Townhouse Association board talks trash at meeting
The Townhouse Association board of directors met with no business, but discussed trash and related issues during its monthly meeting Aug. 16.
Board member Steve Larsen asked if the board could change bylaws to help deal with trash-related issues, including complaints about spilled trash and lack of space in trash cans.
General manager David Whittlesey said that while rules could be made, it can prove difficult to ensure that they’re followed.
To avoid trash falling from the truck, he said, people need to bag their trash. If the standard trash can is not adequate, he said, residents can talk with the trash service provider, Republic Services, available by phone at 479-855-9782, to ask for large-item pickup or request an additional garbage bin.
The primary issue with messes around the townhouses, he said, is with who buys townhouses and moves into them. In many cases, he said, a townhouse is small, which isn’t ideal for younger families who have more items, including toys for their children, but as more families move to Bella Vista there are likely to be more of them buying or renting townhouses.
This, he said, leads to more issues with kids’ toys, parking, pets and garbage.
“You see it all around Bella Vista,” he said. “Every neighborhood you drive through has just changed so much.”
Residents who keep their belongings neat and next to their homes should be given some leeway, he said, but there are others who are causing issues.
In addition to trash, he said, there are inoperable vehicles in some places. Moreover, he said, it can be difficult, particularly with residents who have moved from larger homes, to ensure that carports remain a place to put a car rather than become storage areas.
At this point, he said, the association’s best option is to rely on city code enforcement.
“The bottom line is policy is very, very difficult to enforce when you have somebody who’s hellbent on not doing the right thing,” Whittlesey said.
During the general manager’s report, Whittlesey discussed maintenance operations, including the association’s second trim cycle for the year, drainage work at two townhouse courts and next to the former tennis court near the association office. Beginning September, he said, crews will begin preparation for leaf-season grounds maintenance.