These meetings take place to inform, as well as work as a public forum for complaints, concerns, suggestions and a way to volunteer and get involved. We cannot work as a community if no one comes to the meetings. This is an avenue for the resident to help the board and have it documented. Documentation is something that helps with budgets, lists and much needed reflection on different perspectives. Thank you and hope to see you there.

To all of you that that took time out of your day to come vote and stay for the meeting and share thoughts or concerns or visions as well as take the opportunity to interact with Sheriff Goodnough, Thank you. This was a very nice meeting and truly appreciated the feedback and interaction.

We are happy to announce our newest board members, Tess Cini and Sandra Parker. Welcome ladies

To ever make a formal complaint, please email detroitbeach@sbcglobal.net. We cannot address things if we don’t know. Thank you have a wonderful day

President- Nicole Fitzgerald                    Trustee- Tony Spear 

V.P- Victoria Wilcox                                   Trustee- Fred. Boogren 

Treasurer- Frank Kren     

Secretary- Nancy Mouradjian        

 

President Report and Office

Hello  wonderful residents. This is just a little update about the hustle and bustle that has been going on through the month of June. 

 

Vets with nets was a wonderful success. Thank you to all that volunteered and to the residents that put out flags to make the Vets feel more special.

 

 Our spring garage sale days went well. I have noticed some lemonade stands popping up in the neighborhood. If you see these young entrepreneurs selling lemonade or anything in their front yards, stop in and show some support.

 

The office has collected many new resident updates, so if you have a new neighbor take a moment and introduce yourself and welcome them to the neighborhood. If there are new residents that are reading this, welcome. Other things that have occured within the office are: taking more pavilion rentals and some HOA/assessment payments, paying bills, organizing quickbooks, working on organizing the filing system and the office as a whole. 

 

Treasurer

The treasure has worked hard at making an actual budget for the association. The budget began as a working budget last August and has evolved into a pretty accurate depiction of what goes out in bills and what is available for spending for maintenance, beautification and the little extras such as Halloween, Christmas and Easter. Our treasurer as well as myself have been working on making our Quickbooks system more accurate. A treasurer position can be a tedious task; so if you happen to see our treasurer, Frank Kren, thank him for donating his time. 

 

Grounds & Maintenance 

Grounds have been very busy as well. Tony works with the JAWs program (community service) doing work throughout the neighborhood. They have repaired guardrails, taken out bushes, cleaned up many areas throughout the association, emptied garbage cans, done mulch in the parks, helped the beautification committee and so much more. This too is a taxing and time consuming job, so next time you see Tony and the crew out working, say thank you for donating time. 

 

Beautification 

Beautification and grounds worked together to revitalize the Detroit Beach Association sign at Grand Blvd and North Dixie. The rocks were taken out and relocated. Ground greenery, flowers and decorative evergreen trees were planted and red mulch was put around the sign. Thank you to Tony, Frank, Deb, and the gentlemen from the JAWs program. 

 

Mark Your Calendar 

July 16 annual meeting voting 1-2:30, meeting promptly following.

 

HOA dues/Assessment bills negin going out first week of September and DUE by November 1st

 

Fall Garage Sale Days will be September 8, 9, 10 and 11th

 

Law & Order 

Law and order has dealt with a lot of complaints with blight. The blight inspector is currently working on that. This is a neighborhood not a dragstrip, so please slow down. If you have “the need, the need for speed”, Milan and Norwalk Drag strip would love to see you.

 

We have had many street signs and the breaker walls plastered with graffiti. Thank you to Tony for swapping out the scathed signs and thank you to a long-time resident for keeping our breaker wall clean.There was a tether ball put out in Bear park and then it was pulled off and destroyed. There was also a mini tree planted in the old tree stump so that the local kids could create a small fairy garden and that too was ripped out of the soil and tossed. The little tree was located, and we did try to replant, but it was just too damaged to survive.  There is a camera in the pavilion but both incidents took place just outside of the camera perimeters.  There will be other cameras put up to capture any future incidents, hopefully there won’t be any, but if there are any other incidents, the footage will just be turned over to the authorities. This may seem drastic but we are not police and this is just some of the damage that occurs and damage financially adds up. 

