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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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Wilson Blvd. repair delayed by dam agreement (SC)

Ten months later, October’s historic flood is still having a major impact on one Midlands community.  Wilson Boulevard in Richland County was damaged by the failure of the Lake Elizabeth dam in October. The dam is still broke and the

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Flash flood forecast as small Callaway County lake dam fails (MO)

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for sections of a central Missouri county because of a failing dam on a small lake.  The weather service issued the warning Wednesday for parts of Callaway County because the

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Campbell County (VA) homeowners seek help from supervisors to get road paved

Everyone in the neighborhood, including those who live on a hard surface, is paying to maintain the private gravel roads through a homeowners association.  “When the property owner’s association dissolves in a few years, we won’t have a way to

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People bring bridge troubles to council (IL)

It’s the bridge seven different homeowners associations have their eyes on. They sent a letter to the mayor and city council last month saying it’s in worse shape than other bridges IDOT officials are already considering fixing.  The group says,

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SC: Homeowners near lakes consider new round of votes to raise taxes, repair dams

Three Midlands neighborhoods prepared for a vote to raise their own taxes to finance repairs on community dams damaged in the October 2015 floods.  On Aug. 23, homeowners whose properties abut Cary Lake in the Arcadia Lakes area, Rockyford Lake

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Buckeye Lake (NJ) residents request meeting on construction

Residents on Buckeye Lake’s east side have called for a meeting with contractors of the Buckeye Lake Dam Project to discuss their needs with the lake’s low depth this summer.    Read the article………..

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Funny River residents fear bank erosion (AK)

The homeowners’ association that jointly owns the lot along the Funny River, the Clearwater Lot Owner’s Association, has been concerned about the level of erosion along a section of the Funny River for the past 15 years. The owners have

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Residents who live near muddy lake want its water levels restored (OH)

Homeowners who live near a private lake want the waterway to be returned to its original state. They say efforts to resolve flooding of a pond and properties off Kreighbaum Road have turned the lake into a “mud flat.”  Several

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Graue Mill flooding remedies approved (IL)

John Romanelli, a longtime resident of Graue Mill Country Residences, president of the homeowners association and a local realtor, said the improvements were a long time coming.  “We were fairly pessimistic but when we got word that the federal grant

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Lakewood City Council OKs Meridian condominium erosion plan

City Council Tuesday night approved two ordinances to help Meridian condominium owners build a revetment, or shoreline protection system, to reduce erosion on their property.   Read the article……………

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City officials, Lake Katherine (SC) residents seek better flood control in new deal

Homeowners around Lake Katherine and Columbia City officials celebrated a new deal to help run sewer lines through the Lake Katherine neighborhood, deepen the lake and improve cooperation to combat future flood disasters.     Read the article…………..

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Four Richland County (SC) neighborhoods weigh new tax for dam repairs

Homeowners in each of the Northeast Richland neighborhoods will go to the polls in the next two months to decide whether to tax themselves extra – possibly for as long as three decades – to replace dams that either broke

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How to Conduct a Condo Association Special Assessment Vote

For many Special Assessments, you need your Owners to vote with a two thirds majority in order to raise the funds you need to repair your decaying infrastructure. Now that you’ve got your plan and your communications strategy, you now

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Montgomery County (TX) residents sue POA over lack of neighborhood improvements

This subdivision has history as bumpy as its roads. Years ago, a POA administrator went to jail for mismanaging funds. Harris claims he had stepped in at that time to help the subdivision. Residents began paying a higher fee of

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Liberty Twp. subdivision HOA petitions county for ditch maintenance

Members of a Liberty Twp. subdivision homeowners’ association could become the first in the county to successfully petition the engineer’s office to take over maintenance of a storm sewer system through an assessment of residents.  Read the article…………

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Some dams may not be rebuilt in Richland County (SC)

In the face of legal and financial questions, some Richland County property owners are preparing for a future without the placid lakes that increased their land values and made life pleasant.    Read the article…………….

