Captain Nurse Circle Needs “How to Access and Use” Labels on Our Fire Extinguisher Cabinets!

UPDATE 12/04/15:

This blog is now private and protected. I am updating that the labels were finally put on the outside of the fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle. This is what the label looks like below:

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, but we do not have them here on Captain Nurse Circle yet...

“In case of fire, pull handle firmly”

UPDATE 10/26/15:

North Cal Fire Equipment did not install anything yet.

UPDATE 10/17/15:

Nothing happened his week. The fire extinguishers and cabinets were not serviced as I was told they would be by Andy, the owner of the North Cal Fire Equipment Company…Just updating here and keeping track of this situation…

UPDATE 10/08/15:

Just received a phone call from Andy, the owner of North Cal Fire Equipment, LLC. This is the company that maintains our fire extinguishers here in Meadow Park… He told me that labels have been ordered for all the fire extinguisher cabinets on Captain Nurse Circle and will be installed next week!

I say this is a victory for me as it  seemed nearly impossible to have this important safety feature addressed properly on our fire extinguishers here on Captain Nurse Circle… It was only due to my persistent blogging and emailing that this has finally resolved the right way…I remain the Fire Safety Committee of one for Meadow Park homeowners…

UPDATE 09/28/15:

One year ago, in September 2014, I made a very important post concerning our fire extinguishers. Now, we are due for the yearly inspection and maintenance of these fire extinguishers…Thankfully, there has not been any fire emergencies on my street… But, the fire extinguisher cabinets remain unlabeled and locked up and we do not have access to the keys… I am making this update here and now and putting it on the front page of my blog so others can be informed about this… It is something that the management of our HOA has chosen to ignore.. In fact, I was told this in an email from Wakefield Sharp:

“The Board of Directors for Meadow Park has considered the cost and currently
allows homeowners interested in replacing stickers on fire extinguisher
boxes to do so themselves.”

First of all, I am not sure that the Board of Directors really discussed this at all..Many times Wakefield Sharp has made important decisions without consulting the Board… So I do believe this is an outright lie…

Secondly, there is nothing to replace! The labels were never installed initially.

What a bad property management company this is! Do we really want them to continue here? No way!

I am not doing anything except posting the reality that our fire extinguishers remain non user-friendly.  I am not responsible for a poorly installed fire extinguisher cabinet. Other fire extinguisher cabinets located in the Meadow Park community are properly labeled but not the ones here on Captain Nurse Circle!

A poor installation was allowed to occur and never got fixed….

All fire extinguishers in Meadow Park should be at the same level of use… And this lack of equality is happening still…A very poor management company is trying to put this on the homeowners… We are not to be blamed for this.. It needs to be fixed and done right…

02/10/15:

Now that the HOA is in the fire safety mode (finally!), I am bringing up another issue that I discussed  last year here on my blog:

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/fire-extinguishers-in-meadow-park-are-not-user-friendly/

That post was made in September 2014, over 5 months ago and nothing happened!… Our fire extinguishers are checked and replaced every year. This is a law here in California, USA. What I found last year was that there is a big difference in the labeling of the fire extinguisher cabinets here in Meadow Park. For example, our locked fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle do not have any labeling which shows how to easily access the locked fire extinguisher in an emergency. This is what they look like here on Captain Nurse Circle:

Typical locked up Meadow Park Fire extinguisher- not user friendly!!! No labeling on how to use!

Typical locked up Meadow Park Fire extinguisher not user-friendly!!! No labeling on how to use!

But, all of the fire extinguisher cabinets in the other five Meadow Park neighborhoods have labeling on the cabinets. See below:

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, but we do not have them here on Captain Nurse Circle yet...

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, and it is found this way in all of the other neighborhoods in Meadow Park. But we do not have them labeled here on Captain Nurse Circle yet…

BUT THOSE ON CAPTAIN NURSE CIRCLE ARE STILL NOT LABELED!

