Yard Debris – New information to be more in compliance with Charbonneau HOA’s

To be more in line with other HOA’s in Charbonneau, and being good Stewards of your CHOA  Dues, the board has decided to no longer provide yard debris or Christmas tree pickup by our grounds-keeping staff (Garron Grounds).  To that end:

  • Garron Grounds will no longer pick up Yard Debris.

 

  • We suggest all residents  use the debris containers provided by the garbage service (currently Republic) for their landscape trimmings.
    •  Republic provides the lawn debris can to all customers for free.  If you do not have a can please contact Republic to obtain a can.

 

  • Those without a can or with excess debris (more than your debris can will hold) can put a filled black garbage bag next to their garbage can for pick up.  Republic Services will charge $6 per bag for this pick up as trash.

 

  • Collection of Christmas trees or other debris (trash) found in the planting or parking areas will be billed to the homeowner at the rate of $51.50 per cubic yard/per hour.
    • This is what Garron charges your HOA for  removal of excess  Debris, which is then paid out of your dues.  (An extra Black garbage bag @$6. per bag is a much more economical choice).

Chief of Police speaks to parking problems

Chief Jeff Smith attended our last meeting to discuss parking on the streets.

There continues to be a problem of vehicles parked on our narrow streets.  Chief Jeff Smith agreed that this was a real safety issue, especially in the event of an emergency vehicle ability to travel to a resident in need of help.  There is also the issue of visibility when there are walkers where a parked vehicle may prohibit visibility of a car traveling down the street.

There are currently “No Parking” signs on our streets to inform residents that there isno parking.  Any sign that you see on a street means thewhole street  is a no parking zone and not just where there is a sign.

Because there is a lot of construction in Charbonneau the fact that sometimes a construction vehicle will park on the street was discussed.  This should be for unloading or loading only, and for as short a time as possible.

If you see any vehicle parked where it should not be:

  1. Neighbor to Neighbor have a conversation
  2. Call Emergency Dispatch 503-655-8211, and inform the police of the illegal parking so that they can ticket or remove the vehicle
  3. Call Steve Chinn 503-312-0927

 

Excess Yard Debris Clarification

There has been some confusion about when and if excess lawn debris should be picked up by Garron.   I have attached page 89 of the Information Directory as a reference.

Summary of Information Directory rule:

  1. All residents are provided by Republic with a container for landscape trimmings
  2. Landscape trimming container should be used for all trimmings that you may have
  3. If garden debris exceeds the capacity of the Landscape trimming container, excess debris may be placed un-bagged in guest parking area closes to your residence on the evening before or the morning of the collection day
  4. If the excess debris is more than a cubic yard, collection can be arranged by contacting Steve Chinn prior to the pickup date.
    1. Cost of this pick up (more than a cubic yard) is the responsibility of the homeowner

Yard Debris page 89 ID

When you are selling your house what happens to the funds that are there for future painting of your house

When you sell your home remember that the money in your Trust account must STAY with the property per the Declaration of Trust.

Per the *Declaration of Trust, the purpose of the trust has been established for the cost of exterior painting. If there is a positive balance in the Trust account at the time a home is sold, that balance transfers to the new owners, (the Trust Fund stays with the property) Working with your Realtor you can however, use the Trust Fund as a negotiating tool or write something in the sales agreement for what is left in your Trust balance as it impacts your sales price. This is something that you would work out during negotiations of the Sale with your realtor.

If you are selling your house or have questions a good source of information is Ann Higgins; email annohiggins@comcast.net

*Reference: Information Directory, Page 82

CHOA Information Directory (Feeding Waterfowl, etc)

You might have read my article about artificial feeding of waterfowl in the January Villager titled Geese, Squirrels and Rats – Oh My!!

I was asked to write this article because of the problems that overfeeding of waterfowl can cause not just to our beautiful greens, but to the animals themselves, including a deformity called “angel wing” that may be the reason a now resident goose, you might have seen around one of the ponds,  has one wing that hangs down

CHOA has a policy that I was unaware of in regard to Waterfowl feeding on page 87 of the Information Directory

 http://choaonline.org/information-directory/

I have included the policy below in case you were unaware too.

Policy regarding feeding of wildlife in CHOA Neighborhoods 

Feeding of wild animals, for example, geese, ducks, squirrels, and deer in all areas outside your home, including your courtyard, is prohibited.

• Birds may only be fed inside a homeowner’s courtyard with a feeder hung above the ground.

• Homeowners should only use cracked birdseed or a seed mixture called No Waste®

• Homeowners may feed hummingbirds inside their courtyard and in common areas outside of the courtyard with a liquid feeder hung above the ground.

• Offenders of the above policy will be given one oral warning. Subsequent offenses will be enforced in accordance with CHOA’s Enforcement Resolution 2013-002.

• A fine of $25.00 could be issued.

I found No Waste® at Fred Meyer, and on sale

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I hope this has been beneficial information.  I plan on highlighting other sections of the Information Directory in the near future.  If you are like me, I have never read the entire directory and so we can all learn together.

 

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