Take a Hike
This is a great time of year to enjoy the walking paths along our lakes. Thanks to the Grounds Committee for keeping the paths in good shape. Notice, too, the new steps leading down from Midway to the lower path, with a new rope railing. They are much safer and more attractive than the old steps. A special thanks to Wes Daining and Bob Sendra for designing and overseeing this wonderful improvement to the path.
Dangerous Driveway Sealcoats
Many residents periodically have their asphalt driveways sealed or top-coated to protect the asphalt from the deteriorating effects of sun, water and salt. If you are planning to seal your driveway, avoid coal-tar sealcoats because they are potentially hazardous to human and aquatic life. They are high in polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), many of which have been identified as toxic and/or carcinogenic. The use of coal-tar sealcoats has been banned in Ann Arbor and Dexter, and other communities including Scio Township are considering the same.
Asphalt-based sealants are much safer, as are acrylic and latex-based coatings. The slurry seal used on Loch Alpine streets is asphalt-based. When choosing a sealant (or a contractor) to top-coat your driveway, select a safer alternative to coal tar. For more information about coal-tar sealants and safe alternatives, check out this information
from WEMU-FM and the Huron River Watershed Council.
A coal tar sealcoat scam has been taking place in the Dexter area, noted in a current alert from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The name of the fake company is "Father and Sons Sealcoating". If approached by anyone representing this company who offers to provide a sealcoat job on your driveway, or if you have already been a victim of this scam, please call 911 immediately. Members of the fake company were driving a green Dodge pickup with camouflage trim.
Yes, We Count!
The United States Census Bureau is conducting survey work throughout Ann Arbor and within Loch Alpine over the next several months. Only a small sample of household addresses will be selected to participate, but these select households will help produce the raw data utilized by economists, social scientists and policy makers throughout both our community and our country.
The survey work is conducted under the authority of Title 13, United States Code, Section 182. Section 9 of this law requires the Census Bureau to keep all information collected strictly confidential and mandates that it may only be used for statistical purposes.
The Field Representative assigned to work in the vicinity, David Burkholder, will display Census Bureau identification when he visits a residence. The best source of information on Census Bureau surveys can be found here
. If residents have questions, they can contact Field Supervisor Sue Ellen Ikens at (734) 846-2132, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, or email email@example.com