As a result of this 1970s abandonment, and until about 2013 when a new HCA Board of Directors addressed it, lots of HCA Common Area trees and bushes dropped lots of HCA dead branches every year within our 18 acres due to storms, winds, drought, insects, or just old age. And this debris was allowed to accumulate year after year, turning HCA into an unsightly and overloaded dead wood graveyard.
HCA is responsible for maintaining HCA Common Area, including HCA trees and bushes, and fallen and trimmed HCA Common Area tree and bush branches, including the time and expense of packaging and removing resulting debris. It is not HCA Member homeowner responsibility to either trim and HCA Common Area trees or bushes, or to use their own time or money for packaging and removing fallen or trimmed HCA Common Area tree and bush debris.
However, when HCA formally neglects to do so, HCA Member homeowners may be forced to informally trim HCA Common Area adjacent trees or bushes when they grow too big and impact their homes or other HCA Common Area infrastructure. Even then, it is not HCA Member homeowner responsibility to use their own time or money for packaging and removing fallen or trimmed HCA Common Area tree and bush debris.
Since about 2013, and during formal or informal semi-annual Spring and/or Fall clean-ups, HCA Members have collected fallen and trimmed tree debris at certain points within the cluster, locations easily accessible for removal to respective streets by grounds crew trucks, that then HCA removed following the clean-ups, sometimes as part of annual Fall leaf removal, and typically before the first snow and/or the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Most tree and bush debris collection occurs after Summer when daytime temperatures drop into the 50-60F range, when it is cool enough to wear and work in protective long pants and long sleeve shirts, and when seasonal ground cover and mosquitos have receded.
The following are several, but not all, typical HCA Common Area tree and bush debris collection site examples:
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