Landscape Maintenance Obligations and the HOA: One More Time

10/26/15 Update:

Nothing has changed.. I still do not see anything happening here the right way… There has not been any change … I continue to do my landscaping obligations per CC&R 4.2… I see my neighbor performing this function… but no one else is here around me….Not even the Meadow Park board member across the street.. I do see him chatting all the time with Jenson landscapers and asking them to perform tasks that he is responsible to do…I am only stating the truth as a viable witness…

10/15/15 Update:

CC&R 4.2:

4.2 Owners Landscaping Obligations. Each Owner shall maintain the landscaping within any Exclusive Use Common Area patio appurtenant to the Owner’s Condominium in a healthy and weed-free condition and shall be responsible for the periodic pruning of any trees and the removal of any diseased or overgrown trees or any trees with root systems that are damaging any Common Area or Association Property improvement.

The Meadow Park HOA continues to overcharge all Meadow Park homeowners for landscape maintenance which is our responsibility to perform! This is totally unbelievable but true….This practice has been going on for a very long time and continues to this day…Years and years have gone by as if this was the right way to do things here…. It is not the right way and never was from the beginning!

Every time there is a new landscape maintenance company hired, a contract is signed and this management company Wakefield Sharp tells them to do all of the landscape maintenance in Meadow Park . Wakefield Sharp has continually ignored our rules!!! Wakefield Sharp acts like we are a rental community instead a community of homeowners…

This illegal activity has not stopped…I continue to document this total ignorance of our CC&R 4.2…. I follow all of our CC&R rules…Wakefield Sharp ignores them and in fact has hired their attorney to change our CC&R rules! That is pure criminal behavior happening right now…

I do not stop performing the Owner landscape maintenance which is required of me…I also pay the very high assessment fees of 233.00 per month. I am continually being overcharged! The HOA owes me so much money!

05/20/15:

Well over ten years we have been here and we are treated like stupid people by the management company… The management has a mind-set that makes them feel they are in control of us.. They are better off managing a group of rental apartments.. They are not the right property management company for us.. They are liars and corrupted businessmen. They have not done a good job for us here in Meadow Park… They owe us a lot of money for not following our rules….

Are you being told that you do not have any landscape maintenance obligations? Are you a real Owner in the Meadow Park community? If you have answered yes to both of these questions, then you are being told incorrect information. I started working on this problem several years ago in this community and I still see a lack of responsibility in the Owners for this maintenance requirement. I see nothing being done by most Owners. I see them ignoring their landscape maintenance responsibilities all of the time, including board members! This is shameful but true..

And why is this happening? It is only because the HOA management (the contracted property management company Wakefield Sharp) is telling the landscape maintenance company Jensen to do all of the landscape maintenance in our Meadow Park community. Now again, this means that I am being overcharged every month because they are  ignoring our rules. And it is the management’s fault and no one else. They continue to do this on and on and no one is stopping them. They have misspent our monies for many years now…Just think how little we would have to pay every month to the HOA if Owners were following their landscape maintenance obligations…

They (Wakefield Sharp) never said anything else to the Owners in any mailing. They never told the Owners that the Meadow Park Owners have a responsibility to maintain the landscaping attached to their patios, front and back. Instead they deny and ignore our rules and make invalid contracts that cost the Owners way too much money…The Owners should be doing their landscape maintenance obligations and this would cut down our landscape maintenance costs greatly. RIght now we pay Jensen $16,00.00 per month! If we all did our required landscape maintenance, this cost would be cut in half easily, if not more…We are not a retirement community… We are a community of hard-working families, Owners not renters….

We need to get rid of Wakefield Sharp. They have not been giving us the customer service we deserve. They cost us more money all the time. They are not doing a good job…They ignore our CC&Rs and do what they want. They waste our money! We need to fire them ASAP!

Yes, even some of  the Meadow Park board members do not like that fact that CC&R 4.2 exists…Here is what you currently see when you try to access the HOA’s website. There is no way here for Owners to interact as the message boards were removed and never replaced…

Meadow Park Website Etiquette and Usage Guidelines

Meadow Park Website Etiquette and Usage Guidelines

We have a corrupt board and management company running our HOA.

Here is CC&R 4.2 once again:

4.2 Owners Landscaping Obligations. Each Owner shall maintain the landscaping within any Exclusive Use Common Area patio appurtenant to the Owner’s Condominium in a healthy and weed-free condition and shall be responsible for the periodic pruning of any trees and the removal of any diseased or overgrown trees or any trees with root systems that are damaging any Common Area or Association Property improvement.

This just means that the landscaped area that is attached to our front and back patios is our (the Owners) responsibility to maintain. That means to weed it and water it and replace the planting materials as needed! That means if tree roots are interfering in any way, the Owner is responsible to clean it up! This is the place where the planting materials and other important landscaping information is listed:

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.wordpress.com/important-hoa-documents/

This CC&R rule 4.2 has never been enforced by the management of the Meadow Park HOA. And as a result, we have this huge monthly payment to these ridiculous landscape maintenance companies like Jensen: $16,000.00 month! That amount could be reduced signficantly if we all did our part and followed the 4.2 CC&R..

