Thursday, September 12, 2013

tree down across Stonehedge Ave

There is a tree across the road on Stonehedge Ave near there Shrewsbury crosses Stonehedge. It is blocking the road. Please drive carefully and find an alternate route.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

tree removal

I noticed I certain red head with a chain saw has come back to our neighborhood so here’s a head’s up. Anyone can buy a chainsaw and call themselves a tree service. But an important question to ask BEFORE you hire a tree service: Do they have a business license and are they insured?

Tree work can be very dangerous and requires trained, skilled professionals with the proper safety gear, as well as a license, and insurance.

Always make sure the service you are use has current liability insurance and tell them you want to see a copy of it. Some companies will tell you they are insured when they really aren't. If you had work done by a company without insurance and there was an accident causing damage or injuries, you as the homeowner could be held liable. The property damage will not be covered and anyone getting injured on your property could possibly sue. If the tree fall and damages our neighbor’s property, you can be held liable.

But you have been quoted a really cheap price….If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. During these tough economic times we are all looking for bargains. But if a tree service is giving you a very low price, it may be because they a) are not very good, b) do not have the proper insurances and certifications, or c) they only intend to complete part of the job.

Additionally will they be hauling the wood away? If not, you will also have to pay the city to come pick up the tree. And remember, the cut down tree cannot be left in the street. It must be on your property.

Lastly, do not pay for a tree removal or tree trimming project of any kind until the work is done and you are 100% satisfied. There are countless instances of homeowners paying for a tree service project up front, only to have the service disappear after only part of the job is complete and never hear from the company again. The tree service industry is not like the building industry – they should not need to be paid in advance for work.

neighborhood email list

Did you know we have set up an e-mail list for the neighborhood at Yahoo Groups?

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

from the Fall 2013 newsletter

The dates for general meeting are as follows: September 9, and December 10. The September meeting will be held at 6 pm in the Shelly Place cul-de-sac. The December general meeting will be held at 7pm at the Harris Inc. building at 3505 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705.

The next steering committee meeting will be held on Monday, November 12th at 7pm at John Horton’s house.


The National Night Out was held on August 6, 2013 in the Winchester Court cul-de-sac. Thanks to all that helped to make this year’s celebration "the best ever". Mr. Borders and the volunteers really worked hard to achieve the over-whelming success for the evening. The friendly fellowship showed that Hope Valley North is a beautiful neighborhood that is home to a large number of good and caring neighbors.

Special thanks to the neighbors of Winchester Court for their hospitality and for the use of their utilities. We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2014.

Speed humps aka speed bumps aka speed tables….whatever you call them we’re going to have them by November 2013. A bid was made for their installation by a contractor who has 90 days from the bid date to complete installation. Apologies were made by Durham city staff on the delays. We should have a more exact date by September 9th.



Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

The City of Durham  Solid Waste Management Department  has suspended trash and recycling collections on Thursday, January 18. Road and weat...