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Lawsuit settlement over collapsed flume/storm sewer OK’d (PA)

Bob Duncan, assistant Lower Merion Township manager, said the collapse of the flume involved four properties along the upper portion of the road near the Wawa at Conshohocken State Road. The site includes one property owned and used by the

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Patton proposes funding plan for Dunlap Lake dredging (IL)

The dredging project for Dunlap Lake has a new proposal on the table. Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton approached the Dunlap Lake Homeowners Association at their annual meeting at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge Thursday night in an effort to gather support

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Woodlands set for new water, sewer (NY)

A state Health Department official Tuesday night encouraged the Hornellsville Town Board to allow the town to take dedication of a brand new water and sewer system in the former Green Acres Trailer Park.  Board members, most of whom seemed

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Holly Lake Condo Community Raising Money to Repair Dam Spillway (NJ)

A condominium association in Little Egg Harbor is reaching out to save Holly Lake, a 10-acre freshwater lake whose spillway was possibly damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 with subsequent damage by winter Storm Jonas in 2016.  The spillway runs

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No Looming Oroville But Michigan’s Aging Dams Pose Real Flood Risks

More than half of the state’s dams are privately owned, often mom-and-pop-type organizations — maybe a condominium association that had a dam installed for their lake, said the DEQ’s Lane. The cost of dam repairs, often exceeding $100,000, is a

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Potholes growing to unavoidable nuisance in Cordova neighborhood (TN)

The potholes aren’t avoidable either as it’s a one-way street, so all the houses have to drive past them.  The street’s connected to all their driveways. Tiffany said the problem is it’s not named, so it’s not the county’s responsibility.

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First failed dam in Forest Acres being rebuilt (SC)

Homeowners on Lower Rockyford Lake in Forest Acres area are excited that work is starting to rebuild a dam that broke and emptied their lake during record rain in October 2015.  “Our wait is over,” Bettianne Davenport said Monday as

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No consensus on fixing low water crossing problem near Georgetown (TX)

A proposal by Williamson County to connect two neighborhoods with a new road to help some residents get in and out during times of flooding has drawn opposition.  Some residents of the Lost River neighborhood don’t want the county to

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Leesburg Faced with Dam Lawsuit (VA)

The Town of Leesburg may be headed to court if no resolution can be found between the municipality and one of its largest homeowner’s associations.  The Exeter Homeowner’s Association filed a lawsuit last year seeking to get the town to

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Milford Township officials want to resolve control over residential alley (PA)

Milford Township officials are under pressure from homeowners in one Upper Bucks County residential development, who want them to take over a narrow alley because, they claim, their homeowner’s association fee is gradually increasing over its construction and maintenance.  Residents

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Stafford votes to save Lake Arrowhead dams (VA)

A new funding mechanism is in place to save two lakeside dams.  The Stafford County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 for the Lake Arrowhead Service District. The body will be in charge of overseeing a county-issued loan of at least

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Save the Lake Arrowhead dams issue goes before Stafford Board (VA)

Two dams in Stafford County’s Lake Arrowhead neighborhood neglected since 2003 are failing, and Big and Little Arrowhead lakes could be drained leaving a muddy pit if residents choose to do nothing.  Lake Arrowhead residents at a public meeting last

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Leland seeks a solution for Magnolia Greens flooding issue (NC)

After a heavy rain or storm, Magnolia Greens residents living near retention ponds have experienced flooding, with waters rising in streets, driveways, yards and around homes.  After Hurricane Matthew swept through the area, the issue was once again highlighted, prompting

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The wade is over! City to fix overflowing private sewers in Sheepshead Bay (NY)

The city will replace overflowing old sewers in a “private” section of Sheepshead Bay — even though it is not required to do so — to prevent future flooding.  Private sewer pipes connect dozens of houses in the neighborhood’s so-called

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Board to help fund repair of retention pond (IN)

A project to stabilize a retention pond in a Greenwood neighborhood received approval from a city board.  Part of the dam on a retention pond in the Crystal Lakes subdivision, near Smith Valley and Averitt roads, is intended to direct

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What If Your Condo’s Special Assessment Was $80,000? It Could Happen Here

And you thought your condo’s special assessment was big.  An Old Town condominium building is facing an estimated $18 million repair bill — leaving some residents on the hook for one-time payments of as much as $80,000.  Bruce Theobald, a

