Barton Hills Village, Michigan

The Barton Bulletin

     Following are excerpts from the Barton Bulletin, the  
     newsletter of Barton Hills Village.  For additional
     information or to inquire about attachments.
   contact the Clerk's Office at 734-222-5209
or bhvclerk@comcast.net


  May 2018 VOL. LXIV  No. 4


NOW IS THE TIME…..

TO CONSERVE WATER. With the recent 4” rainfall, your sprinklers should not be running! Set your system according to the weather rather than the calendar. Adding a moisture sensor to your system will also help in giving your lawn the 1-1/2” of waterper week needed to grow healthy roots and discourage disease.

TO PULL GARLIC MUSTARD. The tall green stems with white flowers are at their prime and need to be pulled before the seeds are scattered. Containment is the realisticgoal, so start with small patches or single plants and  work towards larger stands. Check out the very helpful video at https://vimeo.com/2855779.

TO HAVE YOUR SEPTIC TANKS PUMPED. Contact Jan Esch at the Village office when you’ve made an appointment with a pumper so a BHV crew member can come at the same time to fill out paperwork. Jan can also tell you when your last pumping was according to BHV records.

TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS. BHV residents will be voting on a proposed charter amendment at the August 7, 2018 primary election and for four seats on the BHV Board of Trustees at the November 6, 2018 general election. More information will be distributed soon. The deadline for filing to run for the Board is July 24.

TO WATCH YOUR SPEED. Now more than ever BHV roadways are likely to be used by pedestrians, cyclists, lawn service vehicles, dog walkers and animals. Drive safely.

OTHER GOOD THINGS

KNOX BOXES The Ann Arbor Township Fire Department utilizes the Knox Box system in an effort to reduce property damage, and to be proactive in their approach to quickly and efficiently accessing locked residences/businesses. Property owners store entrance keys, access cards, and other valuable information in a high-security Knox-Box which is mounted near building entrances. In case of fire or medical emergency, AATFD personnel can access the information and gain immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. The Ann Arbor Township Fire Department is the only entity that has access to the “master” key necessary to open all of the Knox Boxes located in their response area.  Each Knox-Box is purchased and mounted by the property owner.  For additional information, go to https://www.knoxbox.com To purchase a Knox Box, contact Lt. Aaron Blackford, or Fire Chief Mark Nicholai at 734-741-5900.

BURN PERMITS Fires in BHV are governed by the Ann Arbor Township ordinance. Other than patio fire pits/BBQ stoves, contact Ann Arbor Township Fire Department (734-741-5900) before burning anything. Professionals doing controlled burns also need an AATFD permit.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE The BHV crew will pick up home toxics (paint, oil, fertilizer, pesticides, etc.) left in the blue HHW recycling bins on regular trash collection days. (If you can’t find your blue bin, contact Jan at the Village office.) Residents can also take these items to the Washtenaw County collection center at 705 N. Zeeb Road this Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9 AM – noon, or on the first three Saturdays of each month , April through November, 9 AM – noon. No appointment needed. Call 734-222-3810 for County information.

BHMC NEWS The BHMC 2018-19 budget was approved by shareholder vote (29/2). Work continues on the waterfront project, including cooperative arrangements with Barton Boat Club for boat storage/dock space, and on-going shoreline landscape management where wildflowers are peeking out. Comments/questions can be directed to the BHMC President or any BHMC Director.

ZONING REMINDER For any exterior changes or new structures a BHV zoning compliance certificate is required. Contact Jan at the Village office who is glad to answer questions about projects and zoning ordinance provisions.

GREEN IS GREAT! After the long winter it is wonderful to see beauty popping up all over the Village. Enjoy the spring and thank you for taking good care of this special place we call home J




April 2018 VOL. LXIV  No. 3

WATER CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT The attached annual report for calendar year 2017 is published in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and summarizes the status of the BHV water system during the last calendar year. Please read it carefully and contact the numbers given for questions or concerns

LAWN DEBRIS
--BHV staff will pick up brush and sticks gathered by homeowners for disposal. Lawn service providers are expected to haul away their clean-up debris.
--Separate out sticks/brush that can be chipped from leaves and other debris. Place piles near the driveway or road where the staff can see and collect them as their work schedule allows.

COAL TAR SEALANT BAN
--Use of driveway sealants that contain higher amounts of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) is prohibited in Ann Arbor Township, which includes BHV. Scientific studies have demonstrated a relationship between the use of these products and certain health and environmental concerns, including increased cancer risk and impaired water quality.
--There are several alternatives with significantly lower or no PAH content, including asphalt-based seal coat which is readily available at similar cost. Asphalt-based sealers and crack fillers carry the label: C.A.S. 8052-42-4. The product label also should state Asbestos Free.
--Commercial operators contracted by a homeowner should confirm their compliance with the annual registration process required by Ann Arbor Township.

TICKS/LYME DISEASE Ticks that carry Lyme disease are present in increasing numbers in Washtenaw County. See below for information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on actions to take to reduce the risks of disease caused by tick bites.

GARLIC MUSTARD Garlic mustard is an aggressive invasive herb that crowds out native plant species in and near forested areas. Early spring is the ideal time to look for and pull out garlic mustard before it goes to seed. Put the pulled plants near the road for pick up/proper disposal by BHV staff. For a very informative video featuring local experts and former BHV resident Fred Clark (author of the BHV Forestry Study) visit https://vimeo.com/2855779.

Tick season is here: Take appropriate precautionary measures

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches.  Tick-borne diseases, and particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the State.

Although ticks can cause multiple illnesses, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Michigan.  Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick. 

The blacklegged tick is becoming more established in Michigan, with 17 cases of Lyme disease confirmed in Washtenaw County in 2016 and an additional 10 cases in 2017. Six of those cases were likely exposed within the county. People can protect themselves against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases by using the following tips to prevent tick bites:

1. Avoid tick-infested areas. 
--Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.
--Protect your pets too! Dogs and cats can come into contact with ticks outdoors and bring them into the home, so using tick prevention products on pets is also recommended.

2. Use insect repellent. 
--Apply repellent containing DEET (20-30 percent) or Picaridin on exposed skin.
--Treat clothes (especially pants, socks, and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact, or buy clothes that are pre-treated. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
--Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying any repellents.

3. Perform daily tick checks. 
--Always check for ticks on yourself and your animals after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
--Inspect all body surfaces carefully, and remove attached ticks with tweezers.
--How to remove a tick: Grasp the tick firmly and as closely to the skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic.

4. Bathe or shower. 
--Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
--Washing clothing in hot water, and drying on high heat will kill ticks in clothing, and help to prevent ticks from coming indoors.

Monitor your health and if you experience fever, rash, muscle or joint aches, or other symptoms, consult with your medical provider. More information is available at bit.ly/countytick18 (Washtenaw County) or michigan.gov/lyme.







March 2018 VOL. LXIV  No. 2

ANNUAL MEETINGS

The following meetings will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 beginning at 6:00 PM at Walter Esch Hall, 199 Barton Shore Drive

Barton Hills Village Annual Meeting The agenda includes:
--Public Budget Hearing. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 will be the subject of this hearing.

--Annual Committee Reports. The reports are attached to this Barton Bulletin.
--Public Comment and other regular business.


Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Annual Meeting
The agenda includes:

--President’s Annual Report
--Proposed annual budget for fiscal year 2018-19
--Public comment and other regular business

BHV EMERGENCY CONTACTS Please note the following information about BHV emergency contact numbers.

--The phone number 734-663-1284 (Walter Esch’s previous home phone number) is no longer a BHV number. Please remove it from your phones, contact lists, alarm companies, etc.

--After-hours contact information is listed on the message of the BHV office phone (734-222-5209). If you need to contact BHV staff on Friday-Sunday, please use the alternate numbers rather than leaving a message. Office messages/email are check sporadically during off hours.

--In case of emergency, always call 911 first.



February 2018 VOL. LXIV  No. 1


ANNUAL MEETINGS

The following meetings will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018

beginning at 6:00 PM. at Walter Esch Hall

Zoning Board of Appeals

Barton Hills Village Annual Meeting including Public Budget Hearing.

Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Annual Meeting

Additional information about these meetings will be distributed soon.


25 MPH SPEED LIMIT
BHV is asking for help from our community to limit the speed of motor vehicles on our roads. Please remind visitors, friends and hired help and lead by example in keeping speeds at or below 25 MPH. BHV will be posting a few more speed limit signs in areas of need, and requesting similar help from Barton Hills Country Club as well as those entering on Village business. We need to work together to keep our roads safe. Thank you!


CORRUGATED CARDBOARD RECYCLING
Did you know…?
--BHV bales and sells corrugated cardboard to keep it out of the landfill.
--BHV pays Recycle Ann Arbor to empty the big green recycling bin every 3-4 weeks.
--Even though the green recycling bin sign says corrugated cardboard is accepted, we don’t want you to put corrugated cardboard in the green bin.
--Instead of putting corrugated cardboard in the green bin, you can leave it just inside the salt storage building (out of the rain).
--You can also put corrugated cardboard out next to your trash on regular trash collection days to be picked up by the BHV staff.

Questions: Call Supt. Jeff Hnatow at 368-7896 or Asst. Supt. Dave Esch at 368-7884.  Thanks for helping BHV to recycle effectively and save money.


ZONING REMINDER
Project Review is required for all new construction, exterior alteration of existing structures, and landscape projects in Barton Hills Village. This includes:

--fences and retaining walls greater than 18” high
--accessory buildings (garage, garden shed, gazebo, etc)
--excavation other than common household gardening/ground care
--playground equipment, stairways/patio enclosures, outdoor swimming/landscape pools
--exterior lighting, generators/AC equipment
--parking areas, solar/wind energy structures, satellite antennas

Routine maintenance and repairs do not require review unless there will be a change in materials or structure. Significant changes in approved plans require a secondary review.
Only exterior construction requires review; no BHV review for interior work although permits/review may be required from the Building Inspector at Ann Arbor Township.

No construction or cutting of trees for a construction project may commence until all approvals are completed.

Please ask! You’d rather hear “you don’t need approval for that :) than “you needed to have that approved”  :(   Contact Jan Esch for questions or to begin the process for any project.


SEPTIC REMINDER
Please contact the BHV Clerk’s Office when making an appointment for septic pumping so a staff member can come at the same time to fill out necessary paperwork. BHV Code Chapter 8 requires pumping at least every 4 years or more often as needed.


PLANNING COMMISSION 2018 MEETING DATES
Regular meetings of the BHV Planning Commission have been set for March 6, June 5, September 11 and December 4, 2018.


ANN ARBOR CITY CONTROLLED BURNS
The City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation may be performing controlled ecological burns on city property between February 22 and May 25, 2018. Potential Spring 2018 burn locations (which may include Bandemer and/or Barton Parks) are listed at www.a2gov.org/NAPBurn, or phone 734-794-6627 for more information.



December 2017 II  VOL. LXIII  No. 9

 

WINTER HAS ARRIVED! Here’s the scoop on snow plowing. Plowing with two trucks and available crew takes at least 8 hours to clear a 3-4” snow and 12 or more hours for a heavier snow. The roads are the first priority and will be cleared as much as possible during the snowfall. Achieving totally clear pavement throughout the village may take a number of days. Hills, curves and intersections are given the most attention. Thank you for your patience. Drive safely. (Contact the Clerk’s office for additional information.)

HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION Regular trash collection will occur on Monday December 18. The next collection day will be Tuesday January 2, 2018 due to the Monday New Year’s Day holiday. Regular schedule of first, third and fifth Mondays will resume on January 15, 2018.

BE SEEN! With the shorter, darker days of winter upon us, pedestrians, dog walkers, joggers and bikers are reminded to wear bright/reflective clothing and use bright flashlights and headlights to announce their presence on the roadways. People dressed in dark clothing are virtually invisible, especially as a vehicle rounds a corner or tops a hill.

BE SAFE! The speed limit is 25 mph on all BHV roads. Residents are reminded to keep their speed down and be prepared for school buses, delivery vehicles, wildlife and other surprises in the road as well as inclement weather. Visitors to the village need to see that the speed limit is for real and that residents are dedicated to protecting everyone’s safety.

IN SYMPATHY Deepest sympathy to the families of Frances Quarton and Jean Smith, both long-time BHV residents who passed away recently.

HALLOWEEN A bumper crop of over 60 children and adults enjoyed the Halloween pizza party at Walter Esch Hall before boarding either Dollie the Trolley or Holly the Trolley for the Trick or Treating ride. Ann Arbor Township Fire Department members were on hand in the parking lot with the big fire truck to begin the candy distribution. Many thanks to Sonnet Meek for coordinating the ride sign up and stops lists, to the residents who participated with Trolley stops, and to the BHV Recreation Committee for their efforts in providing this most successful Halloween event.

BHV BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Barton Hills Village Board of Trustees has set their 2018 regular meeting dates (second Monday of each month): January 8, February 12, March 12 (Annual Meeting), April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 (Election November 6), December 10. All meetings begin at 6:00 PM at Walter Esch Hall.

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS Walter Esch Hall (Clerk’s and Treasurer’s offices) will be closed from Friday December 22, 2017 through Tuesday January 2, 2018. Regular office hours (8:30-11:30 AM Monday-Thursday) will resume on Wednesday January 3, 2018. If you have an urgent need please call the office number (734-222-5209) and follow the after-hours instructions. Email and office phone messages will be checked sporadically over the holidays. Best wishes for a very happy holiday season from all the BHV staff




October 2017 II  VOL. LXIII  No. 8

HALLOWEEN Dollie the Trolley is coming! Please see the attached flyer for all the details of the Halloween event being held on Tuesday October 31, 2017. Sign-up for both riders and stops is first come first served so please make your response as indicated on the flyer soon.