Instead, when I tried to bring this matter forward I was harassed and bullied! I tried to communicate to other Owners and was not given any support.

It's a New Day in Meadow Park!

It’s a New Day in Meadow Park!

The Meadow Park Community Blog flyer which was removed from all the owner occupied mailboxes.

The Meadow Park Community Blog flyer which was removed from all the owner occupied mailboxes.

I am only stating this all once again, because the problem keeps repeating itself. And so I go forward with my lawsuit..

I have no fears. I follow all the rules and pay my monthly dues. I am not behind. I am not a dead beat owner. I have no legal problems here, but the HOA management has a lot of legal problems pending….Because they are not following our CC&Rs! This is a joke…They are a joke!

HOA Rules About Renting and Parking: Why Are They Being Ignored Still?

UPDATE 10/26/15

The very same Fed Ex Express truck is again parked across the street from my home… This activity continues to go on, Monday through Friday.. He seems to think he can come  home and park this Fed EX Express truck here whenever he wants to…… It is not stopping because this illegal parking activity is being allowed by the HOA management company Wakefield Sharp as I previously have blogged… I am simply continuing to document all episodes of illegal parking activities as a homeowner in good standing who was totally ignored when I voiced my concerns here…I hope that soon, this will change for the good…

UPDATE 10/23/15

I am just documenting once again that today, at 11:45 AM, this Fed Ex Express truck parked right in front of my home… This is illegal according to our parking rules which states that trucks cannot park here at any time for any reason other than a very brief delivery time period.

Right now it is 12:15 PM and this truck will most likely be parked here for over one hour. This illegal parking activity has continued non-stop since April 2014 and Meadow Park’s management company, Wakefield Sharp, specifically allows this to occur… In fact, Mark Sharp wrote a lengthy letter stating that this was an “exception” to our rules… This is all I am saying about this activity.. It continues on and on as if it is OK…

It is now 12:35 PM and the Fed Ex Express truck just left….

I am the witness that sees it every day and documents its occurrence right here on Meadow Park Community Blog……

UPDATE 10/08/15

Although this post is concerning important rules about parking and renting, the HOA’s parking rules continue to be ignored totally by the HOA management…

As of this date, a delivery truck continues to park for over one hour each day in the front of my home… This is specifically against our parking rules…. A camper continues to park illegally at the end of my street, in violation of our parking rules… An abandoned vehicle has remained in the same visitor parking location for months and months without being towed… Now, all of these issues are being allowed by the HOA management… They do absolutely nothing and in fact have encouraged the practice of illegal parking here on Captain Nurse Circle… That is the truth…

If the Meadow Park HOA management was really doing their job for us about enforcing our CC&R parking rules , I would not be making this update today…

I have all the documentation and photos I need to prove that this illegal activity continues unchallenged by the HOA management… I will continue to document illegal parking activities on Captain Nurse Circle until the HOA management is addressing their legal responsibilities appropriately and consistently… This is the CC&R governing our parking rules:

3.4 Vehicle and Parking Restrictions. No mobile home, camper, or recreational vehicle, boat, truck (other than pickup trucks that do not exceed three-quarter ton) or similar equipment shall be parked or stored at anytime within the Development (including on any public rights-of-way) except trucks parked on a temporary basis for purposes of loading or unloading.

Occupants shall park their vehicles in their assigned carport spaces so that unassigned Association Property parking spaces are available primarily for guest parking. No parking space may be converted into any use that would prevent its use as a parking space. The Board may adopt Rules regulating parking in the unassigned spaces, including regulations that prohibit occupants from parking in all or parts of these areas, so that the spaces are available exclusively for guest parking. The Rules may not prohibIt the use of unassigned parking spaces by agents
of the Continuum or the Transitional Housing Operators while performing services related to the ownership of the Transitional Housing Condominiums or the support services authorized, under Section 3.1.


03/16/15

I am updating this topic because there seems to a general interest in this problem still. I have been so focused on the fire safety issues, but of course illegal renting and illegal parking continues to go on and on here on Captain Nurse Circle. I am assuming it is rampant in other areas of Meadow Park too. The HOA has a lot of power to enforce our rules. It is a governing body that legally can cite and fine these people who are disobeying our CC&Rs…

I am here to state that all of the problems continue! I have blogged about all of them before  and done whatever I could to inform the HOA and other enforcement agencies. Those agencies like Hello Housing have been given full authority by the City of Novato to seek legal action against those Owners who are renting their Meadow Park homes out for profit.. Illegal renting has not stopped!! The buses are still taking those developmentally disabled people back and forth all the time to their work places. The Owners who are using their home as a “licensed foster care for up to 8” are still doing it… There are people who are renting rooms to friends and foreign exchange students.. All of this is being allowed by the HOA!  It is well-known that these problems persist.

Illegal parking by trucks and campers and giving some people special privileges to ignore our parking rules continue on Captain Nurse Circle. I witness it all the time. It has not stopped! The HOA has allowed this illegal parking activity to go on and on, so these people think it is OK to ignore rules and be the “special people” who live here…. The HOA management think they can do anything they want to ignore our rules. There has not been any election to vote on a rules change… Thus the current HOA management needs to be fired so a new group of law-abiding Owners and managers can be put into place….

