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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • Hot Springs Village MOAA honors veterans with memorial bricks (AR)
    New bricks were recently installed at the Hot Springs Village Veterans Memorial, located at the Ponce de Leon Center, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., which is the focal point for Veterans Day celebrations in Hot Springs Village along with military reunions and remembrance ceremonies.   Read the article…………………………………….
  • Little Rock neighborhood perseveres after being slammed by back-to-back natural disasters (AR)
    One of the hardest hit communities in Little Rock after the late March tornado is still rebuilding over six months later.  Walnut Valley was first devastated by the March 31 tornado, and more recently, a September microburst storm has put a roadblock in reconstruction efforts.   Read the article……………………………
  • Farmington holds off on razing clubhouse, but time is running out for property owners (AR)
    The Valley View Property Owners Association on Aug. 14 asked Farmington City Council members to hold off on passing an ordinance to demolish the clubhouse and other buildings at the former golf course to allow time to come up with a better resolution with the property owners.   Read the article………………………..
  • North Little Rock homes damaged from tornado now facing water damage from rain; homeowner blames POA (AR)
    10 weeks ago, an EF3 tornado ripped through parts of our state, destroying homes, and leaving many Arkansans forever changed from the devastation.  For one North Little Rock woman, Carla Covington, the aftermath seems to be getting worse week by week.   Read the article………………………..
  • Property owners concerned about SB 197
    We are property owners within the city of Hot Springs and are concerned about Senate Bill 197, which would completely deregulate the short-term rental (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.) industry in the state of Arkansas. It will nullify all ordinances passed anywhere in Arkansas.   Read the article………………………..
  • North Little Rock neighborhood eyes monthly fee to renovate pool, facilities (AR)
    Established by the developers of North Little Rock’s Indian Hills subdivision in 1965, the Indian Hills Community Club owns the Indian Hills pool and tennis courts at 39 Coronado Circle, as well as the two lakes located between Pontiac Drive, Osage Drive, Flintrock Road and Coronado Circle.  After operating on voluntary dues and volunteer management for almost 60 years, the facilities are in need of major restoration that exceeds the community club’s ability to fund.    Read the article………………………..
  • POA board videos removed from YouTube (AR)
    Streaming meetings of Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association Board of Director might continue on YouTube, even though it appears board meetings have been removed from HSVPOA’s YouTube channel.   Read the article………………………..
  • Disbanding police force shocks Diamondhead residents (AR)
    Diamondhead residents were surprised to learn their police department ceased to exist as of Jan. 13.  The email the property owners association sent that same day informed POA members the department had been disbanded, and that security for the gated community would be outsourced to a private contractor. The email said maintaining a police force was no longer financially feasible, but many residents found the explanation lacking.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bella Vista POA board hears about brown recluse spiders in old pro shop (AR)
    With Halloween approaching, the Bella Vista Property Owners Association Board spent a few minutes Oct. 20 thinking about spiders during its work session.  The old pro shop, a building next to the country club, is infested with brown recluse spiders, POA Chief Operating Officer Tom Judson told the board.   Read the article………………………..
  • State of Arizona, Foothills Reserve HOA $18M eminent domain judgment
    The state of Arizona was ordered to pay $18 million to Foothills Reserve homeowners association (HOA) homeowners in a judgment resolving eminent domain claims.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bella Vista neighbors, POA react to $6.3 million Stump Dump settlement (AR)
    A more than $6 million dollar settlement has officially been reached in a lawsuit on the Bella Vista stump dump.  The property on Trafalgar Road in Bella Vista was a yard waste dump starting in 2003 when the Bella Vista POA started the endeavor. Tom Judson, COO of the Bella Vista POA, said they stopped leasing the land in 2016.   Read the article………………………..
  • Australia: NSW buildings still lined with combustible cladding five years after deadly Grenfell Tower fire
    Five years on from the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London, buildings in NSW are still lined with similar combustible cladding.  On June 14, 2017, 72 people were killed when aluminium cladding fuelled a fire that engulfed the building in North Kensington.  The tragedy sparked worldwide bans on the combustible material and 18 months ago the NSW government launched a project to fix the issue.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit over white fences in Bella Vista (AR)
    Jim Parsons lost his latest battle trying to save white fences in Bella Vista when a Benton County judge on Wednesday dismissed his lawsuit on the matter.  Parsons, acting as his own attorney, filed a lawsuit in December against the prohibition of white fences, which are banned by the Architectural Control Committee.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Power outage at Clarendon House Condos in Fayetteville left some in the dark for 6 days (AR)
    Due to a blown breaker to one of the transformers in the building, half of the condominiums in the 72-unit building were without power, leaving several older residents, and those with health conditions, looking desperately for answers and a solution since March 26.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • POA uses lasers, sensors to review road conditions (AR)
    During the past few weeks the Hot Springs Village POA has been using the services of a company called Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) to help evaluate all paved Village roads to learn to what degree repairs may be needed and how soon those repairs need to be addressed.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Resident files suit over ban on white fences in Bella Vista (AR)
    Little appears tranquil behind the white fences in Bella Vista.  Bella Vista resident Jim Parsons has waged a protest for weeks against the Bella Vista Architectural Control Committee’s decision to ban white fences.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Maintenance of drainage easements under scrutiny (AR)
    Nobody seems to know whose job it is to maintain two drainage easements at Brookland Hills subdivision, but it’s becoming a issue.  City Attorney Kevin Orr said he’s not sure who is responsible for maintaining the drainage easements of Block C, which is .55 acres, and Block E, which is .44 acres.  David Loggins, Brookland resident and property owner of a home in Brookland Hills subdivision, said those two easements contain detention ponds created for flood control.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Bella Vista POA dismissed from stump dump lawsuit (AR)
    The Bella Vista Property Owners Association won another legal victory Monday when a local circuit judge dismissed the association from a lawsuit related to the stump dump fire.  Judge Brad Karren made his ruling after hearing from attorneys representing the association and 148 plaintiffs who were suing it.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Bella Vista votes to litigate water issues with Property Owners Association (AR)
    The City Council voted to allow legal action against the Bella Vista Property Owners Association to secure access to water for fire suppression in a planned public safety building during a Tuesday special meeting.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Settlement reached in Bella Vista stump dump lawsuit (AR)
    $3 million settlement has been reached in the Bella Vista Trafalgar lawsuit, also known as the stump dump in Bella Vista.  Jason Wales is an attorney for the Armstrong family, which is in the Property Owners Association. He said the lawsuit was filed against former POA members over the underground fire burned at the Trafalgar roadside in Bella Vista, which burned for almost a year before it was put out by the POA.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • $3 million settlement reached in Bella Vista stump dump case, insurance company footing the bill (AR)
    Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren has approved a $3 million settlement ending a lawsuit over a long burning stump dump fire in Bella Vista.  Judge Karren accepted the settlement for the lawsuit filed by Michael and Amie Armstrong against former board members of the Bella Vista Property Owners Association Friday morning   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Board of directors vote to rezone Fianna Hills from golf course to residential property (AR)
    Attorney John Alford, who represents the property owner’s association, said that when the golf course closes, it will drive down the value of the more than 1,000 homes in the area.  “Is that really fair to the property owners around the whole area,” Settle asked the board.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Association slowly lifting covid restrictions (AR)
    In an effort to take a gradual approach to lifting restrictions put in place due to covid-19, the Bella Vista Property Owners Association has taken the next step towards returning to normal.  “Our goal is to gradually ease the covid restrictions,” association chief executive officer Tom Judson said.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Condo residents displaced by mudslide (AR)
    Two buildings in a condominium complex on Lake Hamilton in south Hot Springs had to be evacuated Saturday morning after an adjacent retaining wall collapsed in a mudslide.  Hot Springs police Cpl. Patrick Langley said the collapse of the retaining wall at Catalina Cove Condominiums, at 112 Catalina Cove, occurred “most likely because of rain.”      Read the entire article……………………………….
  • POA drops mask requirement (AR)
    Members will no longer be required to wear masks in Property Owners Association facilities after Gov. Asa Hutchinson lifted the state’s mask mandate.  However, some of the covid-19 guidelines and restrictions will remain in place for the time being, according to Property Owners Association chief operating officer Tom Judson.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Association kicks off Give Back campaign (AR)
    Jessica Anson loved the idea and ran with it.  Anson, the Bella Vista Property Owners Association’s aquatics and facility manager, along with recreation operations manager Jessica McCary, have spearheaded the organization of a Property Owners Association employee group called “The Give Back” campaign.   Read the article…………………………………..
  • POA of Dawn Hill Community responsible for fixing sewer leaks (AR)
    After receiving multiple complaints from residents of the Dawn Hill community in Benton County about wastewater in their yards, the Arkansas Department of Health has asked the Property Owners Association to fix the problem.   Read the article…………………………………..
