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!

Jensen Landscape Maintenance Company Mishandles Landscape Irrigation System Testing on Captain Nurse Circle- Sprinklers Left On Over 9 Hours!

UPDATE: 10/14/15

I am posting this also as a page so that it is easily seen and viewed by the public. I want to make sure the public is aware that this incident occurred on Captain Nurse Circle. I am hoping that we were not made to pay for the extra high water bill as a result of the landscape company’s  negligence when they tested the sprinklers in April….Jensen should have paid this bill, not the Meadow Park homeowners…

UPDATE:

AT 7:39 PM, 04/03/15, the sprinklers behind buildings 2 and 4 on Captain Nurse Circle were finally turned off…It took Jensen over 2 hours to get here after they were first notified… And of course, they act like it is no big deal, a “stuck” valve.. Well, why didn’t that get detected this morning? Since the sprinklers were all being tested, these sprinklers should have been turned off manually before the worker left our street. Instead, these sprinklers behind my building 4 and building 2 were not checked at all.  They were just left on, since about 10AM.

If they had checked the sprinklers and found a stuck valve at 10 AM, then it would have already been repaired….But, since they (Jensen) did not do their job, they allowed over 9 hours of continuous irrigation! And this was not just one sprinkler but MANY!…

Poor excuses and low marks for this new landscape maintenance company that was just approved in January by the Meadow Park HOA Board of Directors as our new landscape maintenance contracter…I wonder what other “mistakes ” are being made by them?


04/03/15  5:15 PM:

This morning, the irrigation system was finally turned back on for my building. They were testing the sprinklers.  I noticed how quickly Jensen did this. They just switched them on and off very quickly without doing a walk around to visually see if they were all working.. That was mid morning, 04/03/15. I noticed just now as I went to back of my building that sprinklers were left on behind and in between buildings 2 and 4. It is now 5:16 PM. So this area of sprinklers were not manually turned off during the sprinkler inspection. The Jensen people were negligent this morning and left these on….

Now this is a horrible mishandling of our irrigation system and a huge waste of water  that these landscape maintenance people from Jensen caused. They did not do a thorough job at all to see if the sprinklers were on or off, and as a result, our water bill is going to be way up there at no fault of our own. When irrigation systems are tested, there must be accountability for the system to be turned off properly.. This was not done today by Jensen. They were totally negligent in their follow-up of the sprinkler testing on Captain Nurse Circle…

I called Jensen myself and found their emergency number to be: 707-249-4164. I called them at 5:18 PM and left a message and still no response at 5:40 PM. I also made a valid work order to Wakefield Sharp about this incident. This is what I reported to Wakefield Sharp:

“I am reporting that a big problem happened today with the irrigation system here on Captain Nurse Circle. It is now 5:15 PM and I just went in the back of my home and noticed the sprinklers are still on behind building 2 and in between building 2 and 4. These were initially put on late morning. This is not good….I contacted the Jensen after hours emergency number just now at (707) 249-4164 and I hope that he responds and turns these sprinklers off.. I am sending this to you as documentation of my work order..We should not be paying for this big mistake by Jensen…All those guys did was a quick test of the sprinklers and no follow-up and now a big irrigation bill has been caused by their negligence…”

I also called Wakefield Sharp’s after hours number (415-382-1100) and left a message regarding this landscape irrigation emergency…

I even contacted one of the board of director’s, Treasurer Roger Burstrem just now because he lives right across the street from me. I told him about the irrigation problem. I told him I do not know how to turn off the sprinklers and he said “No, you should not do that”……

This is such a sloppy job and very irresponsible of this Jensen company. I am reporting this now because I want it well documented that it happened and is still going on right now at 6:44 PM. Those sprinklers are still on behind and in between buildings 2 and 4 on Captain Nurse Circle. Come on over and take a look for yourself!

I do not know when they will be turned off. I did as much as any responsible Owner can do in this situation. I have no idea how to turn off those sprinklers…. And I am not going to even try. I am simply telling everyone what is happening right now…

Maybe Jensen is not the right company for us. They immediately used herbicides everywhere and did nothing more that. I do not like how they do things…They seem to love those mowers that they ride around on more than anything else…They are irresponsible with our irrigation system! And in this drought time too, this cannot be tolerated one little bit..

THEY ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY!…Really, Board of Directors, is this the right landscape maintenance company for us?They  are costing us a lot of money, way more than $16,000.00 per month. Look at those water bills go sky high…

 

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…

 

Friday is Jensen’s Day on Captain Nurse Circle

It was one week ago today that the Jensen landscape work crew left the sprinklers on for 9 continuous hours…They were back today and I just wanted to say something about those ride-on mowers they are using.

I observed the worker driving the mower back and forth between lawns, never really completing a thorough mowing. I saw him ride up the hill on one lawn and go down once and then leave, as if he was not able to mow it because it was so hilly… I saw him drive up to another lawn and then turn around and drive away without doing any mowing there at all… … I am wondering if these lawns are ever going to get mowed properly…Does anyone else observe this strange behavior? Or am I the only lucky one …

This new landscape maintenance company is charging us $16,000.00 month.  Could they at least mow the lawns? And when are the sprinklers going to be turned on again here? We have not had any irrigation scheduled for Captain Nurse Circle… It would be nice to have an irrigation schedule set up like we always have had …

 

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…