What a concept!! Let’s clean house and get things back into reality.. We are not living a real life here on Captain Nurse Circle.. These bad Owners do not deserve this special treatment, whether it is illegal renting or parking.. They are not special at all. They are just law breakers!

The Landscape is Unsafe on Captain Nurse Circle…. NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

Update: 09/27/15

Nothing has improved here yet! The bad trees remain untouched…

Update: 08/27/2015

Four months ago I made this post to continue documenting an unsafe and extremely high fire hazard situation in my neighborhood.. I am reporting again that nothing changed the right way... Instead, I see the HOA authorizing more high fire hazard wood chips described as “mulch” spread all over our landscape… The trees that are very volatile and dry with peeling bark and dead branches remain here untouched. I am referring to the Eucalyptus and Paperbark trees of Australian origin.. These are non-native high fire hazard trees allowed to remain in my residential neighborhood… There are way too many of these trees here.. All of them should have been removed a long time ago!

And yes, we have rules against this, but the rules are being ignored still.. Sadly, the HOA is in the dark ages still… Hiring an outdated landscape maintenance company like Jensen to do things the old-fashioned way: using herbicides and chopping down all of the living and growing healthy and low fire hazard vegetation.. Oh, and I also blogged about the time they left the sprinklers on for over 9 hours…..I reported that water wasting incident to the North Marin Water District…I sure hope we did not have to pay that water bill…

Why are these landscapers still here? Good question…

I observed a very bad “landscape maintenance activity” yesterday in my neighbor’s exclusive use common area landscaping attached to her front patio… This landscaped area is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain, not the HOA’s! A landscaper from Jensen used his power tools to chop down a very healthy and thriving Jasmine vine.. It looks like a war weapon hit it… It was so beautiful and fragrant.  This plant is allowed according to our vegetation rules….Now it looks like it is barely alive….

This is a disgrace..

And these people at Jensen should all be fired and replaced with a good group of organic landscapers … That is where we are right now in much of the country… No one likes the fact that they are using herbicides whenever they feel like it…With no thought given to the people and animals who live here…Disgraceful! But here in Meadow Park, Jensen took over from Cagwin & Dorward and continued doing things wrong at a very high price.. These landscapers cost us $16,000.00 per month.. What a horrendous waste of money that is….We are constantly being overcharged by the HOA because the landscape maintenance company is being told to do all of the landscape maintenance! Even the part that is the homeowner’s responsibility…

What a bunch of idiots these management people are…But their time is ending soon….  


05/23/2015:

Eucalyptus Tree in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Eucalyptus Tree in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Australian Paperbark tree in full bloom- This is not a California Pepper Tree!

Australian Paperbark tree in full bloom This is not a California Pepper Tree!

Australian Paperbark trees lined up in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Australian Paperbark trees lined up in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

I have blogged about this problem so many times!  I am stating this here for documentation purposes that the management of this HOA has not fulfilled its responsibility. It has not adhered to the Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan Phase One (hereafter to be referred to as the Plan) which prohibits these types of trees on our street….Phase One refers to Captain Nurse Circle and March Field Court, (according to the map included in this Plan). These trees are strictly in violation of our Plan….

Nothing was ever done to make sure that these high fire hazard trees on our street were removed no matter how many times I notified the HOA management and complained….NOTHING! I have contacted every authority available about this situation and got the complete run around…The City of Novato was responsible at the get go for making sure the Plan was in place and the neighborhood was ready for homeownership .. The City of Novato failed to do this…These trees were allowed to stay here in direct violation of our Plan!

The Australian Paperbark trees are in full bloom and doing quite well… This tree is high fire hazard, invasive, and non-native. It is a very bad tree for our landscape.. Why is it here? Many states in the US are prohibiting it altogether.. It is not good to have these trees here….Yet it is in high-profile right now and in full bloom with its white bottle brushes because the Novato Fire Marshal called it a California Pepper Tree.. I know the difference between those two trees… I am not stupid..

And that huge Eucalyptus tree remains in the center of Captain Nurse Circle. This tree has been there since the early days and was left there when our homes were built. Does that make any sense at all? Why wasn’t it removed before our homes were built? Who decided to leave this high fire hazard, prohibited tree in the middle of our street? There are other Eucalyptus trees here too… It is a crime, do you understand!…All these bad trees lined up in the middle of our street:. the Paperbark and Eucalyptus make our street in danger of a fire ..It seems like these people want us to have a fire here.. That is what it looks like to me…A set up for a fire disaster…

So, that is all I am saying one more time.. These trees remain here and it is in violation of our rules, especially the Plan, Phase One.. which was developed many years ago to protect the homeowners here on Captain Nurse Circle…These people and agencies: the City of Novato, the Novato Fire Protection District, and the Meadow Park HOA Board Members,(including Wakefield Sharp Property Management) have failed to provide a safe living environment ..These people and agencies continue to ignore the reality of this construction tragedy that was never properly handled… And still is not being corrected to this day! This is a scam, a sham, a complete disgusting mess and it needs to be talked about openly.. So I am here to do it, over and over again until positive change occurs..

THE PLAN WAS CREATED AND SIGNED OFF BY THE NOVATO FIRE MARSHAL OVER TEN YEARS AGO BUT NEVER PUT INTO ACTION!

Here is the link to this document. Read it thoroughly as it describes in detail what is supposed to done to create a safe and fire free environment..

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.com/important-hoa-documents/

And of course the HOA management is keeping this document a secret.. The HOA management is not providing any information about this document to the homeowners.. That is why I have posted it here on my blog… I continually thank Clark Blasdell, the CEO of North Bay Family Homes for giving me an original copy of this Plan last summer…

“Conversations Being Had”, Emails Being Sent, Phone Calls Being Made, And Now a Meeting Will be Held??….Not!!!

This blog post describes the slow progress with Meadow Park’s 5 year fire sprinkler system certification inspections which were completed in March 2015 by Exxell Fire Systems of Oakland, CA… Our Meadow Park community has been in existence for over 10 years but this is the first time we have had any fire sprinkler system inspections on a community wide basis…Over 200 of our homes still need corrections in order to become certified….Many of the Meadow Park Owners did not set up an appointment to let the Exxell contractors inside their homes to inspect the fire sprinklers and escutcheons……I continue to update this blog post as information becomes available directly from Exxell Fire Systems.

UPDATE 08/07/15:

I sent an email yesterday to Nate at Exxell Fire Systems:

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>
date: Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 6:02 PM
subject: Follow up wih Board Member Directly
mailed-by: gmail.com
Nate,
I do not know if you were able to make contact today with Wakefield Sharp…
But, I have another idea for you.. 
There is one MP Board member who is a Novato City Planner… You can try contacting him directly..His name is Hans Grunt.  He has always been very responsive to me…
His email is: hgrunt@cityofnovato.org
I think they are closed on Fridays though…
I do not know who the other board members are except for the old guy from Michigan… And I do not have his email…
So contacting Hans Grunt is a good idea right now…
At least you can try to establish communication with the board again directly…
Hope this helps… I am extremely frustrated too….

I hope this email to Nate helps move things along a bit.. I have not heard back from Nate as of this date and time: 08/07/15 2:36PM…

UPDATE 08/06/15:

Still no word. No news. No corrections appointment… It has become a big joke… All of this work that was done to inspect our fire sprinkler systems and get them all in good working order is now at a complete standstill… And so many problems were detected on our fire sprinkler systems too… Many of the problems apparently had to do with an installation error… But are we (the Meadow Park owners) getting any word back from the Board or the property management company, Wakefield Sharp? Are we getting things repaired in a timely manner? No! We are just sitting here waiting and waiting for something good to happen…That is what is going on right now at 11:15 AM on August 6, 2015…Nothing!

UPDATE 08/04/15:

It was almost 6 months ago that my fire sprinkler system was inspected  by Exxell Fire Systems…. There has been very little progress made with the corrections… I checked in with Nate at Exxell Fire Systems today to see what was going, on if anything…He said he is not aware of what was going on either. He sent them (Wakefield Sharp) that SAME question one week ago and they never responded… He is following up now with another email to them TODAY..

I told Nate this is a very good example of the extremely poor customer service  from Wakefield Sharp that we have to put up with here in Meadow Park…..They never even responded to Nate at Exxell Fire Systems… Can you believe it? What a bunch of bad people they are at Wakefield Sharp…

AND THE WAITING GOES ON AND ON TO HAVE OUR FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS REPAIRED….

UPDATE 07/29/15:

I emailed Nate at Exxell Fire Systems to give him the most current information about the installers of our fire sprinkler systems… He said thanks and will pass it along…..I just felt is was important to give this information to him as this issue may be very tricky right now as installation problems were found during this inspection… I hope this speeds things along.. It took me awhile to find this installer…I wanted the Board to have the name and contact information of the installer… That is all I am doing… I did this research over one year ago and it seems to be pertinent now…

UPDATE 07/28/15:

On 7/25/15 I received an update from Nate at Exxell Fire Systems today…

“An update for you. There is a key part missing from most sprinkler systems. The Board is debating to see the best way to handle this. They are trying to determine if it gets put on all systems or just the ones we need to correct. I’ll let you know when a decision is made.”

Last year in June 2014 I researched several sources to find out the contractor who did the initial fire sprinkler installations for Meadow Park. I finally got an answer from a Centex agent on June 10, 2014. Here is the response:

“Good afternoon,

I am showing that we used Fire Protection Unlimited, phone 707-584-2770.

Thank you,”

Sara Stadley
Warranty Agent : : Northern California Division

6120 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 500, Pleasanton CA 94588

NorCal@PulteGroup.com

Emergencies only:  1-800-785-8346

I told Nate that the company that did the initial installation, Fire Protection Unlimited, is no longer in business. Here is an old listing for Fire Protection Unlimited:

Fire Protection Unlimited

This company is no longer located in Santa Rosa… If you click on their webpage, http://www.fireprotectionunlimited.com it redirects you to here:

http://capitolfireandbackflow.com/

This new company is located in the Sacramento Valley area….I never contacted this new company…That is something that the Board members should do if there was a problem with the initial installation…

I told him I am just patiently waiting now for my corrections appointment, as are the over 200 or more other Owners here in Meadow Park… And that is all I am doing about this situation now. It is in the Boards’ hands, not mine….

