Committee Charter 2021
Sidewalks and Driveways
New Sidewalks and Driveways Committee
Exceptional landscaping has been the hallmark of Creekside Village since it was developed in the early 1980s. Today, mature trees are not only a source of beauty but provide welcome shade and habitat for wildlife. The downside is that tree roots have grown large and have spread wide and deep, intruding into our irrigation and drainage systems and causing damage to sidewalks and driveways in the open areas.
The County, which used to maintain our sidewalks, has declared that they will no longer do so. Consequently, the HOA has taken on that responsibility. At the same time, the HOA is responsible for damage to homeowners’ driveways caused by root intrusion from trees in the open areas since the HOA maintains those trees. These repair costs are significant and are growing annually. Our HOA General Manager is also devoting significant time to managing these issues.
At the request of Treasurer Curt Jeschke to form a new Sidewalks and Driveways Committee to advise and help with these issues, the Board approved a charter for the committee on October 20, 2021. With the involvement of management, the committee will be responsible for maintaining an ongoing appraisal of the condition and maintenance of sidewalks. They will also help manage the HOA program to repair homeowners’ driveways damaged by tree root intrusion from trees planted in the open areas.
Sidewalks and Driveways Committee responsibilities
The new committee has the following basic responsibilities (as stated in its Board-approved charter):
- Maintaining an ongoing appraisal of the condition and maintenance of sidewalks and, with the involvement of the General Manager, recommending repairs, taking into account budgetary limitations.
- Assisting the General Manager with maintaining a schedule of inspection of sidewalks.
- With the General Manager’s involvement, managing the HOA program to repair homeowners’ driveways damaged by tree root intrusion from trees planted in the open areas, taking into account budgetary limitations
- Assessing damage to driveways and determining if damage is caused by tree root intrusion from trees planted in the open area, and determining if the damage qualifies for repair according to the HOA tree root policy.
- If you think your driveway is damaged by tree root intrusion from HOA-maintained trees in the Open Area, you can ask the HOA to make repairs to the damaged areas. Get a Request to Inspect form in the clubhouse office or download and print one here.
In the case of both sidewalks and driveways, with the involvement of the General Manager the committee shall recommend repairs that require the use of a contractor and develop requirements of the project. As work proceeds on the contract, the committee shall monitor progress and apprise the General Manager of any changes that may be necessary in the contract. Upon completion of work on the contract, the committee shall report to the General Manager whether the work was satisfactorily completed and, if not, what further action should be pursued.