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Nowland Estates Subdivision
Latest News from the board...
THE CURRENT BOARD IS RETIRING AS OF THE END OF 2023
RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VOLUNTEER FOR ALL BOARD POSITIONS
BOARD POSITIONS NEEDED:
PUMPS & PONDS,
PLEASE CONTACT US BY EMAIL TO LET US KNOW
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!!!
The concrete road replacement project is ALMOST finished! A few details remain. Seals, edge repairs, clean-up.
The Palmer pump station is out of service and currently being assessed for needed repairs.
There is an important message from Canton regarding permits and the association's covenants & restrictions. See the ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CANTON TOWNSHIP below.
Yard waste will be picked up on Saturdays until further notice from the township. See the Canton Township Government Facebook page or the Canton website for more details.
The current board encourages any volunteers for future board positions to attend the board meetings.
Board of Directors Meetings
All residents are welcome!
Canton Township Building - Room B
Wednesday, March 8th; 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, April 5th; 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, May 3rd; 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, June 7th; 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, September 6th; 6:30-8 pm
Special Assessment Meeting
Canton Township Building - Freedom
Tuesday, May 23rd; 7-8 pm
Annual Association Meeting
All residents are welcome!
Canton Township Building - Room B
Wednesday, November 15th; 6:30-8 pm
Sub-Wide Garage Sale
June 1, 2, and 3 2023
Neighborhood Block Party
TBD for 2023
There are several board positions open and several other board members are retiring at the end of 2023. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to be on the board or wants to serve on a committee, please attend a meeting or Contact Us.
Immediate Openings: President, Pump & Ponds
Open at end of 2023: Landscaping, Treasurer, Secretary, Web Master
FROM CANTON TOWNSHIP
Regarding Building and Inspection Permits
and Association Covenants and Restrictions
Last year, Canton made changes to its residential permitting process and no longer requires HOA approval prior to issuing any permits from our Building and Inspections Services Division. Although Canton adheres to property ordinances adopted by the governing body of the township, they do not override covenants and restrictions established by each HOA.
Canton has over 230 HOAs, and each have their own covenants and restrictions that require specific regulations for things like solar panel placement, swimming pools, fences, and other exterior modifications/enhancement. It is important that residents first check with their HOA to make sure a project meets all subdivision requirements. Unfortunately, Canton cannot issue permit refunds for permits reviewed, issued, and then cancelled due to violations of HOA requirements.
Attached is a letter we are asking you to share with your HOA members that explain this process change. If you have any questions please call out Building and Inspection Services Division at 394-5200 or email us at email@example.com.
Link to the Letter from Canton Township
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Special Assessment Meeting: May 23, 2023, 7-8 pm
Township Administration Building
Meeting Room Freedom
In order to continue operations for 2023, and complete several urgent maintenance activities, the board is asking the members to approve a special assessment.
Letters were mailed last week.
Those letters explain the reasons behind the need for the special assessment. There is a proxy form that is to be used to vote on the special assessment if you are unable to attend the special assessment meeting. There is also a spreadsheet showing the planned expenditures and the estimated amounts. Please read the letters carefully and follow the instructions on the proxy.
There is also a letter asking for more residents to become involved in the association activities by becoming a board member.
If you have any questions you can attend the meeting on May 3rd or send questions to the subdivision email account Contact Us
Below are copies of the information mailed to you.
ATTENTION: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
In order to continue operations for 2023, and complete several urgent maintenance activities, the board will be asking the members for a special assessment.
We will not be able to mow, water, and fertilize the commons areas, complete spring & fall cleanups, plow the snow, or service the pumps for the remainder of 2023.
The reasons for this are that the detention ponds and pump stations at Palmer and Valentine Court needed significant repairs at the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. The repairs are still not finished. Also, the board purchased a gas powered pump. It is available for anyone who wishes to volunteer their services to use the pump to lower the water level in the pond and storm water collection system.
These expenditures have nearly depleted our budget for 2023.
Further, the board has been advised to complete several maintenance activities in the ponds and pump stations as soon as possible. These will be expensive.
Further, the February ice and snow storms brought down several trees on the berms and in the ponds. These need to be cut and removed; but, there are no funds available. The board is planning on putting funds in the special assessment for this.
Finally, there are several other maintenance activities that need to be done in the near, not too distant, future. At the subdivision's current annual assessment and the continuous rising price of service for the ponds, pumps, and landscaping, there has been no opportunity to fund these maintenance activities. These may need to wait; but, there needs to be planning on how those will be funded in the future.
More information will be available soon.
Also, look for a Special Assessment letter in your mailbox.
From Canton FOCUS, October 2022
Canton is asking residents to help clear residential storm drains that are covered in leaves and/or debris. When the drain is blocked, water can’t flow properly and flooding may result. Additionally, piles of leaves create poisonous gas when they build up in the underground catch basins. This gas causes oxygen levels to fluctuate to dangerously low levels in creeks and streams where fish and other wildlife live. Unclogging storm drains is quick and easy! Simply sweep, rake or shovel away leaves covering the grate and pile them away from the drain so they do not blow back in again.
Streets will be plowed after a snowfall event of 2" or more. Plowing should be finished within 48 hours AFTER the snow stops falling.
Please remove your cars from the street during snow events. Moving your car allows the contractor to clear the roads safely, efficiently and completely.
Please shovel you sidewalk in a timely manner.
Edited from: Canton FOCUS, December 2021, "Snow removal reminder".
"The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds property owners that depositing snow and ice in public roadways is prohibited. Snow, ice or slush pushed onto the roadway creates a safety hazard, as well as crates inefficiencies for...snow removal operations which results in increased costs to the public for winter maintenance services."