I will continue to post here any further information as I receive it. I am not making anything up. I only post the exact words and the truth.. That is all you will ever read here on my blog…I am not into sensationalism as other bloggers are.. I just report information that is truthful and not fantasy… You can get lies and fantasy in the other mainstream news of the day… I post reality only


I am hoping that all 351 homes were inspected inside and out….That is a big question in my mind…How many homes here in Meadow Park actually were inspected? I was told that all of the outside equipment was tested on every building, but not all of the interior systems (i.e. sprinklers and escutcheons) were inspected… Hmm. I guess the Owners were not being cooperative with this? That is not good! I wanted all Meadow Park townhouse fire sprinkler systems to be thoroughly inspected inside and out..

That is what the Board wanted too. The board meeting minutes from November 18, 2014 state:

“The Board reviewed estimates from three contractors before the motion was made seconded and passed unanimously to approve the proposal from Exxell Fire Systems at a cost of $46,360.00 to inspect and supply documentation on the fire sprinkler systems and alarms for each unit in Meadow Park. The Board instructed Management incorporate the expense in future Meadow Park Reserve studies.”

A meeting was being scheduled (supposedly) so that the Meadow Park Board of Directors can listen to the inspection findings report and approve the correction costs…Apparently Exxell Fire Systems has been trying to set this meeting up for some time and has been told no several times by Wakefield Sharp Property Management..Hmm. Well, I am not surprised here. Wakefield Sharp has not been an advocate of this inspection at all and they are undermining the progress here… There should have been a meeting on this months ago…And now it appears that a meeting was never held…On June 10, one month ago today, Exxell Fire Systems was told that a meeting was going to take place… Wakefield Sharp was supposed to set this up but never did… So, Exxell Fire Systems is just sending them a new contract for the corrective work that needs to be done on the 200 plus units….

Exxell Fire Systems wanted to meet directly with the Board to discuss this matter, but it was not handled properly at all.. Several requests were made and ignored by the property management company Wakefield Sharp…

Now this is going to cost us some money… but other HOAs have done this too, even reaching into their reserves to cover the cost.. I do hope that the Meadow Park HOA Board of Directors sees the importance of this and understands that there have been other HOAs like ours doing the same thing because it is so important to have this done community wide…. It is now our turn to finish what we started….

I will continue to update this situation as more information becomes available…

07/16/15 9:28 AM

Ten days have passed since I updated this blog post. I sent Exxell Fire Systems a copy of the Board meeting agenda for July 21 because it has a new business item: Fire Sprinkler Systems… I wanted this company to be aware that finally, they are on the agenda at an open public Meadow Park board meeting… It took several months for this to happen… Way too long…

Here is Nate Hargitt’s response:

Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>

to:Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>

date:Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 9:07 AM

subject:Re: Board Meeting Agenda

mailed-by:gmail.comsigned-by: gmail.com

Important mainly because of your interaction with messages in the conversation.

Thank you, I hope it all goes smoothly. I have already sent an offer to be present directly to the board. They didn’t want that but assured me that if they had questions they would call me. I’ll let you know what they say when I know.

Nate

I told Nate that I am not too sure that his request to have a face to face meeting was ever really presented to the board members… I have a feeling Wakefield Sharp intervened here and stopped that whole thing from ever happening….I am waiting to see what happens after Tuesday’s meeting.. It will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out in reality….Exxell Fire Systems can attend the meeting and be present when this matter is discussed. I want to make this totally clear that they have been fully informed… If it were me, I would definitely be there, considering the situation and circumstances… It is a good thing I do not have to be there though… All kinds of strange things would happen. I will just sit back and enjoy the show as a viewer not as a participant…..

07/06/15 12:38 PM

I sent Nate Hargitt an email today to get an update and find out if the “meeting” was ever held… I also informed him about the upcoming board meeting on 07/21/15… Looks like maybe the first week of August is when they will be resuming their work here in Meadow Park.

Here is his response:

Nate Hargitt

12:18 PM (20 minutes ago)

to me

Dear Julia,
Pretty soon. We have a final estimate that we are making the last few adjustments to then submitting this week, we may or may not be present at that meeting. Either way we will provide them with enough information that they can hopefully come to a decision. Sorry for the delay but hopefully we can get back to work come the first week of August.

Sincerely,

Nate Hargitt
Exxell Fire Systems

06/22/15 2:09 PM

Another update from Exxell Fire Systems:

from: Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 11:42 AM
subject: Re: Update

Dear Julia,
Thanks for the information, we are currently in the process of working out a meeting time. I’ll update when we have this set up.

Sincerely,

Nate Hargitt

06/17/15 8:36 AM

UPDATE:

Here is the most recent update from Nate Hargitt about scheduling that very important meeting with the Board of Directors. Seems he is being given the run around here. I do not even know who the Board of Directors are now.. We never got notified about the recent election results:

from:Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>

to:Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date:Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 8:25 AM

subject:Re: Update

mailed by:gmail.com

signed-by:gmail.com:

Important mainly because of the people in the conversation.

