To: Woodbury Park Homeowner's
Subject: Minutes of the June 5, 2002 General Meeting
For your information, attached are the Minutes for the
June 5, 2002 General Meeting. Also, it
was suggested that we poll the homeowners ahead of time about what improvements
that they would like or what they don't like.
Please fill out and return the attached form to any one of the board
members. If you lose the form between now
and the winter meeting, a handwritten note is fine! The whole point is to get a better idea of what the homeowners
want for their subdivision.
At the June 5th meeting there was some
homeowner confusion as to the budget process.
Here's how it works:
- At the winter homeowners
association meeting, the homeowner's approve, by majority vote, what
additional improvements to the subdivision should be made in the following
year (most of the budget items are dictated by the deed
restrictions). The homeowners also
approve what amount should be spent on the new items.
- The budget is then created by
including the new items, plus the cost of maintenance for the items in the
- At the spring homeowner's
association meeting, the board gives an update on the
improvements/maintenance that was agreed upon at the winter meeting.
Association legal responsibilities:
Maintain common areas (entrances, islands and berms)
- Maintain sprinklers
- Maintain lighting
- Maintain entrance signs
- Maintain mailboxes
Last thing, if you haven't returned your homeowner's
directory information, please take the time to do so now. I have also attached that form. So far, only about 20% of households have
Debby B. Jim
Russ F. Maryanne
Improvements for 2003 __________________________________________
Changes for 2003________________________________________________
Woodbury Park Association Homeowner's Meeting
Taylor Elementary School
June 5, 2002
Called to order at 7:07 pm.
We had a
special guest speaker, Livonia Police Officer Tim M. Officer M. gave us some valuable
security tips and an overview of the neighborhood watch program.
- Livonia Police Department has
roughly 120,000 public calls annually.
90% are negative.
- Livonia has about 450
burglaries per year, mostly in summer, mostly by amateurs.
- Livonia is divided into 6
quadrants by call volume. There is
one car per quadrant plus north and south back-up vehicles. There are 11 vehicles total per shift.
- If we were interested in our
own security patrol, the Livonia Police Department cannot give a
recommendation for a specific provider.
- There were a total of 6 runs
to Woodbury Park last month. None
- There are three "legs"
to the crime triangle
We only have
control over opportunities. Here are a
few tips to reduce opportunity:
- Prepare for vacation -
- Leave radio on.
- Leave lights on timers; look
for timers with random patterns.
- Arrange for lawn maintenance
or snow removal.
- Do not close all shades and
- Do not leave a message on
your answering machine that you are on vacation.
- Call the police if you see
something suspicious. That's how
most crimes are averted. The
police are not too busy to respond!
- Describing a Person:
- Race: White, Black, Arabic, etc.
- Sex: Male or Female
- Age: Early 20's, 35-40
- Clothing: type, color, hat, etc.
- Height: 5'8" – 5'10" (range)
- Weight, Hair, Build….
- Describing a Vehicle
- LICENSE PLATE NUMBER
- Body Style (2dr – 4dr, SUV,
- Any identifying feature
- Thieves prefer houses without
- Thieves prefer houses without
alarms. Advertise that you have an
- Install outdoor lighting with
motion sensitive lights.
- Put a solid wooden rod or
metal bar in the sliding door track.
- Do not have your address on
your key ring.
- Remove trees or branches of
tress close to your home that give burglars access to upper levels.
- Buy locks that require your
authorization for keys to be duplicated.
- Etch your lawn equipment with
your driver's license number (at the end of the year the police auction
off all items recovered from robberies that the owner's could not be
Neighborhood Watch is a program of neighbors watching out for reach other's
safety and property and citizens aiding the Livonia Police Department in
reducing crime within their community by acting as extra "eyes and
ears" for the Department. The
program is not intended to turn citizens into vigilantes nor is it designed for
participants to take personal risks to prevent crime.
Watch programs can also be the ideal forum for teaching residents techniques
for making their homes more secure, properly identifying their property,
reporting suspicious activity to the police Department and, most importantly,
allow neighbors to get to know each other and their routines so that any
unusual activity will be noticed and reported.
- Before the LPD will start a
Neighborhood Watch program, at least 50% of the residents must be
committed to the program.
- Single blocks work best.
- Block captain assigned to each
- Block captain reports to the
Neighborhood Watch Liaison (maybe someone on the board or another
volunteer for the subdivision).
- LPD provides training
Livonia Police Department also has another interesting program: the Citizen's Police Academy. It's a 13-week program that gives average
citizens a closer look into the daily activities of the Livonia Police Force. Look on the LPD website for more
an article in last week's newspaper about citizens in Novi using a Radar
gun. The Novi Police Department issued
the radar gun. The citizen's do not
have the authority to write a ticket but submit the license plate number to the
police department. Although the Livonia
Police Department has not started such a program, Officer M. has
brought this to the Livonia Police Chief's attention. If you are interested, he suggested contacting the Livonia Police
Department. The more citizens that are
interested, the more likely the program will be implemented in Livonia. It may be a way to resolve our neighborhood
K. will be sending officer M. a thank-you note on behalf of
community, we need to decide if we are interested in the Neighborhood Watch
program. We should have a follow-up
discussion at the fall meeting.
