The primary purpose of the committee is to maintain a network to disseminate information to the Sherwood Forest community in a timely manner utilizing residents who volunteer to represent their blocks. The committee also is used to assess complaints and questions from Sherwood Forest residents.
The Tattler is published electronically at least times a year. Once a new edition of the Tattler is complete, electronic copies are sent to email subscribers and the new edition is placed on the website under “Newsletter.” Presently, the Tattler does not accept paid advertising.
The committee must keep all information on the website up to date, including forms, notices of upcoming events and the “This Old House” list. Our web service provider is ipage. Our website is found at www.sherwoodforestdetroit.org.
EMAIL AND ADDRESS LISTS
The committee must continuously update email and address lists as well as encourage residents to provide their email addresses and address changes. Email addresses are solicited on our annual Sherwood Forest Association dues notices, security patrol dues notices, at meetings and other events and through the Tattler. When an email is returned as undeliverable, we contact the homeowner to get an updated email address. Email and address lists are not shared with other organizations or even with other neighbors. It is important for residents to know that the information they share with us is kept private.
In addition to sending the Tattler, we communicate regularly with neighbors by email. We send notices of upcoming neighborhood events, communications from the city and from other neighborhoods, security alerts and even notices about lost pets. We do not send commercial or political notices via email. Residents email us on a regular basis and we try to respond to each of these emails. Shirley Jackson is the Tattler editor, and Gail Rodwan is responsible for other communications. Emails are sent using the email delivery service Vertical Response.
The purpose of this committee is the planning and execution of events for Sherwood Forest residents. All events require board approval of the activity and the funding.
We need someone to chair this committee
This committee exists to ensure the health, safety and beauty of Sherwood Forest by monitoring compliance with the Sherwood Forest property restrictions, as well as zoning and property maintenance provisions of the Detroit City Code.
Typical violations are improper storage of vehicles, untimely placement of trash at the curb for pickup, failure to cut grass, etc.
On confirmation of a violation, the chairperson will send the homeowner a reminder letter specifying the violation and the steps necessary to remedy the situation. The Sherwood Forest Association has developed form letters for this purpose, and they are available online. The first step is to seek voluntary compliance from the homeowner. In the rare instance where the homeowner declines to comply, the chairperson of this committee is responsible for contacting the appropriate city department or agency to seek assistance in resolution of the problem.
This person also is responsible for organizing periodic neighborhood cleanup and beautification campaigns, typically in the spring and fall.
Duties Relating to Security Patrol:
Non-board member Gordon Rodwan is responsible for patrol billings and membership list; non-board member Mike Slater reviews patrol and statistical reports and communicates with neighbors and Threat Management on security issues.
The chair of this committee finds a neighbor to monitor each vacant home and assists the monitor where special support is required. In some instances, the chair will hire contractors to do work beyond what the monitor is able to do (rake leaves, shovel snow, etc). Vacant home monitors report to the chair any changes in the status of vacant homes. The chair must survey the neighborhood on a regular basis and keep an up-to-date list of all vacant homes, share that list with Threat Management Security and attempt to determine the status and ownership of each vacant home.
This committee educates our neighbors about what it means to live in an historic district and helps residents
to work with the Detroit Historic District Commission.
This committee works with local realtors to educate them about the Sherwood Forest Association, the security patrol, our property restrictions and historic designation. The chair monitors home sales and prices, publicizes homes for sale and encourages potential new residentsto but in Sherwood Forest