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Asked on: 3/21/07, 4:08 pm

Cut Tress on HOE property

My husband cut 6 trees down on a piece of property owned by our home owners association. The property sits next to a County Trail system and a lake. The HOA pressed charges, and dropped them with our apologizes.

We now are being sued by the Cities Lake Preservation society for tree removal and cleanup. Even though the property is our homeowners, it sits on what the term ‘Critical Slope CS”. This was a law passed in September 2006 by our city. Our HOE didn’t know about the law and we can’t find any local publications that alerted the residents of the new law. The law states that CS must be permanently marked with steel stakes. The property is not marked in anyway. We feel like we are being made an ‘example’ of by a really hot headed PUD employee.

Ironically, the County came in today and cut 7 trees adjacent to the area we cut. They were on CS…they had no survey done and no permits. All of which the city asked of us.

Any advice would be great.

Thank you,

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