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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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Woman killed in Cedar Rapids (IA) condominium fire

According to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, crews were called to a six-unit condominium at 1218 Oakland Road around 2:42 a.m. Thursday for a report of a fire in one of the units. Responding firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from

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Neighbors: More homes would stress infrastructure in College Farms (IA)

Neighbors in a newer residential area on the outskirts of southeast Cedar Rapids are resisting a developer’s plan to build more homes claiming the infrastructure doesn’t support what’s built, which contradicts engineering studies showing it does.    Read the article……….

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Dubuque (IA) attorney gets probation after pleading guilty to theft charge; restitution ordered

A 45-year-old Dubuque attorney has been given two years of probation in a theft case.  Heather Norman was sentenced on Wednesday. She’d pleaded guilty.  Court documents say the Kelly’s Bluff Homeowners Association reported that Norman, who served as president and

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Dubuque (IA) attorney given 2 years of probation

A Dubuque attorney accused of paying herself for work she didn’t do for a local homeowners’ association was given a deferred judgment. Heather A. Norman, 45, of 288 Kelly’s Bluff, on Wednesday was given two years of probation after pleading

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Rifts within homeowner associations proliferate (IA)

You’re eyeing a new condo or loft because you want to live close to shops and restaurants.  Or because you like the new construction.  Or you don’t want the hassle of lawn care and shoveling.  You’re told there’s a homeowner

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Dubuque (IA) woman charged with 2nd-degree theft

(Subscription required for full story) A Dubuque woman is accused of paying herself $1,100 from a local homeowners’ association for work she never completed.  Heather A. Norman, 44, of 288 Kelly’s Bluff, is charged with second-degree theft in Dubuque District Court.

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Bruce Braley’s (IA) War on Chickens

Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) threatened to sue a homeowners’ association after a chicken crossed onto his vacation home property in Iowa, again raising concerns that the Senate candidate is out-of-touch with farmers in the state, the Iowa Republican reports.

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Tornado Devastates Panora Condos (IA)

About eight condos and five homes suffered significant damage at Lake Panorama during severe storms Sunday night.  Read more……..

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Dubuque (IA) homeowners association reports theft of $27,000

According to a Dubuque police report, Kelly’s Bluff Homeowner’s Association, 3 Kelly’s Bluff, Lot A, reported the theft of $27,758.83 between November 2010 and 8:20 a.m. May 5. The report said that amount was lost through checks and possibly money

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Burn bans popping up as dry conditions persist

Most of Iowa remains in some form of drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor views more than 80 percent of Iowa as abnormally dry. About 56 percent of the state is in at least a moderate drought.    Read more…….

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SF 2312 Condos and Co-ops Bill (IA)

The bill clarifies that the terms, conditions, covenants, and provisions of the documents creating and regulating a multiple housing cooperative or horizontal property regime (condominium) continue and remain in full force and effect for so long as the coop or condominium

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IA: Reader’s Watchdog: Woman lost home but hurt own cause

The first voice mail from Judith Harlan was so frantic I couldn’t understand all she was saying. But this much was clear: Deputies were evicting her from her Des Moines condo. By the time we met last week, she was

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Court of Appeals (IA) upholds RIZ ruling

The Appeals Court ruled the Association had standing “to request the writ, the Board acted improperly in finding the Association had failed to meet the filing requirements after granting a public hearing, and the Board acted improperly in considering irrelevant

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Housing could sprout around organic farm (IA)

A Des Moines-area developer is betting Iowans not only want to know the farmer who grows their food, they also will want to live next door to him. Hubbell Homes is weighing building a residential development around an organic vegetable

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Reader’s Watchdog: Condo owners in costly fight vs. developer

The five women estimate it has cost $50,000 so far to sue to try to gain control of their condo association, and here’s the kicker: They are also paying the attorney’s fees of their adversary as their case winds its

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