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…

Meadow Park’s Journey to Becoming a Fire Safe Community: A Recap…

Who is really even concerned these days about a major fire here in Marin County? I see very little being done about this problem.. Yet the fire safety professionals all agree that a major fire hazard is just waiting to happen here in this county…. I am not going to let our community be one of those statistics though.. If those other communities in Marin County are letting it go and taking chances, then so be it… I am not one to sit by and let things happen.. I know that in this spiritually set up world, disasters are meant to happen in a set up way…But that does not mean you are powerless to make it stop happening. I am very powerful to make things go the right way…

I am making sure that all the fire safety measures are being done properly and to the law.. I am the only one who is doing this in my community. But maybe there is a reason for that… I am not stopping..Others probably would stop and give up.. but not me! I am making sure that it is well-known that we are at risk for this major fire to occur.. Therefore, I am blogging what is now happening to change our fire risk here. We are not going to have a fire disaster in our community.

I blog and notify the appropriate professionals. I follow-up and make sure that things are happening in a timely manner. I am focusing on this because I want my home to be safe and secure for me and my family… And of course other people who live here will benefit because of my actions…

(1) I made a follow-up complaint to the Novato Fire Marshal last week because it was over 6 months ago that my initial complaint was made and nothing was done about it by the HOA… The Fire Marshal acknowledged this and reassigned the complaint for investigation. The complaint concerns the fact that the HOA is not following the Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase 1. My email was sent to all those who needed to know this… I am not hiding anything. I want them to make sure the HOA notifies all Owners in writing about this Plan!

(2) Included in the email was a complaint that our fire extinguisher cabinets remain unlabeled here on Captain Nurse Circle. The Novato Fire Marshal and Novato Fire Protection District had recommended that these be labeled. All of the other neighborhoods in Meadow Park have labels except those on Captain Nurse Circle. This discrepancy needs to be addressed ASAP. It is not OK to let this detail be pushed aside again. These cabinets have been unmarked for 10 years!

(3) I made a follow-up email to Nate at Exxell Fire Systems yesterday to see how the fire sprinkler system inspections are going. I specifically asked when my fire sprinkler system would be repaired and when I would receive my report.. I was told that they plan to have everything inspected by March 20 and submit the findings to the HOA. At that point I felt I needed to let Nate know that it would be helpful to have their findings submitted at the next board meeting on March 17.. He was very happy to know about this: “Wow, thank you very much for that information. We’ll do our best” was his response.  Otherwise, it could be 2 months before the board meets again (in May) to approve the repairs needed…That is not good!

The HOA system is slow and cumbersome these days.. And waking this HOA up to what is really important is what I am here to do. I am here to make them accountable for our safety and well-being…My universal healing is helping too..

A Disgusting Result of A Formal Complaint Persists. I Sent an EMAIL…

Update: 09/28/15

I am just posting an update to this whole sham follow-up of a formal complaint that I made last year… Nothing was ever done for me as requested… The lot by lot inspection was never completed… The high fire hazard, prohibited trees remain on my street… There was no real follow-up by he Novato Fire Protection District, even though they were the ones that signed off our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan many years ago… This was apparently done to get things moved along and not a real and valid interest in making our community safe form a major fire hazard… If things had been done the right way, these trees would not still be here… And they are as of this date… I hold the City of Novato and Novato Fire Protection District accountable and totally responsible for this extreme neglect in ensuring our community is as fire safe as humanly possible…

03/05/15

Update! Email Response from B/C Fire Marshal Bill Tyler:

from:Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>to:Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>,
“clark@nfh.org” <clark@nfh.org>,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
“hgrunt@cityofnovato.org” <hgrunt@cityofnovato.org>,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>
date:Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 9:27 AM

subject:RE: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle:

Important mainly because of your interaction with messages in the conversation.

Hi Julia:

 

Your complaint has been received, assigned to an inspector and will be investigated.

 

Sincerely,

 

B/C Bill Tyler, Fire Marshal

Novato Fire District

415-878-2690

 

From: Julia Angel [mailto:firsthealer@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 5:26 PM
To: Bill Tyler; clark@nfh.org; info@wakefieldsharp.com; hgrunt@cityofnovato.org; Virginia Patterson
Subject: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle

Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>

10:59 AM (2 minutes ago)
to Bill, clark, info, hgrunt, Virginia

Dear Bill,

Response received. I hope things go the right way this time.

