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Most have a reserve study done to predict future expenses.  For example with the drought and the removal of trees.....  Had money not been in reserve funds would not have been ava to remove from the greenbelts ect.. I am sure if you call Ethel she will explain...    Just give them a chance before bashing....

Jul 31, 2012 - 09:44 am
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I truly hate HOA"s just because I hate being told what I can and cant do with my own property but I do understand them and I give them a free ride from my bitching this year due to drought issues and the expense this has caused the community. It seems ours was a bit more lenient on how yards and stuff looked all year due to the drought too. The only thing I would watch for is if any state or government funding went to them over the drought. It looks like our fees in North woodland hills are going to double which is fine if they got no funding to re plenish the funds for our next disaster but if they got funding then that needs to be adjusted.

I think the whole sticker thing has gone too far, even people with proper stickers have been towed and they have about killed the fun of the parks....just an opinion!

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Most have a reserve study done to predict future expenses.  For example with the drought and the removal of trees.....  Had money not been in reserve funds would not have been ava to remove from the greenbelts ect.. I am sure if you call Ethel she will explain...    Just give them a chance before bashing....


@GoldenGirl:   Nope, they raised everyones dues to pay for the tree removal.  The problem with the trees is they have value or they did in a timely fashion.  I dont understand paying to remove a commodity.  We should have been paid for the harvesting of the trees.  In the least it should have been a wash.



Jul 31, 2012 - 10:09 am
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The trees were Dead due to the drought...    And not eveyone fees were raisted this year...   you have to stay involved I would bet my retirement that 90% of those questioning or complaining have never been to there neighborhood board meeting..    Just saying....   It's like not voting then complaining after the election....

Jul 31, 2012 - 10:33 am
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Some areas mulched the dead trees to use on the playground areas. Playground mulch can get quite expensive so I thought that was a good use of the trees. I think people might have been interested in using some of those trees for firewood but I'm sure that there were insurance issues involved if residents were to have taken chainsaws and axes to the trees once they were down. I understand that the HOAs must have felt under the gun and I'm sure due to demand, tree removal services didn't really need to offer any deals. I do hate to see commodities wasted though.

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I think they did use quite a bit for much , your right....    I think they felt under the gun to get them down
quickly... Could you imagine had we got a tropical storm or hurricane with all those dead trees?????
What a mess !!

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Most have a reserve study done to predict future expenses.  For example with the drought and the removal of trees.....  Had money not been in reserve funds would not have been ava to remove from the greenbelts ect.. I am sure if you call Ethel she will explain...    Just give them a chance before bashing....

@GoldenGirl:   Nope, they raised everyones dues to pay for the tree removal.  The problem with the trees is they have value or they did in a timely fashion.  I dont understand paying to remove a commodity.  We should have been paid for the harvesting of the trees.  In the least it should have been a wash.



@kingwooddiscgolf:
the city of houston is not zoned for commercial logging. it couldnt happen. trees have to be in good shape and of a sellable size to be a commodity.


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It aint cheap thats for sure, My dad removed 3 himself but had a few Pines that were about 200 feet tall...LOL Those cost 1600 for 4 of them,...pricey for sure! We got quotes from about 15 different companies and that was the cheapest we found that was bonded, and included clean up and haul off.

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Most have a reserve study done to predict future expenses.  For example with the drought and the removal of trees.....  Had money not been in reserve funds would not have been ava to remove from the greenbelts ect.. I am sure if you call Ethel she will explain...    Just give them a chance before bashing....
@GoldenGirl:   Nope, they raised everyones dues to pay for the tree removal.  The problem with the trees is they have value or they did in a timely fashion.  I dont understand paying to remove a commodity.  We should have been paid for the harvesting of the trees.  In the least it should have been a wash.
@kingwooddiscgolf: the city of houston is not zoned for commercial logging. it couldnt happen. trees have to be in good shape and of a sellable size to be a commodity.


@BooBear:   Plenty of trees for pulp, plywood, paper and or mulch.  Acres are cleared every day in Houston and the logs go somewhere.  Trees were taken out of my backyard when we did the pool and the company had a log buyer.
 
Now someone will say but the trees are dead from the drought.  All trees are dead when they are cut into lumber.




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Like I said attend a meeting -call KSA - you are wrong about the use of the trees times have changed and so has the climate a log buyer would not have been the lease bit interested in taking down the dead trees.

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Like I said attend a meeting -call KSA - you are wrong about the use of the trees times have changed and so has the climate a log buyer would not have been the lease bit interested in taking down the dead trees.


@GoldenGirl:   I wonder why that is the case?



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we have hundreds of acres of timber to be cut in the next 5 years. for them to be worth anything you have to prove they were treated with pesticides and are disease free, they have to be a particular size and health and in texas, for a legitimate logging transaction, the trees have to be replanted with new trees once harvested. thinning out medians does not count. the trees cut were good for nothing but pulp and mulch. there is not a lot of money in trash trees.

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Can you point me in the direction of the logging rules. 

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Can you point me in the direction of the logging rules. 


@kingwooddiscgolf:

Start at the Texas Forest Service.  It is not a list of law but will point in direction of what commercial loggers and land owners must require of each other.



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I havent seen anything that states if you log your land you must plant new trees.  That seems to defeat the entire concept of clearing land.

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