Careful readers of the contributions of John Eley will notice several extreme assumptions regarding decisions taken by several HOA Board members. Mr Eley’s statements are in RED
There is nothing to support the following statement…..
Mr. Eley: a perspective that regards low cost maintenance as the supreme value and objective of the Cloister Board.
We see no indication that any other values are regarded as legitimate or worthy of serious consideration.
I think “fixation” and “obsession” are extreme descriptors and tend to shut off any dialog and don’t fit in any problem solving mode.
Mr. Eley: It is not at all clear that Cloister owners share this single mindedness.To many owners this fixation, or as some call it “obsession” with less expensive maintenance produces planting rules that sacrifice too many important values.
There is room for serious differences in the judgement of what is beautiful, preservation vs renewal, and some remote impression regards health benefits of plants and trees,and considering stubby tree trunks sticking out of the ground with all major limbs amputated considered beautiful
Mr. Eley: Many owners have expressed grave reservations about a mind set that does not include the value of beauty, the preservation of nature, the health benefits of plants and trees, and the joy that gardening and being surrounded by beautiful trees brings to the hearts of residents, especially those who have come to the Cloister after years of dedicated efforts to develop and preserve the natural environments around their homes.
The above statements remind me of the extremeism of the tree-huggers of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Some of them would “spike trees” which would threaten the safety of working loggers. They sometimes won. The rabid of those bought homes in the wilderness and now watch as overgrowth and old growth decayed trees fuel wild fires that are consuming their homes.