Dec. 8, 2014: A majority of those attending tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting agreed that it’s about time to do something about clearing the sidewalks in the neighborhood when it snows. It’s a safety issue, especially for our kids. It’s a quality of life issue, and could well impact home prices if prospective buyers visit our neighborhood when half the sidewalks are piled high with snow, and people have to walk on the street. And it seems the winters have been getting worse lately as far as ice and snow are concerned.
Technically, under New Jersey law, the responsibility belongs to the individual homeowner, and many towns require homeowners to shovel within 24-72 hours, with significant fines for non-compliance. Bernards Township has no ordinance, however, so it would up to the Association to require it, and enforce it.
We’ve just added a “NextDoor” site, which offers a variety of interactive tools which I don’t have time to incorporate into this site. I invite you to sign up for it and check it out here: https://nextdoor.com/invite/errmhdxxkjtswnvgaeej.
It offers classifieds, personal announcements, file and photo sharing, and other features. We hope to use to increase the level of social activity in the neighborhood. Some of us remember a much more active community atmosphere when we first moved in; in fact one of the things that attracted us was that the neighborhood was small enough to be develop close friends for our daughter while she was growing up, yet large enough to support nearby services. It also seemed very diverse and cosmopolitan, not a bland suburban neighborhood where everyone was trying to keep up with the Joneses. And we attended a great neighborhood-wide barbecue the summer we moved in.
This is the time of the year when we’re all bombarded by fliers for lawn care, but only a few are offering treatment that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. And even fewer of these companies have the appropriate certifications needed to use the traditional fertilizers.
The good news for us and our environment is that there have been significant improvements in organic programs both in terms of certification programs and products that have made organic solutions a real option. The Board of Trustees has started the conversion process by interviewing organic companies to take over the care of our common properties. As part of this process, we are asking for pricing for individual homeowners so that we can take advantage of our buying power. Stay tuned and we will let you know as soon as we have completed this process.
Check out this article about the concerns of the Bernards Township Environmental Commission and others. Organic solutions are really gaining momentum and there is a large volume of information on this topic. We strongly encourage you to investigate organic alternatives before making any final decisions on lawn care solutions for this upcoming season.
The Board of Trustees is considering a proposal to convert the detention basin off Honeyman Road into a more useful community facility, including the possibility of community vegetable gardens, a small plant nursery, native wildflower plantings, and possibly a small pond. The Board of Trustees would like your input.