Update – Fire Hydrant Installations – Two crews on site early morning – Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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UPDATE: It was confirmed today that they will have 2 crews working on our project on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The water could be shut off as early as 7:30am.

Also please help us spread the word about this project. Thank You

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Key items to know:

– You might want to store water for drinking, cooking, flushing toilets etc ASAP so you have a backup in case the water is shut off to your home. Even water stored in your bathtub can be used for toilets.

– The targeted homes are listed in the documents at the link below but there is a possibility of this area could become larger if there is a problem shutting down the water lines in that area.

– We don’t know the amount of time to perform the repair but we think it will be 1 day.

– Once the water turned back on a boil water notice will be issued for a number of days.

– There are a number of tests that are performed after the repair to make sure the water is safe to use and allow us to cancel the boil water notice.

– A boil water notice will be taken to each home that is affected by the water shut down.

– Check your front door area for the notice. Additional information will be posted on the blog too.

– We also recommend shutting off the water valve on the water supply pipe in your basement if water is shut off to your home. This will help to keep air from entering the water system.

– Once the water is back on to your home it is suggested to turn on an outside water for at least 30 minutes to help in flushing out the system.

In the Fall of 2019 we gave notice that 3 fire hydrants in the neighborhood needed to be replaced.  This has been delayed many times now due to scheduling issues.

Updates will be posted here on our blog.

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

Here is the letter and map that was mailed out in the fall of 2019 (links below).

Hydrant Replacement Letter

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

Thank you

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Update – Fire Hydrant Installations Starting on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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UPDATE: The Fire Hydrant installations will take place starting on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. They hope to get all 3 installed that day.

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Key items to know:

– You might want to store water for drinking, cooking, flushing toilets etc ASAP so you have a backup in case the water is shut off to your home. Even water stored in your bathtub can be used for toilets.

– The targeted homes are listed in the documents at the link below but there is a possibility of this area could become larger if there is a problem shutting down the water lines in that area.

– We don’t know the amount of time to perform the repair but we think it will be 1 day.

– Once the water turned back on a boil water notice will be issued for a number of days.

– There are a number of tests that are performed after the repair to make sure the water is safe to use and allow us to cancel the boil water notice.

– A boil water notice will be taken to each home that is affected by the water shut down.

– Check your front door area for the notice. Additional information will be posted on the blog too.

– We also recommend shutting off the water valve on the water supply pipe in your basement if water is shut off to your home. This will help to keep air from entering the water system.

– Once the water is back on to your home it is suggested to turn on an outside water for at least 30 minutes to help in flushing out the system.

In the Fall of 2019 we gave notice that 3 fire hydrants in the neighborhood needed to be replaced.  This has been delayed many times now due to scheduling issues.

Updates will be posted here on our blog.

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

Here is the letter and map that was mailed out in the fall of 2019 (links below).

Hydrant Replacement Letter

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

Thank you

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Update – Fire Hydrant Replacements – Not This Week

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UPDATE: Week of October 26th – Installation of the hydrants will NOT happen this week.

We are going to wait until we get a firm date before posting another update. We will try to give you as much notice as possible. We will continue to communicate with the installer at least weekly.

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In the Fall of 2019 we gave notice that 3 fire hydrants in the neighborhood needed to be replaced.  This has been delayed many times now due to scheduling issues. We still think we are going to get this project going soon but it is again being delayed due to emergency repairs at other sites.

We currently do not know the exact day of the install. As we get closer we let you know what day it will take place. We hope this will be a 1 day repair.  Updates will be posted here on our blog.

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

Here is the letter and map that was mailed out in the fall of 2019 (links below).

Hydrant Replacement Letter

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

Thank you

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Update – Fire Hydrant Replacements

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UPDATE: Installation of the hydrants will NOT happen this week (week of October 19th).

We will post an update as to how things look early next week (week of October 26, 2020) .

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In the Fall of 2019 we gave notice that 3 fire hydrants in the neighborhood needed to be replaced.  This has been delayed many times now due to scheduling issues. We still think we are going to get this project going soon but it is again being delayed due to emergency repairs at other sites.

We currently do not know the exact day of the install. As we get closer we let you know what day it will take place. We hope this will be a 1 day repair.  Updates will be posted here on our blog.

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

Here is the letter and map that was mailed out in the fall of 2019 (links below).

Hydrant Replacement Letter

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

Thank you

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Update – Fire Hydrant Replacements

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UPDATE: We are waiting to hear from our installer about the schedule this week. We were hoping to have a date today for when the installation would take place. As soon as we hear from him regarding the installation date we will post an update on the blog. We hope to give a few days notice if possible. It might still be this week. We hope to know soon.

