2018 Water Quality Report

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The 2018 Water Quality Report describing the source and quality of your drinking water is now available on our website. 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 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 also recently performed our spring flush out of the water system and have another flushing planned very soon. 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.

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Afternoon Neighborhood Ice Cream Social Event

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Ice Cream Social –  Saturday, June 22, 2019

3pm – 4pm – at the Pump House

In an effort to try some new ideas for a neighborhood get together, we thought we would try a quick afternoon event to have ice cream.

This is also a chance to say goodbye to some neighbors that we know are moving soon.  Are you new to the neighborhood?  Come on by.   We would love to meet you too.

We are bringing in an ice cream truck and would like to invite all our neighborhood residents to come by and have a FREE ice cream.   Ice cream is available for purchase too so feel free to bring your guests.

We will do this for about an hour.   A quick way to stop by and say hi to your neighbors and have a refreshing treat too.   Hope to see you there!

 

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Community Wide Garage Sale – Get Ready

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It’s On!   Our Subdivision Wide Garage Sale is on the weekend of June 1, 2019.   We had a great turn out last year and we are doing it again.   We have a bunch of residents stating that they will participate.   The official day for the sub garage sale is on Saturday but some homes will be doing the whole weekend and not just Saturday.

Let us know if you will be participating too.  Still time to add your home to the list.    The subdivision will be:

  • Advertising the sub wide garage sale.  We will be advertising on many online sites.  **Give us pictures of your high demand items and we will try to include them in the advertising.** 
  • Setting up our sandwich board signs at the entrances about a week before the event.

Doing your own ad is also welcomed.   You can get into more specifics about what you are selling and the days/time of your sale etc.  You can not have too much advertising.

 

 

 

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City of Farmington Hills Email Subscription – New Fireworks Rules

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The city of Farmington Hills has a lot of offer.  The list of programs and services goes on and on.  

**Here is information on the changes to the fireworks ordnance.**  

Just an example of the information that you can get sent to you via email if you subscribe to the eNews list.  Click on the link below to check out the lists you can subscribe to.    

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The city offers many email lists.  Sign up for any of these and the information is sent right to your email box when something new comes out.   Easy to sign up and easy to cancel if you change your mind.

We also have the direct link on our website under Other Contacts/Links.  Click here for a direct link.

City of Farmington Hills Fireworks Ordinance Changed
The Farmington Hills Police Department would like to inform residents of a change to the City’s fireworks ordinance.
The Michigan Legislature has recently amended the law related to fireworks. This change limits the number of days per year on which fireworks may be discharged. The Farmington Hills City Council has adopted an amendment to the current City ordinance to include some of the changes made to Michigan Law. (Sec. 18-288. Fireworks)
Under the new ordinance, fireworks may only be discharged during the following times:
  • New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day (11:00 a.m. on December 31 to 1:00 a.m. on January 1)
  • The weekend before Memorial Day (Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.)
  • June 29 through July 4 (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day)
  • July 5, but only if that date is a Friday or Saturday (11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.)
  • The weekend before Labor Day (Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.)
It remains unlawful to discharge fireworks on public property (including public streets), school property, church property or the private property of another without express written permission. It is also unlawful to discharge fireworks of any type while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An individual who violates this ordinance may be issued a municipal civil infraction, which is punishable by a civil fine of $1,000 for each violation. Additionally, it is unlawful to discharge fireworks if a fireworks ban has been implemented by the Fire Chief due to dry conditions.
The Police Departments asks residents who wish to celebrate these designated holidays with fireworks to do so in a legal and safe manner that is respectful of others.
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Water System Flushing Saturday, May 11th (9am – 1pm)

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Water System Flushing Saturday,  May 11th

  

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 near the entrances of the sub approximately 1 week in advance.
  • During this time frame you should shut off the water to your house (valve in the basement near your sump 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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Litter Walk Clean-Up and Pizza! New Shirts too!

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The New Shirts are here! 

We have a bunch of them and you can get one to keep for being a part of the crew this Saturday.   Just a few hours of your time and you also get a Pizza lunch too!

Join us for the annual Farmington Hills Litter Walk Clean-up day.  We will meetup at the Pump House at 10:30 am.  

