Town­house As­so­ci­a­tion board talks trash at meet­ing

The Weekly Vista - - News - KEITH BRYANT

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.

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