Working With Government

Back to homepage

Four Seasons residents await response from Woodland Park officials about decreasing water standby fees

Residents who live in the Four Seasons at Great Notch 55 and older housing complex are asking borough officials to reduce and eventually eliminate their water standby fees.  Residents were hopeful the Woodland Park Mayor and Council would have a

Read More

Dunwoody, DHA setting policies on controversial board service (GA)

In the ongoing dispute about whether Dunwoody Homeowners Association members should serve on city boards, the DHA and the city are starting to set official policies.   Also, the state Attorney General’s Office wants to take a look at the City

Read More

Crumbling streets get $3.8M facelift (MI)

Street repairs totaling $3.8 million are occurring across Canton this summer, ridding some neighborhoods of crumbling pavement and car-rattling potholes.  In all, 20 subdivisions cashed in on a chance to pay just 20 percent of street-repair costs while Wayne County

Read More

Idaho Falls homeowners association partners with city to build neighborhood park – East Idaho News

It started with a vision six years ago, and this summer it became a reality. Thanks to a partnership with the St. Clair Homeowners Association, City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department and neighborhood volunteers, children in the St.

Read More

Outside attorneys: Dunwoody Homeowners Association members on city boards is conflict of interest (GA)

The outside attorneys the Dunwoody City Council hired in June to weigh in on its directive that members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association should be prohibited from serving on city boards agree with the city’s legal counsel that there “is

Read More

Spencer’s Plantation residents take woes to BCC (FL)

It’s definitely not all fun and games at Spencer’s Plantation, where a dispute over where to put a children’s playground has many of the adult homeowners there seeing red and Clay County commissioners voting to table – at least for

Read More

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

Read More

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,

Read More

City grants help associations improve neighborhoods in Las Vegas (NV)

Tori Bridges-Hudson recalls a time several years ago when prostitutes, pimps, drug deals and break-ins to vacant units were common happenings in her Las Vegas neighborhood.  With several safety and cleanup projects funded partly by city grants, and a more

Read More

Avon Lake gate ordinance in effect despite questions (OH)

A new ordinance that requires all current and future gated communities to install a universal emergency access system is now in effect in Avon Lake.   But enforcing the new rule is proving difficult, since a responsible party to whom fines

Read More

When Boards Need to Act Like a Chameleon

Sometimes, co-op boards and their property managers need to be as adaptable as a chameleon. This came home during a recent oil-to-gas boiler conversion project, when the city changed the rules in the middle of the game – and the

Read More

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

Read More

DHA to battle back against ‘existential threat’ from Dunwoody officials with own attorney (GA)

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association voted July 10 to hire an attorney to advise the organization about what state law says about DHA members also serving on city boards.  DHA will hire real estate attorney Seth Weissman and ask him to

Read More

How to connect HOAs and cities

Homeowners associations are key elements of West Valley communities, but the original concept has outgrown its usefulness.  Many cities make HOAs a virtual requirement before approving construction of new residential communities, but they eventually fall victim to their own success.

Read More

Silverthorne development set for wildlife area sparks HOA outrage (CO)

Nearly 80 residents of Angler Mountain Ranch signed a petition requesting the application be denied, and several nearby homeowners associations have formed a taskforce to discuss the potential impact of the development. This includes the Eagles Nest HOA and its

Read More

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……………

Read More

DHA leaders want to ‘coexist’ with Dunwoody City Council on mutual board memberships (GA)

Hundreds of people decked out in red-white-and blue lined Mount Vernon Road and cheered as local war veterans rode past in classic cars. They were celebrating Independence Day at the annual Fourth of July Parade, the state’s largest, sponsored by

Read More

Legal clash pits HOA against Temecula (CA) over park-and-ride lot

A clash between Temecula and one of its oldest homeowner groups has cast a pall over plans to unravel knotted freeway ramps at the city’s south side  The city and its legal muscle overshadow the tadpole-shape Los Ranchitos Homeowners Association.