Thank You,

Julia Angel, Universal Healer


 

Original Post From Yesterday:

I cannot keep going like this. I have to make it clear one more time! I have so many people looking at my blog now from all over the world.. They are astonished at what I have accomplished so far.. YET, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING STILL HAS NOT OCCURRED!

I am still at a high fire hazard risk here on Captain Nurse Circle. That is because the HOA management DID NOT DO ANYTHING RIGHT about the formal complaint I made against them, and the Novato Fire Protection District did not do anything to enforce it..

So, here is my email.. I know how interesting it is for people to read reality these days. This is the most real you can get:

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>,
clark@nfh.org,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
hgrunt@cityofnovato.org,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>
date: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 5:25 PM
subject: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle
mailed-by: gmail.com
Hello:
I emailing all of you because I am not happy with the results of my complaint from August 2014.

I am making this clear, that a lot by lot inspection of high fire hazard vegetation was never done as requested by the Novato Fire Marshal. There is still numerous violations of the Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase One. I am attaching just one picture showing evidence that this complaint was ignored and never dealt with properly…This tree is located behind my building. Look how close it is to the structure. It is not my job to do this inspection, but I am not going to live under the stress of having these bad trees around me and my home…Therefore I am making it very clear one more time…

 

I am making another complaint and requesting that the Novato Fire Protection District follow-up and ensure that the Plan is being adhered to. There has not been anything done here on Captain Nurse Circle..These very bad high fire hazard non-native trees were all planted long ago without our knowledge or permission… They simply need to be removed, not just trimmed….

And I see now the HOA is talking about planting more vegetation in other parts of the community to “combat the SMART train noise”. What about our Plan? What about Captain Nurse Circle? There has not been any discussion of this at any open board meeting. Clark Blasdell kindly handed me this Plan because he cared and wanted our community to safe. Clark, that still has not happened…I cannot break through this denial and non-caring attitude that persists in this HOA…

 

This is a disgusting example of COMPLETE AND TOTAL DISREGARD FOR AUTHORITY HERE IN NOVATO! I am thoroughly dismayed at how poorly the Meadow Park HOA management dealt with the complaint and the follow up..There has not been any communication to the Owners about this.. not one word.. My website remains the only source for this information…They are purposely withholding all of this..

 

It is not  a safe or legal way to run an HOA.. The Owners are responsible to know about this Plan and adhere to it. This is not a topic that is to be discussed in a private setting. It needs to be out in the open.. The only way that will happen is by legal enforcement… There has to be enforcement ! Otherwise the HOA management just ignores…

 

Therefore,  I am notifying all involved that this is the result and I am still at a high fire hazard risk  here on Captain Nurse Circle because nothing was ever done right, from the beginning of our community or from last August….The wrongs keep going on and on….

 

Also, the fire extinguisher cabinets were never labeled here on Captain Nurse Circle even though the Fire Marshal recommended it.. That is another problem… These HOA management people are not doing their jobs… I want action and results this time..or a lawsuit is going to happen people, and I mean it…A judge will have no problem agreeing with me…

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

Well, Board Minutes Were Signed Off and Posted, But Was This Really Legal?

I mean, you must have a quorum to approve the minutes right? Did the Board have a quorum at the last meeting in January? I am wondering about that… Because that is when Ms. Patterson would have signed off on these minutes…

Remember that very important Board meeting from November 2014? Somehow, the minutes were posted on the Meadow Park website recently… And signed on February 11, 2015 by the HOA’s secretary Virgina Patterson. Now, I am sure that they were getting a lot of phone calls and bad feedback about this whole thing… Here is the link to the entire Board Meeting Minutes for 2014:

Meadow Park Board Meeting Minutes2014

I am only presenting what I see. So far, only 100 views have taken place for the entire year to access these meeting minutes from last year … That is a very poor number indeed… But I am just posting them here for all to see. The meeting minutes contain no mention of anything I am discussing here on my blog. The problems regarding my complaint are probably just being dealt with during their executive session under “legal issues”… No opening up and discussing this out in the open with all Owners. I am stating this one more time.

I made the complaint that the HOA was not following our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan in August 2014. It is now February 2015, and nothing has been communicated with the Owners about this document…. It remains hidden and covered up by the HOA management as it has since the inception of our community 10 years ago…

That is why I am still here. I have presented this document on my blog and it is available here for all Owners to view and print for their records. See it here:

http://meadowparkcommunityblog.com/2014/08/02/a-new-start-in-meadow-park/

This document is part of our governing homeowner documents. Yet, you cannot find it anywhere on the Meadow Park HOA’s website. That is why I am still here making it available for the Meadow Park Owners, especially those in Phase One who live on March Field Court and Captain Nurse Circle….

