Sloppy landscapers a problem

These palm fronds that fell over the homeowners fence onto the sidewalk were not picked up by the landscaper. PRIDES stepped in after several days.

By Roger Ball
Independent Newsmedia

Diane Rice, Sun City West PRIDES vice president, recently noticed what she called a dilapidated pickup truck without a trailer parked near a house where a crew was trimming palm trees.

The fronds that fell in the resident’s yard were picked up by the crew, but those that fell over the wall near the roadway were ignored by the workers.

After three days with no pickup, Ms. Rice and Ralph Johnson, Sun City West PRIDES president, took a truck to the intersection and removed the stack of palm fronds.

Mr. Johnson said homeowners should be cautious of who they hire, and referred to the worker that left the fronds outside the fence as rogue landscaper

“One look at a very dilapidated truck would be proof enough you’re probably only get what you pay for,” he added.

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West is responsible for enforcing covenants, conditions and restrictions in the community.

James Riley, RCSCW recreation activities manager, supervises the three- person department that investigates complaints and performs enforcement action.

“Most of our complaints are about weeds,” Mr. Riley said.

He added that often the problem isn’t with the property owners, but with the people they employ.

There will be more on this story in the July 24 edition of the Sun City West Independent.

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