Welcome to the Connemara Hills Homeowner Association

This is a simple, free, webpage designed to provide information to current and prospective homeowners in the Connemara Hills Subdivision located at Nine Mile and Taft roads in Novi, Michigan.  If you have any questions regarding our beautiful community, please feel free to contact any of the officers.  In an effort to support our local community--if you reside within Connemara Hills and own a business, please email Brian Smola so I may include a link/information regarding your business.  Perhaps you are a financial planner, remodel homes, a plumber, etc.  As a community, your neighbors would love to support and use your expertise for their homes and family!

Connemara Hills is located in "NoVille"....We actually reside and pay taxes to Novi, but have a Northville mailing address and belong to the Northville School District.  We are also conveniently located very close to downtown Northville, closer in fact than Novi.  Some say its the best of both worlds as we pay lower Novi taxes but share all the great amenities of beautiful Northville.

Our Elementary School:


Our Middle School:


Our High School:


Current Happenings:

Happy Spring!  With Spring comes the spring rain...Thornton Creek has been steadily flowing, nice and full.  It can and will occasionally spill over its banks and flood certain areas.  I have only seen it happen one time in my time living here.  Still, a beautiful creek to have through our sub.

Mailboxes:
We have had some complaints regarding mailboxes.  If your mailbox is temporarily supported please take the time to install a permanent one now that the weather is warmer.

Sheds and fences:
As always, please remember sheds and perimeter fences are not allowed within the sub.

Eco-Fresh Bins
Eco-Fresh is a company that will be offering to clean and sanitize our trash and recycling bins for a fee.  Depending on how many people in a given subdivision sign up, and how many cleaning individuals sign up for, is what determines the price.  The more people, as well as the frequency by individuals causes the price to go down.  It can be as low as $5 a cleaning, but also as high as $25.  More to come on Eco-Fresh and their services.


                                             

   

Annual dues are only $5, however, we always appreciate your generosity to keep our neighborhood and community safe as well as beautiful!  Dues will be collected around CHHA election time, which is in the fall.









                                    Beautiful Thornton Creek runs through Connemara Hills






Coyote sightings have been reported.  This is likely due to the recent construction taking place on the woods on the north side of Nine Mile.

Coyotes have been spotted within our subdivision!  Please be cautious with your pets, though coyotes are generally considered safe.  Here is some information on coyotes provided by the State of Michigan:

Description and Life History

Coyotes can be difficult to distinguish from a medium sized German shepherd dog from a distance. There is wide variation in the coyote's color, but generally their upper body is yellowish gray, and the fur covering the throat and belly is white to cream color. The coyote's ears are pointed and stand erect, unlike the ears of domestic dogs that often droop. When observed running, coyotes carry their bushy, black tipped tail below the level of their back. Wolves, which are found in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, are larger than coyotes and carry their tail in a horizontal position while running. The size and weight of coyotes are commonly overestimated, because their long fur masks a bone structure that is slighter than that of most domestic dogs.

Coyotes can often live six to eight years in the wild. Various forms of natural mortality include disease, predation, and starvation. However, hunting, trapping, and vehicle collisions are common causes of coyote mortality. Approximately 50 70% of juvenile coyotes do not reach adulthood. Annual adult mortality averages 30 50%. Coyotes can compensate for severe reductions in population numbers by breeding at younger ages and by having larger litters.

Coyotes are opportunistic and will eat almost anything available. Small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, rabbits, hares, and squirrels are preferred foods. However, insects, fruits, berries, birds, frogs, snakes, plants, and seeds round out their diet. In areas with high deer numbers, carrion resulting from vehicle deer collisions, natural causes, and crippling losses is an important source of food. In urban areas, coyotes are attracted to garbage, garden vegetables, and pet foods. They will also prey on unattended small dogs and cats, if opportunities exist. Some coyotes learn to kill smaller livestock, such as sheep, goats, calves, and poultry. Larger animals are almost always consumed as carrion.

People are most likely to see coyotes during their breeding period, which occurs in Michigan from mid January into March. As fall approaches, pups begin dispersing from the den site to establish home ranges of their own. These young dispersing animals sometimes wander into urban areas. Coyotes are active day and night; however, peaks in activity occur at sunrise and sunset. Coyotes generally feed at night.

Michigan History

Coyotes are found throughout Michigan and have dispersed into southern Michigan without assistance from the DNR. Coyotes are found in rural to urban areas and are quite common but extremely good at remaining unnoticed by humans, even while living in close proximity. Their presence in subdivisions and urban or suburban areas, while surprising to many folks, is a result of increasing populations (both coyote and human) and encroachment of human environments into their natural habitat (from development of rural areas).

This member of the dog family is extremely adaptable and survives in virtually all habitat types common in Michigan. They are most abundant in areas where adequate food, cover, and water are available. The size of a coyote's home range depends on the food and cover resources available and on the number of other coyotes in an area, but it generally averages between 8 and 12 square miles. Mated pairs and 4 to 7 pups occupy the home range during the spring and summer seasons in Michigan.

Coyote-Human Interactions

Coyotes rarely attack humans. Bites from snakes, rodents, and domestic dogs are a far greater possibility than coyote bites, according to public health authorities. However, coyotes that are fed become accustomed to people and present a human safety risk. People should never intentionally feed or attempt to tame coyotes. It is in the best interest of both coyotes and humans if coyotes retain their instinctive fear of people. The following important points can help minimize potential conflicts with coyotes:

  • Never approach or touch a coyote
  • Never intentionally feed a coyote
  • Eliminate all outside food sources, especially pet foods
  • Put garbage out the morning of pickup day
  • Clear out wood and brush piles; they are good habitat for rats and mice and may attract coyotes
  • Good husbandry practices, guard animals, and coyote control measures can help to protect livestock
  • Do not allow pets to roam free when coyotes are present - consider keeping pets indoors or accompany them outside, especially at night

The following agencies or businesses can be contacted for advice or assistance if coyote depredation becomes a problem: