HOA Workshop Aims For Proactive Steps
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- The City of Fruita held a Homeowners' Association workshop Saturday morning to help folks understand the rules and regulations of working with the city.
HOA is a volunteer based organization that aims to help residential areas stay clean, safe and looking proper.
"It's important to have an HOA because you need some sort of structure," said one attendee at the workshop.
"Also it's a safety, health and welfare thing," said Susan Carter, co-enforcement officer in planning assistance for the City of Fruita.
More than 50 people gathered at the Fruita Civic Center to discuss ways to be proactive, rather than reactive.
"The winter for example people didn't realize that it was their responsibility to remove snow," said Carter.
Officials say top violations include: "Weeds definitely are the very top, probably sidewalk obstructions, bushes, trees, as well as
allies as well. I did a big ally clean up last year," said Carter.
Attendees say having an HOA helps keep neighbors from having feuds.
"You can go through the neighborhoods and if you find vehicles parked or businesses on the streets, or in their yards, and abandon vehicles and such, they probably don't have an active HOA," said an attendee from the workshop.
Opponents say they don't want to live in a neighborhood where they have to pay a fee for regulations.
"I have a lot of friends who do[have an HOA], and hate it. I like living in a place where I do what I want, without paying somebody a fee to live in a neighborhood," said Michael Hanko, resident.
Bill Stanford, resident, said, "No, because they are self-serving."