Sunday, August 26, 2012

End of Summer "Housecleaning"

Hi Residents,

The board wanted to check in and discuss a few items that have come up over the summer months.

1. Lawncare:

It has been an interesting summer regarding weather. We have had a little more rain than usual and lots more unwanted growth (at least I have)... and the weed killer hasn't been working so well. Even though it can be a chore, residents of the community need to maintain their lawns per the deed restrictions:
(i) Lawn. No weeds, vegetation, rubbish, debris, garbage, waste materials or materials of any kind whatsoever shall be placed or permitted to accumulate on any lot which would be unsanitary, unsightly, offensive or detrimental to any lot in the vicinity thereof. Grass, hedges, shrubs, and plantings of all types shall be kept trimmed and shall at regular intervals be mowed, trimmed and cut so as to appear neat and attractive. Trees, shrubs, vines and plants, which die shall be promptly removed. Lawns shall be mowed at least twice a month between April 15th and November 15th of each year. It is the responsibility of each owner to perform this work. Should this work not be performed and citation be issued by the Mantua Township Authorities, the Association shall perform the required work to insure that the premises complies with the Township Ordinances. The cost of such work in addition to a surcharge shall be special assessment against the particular lot and shall be a continuing lien upon the property in accordance with the Timbercrest Owners Association Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions. A blanket, perpetual and non-exclusive easement to the Association, in, upon, over, under, across and through the lots and property for the purpose of maintaining lawns, including but not limited to, cutting edging, fertilizing, weed control and the like, which easement shall be for the benefit of the Association and which creates a right not an obligation for the Association. No lawn ornaments shall be permitted. 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.
The association is always willing to work with residents with special needs and in special circumstances, but there needs to be communication. For all residents, please inform the board of homes that may be in need of lawn care via our contact page. NOTE: Please don't call out the homes publicly on the social site because it is going to start the process on a bad note.

Moving forward, once we aware of a home that needs to be addressed:
a) The board will send a note or letter informing the resident of an issue.
b) The resident will have 7 days to address the issue.
c) If the resident fails to address the issue, either Mantua township will be called in (in which the home will be billed/fined for services) OR the association will have our lawncare service address the issue AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE.
d) If the resident does not reimburse the association for services, a lien will be placed on their home for the cost of services and any legal fees.

2. Motorized Vehicles in the common areas:

It has come to our attention that motorized vehicles are being used in the common areas (specifically the basins). Motorized recreational vehicles are not permitted in any common area as they can damage the drainage system.

Anyone found to be operating recreational vehicles in any common area may be liable for repair costs. Residents, please let the board know of any inappropriate activity occurring in the common areas.

3. Animals:

Over the last few months I have received a handful of emails regarding animals. Specifically, I have been asked about community dogs that have been roaming freely without a leash or supervision. The association does not have rules regarding free roaming dogs because Mantua Township has their own rules that govern appropriate animal care.

The Timbercrest Board does not recommend residents approach pets they do not know.

Additionally, please do not approach any wild animals (we had an incident with a gopher groundhog last week).

If you are in need of assistance with an animal, we suggest calling animal control: 856-881-2828


I just want to point out two recurring themes in each of these points:
a) We are asking for residents help to make the community better.
b) We are taking a stronger tone on some common complaints.

Even though the board is taking a stronger tone, nobody wants our community to become a police state or have a situation with an overbearing HOA board. While we don't want to be uptight and in everyone's business, we do want to take a different approach to some frequent and common complaints.

This is a work in progress, so as always, let us know your thoughts.