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Officials search for reasons two upscale Wandermere homes’ foundations became unstable (WA)

In January, Dr. Joel McCullough agreed to pay $595,000 for a home in the upscale Wandermere Estates neighborhood north of Spokane.  At the end of March, he was told to get out, or risk his safety.  McCullough’s house and the

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Couple Blames HOA For Crumbling Home (TX)

A Hood County home is slowly crumbling into the Brazos River.  It’s owner, Mark Hall, says he first noticed something was wrong a year and a half ago, when he woke to find part of his patio missing.  “The whole

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Upset Rincon residents take up road issue with city (GA)

Many Effingham County residents made their way to the Rincon City Council meeting Monday night to appear before the council to discuss the streets in Bent Tree Crossing subdivision.  The residents of the subdivision, led by Maegan Hakes, explained to

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Homeowners approach board for help in solving Chestnut Hill road issues (MS)

Bad and unfinished roads brought Chestnut Hill subdivision representatives to the Madison County Board of Supervisors meeting seeking help. The 100-home subdivision off Highway 463 could be facing costly road problems. This issue comes after months and even years of

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Leesburg Council Rejects Exeter Dam Settlement Offer (VA)

The Town Council has rejected another settlement offer from one of its largest HOAs.  The Exeter Homeowner’s Association filed a lawsuit against the town last year to establish ownership of a stormwater management dam on the HOA’s property. What neither

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County balks at funding West Lake lights (GA)

Some West Lake residents want the county to help defray the cost of installing new street lights.  But at nearly $80,000, county officials says they don’t have the money nor the inclination to lend a hand.  A representative of the

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Water is an Enemy to Asphalt Paving

In the asphalt paving business we are asked many questions regarding proper maintenance of pavement surfaces for driveways, parking lots and roads. Our best advice is to be proactive about maintenance to ensure the life of your pavement surface.  As

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Florence community forms HOA to fix damaged Bennett Lake dam (SC)

Lake Bennett in Florence is still empty months after the dam broke during hurricane Matthew.  Bob Lynch and his wife built their home on Lake Bennett 15 years ago for the water view. Now it’s not quite the view they’re

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Dispute over road repairs raises questions in Mill Creek (WA)

Help from the homeowners association certainly added volume to the latest complaints.  Before there was the city of Mill Creek there was the development of Mill Creek.  The nonprofit Mill Creek Community Association, formed by its developer in 1974, now

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Carrollton residents seek vote on infill of contaminated silt basin (TX)

Two homeowner’s association boards in the Country Place subdivision have voted to fill a nearby silt basin that contains traces of beryllium, lead and other contaminants, despite opposition from some residents.   The Country Place and Townhome One HOA boards

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Homeowners Association repairing their own dunes (FL)

When Hurricane Matthew blew out of town, the 2.3 mile stretch of dunes on the Hammock Dunes Beach was left destroyed.  The storm that crept along the coast Oct. 7, 2016 left just enough of the dunes to protect the

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Homeowners to shoulder costs of sewer work (OH)

When a new sewer system is installed in the Pheasant Run housing development over the next year, homeowners there will be responsible for helping to pay off the cost of the project, with most shouldering an assessment of $14,679.48.  That

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Homeowner questions responsibility for broken pipe, erosion (NC)

A damaged drainage pipe and the water leaking from it, especially during the heavy rains of Hurricane Matthew, has caused extreme erosion at a Raintree home     Read the article…………..

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Money remains the big challenge in addressing Ahwatukee flood hazards (AZ)

Maricopa County flood control experts have proposed over $1 million worth of drainage improvements to seven Ahwatukee sites where serious flooding could cause more than an estimated $2.4 million in damage to homes and businesses.  But when those fixes might

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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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