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SATURDAY, April 9, 2017 4:00 p.m.: Easter Egg Hunt 2017 and Memorial Day Parade sign-up

Easter Egg Hunt 2013

April 9th, 2017, 4:00 p.m. hunt with set-up starting at 3:30 p.m.

Glacier Highlands Park on Larchmont Drive

Join us on SUNDAY, April 9th at 4:00 p.m. for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Each family is asked to bring a dozen eggs per child filled with candy and distribute them around the park starting at 3:30. Kids will then start hunting them at 4:00 p.m. SHARP!

During and after the hunt, we’ll have sign-up sheets for Memorial Day Parade leadership and volunteer positions. There is also a Sign Up Genius site that has been set up at the following website: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aa5a722a3f85-2016

 

 

2016 Easter Egg Hunt

A fun time was had by all at the 2016 annual Easter egg hunt!

The following pictures highlight the kids going out into the field and woods to find their eggs and inventory their goodies afterwards!

The Sign Up Genius is now up and running for the annual Memorial Day parade. Check it out at this MEMORIAL DAY PARADE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK or e-mail at glacierhighlands@gmail.com.

An update was also provided by the North East Ann Arbor Community Coalition on ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the University of Michigan’s plans for a bus yard adjacent to several neighborhoods in the area.

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2/28/16 – Northeast Ann Arbor Community Coalition is formed to engage University leaders

Over 60 members of the surrounding community joined together tonight in Green Wood Church to form a new coalition of stakeholders from various residential communities that would be affected by UM’s proposal to move its transportation center and maintenance operations to a site that directly abuts several neighborhoods. Members in attendance included residents from the Green Road corridor of Green Brier, Baxter Court, Glacier Highlands, Waldenwood, and Vintage Valley. Local political representation included State representative Adam Zemke and Ward representatives Jane Lumm and Kirk Westphal. The coalition will be led by a number of interested leaders from the various groups as well as subject matter experts in air quality, noise, light and traffic studies, site planning and visual impact, environmental and sustainability analyses, and social justice issues.

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The resounding conclusion from the discussion was that Regents may not have been fully aware of the aforementioned concerns prior to their approvals based on the material they were originally given. Therefore, they probably did not know about the proximity of the planned industrial park to surrounding neighborhoods. As a result, the coalition will continue informational efforts by performing the following tasks:

  • Utilize community networking and encourage neighbors and other stakeholders to write letters to the Regents.
  • Sign the petition that is circulating to raise awareness of the coalition and its cause.
  • Assign and designate individuals that will engage with the Regents at their upcoming meeting on March 17th.
  • Designate a leadership team that will coordinate further efforts and outreach to the community at large.

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Excellent community dialogue and discussion ensued during this meeting including brainstorms on different topics via sticky note comments for the many issues of concern. To the left are the questions and thoughts that came up just regarding traffic.

Further details regarding any future meetings will be communicated via established e-mail lists and announcements in social media. The GHNA website will also continue to highlight this effort through ongoing posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE – Greenwood Church (FUMC) on Green Road – Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

We are looking at a meeting of interested stakeholders from the various affected neighborhoods to meet this Sunday at the Greenwood Church (of the FUMC) on 1001 Green Road. We recognize the short notice nature of this effort but also have received a lot of feedback on willingness to provide additional feedback in a neighborhood-based forum and keep things moving forward.

We have already seen some nice press coverage to raise everyone’s awareness.

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/northeast_ann_arbor_residents.html

https://www.michigandaily.com/section/news/university-and-locals-meet-discuss-new-transportation-center

We also recently received a response from President Schlissel acknowleding our concerns. Keep the feedback flowing to both the President and the Regents.

Tentative Agenda –  Green Wood Church (FUMC), 1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

1. Introductions
2. Review of Public Forum held on 2/25/16
3. Development of Shared Goals among Neighborhood Stakeholders
4. Action Item determination and taskers
     a. Regents
     b. University
     c. Press
     d. Website maintenance
     e. Petition
     f. Others
5. Conclusion
6. Determination of Next Meeting

2/25/16 – UM Bus Yard background prior to Public Forum

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UM’s Back Door is proposed to be at our Neighborhood’s Front Door!

Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Building 520 of the North Campus Research Complex

Over the course of the past two years, University planners have put forth a proposal to move their current Fleet, Garage and Transit Services to the corner of Hubbard and Green roads. On February 23, 2016, Mr. Jim Kosteva, UM Director of Community Relations, wrote the following: “I would invite any neighbors to visit the Kipke Drive location and assess the noise and emission from the existing operations.” Today, February 25, 2016, is when he had arranged for the first publicly-advertised forum to discuss neighbor questions about potential noise, air quality, hazardous substance discharge, or other impacts on nearby homes (including Glacier Highlands neighborhood and low-income, minority residents) and the local watershed and environment. This invitation was portrayed in an e-mail to City Council members on February 8, 2016 and outlined that neighbors within 500 feet of the facility would be the primary designees for the invitation.

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/u-m_to_hold_informational_meet_1.html

IMG_20160223_184522813Significant efforts have been made by interested neighbors and local elected officials to highlight this issue to University of Michigan authorities as a problematic plan from the start but this is the first meeting we have been given to gather more information and voice our concerns. We would encourage any/all members of the neighborhood to attend this forum to inform yourselves on the issue.

For videos of the Kipke station, please visit the Glacier Highlands Neighborhood Association YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJqJGpngicWVSHv5Jpb1xg

IMG_20160223_165259898_HDROne of the major drivers cited by the University is not only cost cutting measures and safety concerns for their employees but also that they will gain 185 parking spaces at the Sports Complex near Crisler arena for commuter and event parking. These parking spots are currently being taken up by the University’s significant number of fleet vans and cars.

 

Here is a better schematic of what has been proposed and how it is better portrayed in the context of our neighborhood.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/89fb0xwoqyvxi7w/Bus%20Depot%20Image.pptx?dl=0

See the following summary of Regent’s meeting minutes and approval items provided by one of our neighborhood association members:

Here is a summary of the discussion at the original May 15, 2014 Regents meeting:

Transportation Operations and Maintenance Facility – On a motion by Regent White, seconded by Regent Richner, the regents unanimously approved the Transportation Operations and Maintenance Facility as described and authorized commissioning URS for its design.”

Oh, but they probably had a whole packet of information to consider, right?  Uh, maybe not so much – Materials from May 14, 2014 Regents meeting.  In the materials presented to the Regents, do you notice anything missing (from the picture of the site?  Weird how they cropped it, huh?)
Also, here is the sum of the discussion from the minutes of the Regents from April 15, 2015 meeting:
Transportation Operations and Maintenance Facility Christopher D. Vogelheim, of AECOM (formerly URS) presented the schematic design for the project that will replace the current Transportation Services building to accommodate larger buses and equipment in a more centralized location. After Transportation Services has been relocated, additional parking spaces will be available for commuters and events. On a motion by Regent White, seconded by Regent Bernstein, the regents unanimously approved the schematic design for the Transportation Operations and Maintenance Facility.”
Here are the documented considered by the Regents in April of 2015 before the most recent vote (Materials from April 15, 2015 meeting) – don’t laugh.
 From the University Record:
“The new operations and maintenance facility will accommodate current and future maintenance space needs, including the flexibility to handle larger articulated buses. It also will house heavy-equipment maintenance operations that are currently in a separate building.”
Here is the upside: “Departing the current site will make available nearly 185 spaces on the Ross Athletic Campus for commuters and event parking.”

https://record.umich.edu/articles/regents-approve-design-new-transportation-facility-north-campus

 

As for parking and traffic concerns for the site, Jim Kosteva noted in an e-mail to elected officials on February 9, 2016 that “A traffic analysis was commissioned for the project, I don’t know if the draft report has been finalized, but we should be able to share and discuss the preliminary findings at the February 25th meeting.”