FALL PICNIC The 57 adults and 11 children who attended the BHV Fall Picnic on Sunday September 24, 2017 enjoyed blue skies and unseasonably warm temperatures as they met new neighbors, caught up with old friends and savored delicious food. Many thanks to the Recreation Committee and the BHV Staff for their help in providing a successful and fun event. There were some dishes left after the picnic. If you are missing a large, clear plastic bowl with a red lid or a medium blue china plate, contact Jan.

BHMC NEWS Out of a potential 132 votes, 100 votes were cast (98 full ballots, 4 half ballots; 72% turnout) in the September 27, 2017 Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation election. Nine candidates for the five open seats received these votes:
Jeff David—90 Greg Curtner--79.5 Daniel Nicoli—66   Bob Frank--61.5
Chris Lovasz--56.5 Greg Saldana--34.5     Bruce Thelen--28.5 John MacKrell—25 Daniel Keating--14.5

Incumbents Jeff David and Greg Curtner, along with new Directors Daniel Nicoli, Bob Frank and Chris Lovasz join Nancy Bishop, Barbara Hensinger, Melvin McInnis and Zakhour Youssef on the BHMC Board of Directors.  Thank you to all who participated in the BHMC election. The Board will meet on October 18, 2107 at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.

BHMC has also been improving the shoreline area (behind the chain link fence) for resident boater use. ID decals for the boats are now available. Spaces on the new boat racks are going quickly so contact Sharon Popp (761-8570; sharon.popp@gmail.com) or Jan Esch (222-5209; bhvclerk@comcast.net) if you want to keep your small watercraft in the BHMC shoreline area.


MISSING KITTY Nellie, a four-year old female domestic shorthair black cat has been missing from the Oakdale/Colliston area since September 10. She weighs about 10 pounds, is chipped and spayed and is very affectionate. Owner’s phone: 734-827-0734 or 734-646-9898.

WATER RATE ORDINANCE At their September 11, 2017 meeting the BHV Board of Trustees adopted Ordinance No. 54 to amend the Barton Hills Village Code Chapter 9 (raise water rates; annual billing). Full text of the ordinance is available from the BHV Clerk’s office.

2018 CALENDARS The Huron River Watershed 2018 Community Calendar is being delivered to every BHV resident. Along with beautiful and striking photos taken along the Huron River (including the Barton Hills area), the calendar includes plenty of ideas to help you be “An H2O Hero”—someone who knows that small actions make a big impact in protecting the precious natural resources of our community.

Did you know that the same infrastructure we depend on to keep roads and basements from flooding also directs stormwater directly into local streams which flow into the Huron River and ultimately to Lake Erie? Stormwater (rain, melting snow, sprinkler run off, etc.) flows across hard surfaces such as roads, driveways and rooftops carrying with it dirt, motor oil, auto fluids, pesticides, fertilizer, bacteria from pet waste and other pollutants. Fortunately there are simple daily actions everyone can take to help prevent this water pollution.

The Huron River Watershed 2018 Community Calendar includes tips on everything from mulching, choosing fertilizers and properly disposing of pet waste to rain gardens, the benefits of native plants and capturing runoff with trees. There are also numerous volunteer opportunities and resources available through the Huron River Watershed Council.

Along with many neighboring municipalities and organizations, Barton Hills Village is a member of the Huron River Watershed Council and highly values the collective commitment to protect water quality and secure the watershed as a permanent source of clean drinking water, natural beauty and diverse recreational opportunities. Check out the website at hrwc.org.

SEPTIC TANK PUMPING Regular septic tank maintenance for BHV residences is required by BHV Code Chapter 8 to be done every four years, or more frequently if needed. Contact Jan Esch at the Village Hall when tank pumping appointments are set so a BHV staff member can come at the same time to fill out necessary paperwork.

FALL CLEAN UP BHV staff will vacuum up leaves for homeowners who rake their own. Lawn service providers are expected to haul away whatever debris they gather. Please do not bag leaves for pick up, and separate out sticks and brush that clog up the leaf vacuum. Consider mulching (mulched leaves provide nutrients for lawns) and removing leaves from catch basins.




August 2017 II  VOL. LXIII  No. 7

TRASH COLLECTION Trash is picked up on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Since the first Monday of September is the Labor Day holiday, trash will be collected on Tuesday September 5. This will be followed by Monday September 18 on regular schedule.

BHV FALL PICNIC Plan now to attend the BHV Fall Picnic on Sunday September 24! Meet new residents and connect with your neighbors at the Village Green from 4-7 PM. Burgers, hot dogs, brats, buns, condiments, lemonade and paper goods will be provided. Bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs, games, etc. RSVP to Jan by September 13 (734-222-5209, bhvclerk@comcast.net). In case of rain the picnic will be held at the Village Hall.


BHMC NEWS From the Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation:

Special Meeting of the Shareholders Tuesday September 19, 2017 6:00 PM Village Hall
Topic: Approval of the restated Deed Restrictions
A two-thirds majority of the shareholders is required to approve.
Please attend to vote, or submit your proxy so your vote will be included.

► BHMC Election Day Wednesday September 27, 2017. Shareholders who wish to run for office must submit a request in writing by 12:00 noon on Tuesday September 5, 2017.
There are five seats to be filled on the nine-member Board of Directors (four-year terms).

For more information contact BHMC Asst. Secretary Jan Esch or any BHMC Director.


PROPOSED ORDINANCE: WATER At recent meetings the Board of Trustees has spent considerable time studying the BHV water system, particularly in terms of future improvement and replacement needs. Based on the projected costs of keeping the system in good condition to meet the community’s needs, the Board proposes Ordinance No. 54 to amend the Barton Hills Village Code Chapter 9 (water rates). The text of the ordinance with proposed changes is printed on Page 2 of this Bulletin. Residents may comment on the ordinance by:
--attending to speak in person at the September 11, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting which begins at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall, and/or
--sending written comments to the Trustees in care of the Clerk’s Office by mail (199 Barton
Shore Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105), fax (734-222-9177) or email (bhvclerk@comcast.net).

Proposed Ordinance No. 54

BARTON HILLS VILLAGE ORDAINS THAT TITLE I, CHAPTER 9 OF THE BARTON HILLS VILLAGE CODE BE AMENDED AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.

Title I, Chapter 9, Section 1:92 of the Barton Hills Village Code is amended to read as follows:

1:92 – Water Service Rates

The rates to be charged for water service shall be $0.33 $0.99 per
100 cubic feet with a minimum semi-annual charge of $10.00 $120.00.

SECTION 2.

Title I, Chapter 9, Section 1:95 of the Barton Hills Village Code is amended to read as follows:

1:95 – Billing

Water rates shall be billed to premises at least semi- annually during each
fiscal year. These semi- annual bills shall represent charges for the period immediately preceding the date of the bill. The bills shall be due and payable within 30 days from the date of the billing. All bills not paid when due shall be considered delinquent. Delinquent bills will be subject to a one time penalty of 7% plus 1% interest on the outstanding balance. The 1% interest shall accrue monthly until the balance is paid.

COMING SOON School buses will join the walkers, joggers, bicyclists, kids, slow drivers, pet walkers, lawn service vehicles, people getting their mail, low hanging branches, hidden driveways, speed tables and, of course, deer –all things that may surprise you when you come around that curve or over that rise. Please continue to observe speed limits and be ready for sudden stops as you drive our beautiful, winding roads.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!




August 2017  VOL. LXIII  No. 6

BHV SUPERINTENDENT The Esch family extends its deep appreciation for the community love and support expressed at the passing of Walter L. Esch on July 4, 2017. The Board of Trustees is planning a memorial in honor of Walter who served as Superintendent since 1949. Jeffrey Hnatow was appointed by the Board to the position of Superintendent on July 10. Jeff, his wife Sue and their family live at 215 Barton Shore Drive; Jeff can be reached at 734-368-7896.

TRASH COLLECTION Trash is picked up by the BHV staff on the first, third and fifth Mondays of the month. When a Monday holiday occurs, as it will for Labor Day in September, trash will be collected on the Tuesday immediately following the holiday.

BHV FALL PICNIC Plan now to attend the BHV Fall Picnic on September 24!


June 2017  VOL. LXIII  No. 5

WATER CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT The attached annual report for calendar year 2016 is published in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and summarizes the status of the BHV water system during the last calendar year. Please read it carefully and contact the numbers given for questions or concerns

WATER MAIN PROJECT Installation of the new water main along Barton Shore Drive is on track towards anticipated completion in early July. Thank you for your cooperation in avoiding travel in that area. More frequent flushing of the water system may cause temporary water discoloration but shouldn’t create any significant disturbance. Please contact the Clerk’s Office if you experience any unusual difficulties.

TICKS/LYME DISEASE Information about ticks from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (attached to the last Barton Bulletin No. XLIII No. 4) mentioned the use of the repellant permethrin. A resident responded that this substance can be toxic to cats and dogs, referencing an online site at http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1677&aid=2252.

HOLIDAY NEWS Barton Hills Country Club will be holding their annual member celebration of Independence Day with fireworks on Friday, June 23, 2017. Families with dogs and young children who might be upset by the noise should make appropriate arrangements. Residents are also advised to use extreme caution when setting off any legal fireworks, taking great care to prevent fires, injury or damage.

VACATION SCHEDULE Notice will be posted on the door of the Village Hall when there are variations in office hours due to staff vacations. Contact information is also kept up to date on the Village Hall phone message available any time at 734-222-5209.

Grow A Healthy Lawn

A beautiful, well maintained lawn enhances your property value and provides a place for recreation and relaxation. But you may be making more work of your yard than is necessary. A few simple changes in your lawn care practices can save you time and money, while improving the quality of your lawn and protecting water resources.

MOW HIGH The roots of your lawn grow as deep as the grass grows tall, so taller grass has deeper, healthier roots. Keep your lawn three inches or higher, and never cut off more than 1/3 of the blade each time you mow. Leave the clippings right on your lawn for a natural fertilizer rich in nutrients and organic matter.

WATER SPARINGLY Over-watering can damage plants, stimulate fungus, and leach nutrients out of the soil. Train roots to go down deep into the soil by watering about 1” per week. Deeper roots produce healthier grass that shades out weeds. You’ll also be conserving water resources which is especially important during hot, dry weather.

PUT RAINWATER TO WORK Border your lawn with deep-rooted flowers and shrubs to prevent water runoff. Direct down spouts into garden areas, or install rain barrels to collect rainwater for later use.

LANDSCAPE WITH NATIVE PLANTS Native plants are naturally suited to our weather and soil conditions. They have deep, thirsty roots that help retain water on your site and filter out the pollutants in runoff.  Native plants are drought tolerant, disease resistant, rarely require fertilizers and improve soil conditions.

MULCH GRASS CLIPPINGS AND LEAVES Clippings that are mulched and returned to the lawn all season can contribute up to 25 percent of a lawn’s seasonal fertilizer needs. The additional organic matter in the soil will also help retain moisture.

IF YOU FERTILIZE GO PHOSPHORUS FREE Phosphorus is naturally abundant in our area and when washed into the rivers contributes to excessive aquatic plant growth and nuisance algal blooms. Michigan law prohibits application of phosphorus to residential turf grass. If you use fertilizer, make sure the middle number of the three-number sequence on the package is 0.

Find much more information about healthy lawns, native plants and water resource conservation at the Huron River Watershed Council website: www.hrwc.org.



May 2017  VOL. LXIII  No. 4

SPRING IS HERE! Please note these important items
to help keep our community safe and healthy.


SPEED LIMIT
The speed limit on all BHV roads is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Watch for pedestrians, cyclists, animals, delivery trucks and other surprises on our narrow, winding roads. Pedestrians must walk facing traffic; cyclists ride with traffic; all in single file when traffic is present.


TICKS/LYME DISEASE Ticks that carry Lyme disease are present in increasing numbers in Washtenaw County. See the article below from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on actions to take to reduce the risks of disease caused by tick bites.


COAL TAR SEALANT BAN Ann Arbor Township is adopting an ordinance (applicable in BHV) banning driveway sealants that contain higher amounts of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), referred to as coal tar sealants. See below for more information.


GARLIC MUSTARD Garlic mustard is an aggressive invasive herb that crowds out native plant species in and near forested areas. Early spring is the ideal time to look for and pull out garlic mustard before it goes to seed. Put the pulled plants near the road for pick up/proper disposal by BHV staff. For a very informative video featuring local experts and former BHV resident Fred Clark (author of the BHV Forestry Study) visit https://vimeo.com/2855779.


SEPTIC MAINTENANCE BHV Code Chapter 8 requires septic tank pumping at least every 4 years or more often as needed. Contact Jan at the BHV Clerk’s Office when making an appointment for pumping so a staff member can come at the same time to fill out the necessary paperwork. Jan can also tell you when your system was last pumped.


LAWN DEBRIS BHV staff will pick up brush and sticks gathered by homeowners for disposal. Lawn service providers are expected to haul away their clean-up debris. Separate out sticks/brush that can be chipped from leaves and other debris. Place piles near the driveway or road where the staff can see and collect them as their work schedule allows.


BARTON HILLS MAINTENANCE CORPORATION NEWS

LAST CALL FOR BOATS BHMC will be issuing ID tags for resident boats kept at the North Dock area (behind the chain link fence north of the Boat Club building). Boats that have not been claimed will be disposed of. Contact Jan at the Clerk’s Office to identify your boat.

BHMC BUDGET VOTE Wednesday May 17, 2017 is the deadline for returning your BHMC budget ballot. The approved budget is the basis for BHMC assessments.



COAL TAR SEALANT BAN

Ann Arbor Township is in the final stages of adopting an ordinance to prohibit the use of driveway sealants that contain higher amounts of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Scientific studies have demonstrated a relationship between the use of these products and certain health and environmental concerns, including increased cancer risk and impaired water quality. The City of Ann Arbor, Dexter and Scio Townships already have such ordinances.

