Due to an unfortunate hacking incident during the January 19, 2021 Public Outreach Meeting, it was determined that the best way to share the preliminary engineering and park concepts is through a recorded presentation. The video below is approximately 45 minutes long and can be viewed at any time. For the planned Q & A portion of the Outreach Meeting, several methods were available through February 11 to submit comments and questions. The online survey and dedicated phone line are no longer active; however, general questions can be directed to the Supervisor’s Office at 248-846-6510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting materials are available for public inspection through the links below and are on display in the upper lobby of the Civic Center during regular hours of operation.
- Restored River Corridor & Wetlands Information
- Park Concept Renderings
- Preliminary Engineering Plans
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.