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Plantation neighborhood residents furious over government’s lack of response to flooding (LA)

Residents of the Plantation neighborhood in Lafayette are still furious about the lack of response from Lafayette Consolidated Government, following the major flooding that occurred back on November 1.  “At this point, we’re having to take matters into our own

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Bossier City refuses — again — to pay for neighborhood water (LA)

The Bossier City Council in September killed a 24-year-old resolution that had allowed the city to subsidize irrigation for certain residential subdivisions’ landscaping needs, saying the practice had caused a “significant loss” to the general fund.  Tuesday, Councilman Timothy Larkin

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Helpful City Services

Many board members receive homeowner requests for community events, complaints about violations, and questions about trash collection or stray animals. With only a limited budget and limited authority, what are board members to do when these requests go beyond the

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Navarre’s Holley by the Sea receives $65,000 grant to bear-proof neighborhood (FL)

A large Navarre neighborhood has received $65,000 from the state to help residents keep bears at bay.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission awarded the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association one of 10 BearWise grants. The community will

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City seeking FEMA grant to save Patton Lake (AL)

With tons of silt infiltrating an east Tuscaloosa neighborhood’s private lake, city officials are moving forward with a plan to help halt the damage.  The Tuscaloosa City Council has agreed to pursue a grant of up to $100,000 for a

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Enforcement: Might a Local Ordinance Help Your Community Association?

What can an HOA or condominium association do when activity is occurring within the community that appears to be objectionable, but which is not specifically addressed in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions or other association governing documents? The

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County road taxes complicate improvement district efforts (AZ)

Even with the new road property tax, it could be many years before some crumbling neighborhood streets see any repairs.  That is, unless, neighbors band together and form what is known as an improvement district. Those special taxing districts allow

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How Enhancement Matching Grant Programs can Benefit Your HOA

There are always improvements that need to be made around the property covered by your homeowner’s association. In some cases, however, low-income areas or a lack of attention to those improvements over several years can lead to big needs that

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Stormwater Permits: Preventing Your Owners Assn From Getting Stuck with Unnecessary and Potentially Large Expenses (NC)

Developers in North Carolina must obtain numerous permits from various governmental agencies prior to constructing a planned community or developing condominiums. Most construction permits end by their terms upon completion of construction of the project—but one permit, the Stormwater Permit

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‘Services rebate’ sought for Brandon condo owners (MB)

A local property management company says condominium owners continue to be taxed unfairly, and urges the City of Brandon to consider a “services rebate.”  Two representatives of Brydges Property Management appeared before city council on Monday night: company president Brenda

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Speeding drivers on private road cause safety concerns for parents (NC)

Unless she’s holding her kids, Julie Fay won’t let them play in their own front yard.  “I’ve got four children and everyone in this neighborhood has kids and our kids can’t even play out here,” she said.  Fay told Channel

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County to remove storm debris on private property; may be funded from reserves (FL)

At the Sept. 26, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes moved the agenda item regarding storm debris to the first topic of discussion. Mr. Dukes explained the reason for the agenda modification was to save time,

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Curb appeal or city violation? Makakilo residents confused over community rules (HI)

Like Griggs, hundreds of people in Makakilo have plants, bricks, bushes, even trees in their planting strips because they believe the homeowners association requires them to.  But Griggs says only certain residents on his street were given violation notices.  “At

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Seniors snagged in Villas of Newtown negotiations over historic farmhouse (PA

The township has always understood that the homeowners association would be part of any eventual agreement, said Ferguson, and representatives from the group met with supervisors before they set conditions for the developer in March 2016. But the association was

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Partial Building Collapse Prompts Inspection Law Concerns in Brookline (MA)

According to Tam, a partial owner of the complex, Main Street Realty, is in charge of maintaining the property’s exterior. NBC Boston has reached out for Main Street for comment, but they have not yet responded.  “It’s their job. They

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Neighbors say county removed anti-speeding equipment they paid for (GA)

A South Fulton County community says the county removed traffic poles they installed to cut down on traffic.  People in the Madison Place townhome community off Old National Highway said they paid for their own anti-speeding equipment after persistent issues.

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Woodson: ‘I’m not spending taxpayer money on private roads’ (NY)

Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson says he will not provide paving and highway services — other than snow plowing — to roads in the Oak Hills section of Baiting Hollow, despite a Town Board resolution passed last Wednesday to

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Supervisors meet with HOA reps (PA)

Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday night met with representatives from a variety of homeowners associations. According to Township Manager Amanda Serock, the meeting was designed to improve communication between residents and the township government. Supervisor Noelle Barbone used the controversial

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County promise to repair Greenbrier’s roads leaves residents hopeful, but skeptical

Baltimore County officials intend to begin repaving cracked and pot-holed roads in Towson’s Greenbrier neighborhood as early next spring, leaving residents there who have long sought the repairs feeling hopeful yet skeptical that the county will keep its promise.  “We

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Removed neighborhood fence stirs controversy in North Las Vegas (NV)

Up one day, and down the next. Some neighbors in North Las Vegas feel like they are on one side of the fence with their homeowners association and the city of North Las Vegas on the other side after a

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I-Team: Board rejects plans for new pool regulations (NV)

A plan that could have caused the closure of hundreds of swimming pools in southern Nevada has been shelved by the board of health.  Nearly 200 from homeowner associations and apartment complexes showed up Thursday to express opposition to the

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Town to HOA: work out own parking issues (VA)

Culpeper Town Council is taking a hands-off approach to ongoing parking woes in the Madison Grove housing development behind Lowe’s that is pitting neighbor against neighbor over large trailers and boats being left for months on the curb of a

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Soaring trash fees for L.A. condos, apartment buildings spark outrage (CA)

El Sereno resident Scott Toland is another unhappy customer of L.A.’s new refuse and recycling program.  Toland recently learned that the monthly trash bill at the 10-unit condominium complex where he lives could double — at a minimum. And that’s

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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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