Motion: A motion was made and seconded to
accept the meeting minutes from previous association meeting.
Resolved: The meetings minutes presented
Report (Jim L.):
- 2002 Planned Improvements
- Jim spoke with the current
contractor for the lawn maintenance regarding complaints from the
homeowners. It was agreed that he
would address all issues and the matter would be reviewed at the fall
Homeowner's Association meeting to verify that the service provided is
acceptable. If not, the contract
will not be renewed.
- The rocks for the two islands
were purchased and installed.
Thanks to all of the homeowners who helped!!
- The sprinklers needed
- All lighting was inspected
and the filaments were replaced as required. Some of the boxes will need to be replaced in the next 1-2
years at $400 each.
- The flowers beds at both
entrances were planted and weeded.
- The entrance signs will need
replacing next year. The board
will further investigate the cost and what exactly will need to be
- At the last association
meeting the homeowners agreed to reimburse those homeowners that weeded or
for other agreed upon work. The
policy is that the dues be paid in full by the homeowner. The homeowner shall submit a request to
the board. The request will be
reviewed and approved at the next homeowner's association meeting. A refund check will then be issued.
Report (Sonja K.):
- Contacted the Livonia
Maintenance Department (Doug H. 734-466-2655) to request that the city
keep the work trucks off the grass on the property between Newburgh and
the sidewalk, or at least minimize the occurrence.
- Established a contact in the
Livonia Community Relations Department:
Debbie D. 734-466-2536.
- Registered Woodbury Park as a
new subdivision with the City.
- Contacted the Livonia PD to
initiate the Liaison Officer Program.
The program assigns a supervisory officer as a contact person for
our area. We may contact our
Liaison Officer for information on forming neighborhood watch programs,
crime statistics, or to speak on police related problems in our area
- Contacted almost every
department at Livonia City Hall to request that the City clean up the Wet
Lands area. After significant
bureaucratic tape finger pointing, the city recommended that we enlist a
local Boy Scout Troop to do it (similar to previous River Rouge clean-up
- Delivered copies of both the
Deed Restrictions and the Articles of Incorporation to the Livonia
Department of Planning.
Report (Debby B.):
- Newsletter was distributed to
all homeowner's summarizing the deed restrictions, architectural committee
functions and past decisions. There was a suggestion for the next newsletter to request the
homeowners to submit what improvements they would like to have and what
they don't like.
- An attempt to create a
neighborhood directory was launched by Debby B. and Michelle
P. It was suggested that
if we cannot get enough responses that we send out another request with a
self-addressed stamped envelop stating that unless we hear back, it is ok
to use their name and phone numbers.
The drawback to this approach is that we will lack the personal
information such as children's names, hobbies, and e-mail addresses.
- A website was mentioned in
the neighborhood directory, but there were no volunteers to create it or
- It was suggested that we could
use the e-mail addresses or Channel 8 for meeting notices. Debby B. will investigate the
Channel 8 avenue.
Report (Russ F.):
- The Woodbury Park Balance
Sheet, Profit and Loss Statement and Budget were reviewed.
- It was requested that any
contingencies be shown as a separate line item.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting concluded at 8:48 pm.
Households in attendance (including the 5 board members)
Dear Woodbury Park Homeowner:
Hi! Our names are
Michelle P. and Debby B.
Michelle lives on Kingsburn Drive and Debby lives on Curtis Drive in
your subdivision. We are trying to
create a Woodbury Park Directory for our homeowners. We envision a small, not necessarily to scale, map with the house
address labeled and an alphabetical listing of our homeowners with their
addresses, phone numbers, and e-mails.
We also have a grandiose idea that Debby read about in a
magazine on bringing a neighborhood closer together to feel like a
community. The article suggested
creating a neighborhood directory as mentioned above. The article also suggested a neighborhood website. A final suggestion was to have gatherings at
people's houses a few times a year. The
three examples that we have are (a) a summer lemonade social, (b) a Christmas
cookie feast, and (c) a country fair in someone's backyard with 3-legged races
and a pie-eating contest. The idea is
not to burden the host and hostess, but that it is mostly a bring-your-own type
gathering. Would you be interested in
something like that? Do you have any
other suggestions? In the past, Debby
has participated in a cookie feast. The
entire neighborhood gathered in someone's garage and had cookies and hot cider
(spiking optional). Then we all trekked
off to a cut your own tree farm and cut down Christmas trees and brought them
home. Those with large pick-up trucks
helped out those with small sedans!
We have attached a questionnaire to make it easier for us
to compile the book. Please fill it out
and return it to the addresses below.
We look forward to hearing from you!!
Debby B. Michelle
Park Homeowner's Information (please print)
_______________________ First Name(s):
I want to be included in the
I do not want to be included in the neighborhood directory
am interested in organizing/attending a neighborhood activity at my house or
another Woodbury Park Homeowner's house
I am not interested in
organizing/attending a neighborhood activity at my house or another Woodbury
Park Homeowner's house
information that you may want to give:
Examples: my daughter/son baby-sits, hobbies,