“Sorry didn’t get a chance to email you yesterday. The Board hasn’t gotten back to Wakefield yet. I’ll check back with them in another week.

Nate”

06/10/15 11:00 AM

UPDATE:

Good News! After some emailing back and forth with Nate, he sent me this last email which basically says that there will be a meeting scheduled soon with the Meadow Park Board of Directors and his company Exxell Fire Systems to discuss the Meadow Park Fire Sprinkler Systems’ repairs.. Here is his email:

Nate Hargitt

10:42 AM (14 minutes ago)

to me

Just got off the phone with them. They are in full agreement at Wakefield with us meeting with the board. They will contact me when by Tuesday of next week to let me know when the board is available to meet with us directly.

06/10/15

UPDATE:

This is my response to Exxell Fire Systems:

Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>

9:18 AM (25 minutes ago)

to Nate, Miles

Really, these excuses are INCREDIBLY boring… And to say it may take up to three years to get it all done is outrageous…

Get the job done now… We need to be five-year certified here in Meadow Park… That is what you were hired to do… Not prolong it and allow  us to continue at a high fire hazard disadvantage. That is too scary!
We are five years overdue for our certification..We have been here over ten years and this was never done before… That is why there are so many problems…
Maybe you are not the right company for us after all…That is what is seems like… There are so many fire safety companies out there… I am not sure why you were even chosen…I had spoken with another company which I really liked. I was the one who got this all started. You don’t seem to even realize that..That guy even came out  on site and gave me an estimate which was so reasonable…I turned all that paperwork over to the Board but they picked you guys instead….I gave him a map plan of our community so that this could be done neighborhood by neighborhood.. Easy….You guys seems to be so unorganized…
When we had our buildings painted, even the painting company knew how to organize a project like this.. Yes, they had to come into every home to paint the front door.. Now that was done quite easily.. And in a  totally organized fashion..You do not seem to know how to handle our project.. It appears that you are stuck…And the painting was not even a state law requirement!  This is! And you still act like you cannot handle it….And that painting project was extremely expensive too…They had to do lots of extra repairs etc….
The Board of Directors does not meet again until the third Tuesday in July! Are you going to just wait and wait? You were not even on the agenda at the last board meeting.. The management  company is trying to cover everything up…. I told you how to get this going… You are still slowing everything down..If you are not getting cooperation, you can contact the local fire marshal. You can also call an extra board meeting ASAP to get this addressed and then attend in person!… Be proactive or leave! It is a state law remember? We need to have this done… It is an extreme safety hazard to let it go as you are…
We are not getting the kind of service that we expected… And meanwhile we are all hugely out of compliance here in Meadow Park because of a “contract issue”…
And many of us are very uncomfortable too because we know that our systems need repairing … And in this drought time, I would think you guys would be extra fast at cleaning this mess up…We are all at a high fire hazard situation here in Meadow Park.. That is why I took this problem on.. NO ONE ELSE WAS DOING ANYTHING!! GET IT!!!
 
The Board did this only  because of my community activities and emailing and blogging and that is the truth…And the management company does not like it either.. So you are not getting any help from Wakefield Sharp.. They do not like that our money is being spent this way… but they are not in charge of our money…That is the reality..Wakefield Sharp is just  hired help… 
 
This is a state law and the Board approved it..Act like you have more control and you will…The money is there,  believe me…And it is not a negotiable item.. The repairs must be made ASAP.
I will continue to blog about the current situation here in Meadow Park.. And the non progress with our corrections…
It is out in the public arena and it will not stop being there ….
That is the only way I have made things change here.. By speaking out in the open and telling the truth..

06/09/15 12:10PM

UPDATE:

Miles Sosso

11:58 AM (8 minutes ago)

to me
Julia,
We have no authorization to make any repairs at this time, I will work with Nate to get this resolved.
Thank you

06/09/15 11:12 AM

UPDATE:

Nate Hargitt

9:50 AM (1 hour ago)

to me
 Dear Julia,

I’m sorry, Miles is back and forth with the Management company, we cannot legally do anything without the ok from them. We were only contracted to do any corrections. I have no control over anything myself currently it’s all over to the other company. Blog all you want because it is messed up, and I’m getting many emails about the corrections, but we have rules we need to follow and we are trying to make it as affordable as possible. I’m sorry for the wait but we still cannot do anything until another contact is worked out and singed. There are about 200 other units that have other corrections that require a lot of work, such as shutting off the water, etc. We are working on it, we will let you know when it is worked out.

Sincerely,

Nate Hargitt
Exxell Fire System

My response:

Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>

11:10 AM (3 minutes ago)

to Nate

SO, it’s the management company (Wakefield Sharp) that is standing in the way… I will post this on my blog.. perhaps things will change… After all, it was theMeadow Park Board of Directors who approved this contract. The Board of Directors is composed of homeowners like me.  The management company is just a hired company like you…The management company has no power over contracts! Be very careful here ….I hope you understand the difference here…The management company has to do what the Board says… That is the truth …

That management company, Wakefield Sharp is a bunch of criminals and needs to be fired….