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Oak Hill residents responsible for road; City may take possession once it’s reinforced (MS)

The Brookhaven Board of Alderman will not consider accepting a road in the Oak Hill subdivision unless the Oak Hill Homeowners Association reinforces it.  Six aldermen voted in favor of this decision during their meeting earlier this week, however, Ward

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“Stormwater is expensive. Get over it.” (FL)

It’s time to face reality. That was Charlie Eck’s advice to beach residents who attended the second meeting of the Estero Island Taxpayers Association Tuesday night, Jan. 10.  EITA executive director Bev Milligan assembled a meeting to “demystify” stormwater and

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Repairing dams, roads, lakes costly proposition (NC)

Matthew did a number on four of this city’s earthen dams, and the October storm has left us with some hefty repair costs.  “The assessments for Arran Lakes dam, Devonwood Lower dam and Mirror Lake dam have been completed,” says

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Oak Hill Estates residents frustrated by roads (MS)

It’s a fight that’s been going on since 2012 and most likely will continue until the gravel meets the road.  Residents of Oak Hill Estates met with the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen again Monday in a work session to discuss

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Former HOA board member says community vote ‘not feasible’ (AZ)

The fight over pieces of valuable land in Laveen has had neighbors in the Cottonfields Community at odds with one another for years.  The community shares land and rules with the Southern Ridge Golf Course. In 2011, the HOA board

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Peninsula Township considers stormwater fix (MI)

Two Peninsula Township neighborhoods could get special assessment districts aimed at fixing persistent flooding problems.  The township is seeking public comment at a Jan. 10 hearing for the districts, one of which centers on Old Mission Estates and includes Braemar

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Researchers, officials drain man-made lake to kill toxic bacteria (MD)

A toxin-producing bacterium in Lake Anita Louise has been treated and is believed to no longer be a threat to human health.  The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies at Hood College began monitoring the lake in the spring of

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Families’ access road still washed out from September flooding (VA)

The headaches of the heavy rains and massive flooding over the summer are long gone for most people.  But some Bedford County families are still living with a headache to this day: a road washed out, and it still hasn’t

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No easy fix for Oak Hill problem (MS)

The City of Brookhaven and residents of Oak Hill Estates are at odds over who is responsible for road improvements in the neighborhood.  Several residents addressed the Board of Aldermen recently, with some leaving the meeting in frustration. Their anger

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Oak Hill Estates subdivision residents confront aldermen in a work session (MS)

Little progress was made this past week when a group of angry homeowners came before the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen at a called work session to discuss the lousy condition of their roads.   All of the approximately 20 families

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Charles Town signs off on agreement with subdivision (WV)

Spruce Hill North Homeowners Association and the City of Charles Town have signed a settlement and release agreement concerning completion of infrastructure and improvements to the Spruce Hill North subdivision off Hughes Road in Charles Town.    Read the article…………..

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Fayetteville dam breach has neighborhood on alert (NC)

There’s a growing concern among homeowners in Country Club Hills after the county alerted 40 homeowners of a potential risk of flooding because of a breached dam.  The Department of Environmental Equality Division of Dam Safety notified the County’s Emergency

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Making Condos Last

A 3-part article from Craiker Associates in California.  “If you own a condo in a community that has a homeowners’ association and a Board of Directors, approach them with a shopping list of visual issues that need to be addressed.

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Flooding solutions (OK)

Norman homeowner Charles Browning isn’t concerned that his house will flood if the dam bursts on the small lake in his neighborhood. What Browning fears is flooding downstream and how the failure of the neighborhood dam could affect other Norman

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Another condo complex found to have crumbling foundations (CT)

The Ryefield II condominium complex is the latest property in north-central Connecticut to be found to have failing concrete foundations, bringing the total known affected multiple-unit housing developments in the area to five.  Consulting engineer William Neal of Residential Engineering

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DEP: Deer Lake dam reconstruction fouling trout steam (PA)

The Deer Lake Improvement Association, the private homeowners group undertaking the replacement of the earthen dam built in 1906 and the dredging the 74-acre recreational lake, has asked the DEP to approve a major modification of its existing permits. The

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Pulte rejects county’s offer on Sun City roads, drains (SC)

Sun City Carolina Lakes’ developer has rejected Lancaster County’s demand that it secure a $3 million line of credit to handle storm-drain repairs before the county will take responsibility for all of the development’s roads.  In a Nov. 15 letter,