While it is a common practice to use sealants with 0.1 or more PAHs by weight –referred to as coal tar-based sealants—many PAH’s have been identified as toxic, carcinogenic and associated with higher risks of birth defects. Children who play on and near these surfaces are more likely to inhale PAHs, and particles also make it into homes on shoes and pets. Studies also have found that 50-75% of all PAHs found in sediments in the Great Lakes region come from coal tar sealcoat.

There are several alternatives with significantly lower or no PAH content, including asphalt-based seal coat which is readily available at similar cost. Asphalt-based sealers and crack fillers carry the label: C.A.S. 8052-42-4. The product label also should state Asbestos Free. More information about adequate alternative sealants is available on the Ann Arbor Township website at www.aatwp.org.

The new ordinance will apply both to commercial operators and homeowners, and will take effect 60 days after adoption. Commercial operators contracted by a homeowner should confirm their compliance with the annual registration process required under the ordinance.

When Barton Hills Village does not have a specific ordinance about a topic and Ann Arbor Township does, the township ordinance applies in BHV. 


MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Tick season is here: Take appropriate precautionary measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Eisner 517-241-2112

May 1, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches.  Tick-borne diseases, and particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the State.

Although ticks can cause multiple illnesses, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Michigan.  Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick. 

The blacklegged tick is well-established in Michigan’s western Upper and Lower Peninsulas.  However, the ticks are expanding into new areas across the Lower Peninsula.  In 2016, there were 221 human cases of Lyme disease reported, and approximately two out of three cases reported exposure in Michigan.

“With the expansion of blacklegged ticks into new areas in Michigan, the most important way to protect against Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites,” said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive of the MDHHS.  “If you find a tick attached to your body, promptly remove it.  Monitor your health and if you experience fever, rash, muscle or joint aches, or other symptoms, consult with your medical provider.”

People can protect themselves against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases by using the following tips to prevent tick bites:

1. Avoid tick-infested areas. 
Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.
Protect your pets too! Dogs and cats can come into contact with ticks outdoors and bring them into the home, so using tick prevention products on pets is also recommended.

2. Use insect repellent. 
Apply repellent containing DEET (20-30 percent) or Picaridin on exposed skin.
Treat clothes (especially pants, socks, and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact or buy clothes that are pre-treated. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying any repellents.

3. Perform daily tick checks. 
Always check for ticks on yourself and your animals after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
Inspect all body surfaces carefully, and remove attached ticks with tweezers.
How to remove a tick: Grasp the tick firmly and as closely to the skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic.

4. Bathe or shower. 
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
Washing clothing in hot water, and drying on high heat will kill ticks in clothing, and help to prevent ticks from coming indoors.

For more information visit www.cdc.gov/lyme, www.michigan.gov/lyme or www.lymedisease.org.



March 2017  VOL. LXIII  No. 3

ANNUAL MEETINGS

The following meetings will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017

beginning at 6:00 PM. at the Village Hall


Barton Hills Village Annual Meeting
The agenda includes:
--Public Budget Hearing. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 will be the subject of this hearing.

--Public Hearing Special Assessment District. The proposed Special Assessment District for road maintenance for roads within Barton Hills Village, including the laying of the levy against each parcel of land in the special assessment district, will be the subject of this hearing.

--Annual Committee Reports. The reports are attached to this Barton Bulletin.

--Public Comment and other regular business.

Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Annual Meeting The agenda includes:

--Waterfront Restoration Project presentation
--Proposed annual budget for fiscal year 2017-18

--restated Articles of Incorporation

--Public comment and other regular business

ROAD MAINTENANCE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT (RMSAD) Notice of the proposed special assessment district for road maintenance was distributed to all owners of property in Barton Hills Village by US mail on February 23, 2017. If you did not receive this information in the mail, contact Deputy Clerk Jan Esch at the Village Hall (734-222-5209 or bhvclerk@comcast.net). Adoption of the RMSAD, including the laying of the levy against each parcel of land in the special assessment district, will be decided at the BHV Annual Meeting on March 13, 2017. All BHV residents are encouraged to attend the meeting which begins at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.

ANNUAL COMMITTEE REPORTS The BHV Board of Trustees has several committees that oversee particular activities. The annual reports of these committees are attached on the following pages of this Bulletin. Contact the Clerk’s Office for this attachment.

ZONING REMINDER Project Review is required for all new construction, exterior alteration of existing structures and landscape projects in Barton Hills Village. This includes:

--fences and retaining walls greater than 18” high
--accessory buildings (garage, garden shed, gazebo, etc)
--excavation other than common household gardening/ground care
--playground equipment, stairways/patio enclosures, outdoor swimming/landscape pools
--exterior lighting, generators/AC equipment
--parking areas, solar/wind energy structures , satellite antennas

Routine maintenance and repairs do not require review unless there will be a change in materials or structure. Significant changes in approved plans require a secondary review.

No construction or cutting of trees may commence until all approvals are completed.

Please ask! You’d rather hear you don’t need approval for that  than you needed to have that approved ! Contact Jan Esch for questions or to begin the process for any project.

IN SYMPATHY Deepest sympathies to the family of former resident Kathleen Fisher who passed away recently.

SEPTIC REMINDER Please contact the BHV Clerk’s Office when making an appointment for septic pumping so a staff member can come at the same time to fill out necessary paperwork. BHV Code Chapter 8 requires pumping at least every 4 years or more often as needed.

RECYCLING REMINDER Please put corrugated cardboard boxes just inside the salt storage building (out of the rain) next to the green recycling bin instead of in the green bin. Corrugated cardboard is recycled separately by the BHV crew. Thanks!



February 2017  VOL. LXIII  No. 2


NEW ORDINANCE At its February 13, 2017 regular meeting the BHV Board of Trustees adopted Ordinance No. 53 which amends the Village Code Chapter 5. The title of the Chapter was changed from “Single Lot Special Assessments” to “Special Assessments” and new sections 1.52 to 1.68 were added. These sections establish the procedures for the creation of special assessment districts to defray the costs of public improvements, repairs, or services. Notice of the adoption of Ordinance No. 53 will be published in the Washtenaw County Legal News on Thursday February 16, 2017. Full text of the ordinance is available for public inspection at the Village Hall, 199 Barton Shore Drive, during regular office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30-11:30 AM) or by appointment. The new ordinance is also posted on the BHV website at www.vil-bartonhills.org.

BHV MEETING The regular BHV Board of Trustees meeting being held on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall, 199 Barton Shore Drive will include the following:

Barton Hills Village Annual Meeting Regular business will be conducted by the Board of Trustees in addition to acceptance of annual committee reports (reports will be distributed in the Barton Bulletin prior to the meeting date). The Board will receive comment from the residents on any issues of interest or concern.

Public Budget Hearing The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 will be the subject of this hearing. A copy of the proposed budget will be on file and available to the public at the Clerk’s Office after March 1, 2017.

Public Hearing-Special Assessment District The proposed Special Assessment District (SAD) for road maintenance for roads within Barton Hills Village, including the laying of the levy against each parcel of land in the special assessment district, will be the subject of this hearing. More information about this SAD will be distributed to all owners of property in Barton Hills Village prior to the date of the public hearing.


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SPECIAL MEETING

A Special Meeting of the Barton Hills Village Board of Trustees will be held on
Monday January 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.
The topic of the Special Meeting will be the proposed creation of a
road maintenance special assessment district (SAD) and
the laying of the assessments for each of the individual parcels within the SAD/Village.
A Public Hearing will be held at the Special Meeting
to receive public comment regarding this proposal.
Written comments may be submitted in person,
mailed to Barton Hills Village, 199 Barton Shore Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105,
faxed to 734-222-9177 or emailed to bhvclerk@comcast.net
prior to the close of the public hearing.


SECURITY NOTICE There have been two known incidents recently of a couple (man and woman, mid-sixties) in a black Chevy pickup stopping to offer candy to kids and adults on the road.  If you have this or a similar experience, please try to get the license plate number and call the Washtenaw County Sheriff at (734) 994-2911.  Also contact the BHV office or staff.

BHV/BHMC CONTACT INFORMATION Contact the Clerk’s Office for information


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ROADS LETTER A letter was distributed to all BHV residents about the roads transfer and the establishment of a Special Assessment District. If you didn’t receive the letter or have questions, please contact Deputy Clerk Jan Esch (734-222-5209; bhvclerk@comcast.net). Please note that the petitions must be the paper copy with original signature(s) so you must mail or deliver them to the Village Hall; fax and email are not acceptable in this case. There is no specific deadline for return of the petitions but please do so quickly. Thank you.

NEW TRUSTEE At their December 12, 2016 meeting the BHV Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Trustee George Borel, and elected Elizabeth Langford to fill the vacancy. The nine Trustees currently serving are: Will Boddie (President), Forrest Butterwick (President ProTem), Cheryl MacKrell (Clerk), Alicia Torres (Treasurer), Riad Al-Awar, Linda Benson, Elizabeth Langford, Sharon Popp and Carla Smith.

The Board also set their 2017 regular meeting dates (second Monday of each month):  January 9, February 13, March 13 (Annual Meeting), April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14 , September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11. All meetings 6 PM at the Village Hall

NEW PHONE NUMBER BHV Zoning Administrator Randy Perry 734-926-9722

SNOW NOTES Winter has arrived! Here are some notes about snow plowing.
--With the two trucks and available crew it takes at least 8 hours to clear a 3-4” snow and 12 or more hours with a heavier snow.
--The roads are the first priority and will be cleared as much as possible during a snowfall.
--Steeper driveways and medical personnel are next. There are a number of them, so not everyone in this group will be able to have a clear driveway earlier.
--Those with flatter driveways usually can get out before plowing. These driveways will be done as soon as possible but probably later in the day.
--The snow has to go somewhere. Keep in mind that the truck plows in from the road and has to work around vehicles, bushes, lights and other things.
--Driveway plowing is a service offered by BHV, but it does come with limitations. Residents are always free to make other arrangements with private snow plowing providers.

BOAT STORAGE
The Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation asks that anyone who has a boat stored in the area next to the Boat Club (by the chain link fence) please contact Jan Esch to identify their boat. The BHMC Board would like to make the area more attractive and needs to know what belongs to whom. Any boats that are not claimed will be removed.

RECREATION COMMITTEE About 40 children and adults enjoyed the Halloween evening pizza party at the Village Hall before the children boarded Dollie the Trolley for the Trick or Treating ride. Ann Arbor Township Fire Department members were on hand in the parking lot with the big fire truck and candy to give the Trolley riders an exciting send-off as they followed the BHV patrol car through the community. Many thanks to Jody Glancy for coordinating the ride sign up and stops lists, to the residents who participated with Trolley stops, and to the BHV Recreation Committee for their efforts in providing the successful Halloween event. The Recreation Committee also thanks all those who responded to their recent survey. They are always glad to have ideas and feedback on social events.

FIRE SAFETYThe American Red Cross is offering free home inspections/smoke alarm installations. During a 20-minute home visit they will test smoke alarms/batteries and install up to 3 smoke detectors free of charge. Washtenaw County residents may call 734-971-5300 extension 229 for more information or to sign up for a home visit. BHV is covered for fire protection by Ann Arbor Township Fire Department so in case of fire or emergency call 911.

PLANNING COMMISSION At their December 6, 2016 meeting the BHV Planning Commission set the following dates for their regular meetings in 2017: March 7, June 6, September 12 and December 5.

BE SEEN! With the shorter, snowy days of winter upon us, pedestrians, dog walkers, joggers and bikers are reminded to wear bright/reflective clothing and use bright flashlights and headlights to announce their presence on the roadways. People dressed in dark clothing are virtually invisible, especially as a vehicle rounds a corner or tops a hill. Motorists are reminded to obey the speed limit and be watchful for school buses, lawn care/delivery vehicles and wildlife along with pedestrians and bikers along the roads. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS The Village Hall (Clerk and Treasurer’s offices) will be closed from Thursday December 22 through Friday December 30, 2016. Regular office hours (8:30-11:30 AM Monday-Thursday) will resume on Monday January 2, 2017. If you have an urgent need please call the Village Hall number and follow the after hours instructions.

Best wishes for a very happy holiday season from all the BHV staff
Walter, Jeff, Dave, Jan, Chris, Jacob, Robbie, Priya






November 2016  VOL. LXII  No. 8

ELECTION DAY

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2016

BHV residents vote at Ann Arbor Township Hall, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor 48105

Polls open 7 AM – 8 PM on Election Day

Absentee voter ballots available from now until 2 PM on Saturday November 5 from the
Ann Arbor Township Clerk, 3792 Pontiac Trail; 734-663-3418; www.aatwp.org

Bring photo ID to the polling place

Six candidates have filed to run for five seats on the BHV Board of Trustees.
Listed on the ballot: Forrest Butterwick, Sharon Popp and Carla Smith.

Running as write-ins: Riad Al-Awar, Elizabeth Langford and Alicia Torres.

To vote for a candidate printed on the ballot, mark the box next to the name as instructed on the ballot.

To vote for a write-in candidate, write the person’s full name on the blank line, then mark the box next to that name as instructed on the ballot.

All BHV elections are administered by Ann Arbor Township, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor MI 48105, 734-663-3418, www.aatwp.org. Additional voting information, including topics such as registration, absentee voting and sample ballots, is available at www.michigan.gov/vote. Please note that the online sample ballot does not have the write-in blank lines, but the lines will be on the actual ballot.

Election results will be posted at the Barton Hills Village Hall and at www.vil-bartonhills.org
by 9AM on Wednesday November 9, 2016.


Following is information provided by each candidate

RIAD AL-AWAR (Incumbent) – 1075 Country Club Road. Riad lives with his wife Madeleine and two of his four children. He holds a BSE and MSE in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. He worked for 10 years in Saudi Arabia, where he was a managing partner of a construction company, and is currently working in engineering development and consulting. He has served five terms as Trustee of Barton Hills Village and is currently the Street Administrator, Chair of the Roads Committee, Chair of the Vehicle and Equipment Committee and a member of the Zoning Committee. Positions previously held in the Village include President Pro Tem, Chair of the Village Administration Building Committee, Zoning Administrator and Chair of the Personnel Committee. Mr. Al-Awar enjoys the country atmosphere that Barton Hills has to offer, and hopes to continue working to maintain and preserve the quality of services and the ambiance of the Village.