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In the Fall of 2019 we gave notice that 3 fire hydrants in the neighborhood needed to be replaced.  This has been delayed many times now due to scheduling issues. We still think we are going to get this project going soon but it is again being delayed due to emergency repairs at other sites. We are now planning for the week of October 19, 2020 for this installation.

We currently do not know the exact day of the install. As we get closer we let you know what day it will take place. We hope this will be a 1 day repair.  Updates will be posted here on our blog.

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

Here is the letter and map that was mailed out in the fall of 2019 (links below).

Hydrant Replacement Letter

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

Thank you

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Update – Fire Hydrant Replacements Now Targeted Week of Oct 19th

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In the Fall of 2019 we gave notice that 3 fire hydrants in the neighborhood needed to be replaced.  This has been delayed many times now due to scheduling issues. We still think we are going to get this project going soon but it is again being delayed due to emergency repairs at other sites. We are now planning for the week of October 19, 2020 for this installation.

We currently do not know the exact day of the install. As we get closer we let you know what day it will take place. We hope this will be a 1 day repair.  Updates will be posted here on our blog.

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

Here is the letter and map that was mailed out in the fall of 2019 (links below).

Hydrant Replacement Letter

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

Thank you

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Water System Flushing Saturday, October 10th (9am – 1pm)

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Water System Flushing Saturday, October 10th

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.

  • Signs will be posted near the entrance to the sub about a week in advance.
  • During the time frame of the flushing you should shut off the water to your house.   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 the lines to your home can be found on our website on the “Services” menu.   Here is a direct link.

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Fire Hydrant Replacements Targeted Week of Oct 12th

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In the Fall of 2019 we gave notice that 3 fire hydrants in the neighborhood needed to be replaced.  This has been delayed many times now due to scheduling issues. We are now planning for the week of October 12, 2020 for this installation.

We currently do not know the exact day of the install. As we get closer we let you know what day it will take place. We hope this will be a 1 day repair.  Updates will be posted here on our blog.

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

Here is the letter and map that was mailed out in the fall of 2019 (links below).

Hydrant Replacement Letter

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

Thank you

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Become an FKHA Board Member

     

We are looking for volunteers to become members at large on the Franklin Knolls HOA Board. If you are interested, please contact a board member for more information.

The board meets less often than in past years. With the use of technology, we can easily communicate without having a formal meeting. Since March we have been using Zoom to have meetings to help keep our board members safe.

Being on the board can be fun. You get to spend a little time with your neighbors and help make our neighborhood an even better place to live. The Contact Us page has the many ways to contact a current board member whether you have questions or are interested in helping out. You can also find more information and the “Willingness to Serve Form” on our website by looking at the drop down menu under “Tools”.

We hope to hear from you!

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Adding New Sprinkler Systems Could Create Capacity Issues with our Water System

Homeowners in our neighborhood have asked about adding in-ground sprinkler systems on their property.  There have been a number of requests for this over the years.   Currently we do not allow additional in-ground sprinkler systems.  The HOA board understands why many homeowners want this.   It is so much easier than moving a hose around the yard.   But because it is easier to use, it could also increase the demand on our water system.  This additional demand is why there are concerns about our water system having enough water capacity.

Our restrictions on sprinkler systems went in place many years ago.   We are unaware of any documents that state why this went into effect but we assume it was a capacity concern.   In 2002 the DEQ was asked again to look at the capacity of our water system in regard to installation of new in-ground watering systems.  A review was done and a letter was sent stating we did not have the well capacity to support additional sprinkler systems.  Here is a link to that letter.
2002 DEQ Sprinkler Water System Capacity 

We asked Tiffany to look at our system to see if she thought we had enough capacity to support additional sprinkler systems.  Tiffany also has concerns about our well having enough capacity to support more sprinkler systems.   Here is the reply from Tiffany
2020 EGLE Sprinkler Water System Capacity

The letter also states that we could have an engineering study done.  We did consider this but we feel there is a very small chance that the engineering study would be much different from what was already presented to us.  We are also working with the city to get a cost estimate on converting to city water.   If we do convert to a city water system, in-ground sprinklers should be allowed.

We also reviewed input from our previous Representative Jaiye who did think we had the capacity to add more sprinklers.  We asked her to come talk to us at the annual meeting but she left her position before that could happen.  The other input was from Briarcliff who has a water system very similar to ours.  They also state that in-ground water systems are not allowed due to the capacity of the water system.

The board reviewed all the inputs and has decided at this time to keep our current restrictions on sprinkler systems and not allow any new in-ground watering systems to be installed.  We wish we could allow it but we feel the extra demand on our system and it’s designed capacity could create many problems and possible additional repair costs to the HOA

The Franklin Knolls HOA Board

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