Essentially, the University has already admitted to NOT performing a traffic analysis or environmental impact study prior to putting forth the proposal and bid process to the Regents. As of this writing at 8:30 a.m. on 2/25/16, they have yet to release a sustainability summary either:

http://www.umaec.umich.edu/projects/major-projects/transportation-operations-and-maintenance-facility/sustainability/

The other nearby outdoor facility, M-City, does have a very detailed sustainability plan available.

A letter (hyperlinked) was submitted yesterday to the Regents from the Neighborhood Association voicing concerns that they may have not have received all of the information they needed to know regarding the facts surrounding this proposal prior to their votes.

This situation is fairly ironic in that the University’s own statements and values are to be the “Leaders and Best” including the following quotation from their designated website:

The University’s location in the heart of beautiful Ann Arbor offers unrivaled access to the cultural richness of the University and the community, with exceptional museums, galleries, performance venues, entertainment, sports, and outdoor spaces.

It’s apparent the University wants to highlight the heart of our beautiful city to their students and donors but the periphery of their campus may be utilized for industrial sites, even when it is co-located with neighborhoods where their own professors, staff, physicians, alumni and supporters live.

Again, we would urge all of you to attend the meeting this evening if you are able. Additional information will be forthcoming following this forum.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015 and Memorial Day Parade sign-up

March 29, 2015, 4:30 p.m. hunt with set-up starting at 4:00 p.m.

Glacier Highlands Park on Larchmont Drive

Join us on Sunday at 4:30 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Each family is asked to bring a dozen eggs per child filled with candy and distribute them around the park starting at 4:00 p.m.

During and after the hunt, we’ll have sign-up sheets for Memorial Day Parade leadership and volunteer positions.

 

Kid’s Golf Clinic with PGA Pro Mark Rudy – Sunday, September 7th, 1:00 p.m.

Mark Rudy, local PGA professional Mark Rudy and neighbor, will host a Kid’s Golf Clinic at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 7th, at Glacier Highlands Park. He will provide equipment for this introduction to golf on our very own greens! Come out for all the fun and great opportunity to learn! For more information on this event, contact Kevin Bohnsack from the GHNA Board.

Fourth Friday Potluck

Fourth Friday Potlucks at Glacier Highlands (Larchmont) Park are a great time to meet neighbors and new friends. Friday “Park Potlucks” have become a grand tradition for the neighborhood during June, July and August. The amazing diversity and foodie talent in this area provides for a wonderful social gathering and some GREAT FOOD!

2019 dates are as follows:

Friday June 28th @6pm
Friday July 26th @6pm
Friday August 23rd @6pm

Garage Sale

We’d like to organize another neighborhood-wide garage sale for June 2014.  Please contact Sara Zocher for details at sarazocher @ yahoo.com.  Consider volunteering and creating a Google Map of participants, hanging balloons on participant mailboxes, and posting notices online.  Thank you!

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Easter Egg Hunt

April 19, 2014

It’s time for our 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt! To participate you’ll need to bring 12 eggs for every child in your family, stuffed with whatever tchotchkes you have on hand. Families have stuffed eggs with stickers, spare change, bandaids, hair clips, craft items, leftovers from birthday goody bags, you name it. We try to avoid candy and nuts.

A balmy 56 degrees is forecasted for Saturday so don’t let today’s snow discourage you! Please also forward this notice on to friends and neighbors. We are also on the lookout for teens to help hide eggs. Please email me at linh.song @ gmail.com for details.

Glacier Highlands Park (on Larchmont and Barrister)
4:00 – a parent from each family meets at the park, hides eggs
4:30 – other parent and kids join us to start the hunt

– Bring a blanket to open eggs on….last year some kids were upset when they lost their change in the grass. They also like to trade items.
– Bring a snack to share as a preventative measure against sugar highs.
– I’ll have water, cups, and green tea available.
– If the weather’s nice then we can have pizza to be delivered to the park. Please bring cash.