Thanks to the BOD for hearing us last night. (I was told they gave me 5 vs. the 3 minutes usually allotted, so thanks for that, too.) Three people spoke about issues related to the Green Initiative during the homeowners’ forum portion of the meeting. (Please see info on our upcoming meeting [in green] and also my Note at the end of this post.)
My overall summation of the meeting
While there were some signs that the Green Initiative has a potential future here, there was painfully little evidence of genuine motivation to pursue green alternatives. In general, the pesticide argument simply DOES NOT hold water with this BOD, as suggested by their comments summarized below. This points to something the Green Initiative needs to work on: incentivizing this effort. (The good news is we can do this by highlighting the pros and cons of the two different approaches to turf care, which you can read more about here, but we still need more info from the BOD and/or our current landscaping company and, I believe, to call in some experts.)
My meeting notes
Here’s my summary of the exchanges between the three homeowners who brought up Green Initiative-related issues and the BOD. Hope you find it informative.
Person 1 (Becky Fowler, me, speaking for the Green Initiative):
- Expressed appreciation for the test plot and the fact that timely, accurate notice re: pesticide applications has improved somewhat
- Acknowledged that not everyone is concerned about the pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides, etc., as discussed previously) and recognized the need to find common ground
- Asked for suggestions about how the “test plot” can possibly be successful — success being defined as “demonstrating the feasibility and efficacy of alternative turf care practices in achieving results better than or equal to those of current practices” — when:
- information about the cost of current practices has not been made available to us (which limits our ability to compare costs, assess feasibility)
- despite many requests over several months, we still have not seen the soil tests routinely conducted by our landscaping company per the contract (which limits our ability to show measurable improvement)
- the exact nature of the results that our practices must be able to achieve or surpass has still not been clearly defined, qualitatively or quantitatively (which means we don’t have a clear mark to aim for and won’t know if/when we’ve hit that mark)
- timing/scheduling of alternative turf care practices has not been prioritized, in many people’s opinions and as a few in the BOD have freely admitted (which significantly decreases our ability to achieve success — I understand that there are other priorities, but with turf care, the right things have to happen at the right time or it’s really just waste of time and money … and at this rate, it will take a very long time for the test plot to demonstrate success)
This just doesn’t make sense. So much depends on the success of the test plot, we are being asked to prove so much (though it’s not clear what exactly), and yet we don’t have (and can’t seem to get) the information, tools, and level of commitment we need in order succeed.
- Asked what was lacking in the Green Initiative/test plot proposal that I provided for review at the last L&GC meeting — given that it included all of the info they requested (and yet apparently the BOD still feels another, different proposal is needed)
BOD Response: Continue reading