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Chimney Hill Owners Association

Landscape Committee Meeting

Sunday, August 23, 2020


The Committee met on Jane Cary’s veranda at 13 Rock Split Way. Jane Cary, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:06 a.m.  The following Committee members attended: Elaine Ahnell, Carlotta Gladding, Diana Gould, Sharron Heberlein, Pam Massey, Anne Saracino, and Carol Sewell.  Leon and Selma Gortler attended via FaceTime.


Those present approved the minutes of the previous meeting on July 17, 2020.


Weeding Party

Pam & Diana weeded the CH Office border on July 23 and 25.  All agree it is much improved. [NB: Diana insists for the record that Pam did most of the work!]

Food Scrap Waste Disposal Update

Effective July 1, 2020, the State of Vermont mandated that food scraps must not be included in the trash.  Instead, they should be separated out and composted by residents or taken to the transfer station for a fee.  However, it appears that, for the moment, the new law is not being enforced and no penalty will be imposed for not following it.  Because of the second-home nature of Chimney Hill, the law will be difficult to enforce.  CH Board will conduct a survey to obtain homeowners’ input on the issue to determine how to proceed.

Fall Kiosk Plants Planning

The Committee reviewed the September 21, 2019 list of fall plants (mainly chrysanthemums) required for each kiosk and proposed a few changes as necessary.  Jane will order the mums accordingly from Rashed’s for October 1 delivery, and send an e-mail to kiosk caretakers to let us know they have arrived. We aim to plant the mums by Columbus Day.


Fall:  We propose to convene work parties to cut back foliage and ask Chimney Hill Gardener, Cheryl Rusin to add mulch and manure to the Clubhouse and Office gardens to make our work in the spring easier.  Suggested date for work party:  October 18.

We agreed to forego purchasing daffodils and tulips for the Clubhouse and Office gardens in view of COVID-19 restrictions on travel and activities, i.e., few people would be there to see them. We expect that the previous year’s planting will provide sufficient interest for spring, 2021.

The suggestion that Sedum be added to the Clubhouse Flagpole and Office Gardens will be tabled until next year.

Spring:  We should do an early weeding and turn over the soil in the Clubhouse and Office gardens to make routine maintenance later in the season easier. We should apply MiraclGro at that time, as well.   In addition, CH Gardener Cheryl Rusin might give the Office border a good edging to improve its appearance and for ease of maintenance.

Diana will check the budget to determine how much money is available for the purchase of chrysanthemums.


Elaine offered to donate sedum for the Office border and cascading sedum for kiosks.

Elaine suggests that the Office border would benefit from adding dwarf hydrangeas ‘Bobo’, which measure about 2’ by 2’.  These could be purchased next spring.

Carlotta noted that a number of trees need attention.  At Pond Loop, there is a tree branch in the pond and a tree leaning over the road in a dangerous way.  Committee member Keith Herbert has volunteered to manage trees that require trimming or cutting down. He will be consulted on this matter. Carlotta added that the pond at Pond Loop has an alga problem that should be dealt with immediately.


ADJOURNMENT:  10:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Pam Massey

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Objective of the CHOA Landscape Committee, 2010
(updated 2018)

Our objective is to ensure that the public areas of the Chimney Hill community are
carefully maintained and, as necessary and feasible, enhanced by shrubs, trees, and
colorful plantings, pleasant to the eye, and an invaluable contribution toward the
increase in property values.

In order to meet this objective, we must:
1)  Meet regularly to discuss and address Committee members’ and CHOA members’
specific concerns;
2)  Oversee the work of the contracted CHOA Gardener and provide input; assist the
Gardener when feasible to save on costs;
3)  Provide education to the Chimney Hill community on
a) How to plant and maintain attractive properties;
b) Appreciation of the wildlife and vegetation on our lands by presenting workshops and nature-oriented events;
c) Update our website with pertinent articles and reference works; contribute comments and advice to the e-newsletter

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