 

HOA DUES/Assessments 

We will be sending out new HOA/assessment bills starting the first week in September, So, watch those email boxes and mailboxes for your bills beginning September. If you have not paid last year HOA dues/ assessments please reach out to us by calling the office (734) 289-4354, TEXT ONLY (734) 393-2765, email detroitbeach@sbcglobal.net or through Facebook messenger.

 

All of our Detroit Beach Officers and Board members love freely volunteering our time to make this association everything that it can be. 

 

To those of you that walk your dogs without a leash, please, your fur baby must be on a max 6ft leash. I understand that there are doggos that are trained, but the leash is for you and your fur baby safety, as well as others around. You cannot predict what another animal will do. Thank you and have a good day.

Detroit Beach Association

Meeting Minutes

April 27, 2022

 

President- Nicole Fitzgerald(Present)                Trustee- Tony Spear (Present) 

V.P- Victoria Wilcox (Present)                              Trustee- Fred. Boogren (Present) 

Treasurer- Frank Kren    (Present)

Secretary- Nancy Mouradjian (Present)       

 

Previous Meeting Minutes-  The March meeting minutes were approved. Motion was made for approval by Frank seconded by Victoria. Minutes were accepted by the board in whole. 

 

The March meeting minutes addressed plans and events for/in the community such as safety, beautification, repairs, garage sales and budgets. 

 

Presidents Report

We are sad to announce that Nick, our previous V.P. resigned. We wish him well and want him to know that he will be missed

 

Please welcome Victoria Wilcox, a longtime resident, as the New V.P.  Although she has been on the board in the past, then left and came back last year, we are super excited for the knowledge that she will continue to bring to the table. 

 

Now that committees have been organized, things will have a more organized direction for completion. If you want to volunteer, you must contact us first so that we can direct you to the specific task that is currently being handled. We will get more accomplished by starting on one area, completing it, and then moving on to the next task. This way we can keep on task, not get overwhelmed and stay on budget.

 

Frenchtown Firefighters had their annual Mothers Day flower sale on May 7th. This is a good cause and usually is quite successful. June 11th is vets with nets and I know many vets are looking forward to this fun and fruitful event. 

 

Garage Sale days are: Thursday, June 2nd; Friday, June 3rd; Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th.

 

A majority of late payments continue to come in. If you haven’t paid there is still time to get the HOA dues paid. Paying your due gives you access to the parks/ common areas, pavilion rental and events. Unpaid HOA dues is forfeiture of the privilege to utilize the common areas. The HOA dues are what maintain lawn care, snowplow, building repairs (including pavilions), equipment repair, repaving of parking lots and play areas, mulch for play areas and more.

 

Committee Reports 

Financial/Treasurer Report (Frank)

Frank’s working budget is becoming more accurate as Frank enters the detailed incoming and outgoing of association money that occurs on a regular basis. Creating a factual budget is a work in progress since there was never a budget before. We have a positive budget that is going to allow us to get mulch and maybe start replacing benches and/or picnic tables for Bear Park. The actual budget will go from a working to a functional budget by the annual meeting in July. Frank continues to monitor our bills and works to get the most affordable pricing; doing this allows savings that can be placed back into the community.

 

Building, Maintenance and Grounds

Tony will measure out what is needed for mulch for the play areas and then have it ordered. Red buds will be donated by Stan Pondell and planted in the park areas at the front of the neighborhood where the Detroit Beach sign is. Brighter solar lights will be put out by the Detroit Beach sign. Tony got in contact with the JAWS program and they will begin assisting with work projects throughout the neighborhood in May.We may be needing volunteers to assist with the committee. Reach out to the us for more information through Facebook messenger, Text only# (734) 393-2765, email detroitbeach@sbcglobal.net or leave a message on our office phone (734) 289-4354

 

Law and Order Committee

There have been multiple complaints of ATV’s and tiny mini bikes on the roads and, on the roads, driving recklessly. The sheriff was contacted. Please, there are NO ATV’s or mini bikes permitted on the roads. Just because you haven’t been caught does not mean that it is permitted. 

 

Also, there are no motorized vehicles in any of the parks, except Detroit Beach Association equipment. There are signs posted and have been for many years, just because it was not enforced in the past does not mean it is permitted. If you are in the park with a golf cart or other motorized vehicle it puts you at risk of losing your privileges to utilize all parks and common ground for a year from the date of offense.

