Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by rharse, Dec 12, 2006.
1800 acres, and no golf course! Shame Shame! (That was a joke...btw)
In a case like this, without seeing your yard, I would say that it would meet the requirements. A pad to create a flat surface would certainly be a plus and in addition some sort of tie down (bungee cord?) to keep a strong wind from knocking it over would be extra nice (and potentially prevent you from picking up loose garbage)
I watched a lady drop her bag full o' poop into the sewer drain on the side of the road...Out of site, out of mind!
And while we are on the subject of poop bags, please use the biodegradable type and not a plastic or grocery bags. Don't put an organic(ish) substance, that will decompose in something that will survive intact for decades!
Are you advocating cloth diapers? (Uh oh... I sound like gryphon making leaps that Evil Kanevil himself couldn't manage.)
I only say that because I used cloth on my boys for years!!
Yeah yeah yeah... ... I know.
I must chime in about using plastic bags...I always request paper when I visit the grocery store and inevitably the cashier takes on an attitude because her station is not designed to hold the paper bags for loading. So she places the paper bag in my grocery cart and fills it there One year or so ago the grocery stores were trying to eliminate the paper bags because they cost more than plastic - well, I told the manager I would patronize another store if they did. Yes, the plastic bags are very destructive on our environment. I always shake my head when I hear about large marine animals and sea turtles found dead from suffocation due to the plastic.
KTdid -- invest in some canvas bags, like they sell at Trader Joes, and even Harris Teeter. I've been using them for years and they're great! Not only are they better on the environment, you can get more stuff in them so you're carrying 4 canvas bags in from the car rather than 17 plastic bags, some of which only have ONE thing in them!
Safeway has a bin at one of the entrances where you can put old plastic bags to be recycled.
I have tons of promotional canvas bags but I prefer the paper (easier to bag groceries) and I use them for my garbage. As for the plastic bag recycling bins - I witnessed one being emptied directly into the garbage. Also, when I have to dryclean clothes I request one plastic bag to cover all the items since they refuse to not use them at all. As a side note: if you use drycleaners remove the plastic from your clothing as soon as you get the article home and air out the clothing. The perc used in drycleaning is cancer causing and the fumes while not noticable, stay on the clothing. Not sure why the practice of using percoethylene isn't banned. Oh well, enough about plastic!
Dry cleaning should be avoided if one cares about the environment.
Right, and so one should avoid driving and consuming any product manufactured since most everything produced requires energy and for that matter, chemicals to produce packaging, etc. It all contributes waste to the environment, including your shampoo. So I guess one should also stop washing their hair unless one uses pure baking soda (the one that comes in the paper box)
And if you REALLY cared, you wouldn't eat meat at ANY of our fine restaurants nearby because livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.
Everything we do is killing the planet, according to some. The sky is falling!
FWIW ... I seem to remember that a screening around an area such as you propose was also within the guidelines. So even if you didn't have a fence, a screened area (roughly the size of the bin) was fine.
There have been several changes (to say the least) with respect to the Guidelines, since you moved to PA.
As a current committee member - it is some what difficult to make a judgement call on a public forum such as this. As you can imagine some of the facts or "lot" placement are not available - thus the requirement for homeowners to submit an application for the Committee to review.
And from what I've seen posted on the forums, I'm wondering if its for the better or not
To bring up the original subject again, we received the third violation notice for our trashcans. We're really ticked off about it because, like many residents, we live in a Parkdale (2 door garage) and we cannot put the garbage can in there. Not to mention I refuse to have garbage stewing in a can in a garage. That being said, we store our cans (one small that we purchased, one large provided by garbage company) on the up against the side of our house, inside our fence, and behind a tall bush. Why in the heck are we receiving violation notices? If a fence is considered an approved enclosure for garbage cans, what the heck is going on then?
FWIW ... I lived in a VM model with a 2 car garage, the one where the steps into the garage cut down the length of a car that can be parked there.
We kept one of old AAA large toters in there for over 5 years placing it right at the front of the garage near the doors. That garage was heated by the afternoon sun in the summer, and was well over 100 degrees in there. The can was only filled with garbage in plastic bags that were tightly bound. There was some small odor when you opened the lid, but none in the garage itself.
That said, did you ever go to the Modifications Subcommittee to get approval of where to store your cans ?? I would think that once that was on record, you wouldn't see violation slips any longer.
I'm a little shocked that you can't fit a garbage can in a two-car garage? What kind of cars/trucks/semis do you park in there?
Setting that issue aside, I think the way that you have the garbage cans hidden could not be contrued as a violation, but I am sure someone from the HOA on the forums could clarify. Good luck.
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