The Fire Marshal kindly shared with me by email what the label looks like and although he said this is not a state requirement to have these cabinets labeled, the Novato Fire District highly recommends that the cabinets be labeled.. This never happened! I am bringing it up again because it needs to be done right….We need to have this labeling done on our fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle ASAP…

So, I sent an email to the fire extinguisher company (North-Cal Fire Equipment LLC) yesterday. It is important that our fire extinguisher access is at the same level as other neighborhoods in Meadow Park and right now, we are at a clear disadvantage…Here is the business card from the technician (Frank Stagnaro) I spoke with last year:

Frank's Business Card

Frank’s Business Card

And, in an emergency it is vitally important to have this labeling easily and readily available. In an emergency, you do not want to try to figure out how to open the fire extinguisher cabinet to access the fire extinguisher. But here on Captain Nurse Circle there are no instructions or labels as of this day, 02/10/15,  and we discussed this problem almost 6 months ago.

Below is the email once more from Novato Fire Marshal B/C Bill Tyler regarding this labeling situation:

from: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date: Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM
subject: Fire Extinguisher locked cabinets
: Important mainly because of the people in the conversation

Hi Julia:

This photo was taken by the Property management company of another extinguisher located in the complex. NFD has spoken to the property management regarding the code requirements and the options that they have regarding this situation.

Although this one has a sign on it with instructions on opening the cabinet, it is not required by code to be installed. We are recommending that they install signage on all of the cabinets.

I have attached a copy of the code section and the SFM interpretation on the subject.

B/C Bill Tyler, Fire Marshal

Novato Fire District

415-878-2690

Label for our fire extinguishers. This is located on some others in our community but not here on Captain Nurse Circle as of yet...

A label for our fire extinguishers. This is located on some others in our community but not here on Captain Nurse Circle as of yet…

CalCodeFireExtinguisherCabinet

Fire Extinguisher Cabinet Info

Now, I am hoping that this problem will be taken care of in a very responsible and expedient manner. It has been a problem for way too long and was never done correctly since the initial installation. As with other areas of fire safety concern, this is one more little problem that can easily be cleaned up with the cooperation of the HOA management.. I hope that it gets done right this time and soon…

Even though the California state law DOES NOT REQUIRE  locked fire extinguisher cabinets, here in Meadow Park, ours are locked! So either UNLOCK them or LABEL them, do something please!

“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…

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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….

Three Valid Work Orders Snubbed by Wakefield Sharp: The Hired Help needs Firing!!

I thought I would give the hired management help one more chance to prove that they are worth our money. However, I  still consider them “fired help”…

(1) I sent them a work order on 04-03-15 when the sprinklers were left on here on Captain Nurse Circle for over 9 hours and they never responded to it! I want to make sure that we Owners are not held responsible for this very big water bill that was totally Jensen’s fault…

And still we have no irrigation schedule here on Captain Nurse Circle. I am performing my Owner’s responsibility by maintaining my exclusive use common area landscaping. I water the vegetation there myself. I do not see any other Owner doing this though. I am the only one ….

According to CC&R 4.2, all owners are responsible to maintain these landscaped areas:

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.

(2) I asked them via a valid work order to have our fire extinguisher cabinets labeled here on Captain Nurse Circle and they said to “do it yourself.”

“The Board of Directors for Meadow Park has considered the cost and currently
allows homeowners interested in replacing stickers on fire extinguisher
boxes to do so themselves.”

This Board of Directors wants us to replace stickers? What stickers? There are no stickers to replace…That is the problem.. The stickers were never there in the first place. I do not have any stickers!! What a bunch of  stupid freaks these people are…These fire extinguisher cabinets were installed without proper labeling…Yet all of the other fire extinguisher cabinets in Meadow Park have this labeling! That is unfair treatment and puts our neighborhood at a higher risk for a fire emergency because people may panic when they do not know how to get that fire extinguisher out of the locked cabinet!! And they are trying to make me responsible for labeling these cabinets!


(3) I asked them to remove all the paperbark trees and eucalyptus trees here on Captain Nurse Circle and they referred me again to Fire Marshal Bill Tyler, who has recently said that there is “nothing wrong” with the vegetation here and Bill Tyler calls the paperbark trees “pepper trees”.

Ms. Angle,

Our office would like to refer you to Battalion Chief Bill Tyler’s March 17,
2015 e-mail:

“The existing condition of the landscape is substantially in compliance with
the existing approved vegetation management plan, given this time of the
year.”

We would also like to inform you that we are working closely with the
current landscape contractor and Novato Fire Department to ensure that
Meadow Park is properly maintained throughout the entire year.

