Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
At some point, you may have a question or two for the officers of the VHHOA. Please e-mail your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.
1. Who selects, plants and replaces street trees?
All of the street parkway trees (trees located between the sidewalk and the street) are selected by the City. The cost of the trees is included in the lot sales price. The street parkway trees for the original VH additions were planted by Campbell’s Nurseries and the parkway trees for VH Additions 20 and beyond are planted by Eagle Nursery. The nurseries guarantee the trees for one year, but it is the homeowner’s responsibility to care for the tree and make sure it is adequately watered.
If the tree dies after the one year warranty period, contact City Parks and Recreation, Forestry Division, to request a $50 voucher toward replacing of the tree. Vintage Heights HOA currently has a supplemental cost-share program to assist with street tree replacement.
Key contacts are as follows:
Campbell Nurseries 402-423-4556
Eagle Nursery 402-781-9337
Lincoln City Parks & Recreation, Forestry Division 402-441-7847, Ext “0”
2. Who do I contact about the neighbor’s barking dog?
Barking dogs should be reported to City of Lincoln Animal Control, phone 402-441-7900.
3. What are the rules about dogs running free in public and commons areas of Vintage Heights?
A City of Lincoln Ordinance requires that all dogs in public access areas (streets sidewalks, parks, etc.) must be kept on a leash. The Vintage Heights Board of Directors has determined that commons areas within our neighborhood will follow the rules for other public areas in the city. Dogs in commons areas must be kept on a leash.
4. Why do I need to pay an annual homeowners association fee if I own a residence in Vintage Heights?
The Homeowners Association is responsible for the maintenance of nearly 40 acres of commons areas within the neighborhood. Maintenance includes planting of grass, trees and bushes in commons areas, mowing of grass areas in the summer and snow removal from commons walk ways in the winter. In addition to the commons areas, we also maintain the water shed are for the creek that runs through the neighborhood. Other costs include bookkeeping, legal, insurance expenses. All of the members of the Officers and Board of Directors for the Vintage Heights Homeowners are uncompensated volunteers.
5. When are homeowners association fees due?
Invoices for association dues are sent to homeowners in January, each year. They are due and payable by April 1. Late payments are assessed a fee and accrue interest in accordance with covenants. The Association will exercise its right to file property liens for any long-term non-payment of dues and fees.
6. How do I arrange to start refuse and recycling collection?
You are welcome to use any refuse company you wish. Industrial Services supplies the purple refuse and yard waste totes with the Vintage Heights logo on the side. There are several recycling companies to choose from in Lincoln, check out the link below for more information.
7. Can I plant trees or gardens in the commons area adjacent to my property?
Yes, you can plant items in the commons area, HOWEVER, you will need to contact the VHHOA Treasurer via HOA gmail, email@example.com, to arrange for a landscape license agreement to be mailed to you. You can also print the agreement from this website by clicking on this link:
Return it along with a simple landscaping plan drawing to a VHHOA board Member. All licenses must be approved by the board. Once your plan is approved, it will be filed with the Register of Deeds. This license is granted to homeowners at no cost assuming the proposed plantings are acceptable.
There are exceptions:
- No structures, recreational equipment, vehicle parking or other non-growing items can be placed in the commons areas.
- Nothing, other than grass, can be planted in the commons area adjacent to the gas line running through Vintage Heights. This planting prohibition is a part of the easement owned by the gas company
8. What are the rules relating to parking of a camper or boat in my driveway?
The VHHOA covenants limit parking (other than inside of a garage) of any recreational vehicle, as defined in the City Code, for more than a total of 14 days per year. This rule applies to motor homes, campers, trailers and watercraft of any type.
9. What are the rules relating to on-street parking in Vintage Heights?
Parking regulations are enforced by the Lincoln Police Department. Generally, it is permissible to park licensed, non-commercial vehicles on the street for up to 24 hours without moving them.
For details go to the Lincoln Police General Order for parking at: http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/traffic/traffic.htm
Link to traffic monitor request form: http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/traffic/req_traf.htm