FORREST BUTTERWICK (Incumbent) – 75 Underdown Road. Forrest and his wife Susan have been privileged to be
part of the Barton Hills community for 22 years. Being able to live in the park-like environment, created by the firm of one of America’s most famous landscape architects, within walking distance of one of America’s great smaller cities with all it has to offer seems almost singularly special. Maintaining that vision of the principle importance of natural beauty, as well as the charm and quality of life of the Village, underlies Forrest’s desire to be on the Board. Towards that end he is running for his fourth term as Trustee, having served since 2000. Forrest currently serves as President Pro-Tem, Chair of the Environmental Committee and Chair of the Safety and Security Committee. During his tenure he has influenced or contributed to the planning of the new Village Hall, the saving and restoration of Foster Bridge, the remodeling of the Maintenance building, the new Zoning code, the safety improvements to the M-14 exit (more must be done), and the
acquisition of the radar speed signs for BHV roads. Forrest would be honored to serve another term as a member of the
Barton Hills Village Board of Trustees.

ELIZABETH (LIBBY) LANGFORD (Incumbent) – 859 Oakdale Road. Libby was elected first president of Barton Hills Village in 1973 and served for 14 years before being elected to four consecutive 4-year terms as Supervisor of Ann Arbor Township. She resigned in 2002 to spend more time with family. In 2007 she was elected Village Trustee and is serving as Chair of the Personnel Committee. Libby’s mission is to preserve the quality of life for Barton Hills and the surrounding Township.

SHARON POPP – 1035 Country Club Road. Sharon has lived in Barton Hills with her husband, Robert Frank, for 8 years.  They have 3 grown daughters, one of whom lives in Ann Arbor.  Sharon is a retired medical anthropologist and social worker and previously worked at Wayne University School of Medicine developing medical school curriculum in social topic areas.  Her priorities are to: maintain and preserve the natural beauty of the area, continue to provide the high quality of services that currently exist in the Village, and encourage residents' involvement in Village activities and affairs.  In addition, Sharon is interested in issues relating to road traffic, invasive vegetation, and the increase in the deer population.

CARLA SMITH – 767 Oakdale Road. Carla, husband Jeff David, and daughter Serena (15) have lived in Barton Hills for 1.5 years, and in Ann Arbor for 13 years prior.  Carla heads the North American division of HIMSS, a $100M global organization focused on transforming health sectors through the best use of IT. Additionally, Carla serves on the National Stroke Association’s Board, is a Federal appointee to a Medicare and Medicaid Advisory Panel, co-founded the multi-national Women in Health IT Initiative, and chairs the Global Center for Health Innovation.  While Carla enjoys service on a global level, she champions service on the  local level. Carla has welcomed opportunities to better our community; she serves on a Village Committee to explore options to mitigate iron in residents’ water; helped launch the "Next-Door Barton Hills" on-line community forum; and may sometimes be seen pulling garlic mustard from Village common areas.  Carla believes residents are best-served by maintaining Village infrastructure, attending to common areas’ ecological health, exploring updated recycling and composting efforts, and increasing the sense of community among residents.  She believes her strong management skills, fresh outlook, and spirit of volunteerism would add value to the Trustees and the Village as a whole.

ALICIA TORRES – 460 Hillspur Road. Alicia has lived in Barton Hills with her husband, Frank Legacki, since 1998. She is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of New Ventures for Altarum Institute, a healthcare research and analytics firm headquartered in Ann Arbor with four offices in Washington D.C. She was also Global Practice Leader - Healthcare for Zebra Technologies, a one billion dollar plus global information technology company, and a founder and CEO of Rosebud Solutions, a healthcare IT company. At age 24, she was Controller (and acting CFO) of 450 bed acute-care hospital McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, TX. Within her communities, Alicia is on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Theater, the Leadership Council of the U of M’s Center for Education of Women and an Advisory Council member for the School of Business at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, her alma mater. Alicia is dedicated to maintaining the unique and special character of Barton Hills, and doing so in a financially responsible manner.





October 2016  VOL. LXII  No. 7

HALLOWEEN There is still room for more children to ride and more residents to have Dollie the Trolley stop at their homes for trick-or-treating. The BHV Halloween event will be held on Monday October 31 beginning with pizza at the Village Hall at 5:30 PM. The trolley will depart at 6:15 PM sharp and typically concludes at the Village Hall between 8-8:30 PM. If you want your children to participate, or want to have the Trolley stop at your home, please respond as soon as possible (contact the Clerk's office for details) . There is no need to contact Jody if you do not want to participate, but she is glad to answer any questions.

BHV ELECTION Five seats on the Board of Trustees will be decided at the November 8, 2016 General Election.

Three candidates are listed on the ballot: Forrest Butterwick, Sharon Popp, Carla Smith.

Three candidates are running as write-ins: Riad Al-Awar, Elizabeth Langford, Alicia Torres.

To vote for a name listed on the ballot, mark the box next to the name as instructed on the ballot. To vote for a write-in candidate, write the person’s full name on a blank line, then mark the box next to that name.

All BHV elections are administered by Ann Arbor Township, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor MI 48105, 734-663-3418, www.aatwp.org. Additional voting information, including topics such as registration, absentee voting and sample ballots, is available at www.michigan.gov/vote.

NEW EMPLOYEES Contact the clerk’s office for details.

IN SYMPATHY Deepest sympathies to the family of long-time resident Mary Richards, who passed away recently.

RECREATION QUESTIONNAIRE The Recreation Committee appreciates all who responded to their recent survey on current/future social events, and encourages those who haven’t responded to do so. If you can’t find the email or paper survey form, contact Jan at the Village Hall (734-222-5209, bhvclerk@comcast.net).

DIRECTORY UPDATE Contact the clerk’s office for details.

FALL CLEAN UP Please note the following:

If you rake your own leaves, you can pile them near the road or driveway for BHV collection.

Lawn services/hired providers must haul leaves away as part of their contract.

Mulching leaves during mowing adds nutrients to the soil.

Leaves can be raked into wooded areas on your property.

Don’t pile leaves in the roadway where they will be a hazard to pedestrians and traffic.

Don’t bag leaves, as BHV vacuums up the loose leaves.

Leaf pick up will not be on trash pick up days since the same truck is used for both.

Sort out sticks, rocks and debris that will clog/damage the leaf vacuum.

Sticks and brush can be put in piles for separate pick up.

Keep leaves, sticks and debris out of catch basins and gutters in the roads.

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing opportunity for residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring pills for disposal to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Service Center at 2201 Hogback Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105  (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches).  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses in the U.S. are alarmingly high. Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.  For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html


September II 2016  VOL. LXII  No. 6


BHV ELECTION Five seats on the Board of Trustees will be decided at the November 8, 2016 General Election. The candidates were asked to provide information for BHV voters to consider as they mark their ballots.

Three candidates filed before the deadline and are listed on the ballot: Forrest Butterwick, Sharon Popp and Carla Smith.

Three additional candidates have filed to run as write-ins: Riad Al-Awar, Elizabeth Langford and Alicia Torres.

To vote for a name listed on the ballot, mark the box next to the name as instructed on the ballot. To vote for a write-in candidate, write the person’s full name on the blank line, then mark the box next to that name.

All BHV elections are administered by Ann Arbor Township, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor MI 48105, 734-663-3418, www.aatwp.org. Additional voting information, including topics such as registration, absentee voting and sample ballots, is available at www.michigan.gov/vote. Please note that the online sample ballot does not have the write-in blank lines, but the lines will be on the actual ballot.

FORREST BUTTERWICK (Incumbent) – 75 Underdown Road. Forrest and his wife Susan have been privileged to be part of the Barton Hills community for 22 years. Being able to live in the park-like environment, created by the firm of one of America’s most famous landscape architects, within walking distance of one of America’s great smaller cities with all it has to offer seems almost singularly special. Maintaining that vision of the principle importance of natural beauty, as well as the charm and quality of life of the Village, underlies Forrest’s desire to be on the Board. Towards that end he is running for his fourth term as Trustee, having served since 2000. Forrest currently serves as President Pro-Tem, Chair of the Environmental Committee and Chair of the Safety and Security Committee. During his tenure he has influenced or contributed to the planning of the new Village Hall, the saving and restoration of the Foster Bridge, the remodeling of the Maintenance building, the new Zoning code, the safety improvement to the M-14 exit (more must be done), and the acquisition of the radar speed signs for BHV roads. Forrest would be honored to serve another term as a member of the Barton Hills Village
Board of Trustees.

SHARON POPP– 1035 Country Club Road. Sharon has lived in Barton Hills with her husband, Robert Frank, for 8 years.  They have 3 grown daughters, one of whom lives in Ann Arbor.  Sharon is a retired medical anthropologist and social worker and previously worked at Wayne University School of Medicine developing medical school curriculum in social topic areas.  Her priorities are to: maintain and preserve the natural beauty of the area, continue to provide the high quality of services that currently exist in the Village, and encourage residents' involvement in Village activities and affairs.  In addition, Sharon is interested in issues relating to road traffic, invasive vegetation, and the increase in the deer population.

CARLA SMITH– 767 Oakdale Road. Carla, husband Jeff David, and daughter Serena (15) have lived in Barton Hills for 1.5 years, and in Ann Arbor for 13 years prior.  Carla heads the North American division of HIMSS, a $100M global organization focused on transforming health sectors through the best use of IT. Additionally, Carla serves on the National Stroke Association’s Board, is a Federal appointee to a Medicare and Medicaid Advisory Panel, co-founded the multi-national Women in Health IT Initiative, and chairs the Global Center for Health Innovation.  While Carla enjoys service on a global level, she champions service on the  local level. Carla has welcomed opportunities to better our community; she serves on a Village Committee to explore options to mitigate iron in residents’ water; helped launch the "Next-Door Barton Hills" on-line community forum; and may sometimes be seen pulling garlic mustard from Village common areas.  Carla believes residents are best-served by maintaining Village infrastructure, attending to common areas’ ecological health, exploring updated recycling and composting efforts, and increasing the sense of community among residents.  She believes her strong management skills, fresh outlook, and spirit of volunteerism would add value to the Trustees and the Village as whole.

RIAD AL-AWAR(Incumbent) – 1075 Country Club Road. Riad lives with his wife Madeleine and two of his four children. He holds a BSE and MSE in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. He worked for 10 years in Saudi Arabia, where he was a managing partner of a construction company, and is currently working in engineering development and consulting. He has served five terms as Trustee of Barton Hills Village and is currently the Street Administrator, Chairperson of the Roads Committee, Chairperson of the Vehicle and Equipment Committee and a member of the Zoning Committee. Positions previously held in the Village include President Pro Tem, Chairperson of the Village Administration Building Committee, Zoning Administrator and Chairperson of the Personnel Committee. Mr. Al-Awar enjoys the country atmosphere that Barton Hills has to offer, and hopes to continue working to maintain and preserve the quality of services and the ambiance of the Village.

ELIZABETH (LIBBY) LANGFORD(Incumbent) – 859 Oakdale Road. Libby was elected first president of Barton Hills Village in 1973 and served for 14 years before being elected to four consecutive 4-year terms as Supervisor of Ann Arbor Township. She resigned in 2002 to spend more time with family. In 2007 she was elected Village Trustee and is serving as Chairman of the Personnel Committee. Libby’s mission is to preserve the quality of life for Barton Hills and the surrounding Township.

ALICIA TORRES– 460 Hillspur Road. Alicia has lived in Barton Hills with her husband, Frank Legacki, since 1998. She is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of New Ventures for Altarum Institute, a healthcare research and analytics firm headquartered in Ann Arbor with four offices in Washington D.C. She was also Global Practice Leader - Healthcare for Zebra Technologies, a one billion dollar plus global information technology company, and a founder and CEO of Rosebud Solutions, a healthcare IT company. At age 24, she was Controller (and acting CFO) of 450 bed acute-care hospital McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, TX. Within her communities, Alicia is on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Theater, the Leadership Council of the U of M’s Center for Education of Women and an Advisory Council member for the School of Business at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, her alma mater. Alicia is dedicated to maintaining the unique and special character of Barton Hills, and doing so in a financially responsible manner.

PLEASE VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8!




 

September 2016  VOL. LXII  No. 5


HALLOWEEN Dollie the Trolley is coming! Please see the attached flyer (contact Clerk’s Office for details) for all the details of the Halloween event being held on Monday October 31, 2016. Sign up is first come first served so please make your response as indicated on the flyer soon.

FALL PICNIC The 50 adults and 8 children who attended the BHV Fall Picnic on Sunday September 11, 2016 enjoyed blue skies and pleasant temperatures as they met new neighbors, caught up with old friends and savored delicious food. Many thanks to the Recreation Committee and the BHV Staff for their help in providing a successful and fun event.

--There were some dishes left after the picnic. If you are missing a large, clear plastic bowl, a square-ish clear plastic bowl with a red lid or a similar bowl with a blue lid, contact Jan.

RECREATION QUESTIONNAIRE
The Recreation Committee would like your input on current and future social events. Please take a moment to reply to their easy 6-question survey.
--If you are receiving the Bulletin by email, you will get a separate email that you can reply to with your answers typed in.
--If you receive the Bulletin in paper, the survey is attached and you can return it by fax, mail or drop off to the Village Hall.
Thanks for your help! (contact Clerk’s Office for details)


BHV BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING The next meeting of the BHV Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, October 10, 2016 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall, 199 Barton Shore Drive. The meeting will include discussion of the recent letter sent to the residents regarding roads. Public Comment is received by the Trustees near the beginning of each board meeting. Agendas and minutes are posted on the website and at the Village Hall.