Read my blog to understand reality… Nate, you have to go forward and complete the repairs or you will be in serious legal trouble too…The contract still is valid…

06/09/15:

UPDATE:

Exactly four months ago today, on February 9, 2015, my fire sprinkler system was inspected by Exxell Fire Systems..It did not pass inspection… I have been in communication with this company regularly… On May 4, I received this email response from Nate Hargitt:

Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>

May 4

to me

Dear Julia,
Thanks for the follow-up. We are still working out the best way to do it with the HOA, this could take some time as most repairs requires turning off the water, and on top of that we need to contact each person who has repairs and working out when it works for them etc. I will inform you when we are ready to get started on this.

Sincerely,

Nate Hargitt
Exxell Fire Systems

This is the company that the Meadow Park Board of Directors contracted with to do our fire sprinkler system inspection… They are obviously not the right company for us… Otherwise they would have been doing the repairs already…Nate sent this email over one month ago.. This is not acceptable at all…And still no response to my emails this week… Bad business practice here… I am not happy and I am blogging about it…How patient am I supposed to be? This is unreasonable and no one is doing anything about it… So I continue blogging and show how bad this whole situation really is…This company should have been organizing the inspections and corrections from the very beginning… Four months is long enough to be completely done with everything!

NOW I KNOW THAT IF YOU ARE READING THIS YOU WILL AGREE. THIS WHOLE THING IS A JOKE.. SO I AM PUTTING THE JOKERS ON DISPLAY AND LETTING THE PUBLIC READ IT… MAYBE THEN THEY WILL START ACTING LIKE A REAL COMPANY AGAIN….AND  DO THEIR JOB!

06/08/15:

UPDATE:

I am still trying to get my appointment set up for my fire sprinkler system repairs.. I am not getting very far… I have sent 2 more emails and left another voice mail message…One of my emails came back as undeliverable. I have not received any response as of today 6/08/15 at 10:00 AM.. I am just documenting this here on my blog because this is so unprofessional…. I cannot believe that it was four months ago that my fire sprinkler system was inspected… Four months!!! And I was expecting the repairs and a certification report by this time…Four months to wait for repairs is unacceptable…

I am not being unreasonable.. I am only stating the truth. Now I am just waiting like the rest of the Meadow Park homeowners for some kind of action here…

This has not been a smooth process and continues to be treated like it is non-important.. It is in fact extremely important..The HOA Board of Directors approved this inspection six months ago and as of this date we still do not have our fire sprinkler systems repaired!!!



06/02/15

It was on February 9, 2015 that I had my fire sprinkler system inspected by Exxell Fire Systems (http://www.exxellfiresystems.com)… I have been in close contact with the employees there since that time..The reason I am doing this is because I want to make sure that I receive my final five-year certification report.. This is a state law!

Owners have to have this inspection done every five years here in California.. And as I have lived here in Meadow Park now for almost 10 years (June 27, 2005 was my move-in date), this inspection was never done and is way overdue!… But because of my interventions over this past year, the Meadow Park Board of Directors approved this inspection in November 2014 for all homeowners… It was not until February 2015 that the inspections started… The inspections completed in March…. Now what about the corrections? That is the big mystery here…

 There seems to be some problems getting the corrections organized… 

So, I remain in communications with Exxell Fire Systems and wait a little bit longer while they figure out how to schedule the corrections… It will happen I know despite the lack of coordination help from the HOA management … It still happens… We are all going to get our five-year certification reports because we the Owners here in Meadow Park are paying for it through our HOA assessment fees…

It is one of the best uses yet of those HOA assessment fees.. And it is going to happen..

This is the most recent email communication with Exxell Fire Systems:

from:Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>

to:Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>

date:Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 8:38 AM

subject:Re: Follow up on Fire Sprinkler System Testing

mailed by:gmail.comsigned-by:gmail.com

Important mainly because it was sent directly to you.

The conversations are being had with the corrections department. Please send an email to automaticfiresafety@gmail.com. Miles will get it, he has any information.

Sincerely,

Nate Hargitt
Exxell Fire Systems


MY RESPONSE:

Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>

Jun 2 (3 days ago)

to Nate

Thanks Nate, I hope this situation gets resolved quickly.. I want my inspection report and you guys need to get paid…And it will happen…


HIS RESPONSE

Nate Hargitt

Jun 2 (3 days ago)

to me
Thanks for you concern.

Sincerely,
Nate Hargitt


This is the most recent information I have about the fire sprinkler system inspection which was approved back in November by our Meadow Park Board of Directors… I am hoping that I will be contacted soon to set up my corrections appointment…I want to be in compliance with the state law.. I want all of Meadow Park to become a five-year fire sprinkler system certified community, even though the property management company is inhibiting the progress.

 I know that this will happen!

myneighbors sprinkler water gauge2

This is my neighbor’s fire sprinkler water gauge that needs replacing right now…It is not working properly at all.

My new sprinkler water gauge

This is my fire sprinkler pressure gauge that was replaced last year by a plumbing company because I complained. It is functioning normally and did pass on the recent inspection in February..

