Neighborhood Dispute Over Common Area Cleanup

Arbor Day is about planting trees. But its trees cut down and left behind that is causing tension in a southwest Omaha neighborhood.

Homeowner Tim Carlin says, " I love my back yard."
But the view isn't so lovely since a contractor hired by the homeowners association cut down dead and dying trees in common area behind his house
Carlin says, " I’d like the people who cut it down to come back and pick it up."

The Spring Ridge Homeowners Association voted to discontinue the removal of dead trees from the common area. In an email to Tim a board member says, “Based on the cost and lack of benefit for the whole neighborhood." 300 homeowners pay dues but only 15 percent live along the common area.

One of them Carlin who says, " Let the homeowners association pay for the rest of the job. They started it, the ought to finish it."
Carlin says his concern isn't just about appearance. There's the temptation of this fallen trunk over a creek to kids and the liability that goes with it. Carlin says, "It’s Murphy’s Law. Something will happen so why don't we avoid it now and finish the job."

The common area is a soggy drainage way not a park and getting equipment back here may be too expensive for the homeowners association.

Still an Omaha parks supervisor says the homeowners association has been asked to handle cleanup of the cut trees. Dave Austin says if that request is ignored, then the city will do the job and bill the homeowners association.

A board member calls that unfair and if homeowners living along the common area want it cleaned up they should pay for it, the the rest of the neighborhood.


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