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Severe Weather Awareness Week

State of Michigan Emergency Preparedness

March 21-27

A tornado in the distance.

Emergencies, disasters, accidents, and injuries can occur at any time and without warning. The time to plan for any type of disaster is before it occurs.

Keep Your Family Safe

Springtime brings fresh air, sunshine, and flowers—but, also severe weather. To help Michiganders prepare, the State of Michigan is designating March 21-27 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. You can read more about this campaign on Michigan.gov MIReady . The questionnaire below can help you get started on a plan that could save lives:

  • Do you have a family emergency plan? Find out how to make one at Ready.gov Make A Plan  
  • Do you know the emergency plan for your place of work and/or school?
  • Do you have a disaster supply kit in your house? Learn how to make one at Ready.gov Build a Kit 
  • Are your smoke detectors working properly, and do your family members know how they function?
  • Do you have a meeting place outside your home if you must evacuate? If you and your family conduct annual emergency-drills (fire, tornado, etc.), everyone will remember what to do and where to go during an emergency—automatically and without panic.
  • Are family and/or Co-op records and documents protected in a safe place?
  • Choose one person (friend or family member) who doesn't live near you to be a “contact person” for your whole family should you become separated.
  • Do you have contacts and/or family members to stay in other areas?
  • Do you know the numbers of local authorities and emergency services? You can sign up for City of Ann Arbor Emergency Alerts 
  • Do you know who your insurance agent is and his/her phone number?

Make sure everyone in your family has a plan for their own safety, regardless of where they are when disaster strikes. Make decisions about the safest places to stay before an emergency, not in the middle of one!

Tornado Drill

March 24 at 1:00 PM

Tornadoes are common in Michigan and often have devastating consequences. On March 24 at 1:00 PM, there will be a statewide tornado drill. Take full advantage of this drill by making sure you've made your emergency plans with the following in mind:

  • In the event of a tornado, the safest place to be is in a basement, as far away from any windows as possible. Put as many walls as you can between yourself and the tornado.
  • Once you decide which area of your home is the safest, make sure all family members know about it.
  • If the building is severely damaged, evacuate the building as soon as possible, after the storm has passed.
  • Remember to never put yourself in harm’s way.

Get more information about preparing for emergencies at the American Red Cross How to Prepare for Emergencies  .

Local Emergency Numbers

Please also take the time to write down personal contact numbers. Print this page for family members, and keep copies in several accessible places in case of an emergency.

Annual Meeting 2021

51st Annual Membership Meeting

A Word From Our President

Our upcoming Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, via Zoom. The meeting is open to all Forest Hills Cooperative members, in good standing. Prior registration will be required. (See more information below.) The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM, providing the necessary quorum is present.

Open Board Positions

There are two open positions on the Board of Directors. Individual members of record, in good standing, who are seeking a nomination are required to complete the official Forest Hills Cooperative Resume for Candidacy form. Thorough background checks, including but not limited to criminal, financial, personal, court record inquiries, etc., are conducted on each candidate by an outside firm contracted by Forest Hills.

Resume for Candidacy forms are available in the Forest Hills office. Please contact the office if you would like a resume sent to you.

The Resume for Candidacy must be properly filled out and submitted to the office no later than Thursday, March 4, 2021, by 9:00 AM. All candidate resumes must be addressed to Aiji K. Pipho, Secretary of the Board of Directors.

All eligible, certified resumes will be published in the Annual Meeting Newsletter which shall be distributed to the membership no later than ten days prior to the Annual Membership Meeting. (See details below.) No nominations will be taken from the floor on the night of the Annual Meeting.

Erika Hagglund, President
Board of Directors

Plenty of Zoom-Room!

The Annual Membership Meeting is your opportunity to find out the latest news, learn more about issues facing our community, win fabulous prizes, and VOTE! Here's what you need to know:

  • Members must pre-register to vote before the meeting. Call us during our regular business hours at 734-971-9270, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Pre-registration must be completed by March 22 at 5:00 PM.
  • The Annual Meeting Newsletter, which includes detailed information about the meeting, will be delivered on March 12th.
  • This year an election will be held through Election Buddy .
  • All votes are anonymous
  • Yes! There will be prize drawings for those who attend! You could win:
    • One of two, half-off-one-month-carrying-charge certificates
    • One of two, $75-off-carrying-charge certificates
    • One of our $100 restaurant gift certificates
    • A gift card from one of our participating businesses

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 7:00 PM!

Furnace Inspections

Furnace Inspections Begin March 1, 2021

Starting Monday, March 1st, Robertson Morrison , our heating and cooling contractor, will be conducting furnace inspections throughout the cooperative. These inspections are not only recommended by the manufacturer but are also required by the City of Ann Arbor.

What & Why Are They Inspecting?

Providing constant airflow throughout your home is one of the most vital components of our heating and cooling systems. To ensure that these systems are working correctly, we will be inspecting furnace filters, as well as all heating and cold-air returns. These inspections will allow us to assess problems with the system, some of which may be caused by members, themselves.

To maintain safe and healthy airflow, members are always expected to:

  • Replace the furnace filters supplied by Forest Hills, at least four times a year.
  • Ensure that vents are free, uncovered, and unrestricted. The heating and cold-air returns located in each room of your unit should never be blocked—at any time, for any reason, by:
    • furniture, chairs, couches, or mattresses
    • carpeting or rugs
    • clothing
    • boxes, or any other personal items

When filters are not changed, or when vents are blocked, covered, or restricted; proper airflow cannot be maintained. This could cause furnace components to overheat and burn out, which could, in turn, cause your entire system to shut down, leaving you without heat or air conditioning. Unfortunately, we have encountered this situation on several, recent occasions, and they indeed resulted in costly repairs. Please remember that if a heating/cooling system shuts down due to any of the conditions listed above, the member will be responsible for all repair costs.

