Park River Oak Estates Homeowner's Association

BBQs, Fire-pits, All Fire-making Devices, and Vehicle Gates

The Fire Marshall has directed us that there can be no charcoal barbeques, fire-pits, nor fire-endangering devices any where on our premises. The Fire Marshall stated that ANY device fueled by charcoal must be strictly banned, and gasoline should be seriously restricted. The ONLY marginally safe form of heating or cooking device is ELECTRICAL, because the fire can be completely killed within seconds, IF located far away from all wood, fences, and home structures, whereas coal can never be instantly stopped, and gas occasionally cannot be.

* * If a home owner, their renters, guests, family members, or their BBQ or fire-pit devices start a fire in ANY form -- inside homes, on balconies, or backyards, NONE of the HOA insurance policy can be used for repairs, and the homeowner is responsible for full payment to the HOA for everything damaged on the external features of their homes, to the neighbor’s homes, and to all the common areas, by state law and by the CCRs. They are also financially liable to individual homeowners for ALL private and internal damage caused by their fire. Almost 165 people live in our attached homes, in a dense, close-proximity design where a fire catastrophe could rapidly escalate to millions of dollars, and life endangerment. This warning will be posted on our web-site and on our bulletin board, and by law, you have been advised of your FULL LIABILITY FOR NEGLIGENCE, OR DEFIANCE, also consistent with our CCRs and California state regulations.

Vehicle Gates: In 2014, both entry and exit vehicle gates will become 20 years old and LiftMaster Co has announced it will no longer sell nor make the parts to repair these gates. Therefore, both gates are no longer repairable. The gates are in operation almost continuously 24 hours a day, and they also take much abuse. In fact, the newer gates are often less rugged, with more planned obsolescence, failing more easily than the old, and are more costly for repairs. For example, the newer garage doors to private homes have failed far more often than the 1996 doors, some of which have never failed. So the next time you see youths riding on top of vehicle gates, or people forcibly shoving the gates open, instead of using their keys properly, or people banging into the gates impatiently, their vandalisms and your silence could cost us $100,000+ since the gates are no longer repairable. The gates have many moving parts, motors, and starters and the stress added by youths riding on top of them DOES cause measurable damage. To replace the gates might look pretty, but your remotes will no longer work at all, and you are fully responsible for that expense, not the HOA. It takes us two entire years to save enough reserves for what the new gates will cost us. Speak up, tell them to stop, call security (331-3175), or call management (395-1010). We pay a lot for others’ bad behaviors, and accepting responsibility to speak up to the offenders could save YOURSELF and others many thousands of dollars.

(posted 2013)