Read More

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…………..

Read More

Managing Municipal Reimbursements: Who Pays What, and When?

…..imagine sorting out the obligations, reimbursements and guidelines of municipalities versus homeowners associations when it comes to things like road and street maintenance, garbage and snow removal, and other civil necessities. Some states mandate how cities, towns and villages must

Read More

Tax hikes are tough sell in cities full of HOAs (AZ)

West Valley cities can have difficulty funding projects when most of its communities are part of homeowners associations (HOAs).  A bond measure being considered in Surprise illustrates those challenges.     Read the article………..

Read More

The Three Key Relationships that Strengthen your Condo Association

There is a saying that you make your own luck. As anyone who has help run an Association knows, you will run into a lot of challenges. Some things – like the maintenance of major systems – are to be

Read More

City of Aurora, residents to deal with Farnswood area flooding (IL)

A deal between Aurora and residents of the Farnswood Condominium Association could end long-time flooding in the northeast side subdivision.    Read the article………….

Read More

After Protests, Houston Mayor Takes Back HOA Trash Subsidy Cut

The city subsidizes homeowners associations that hire their own waste company rather than use the city’s services.  Mayor Sylvester Turner included scrapping the $6 per home per month subsidy in his proposed budget for next fiscal year.    Read the

Read More

Conducting a Police Safety Walkthrough in a Condo Association

Part of ensuring a safe community includes having a good understanding your Association’s physical layout. A walkthrough is key to devising an effective security plan. There are a few ways you can perform a walkthrough – on your own, through

Read More

State’s highest court sides with union on city’s failed plan to stop condo trash pick-up (HI)

The state Supreme Court is siding with a public workers union over the city’s failed plan to stop picking up trash for 180 condominiums.  The Caldwell administration announced a halt to condo trash pickup last year after the City Council

Read More

Council to consider replat for Douglas Golf Course (WY)

Jim Bollinger, past president of a homeowners association near the golf course, expressed his disagreement with the proposal, telling the commission that he believed the city was attempting to subdivide the property so that the city could make it easier

Read More

Legal fight brewing over KC’s trash policy for many apartments, condos (MO)

Free trash pickup has been one of the big selling points with Kansas City’s 1 percent earnings tax, from the 1970s to just this month, when voters overwhelmingly approved the tax renewal. It has been a major convenience for city residents

Read More

Otisfield (ME) board seeks advice on hydrant spending

Selectmen decided Wednesday night to get a second legal opinion on whether public funds can be used to maintain a dry hydrant at the privately owned Silvaqua Homeowners Association.   Read the article………..

Read More

Council May End Trash Pickup For Apartment, Condo Complexes (NC)

City officials are considering whether to eliminate trash collection for most apartment complexes, townhouses, and condominiums. That means a hike in garbage collection costs for owners of those units, since the price of a private service would likely cost more.

Read More

Condo pools to get relaxed scrutiny (GA)

Swimming pools at condominium complexes will be regarded under the same health rules as those at country clubs and apartment houses — which are exempt from local regulation, according to legislation passed by the Senate on Tuesday.    Read the

Read More

Is Your County Fortunate to Have a Commission on Common Ownership Communities ?

Members of Common Ownership Communities in Montgomery County Maryland have been fortunate to have the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) since January 1, 1991. In the late 1980’s the Montgomery County Council realized that condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations

Read More

Police in Condos

What does the board have to do if the police attend with a warrant? What if they don’t have a warrant? When should the condominium contact the police because of an incident that occurred on the property?  Read the article……….

Read More

Homeowners association asks for help from city (CA)

Problems with pipes brought a pitch from a homeowners association for help, and possibly absorption, by the municipal water and sewer utilities.     Read the article………..

