The Trailwood Hills annual homeowners meeting took place on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. We had Captain Perry, who is the Captain for our District, and Officer Draughon, who is Raleigh’s PROP Officer, attend. They spoke to various issues involving PROP and the new nuisance party ordinance. It was very informative and if you would like to see the criteria for what constitutes a violation within PROP and what constitutes a nuisance party, you can check out the blog entry: Noise and Party Ordinance Information. Please check out the criteria when you get a chance so that you can better understand how the process works and what triggers the process.
Other items discussed were the new landscaping company that has been hired and the letters being sent out requesting that homeowners maintain their yards and homes, especially with respect to seeding, powerwashing, and painting. Those letters will continue to come this spring and summer. Due to the drought conditions two years ago, the yards in our neighborhood started to deteriorate and it is now time to repair that damage.
We also discussed the changes made to the violation process for our neighborhood. In the past, a letter would be sent advising a homeowner of a violation and giving them 30 days to comply. If there was no compliance, another letter would sent giving them another 30 days. If there was still no compliance, the homeowner would be invited to hearing to discuss the non-compliance. Following the hearing, fining could begin if the non-compliance continued. After some research and discussions with the HOA attorney, it was determined that the North Carolina Planned Community Act actually did not impose the number of letters and timeline we were using, and that with respect to such violations as mowing and parking on the lawn, giving someone 30 days to comply was extremely excessive. The process was then changed in that easy to fix violations (such as mowing your lawn, cars parked on the lawn, trash in your yard) would receive a letter giving them 5 days to comply. If there is non-compliance, a second letter would be sent inviting the homeowner to a meeting. Fining would begin following the meeting in the event of non-compliance. With respect to the larger violations (painting, etc.), the homeowners would still be given 30 days to comply from the first letter, and then the hearing will be set 30 days out when the second letter is sent. Please keep in mind that at any time during this process, the homeowner can contact our property management company regarding the violation.
The City denied our request to restrict Alder Ridge and Trailwood Hills to parking on one side only as both streets were deemed wide enough to fit their largest fire truck.
Per a discussion at the meeting, we have requested a traffic survey on Alder Ridge and Trailwood Hills Drive with respect to speeding.
We no longer have the chain gate across the driveway at the pool and have installed no parking and towing signs. The chain gate was installed several years ago because there were a couple of incidents at the pool during the evening in the winter time. However, now that we have installed three street lights, motion lights, and cameras, we believe the gate is no longer needed. And as the gate keeps getting destroyed, it was also becoming cost-prohibitive to keep repairing it. The parking at the pool is limited to pool hours only and all others using the parking lot will be towed at their own expense. Please pay attention to the towing signs.
There was a brief discussion regarding the beautification of the neighborhood common areas, which is being spearheaded by Alex Gregory. He is currently putting together bids for new signs and a revamping of the landscaping at the three common areas. If anyone has any interest in serving on a beautification team with Alex, please let him know.
The annual Community Watch meeting will take place sometime in late May or early June. Keep an eye our for the notice in the mail. If you have any questions regarding Community Watch, please feel free to contact our Captain, Donna Bragg at donnac123 @ bellsouth.net.