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Sorry your POA is dealing with this situation. Under your POA instrument it should grant the board the right to fine a homeowner for non-compliance.
"O.C.G.A. 44-3-223 (2010)
44-3-223. Compliance with provisions of instrument and with rules and regulations; penalties for noncompliance
Every lot owner and all those entitled to occupy a lot shall comply with all lawful provisions of the property owners' association instrument. In addition, any lot owner and all those entitled to occupy a lot shall comply with any reasonable rules or regulations adopted by the association pursuant to the instrument which have been provided to the lot owners and with the lawful provisions of the bylaws of the association. Any lack of such compliance shall be grounds for an action to recover sums due, for damages or injunctive relief, or for any other remedy available at law or in equity, maintainable by the association or, in any proper case, by one or more aggrieved lot owners on their own behalf or as a class action. If and to the extent provided in the instrument, the association shall be empowered to impose and assess fines and suspend temporarily voting rights and the right of use of certain of the common areas and services paid for as a common expense in order to enforce such compliance; provided, however, that no such suspension shall deny any lot owner or occupants access to the lot owned or occupied. " see source: www.law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-44/chapter-3/article-6/44-3-223/
If there is not authority to penalize, yes small claims is an option. The damage would be or compensation to the board would likely be the determined value of the property prior to her pruning the area and the value after she cut or hacked up the vegetation on the property. This will be hard to determine but can be based an Arborist's opinion as to the value of the trees.
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