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Figure Eight homeowners reject terminal groin (NC)

Figure Eight Island homeowners have voted down plans for a terminal groin, bucking the trend set this year by other coastal communities.  An unincorporated, privately developed barrier island just north of Wrightsville Beach, Figure Eight is bordered to the north

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Knightdale looks to hand HOAs more responsibility for stormwater (NC)

The Town Council is considering an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance that would modify maintenance requirements for stormwater infrastructure in subdivisions with active homeowner’s associations, putting more of the responsibility on the HOAs.  The town received a letter from

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City to hand off pond maintenance to homeowners (IL)

Hobart city staff are in the process of cleaning up two long neglected detention ponds in the Liberty Heights subdivision, but told its residents that future maintenance will be their responsibility.     Read the article……………

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County Commissioners Consider Taking Over Roads

Bowie County commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. today to consider accepting maintenance responsibility for two roadways near U.S. Highway 67 inside the Redbridge subdivision.  Both roads are in the county’s Precinct 4 Road Department area.  The Redbridge Homeowners Association

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President of HOA in old ‘Morse neighborhood’ would like to transfer road deed back to The Villages (FL)

The Amenity Authority Committee has been asked by the Homeowners Association of Hickory Head Hammock that ownership of a road deeded to the homeowners be transferred back to The Villages.  According to Paul Schraff, the resident appointed as president of

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Residents of collapsed Fairfax Co. condo face months of repairs (VA)

Residents in 32 units of an eight-story condominium building in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County will likely remain out of their homes for several months after one wing of the building dropped and shifted several inches due to years

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Fayetteville residents cut off by Matthew worry about safety

Hurricane Matthew has forced residents in a Fayetteville neighborhood to cross a dangerous earthen dam to leave the subdivision. But now, after more than a week, residents are concerned about how they would get help in an emergency.  Harriett Shooter

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Why Are There Plastic Bags Around Crane Pond? (NY)

What are those large plastic bags around Crane Pond? We asked Assistant Village Manager Ingrid Richards for an update on this capitol improvement project in Crane Berkley and here is what she shared.  It turns out the pond and surrounding

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Displaced residents provided with no date for return, due to structural issues (VA)

At a meeting on Wednesday night, leaders with the River Towers Condominiums could not provide residents with a timeline for when they return to their condos.     Read the article…………..

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Water damage led to partial collapse of Fairfax Co. condo building (VA)

A nine-story condominium building in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, Virginia, will need extensive work after water-deteriorated columns gave way, dropping the building 2 to 3 inches.  Late Monday morning, county building inspectors gathered in front of the damaged

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OH: Debate ongoing about water levels at Mystic Pointe subdivision lake

What began as complaints from residents in the Mystic Pointe neighborhood about water encroaching on their backyards, now has a different group of residents in the same neighborhood up in arms that their lake now is no more in what

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Figure Eight Island homeowners will vote on erosion structure (NC)

The island’s homeowners association is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the structure, but first it must demonstrate that it has raised the funding to build the $2 million-$4 million project, which would be

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Not Many Dams Repaired After The Floods (SC)

A year after the flood and a number of dams still need repair but The Department of Health and Environmental Control says some progress has been made.  There were 51 DHEC regulated dams that were breached last year and so

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Local HOAs consider paying for their own road repairs

Two Green Valley HOAs have expressed interest in learning more about retaining their property values by fixing deteriorating county roads in their neighborhoods using their own money.  They’re the first to indicate to the Green Valley Council that they may

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Residents scramble to fix Valley View Drive Bridge in Vernon (NJ)

The council would then hear from members of the Valley View Homeowner’s Association (VVHA), about the privately owned bridge deemed unsafe by the township. The VVHA was given until Sept. 12 (the date of the meeting), to have an engineer

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Decision to not restore lake not sitting well with residents (SC)

After thinking it over for about a year, the Homeowners Association sent a letter to the Department of Health and Environmental Control saying “HOA has decided not to restore our lake and instead return it to natural wetlands.” The decision

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Foundation issues spreading to condominium complexes (CT)

At least four developments in area towns, including three condominium complexes, are deteriorating from failing concrete foundations, an issue that continues to plague northeastern and north-central Connecticut homeowners.  Along with Ryefield Condominiums in Vernon, parts of which were found in

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