Member Preparation

Clear the Way
  • Maintain a clear path throughout your home—in particular, from your front door to the basement.
  • Maintain a minimum five-foot-wide path from your basement steps to the area surrounding your furnace, and extending to your electric-panel box.
Children & Pets

Be advised that we will be entering each room of your home.

  • Please keep children and pets away from the area where work is being performed.
  • Please confine pets to a crate or remove them from your home for the duration of the inspection.

The Inspection Process

What to Expect
  • Three Robertson Morrison technicians will arrive, wearing uniforms and driving branded vehicles.
  • The technicians will work in three separate units, while one member of our staff rotates between them to assist when necessary.
  • Inspection and any required maintenance should take approximately one hour, or more, based on their findings.
Regarding COVID-19
  • All technicians and Forest Hills employees are health-screened daily.
  • We will ask the same health-screening questions to each co-op member, prior to entering their unit.
  • Technicians and maintenance staff will be wearing shoe covers and face masks.
  • We ask each member to also wear a face mask while we are working in your home.
  • Please also respect social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from staff and technicians.
  • If you are feeling unwell, waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, or if anyone in your home is in quarantine or isolation, please let us know.

Timeline

Inspection Route:

Without knowing ahead of time how much maintenance will be required for each unit, there is no way for us to provide an exact date for inspections. However, we can share the route that will be followed:

  1. Shadowood
  2. Hardyke
  3. Laurelwood
  4. 2400’s Shadowood
  5. Hemlock
  6. Jonathan

We will distribute notices to each unit when inspections begin in their court.

Need An Appointment?

If you prefer to be present when the inspection work is performed, please contact the office right away. We can provide you with a make-up date without a specific time-window. If you need your appointment at a certain time, a return-trip charge will be assessed by Robertson Morrison. Please contact the office directly to arrange that.

Since the contractor does charge us for each service call, if we do not hear from you about your scheduling needs, and we are unable to gain access to your unit on the day the contractors are working in your area, you will be responsible for Robertson Morrison's service fee.

Still Have Questions?

We realize inspections are disruptive. Please help us help you! If you have any concerns or questions, please call us during our regular business hours at 734-971-9270, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We appreciate your partnering with us to keep your heating and cooling system in top-notch shape!

Open Again

An open sign hanging in a window.

In-Person Visits

Forest Hills has re-opened for in-person visits and non-emergency maintenance. Please note our current hours:

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

You can always reach us during the above hours by phone, 734-971-9270, or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maintenance

Please remember: If maintenance is entering your home on any work order, emergency or otherwise:

  • You, too, must wear a mask!
  • Respect social distancing. Stay six feet away from the maintenance staff while they are assisting you with your maintenance-emergency.
  • Please do not be offended if maintenance staff asks you to step back, leave the room, or use a tape measure to visually assist you or anyone else who is not respecting the social distancing rule.

Thank you for taking these steps to keep both our members and staff safe!

Marijuana Dispensary Public Hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The City of Ann Arbor is reviewing an application as it relates to City Ordinances and Plans. A staff report will be prepared which will include analysis, findings, and a recommendation for actions, and will be available after 3:00 p.m. on the Friday before the hearing date.

Residents are invited to share comments or seek additional information by contacting Planning Services:

  • By phone at 734-794-6265.
  • By email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to provide written comments that will be made available to the Planning Commission, they must be provided to City Planning Staff by noon on the day of the Public Hearing.

A public hearing for the following request will be held by the Ann Arbor City Planning Commission on:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021, AT 7:00 PM
Aerial map of proposed dispensary location.

2385 East Ellsworth Road Site Plan and Special Exception Use for Planning Commission Approval - Proposed Site Plan to redevelop the existing one-story building into a marijuana provisioning center/marijuana retailer, including rear­ranging and improving the parking lot, providing conflicting land use buffer, and installing an enclosure for solid waste/recycling facilities. Request to revise an approved Special Exception Use to allow the approved marijuana provisioning center/marijuana retailer to be located in the existing building rather than a new building on this 0.46-acre site .

This notice is being provided to property within 300feet of the owners, occupants, and registered neighborhood associations within 300 feet of this proposal.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting may be held either physically or electronically, which will be noted on the agenda for this meeting when it is published at https://a2gov.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx .

Please also check the City website's Public Notices of Nonregularly Scheduled or Electronic Meetings at https://www.a2gov.org/Pages/Special-Meetings-and-Sessions.aspx .

If held physically, this meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chamber, 2nd floor of the Guy C. Larcom, Jr. Municipal Building, 301 E. Huron Street .

If held electronically, this meeting will be viewable online or on broadcast television, or may be listened to live via telephone, with public comment done electronically. Viewing options will be available on CTN Ann Arbor's website: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/communications/ctn/Pages/default.aspx?Pages/watch.aspx .

Procedures for telephone participation and public comment at electronic meetings is available on the City Clerk's website: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Pages/Virtual-Meetings-.aspx .

Click here for a downloadable PDF of this notice.

If you would like to track information about the proposed Ellsworth property, visit Etrakit Website  and search "Properties."