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LTVPOA completes sewer purchase (TN)

“Please understand, this POA board did not initially wish to buy the sewer plant,” said Farrell Odom, president of the POA board of directors. “This is a decision that was made because of the very limited options that were available.

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Toxaway Association Put ‘On Notice’ (NC)

The Lake Toxaway Homeowners Association (LTHA) has been sent a certified “Notice of Violation” from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality for failing to maintain stream flow standards (dam).   Read the article…………..

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Lake Owned By Holly Lake Homeowners’ Associations Is Lost, at Least for Now (NJ)

A 10-acre lake off Great Bay Boulevard has been the subject of repeated talks between Little Egg Harbor Township officials, residents and the state Department of Environmental Protection over who would repair the aging dam spillway, which has been breached

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Taking Action: Giant pothole plagues Charlotte (NC) neighborhood

“This intersection is outside of the City of Charlotte limits and in Mecklenburg County. It does not appear to be under NCDOT maintenance. I would suggest contacting The Homeowners Association, the builder or the developer.”   Read the article……….

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Following the money trail: Norman (OK) residents want to know how the stormwater dollars will be spent

Chris Moxley is the president of the Homeowners Association of Arbor Lakes, an upscale neighborhood on the west side of Norman. With 179 homes, a playground, parks, a lake and homes in the $400,000 price range, its arguably one of

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Liberty University sues Ivy Lake property owners over dam repairs (VA)

After ongoing discussions between Liberty University and Ivy Lake property owners in Forest broke down, the two parties are headed to court.  Read the article………..

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Locals seek more county money to fix streets (MI)

Canton, alone, received $3 million for 20 street-repair projects in aging subdivisions where homeowner groups agreed to plunk down another 20 percent — or $600,000 — in matching dollars. Officials say the repairs, while not a panacea for widespread problems,

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Will the stone walls of Schoonmacher Creek be repaired? (WI)

Residents of the Washington Highlands Homeowners Association are responsible for the condition of Schoonmaker Creek that runs through the neighborhood, said City Engineer Bill Wehrley. Homeowner association officials said there are no current plans to repair the creek wall, saying

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Money could be available for repairs to local dams (WV)

The number of dams nationally that are classified as high-hazard potential dams has increased dramatically over the past couple of decades because of the aging of the nation’s infrastructure.  U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is co-sponsoring a bill that

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Council wrestles with sewer system questions (IA)

The property owners or homeowners’ association could hire an engineering firm to do the work, with the city overseeing the inspections and accepting the system once that work is completed. But when the estimated cost of inspections, possible replacements and

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Condo association request nixed by village (WI)

A request to shift oversight of a roadway from a condominium owner’s association to the Village of Union Grove has been denied by a panel responsible for streets-related issues.  The village’s Water, Wastewater, Storm Water, Streets and Parks Commission on

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North Whidbey (WA) community on water rations after well fails

The Campo Haciendo community on North Whidbey, a group of 61 families off West Troxell Road between Ault Field and Deception Pass State Park, has been on water rations for a week because of an ailing well, and full relief

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Water pressure solutions discussed for Bunker Lane Condos (NH)

Residents of the park have long-reported having very low water pressure and the public hearing revealed that some have installed equipment which boosts the pressure. The pressure is low due to there being but a two-inch pipe from the main.

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Managing Your Association’s Stormwater

Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snow melt events that flow over land or impervious surfaces (such as paved streets, parking lots and building rooftops) and do not soak into the ground. This runoff picks up pollutants such as

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Cape Girardeau (MO) community sees possible water, sewer bill spike

In June of 2014 the KFVS I-Team investigated the poor quality of water in Cape Girardeau’s Hillcrest neighborhood.  The Department of Natural Resources wanted home and business owners in the Hillcrest Subdivision to know that the water wasn’t safe.  

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