This is the type of so-called “management” we have here in Meadow Park. They, (Wakefield Sharp) refer to a Fire Marshal who is not doing his job… This guy, Fire Marshal Bill Tyler from Novato Fire Protection District, is calling the paperbark bottle brush trees (which are all over the landscape here on Captain Nurse Circle) pepper trees!

What a scam artist! He just calls them pepper trees and shrugs it all off. He should be fired for doing such a rotten job of “protecting us” against a fire hazard…It feels like the Novato Fire Protection District is only trying to protect the fires, not the people…More fires mean they have a reason to exist. High fire hazards means fire fighters have jobs to fight fires…Maybe someone from a different industry needs to be in charge of this situation…Someone that does not have a reason to keep a landscape in a high fire hazard condition… 

This documentation is all I need to go further with a lawsuit against the Novato Fire Protection District, Wakefield Sharp, The City of Novato, and the Meadow Park HOA.

They will be hearing from my attorney very soon and this legal matter is now being escalated to the Marin County Courts… This prohibited vegetation was planted over 10 years ago without any regards to our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase One.

 

These people continue to act like this Plan does not exist! They seem to like the fact that Captain Nurse Circle remains at a high fire hazard risk… They certainly are not doing anything right to decrease the high fire hazard risk we all face as Owners here on Captain Nurse Circle…They seem to want us to have a fire hazard… Is that what is really going on? Maybe they should call themselves “Novato Anti-Fire District”…Maybe that is what we really need here in Novato…

One Tree Removed, Many To Go…

I looked out side in my back area early this morning and saw that the tree I recently complained about had been removed:

 

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

After tree removal

After tree removal- Paperbark tree was removed yesterday but that ugly paint stain still remains!

I sent this email:

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
cc: “clark@nfh.org” <clark@nfh.org>,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
“hgrunt@cityofnovato.org” <hgrunt@cityofnovato.org>,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>
date: Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 7:31 AM
subject: Re: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hello,

I am reporting that the tree I emailed you about is now removed… But I am not the one to be responsible here to report every infraction regarding our Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase 1.

There are plenty of paid people who are supposed to be doing a walk around Captain Nurse Circle WITH OUR LOT MAP and making notes regarding the infractions..I am not that person- no one is paying me anything…What a scam this whole thing is…

This proves that my initial complaint was never dealt with appropriately…There are several infractions that need to be dealt with…

I want people to start doing the jobs that they are getting paid to do… 

 

Is that too much to ask?  Am I being unreasonable here? If I was the supervisor of this charade, I would fire everyone involved and start completely over with real and responsible people

My monies are being wasted on nonessential things like “approved vegetation to cover up the train noise”…Why should my HOA assessments be used for that? I do not have any train noise here on Captain Nurse Circle…

Do your job, board of directors or you will be in a courtroom and not in a mediation… This is a serious health and safety issue that you are continuing to ignore as a “legal matter”. You better open up quick or it is all going to snow ball on you!

New Landscape Contracter Visible Today on Captain Nurse Circle: Jensen

I guess the board did vote out the Cagwin & Dorward landscape maintenance at the January meeting! The only reason I am saying this is because I just saw a new landscape maintenance truck here on Captain Nurse Circle. This truck has a red logo and says Jensen Landscape. And I checked back to the December executive meeting Agendas and sure enough, Jensen was one of those being considered.

Landscape contract board meetings Dec2014

Landscape contract board meetings December 2014

Now, I am sure these new landscapers know nothing about our landscape maintenance rules or our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, so I am making sure that the Novato Fire Marshal is aware that there is a new landscape maintenance company contracted with our HOA…The meetings that were held last year with Cagwin & Dorward led nowhere..

I am making sure that our fire enforcement agency is well aware of this important change in order that their ensuing investigation continues undaunted. There needs to be another meeting held obviously to make sure that all involved are following these rules…

Meadow Park’s Journey to Becoming a Fire Safe Community: A Recap…

Who is really even concerned these days about a major fire here in Marin County? I see very little being done about this problem.. Yet the fire safety professionals all agree that a major fire hazard is just waiting to happen here in this county…. I am not going to let our community be one of those statistics though.. If those other communities in Marin County are letting it go and taking chances, then so be it… I am not one to sit by and let things happen.. I know that in this spiritually set up world, disasters are meant to happen in a set up way…But that does not mean you are powerless to make it stop happening. I am very powerful to make things go the right way…

I am making sure that all the fire safety measures are being done properly and to the law.. I am the only one who is doing this in my community. But maybe there is a reason for that… I am not stopping..Others probably would stop and give up.. but not me! I am making sure that it is well-known that we are at risk for this major fire to occur.. Therefore, I am blogging what is now happening to change our fire risk here. We are not going to have a fire disaster in our community.

