – 1pm)

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Water System Flushing Saturday, June 6th

Periodically, the FKHA Board will flush the mineral deposits from the fire hydrant lines.  This work is typically done by board member volunteers on a Saturday morning starting at 9:00 a.m. and continues for 3-4 hrs.

  • Signage will be posted at the entrance to the subs about a week in advance.
  • During the time frame of the flushing you should shut off the water to your house (valve in the basement near your sub pump), and frame.  You should not use your water during this time
  • After the flushing is complete, you should run the hoses outside your house to clear any residual deposits.

Any questions pertaining to our drinking water, our water system, or the above recommendations please see our Contact Us page.

More info on what to do to care for your lines to your home can be found on our website on the “Services” menu.   Here is a direct link

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City Water Conversion – Petition to get Cost Estimate

Cost Estimate for Connecting to Farmington Hills City Water System.   

A special petition mailing is being sent to each home in the neighborhood.   Below are the the details in this mailing.  Look for this coming to your mailbox soon.

At our November 2019 annual meeting it was decided that the Board should research cost to convert from our current Well System to City Water. Board Members met with Jim Cubera and City of Farmington Hills engineers on 2/4/20. To proceed the city needs 30% of property owners to sign a petition that they are interested in what the cost might be. Once enough signatures are received, a cost analysis will be done. To complete the cost analysis takes several months. Once the analysis is complete an informational meeting with property owners will be held.

Typically, circulation of a petition would be done door-to-door. With our current situation the city has authorized us to get signatures through the mail.

Signing the petition does not cost the property owner, nor does it obligate them to convert. It simply means that you are interested in what the cost might be.

If you would like to proceed with requesting that the city develop cost estimates, please complete and sign the petition coming to you in the mail.   You can also download the form from this link

City Water Conversion – Petition to get Cost Estimate

Please return the completed and signed petition by 6/15/20 to:

Franklin Knolls HOA
32000 Shrewsbury
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

You can also hand deliver the petition to our mailbox at the above address.   Just insert the form in the slot behind the door of the mailbox.

Once we receive the requisite signatures they will be forwarded to the City of Farmington Hills.

If you have any questions please email us at FranklinKnollsHOA@gmail.com .

Regards,
Franklin Knolls HOA Board

 

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Landscape Oversight Team Volunteers – Meeting Soon

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The HOA is looking for neighborhood volunteers to help us with landscape improvements and keeping these areas looking nice.

We’ll look at our current landscape areas and come up with suggestions on how to improve them. As a team we can decide if we want to go a step farther and do some planting ourselves. We can keep it simple and small to start with. Doing a lot of small projects over time can make a big difference.

We would like to get communication going soon and maybe hold a meeting via Zoom.   

Want to help?   Let us know by sending an email to FranklinKnollsHOA@gmail.com or talk to a board member.   We would love to have you be part of the team.

 

 

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CANCELED – Planned Water System Flush on Saturday, May 9th

 

CANCELED – Water System Flushing Saturday,  May 9th

The first flushing of the year has been postponed and will NOT take place on the original planned date of May 9th.  This planned date was announced in our spring newsletter.

Periodically, mineral deposits from our water system are flushed out of our water system lines utilizing the neighborhood fire hydrants.  This work is typically done 3 times a year.  The work is done by HOA board members and neighborhood volunteers on a Saturday morning starting at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m.

The date was canceled due to the state Stay Safe, Stay at Home restrictions.    We are looking at a new date in early June but will depend on state restrictions at that time.

Please stay tuned to the new blog posts here on our website for more information on the new date.   Of course we will also have the sandwich board signs out in the neighborhood about a week before the flushing date.

We are also looking for help in performing these flushings.   Let us know if you want to help.

  • **NEW – A limited number of participants will receive a credit to their HOA account for helping with the flushing.   This will be available on a first come first served basis.   Let us know if you are willing to help.

Any questions pertaining to our drinking water, our water system, or anything else please see our Contact Us page.

More info on what you can do to care for your lines to your home can be found on our website on the “Services” menu.   Here is a direct link

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Lending Library Design Contest

 

 

 

 

Franklin Knolls NEW Lending Library – DESIGN CONTEST!

The HOA board has been working on setting up a new lending library for our neighborhood.   We found an old Detroit News newspaper box for our lending library.  Now we need to come up with a design that speaks our neighborhood.

We thought that a design contest could be a fun thing to do right now with many people staying at home.   So we are looking for input from our residents in the neighborhood on how this box should be painted.   This will be installed near the pump house.   Possibly on a bench or a riser so it is easier to see the books inside.   We are looking at adding an angled roof on it to keep water out.   Here is a picture of one with the roof attached as well as a raised base.

There are lots of images on the internet of designs for lending libraries like this with old newspaper boxes.   We have included some of them below.

We look forward to seeing all the designs from our neighborhood.

The winning design will receive $50.00.

You can find a template for your creative design at this link:

Design Template  

Once your design is completed, please mail it to the HOA (address below), drop it off at the neighborhood mailbox or you can email to the board.   You can contact every board member with one email to FranklinKnollsHOA@gmail.com.

We will have more details on the winning selection process in a future blog post.   Be sure to submit your entries before the deadline.

The contest ends on June 1, 2020

** Don’t forget to include your contact information with your design.   If you have a name for your theme include that as well.**

Thank You
Your Franklin Knolls HOA Board

Franklin Knolls HOA
32000 Shrewsbury St
Farmington Hills, MI   48334

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