WHAT DO WE MAINTAIN?

One of our lovely entrances to Bent tree North
One of our lovely entrances to Bent tree North
When you hear the words maintenance and infrastructure related to our HOA, do you wonder what that means ?   We, the residents of Bent Tree North are responsible for our common areas, not the city or the county.   As we are not gated, the city (Dallas) is responsible for the roads, alleys, and bridges.  Dallas water utilities is responsible for the sewers and water.  And Oncor is responsible for our electricity, and Atlas is responsible for our Gas.
 
With the responsibility of the common areas, the Bent Tree North Homeowners Association (BTN HOA) takes care of the following:
•       4 Entrances:   Briargrove, Coral Ridge, Hilton Head and Spyglass
•       ½ mile along both sides of Spyglass, coming in from Frankford
•       300 yards along Harbortown, backing up to the cemetery
•       1 mile strip along Frankford, from Spyglass to where Oakdale begins.
 
In taking care of these areas, we manage and control 7 separate electric meters and 7 separate water meters.   The electric meters power the lighting for the signs, landscape and dark areas around our entrances; as well as power for our irrigation controllers.   The water meters provide the water for our irrigation systems.   As a few areas do not have electric meters, and for various reasons it is not possible to install them, we have 2 solar powered irrigation controllers, along with the 7 electric controllers.  We pay for the usage and maintenance of these systems.
 
 
As a numbers summary, BTN has:
 
•       Over 2 miles of lawns, app.  300,000 sq feet
•       Over 1500 shrubs and perennials
•       Over 400 trees
•       Over 3 miles of irrigation, with 9 different irrigation systems,
•       Over 420 irrigation heads, and more than 30 2-inch valves (2 inch valves carry many more heads, which throw app. 20+ feet)
 
Consider how the above compares to our average BTN house:  1 irrigation system, with 6-10 1inch valves supporting 8-10 heads throwing 4-15 feet, 1 electric meter, 1 water meter, 4-8 trees, 35-70 shrubs, and 4250 sq feet of lawn.
 
To take care of these areas, we manage and control 7 separate electric meters.  These electric meters power the lighting for the signs, landscape and dark areas around our entrances; as well as power for our irrigation controllers.
 
We also have 7 separate water meters, which provide the water for our irrigation systems.   As a couple of areas do not have electric meters, and for various reasons it is not possible to install them, we have also have 2 solar powered irrigation controllers, along with the 7 electric controllers.  
 
We pay for the usage and maintenance of all of these systems, a total of 16 different systems.