Friday, September 13, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT! East Hills Homeowners Association Annual Meeting

Please register to tell us if you will be attending the East Hills Homeowners Association Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 30th, from 6:30 - 8 PM, at the Town of Colonie Memorial Town Hall.
This is your opportunity to voice your concerns, express your views, and make inquiries about our thriving neighborhood. Our Association continues to keep this neighborhood a pleasing place to live and it's success is dependent upon the involvement and commitment of all of our neighbors.
Please click the following link and register for this year's event here: 
https://bit.ly/2mgZse0

If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting, please do not hesitate to contact me, at easthillsblogmaster@gmail.com

Will Trevor
HOA President



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Monday, September 2, 2019

Will You Adopt a Fire Hydrant in East Hills?

While we are still enjoying the heat of summer - mostly - it seems strange to be thinking about preparing for the coming winter (sorry!). But this is the right time to begin some preparation, particularly if we endure the type of winter that we experienced last year.
Across East Hills, there are around 44 fire hydrants - I know, because I have counted them. Many of them have the snow markers attached to them year round, so that they can be located, even if under several feet of snow. But when they are covered in snow, perhaps because plowed snow has be pushed over them, this could present a problem if ever a fire crew need to access the hydrant in the event of a fire. Vital seconds could mean the difference between life and death, or the opportunity to save a property.
So the East Hills Homeowners Association, is asking for volunteers who are willing to adopt the hydrant nearest to their home - or hydrants, if you feel up to it - and agree to clear the snow from around it. This is a voluntary scheme, and we won't hold you to it if you are unable to do it, but if we can find enough volunteers, then we can be sure that our neighbodhood is a safer place for our residents, because time really does matter when fighting a fire.
If you are willng to adopt a fire hydrant, or hydrants, nearest to your home, please email me at easthillsblogmaster@gmail.com and let me know which one(s) you are willing to adopt. Please let me know if you have any questions, but thank you for your help and cooperation.

Will Trevor
East Hills Homeowners Association
Email: easthillsblogmaster@gmail.com


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Don't Poop and Run! Clear Up After Your Dog!

I am sorry to be writing on such an unpleasant subject, but on behalf of the board of the East Hills Homeowners Association, we need to address the topic of dog waste in a few common areas around East Hills.
We have received several complaints from residents and our grounds contractor has been unable to mow in places, until the grass has been cleared of large amounts of dog waste.

Section (2) of the East Hills covenants states that:  

"(c) Each Owner shall be responsible at all times for cleaning up and removing all solid excrement located within the Development after his pet relieves itself and for appropriately disposing of aid excrement using the sanitary refuse containers located on the Owner's property. Failure to clean waste material from a pet shall be deemed a nuisance."

Signs have been placed in a few areas, asking residents to clear up after their dogs (although some have apparently been removed). But these things are always caused by an unthinking minority, because we know that most East Hills dog owners are conscientious and pick up after their dogs, but this is becoming a nuisance.
The actions of an unthinking minority are imposing a cost upon the HOA, and by default the residents of the whole neighborhood, because we are now required to pay for dog waste removal, so that the grass can be cut.
If you are a dog owner in this area, please can we encourage you to ensure that you are removing your dog waste in a timely manner. If, on the other hand, you are aware of anyone who you feel may not be removing their dog waste, we would be grateful if you could bring this to our attention, so that we can deal with the matter in the appropriate way.
Once again, I am sorry to have had to raise this issue with you, and we know that most dog owners do the right thing, but I will be grateful for your help and cooperation in finding a solution to this problem. Please feel free to contact me in confidence, if you have any questions.
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Saturday, July 6, 2019

NEXT SATURDAY! Still Time to Sign-up for the East Hills Grand Garage Sale Next Saturday, July 13, 2019

Have you signed up for the East Hills Grand Garage Sale 2019 yet? Please sign up here if you would like to participate:https://docs.google.com/…/1ebfByb1whU1IPEgB8efus4Bz-7L…/edit 




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Saturday, June 29, 2019

"Would You be my Neighbor?": 5 Ways to be a Good Neighbor in East Hills

A good community is built where neighbors know and trust each other and where there is good communication and dialog among the residents. We are very fortunate to live in such a peaceful and pleasant environment here in East Hills. And while the HOA is here to ensure that covenants are being observed and enforced, a community spirit can only be developed when neighbors co-exist in a co-operative and open way, looking out for each other, and offering help and assistance through a dialog that promotes a harmonious and peaceful neighborhood.