BHV ELECTION Five seats on the Board of Trustees will be decided at the November 8, 2016 General Election. Three candidates will be listed on the ballot: Forrest Butterwick, Sharon Popp and Carla Smith. Two candidates have filed to run as write-ins: Riad Al-Awar and Elizabeth Langford. Anyone wishing to run as a write-in candidate must file a declaration of intent form at the Ann Arbor Township office before 4 PM on Friday, October 28, 2016.
--All BHV election activities, including absentee ballots, are handled by Ann Arbor Township, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor 48105; 734-663-3418; www.aatwp.org; Clerk Rena Basch basch@aatwp.org.
--The last day to register to vote in the November 8 election is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. You can register at the Township or any Secretary of State office.

AUDIT The BHV audit for fiscal year 2015-16 is available for public inspection at the Clerk’s Office in the Village Hall.

IN SYMPATHY
Deepest sympathies to the family of long-time resident Brian Fingerle, who passed away recently.

BHMC BOARD OF DIRECTORS At their September 20, 2016 meeting the Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Board of Directors appointed new director Jeff David to complete the term of Chuck Bultman who has moved out of the Village. Jeff joins Directors Nancy Bishop, Greg Curtner, Barbara Hensinger, Adele Laporte, Frank Legacki, Melvin McInnis, John MacKrell and Zakhour Youssef. BHMC Board meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.


SEPTIC TANK PUMPING Septic tank maintenance for BHV residences is due every four years, or more frequently if needed. Contact Jan Esch at the Village Hall when tank pumping appointments are set so a BHV staff member can come at the same time to fill out necessary paperwork. This regular maintenance, as required by BHV Code Chapter 8, is very important in protecting the good environmental health of the Huron River watershed and BHV water resources.

FALL CLEAN UP BHV staff will vacuum up leaves for homeowners who rake their own. Lawn service providers are expected to haul away whatever debris they gather. Please do not bag leaves for pick up, and separate out sticks and brush that clog up the leaf vacuum. Consider mulching (mulched leaves provide nutrients for lawns) and removing leaves from catch basins.




August 2016  VOL. LXII  No. 4


DATES TO NOTE

Monday September 5 LABOR DAY Trash collection will be on Tuesday September. Regular trash days first, third and fifth Mondays.
Sunday September 11 BHV PICNIC Please RSVP to Jan Esch by September 8. Join your neighbors for food and fun. See the attached invitation.
Wednesday September 14 TAXES DUE Barton Hills Village property taxes payable no later than this date to avoid penalties.
Monday October 31 HALLOWEEN Halloween Trick-or-Treat event. Watch for information about Dollie the Trolley.

WATER CONSERVATION During these hot summer days please help to conserve water.
--Water lawns wisely. Frequent watering leads to shallow roots and greater susceptibility to diseases that thrive in wet soil. Grass needs 1” per week including rainfall, so sprinklers should not be running daily or after rain.
--Water plants early in the day or later in the evening. Soaker hoses provide water directly to roots without overspray or excess foliage moisture.
--Check for leaks around the house, wash full loads of clothes and dishes and don’t let water run unnecessarily.
For more ideas check out the Huron River Watershed Council website at www.hrwc.org and click on the “Take Action” tab.

BHV ELECTION Three candidates submitted petitions before the deadline to run for the Board of Trustees: Forrest Butterwick, Sharon Popp and Carla Smith. Five seats on the Board will decided at the November 8, 2016 General Election. The deadline for filing as a write in candidate for the BHV Board is 4 PM on Friday October 28, 2016.
All BHV election activities, including absentee ballots, are handled by Ann Arbor Township, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor 48105; 734-663-3418; www.aatwp.org; Clerk Rena Basch basch@aatwp.org.

PARKING REQUEST The BHV staff has been discouraging non-residents from using the Village Hall and tennis court parking to the Barton Nature Area/Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive. Contact the Clerk’s Office for more information.

DIRECTORY UPDATE Contact the Clerk’s Office for more information.

IN SYMPATHY Deepest sympathies to the family of long-time resident Elizabeth Teeter, who passed away recently.

COMING SOON School buses will join the walkers, joggers, bicyclists, kids, slow drivers, pet walkers, lawn service vehicles, people getting their mail, low hanging branches, hidden driveways, speed tables and, of course, deer –all things that may be a surprise coming around that curve or over that rise. Please observe speed limits and be ready for sudden stops on BHV’s beautiful, winding roads.

RECYCLING REMINDER Please put only clean items in the recycling bins. Unrinsed beverage cans and containers with food remnants attract insects/animals and promote germs. Do not leave garbage in the recycling area. A bit of extra attention will be appreciated by all.

TRASH REQUEST When purchasing trash containers, please choose ones small enough for one person to lift unless all trash will be bagged before put in the can. The BHV employees lift the cans/bags up into the trash truck so weight is a factor. Thanks!

LYME DISEASE Lyme disease has been reported in Washtenaw County including one BHV resident who was recently treated and a former resident who continues to struggle with long term effects. Protection and early attention are important.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by deer ticks. The tiny insects are about the size of a poppy seed, with a painless bite, and are typically found in wooded, grassy areas. Symptoms are often vague: flu-like fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea and joint pain; often but not always a bulls-eye shaped rash may appear. Seek medical advice early, especially if symptoms arise after outdoor activities
Preventative measures include wearing long sleeves, long pants, socks and hats outdoors. Repellants containing DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil are effective, along with permethrin spray for clothing and shoes. Check for ticks after outings, especially on children and pets. For more information go to www.lymedisease.org.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!



June 2016  VOL. LXII  No. 3

WATER CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT CORRECTION The annual Water Consumer Confidence report for calendar year 2015 was published in the April 2016 edition of the Barton Bulletin. There was an error in the report that is now being corrected.

Concerning lead/copper testing, the report stated on page 1:

Lead BHV has been testing for lead and copper in drinking water according to EPA standards since 1989.

As indicated in the table on Page 3, BHV levels of lead in drinking water are well below the allowable limit.
In 2015 testing, only one sample out of five indicated any lead detection (that result was 2 parts per billion (ppb);
acceptable limit is 15 ppb). If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for
pregnant women and young children. Lead can enter drinking water when service lines and plumbing components
containing lead corrode, which can happen when water sits in pipes for several hours. All BHV water mains are
either cast iron or cement-lined ductile iron and phosphate/chlorine are added to BHV water to minimize corrosion.
However, BHV cannot control the variety of materials used in private water service lines or household plumbing
components. When water has been sitting for several hours, the potential for lead exposure can be minimized by
flushing the tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. Homeowners may wish to
have the water in their house tested for lead. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps to
take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or at
www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

This information is all accurate. However, in the table on Page 3 the information was erroneously stated. Following is the correct table.

Lead/Copper Monitoring at Customer's Tap

# of 5 samples > AL

Barton Hills Water
90th
percentile

Rangeof Detections

Sample Date

Violation

Typical Source of Contaminant

Lead ppb (parts/billion)
Action Level=15

Copper ppb
(parts/billion)
Action Level=1300

0



1

2



1205

0- 4



0-2050

9/2/15



9/2/15

No



No

Corrosion of household plumbing systems



Erosion of natural deposits

If you have questions concerning this report, please contact BHV Superintendent Walter Esch at 734-368-7884 or 734-222-5209.

HOLIDAY NEWS Barton Hills Country Club will be holding their annual member celebration of Independence Day with fireworks on Friday, June 24, 2016. Families with dogs and young children who might be upset by the noise should make appropriate arrangements. Residents are also advised to use extreme caution when setting off any legal fireworks, taking great care to prevent fires, injury or damage.

Due to the July 4th holiday, trash collection will be on Tuesday July 5, 2016.

STAFF NEWS Superintendent Walter Esch will be retiring in March 2017, giving him an even 68 years of service since his hiring in March 1949. Staff member Jeff Hnatow will be working with Walter to transition to the position. Walter is still actively on the job and can be reached at his cell phone 734-368-7874.

VACATION SCHEDULE Notice will be posted on the door of the Village Hall when there are variations in office hours due to staff vacations. Contact information is also kept up to date on the Village Hall phone message available any time at 734-222-5209.

BHMC NEWS Recent vacancies on the Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Board of Directors have been filled. Board members are: Frank Legacki (President), Greg Curtner (Vice President), Barabara Hensinger (Secretary), Adele Laporte (Treasurer), Zakhour Youssef (Asst. Treasurer), Nancy Bishop, Chuck Bultman, John MacKrell and Melvin McInnis. The BHMC Board meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.

BHV ELECTION DEADLINE APPROACHING Barton Hills Village voters will elect candidates to fill five seats on the Board of Trustees at the November 8, 2016 General Election. The deadline for filing a nominating petition to be a candidate for the BHV Board is 4 PM on Tuesday July 26, 2016. Candidates are urged to file their petitions much earlier than that deadline date! All election activities are handled by Ann Arbor Township, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor 48105; 734-663-3418; www.aatwp.org; Clerk Rena Basch basch@aatwp.org.

DIRECTORY UPDATE   Contact the Clerk's Office for more information

IN SYMPATHY Deepest sympathies to the family of Alice Dobson, who passed away recently, and to the Enid Gosling family at the passing of Enid’s daughter Robin.

LOOKING AHEAD The Barton Hills Village Picnic will be held on Sunday afternoon September 11, 2016. Mark your calendars now and watch for the invitation later this year.





April 2016  VOL. LXII  No. 2


WATER CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT The attached annual report for calendar year 2015 is published in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and summarizes the status of the BHV water system during the last calendar year. Please read it carefully and contact the numbers given for questions or concerns. Lead levels in drinking water have been in the news; BHV water has very low levels of lead and copper as explained on the first page of the Water Consumer Confidence Report. Residents who want to have their home water tested for lead should contact Superintendent Walter Esch (734-368-7884) or Deputy Clerk Jan Esch (734-222-5209or bhvclerk@comcast.net or 199 Barton Shore Dr. Ann Arbor MI 48105).

BHMC VACANCY There is a vacant seat on the Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Board of Directors due a resignation. The ByLaws require that the remaining Directors elect a shareholder to fill the vacancy until the next election. Shareholders who wish to be a candidate for the position should send a written request of not more than 500 words to Asst. Secretary Jan Esch by mail (199 Barton Shore Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105), email (bhvclerk@comcast.net) or fax (734-222-9177) by 5:00PM Wednesday May 4, 2016.

WELCOME SPRING! Some reminders about spring activities:

Lawn Debris BHV staff will pick up brush and sticks gathered by homeowners for disposal (lawn service providers are expected to haul away their clean-up debris). Please separate out sticks/brush that can be chipped from leaves and other debris. Place piles near the driveway or road where the staff can see and collect them as their work schedule allows.

Septic Pumping
Contact the BHV Clerk’s Office when making an appointment for septic pumping so a staff member can come at the same time to fill out necessary paperwork. BHV Ordinance No. 21 requires pumping at least every 4 years or more often as needed.

Recycling
When recycling items, please help to keep the area clean by:
--putting clean cans, bottles, plastics, papers and boxboard in the green bin
--leaving corrugated cardboard near the building, not in the green bin
--not bringing any household trash or food items.

Driveway Sealing Choose an asphalt-based sealcoat rather than coal-tars that are high in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which have been identified as toxic and are easily spread by weather elements. For more information check out the Huron River Watershed Council website at www.hrwc.org/coaltar. (Lots of other interesting information at that site too)

Garlic Mustard Control Garlic mustard is an aggressive invasive herb that crowds out native plant species in and near forested areas. Early spring is the ideal time to look for and pull out the dark purple/green rosettes with kidney-shaped, scalloped-edge leaves growing close to the ground. Put the pulled plants in piles for pick up and proper disposal by BHV staff. For a very informative video about garlic mustard featuring local experts and former BHV resident Fred Clark (author of the BHV Forestry Study) visit https://vimeo.com/2855779.

Event Planning
As outdoor parties and celebrations increase, consider guest parking, noise levels and other things that could impact neighbors. Contact Supt. Walter Esch (734-368-7874) for great advice in handling extra cars while maintaining safe roadways.

Traffic Safety Drivers please use extra caution and lower speeds to avoid contact with wildlife, pedestrians, joggers, dog-walkers and service workers who may be in the traffic lanes. Bicyclists should ride with traffic, single file when vehicles are present. Walkers/runners should face traffic and also be single file when vehicles approach.

DIRECTORY UPDATE Contact Clerk’s Office for details

M-14 CLOSURE Thank you for your patience during the Michigan Department of Transportation road/bridge repair on M-14. Residents are asked to be particularly careful to adhere to driving etiquette while traveling on Foster Bridge. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that the one lane bridge requires taking turns to let one car pass from each direction alternately and cautions not to stop on the railroad tracks while waiting for a turn. This project impacts traffic patterns throughout the area so drive carefully at all times.




February 2016  VOL. LXII  No. 1


BHV MEETINGS The following meetings will take place on Monday, March 14, 2016 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall, 199 Barton Shore Drive.

Zoning Board of Appeals Review of an application for variance to construct a deck in the set back at 326 Juniper Lane. (Tabled from 2/8/16; for information contact the Clerk’s Office)

Public Budget Hearing The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 will be the subject of this hearing. A copy of the proposed budget will be on file and available to the public at the Clerk’s Office after March 1, 2016.

Barton Hills Village Annual Meeting Regular business will be conducted by the Board of Trustees in addition to acceptance of annual committee reports (reports are attached to this Bulletin). The Board will receive comment from the residents on any issues of concern. A public comment period is also on the agenda for all Board of Trustees meetings, which are held the second Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.


