Workers in California cut down large trees to make the exterior of their home look more like a modern house, but some are now saying they should be compensated for the work.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the homeowners association’s president and CEO, Jeff Mierzejewski, said the trees are part of a sustainable effort to keep the neighborhood livable and to give their homeowners a chance to pay their own way through the process.
“It’s a great thing to be a homeowner,” Mierzewski said.
“We’re doing it because we believe that people should be able to pay for the materials that they use.”
However, Mierziewski said that in the future, the trees should be sold to the community in exchange for a little money to help with the cost of upkeep.
The homeowner association’s board of directors approved the proposal on Monday, with a resolution calling on the board to give the homeowners associations owners a one-time payment of $20 for every tree cut down.
The board also recommended the board set aside $1 million in a trust to support homeowners in the area who are unable to pay up.
Mierzyjewski also called for a new website to help homeowners find contractors to do the work for them, and to allow people to submit questions about tree care to the association.
“This will give homeowners a greater understanding of the tree care process, and we believe it’s a better approach,” he said.