Read More

County funds help Venice (FL) condo spruce up

This winter, the condo reworked a major part of its Venice Avenue street front, dubbed the “Terra Verde Triangle” installing a fountain and using plants such as Asiatic Jasmine, Crotons and Foxtail Ferns.  And it received government money to pay

Read More

Building official preps South End (FL) condo managers for renovation season

Bucklew led a course for South End condo managers and residents titled “Navigating your way through the permitting process.” The Palm Beach Community Managers Association and the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach hosted the event at the South Fire Station.

Read More

City of Rockwall (TX) hosts successful meeting with area neighborhood associations

Turnout was big for a recent meeting between the City of Rockwall and area Homeowner’s Association presidents. Attendees included both City leaders and residents representing 13 of the City’s HOAs.   Read the article………..

Read More

SBA offers disaster assistance to residents affected by Bridgeport (CT) condo fire

Connecticut businesses and residents affected by the condominium fire in Bridgeport on Dec. 31 may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today.   Read the article………

Read More

Getting Politicians to Care About Your Building (NY)

Back in 2011, New York City’s Department of Finance released its annual property assessments for residential buildings in all five boroughs, and co-op and condo residents in Northeastern Queens were not happy with the results. The valuations were comically high,

Read More

Paterson (NJ) working on agreement with Garret Heights HOA to provide city services

The city is working to hammer out an agreement with the Garret Heights homeowners association to provide property owners with municipal services like garbage collection and snow removal which taxpayers at the development have been providing for themselves through their

Read More

Burgaw (NC) wants ditches maintained before taking over streets

In December, the Burgaw Board of Commissioners decided to bite the bullet and offer JVT Investments, LLC, the chance to turn over the infrastructure — streets, water and sewer — at its Teal Briar development in an “as is” condition.

Read More

Court victory for open records request in Worcester (PA)

Mollick was asking for information to aid the owners of condominium units at the 55 and older carriage homes at Stoney Creek Farms. The condo owners were suffering from dead and inadequate landscaping, Mollick said.   Read the article……..

Read More

Lakeside Heights lawyer, president fault county (CA)

Refuting recent claims made by Supervisor Anthony Farrington, attorney Michael Green says it’s the county that’s been the barrier preventing progress on constructing a retaining wall that would finally stop the Lakeside Heights landslide.     Read the article……….

Read More

Wheaton (IL) council agrees to split cost of condo fence

After several requests for help from homeowners, the Wheaton City Council has agreed to use city funds to cover half the cost of installing a fence on the roof of the Wheaton Place Condominium in downtown Wheaton.    Read the

Read More

FHFA Attacks Condominium Limited Priority Lien

The condominium “superlien” is under attack. That doesn’t overstate at all the concerted efforts now under way to revoke a measure that has been working well in many states for more than two decades. Nor does it exaggerate the potential

Read More

Condo Inspections: Check Yourself

Condominium associations, whether housed in a single building or in a sprawling development, provide a reliably cozy and comfortable community in which to live. But this comfort requires vigilance on the part of both board and management to ensure that

Read More

Sewer rates revised for condo owners (IN)

For several months, local condominium owners have been attending Town Council meetings seeking relief from a Hammond Sanitary District rate structure that bills their homes for sewer service at a commercial property classification.  Read the article……….

Read More

Contractor wins on citation appeal (CA)

A San Diego property manager and contractor at the center of a dispute among homeowners over a painting contract has won his appeal to state licensing officials.  Robert Borrego, who served as both property manager and contractor for the Fashion

Read More

Disagreement leads to delay in finishing project (OK)

A disagreement between the city and a neighborhood association has put a mutually beneficial project on hold.  A plastic stormwater pipe, leading into a water detention facility in the Bradfords at Silver Creek was found collapsed last year. The Silver

Read More

Mountainside Condominium Association working with state on rebuilding (VT)

The board of the Mountainside Condominium Association has been in mediation with the state of Vermont over the Agency of Natural Resources denial of an Act 250 permit for the association to rebuild the 36 units that burned in Sugarbush

Read More