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Millville now requiring HOA OK for permits (DE)

In other news from Tuesday’s council meeting, Millville building permits will require a little extra paperwork now, after the town council unanimously approved Ordinance 18-01, which amends the zoning code (Chapter 155, Article XII, Section 155-68).  Under the amended code,

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No clear resolution to dispute in Wallingford between neighbors, Thurston Foods (CT)

The Town Council asked the mayor in February to facilitate a meeting between the company and two homeowners’ associations to discuss a plan in which the company and associations would each pay a portion of the cost to build a

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Remedy sought for stormwater issue in Macedonia’s Preserves subdivision (OH)

City officials and homeowners hope a stormwater issue in the Preserves at Valley View off Valley View Road will be remedied in the near future.  Martin Flask, who represents the subdivision’s homeowners association, emailed Mayor Joseph Migliorini after a July

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No Trespassing sign posted at waterfront Longborough Park upsets downtown Charleston residents (SC)

The Longborough Park has a small dock often used by upper peninsula residents who don’t live in the private, upscale neighborhood. But the Longborough Owners Association made it clear this week that outsiders aren’t welcome with a new sign that

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4 Albemarle dams get grants to improve risk levels (VA)

Four dam owners in Albemarle County have received a total of about $107,000 in state grants to help reduce the risk of dam failures.  About $1.15 million in grants from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund,

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Condo owner upset about beach restoration project (FL)

Lack of signed easements by the neighbors means 50 Gulfside Condominiums in Indian Rocks Beach won’t be getting any new sand during an upcoming beach restoration project.  Condo owner Rick Smith appealed to Pinellas County commissioners July 18, asking them

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HOA gets OK to remove troublesome oaks

A Newbury Park homeowners association has received planning commission approval to cut down 15 coast live oaks that are damaging neighborhood infrastructure.  Though the 20-year-old trees—planted by the Larry Court HOA in 1998—are protected under city law, commissioners said July

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Residents and councilmembers react to de-annexation of Kinston neighborhood (NC)

Kinston councilmembers and community members are reacting to the decision by state lawmakers allowing a Kinston community to separate from the city.    View the news report…………….

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Landmark subdivision residents to form RID for roads (MT)

A subdivision in the Belgrade area is in preliminary stages of vetting residents on whether they would support a designation to collect fees for future road maintenance costs.  Landmark subdivision Homeowner’s Association proposed the area be designated as a Maintenance

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Holly Lake Returns After Homeowners Ask for Community Support (NJ)

A small lake owned by two homeowners associations in Little Egg Harbor Township has been restored to its former sparkling self after repairs were made to the wooden dam. A year ago, the spillway was undermined and the lake water

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Condo residents want county to curtail park’s recycled water project

A project to install a recycled wastewater irrigation system at Waipuilani Park in Kihei is concerning condominium residents, who irrigate a portion of the park themselves and say that the project is a needless cost to the county.  Board members

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Hazen Hills Homeowners Association donates park to City of Kirkland (WA)

Mayor Amy Walen, Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold, Councilmembers Toby Nixon and Jon Pascal were joined by over 30 community members on June 10 to celebrate the transfer of Hazen Hills Park to the City of Kirkland.  The park, located at

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Cape Coral Condominiums: Old Building Permit Requirement with a New Twist (FL)

The Cape Coral Building Department has had a rule on the books requiring owners of residential condominiums in Cape Coral to have a letter from their association before pulling a permit to do work in condominium common areas.   You

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Burr Ridge homeowner groups resist new consolidated garbage pickup agreement

Seven homeowner associations, six of which already have their own contracts with Groot Industries – the village’s chosen waste hauler – have said they do not want to be part of a village-wide deal to consolidate garbage service providers. The

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Elkhart County Council approves $250,000 for Simonton Lake dredging (IN)

he Elkhart County Council Saturday approved giving $250,000 to the Simonton Lake Area Homeowners Association for sediment removal and promised $125,000 more once a watershed management plan is created.  The money will come from the county’s storm water fund.  

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Norman leaders consider purchasing private dam (OK)

Norman city leaders are considering the purchase of a private dam.  Councilors and attorneys met in executive session Tuesday to talk about buying Misty Lake Dam.  The dam sits at the Summit Lakes Addition a private property. It has been

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Bossier neighborhood takes parking complaint to parish government (LA)

Fed up with street parking they say causes safety and convenience issues, residents of the Rosedale Place neighborhood in Bossier City have taken their grievances to the parish government in hopes of finding an enforceable resolution.  Representatives from the Rosedale

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The Risks of Delegating Infrastructure Maintenance to Community Associations

Common-interest community associations, including home owner associations (HOAs), condominium associations, and housing cooperatives, play a critical role in the maintenance of local infrastructure. Over the past few decades, a growing number of cities and counties have delegated the responsibility for

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Condo owners’ assessments for Palm Beach utility project could fall (FL)

Condominiums and homes in multifamily buildings would fare better than single-family homes in a revised method for determining how much property owners would pay for townwide undergrounding of utilities.  The revised assessments were presented to the Town Council last week

