Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pets and the Community


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Hi Neighbors:

I am really glad to live in a community that allows residents to bring cats and dogs into their homes. They allow for a common bond between the residents and are an excellent natural security system. While the pets in the community enhance and improve our quality of life, we must also be mindful of other residents and township ordinances.

The last few weeks there has been an increase in late night/early morning barking and thus an increase in resident complaints. For those not experiencing the issue, this is not a matter of a few minutes of barking; these sessions go on for hours. In an effort to reduce friction between neighbors and avoid calls to the township and police departments, the Board is asking residents with cats and dogs to be mindful of their animals: both with noise and picking up feces.

As a point of reference, I am enclosing Mantua Township Animal Codes in this message. These codes along with a variety of others can be found at ecodes360.com

Mantua Township Animal Codes: Section 120-8 - Nuisances and Prohibited Acts
A. Habitual barking. No person shall own any dog which habitually cries or barks in a manner which would annoy or disturb a reasonable person. An "annoyance or disturbance," for the purpose of this section, shall be defined as barking, howling or crying continuously for a period of 10 minutes or more or intermittently for 30 minutes or more. A violation of this section shall subject the owner of the offending dog to the penalties for a violation of this chapter.

B. Running at large; leash required; certain public places prohibited. No person owning a dog or cat shall permit it to run at large upon the public streets, public parks, public buildings or in any other public place within the Township nor permit a dog to run at large upon private property without the permission of the owner. No person owning a dog shall permit it upon the public streets or in any other public place in the Township unless the dog is properly displaying a tag as required and accompanied and controlled by a person over the age of 10 and is securely fastened to a leash. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, it shall be a violation of this chapter for any person owning, keeping or harboring any dog to suffer or permit such dog, whether on a leash or not, to be upon any parks, recreation or athletic fields owned, maintained or operated by the Township or upon any property owned, maintained or operated by the Board of Education of the Township.

C. Damage to property prohibited. No person owning or in control of a dog or cat shall allow it to damage any lawn, shrubbery, flowers or grounds of any public park, public building or other public place within the Township or upon any private property.

D. Damage or injury to other property, pets or persons prohibited. It shall be a violation of this chapter for an owner of a dog or cat to suffer, allow or permit the following prohibited acts:
(1) Bite, chase, jump upon, interfere with or otherwise impedes pedestrian traffic or the mobility of any person on public property or within a public sidewalk or right-of-way.
(2) Chase, leap upon, interfere with or otherwise impede the progress of any bicyclist or other person utilizing self-powered transportation or motor vehicle or motorized transportation on any public or private road, public property or within a public right-of-way vehicle.
(3) Barks, growls or otherwise displays aggressive behavior towards a human being and places in such person a reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or injury.
(4) To destroy or damage any structure or equipment on any public park, public building, other public place or upon any private property.

E. (Reserved)

F. Defecation on public or private property prohibited; exception.
(1) No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog or cat shall cause, suffer or allow such a dog to soil, defile or defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypass, park, open space area or any place where people congregate or walk or upon any public property whatsoever, or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of the property.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in Subsection F(1) to the contrary, the restrictions as set forth above shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curblines which shall be used to curb such dog upon the following conditions:
(a) The person who curbs the dog shall immediately remove feces deposited by the dog by a sanitary method, such as in a sealed, nonabsorbent, leakproof container (i.e., plastic bag).
(b) The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog curbed in a sanitary manner but shall not be placed in a public trash receptacle or storm drain.
(3) Any owner or person in custody of any dog or cat being walked upon any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, street, passageway, path or any place where people congregate must have in their possession a sealed, nonabsorbent, leakproof container as described in Subsection F(2)(a) above, and appropriate materials or devices to remove feces deposited by the animal. The failure to possess such container and materials to clean up feces deposited by the animal shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
(4) The requirements of this section shall not apply to the owner of any dog when said dog is utilized as a guide for any person or owner who is legally blind.

G. Placement of food outside a residence without a licensed pet prohibited. No person shall place food for dogs or cats outside of their home unless they are the owner of a licensed dog or cat and such food is intended solely for their dog or cat and such food shall be discreetly placed in a manner so as to not attract stray or undomesticated animals.
Section 120-18: Violations and Penalties
Any person found to be in violation or found to have failed to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, or imprisoned for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the county jail. Each day of such violation or failure to comply shall constitute a separate offense and, therefore, is not subject to merger either for the purposes of the violation or imposition of fines and penalties.

It is not the intent of the board to penalize or “go after” pet owners. We want to ensure a high quality of life for every resident and pet that is a part of this community. Lets all be respectful of each other and continue to make Timbercrest an excellent place to live.

If you have questions regarding this note, please feel free to contact us via the website.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Correction: Physical Dues Letter


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Hi Neighbors:

Sorry for sending two emails in one day, one of the residents caught a couple of mistakes on the dues letter. So we want to clarify:

1. The dues collection is for the 2011 year, not 2010.
2. The meeting minutes referencing snow penalties was mistakenly sent out - those were internal notes that required follow-up. Since that was written, here is what we found out:
“The removal of snow shall be the responsibility of each owner at his own cost and expense. This includes any sidewalks along the frontage of a lot.” This is a township issue. The township has jurisdiction over this area. The HOA will not issue penalties, but will in fact notify the township should there be an issue.
So the association will not be fining anyone for snow removal, however failure to do so will cause the township to become involved.

Also to save everyone from getting another email, we are trying out (beta testing if you will) a method of dealing with car parked incorrectly, specifically in front of mailboxes. If you see a car blocking the mailboxes during mail delivery hours, visit this link to report the car: http://www.timbercresthoa.com/incorrectly-park-cars

Again sorry for the mistakes.

- Timbercrest Board

Snow Removal Services


Hi Neighbors:

Several of you asked about snow removal services and if we could use the neighborhood to negotiate a discount... we have.

Signature Hardscaping has agreed to perform the following services for $35.00:
  • Shovel your driveway
  • Shovel your steps
  • Shovel your landing and steps
  • Shovel your sidewalk
They will also throw down salt for an additional $5.00 (if you have pavers make sure you can use salt).

If you are interested in this service, you can contact Signature at: 609-352-0899

Stay warm out there!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Signs



Hi Neighbors,
Some questions came up last weeks about signs, so the HOA wanted to put this post up to clear up any misconceptions.
  • The only signs allowed in front of homes are real estate signs (aka "For Sale" signs), anything else is not allowed.
  • The rule applies to the grounds in the front of the neighborhood facing Woodbury-Glassboro Road.
  • Some of the surrounding property belongs to the township. We called them to confirm that they also do not allow signs of any kind on their property. Signs on township property will be removed.
If you have questions about this, please direct them to the issues log.

Happy New Year!