M-14 CLOSURE Please see the attached flyer about the closure of M-14 beginning Friday, March 5, 2016 at 9 PM. The Michigan Department of Transportation is repairing the road/bridges between the Barton Drive and Miller/Maple Road exits and no traffic will be allowed to use that section of the expressway. From the BHV Lower Gate traffic will be able to use the Barton Drive entrance to go east on M-14 but will not be able to use the westbound ramp to go towards Maple Road or into Ann Arbor on Main Street. Traffic on westbound M-14 can exit at Whitmore Lake Road or Main Street but there will be lane switches during construction that prevent the use of the westbound entrance ramp from Whitmore Lake Road. Eastbound traffic from I-94 will have to exit at Maple/Miller.


BHV RESIDENT DIRECTORY UPDATE
The new BHV Resident Directory is ready!
If you receive the Barton Bulletin by email, an electronic version of the Directory is also attached to this email
If you receive the Barton Bulletin in paper format, two paper Directories are attached.

If you want to receive paper Directories, contact Jan Esch to order (printed as needed).

2016 ELECTIONS For all elections, BHV residents participate via Ann Arbor Township. Voting takes place at the Township Hall, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor 48105. For all voting questions contact the Township at 734-663-3418; www.aatwp.org. Here is some information regarding 2016 elections.

--The  Presidential Primary Election and a ballot proposal from the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) election will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 7 am to 8 pm for the purpose of nominating Democratic Party and Republican Party candidates for the President of the United States, and voting on a millage proposal from WISD. Check voter registration status, polling place and view sample ballots at www.michigan.gov/vote

--The Regular Primary Election will be held on Tuesday August 2, 2016. Last day to register to vote in the Regular Primary Election is Tuesday July 5, 2016.

--The General Election will be held on Tuesday November 8, 2016. Last day to register to vote in the General Election is Tuesday October 11, 2106.

--Along with the Presidential and other races, Barton Hills Village voters will elect candidates to fill five seats on the Board of Trustees at the November General Election. The deadline for filing a nominating petition to be a candidate for the BHV Board is 4 PM on Tuesday July 26, 2016. Candidates are urged to file their petitions much earlier than that deadline date!

RECYCLING BHV contracts with Recycle Ann Arbor for the green recycling bin in the BHV maintenance area. Since the cost to rent that bin recently went up, please help to make best use of it:
--Do not put corrugated cardboard in the green bin. BHV bales/sells this cardboard directly so leave corrugated cardboard next to regular trash at home for pick up on trash collection days, or leave it by the side of the building next to the green bin where the BHV staff will take care of it. For a special home pick up of a quantity of boxes, phone Supt. Esch (368-7874) or the Village Hall (222-5209).
--Do not put No. 2 plastics (milk jugs, water jugs, detergent bottles, etc) in the green bin. Put them in the wire bins near the green bin, as they are also baled separately.
--Use the blue HHW bin at home to put household hazardous waste items next to regular trash for pick up on trash collection days (first, third and fifth Mondays of the month).
--Make sure all recyclables are clean (no food!) with lids removed.
For more information and any recycling questions, call Supt. Esch or the Village Hall.

Spring is coming! (March 20)

Daylight Savings Time begins March 13




December 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 10



HALLOWEEN About 40 children and adults enjoyed the Halloween evening pizza party at the Village Hall before the children boarded Dollie the Trolley for the Trick or Treating ride. Ann Arbor Township Fire Department members were on hand in the parking lot with the big fire truck and candy to give the Trolley riders an exciting send-off as they followed the BHV patrol car through the community. Many thanks to all who helped to provide the successful Halloween event.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
--Trash will be collected on the regular days of Monday December 21 and Monday January 4.
--The Village Hall offices will be closed at noon on Wednesday December 23 and reopen on Monday morning January 4, 2016.

2016 MEETING DATES The BHV Board of Trustees has set the following dates for regular meetings in 2016 (second Monday of the month, 6:00 PM at the Village Hall):
January 11, February 8, March 14 (Annual Meeting), April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 (Organization Meeting) and December 12.

The BHV Planning Commission regular meetings in 2016 have been set for March 1, June 7, September 6 and December 6. All meetings begin at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.

2016 CALENDAR Attached to this Bulletin is a 2016 Calendar produced by the Huron River Watershed Council, of which BHV is a member. Besides beautiful photographs, the calendar is filled with useful information so everyone can help to prevent water pollution.

BHV RESIDENT DIRECTORY UPDATE The new BHV Resident Directory will be distributed in early January. If you have not replied to Deputy Clerk Jan Esch about your entry, please contact her as soon as possible so your information will be accurate.

AUDIT The BHV audit for fiscal year 2014-15 is available for public inspection at the Clerk’s Office in the Village Hall.

BHV ORDINANCE CODIFICATION
At their November 9, 2015 meeting the BHV Board of Trustees adopted Ordinance No. 52 to codify the Village ordinances. In creating a BHV Code, all of the ordinances except the Zoning Ordinance and the gas franchise are combined in a single document. Codification does not change any of the content of the ordinances, but provides a more consistent standard of organization that will be easier to use. The new code document can be reviewed and a copy obtained at the BHV Clerk’s Office in the Village Hall and is also posted on the BHV website (www.vil-bartonhills.org).

BHMC ELECTION The recent Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Shareholder votes resulted in adoption of the proposed 2015-16 budget and election of four Directors. New members Nancy Bishop and Melvin McInnis along with returning members Barbara Hensinger and Zakhour Youssef join members Chuck Bultman, Adele Laporte, Frank Legacki, Scott Mabie and Greg Saldaña on the Board of Directors. Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall. At their December 8, 2015 meeting the Board adopted resolutions honoring outgoing Directors Greg Curtner who had a short term on the Board and John MacKrell who served over fifteen years, a number of them as President.

IN SYMPATHY Deepest sympathies to the family of Norman Thompson, a long time BHV resident who passed away recently.

BE SEEN! With the shorter days of winter upon us, pedestrians, dog walkers, joggers and bikers are reminded to wear light colored/reflective clothing and use bright flashlights and headlights to announce their presence on the roadways. People dressed in dark clothing are virtually invisible at night, especially as a vehicle rounds a corner or tops a hill. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

SECURITY REMINDER Since the holidays can be a time of increased criminal activity, residents are reminded to keep their home, garage and vehicle doors and windows locked, and valuables out of sight. If you have significant concerns, phone 911 for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department which provides police services to Barton Hills Village.

RECYCLING Please help to keep the cost of recycling down and the recycling area clean and safe by:
--rinsing/removing any food/dirt from recycled items
--removing lids and putting #2 plastics in the separate metal bins
--leave corrugated cardboard boxes next to your regular trash for pick up, or next to rather than in the green bin. While the green bin can take cardboard, BHV bales/sells the cardboard separately rather than paying to include it in the green bin program.

Happy Holidays!



October 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 9


HALLOWEEN There’s still time to sign up for the Halloween Trick or Treat ride and pizza party featuring Dollie the Trolley. The BHV Halloween event will be held on Saturday October 31 beginning with pizza at the Village Hall at 5:30 PM. The trolley will depart at 6:15 PM sharp and typically concludes at the Village Hall between 8-8:30 PM. If you want your children to participate, or want to have the trick-or-treaters stop at your home, please respond as soon as possible to Jody Glancy Scott at jodyglancyscott@gmail.com or phone 734-834-2420. There is no need to contact Jody if you do not want to participate, but she is glad to answer any questions.

BHMC UPDATE The recent Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Shareholder vote resulted in adoption of the proposed 2015-16 budget. Information concerning the 2015 Board of Directors election is being distributed to BHMC Shareholders on October 19, 2015.

BHV ORDINANCE CODIFICATION At their October 12, 2015 meeting the Barton Hills Village Board of Trustees proposed to codify the Village ordinances. Currently each ordinance is a separate document. In creating a BHV Code, all of the ordinances except the Zoning Ordinance and the gas franchise will be combined in a single document. Codification does not change any of the content of the ordinances, but provides a more consistent standard of organization that will be easier to use.

The proposed code document can be reviewed and a copy obtained at the BHV Clerk’s Office in the Village Hall. Residents may comment on the proposed codification:
--by attending to speak in person at the November 9, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting which begins at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall, and/or
--by contacting any Trustee, and/or
--by sending written comments to the Trustees in care of the Clerk’s Office by mail (199 Barton
Shore Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105), fax (734-222-9177) or email (bhvclerk@comcast.net).

BHV RESIDENT DIRECTORY UPDATE Residents will soon receive a note from Deputy Clerk Jan Esch regarding update of the BHV Resident Directory. The Directory is only distributed to BHV residents to help them connect with each other, and no information is given out by the BHV staff. It will be very helpful if residents will respond when they receive the note from Jan so the Directory accurately reflects the information residents want to be included.

FALL CLEAN UP Please note the following:
--If you rake your own leaves, you can pile them near the road or driveway for BHV collection.
--Lawn services are expected to haul leaves away as part of their contract.

--Mulching leaves during mowing adds nutrients to the soil.
--Leaves can be raked into wooded areas to add nutrients there.

--Don’t pile leaves in the roadway where they will be a hazard to pedestrians and traffic.
--Don’t bag leaves, as BHV vacuums up the loose leaves.

--Leaf pick up will not be on trash pick up days since the same truck is used for both.
--Sort out sticks, rocks and debris that will clog/damage the leaf vacuum.

--Sticks and brush can be put in piles for separate pick up.
--Keep leaves, sticks and debris out of catch basins and gutters in the roads.

DRIVEWAY SEALING ADVISORY Applying sealcoat to asphalt driveways is a common practice that can improve the appearance and lifespan of the driveway. However, driveway sealcoats containing coal tar are incredibly high in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which have been found to be harmful to both humans and the environment. When applied, PAHs volatilize into the air, affecting air quality. As the sealcoat weathers, dust from the pavement makes its way into homes on shoes and clothing. When it rains, loose particles move into soils, stormwater catch basins, lakes, and rivers. Coal tar sealants contain 1000 times more PAHs than asphalt-based sealants (a readily available alternative) and are the number one source of PAHs in lake sediments. Besides causing harm to mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and plants, cancer risks are elevated for people who are exposed to coal tar sealants over long periods of time.
BHV residents are encouraged to either eliminate sealcoating or to use asphalt-based sealants which are much safer and available both from application companies and from stores for application by homeowners. Do not tear out a pre-existing pavement that has been sealed with coal-tar, just to get rid of the coal-tar. A better choice would be to encapsulate the driveway with a different product like an asphalt-based sealcoat. For more information contact the Huron River Watershed Council at hrwc.org.




September 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 8


HALLOWEEN Dollie the Trolley is coming! Please see the attached flyer for all the details of the Halloween event being held on Saturday October 31.

FALL PICNIC The 44 adults and 9 children who attended the BHV Fall Picnic on Sunday September 13, 2015 enjoyed blue skies and pleasant fall temperatures along with lively conversation, delicious food, birthday cake, bubbles and croquet. Many thanks to the Recreation Committee and the BHV Staff for their efforts in setting up/cooking/cleaning up.

WHAT’S FIRST, THIRD AND FIFTH? BHV trash collection happens on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. While a special event may require an extra stop, the maintenance crew appreciates resident efforts to remember this regular trash collection schedule so other work duties can stay on schedule as well.

WHAT’S EVERY FOUR YEARS? Besides the presidential elections, septic tank maintenance for BHV residences is due every four years, or more frequently if needed (for septic, not presidents). Contact Jan Esch at the Village Hall when tank pumping appointments are set so a BHV staff member can come at the same time to fill out necessary paperwork. This regular maintenance, as required by BHV Ordinance 21, is very important in protecting the good environmental health of the Huron River watershed and BHV water resources.

WHAT ELSE IS THERE? While the answer to that is endless, here are some items on the BHV list:

--Continue to use the blue Household Hazardous Waste recycling bins to leave acceptable items for pick up on regular trash days (first, third and fifth Mondays of the month).

--For large item recycling, Washtenaw County is holding a Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9AM – 2PM at EMU Rynearson Stadium parking lot. For more information contact Jan or go to www.ewashtenaw.org.

--Return the Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation shareholder ballot (budget vote) before 5PM Tuesday October 6, 2015.

--Remember to check out the BHV Project Review Process for any new construction, alteration of existing structures and landscape projects. This includes things like generators/AC, fences/landscape walls over 18”, exterior lights, play structures and accessory buildings. If in doubt, contact Jan who can verify if a project requires BHV approval before work begins.

--Take a look at the BHV Master Plan which is now five years old and was just reviewed by the BHV Planning Commission. While the Commissioners considered planning trends in Ann Arbor Township and other neighboring communities, they concluded that no changes were needed in the BHV Plan. The Master Plan sets forth the overall goals, policies and strategies that will enable the wellbeing of BHV in the future. The Master Plan is available from Jan at the Village Hall and online at www.vil-bartonhills.org.

--Check out other documents on the BHV website, such as Board agendas/minutes, ordinances (including zoning/project information), past Barton Bulletins, annual water quality reports and the Wellhead Protection Plan. These documents are also available in paper format from Jan at the Village Hall.

--Watch for information concerning update of the BHV Resident Directory. Jan will be verifying entries before publishing the Directory, which is only distributed to BHV residents to help them contact each other. The Directory is available in paper booklet and electronic format.

--Remember that the BHV staff will vacuum up leaves for homeowners who rake their own. Lawn service providers are expected to haul away whatever debris they gather. Please do not bag leaves for pick up, and separate out sticks and brush that clog up the leaf vacuum. Consider mulching (mulched leaves provide nutrients for lawns) and removing leaves from catch basins to keep decaying leaves (that rob fish of vital oxygen) out of the waterways.

IS THAT ALL? Yes, for now. Thanks for reading all the way to the end!