And if this HOA goes to court about this, all that the judge will say is, “Why didn’t you tell the Meadow Park Owners about this? Why didn’t you send out information about this? Why didn’t you follow-up on the Fire Marshals’ orders? Where is this document on your website? ”

CAPTAIN NURSE CIRCLE REMAINS INFESTED WITH HIGH FIRE HAZARD VEGETATION. IT IS A REAL AND EVER PRESENT DANGER TO THE SAFETY OF OUR HOMES…AND SO FAR THE HOA MANAGEMENT HAS DONE NOTHING ABOUT IT…

You only will find the truth here on my blog. If you read those board meeting minutes from 2014, you will see that this whole situation is being ignored as a “legal matter”… And as this sham goes on, our lives contniue to be at risk for a major fire disaster…

Meadow Park is Becoming a Five Year Fire Sprinkler Certified Community!

It’s really happening  here in Meadow Park! We are becoming five-year fire sprinkler certified! This is exciting. Very few communities like ours actually do this. Most townhouse communities rely on the Owners to individually have this done, but it never happens that way!  And then disaster strikes and everyone living there is at risk for a fire emergency…

But now, because of my persistence and volunteer work with this situation, I was able to move the HOA into that direction…They now see how important it is to maintain our community in a fire safe manner. Our HOA is using our HOA assessments to pay for all of these fire sprinkler system inspections, as well as the repairs that are needed to make our systems work…. After the repairs are made we receive our reports which shows our fire sprinkler systems are in good working order..  It is the best use of our assessments yet!! We will all feel so much better that this got done.

And as a result,  our townhouses will have an increase in value! This is going to make our property values increase quite a bit. And that is always a good thing here in Marin County.. We are going to see this happen soon..There is no doubt about that.

Here is a link to an online publication called The Communicator which explains all about a “Five Year Fire Sprinkler Certification”: The Communicator is a publication of the Community Associations Institute, Bay Area Central California Chapter. This is from Volume 4, Issue 2, Spring 2011:

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CAIQ0211/index.php?startid=14#/14


 

I received this second notice shortly after I had my own fire sprinkler system tested on February 9th. I am hoping more Owners will get their appointments scheduled soon. This second notice included a phone number too…I am glad that they added the phone number to this second notice…

But, the HOA still has not done a very good job of explaining what this is all about. That is why I am blogging here to let others know that this is a very big and important project and well worth the Owner’s money…

This is the second notice regarding our Fire Sprinkler Inspection for our five year certification.

This is the second notice regarding our Fire Sprinkler Inspection for our five-year certification.

The HOA should be communicating more about this certification process and make sure every Owner takes part… Otherwise we will still be at risk for a fire emergency here in Meadow Park!

Fire Sprinkler Alarms are Sounding on Captain Nurse Circle… But Not for a Real Fire Thank Goodness!

My Fire Sprinkler Alarm on Captain Nurse Circle

My Fire Sprinkler Alarm on Captain Nurse Circle

 

Mine works! That is a relief. Miles tested my fire sprinkler alarm this afternoon and it is working just fine….I was visited today by three fire safety technicians from Exxell Fire Systems. I was able to observe how they inspected the fire sprinklers inside my home and hear my fire sprinkler alarm sound off perfectly! I am hopeful that is the only time I will ever have to hear that fire alarm sound, but I feel good to know it works…

I have 3 escutcheons  that are being ordered.  I have two that are totally missing as they fell off awhile ago and one has paint on it. These are the white protective covers for the fire sprinklers. I posted a picture of what they look like here:

Fire Sprinkler Escutcheon

Fire Sprinkler Escutcheon

 

I was told by Gary ( who started this company) that I should be hearing from them in about 4 weeks to have those replaced. This company does the inspection and the repairs…… And at that time I should be receiving my inspection report too. I hope to get that report  by email from Nate…

I am so proud of our HOA for providing this inspection.. It is going to make our community so happy and relieved when all of the systems are inspected and repaired by this professional fire safety company…

I hope that more Owners are getting the message that this is very important to have done. We only have the opportunity to complete our inspections over the next 4 weeks… It is very important to schedule your appointment by email with Nate. He is very responsive and helpful….