This my fire sprinkler alarm which passed insection in February

This is my fire sprinkler alarm which passed inspection in February.

This is a fire sprinkler cover (escutcheon) located inside my home. I am currently missing 2 of them and one needs replacing becasue it had paint on it. Then I will have all three corrections done in order to pass my inspection and recieve my report..

This is a fire sprinkler cover (escutcheon) located inside my home. I am currently missing 2 of them and one needs replacing because it had paint on it.

If you are reading this blog and want to find out what is going on, I encourage you to contact the company, Exxell Fire Systems, on your own:

877-712-3473

.. Contacting Wakefield Sharp will not help at all as they are hindering, not helping, the progress of the corrections…

Meadow Park Community Blog Lives On!

I have decided to let the domain name meadowparkcommunityblog.com go..I can do this blog for free here at this address on wordpress: http://www.meadowparkcommunityblog.wordpress.com. Thank You WordPress!

SO: MEADOW PARK COMMUNITY BLOG LIVES ON!

It is time for the Meadow Park HOA Board of Directors to grow up and deal with the real important issues as I have… It is time for the Meadow Park HOA to have the governing documents on their official website. But even if they do not ever deal with reality, I always do and that is why those very important governing docuemnts will always be right here…

After one entire year of online blogging here on WordPress about Meadow Park: I  do see some positive changes occurring..

There has been some good intervention with the Novato Fire Protection District… Not enough though! The Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase One has not been utilized to the extent it was intended…Sad to say, Captain Nurse Circle (Wood Glen) remains as a neighborhood in Meadow Park without fire safe landscaping, labels on our locked fire extinguisher cabinets, and repaired fire sprinkler systems…….This puts our neighborhood at risk for a serious fire emergency, especially in this drought time… I have said this numerous times though.. This is still the current status…

There is legal action being done about the illegal renting in Meadow Park.. This is a wonderful change……

I have been able to achieve an almost unheard of and nearly impossible feat: having our fire sprinkler systems tested and inspected for a five year certification, and paid for through HOA monies…..THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CONSTANTLY SAYS, “THIS IS THE HOME OWNER’S RESPONSIBLITY”. WELL YOU STUPID PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY, IT IS OUR MONEY THAT IS PAYING FOR IT… IT IS OUR MONEY THAT PAYS FOR YOUR RIDICULOUS AND CORRUPTED SERVICE TOO…

I am still awaiting for the repairs though… My fire sprinkler system was tested on February 9, and I still have not had the repairs done.  I hope this happens within the next few weeks…I want my 5 year certification report for my records… This is a state law…I am following up on that today… And if I receive any good news about it, I will post here….

“See How Dry This Is? That’s Because the Water Hasn’t Been Turned On..”

That was the comment I heard our Meadow Park HOA treasurer, Roger Burstrem making to his wife just now as they entered their home. He was referring to how dry the exclusive use common area landscaping is around his front patio. I think this is so funny really.. Here is a board member who is complaining about the water problem here on Captain Nurse Circle! This is funny because:

1). Of course there is a water problem. There is no irrigation turned on. I have been blogging about it..

2) He is a board member so why is this problem persisting?

3) If there is no water turned on, then why doesn’t Mr. Burstrem comply with CC&R 4.2 which states that he is responsible for this landscape area’s maintenance to be kept in a healthy condition. That means if the HOA is not watering, then he should be watering…Duh!

So I had to make a post about this today because the whole thing is like a TV sit com… And I  am pointing this out right now because this really just happened. He will never water his exclusive use common area landscaping, even though it is part of our CC&Rs. And he is a board member!

Instead, he should be a good example about this, but he just adds to the current problem. I have been watering my exclusive use common area landscaping for several months, but as stated before in another blog post, I seem to be the only one doing this right now. Everyone around here is clueless to their landscape maintenance responsibility except me! It is really like the Twilight Zone around here..

I did an email recently to Ryan at the North Marin Water District. I told them that there was a major water wasting incident on April 3 here on Captain Nurse Circle that was due to negligence of the Jensen workers. I know that the NMWD did a walk around with the new landscape maintenance  company. I also told them that the water on Captain Nurse Circle  was not turned on again! This happened last year too..I wrote a letter to them about this very same issue last May..

But so far, nothing has been done. Should I turn in a work order to Wakefield Sharp to have the water turned on? Wonder what their response will be this time. Probably some poor excuse about the drought….

Well, I’ll go ahead and put one more work order into that place and see if I get any response. It is like a sit com around here. I do not expect much, but it is fun to get a good laugh once in a while from these players who think they are doing a good job and keep getting paid for rotten service...

So, I just tried to send a work order request into Mark Sharp on the Meadow Park HOA website. I got this error message:

Mailing Failed… Error is:

503 5.5.1 Incorrect command sequence

This is what I tried to send to them:

Please get the irrigation turned on here on Captain Nurse Circle. I even just heard Roger Burstrem complaining about how dry everything is. We have not had an irrigation schedule for months…I know all about the drought, but we still are allowed some irrigation for our landscaping…Please get this done ASAP.

I will just email it directly to them and see what happens. They are experiencing a problem with the HOA website apparently …Hmmm…