Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan dated February 2001, Not Being Followed by our HOA…Again!

Dry fronds on Captain Nurse Circle palm trees

Dry fronds on Captain Nurse Circle palm trees

Dry palm fronds, corner of Captain Nurse Circle and Bolling Drive, Novato, CA

Dry palm fronds, corner of Captain Nurse Circle and Bolling Drive, Novato, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is wrong with these pictures? Well, they are the once beautiful triad of palm trees on the corner of Captain Nurse Circle and Bolling Drive in Novato, CA. Unfortunately, they are in serious maintenance neglect. There are several very dry palm fronds currently attached to all three palms and this presents an extremely high fire hazard for us here on Captain Nurse Circle. We can have these trees in our community as long as there are no dry fronds, according to our fire resistant plant list…

Now, I am making this an issue because it is just one example of what our HOA is not doing right about following our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan (see the entire document at this link):

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.com/2014/08/02/a-new-start-in-meadow-park/

I was talking to an Owner this evening, David Mills, who lives right next to these palm trees. He is very concerned about them and has asked our landscape maintenance company, Cagwin & Dorward to trim off the dry fronds. This is not happening! But, what is happening is a bunch of useless letters being sent to David  from the HOA management about his security system and some chimes on his patio.

So, this means that the visit from Taylor Sharp (of Wakefield Sharp, our current property management company) on our street recently was meant to harass an Owner and not take care of the HOA landscape maintenance problems such as this dangerous palm tree situation. Since this is going on and on and not being addressed properly, I am making a formal complaint to our Novato Fire Marshal Bill Tyler and sending him these pictures. I hope this situation gets addressed in a quick and thorough manner. It has not been a priority obviously, but apparently chimes are….Here is the formal complaint:

Dear Fire Marshal Tyler,

I am making a formal complaint against my Meadow Park HOA. They continue to disregard our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan that was signed off by the Novato Fire Marshal back in 2001…
There is a very volatile situation right now concerning the three dry palm trees on the corner of Captain Nurse Circle and Bolling Drive. These palms are full of dry fronds. They are not being trimmed and maintained regularly. We (me and another Owner here David Mills) have tried to get our HOA to do this but they simply ignore us. I hope that you will follow up and do a site inspection on this dangerous high fire hazard situation. We also have not had any five year certification on our fire sprinkler systems done on a community level either. This is very serious!
I have a blog post about this right now: www.meadowparkcommunityblog.com. I am trying to make sure that we do not end up with a serious fire incident. And that our HOA addresses our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan in the way it was intended. It is still not happening right now. Can you please intervene?
Thank you!
Healer Julia Angel

Response from Fire Marshal Bill Tyler:

I received a super quick response from Fire Marshal Bill Tyler, thank goodness! Here is his very quick and responsive email me:
from: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM
subject: RE: High Fire Hazard Situation in Meadow Park 
Important: mainly because it was sent directly to you.

 

Good morning Julia:

 Thank you for contacting us. We have received your complaint, it has been assigned to an inspector, and we will get back to you after it has been investigated and a determination has been made.

 Sincerely,

 

B/C Bill Tyler, Fire Marshal

415-878-2690

 

Owners here in Meadow Park should always be receiving the most excellent customer service available such as what we receive all the time from our wonderful Novato Fire Protection District.  Thank you again Fire Marshal Bill Tyler. We are so very happy you are here to protect us 24/7…

Update on 08/22/14:

I just received a second notice from A Total Fire Protection Company regarding the 5 year certification of our fire sprinkler systems… I hope that this can be followed up on quickly. It is a very reasonable bid of $125.00 per performance test. I have included the letter below and have the bid right here in my hands just waiting for the right person to sign, date, and send it back to them….

Second Notice letter from A-Total Fire Protection Company, Inc.

Second Notice letter from A-Total Fire Protection Company, Inc.