Here are 5 ways that you can help to promote good neighborliness and a greater sense of community in East Hills:

  1. Reach out with a helping hand to your neighbors - While a friendly wave and a morning greeting are a great start, are there ways that you can reach out and offer help and assistance to your neighbors? Perhaps you noticed that their lawn is longer than usual, perhaps they haven't taken in their trash carts for a few days. Maybe this is an opportunity to see if everything is OK and to offer help and assistance, because they may be tackling a medical issue or facing a family emergency of which you are unaware. This is the art of being a good neighbor! And while you may find out about new cultures and different foods, you may also discover that your neighbor is there for you when you have an emergency.
  2. Be familiar with the HOA covenants - the covenants are there to ensure that the we all observe some basic rules and responsibilites to ensure that the neighborhood adheres to certain standards. They cover everything from maintaining a weed-free lawn, to architectural standards around what can be built and what cannot. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the HOA covenants and ensure that you are observing them. If you do not have a hard copy, I will be happy to send one to you (easthillsblogmaster@gmail.com) or you can view them online here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByQNourdo87fNDQwOTY3YmItNTYwZS00NzlkLWE0YjMtZTU3NzUwY2IyOTRl/view
  3. Talk face-to-face when issues arise - Disagreements can often be resolved most effectively through simple discussion. A neighbor may not be aware that something they have done is causing an incovenience or a problem to you. You may be doing them a favor by bringing it to their attention in a calm and neighborly way that fosters a dialog, rather than a dispute.
  4. Be considerate and think ahead - When you think that something might cause an issue for your neighbor, perhaps because of noise, or because you will be having a number of visitors, you can reach out and give advanced notice to your neighbors. Nobody wants to stop your graduation party, or your birthday celebration, but telling the neighbor that there may be some temporary noise or disruption, will be appreciated by them and ensure that everyone stays on good terms.
  5. Involve yourself in the community - The East Hills Homeowners Association is run by neighbors, on behalf of the neighbors in the community. We are always looking for neighbors to get involved in things, whether it is the garage sale, the annual meeting, or joining the board. Playing an active and helpful part in the community is one of the most powerful ways to promote and develop this amazing neighborhood in which we are fortunate to live.

If you have any questions, or you would like to get more involved in the neighborhood, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Will Trevor
HOA President
easthillsblogmaster@gmail.com


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Friday, June 21, 2019

"MAKING A CLEAN CUT": CUTTING & TIDYING YOUR LAWN IN EAST HILLS

As a board, one of the things that we are often required to do is oversee the covenants that relate to the cutting and tidying of lawns in the neighborhood. Article IV of the Protective Covenants, Section 1, (a), states that the: “Owner shall maintain all grassed areas of their Homesite which shall be fertilized, trimmed and weeded and other unsightly growth, and in such fashion to ensure that no clippings, leaves, or debris shall be blown onto adjoining properties and into the roadway.” You can view the Protective Covenants online at: http://easthillsloudonville.blogspot.com/p/east-hills-covenant-documents.html
Enforcing this particular covenant can often lead to accusations that the HOA is being punitive or acting as 'nosey neighbors', but this could not be further from the truth. Owners purchase a property in an HOA area in full knowledge that they will be subject to certain rules and requirments that do not exist in non-HOA neighborhoods. As a resident, you have a right to expect that your neighbors are adhering to the same standards that you are. The upkeep of the neighborhood should conform to a standard that protects the investment in our properties and ensures that the area is well-kept and visually pleasing to residents and visitors alike.
Members of the board do make regular rounds of the neighbrohood, but we also receive messages from residents, if they feel that a lawn has not been cut. Our first task as a board is always to establish that the resident is OK and to see whether they need help and assistance. They may have been unable to keep up their lawn, perhaps because of illness or some other family emergency and so we will offer whatever assistance we can.
If, however, a lawn remains uncut and the resident has failed to respond to visits, calls, or emails, then we are required to step in and take direct action to uphold the covenants. As a last resort, we will bring in a contractor to get the lawn cut and we will invoice the homeowner for the cost, together with a $50 adminstrative fee to cover the incovenience of taking this action. But this is absolutely the last step, when all other avenues have not led to a satisfactory outcome!
We know that the majority of our residents do a good job of looking after their lawns. We also know that sometimes it is too wet or issues with a contractor can sometimes cause a lawn to get longer than usual, so we are pragmatic in the way that we enforce this specific covenant. But we do take seriously our role to ensure that the neighborhood continues to provide a pleasing and well-kept environment for everyone to enjoy the neighborhood.