 

Parking in the park’s parking areas is for the parks and for the OCCASIONAL overflow of guests you may have at your home, not an extension to your driveway. If a busy event is the case at your home, please contact us and let us know so that we can get your guests temporary guest passes that have to be returned to the office in the dropbox or in person if someone is available. If you are at a park to visit the park, please make sure that you have your pass in the window so that you do not get your vehicle towed or ticketed.

 

There was a peeping tom issue. The sheriff’s department was called. No other complaints have occurred in regards to this.

 

There have been many complaints of blight. Let’s clean it up, we all want to live in a nice and neat neighborhood. If you need help, reach out, many have and have received assistance from the wonderful residents. It is easier to ask for help than to pay a blight fine.

 

Please, keep a vigilant eye on your surroundings. Call the non-emergency, (734) 243-7070, number for the police to look into suspicious activity, this phone number will get a car out asap according to Sheriff Goodnough. The tellthesheriff@monroemi.org  is still functioning for things that do not require immediate assistance. This will help keep our neighborhood safe and looking nice and it’s almost like a type of neighborhood watch.

 

Beautification and Event Committee

Frank and Victoria. Frank and Victoria will be creating some ideas for Beautification for the neighborhood .If you are interested in being a part of the beautification committee reach out to the us for more information through Facebook messenger, Text only# (734) 393-2765, email detroitbeach@sbcglobal.net or leave a message on our office phone (734) 289-4354

 

Ongoing Business

Frank, treasurer, is currently working on a digital platform for HOA invoicing and taking payments for the convenience of our residents. The more resident emails that we can get the easier it will be for the treasure to get this system up and running for the residents. So if you are interested in receiving you HOA bill electronically feel free to contact us through Facebook messenger, Text only# (734) 393-2765, email detroitbeach@sbcglobal.net or leave a message on our office phone (734) 289-4354.

 

Again, Garage sale days will be held June 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2022. This falls on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We hope that everyone is getting their goodies ready to sell.1

 

Vets with Nets is June 11th. Everyone, especially those that live on Grand Blvd, please put out your flags to show support for our vets.

 

Bear Park is the focus of our access funds from the budget. The park will receive more mulch to comply with insurance and safety guidelines first. This will consume a majority of the access monies. Hopefully, we will be able to get some new benches and picnic tables for the park. Old tables will be revitalized, if possible, and put at other parks. No other areas will undergo much until Bear Park is complete. We cannot spread ourselves thin financially, physically or mentally. There are a few people taking on massive amounts of work.  Thank you to all that have and are helping, it is appreciated.

 

The areas in the By-laws that were not congruent with the Articles of Incorporation or Michigan State law as well as the areas that need to be clarified are just about finished so that board members can proofread. Once they are proof read, we will have them approved by the attorney. It is also suggested by attorneys that By-laws are updated, even if there is no change to them, every 5 years and that is something that we will implement into the office and Board procedure. 

The board continues to improve their functionality to better suit the needs of our residents.

 

Just a friendly reminder, if there are any complaints that need to be addressed about any board member, please email detroitbeach@sbcglobal.net. The email must include the complaint against who, as well as the details, there also need to be a date, time and your name and phone number. This is for legality and official purpose. No phone calls can be accepted for this type of complaint. Hearsay and personal vendettas are not applicable because of easily disputed legality. Not liking someone or having a disagreement is not a viable complaint, it is subjective and will not be accepted for legal purposes

 

New Business

Motion made for $7,500 for mulch for Bear and Bronson Parks, motion accepted and seconded for the purchase. Mulch will be ordered for Bear Park. Trees being planted throughout acceptable weather in the front of the neighborhood and The Park on Edgewater at 11th, 10th, 9th, and Lakeview. 

 

Two homes, on 2nd and 5th, are scheduled for demolition in May.

 

Possible neighborhood garden for one of the small parks in the neighborhood

 

We will be having a facebook Poll to name the parks without a name .

 

Need a sign for Bronson Park. Maybe a resident would like to donate or make one.

 

Public Participation

none  

Adjournment

Motion made by Nicole, accepted by Frank and seconded by Victoria. All in favor. Meeting concluded at 8pm