I blog and notify the appropriate professionals. I follow-up and make sure that things are happening in a timely manner. I am focusing on this because I want my home to be safe and secure for me and my family… And of course other people who live here will benefit because of my actions…

(1) I made a follow-up complaint to the Novato Fire Marshal last week because it was over 6 months ago that my initial complaint was made and nothing was done about it by the HOA… The Fire Marshal acknowledged this and reassigned the complaint for investigation. The complaint concerns the fact that the HOA is not following the Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase 1. My email was sent to all those who needed to know this… I am not hiding anything. I want them to make sure the HOA notifies all Owners in writing about this Plan!

(2) Included in the email was a complaint that our fire extinguisher cabinets remain unlabeled here on Captain Nurse Circle. The Novato Fire Marshal and Novato Fire Protection District had recommended that these be labeled. All of the other neighborhoods in Meadow Park have labels except those on Captain Nurse Circle. This discrepancy needs to be addressed ASAP. It is not OK to let this detail be pushed aside again. These cabinets have been unmarked for 10 years!

(3) I made a follow-up email to Nate at Exxell Fire Systems yesterday to see how the fire sprinkler system inspections are going. I specifically asked when my fire sprinkler system would be repaired and when I would receive my report.. I was told that they plan to have everything inspected by March 20 and submit the findings to the HOA. At that point I felt I needed to let Nate know that it would be helpful to have their findings submitted at the next board meeting on March 17.. He was very happy to know about this: “Wow, thank you very much for that information. We’ll do our best” was his response.  Otherwise, it could be 2 months before the board meets again (in May) to approve the repairs needed…That is not good!

The HOA system is slow and cumbersome these days.. And waking this HOA up to what is really important is what I am here to do. I am here to make them accountable for our safety and well-being…My universal healing is helping too..

A Disgusting Result of A Formal Complaint Persists. I Sent an EMAIL…

Update: 09/28/15

I am just posting an update to this whole sham follow-up of a formal complaint that I made last year… Nothing was ever done for me as requested… The lot by lot inspection was never completed… The high fire hazard, prohibited trees remain on my street… There was no real follow-up by he Novato Fire Protection District, even though they were the ones that signed off our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan many years ago… This was apparently done to get things moved along and not a real and valid interest in making our community safe form a major fire hazard… If things had been done the right way, these trees would not still be here… And they are as of this date… I hold the City of Novato and Novato Fire Protection District accountable and totally responsible for this extreme neglect in ensuring our community is as fire safe as humanly possible…

03/05/15

Update! Email Response from B/C Fire Marshal Bill Tyler:

from:Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>to:Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>,
“clark@nfh.org” <clark@nfh.org>,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
“hgrunt@cityofnovato.org” <hgrunt@cityofnovato.org>,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>
date:Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 9:27 AM

subject:RE: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle:

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

Hi Julia:

 

Your complaint has been received, assigned to an inspector and will be investigated.

 

Sincerely,

 

B/C Bill Tyler, Fire Marshal

Novato Fire District

415-878-2690

 

From: Julia Angel [mailto:firsthealer@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 5:26 PM
To: Bill Tyler; clark@nfh.org; info@wakefieldsharp.com; hgrunt@cityofnovato.org; Virginia Patterson
Subject: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle

Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>

10:59 AM (2 minutes ago)
to Bill, clark, info, hgrunt, Virginia

Dear Bill,

Response received. I hope things go the right way this time.

Thank You,

Julia Angel, Universal Healer


 

Original Post From Yesterday:

I cannot keep going like this. I have to make it clear one more time! I have so many people looking at my blog now from all over the world.. They are astonished at what I have accomplished so far.. YET, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING STILL HAS NOT OCCURRED!

I am still at a high fire hazard risk here on Captain Nurse Circle. That is because the HOA management DID NOT DO ANYTHING RIGHT about the formal complaint I made against them, and the Novato Fire Protection District did not do anything to enforce it..

