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Finding the good in home owner associations

Just when my wife was in desperate need of a hospital emergency room, a huge red oak fell and blocked our driveway. Less than 30 minutes later, three neighbors showed up with two chain saws. In 15 minutes they cleared

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Mother and daughter forced to vacate home due to mold at next door condo (KS)

Their house isn’t a home.  In fact, homeowner Aimee Patton says the condo she shares with her 11-year-old daughter, Amelia, is making the two of them very sick. The Pattons say it’s a mold outbreak at the vacant condominium next

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Andover residents raise concern over neighborhood algae (KS)

Troy Tabor, a member of the Crescent Lakes homeowner’s association said the neighborhood has had issues with blue-green algae before, but that is not the case with this latest algae bloom.  “We do not have blue-green algae,” Tabor said. “We

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Couple refuses to remove yard lamp, so their neighborhood is suing them (KS)

A battle is waging in the front yard of a home in one east Wichita neighborhood.  At the center of it? Dan and Alice Smith’s outdoor lamp.  They say the 12-foot-tall cast iron light is a vintage, high quality piece

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This deacon’s relative has cancer. The HOA says he can’t park his car in the driveway. (KS)

The four-bedroom, reverse one-and-a-half story house in Olathe seemed like the perfect setup for Stuart and Marsha Holland.  Marsha’s father had just undergone his fourth cancer surgery, and the couple decided it was time to move her parents from Florida

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Four people suffer minor injuries in Olathe condo fire (KS)

Olathe fire crews are working to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire Thursday night.  Firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Willow Drive Near Santa Fe and I-35 to investigate a fire at a condominium.    Read the

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A look inside neighborhood watch programs that deter burlgars (KS)

Put a sign in yard that says you have an alarm and neighborhood watch.”  “Have a security and neighborhood watch.”  Those are two direct quotes from convicted burglars telling Gray affiliate KWCH’s FactFinder 12 how people can avoid falling victim

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What homeowners must know about remodeling and the law (KS)

Planning to remodel your home? Great idea and good luck to you. Think you can do whatever you want to your house? Not so fast, my friend. Home remodeling is governed by your local laws. Fall afoul of them and

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Lawrence City Commission weighs who should pay $5 million cost to improve suburban road (KS)

Property owners near Queens Road — the rutted and partially gravel road running through a swath of new homes and apartments in northwest Lawrence — may have thousands of dollars added to their property taxes to improve the roadway.  As

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Highlands residents seek Third Class City status (KS)

Members of the Highlands Homeowners Association have scheduled a “Town Hall” meeting in two weeks to discuss getting the golf course-centered subdivision north of Hutchinson designated a Third Class City.  Reno County Commission Chairman Dan Deming announced the meeting and

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Lenexa HOA blames Google Fiber subcontractor for major road damage (KS)

People in a neighborhood in western Lenexa blame the installation of Google Fiber for destroying their streets

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Olathe man’s war with HOA over landscaping: $400,000 at stake (KS)

It’s a high-stakes battle, and the losing party could end up paying the legal bills for the other. With the HOA claiming more than $160,000 in expenses, a loss for Hildenbrand could ultimately cost him $400,000 or more

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Zoning lawsuit could be coming to close (KS)

The City of Derby and two of its residents have said they are nearing a settlement that would end litigation over a zoning decision that allows a 444-unit apartment complex to be built in the Oaks.

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Firefighters battle condo fire (KS)

Firefighters battled both the heat from a condo fire and the heat from the sun Sunday afternoon on the northwest side.  It happened around 3 p.m. near 45th Place and Ozmun Avenue.  Firefighters said when they arrived on scene visible

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Neighbors work together to prevent ex-convicts from living nearby (KS)

A group of Edwardsville homeowners is relieved to find out four men living in a home in their neighborhood are moving out.  Three of the men are registered sex offenders, another, a convicted murderer.  Rebecca Carter is part of the

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Off-white or white? Neighbors battle over wall’s paint color (KS)

It’s a dispute HGTV would love.  Minneha Township is building a wall along East Central, east of K-96, in front of the Southern Village subdivision.  The township board plans to paint the wall bright white, the same color it painted

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No injuries in Overland Park (KS) condo fire that displaces five

A fire just after midnight Tuesday damaged three units at the Marbella Condominiums in Overland Park.  Firefighters arriving on the scene reported seeing heavy smoke and fire coming from the second story balcony of a two-story condominium building in the

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Neighborhood sets limit on holiday lights (KS)

One of the houses included in The Eagle’s video of animated Wichita lights displays last year, Dave Williams’ Lights on Barrington near 21st and Ridge Road, will be out of the rotation this year.   A change in the rules of

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74-year-old man killed in fire in Overland Park condominium (KS)

James Arthur Stoker, 74, of Overland Park, died in the fire. Although the cause is still being investigated, fire officials said they thought a discarded cigarette ignited the blaze.     Read more……..

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Privately owned Lake Vaquero (KS) drained for project to elevate, rehabilitate its dam

The lake’s homeowner’s association has contracted to have the dam rehabilitated and elevated to bring it into compliance with more stringent rules it faces after being reclassified a few years ago as a high-hazard dam, said Kim Hunninghake, dam safety

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Controversy over refilling neighborhood ponds

With one of the driest starts to a year on record for Kansas and continued drought conditions many are taking extra steps to preserve water. But in one Wichita neighborhood there’s a question about how the Homeowner’s Association is using

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Neighborhood (KS) Surveillance System Suspended Over Privacy Concerns

The Kansas Street SAFE Neighborhood Association and a San Francisco startup, Koozoo, have suspended a camera surveillance system that allowed residents to watch live video footage of street activity in the neighborhood over the Internet. The system was launched in

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Township resident questions use of tax money to clear trees, build wall

“Why are taxpayer funds being spent on what would appear to be a homeowners association project?” said Massey, whose father served as clerk and treasurer of the township. “It seems like a special interest deal.”   Read more…….

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Homeowners want to know how dues are spent

Christy Leatherman, like many area residents, belongs to a homeowners association and pays annual dues.    Read more……

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