So, I can relax now and wait a few more weeks until my fire sprinkler system is totally repaired and then I will have my report in hand…

I know Owners are so happy to have all this finally being done. It is long overdue! It is supposed to be done every five years and we are now here ten years… So a lot of repairs on the fire sprinkler systems are needed. I know that many of the fire sprinkler pressure gauges are defunct and Gary agreed.. But this is the first step, to do the inspection AND THEN THE REPAIRS WILL FOLLOW…

MEADOW PARK IS GOING TO BECOME A FIVE YEAR CERTIFIED COMMUNITY IN REGARDS TO OUR FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND THIS IS NOT COMMONLY DONE ANYWHERE THESE DAYS. BUT WE ARE HAVING IT DONE HERE TO MAKE OUR HOMES SAFE AND SECURE. AND OUR HOME VALUES WILL GO UP QUITE NICELY TOO… 

 

There’s Nothing Much New to Say…..

Nothing has changed here in the Meadow Park HOA…I am not seeing any changes. No minutes posted etc. Maybe they did not have a quorum to approve them at the last meeting? No one tells me anything… I get a lot of views on this blog from all over the world. It is amazing and surprising who is looking at this blog. But not one Owner is talking to me…

On a more positive note, I am looking forward to my fire sprinkler system inspection on Monday. I am happy that I can finally add this certification document to my other legally required Homeowner paperwork. It has been missing….

I will post what I receive from Exxell Fire Systems here on my blog. Hopefully, I get a receipt of some kind. I will show what I get.. I am very pleased that the HOA Board approved this inspection, even though it was not mandated for them to do it.. It was done because it needed to be done for our community’s safety…. And all Owners should see the value of this inspection and schedule their inspection appointment right away… It increases our home values and we will be looked at as an example for other communities in our area…

February is moving along well. I am feeling that more change is coming. It is slow progress, but in the right direction… It is not good though that communication remains so lacking within this HOA. And I tried to bridge that gap but was stopped. It is not really my responsibility to communicate anything. I was just trying to voice my concerns as a responsible Owner should and I was not being allowed to do this by the HOA….

Maybe there are some Owners out there who are a little more available to do somethings here. I do not interact with board members anymore. I tried that a few times and it was not successful… I am not looking to ever be a board member. I just want things done correctly and many things have not been done right since the beginning of this organization…Unbelievable but true!

Hurrah for the rain as we have our sprinklers turned off again on Captain Nurse Circle….

 

Waiting in Anticipation: Who is the Winner of the Meadow Park Landscape Maintenance Contract Competition?

I have not seen any signs of Cagwin & Dorward landscapers this week. Does that mean they are officially gone? I am wondering what the results of the many recent HOA Board of Directors’ discussions and meetings were regarding this important issue. I am an interested Owner, but I have NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON….I am very interested because this contract is a very expensive contract!!And I am paying for it so I need to know what it is right now…

I guess, (like receiving the letter via USPS the other day from EXXELL Fire Systems), I will just have to use my own eyes to see what happens around here on Captain Nurse Circle. And for now, that is what I am seeing, the lack of Cagwin & Dorward vehicles… It was a very quiet week for landscape maintenance here on Captain Nurse Circle….

The only landscape maintenance that is going on is what my family is doing, and that is the truth! The sprinkler systems are turned off again on Captain Nurse Circle. I am personally watering my exclusive use common area landscaping, front and back, because there is no active irrigation happening at all from the HOA, again!!! But I do not see any one else watering their areas, which they are specifically responsible to do according to our CC&R 4.2….Shameful!

Still no minutes posted on the HOA’s website for the November 2014 Board Meeting. That meeting took place over 2 months ago…What responsible organization allows this poor communication to continue unabated? But that is what the reality still is here in the Meadow Park HOA….

Poor communication, ignoring the rules and CC & Rs seems to be the norm.. I continue to see illegal renting and illegal parking, and no communication at all to Owners regarding our Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification plan! I am keeping in touch with the Novato Fire Marshal, B/C Bill Tyler about this issue, so he is now aware that no communication has taken place with the Owners.

That is the current status here on Captain Nurse Circle. I have scheduled my appointment to have my fire sprinkler system tested in February. I am so excited this is finally happening! Get you appointment scheduled now. You will be so happy you did this!