There is an updated list of lawn care contractors that advertise their services as covering the Loudonville area, which you can find on the East Hills Homeowners Association blog here: https://easthillsloudonville.blogspot.com/p/lawn-care-contractors-covering.html
If you have any questions about this, or any aspect of the work of the HOA board, please do not hesitate to contact me at: easthillsblogmaster@gmail.com

Will Trevor
EHHOA President


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

THERE'S STILL TIME! East Hills Grand Garage Sale 2019

Have you signed up for the East Hills Grand Garage Sale 2019 yet? Please sign up here if you would like to participate:https://docs.google.com/…/1ebfByb1whU1IPEgB8efus4Bz-7L…/edit



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Will Trevor
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT! Recycling Collection in East Hills by County Waste

County Waste advise that because of unforeseen circumstances, if your recycling waste is normally collected on Tuesday (today) in East Hills, the recycling will now be collected on Wednesday, June 12th. If your waste was not collected today, please leave the container out for collection tomorrow. If you would like more information, please contact County Waste at: https://www.county-waste.com/



















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Will Trevor
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Missing in East Hills: Please Help Find Frenchie!

Please help find a missing puppy called 'Frenchie'.

She is a French Bulldog Merle puppy, lost on Sunday in the vicinity of East Hills Boulevard. Frenchie got out through a screen door left open. She is 10 weeks old and needs medicine for a tumor.

If you see Frenchie, please contact Kelli Tammaro on eyetalianjt@yahoo.com or call: 808-763-7322







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Will Trevor
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Noise and Staying on Good Terms with Your Neighbors This Summer

During the Summer months, our enjoyment of the outdoors can often lead to higher levels of noise that can become a nuisance for our neighbors. Whether that is the sound of: vehicles, parties, music, pets, shouting, etc. noise can become an anti-social annoyance to your neighbors. While we do not want to stop you from enjoying your yard and the wonderful open spaces that we have here in East Hills, it is important to be conscious of the level of noise that you are creating and the impact that it may be having upon your neighbors.
If you have a neighbor who is creating a noise that is disturbing your peace, then the first course of action is always to make an informal approach to them, because they may not be aware of the impact that their activities are having on you and other neighbors. That first informal step may help them to understand the effects of the noise they are making and may help you cement good neighborly relations in the future.
If, however, you have approached your neighbor before, but this has had no effect upon their behavior, then the next step is to alert the Town of Colonie police, because the issue of noise falls under their jurisdiction. The precise wording in the Town of Colonie Ordinances states that:
"No person shall cause or permit to be caused any noise which, when measured by a sound level meter at the real property line of the parcel of residential or commercial property, public space or the dwelling unit (within a multi-dwelling-unit building) from which it is emanating, is in excess of 65 dBA between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday or between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday."
It should be stressed, however, that involving the police should be considered a last resort, if other more informal and neighborly approaches have failed to address the behavior. If you require any further information or guidance regarding the enforcement of the ordinances relating to noise control, please contact the Town of Colonie Police Department here: https://www.colonie.org/departments/police/
From all of the board of the East Hills Homeowners Association, we hope that you enjoy the Summer.

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Will Trevor

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