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In the Town Crier, a newsletter of my HOA association, it was written on 7 20 17 : “Workmen’s Comp covers medical expenses of volunteers doing grounds work.”
In my HOA we have a lawn service which works two days a week in our HOA on our common grounds. It seems like the lawn service, cuts the grass (but grass is not growing too well), blows the sidewalks, and edges the walking paths from grass growing over them.
Last year, being as there is no agenda published for association members regarding what will be discussed at a Board of Directors meeting, I had no opportunity to research our HOA lawn contract. A director announced at an HOA meeting that it is time to consider the up coming renewal of our contract with our lawn service and he motioned that we give them a $2500 raise and two weeks off around Christmas and New Years. The lawn service works two days a week in our community. And the board voted yes.
I moved into this HOA community expecting that all of our members would pay for our lawn service to keep the community looking nice so that our resale values on our home would not decline. However, if one looks at many of the bushes adjoining our walking paths one will see palmetto bushes dying, overgrown, not trimmed and full of vines and weeds growing entangled around the bushes, reaching up to the sky like Jack’s beanstalk. I would expect that if any unit in our association kept such decaying bushes on their property the HOA board would require them to clean it up.
I have a real problem with my association attempting to maintain our grounds with volunteers. Need I explain any further?
In addition, there are still stumps of cut down trees from Hurricane Matthew. Remember, last year? And correct me if I am wrong, but we paid our lawn service extra money to cut down trees that looked unsafe after the Hurricane. I can’t dispute how many trees were really unsafe, but quite a number were cut down to the size of stumps. Now the lawn service has agreed to ground down to the ground, the about 40 stumps that are on our common grounds, for the price of $17.00 for each stump.
The whole thing does not sit well with me.
And correct me if I am wrong, but I have heard that our former grounds director had done paid worked for this lawn service, on our grounds. The same director who motioned for a $2,500 a year raise and two weeks off around Christmas time for our lawn service. Does my displeasure with all of this have any merit? Where my details are not correct, please correct me.
sincerely and honestly – hank springer
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