So, here is my email.. I know how interesting it is for people to read reality these days. This is the most real you can get:

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>,
clark@nfh.org,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
hgrunt@cityofnovato.org,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>
date: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 5:25 PM
subject: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle
mailed-by: gmail.com
Hello:
I emailing all of you because I am not happy with the results of my complaint from August 2014.

I am making this clear, that a lot by lot inspection of high fire hazard vegetation was never done as requested by the Novato Fire Marshal. There is still numerous violations of the Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase One. I am attaching just one picture showing evidence that this complaint was ignored and never dealt with properly…This tree is located behind my building. Look how close it is to the structure. It is not my job to do this inspection, but I am not going to live under the stress of having these bad trees around me and my home…Therefore I am making it very clear one more time…

 

I am making another complaint and requesting that the Novato Fire Protection District follow-up and ensure that the Plan is being adhered to. There has not been anything done here on Captain Nurse Circle..These very bad high fire hazard non-native trees were all planted long ago without our knowledge or permission… They simply need to be removed, not just trimmed….

And I see now the HOA is talking about planting more vegetation in other parts of the community to “combat the SMART train noise”. What about our Plan? What about Captain Nurse Circle? There has not been any discussion of this at any open board meeting. Clark Blasdell kindly handed me this Plan because he cared and wanted our community to safe. Clark, that still has not happened…I cannot break through this denial and non-caring attitude that persists in this HOA…

 

This is a disgusting example of COMPLETE AND TOTAL DISREGARD FOR AUTHORITY HERE IN NOVATO! I am thoroughly dismayed at how poorly the Meadow Park HOA management dealt with the complaint and the follow up..There has not been any communication to the Owners about this.. not one word.. My website remains the only source for this information…They are purposely withholding all of this..

 

It is not  a safe or legal way to run an HOA.. The Owners are responsible to know about this Plan and adhere to it. This is not a topic that is to be discussed in a private setting. It needs to be out in the open.. The only way that will happen is by legal enforcement… There has to be enforcement ! Otherwise the HOA management just ignores…

 

Therefore,  I am notifying all involved that this is the result and I am still at a high fire hazard risk  here on Captain Nurse Circle because nothing was ever done right, from the beginning of our community or from last August….The wrongs keep going on and on….

 

Also, the fire extinguisher cabinets were never labeled here on Captain Nurse Circle even though the Fire Marshal recommended it.. That is another problem… These HOA management people are not doing their jobs… I want action and results this time..or a lawsuit is going to happen people, and I mean it…A judge will have no problem agreeing with me…

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

Meadow Park is Becoming a Fire Year Fire Sprinkler Certified Community!

It’s really happening  here in Meadow Park! We are becoming five-year fire sprinkler certified! This is exciting. Very few communities like ours actually do this. Most townhouse communities rely on the Owners to individually have this done, but it never happens that way!  And then disaster strikes and everyone living there is at risk for a fire emergency…

But now, because of my persistence and volunteer work with this situation, I was able to move the HOA into that direction…They now see how important it is to maintain our community in a fire safe manner. Our HOA is using our HOA assessments to pay for all of these fire sprinkler system inspections, as well as the repairs that are needed to make our systems work…. After the repairs are made we receive our reports which shows our fire sprinkler systems are in good working order..  It is the best use of our assessments yet!! We will all feel so much better that this got done.

And as a result,  our townhouses will have an increase in value! This is going to make our property values increase quite a bit. And that is always a good thing here in Marin County.. We are going to see this happen soon..There is no doubt about that.

Here is a link to an online publication called The Communicator which explains all about a “Five Year Fire Sprinkler Certification”: The Communicator is a publication of the Community Associations Institute, Bay Area Central California Chapter. This is from Volume 4, Issue 2, Spring 2011:

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CAIQ0211/index.php?startid=14#/14


 

I received this second notice shortly after I had my own fire sprinkler system tested on February 9th. I am hoping more Owners will get their appointments scheduled soon. This second notice included a phone number too…I am glad that they added the phone number to this second notice…

But, the HOA still has not done a very good job of explaining what this is all about. That is why I am blogging here to let others know that this is a very big and important project and well worth the Owner’s money…

This is the second notice regarding our Fire Sprinkler Inspection for our five year certification.

This is the second notice regarding our Fire Sprinkler Inspection for our five-year certification.

The HOA should be communicating more about this certification process and make sure every Owner takes part… Otherwise we will still be at risk for a fire emergency here in Meadow Park!