August 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 7

DATES TO NOTE


Monday September 7
     LABOR DAY Trash collection will be on Tuesday September 8 Regular trash days first, third and fifth Mondays

Sunday September 13    BHV PICNIC Please RSVP to Jan Esch by September 8
   Join your neighbors for food and fun Village Green 5 PM Contact Jan for details

Monday September 14   TAXES DUE Barton Hills Village property taxes payable no later than this date to avoid penalties

Saturday October 31 HALLOWEEN Watch for information about Dollie the Trolley Halloween Trick-or-Treat event coming soon

RESIDENT DIRECTORY UPDATE The BHV Resident Directory will be updated this fall. The Directory lists resident name and address, with options for phone, email and family code. The purpose of the Directory is to help residents contact each other. The Directory is not distributed to anyone other than BHV residents and no information is given out by BHV staff. Contact Deputy Clerk Jan Esch to ask about or change your directory listing.

COMING SOON School buses will join the walkers, joggers, bicyclists, kids, slow drivers, pet walkers, lawn service vehicles, people getting their mail, low hanging branches, hidden driveways, speed tables and, of course, deer –all things that may surprise you when you come around that curve or over that rise. Please continue to observe speed limits and be ready for sudden stops as you drive our beautiful, winding roads.

ALREADY HERE Several residents have reported hearing and seeing coyotes in BHV. While this is nothing new, the presence of coyotes is becoming more evident. Following is information from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website. (www.michigan.gov/dnr > wildlife>mammals>coyotes) (By the way, the missing black cat mentioned in the last Barton Bulletin was found and returned to her joyful owners so no coyote bad news there J )
Coyotes are found throughout Michigan. Their presence in urban or suburban areas, while surprising to many folks, is not uncommon due to increasing populations (both coyote and human) and encroachment of human environments into their natural habitat.
Coyotes can be difficult to distinguish from a medium sized German shepherd dog from a distance. There is wide variation in the coyote's color, but generally their upper body is yellowish gray, and the fur covering the throat and belly is white to cream color. The coyote's ears are pointed and stand erect, unlike the ears of domestic dogs that often droop. When observed running, coyotes carry their bushy, black tipped tail below the level of their back. (Wolves, which are found in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, are larger than coyotes and carry their tail in a horizontal position while running.) The size and weight of coyotes are commonly overestimated, because their long fur masks a bone structure that is slighter than that of most domestic dogs.
Coyotes are active day and night. Peaks in activity occur at sunrise and sunset with feeding generally done at night. Coyotes are opportunistic and will eat almost anything available. Small mammals such as mice, voles, rabbits and squirrels are preferred foods. However, insects, fruits, berries, birds, frogs, snakes, plants, and seeds round out their diet. In areas with high deer numbers, carrion resulting from vehicle deer collisions, natural causes and other losses is an important source of food. In urban areas, coyotes are attracted to garbage, garden vegetables, and pet foods. They will also prey on unattended small dogs and cats, if opportunities exist.
Coyotes rarely attack humans. However, coyotes that are fed become accustomed to people and present a human safety risk. People should never intentionally feed or attempt to tame coyotes. It is in the best interest of both coyotes and humans if coyotes retain their instinctive fear of people. The following important points can help minimize potential conflicts with coyotes:
--Never approach or touch a coyote
--Never intentionally feed a coyote
--Eliminate all outside food sources, especially pet foods
--Put garbage out the morning of pickup day

-Clear out wood and brush piles; they are good habitat for rats and mice and may attract coyotes
--Do not allow pets to roam free when coyotes are present - consider keeping pets indoors or accompany them outside, especially at night



July 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 6

WATER UPDATE Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the cleaning and painting of the BHV water tower. The project has been completed and all is back to normal. Installation of new water line along Forest and Oakdale Roads west of Colliston Road will begin soon. Access to homes and one lane of traffic will be maintained during the project; however it will be best to avoid this area until construction is completed. For questions or concerns please call Supt. Walter Esch (734-368-7874) or the Village Hall (734-222-5209).

BHV PICNIC Please contact the Clerk’s Office for information about the 9/13/15 picnic.

PROJECT REVIEW UPDATE Per the BHV Zoning Ordinance, Project Review is required for all new construction, exterior alteration of existing structures and landscape projects in Barton Hills Village.
This includes:
--fences and retaining walls greater than 18” high
--accessory buildings (garage, garden shed, gazebo, etc)

--excavation other than common household gardening/ground care
--stairways/patio enclosures
--solar/wind energy/satellite communications structures

--generators/AC equipment
--playground equipment
--exterior lighting

--outdoor swimming pools
--parking areas

Routine maintenance and repairs do not require review unless there will be a change in materials or structure. Significant changes in approved plans require a secondary review.
Project Review includes a PreProject Conference, Barton Hills Village Zoning Review, Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Architectural Review and Ann Arbor Township Building Inspection/Permits/Soil Erosion requirements.
No construction or cutting of trees may commence until all approvals are completed.

The BHV Zoning Ordinance also includes the following Fee Schedule and Policy, adopted by the BHV Board of Trustees on July 13, 2015. Fees are user-based rather than taxpayer supported so those benefiting from the ordinance are assessed fees according to services provided. Please read the following information carefully as it is different from what has been done in the past. For more information or to begin a project, contact Deputy Clerk Jan Esch at the Village Hall (734-222-5209; bhvclerk@comcast.net).

BARTON HILLS VILLAGE FEE SCHEDULE AND POLICY Effective July 13, 2015

The Barton Hills Village Board of Trustees adopts the following Fee Schedule and Policy to defray costs pursuant to the BHV Zoning Ordinance as required by Section 3.07 of the ordinance.

An application for zoning compliance shall be accompanied by payment of a fee in the amount of $75.

Any permit, review, approval or appeal requiring a public hearing will be assessed a fee of $50 in addition to the $75 application fee to cover the cost of notice publication and administrative notification expenses.

Actual cost for the use of engineering, planning, legal or other consultants shall be paid by the applicant according to the invoice submitted by the consultant.

Applicants shall be informed of applicable fees and/or potential costs as soon as possible in the application process.

No permit, certificate, special use approval or variance shall be issued unless such fees and expenses are paid in full, and no action may be taken on proceedings before the Zoning Board of Appeals unless required fees have been paid in full.

Payment shall be submitted to the Barton Hills Village Clerk’s Office in the form of a check made out to Barton Hills Village and receipt for payment shall be issued to the applicant by the Clerk’s Office.


BHMC The Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation will hold its Annual Shareholders Meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall. All BHMC shareholders will soon receive direct communication regarding the meeting.

LOST CAT A black cat named Raven is missing from the Underdown Road/Barton Shore Drive area. If you have any information please contact Jan Esch (734-222-5209, bhvclerk@comcast.net)






June 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 5


WATER TOWER UPDATE Cleaning and painting of the BHV water tower is progressing well. When the actual work is done there will still be some wait time while the paint cures and the tower is refilled/treated/tested. You will receive notice as soon as the project is complete. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your sprinkler systems off and limiting unusual use of water, which helps the staff to maintain adequate water supply to all homes. For questions or concerns please call Supt. Walter Esch (734-368-7874) or the Village Hall (734-222-5209).

FOIA POLICY In compliance with current legislation, the BHV Board of Trustees adopted a new policy regarding the Freedom of Information Act. The policy details how to submit a FOIA request, how requests are processed, what costs may be incurred and how to submit an appeal. A shorter, easier-to-read summary of the policy has also been adopted. Both the policy and the summary are posted on the BHV website (www.vil-bartonhills.org) and are available in
paper copy from the Clerk’s Office.

HOLIDAY FIREWORKS Barton Hills Country Club will be holding their annual member celebration of Independence Day with fireworks on Friday, June 26, 2015. Families with dogs and young children who might be upset by the noise should make appropriate arrangements. Residents are also advised to use extreme caution when setting off any legal fireworks, taking great care to prevent fires, injury or damage.

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS The BHV Board of Trustees Environmental Committee has provided the following important information: Residents recently received a flyer from Eradico advertising a spraying program for mosquitoes which raised red flags for several reasons, the main one being the chemicals used.   When we first received their information a couple of years ago, we did the homework on this product. We feel it important to share the results with you.

Barton Pond, owned by the City of Ann Arbor, is the source of most of the Ann Arbor water supply. In evaluating information provided by Eradico, environmental and water staff at the City of Ann Arbor report: “[The chemical] is not soluble in water.  It sinks to the bottom where one locates [water] intakes.  It is highly toxic to fish, invertebrates and bees.  It is classified in SARA II as an acute and chronic health hazard.”   Along with the City and the Huron River Watershed Council we highly recommend AGAINST using this spraying service. There are very effective alternatives, such as a small device called ThermaCELL that repels mosquitoes effectively at a fraction of the price of this dangerous spraying and with no damage to the environment and health (Ortho also makes a similar product). These and other methods are widely available in hardware and big box stores.

Trustee Cheryl MacKrell would be glad to share about her family’s successful mosquito-battling experiences (668-6628). Thank you for being thoughtful and cautious about this and all products that could have harmful environmental consequences.

CANINE CONVERSATIONS Please be paying attention to what your dog friends are saying when barking goes on for more than a few minutes, especially early in the morning and later in the afternoon/evening when neighbors have windows open and are enjoying the lovely outdoors. You may be used to their excessive communication but others are not.

DIRECTORY UPDATE Contact Clerk’s Office for information

LAWN AND GARDEN CARE (contact the BHV Clerk’s office for more details)

--Michigan law requires use of phosphorus free lawn fertilizer except in specific cases so look for fertilizers with a middle number of 0 (first number is nitrogen, second is phosphorus, third is potassium). Excess phosphorus in the waterways contributes to excessive aquatic plant grown, nuisance algal blooms and decreased oxygen levels.

--For healthy lawns, mow high to promote root growth (3” is recommended). Water sparingly, as overwatering promotes plant damage, fungal growth and nutrient leaching (sprinklers should not be on in the rain!) Automatic sprinklers need a moisture detection element. Also consider more shrubs/flowers instead of grass, deep-rooted native plants, rain barrels and rain gardens.

STAFF VACATIONS Notice will be posted on the door of the Village Hall when there are variations in office hours due to staff vacations. Contact information is also kept up to date on the Village Hall phone message available any time at 734-222-5209.

June 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 4



IMPORTANT WATER NOTICE The BHV water tower on Country Club Road is being cleaned and painted. During this time it will be necessary to monitor the water system closely to ensure adequate water supply to all homes. Residents are asked to turn off outdoor sprinkler systems. Outdoor plants may be watered with a garden hose and normal indoor water use may continue but please avoid unusual activities that would involve greater water use. Weather permitting, the tower project should take about two weeks to complete. For questions or concerns please call Supt. Walter Esch (734-368-7874) or the Village Hall (734-222-5209).

NO TRASH When bringing recyclables to the green bin in the maintenance yard, please do not leave any household trash. Animals are attracted to bagged trash and quickly make a mess that is unsightly, smelly and unhealthy. If you have an overflow of trash that can’t wait until the next regular collection day, please call Supt. Esch or the Village Hall for a special pick up.

Recyclable containers should be clean (rinsed out) with caps off and placed in the proper bins. Corrugated cardboard such as pizza boxes may be left outside the green bin but should also be free of leftover food scraps as much as possible. The trash can by the green bin is for incidental non-food trash only. Thanks for helping to keep our recycling area clean and pleasant.

BHMC ANNUAL MEETING The Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Annual Stockholders’ Meeting was not held on Monday, May 11, 2015. Shareholders will receive written notice of the rescheduled meeting date.

SUMMER REMINDERS

--Please watch your speed and drive with extra caution on these lovely days when walkers, joggers, bikers, children and wild animals may all be sharing our winding, hilly roads.

--Remember that sounds carry so please be mindful of your neighbors when playing music, using power equipment and enjoying other outdoor activities, especially in the evenings.

--Garlic mustard is in full swing so please join the battle against this invasive herb. Pulling by hand is the simplest and most effective approach, especially for small or isolated infestations. Be sure to remove the upper portion of the root as well as the stem, since buds on the roots can produce additional stems. To prevent spreading of seeds, pile pulled garlic mustard plants by your driveway or road to be picked up and disposed of by BHV staff. Cutting with a weed whip or mower can be effective if the cutting is done as close to the ground as possible. Frequent repeated cutting will be necessary. Also, since garlic mustard is a disturbance-adapted plant, management efforts should focus on reducing vegetation disturbance and supporting healthy growth of other more desirable plants. For more information go to the many online resources such as www.msu.edu/invasive_species/garlic_mustard.

--You may have received advertising that suggests BHV is planning to address insect infestation using Eradico products. BHV is not conducting any insect control and does not recommend any particular company or product. Please check labels and information carefully on any insect or vegetation control products/services to ensure that water and land resources will not be significantly harmed by chemicals.

--Please be aware that coyotes have been seen in BHV and be appropriately cautious as you would be with any wildlife.

--The Seventh Day Adventist Church is again sponsoring youth summer missionary projects. Young people from the church may come to your door offering information and soliciting support. While this activity is legally allowed and the church has provided contact information to BHV, you are under no obligation to speak with anyone coming to your door.

DIRECTORY UPDATE Contact the Clerk’s office for information

LOOKING AHEAD The Barton Hills Village Picnic will be held on Sunday afternoon September 13, 2015. Mark your calendars now and watch for the invitation later this year.




May 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 3


ANNUAL MEETINGS All BHV residents are encouraged to attend the annual meetings:
The Barton Hills Village Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall. Regular business will be conducted by the Board of Trustees in addition to acceptance of annual committee reports (contact the Clerk's office for committee and financal reports). The Board will receive comment from the residents on any issues of concern. A public comment period is also on the agenda for all Board of Trustees meetings, which are held the second Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.

The Barton Hills Maintenance Corporation Annual Stockholders’ Meeting will also be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 immediately following the BHV Annual Meeting. Shareholders and the BHMC Board of Directors will discuss the approval process for the annual budget which is the basis for the annual assessment, along with any other topics raised by the shareholders.

NEW ORDINANCES At their April 13, 2015 meeting the Board of Trustees adopted Ordinances No. 49 (Repeal of ordinances 13, 17 & 22), 50 (Amend Planning Commission) and 51 (Civil infraction procedure). The full text of each ordinance is available in paper copy from the Clerk’s Office and is posted on the BHV website at www.vil-bartonhills.org.

