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River Pines is a beautiful 96 acre community of 355 single-family condominium homes consisting of 110 detached units and 245 units in three- and four-unit buildings.  The site is located in Farmington Hills, MI at the intersection of Nine Mile Rd. and Drake.

From the President

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  • May 19, 2017

    Greetings River Piners. The start of spring is marked by the usual evidence here at River Pines: approval of the audit of our finances for the previous year, signing contracts for porch staining, and seeing American Euro start in on the unit painting. The painting began a bit earlier than usual, due to the warm weather. The audit has been approved, and when a final copy is received it will be available to co-owners both on our web site and as a paper copy requested from the management company. Like last year, the porch staining will be split between two contractors; we don’t yet have an indication of when that work will begin. The Board has chosen a contractor for this year’s asphalt work, but a revised quote will be needed before the work can be scheduled.

    Our Spring meeting will be held on Wednesday of next week. Along with the usual presentation, the Board members will be there to hear your concerns and answer your questions, and we’ll have a guest speaker from Farmington Hills Crime Prevention.

  • January 31, 2017

    Greetings, River Piners. So far in the new year, the Board has met twice. We had our first formal meeting last week, and we’ve also met informally, with no others in attendance, to talk about the state of the Association and about plans for the coming year. One good intention that came out of our conversation is an interest in reviewing the Bylaws. There are at least several areas of new technology (drones, for an example) that are not referred to in the Bylaws, though it would be prudent for the Bylaws to mention them for the sake of granting an explicit authority to the Board to devise regulations should they become necessary. Any change to the Bylaws involves a serious amount of work, as it requires co-owner approval by a 2/3 majority. So if we’re going to make that effort we’ll also review the entire document to see if there are any other areas that need to be clarified. Your comments and suggestions are of course welcome.

    A recent modification request asked permission to change the porch light fixture. While this type of change has indeed happened already a number of times within River Pines, it is awkward to realize that we don’t have any written guidance in the rule book. So for the time being the Board adopted a policy of granting such a request with the condition that any new fixture be roughly the same size, shape, and color as the original, and that its illumination not annoy any neighbors. I’d expect that when we next update the rule book this item will be added to the pre-approved list.


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Around River Pines

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  • Ice Dams – As we move into February and March, this is the time we see ice dams form on some units.  The freezing and thawing weather causes this condition and it can damage the roof of your unit and cause leaks.  If you see heavy icicle’s building up around your gutters, give Bob Goodman 248-756-3888 or Greg 734-323-7594 a call and let them know.
  • Snow Season – Remember, the snow season is here so please don’t park on the street when we have snow storms and park your car in the garage so we can clean the driveway effectively.

Coming Events

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  • Annual Meeting – The 2017 River Pines Annual Meeting will be held on September 20, 2017 at the Costick Center.  We will be electing new board members.  Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
  • Board Meeting – Board Meetings are typically held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  The next Board meeting will be on June 27, 2017.
  • River Pines Breakfast – The River Pines  breakfast is scheduled for first Saturday of every month, 10:00 am at Kerby’s Coney Island 21200 Haggarty Road in Northville.  See you there.  
  • 2017 Spring Information Meeting – The next Spring Information Meeting will be held on May 24, 2017 and will start at 7:00 pm.  Please plan to attend and find out what’s going on in River Pines.

Management

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River Pines is managed by McShane & Associates, Inc. and handles the day-to-day administration of the association. Most of your questions or concerns can be handled by contacting their office.

In a condominium association, the Board of Directors establishes the policies, sets the budget and then directs the management firm to carry them out.

Annual Meeting of the Members

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The Annual Association Meeting is held in September of each year at the Farmington Hills Costick Center on 11 mile road. Prior to the meeting we will let members know how many board seats are up for election and other issues that may be considered.

Living in River Pines

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“Just wanted to share our thoughts about the professional job that Pasko & Tony and their crew from American Euro Painting, Inc. are doing. They spent several days scraping the entire units, caulking, and replacing wood before ever starting to paint. They are methodical, neat,and very hard workers taking great pride in their workmanship. The quality of paint being used gives a rich appearance, especially the front door and garage.  Read more from neighbors