PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETING
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Springfield Oaks Activity Center – Carousel Hall
12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
You’re invited to join Consulting engineers from AECOM along with Springfield Township and Oakland County Parks & Recreation staff for the final update on the Preliminary Engineering and Conceptual Park Planning phase of the Mill Pond Dam project. Click here for the meeting notice.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., information boards, images, and renderings will be on display during an open house. The update presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Q&A session. Citizens may participate in person during the Q&A session or submit questions or comments in advance through this link: firstname.lastname@example.org
The first public outreach effort of the Preliminary Engineering and Park Conceptual Planning phase was conducted as an online Outreach Presentation in January 2021. The presentation and meeting materials were made available through this webpage. A project display also was posted at the Springfield Township Civic Center beginning in December 2020 so citizens could review the plans and renderings in person. A survey was conducted during January and February 2021 to obtain public comment and questions on the draft preliminary engineering and concept plans for future park enhancements. The survey collected 110 responses and an additional 5 e-mailed comments and 1 letter were received. The documents linked below provide detailed reports of the survey responses and questions.
- Public Engagement Report of survey responses
- Q&A Report of questions submitted during the survey period
Springfield Township and Oakland County have extensively explored options for the Davisburg Mill Pond Dam. Due to the age of the dam and based on information from a 2011 engineering study and 2015 video inspection, the Mill Pond Dam has significant deficiencies and associated safety/liability issues.
A feasibility study was commissioned in October 2018 to identify various alternatives for the dam. The study included two public informational meetings, held in March and May of 2019, to present preliminary findings and receive public input. The Feasibility Study resulted in eight viable alternatives in two scenarios to either replace or remove the dam. During a Special Meeting held on June 6, 2019, the Springfield Township Board carefully analyzed every alternative based upon several factors including historical significance, effect on safety, water wells, and real estate values, recreational benefits, environmental considerations, and cost. The Township Board ultimately recommended dam removal and restoration of the river corridor. The County concurred in that recommendation.
In the fall of 2019, the project moved to the preliminary engineering and conceptual park design phase. The consultant has collected data to determine how to engineer the stream channel and arch culvert at the Davisburg Road crossing and has prepared plans for the restoration of the river corridor. Concurrently, the consultant is offering recommendations for future enhancement to the surrounding park properties.
The Oakland County Parks & Recreation Commission, Springfield Township Board, and Springfield Township Park Commission reviewed the preliminary engineering plans and conceptual park designs at their meetings in October 2020 and approved presenting the plans to the public for review and comment.
Due to restrictions on public gatherings in 2020 to June 2021, the first public outreach effort of the Preliminary Engineering and Park Conceptual Planning phase was conducted as an online presentation in January 2021. The full recording of the presentation and meeting materials are available in the Public Information Meetings & Materials tab.