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Condo owners want hydrant fee eliminated (MA)

About 100 local condominium owners packed a meeting Monday night to get the selectmen/water commissioners to rescind a fee for private hydrants in complexes.   The show of force at the selectmen meeting was spearheaded by Bill Greilich, chairman of

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The Importance of Condo Association Good Will

Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to

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The Ranches homeowner’s association in Eagle Mountain to cease operations after lawsuit (UT)

The Ranches Master Home Owners Association announced Friday it will wrap up operations and transfer maintenance responsibilities to the city of Eagle Mountain after losing a lawsuit brought by three sub-associations.  In an unsigned letter to residents posted on the

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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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Governor vetoes a bill that generated controversy in Spotsylvania County (VA)

Spotsylvania Parkway’s picturesque—and pricey—landscaping is here to stay.  After an outcry from some homeowners, Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently vetoed a bill that could have turned the parkway’s landscaping over to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The 2-mile stretch of Spotsylvania

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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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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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Speed Busters: Group wants action taken on speeding problem in Seminole Heights neighborhood (FL)

The Hampton Terrace Community Association is nestled in the Seminole Heights area. They believe there is power in numbers. 65 people showed up when the city of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department joined them in support of their speeding

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Financial woes downstream for Falling Waters (IN)

With years of financial and legal woes now in the past, developers of the Falling Waters subdivision are hoping to get back on track, welcoming new buyers to the upscale development.  “The homeowners are just ecstatic,” said Babe Woodward of

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There’s Something Rotten at the DBPR: Regulating Florida’s Condo Associations

With more community associations than every other state combined, Florida is a behemoth in the community association management space. Lawmakers in other states look to Florida to set an example for how to legislate an industry that now represents one

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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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Can anyone just ride on through? (FL)

On a recent Friday afternoon, Watercrest Condominium Association employees John Coppenhaver and Ricardo Taliaferro had partially disassembled an emergency-only gate at the back of the Lakewood Ranch condo complex.  Coppenhaver and Taliaferro found that someone had removed the covering to

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Grand jury calls Florida agency inept and ill-suited to probe condo complaints

In Pasco County, residents of one community were shocked when their homeowners association approved a special assessment for new roofs even though a study showed most of the existing roofs still had years of “useful life.”  In a Tampa high-rise,

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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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Mayor, HOA reps to conduct meeting

Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt has invited the presidents of area homeowners associations to a meeting at the Glen Carbon Village Hall.  The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 in the council chambers at Village Hall, 151

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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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Condo feud boils over as neighbors sic city on neighbors (FL)

A feud among owners at Vantage View Condominiums could land a lot of unneighborly neighbors in hot water with the city.  Since September, the city has received almost 60 anonymous code complaints against individual unit owners accused of doing remodeling

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Baltimore County residents seek ban on developer campaign donations (MD)

Residents from around Baltimore County implored state lawmakers Friday to ban developers from making campaign contributions to the county executive and members of the County Council.  Representing Towson, Edgemere, Bowleys Quarters, Pikesville, and White Marsh, the residents told stories of

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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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Homeowner group asks for new Island Park hours (AZ)

The Malibu Home Owners Association is asking city officials to close Island Park at 6 p.m.  A letter submitted by the HOA to the city last month stated its intent to install entrance gates on Malibu Drive, which leads to

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Farmington Hills residents concerned with water quality (MI)

People are asking for safe, clean water.  The county water resource office said they’re addressing the issues.  Farmington Hills residents living in the Greencastle subdivision, located on 12 Mile Road just east of Middlebelt Road, have been observing water quality

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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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After 40 years, Avondale security arrangement ends (OH)

For decades, Avondale residents knew someone was watching out for them.  Now, a longstanding policing practice has been called into question and the community is looking for alternatives.  Last month, the Stark County Sheriff’s office put an end to an

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Owner sues over denial to develop Windermere golf course into 95 homes (FL)

The owner of the Windermere Country Club has sued to overturn a county decision that thwarted his plan to turn the shuttered golf course into a 95-home neighborhood.  The challenge, filed last month in circuit court, asks for an order

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HOAs should embrace the power of numbers (NC)

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department hopes to begin convening a council of neighborhood leaders to discuss issues involving the city.  Capt. Todd Lontz, of CMPD’s South Division, told the Ballantyne Breakfast Club on Saturday, Dec. 10, that groups of neighborhoods have

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City reconsiders trash policy for apartments, condos (MA)

Potentially reversing a policy that was instituted nearly 20 years ago, the City Council is considering legislation that would curtail municipal trash pickup at apartment buildings and condominium complexes with more than three units built after Dec. 31, 2016.   Read

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Clear Lake Residents Ticketed for Parking in Their Driveway (TX)

City is willing to meet with HOA’s to talk about the program and minimize the number of tickets being issued

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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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As Building Code Adoption Increases, Insurance Losses Decrease

Maintaining a safe and secure building is a major concern for property owners and managers. Due to the important role buildings play in society, architects and engineers begin plotting out the the safety measures and standards well before the actual

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