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Huntington Woods Statement Condemning Acts of Racial Injustice and Commitment for Justice, Fairness and Peace for All


This year has brought many unexpected challenges and emotions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. At this time of heightened anxiety and distance, news of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is a shocking reminder of the acts of injustice that continue to occur in our country. The City of Huntington Woods shares this statement from our elected and public officials with our response to this senseless tragedy and our ongoing efforts to create a safe and welcoming community.

Absentee Ballots for August Primary

Absentee ballots were mailed June 30th.  Look for the blue and white ballot official election mail envelope in your mailbox. For easy and safe return, please use the  drop box on the west side of City Hall along the curb or the ballot drop box in the east side vestibule of City Hall -- both are accessible after hours.  If you do not receive your ballot and applied for one, please contact the City Clerk at 248-581-2638 or email hbarckholtz@hwmi.org.  Ballots are due back by 8 p.m. election night.

2020 Huntington Woods Virtual Fourth of July Parade

City Decides to Not Open Pool for 2020 Season

After much consideration, research, and information collected through a survey of past pool pass holders, the City has decided not to open the pool for the 2020 season.

 

A short survey was created and distributed to 610 households who had purchased a pool membership or multi-visit pass in recent years. A total of 371 people responded to the survey, indicating their interest level in buying a pool pass for this summer under new parameters and at a potentially higher cost for a shorter season. The majority of respondents were either unsure about whether they would purchase a pass, or outright confirmed that they would not do so, with these new conditions.

 

City officials considered many factors before making this decision, including but not limited to:

 

  • The logistics of adhering to state regulations regarding public pool use during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • A shortened season, much smaller capacity limits and the impact that had on generating enough revenue to cover operational costs
  • A high level of uncertainty around how many residents would, in fact, patronize the pool
  • Complications surrounding creating a satisfactory plan for all interested parties

 

While we know that the pool and summer programming (including camps and July 4th celebrations) are highlights that draw people to choose to live in Huntington Woods, the unusual and evolving circumstances of this time make it difficult to continue with our normal programming. We regret having to cancel such popular community opportunities to gather and celebrate, and we are hopeful that by adopting a stricter standard in the short-term, we will promote good health in the long-term and be able to gather again before long.

 

Thank you to those who participated in the survey. We appreciate the community’s support and understanding and wish everyone a healthy summer.

 

Update on Summer Camps & City-Wide Activities
June 8, 2020

In recent weeks, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been relaxing restrictions to allow for more freedom of movement and gatherings statewide. On June 1st, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 110, which permits children's day camps to operate and allows outdoor social gatherings and events that do not exceed 100 people, as long as strict safety protocols are observed. 

 

With the new Executive Order, the City has reviewed whether we can effectively and safely operate Fruit and Specialty Camps, and hold any Independence Day activities or other city-wide summer events.   After careful consideration, we have determined to not proceed with summer camp activities or city-wide activities because the spread of the virus is greater where crowds are gathered and the practical difficulty of enforcing social distancing.

 

Fourth of July Parade, Fireworks, Concerts and Special Events

 

The Executive Order allows outdoor events that are limited to 100 people who are practicing 6 foot social distancing. Our City events are specifically designed to bring neighbors together - and we are proud that our summer activities almost always generate more than 100 participants. Because we can not control crowd size, we will not hold any city-wide events.

 

Fruit Camps/Specialty Camps

The Governor's Order allows for day camps to resume but they need to be conducted entirely outdoors to be in compliance with the Order. For reasons outlined below, we are not operating Fruit Camp or Specialty Camp this summer:

 

  • Running the camp entirely outdoors creates a safety issue in case of rain or extreme heat. Using the Recreation Center as an alternative location would not be within the required guidelines of the Order, as indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
  • Hiring and training staff, camp daily activity and event planning, and ordering supplies is a lengthy process that usually begins in February for a mid-June start
  • The Fruit Camp experience would be dramatically altered including no field trips and it is not clear if the pool could be used for camps.
  • If Fruit Camp/Specialty Camps were to open, we would not offer the virtual Fruit Camp activities for those residents who are not comfortable with attending in-person camps.
  • It would be necessary to exclude campers and not hire any camp staff who are at a higher risk for severe illness or live with a family member who is at risk.
  • It would be extremely difficult for camp staff to enforce the CDC recommendations for cleaning, disinfecting, and ensuring campers stay at least 6 feet apart as much as possible.

This decision was not undertaken lightly because the City is proud of our many fun summer programming and events, but the collective safety and health of our entire community are the priorities driving these tough decisions.  The City is still reviewing whether the pool can be operated in a safe and fiscally responsible manner at this time.

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