April meeting was packed with people – and information!

Well spring 2018 has finally hit and it brings us many challenges and opportunities to help our village early this year with neighborhood clean ups, property maintenance reminders and your continued support in so many ways.

The April General Meeting was a full house with another pot luck dinner. Big thanks to all who prepared wonderful dishes. Due to a lack of participation, the Board voted to disband the monthly pot lucks at this time. If anyone wants to bring a dessert to share, it is always welcome.

Our April guest speakers included Brittany Sanders Rose with the Belle Isle Conservancy, District 4 Manager Letty Azar, and Kyle Richardson, Chairperson of “Voters Not Politicians,” an independent citizens redistricting commission seeking a fair, impartial and transparent redistricting process. Kathy Roddie, Residential Chairperson, provided a summary of the extremely successful April 7 EEV Neighborhood Cleanup Day and acknowledged the participation of University of Michigan students as well as local residents in this effort. These efforts resulted in clearing three lots of trash and debris and helping remove leaves and street debris from two other properties. Thanks to DPW with the special post-event pickups. Special thanks to our DPD 5th Precinct officers for providing additional patrols throughout the day. And finally, big, big thanks to Kathy Roddie for leading the event once again this year and to the entire team of dedicated resident and student volunteers! We look forward to an even bigger participation of residents next year.

Web team begins work to improve our website

Work has begun on the EEV website updates and the Web team will keep us informed as we move forward to improve our village website. We appreciate the ideas and thoughts proposed over the last several months. Thank you to Nancy Brigham, our dedicated webmaster, whose continual efforts keep the site updated with events, newsworthy items and posting our newsletter.

Please remember… I-696 westbound is closed till mid November 2018 for major repairs.

Hear update from EEV’s traffic team & much more at May meeting

We will be covering a hot topic at the May 9 EEV General Meeting. With summer just around the corner, speeding across the village area has continued to be an issue of great concern to residents. We will be following up with our EEVA traffic team to hear what’s been reported and how we can help slow the speed down in our community. At the May meeting we will also be covering topics such as Special Assessment District information, code enforcement, mini-bike laws and preparing for the upcoming Motor City Commercial Spring Cleanup which will be kicked off in EEV on Saturday, May 19.

How to join us for May 19 clean-up!

Volunteer residents (and family and friends) should plan to meet at Warren/ Cadieux at 10 a.m. To volunteer, please contact our Commercial Co-Chairs, Joe Rashid or Darnell Adams, at commercial@eastenglishvillage.org or plan to sign up at the meeting.

As always, in an election year we will be hosting three candidates for various offices at each meeting beginning May through July.

Quality of life issues

We continue to work with Commander Ewing, Captain Garner and their team on current community quality of life issues, and we will review our progress at this meeting. Please contact your street rep or your block captain for more information regarding blight and any other issues of concern. We need the partnership of every resident of EEV to continue our status as a “Community of Choice.”

Neighborhood issues that continue to need addressing and are covered under Detroit City Code include:

• Cars, trucks and trailers are not to be parked on any lawn area (including your backyard).

• Pets must be taken care of for their well-being and with respect for your neighbors.

• Garbage cans of all types are to be placed behind the line of the back of the house – not the driveway or under your neighbor’s windows on the driveway side.

• Adhere to the proper day for trash, recycling and yard waste collection; also, no bins out before 6 p.m. the night before or after 7 p.m. the day of pickup. (Please refer to your 2018 GFL Collection Calendar, the EEV newsletter, website, as well as weekly postings on Nextdoor or EEV Facebook page to confirm proper pickup dates. There’s really no excuse for “not knowing.”)

Welcome to new residents!

We would like to welcome all of our new residents to the Village and extend a warm invitation to join us at one of our General Meetings (always held the second Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. at St Clare). This is a great way to meet your neighbors and an opportunity to become involved in our terrific community!

Wishing each of you and your family and friends a happy and safe Memorial Day week-end!

Best regards,

Bill Barlage,
President, East English Village Association