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Neighborhood seeks help with mailbox traffic concerns (WY)

For residents of the HR Ranch subdivision, there’s plenty to like about where they live.  Located to the south and east of Cheyenne proper, the residents of HR Ranch enjoy large lots and wide-open vistas, but are still just a

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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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Homeowner Says City’s Fire Code on Dumpster Compromises Her Safety (CA)

A Canoga Park woman says the city of Los Angeles and her homeowners association reached a deal on a fire code violation. The result, she says, still leaves her safety compromised.  Liudmilla Hairetdinova says the city’s fire code on trash

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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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Osceola County works to improve troubled condo complex (FL)

Osceola County is taking steps to improve a troubled condo complex.  The county has ordered the owners of Lexin to attend a Code Enforcement and Nuisance abatement board meeting to explain what immediate improvements they’ll be making.  “It was about

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Franklin HOA alliance wants to have say in community development (TN)

When Sam Wellington and Rich Buckner learned of a rezoning request near their Franklin neighborhoods, they sprung into action.  The request – to rezone two plots of land on Oak Meadow Drive from general commercial to specific development-residential – would

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Power restored to Temple Hills condo complex (MD)

Although residents of the complex said utility costs are included in their rent, Pepco and Washington Gas cut off service because the complex owes them more than $1 million.  Initially, residents were given just 72 hours to move out, but

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How one Franklin neighborhood is pitching a different sewage plant option

One Franklin neighborhood is voicing its concern with the city’s development plans for its new sewage treatment plant.  The neighborhood of Chestnut Bend is next to the treatment plant near Franklin High School and Hillsboro Road, and on Friday, its

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Condo installs private well it cannot use

I don’t often write about municipal law decisions involving condominiums, but a recent decision of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) should remind condominiums that they need to rely on their professionals. A condominium had a private well drilled on the

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Underreporting of water meters at Sun Lakes settled (CA)

A dispute over a three-year period of underbilling of water meters at Sun Lakes Country Club was settled after the retirement community agreed to pay $113,000 to the Banning Utility Authority.  At its July 15 meeting, the Sun Lakes Country

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Controversial group home gets help from county (TX)

The Red Rock Ranch HOA still has questions, they’re covenant doesn’t allow commercial businesses.  “Its not them though,” said Michelle Miller, Director with the Red Rock Ranch HOA, “they’re not violating the covenant, it’s the owners who signed the covenant

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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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White Bear Lake lawsuit: Plaintiffs amend complaint (MN)

Parties on both sides of the lake level lawsuit were back in Judge Margaret Marrinan’s courtroom Oct. 12.  Attorneys representing the plaintiff, the White Bear Lake Restoration Association (WBLRA), and the intervenor association, White Bear Lake Homeowners, presented arguments that

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Cheshire Will Continue to Plow Private Roads (MA)

The Selectmen on Tuesday rejected a letter request to stop plowing and maintaining private roads.  The letter from a citizen had asked that the Department of Public Works end its maintenance of the privately held lanes until the issue could

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City, Cooper Estates in holding pattern on easement (AR)

The city of Mountain Home would like to hear from Cooper Estates.  Monday is the deadline for the Cooper Estates Home Owner’s Association Board to deliver an easement to the city that would allow the city to address some of

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Fence variance approved on Karros Court (IL)

“I have not voted for a variance because I think we have HOA documents that cover it, an ordinance that covers it; we’ve passed a resolution that gave us guidance about when, if there were previous things in an easement,

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Storm brews in Pleasant View over temporary green waste pile (UT)

As a pile of green waste continues to grow in size, tensions also mount between residents in the Park Springs Circle Subdivision and Pleasant View city officials.  The mounting pile of tree limbs, drying leaves and whatnot has been accumulating

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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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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

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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………..

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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

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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………….

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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………..

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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.

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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

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