**ALL Franklin Knolls residents are ‘invited to participate**

The city will provide trash bags, gloves and a limited number of T -shirts. So grab your walking shoes and maybe your favorite gloves and help us do a little spring cleaning for the neighborhood.  We will walk the perimeter of our sub to collect litter.   It is fun and a good chance to met some of our neighbors and it only takes an hour or two.

This is all part of the city wide 7th annual “Clean, Green & Beautiful” litter walk.

PIZZA!  This year we will offer a free lunch afterwards at Tomatoes Apizza on 14 Mile Rd for the volunteers that participate.   So once the clean up is done we will head up to Tomatoes Apizza for lunch.

Hope to see you there!

It is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and to assist in maintaining the

environment of Farmington Hills.

Think globally and acting locally!

 

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Annual Meeting Minutes

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Just a reminder that our annual meeting information, including the minutes, is published on our website.    Just look for the “Neighborhood” drop down menu and look for “Annual Meeting”.  Here is a direct link

Our Annual Meeting took place on November 14th, 2018 at Warner Upper Elementary School.  Again we thank everyone for their support but a special thank you to everyone that attended the meeting.  It is always great to see our neighbors come to this once a year meeting and show their support.

A paper copy of the minutes is available upon request.  Just sent us an email or drop us a note with your address and we will be happy to send you a paper copy of the minutes.

We hope to see you at next year’s Annual Meeting in November.  We also welcome comments/questions anytime during the year.

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Cross Connections (Water System)

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We are asking everyone in our subdivision to please take a few minutes and read the “Cross Connections” brochure included with the upcoming April billing. 

This information will be included in our newsletter which will also be provided with the April billing,    The content of the brochure is also provided below.   Our Water System Tips page has also been updated to include information on this too.  

We all want a safe water system for our homes.   A few simple precautions can help in making sure contaminates don’t enter the water system.  

**Please do your part to safeguard your home and prevent this from happening.**

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.   Thank You!

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Hunter Pasteur Homes Development Town Hall Meeting

info79972Hunter Pasteur Homes is currently working on a development plan for the former Eagle Elementary School site at the northwest corner of 14 Mile Road and Middlebelt. The development is called Gramercy Ridge.

The official approval process has not yet begun, but there have been preliminary and positive meetings with various Township officials. Our goal is to begin the approval process within the next several months; however, prior to beginning the official approval process, we would like to meet with all of the neighbors within a 600’ radius of the property in addition to members of your HOA. Residents living within a 600’ radius of the property will also receive this information in the mail . We would like to invite any members of your HOA to a town hall meeting on:

Thursday April 4th at 5:30 PM at the West Bloomfield Township’s Board Room.
West Bloomfield Civic Center, 4550 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323,

We will discuss the proposed plans for the project. We hope that you will be able to attend and look forward to speaking with you about the project.

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Boil Water Advisory Has Been Lifted

A  boil water notice was previously given to the following homes on 3/26/19:  All homes on Shrewsbury as well as the following homes on Gilchrest:  29680 Gilchrest, 29650 Gilchrest, 29630 Gilchrest, 29610 Gilchrest, 29570 Gilchrest, 29546 Gilchrest, 29567 Gilchrest, 29601 Gilchrest, 29621 Gilchrest, 29641 Gilchrest, 29661 Gilchrest,

The boil water advisory is no longer in effect at these addresses.  All testing of our water is now complete and no issues were found.   Everyone in our subdivision may now use your water as you normally would. 

We would like say Thank You to everyone for understanding the situation.   We do everything we can to keep the system up and running.  In this case we had no choice but to shut down part of the system to make the necessary repairs.  As you probably know, a shut down of the water system is a very rare occurrence in our neighborhood and we hope to keep it that way.

We are still on Briarcliff’s water system.   Our pump house should be back on line probably early next week.   As this is switched back over you might see some sediment in the water.   If you do, running the water at an outside faucet or wash tub for 30 minutes or more will help in clearing it up.

Again Thank You to our residents for working with us, to our board members who helped with so many things during this and to our contractors, Brown Drilling, Aquatest and D’Angelo Brothers for doing their part and getting the job done.

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