WATERSHED NEWS

The Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission is conducting an on-line survey on landscape practices and keeping pollution out of the river. The survey is easy to complete and participants can enter to win a $15 gift card (one gift card awarded every two weeks from April 15 – August 31, 2015). Go to http://tinyurl.com/RainGardenSurveys and enter the word BARTON in the Response ID box. Survey results will be shared with BHV and will help guide community efforts to keep the beautiful Huron River clean and healthy.

Attached is a new Huron River Watershed Council publication Waterfront Wisdom full of helpful information about creating and maintaining a beautiful and healthy waterfront (contact Clerk's office for attachment). While not all BHV properties directly abut the river, runoff is carried to the river by streams and tiles. Polluted runoff (called nonpoint source pollution) is a greater threat than industrial discharge as rainwater and melting snow wash contaminants such as fertilizers, pet waste and oils into drains
and ditches that empty into the waterways. Healthy wetlands, waterway vegetation buffers, soil erosion control and well managed home/garden care all help in controlling pollution.

The Huron River Watershed Council, of which BHV is a member, has lots of useful information and fun activities devoted to protecting and enjoying water resources. Check out their website at www.hrwc.org or contact the BHV Clerk’s Office to learn more.

Lawn Debris When collecting leaves for pick up, please don’t bag them, since the BHV crew has to unbag the leaves to dispose of them. Also, sticks and brush should not be cut to shorter lengths and please don’t bundle them, as the ties have to be removed to run the sticks through the chipper. Thanks!

DOG LICENSES Dog licensing is mandated by Michigan Public Act 339 to protect public safety by ensuring that all dogs are vaccinated against rabies. Avoid the Washtenaw County $50 fine by obtaining a dog license at http://dogs.ewashtenaw.org or phoning Washtenaw County at 734-222-6600. Licenses cost from $6-30.

BOATER SAFETY Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is offering free Boater Safety Courses on Saturdays this summer (one day class 8 AM-4 PM) at the Sheriff’s Office Service Center Campus on Hogback Road. Preregistration is required. For more information contact Cpl. Tom Mercure at 734-973-4713 or mercuret@ewashtenaw.org.

LOOKING AHEAD The Barton Hills Village Picnic will be held on Sunday afternoon September 13, 2015. Mark your calendars now and watch for the invitation later this year.

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! Special election Tuesday May 5, 2015. Polls are open from 7 AM-8 PM. Polling location is Ann Arbor Township Hall, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor 48105. State Proposal 15-1 (road finance) and Ann Arbor Public School Bond Proposal. A sample ballot is available from Ann Arbor Township at www.aatwp.org; 734-663-3418.



March 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 2


SPRING IS HERE! Some reminders about spring activities:

Lawn Debris BHV staff will pick up brush and sticks gathered by homeowners for disposal (lawn service providers are expected to haul away their clean-up debris). Place piles near the driveway or road where the staff can see and collect them as their work schedule allows.

Septic Pumping Please contact the BHV Clerk’s Office when making an appointment for septic pumping so a staff member can come at the same time to fill out necessary paperwork. BHV Ordinance No. 21 requires pumping at least every 4 years or more often as needed.

Driveway Sealing Consider an asphalt-based sealcoat rather than coal-tars that are high in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which have been identified as toxic and are easily spread by weather elements. For more information check out the Huron River Watershed Council website at www.hrwc.org/coaltar. (Lots of other interesting information at that site too)

Garlic Mustard Control Garlic mustard is an aggressive invasive herb that crowds out native plant species in and near forested areas. Early spring is the ideal time to look for and pull out the dark purple/green rosettes with kidney-shaped, scalloped-edge leaves growing close to the ground. Pull the upper portion of the root as well as the stem, and leave the pulled plants out for pick up and proper disposal by BHV staff. More information about garlic mustard will be printed in subsequent Barton Bulletins and is also widely available on line.

Event Planning As outdoor parties and celebrations increase, please consider guest parking, noise levels and other things that could impact neighbors. Contact Supt. Walter Esch (734-368-7874) for great advice in handling extra cars while maintaining safe roadways.

Traffic Safety Drivers please use extra caution and lower speeds to avoid contact with wildlife, pedestrians, joggers, dog-walkers and service workers who may be in the traffic lanes. Bicyclists should ride with traffic, single file when vehicles are present. Walkers/runners should face traffic and also be single file when vehicles approach.

Ecological Burning From now until May 29, 2015 on weekdays between 11 AM and 7 PM Ann Arbor City may be conducting controlled burns in natural areas near BHV which may cause smoke/haze. For more information contact Ann Arbor City Natural Area Preservation at A2gov.org/NAP or 734-794-6627.

ORDINANCE CODIFICATION (What’s that?) An ordinance is a law or regulation made by a city or village government. Ordinances are rules that communities agree to abide by to promote public safety and well-being.

Codification means to put things in order. BHV has nearly forty individual ordinances, each of which is a separate piece of legislation that requires a specific process to change. When gathered together into a code, the individual parts can be more easily updated and amended.

The BHV Board of Trustees has been working on the codification of the Village ordinances. The first step is to make sure the ordinances are up to date and accurate.

The Trustees follow a procedure to adopt or amend ordinances: consideration of the proposed ordinance at a Board meeting, printing the proposed ordinance in the Barton Bulletin so residents have opportunity to read and comment, more consideration at a subsequent Board meeting, approval, and printing of the final ordinance in the Barton Bulletin/on the BHV website.

Following are three ordinances proposed at the March 9, 2015 BHV Board of Trustees meeting that will aid in the codification process. Residents may comment on the ordinances:
--by attending to speak in person at the April 13, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting which begins
at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall, and/or
--by contacting any Trustee, and/or
--by sending written comments to the Trustees in care of the Clerk’s Office by mail (199 Barton
Shore Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105), fax (734-222-9177) or email (bhvclerk@comcast.net).

PROPOSED ORDINANCE No. 49 Repeal three ordinances that are still active but no longer have a legal effect.
Section 1. Repeal

Ordinances 13, 17 and 22 are repealed.
Section 2. Effective date
This ordinance shall take effect upon publication.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE No. 50 Amend Ord. 26 & 27 Planning Commission to read as follows.
SECTION 1. CREATION AND MEMBERSHIP OF PLANNING COMMISSION
A. A seven member Planning Commission is created under the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, MCL 125.3801 et seq.
B. The Village President shall appoint the members of the Planning Commission, subject to approval of the Village Board of Trustees.
C. The membership of the Planning Commission shall be representative of important segments of the community, such as the economic, governmental, educational, and social development of the municipality, in accordance with the major interests as they exist in the municipality, such as agriculture, natural resources, recreation, education, public health, government, transportation, industry, and commerce. The membership shall also be representative of the entire geography of the Village to the extent practicable.
D. Members of the Planning Commission shall be qualified electors of the municipality, except that up to two Planning Commission members may be individuals who are not qualified electors of the Village.
E. Members of the Planning Commission, other than ex officio members, shall be appointed for three-year terms. However, initial appointments shall be made so that the terms of two Commission members expire each year.
F. One member of the Board of Trustees shall be appointed as an ex official member of the Planning Commission. That appointment shall expire at the end of that member’s term of office as a trustee.
G. All appointed members of the Planning Commission may be compensated at a rate to be determined by the legislative body.
H. The ex officio member of the Planning Commission shall have full voting rights.
SECTION 2. VACANCY
If a vacancy occurs on the Planning Commission, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as provided for an original appointment. A member shall hold office until his or her successor is appointed.
SECTION 3. REMOVAL
The Board of Trustees may remove a member of the Planning Commission for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance in office upon written charges and after a public hearing. Before casting a vote on a matter on which a member may reasonably be considered to have a conflict of interest as defined in the Planning Commission bylaws, the member shall disclose the potential conflict of interest to the Planning Commission. The member is disqualified from voting on the matter if so provided by the Planning Commission bylaws or by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Planning Commission. Failure of a member to disclose a potential conflict of interest as required by this subsection constitutes malfeasance in office. A conflict of interest exists if a member has a direct financial interest in a matter before the Commission.
SECTION 4. PLANNING COMMISSION OFFICERS
At its first regular meeting each year, the Planning Commission shall elect a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary from among its members. An ex officio member of the Planning Commission is not eligible to serve as chairperson or vice-chairperson.
SECTION 5. MEETINGS
A. The Planning Commission shall hold not less than four regular meetings each year.
B. The Planning Commission shall adopt bylaws for transaction of business and shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings, and determinations, which record shall be a public record.
C. Meetings of the Planning Commission are subject to the Open Meetings Act, as amended MCL 15.261 et seq, and the Freedom of Information Act, MCL 15.231 et seq.

SECTION 6. FUNDING
The expenditures of the Planning Commission, exclusive of gifts, shall be within the amounts appropriated for the purpose by the Board of Trustees, which shall provide the funds, equipment, and accommodations necessary for the Planning Commission’s work.

SECTION 7. MASTER PLAN
The Planning Commission shall make and approve a master plan in accordance with the provisions of the Planning Enabling Act.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE No. 51 Establish civil infraction procedures.
Section 1. Initiation of civil infraction enforcement.
Enforcement action regarding violation of a Village ordinance designated as a civil infraction may be started in two ways:
A. A citation may be issued requiring an appearance in District Court 14A.
B. A violation notice may be issued which will permit payment of a fine at the Village Violations Bureau.
Section 2. Service of citations and notices.
A. Civil infraction citations and notices shall be served by persons authorized by ordinance or by resolution of the Board of Trustees.
B. Civil infraction citations and notices shall be on the forms approved by the State Court Administrative Office.
C. Service and processing of civil infraction citations and notices shall be made in accordance with MCL 800.8705, MCL 800.8707 and MCL 800.8709.
Section 3. violations bureau.
The Violations Bureau is established in the Village Hall, 199 Barton Shore Drive. Persons or organizations served with civil infraction notices may admit responsibility and pay the civil fine specified on the violation notice at the Violations Bureau. If the civil fine is not paid, a civil infraction citation shall be issued and be processed with 14A District Court in the manner specified in MCL 800.8707. Fine money paid at the Violations Bureau shall be retained by the Village.
Section 4. Civil fines payable at the Violations Bureau.
Civil fines payable at the Village Violation Bureau shall be in accordance with the following schedule. A repeat offense is one occurring within six months of the previous offense.

Ordinance number and subject

First Offense

First Repeat Offense

Second and subsequent repeat offenses

2. Disorderly conduct

$100

$200

$500

5. Noise

$100

$200

$500

12. Auctions

$25

$50

$100

14. Dogs

$75

$200

$400

21. Septic systems

$100

$200

$500

29. Geothermal systems

$500

$1,000

$2,000

32. Road use

$25

$100

$200

33. Traffic

$100

$200

$300

36. Tree maintenance

$25

$50

$100

37. Illicit discharge

$100

$200

$500

40. Bicycles

$25

$50

$100

41. Signs

$50

$100

$200

46. Pedestrians

$25

$50

$100

48. Zoning

$100

$200

$500





                                                                                                                                  February 2015  VOL. LXI  No. 1

PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING Barton Hills Village will hold a public budget hearing at the Village Hall, 199 Barton Shore Drive, on Monday, March 9, 2015 beginning at 6:00 PM. A copy of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 will be on file and available to the public in the Clerk’s Office after March 1, 2015. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be the subject of this hearing.

WATER CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT The attached annual report for calendar year 2014 is published in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and summarizes the status of the BHV water system during the last calendar year. Please read it carefully and contact the numbers given for questions or concerns.

DIRECTORY UPDATE Please contact the Clerk’s office for information.

IN SYMPATHY Deepest sympathies to the families of Pamela Shultz and Douglas Sherwin, former long-time residents who passed away recently.

SECURITY REMINDER Since tax season is here, be aware of scams perpetrated by people who are posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents. Callers claim that money is owed and legal action will follow. The IRS will never contact anyone by phone to collect on debts. You can simply hang up on the caller; you can also report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484. If you need tax information call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or visit www.irs.gov. Forward any emails from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. Do not open attachments or click on links in suspicious emails. Never give personal information over the phone unless you initiate the call and/or are sure of the recipient.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department reported a recent burglary near BHV. Remember to keep things locked up and be watchful.

TRASH/RECYCLING Winter weather and holidays can play havoc with schedules, but trash collection days are kept as consistent as possible on the first, third and fifth Mondays of the month. Collection begins at 7:30 AM so please plan accordingly.

Please do not put corrugated cardboard boxes in the green recycling bin. BHV recycles these boxes in another way that doesn’t involve the expense of the green bin exchange, so just leave corrugated cardboard alongside the building next to the green bin.

THINK SPRING! With all the white still surrounding us, thoughts of spring may be a major antidote to cabin fever. While you’re leafing through seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer days, please keep these things in mind:

--If you’re planning an outdoor project, please check with the BHV Clerk’s office about necessary approvals. The BHV Zoning Ordinance covers all structures including porches, decks, patios and terraces, accessory buildings, fences, walls over 18” tall, lighting and play structures

--Take a look at where the snow is piled up this year, for reference when you think about plantings, lights, sprinklers and other aspects of landscaping. Such items that are beautiful in the warm weather are invisible under the snow, making it difficult for the snowplow drivers to determine where to drive. The trucks plow from the road towards your house and the snow has to go somewhere at the end—an important thought to consider when planting bushes or placing decorative elements.

--If a sprinkler system is part of your dream, please keep water conservation in mind. Systems with moisture sensors will save energy and money as well as providing just the right amount of water for your location.

--Consider using native plants which have adapted to regional conditions over a long period of time. They are drought resistant due to deep root systems, disease resistant, require little to no fertilizer and improve soil quality while working in community with each other and other habitat members.

Only 17 days until Daylight Savings Time begins (March 8)!

Only 29 days until the first day of Spring (March 20)!






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