Congratulations to the winners of this year's Great Yards Contest! These are the 5 front yards that really stood out to our judge -- the addresses are 2655 Winter Park, 885 Timberline, 754 Timberline, 579 Sunlight and 2765 Steamboat Springs. Photos of the winning yards are below.
Thank you to our winners, and to all the residents that put in time and effort to keep Shadow Woods looking beautiful. Also, our thanks to our volunteer judge -- Rochester's own Tom Rourke of Real Living-Kee Realty.
Our winners each receive a gift card to Home Depot.
Storm Drains Could Be a Costly Item - You Can Help
Our Subdivision Association is financially responsible for the maintenance of over 31,000 feet of pipe, as well as 118 drains, in the storm drain system running through residents' yards. If you have one of these drains in your yard, you have an important role in maintaining the health of the system and reducing repair cost to the Association.
Drains must be kept clear of debris to allow the unobstructed flow of rainwater into the drain. Keep the surrounding ground even with the base of the drain. Do not blow, sweep, hose or rake leaves or any other debris into a storm drain. This matter accumulates and the build-up will eventually block the pipe, leading to expensive repairs.
In addition, remember that any oil, fertilizer, pesticides or other toxic pollutants, flow through the storm drain system and end up in our waterways, potentially harming native plants and wildlife.
If each of us takes responsibility and does our part, we help hold down costs and keep Shadow Woods a terrific place to live!
Move your drain back from the curb!
Many homes have downspouts and/or sump pumps discharging immediately behind the back of curb. One of the major threats to subdivision streets is this excessive water discharging from roof conductors and/or sumps. Remember that downspouts and/or sump pump outlets must be discharged at a minimum of 25 feet from back of curb to allow for the drainage to soak into the ground.
Newer residents may not be aware that our neighborhood was plagued with crumbling, deteriorated streets for several years before the City of Rochester Hills came up with the funding to rebuild them in 2005. Let's preserve this major investment and do our part to help out by relocating our discharge points to a minimum of 25 feet from the back of curb.
Thank you for you cooperation and understanding. Residents with specific questions can contact Tim Pollizzi, Storm Water Technician, at the City of Rochester Hills, (248) 656-4640.
Got Hazardous Trash?
North Oakland County's NOHAZ can help with paint, oil and other hazardous waste disposal, check them out here: NoHaz.com
If you see someone regularly speeding through our neighborhood, you can pass that information on to law enforcement. Link here to download a Request for Action form from the Oakland County Sheriff. The page also includes more forms of possible interest, such as Request for House Check, Special Neets Alert, Business Emergency Contact Information and more.