  • Bella Vista POA sued (AR)
    Two people are suing the Bella Vista Property Owners Association over the increased monthly assessment fee for improved property.  Kevin Hickey and Brad- ley Hull, lawyers from Fort Smith, filed the lawsuit last week in Benton County Circuit Court on behalf of Kevin Dooley and Jim Parsons. The association and its board of directors are named as defendants in the lawsuit.     Read the article………………………………….
  • Property Owners Association board considers septic issues (AR)
    A policy that was discussed last month could be used for new construction on the far west side. The owner of two small lots asked permission to traverse common property with a line to reach a septic field on his second lot.  The owner had already attempted to purchase a third lot that would accommodate the septic system without using common property, but that attempt failed.    Read the article……………………………..
  • North Little Rock yards quietly fill with Black Santas Show of support cheers father (AR)
    A 7-foot-tall inflatable Black Santa Claus stands outside the Kennedy home in North Little Rock’s Lakewood neighborhood, waving to those who pass by.  Chris Kennedy said an inflatable Black Santa has been a Christmas tradition for the family since his daughter Emily was born four years ago.    Read the article………………………………..
  • The oddities of homeowners associations (AR)
    HOAs can be beneficial—ours certainly is—if everyone involved behaves reasonably and remembers that decisions should be made for the good of all. The goal is to establish and maintain a pleasant surrounding for the neighborhood at a shared cost that’s likely lower than what it would be to take care of an individual yard in a non-HOA neighborhood.   Read the article………………………………….
  • Policy adds teeth against aggression (AR)
    Mad at the POA or another Villager? Mad at a weimaraner? Better think before taking abusive or harassing actions.  Verbal and physical intimidation or aggression directed at anyone is prohibited.  Such behavior is taken seriously, the Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association says in the new policy adopted in November by the board of directors.    Read the article………………………………
  • Arkansas Man Said He Received Racist Note Demanding He Take Down Inflatable Black Santa
    Kennedy shared a copy of the letter, which he said he received in the mail, with the station.  It’s unclear who sent it, though the envelope contained a reference to the local homeowners’ association, which has said it was not behind the letter, KLRT reported.    Read the article…………………….
  • Hot Springs Village enhanced it’s gate restrictions: here’s how it’s affecting local business (AR)
    Following enhanced rules at the east and west gates, businesses inside Hot Springs Village faced challenges and adjustments to their daily operations.  While most understand the need for enforcement of gate security, it did cause some issues for those businesses who operate inside those gates.     Read the article………………………………………
  • Rogers neighborhood hosts block party amid COVID-19 (AR)
    Homeowners in Silo Falls located off Bellview in Rogers threw a block party on Thursday with more than 50 kids attending.  For the last few weeks, Governor Hutchinson has stressed the importance of social distancing and limiting crowds. Rogers has also seen a rise in Coronavirus cases this week.    Read the article…………………………….
  • At least 35 displaced after condo fire (AR)
    The Lake Hamilton Fire Department responded after a fire reportedly erupted in one of the condos and quickly spread to multiple other condos, according to witnesses at the scene later in the morning.  Josh Egbert, regional communications manager for the American Red Cross in Arkansas, said the Red Cross did respond to the fire and assisted 35 people who were displaced.    Read the article……………………………..
  • ANSWERS TO FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATING TO COVID-19
    To provide guidance and support during this turbulent and uncertain time, we have put together some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S) we have been fielding from strata committees and owners. Where possible, we have included links to resources from industry professionals and strata industry peak bodies Strata Community Association QLD and National. To assist you with navigating the many areas within strata that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, we have categorised the FAQ’s in to the following areas:  Read the FAQ’s………………………………..
  • Dump-fire liability back in question (AR)
    A state environmental review board Friday set aside a consent order between state regulators and a company connected to the Bella Vista stump dump fire that would potentially release the company from having to pay for the fire’s extinguishment.  The Bella Vista Property Owners Association, which challenged the agreement, presented new evidence that merits a hearing on the matter, the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission determined in a vote with no vocal opposition.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bella Vista POA sues past board for stump dump (AR)
    Current members of the Bella Vista Property Owners Association, POA, are suing former board members for money spent putting out the Trafalgar Road fire.  Last month, attorney Jason Wales filed a lawsuit for Amie and Michael Armstrong at the Benton County Circuit Court against 47 former board members.   Read the article………………………….
  • Lawsuit filed over clear-cutting of lots (AR)
    A class-action lawsuit filed by a group of Diamondhead property owners and residents claimed a Colorado developer is hurting property values in the gated subdivision and damaging the environment.  The complaint filed last week in Garland County Circuit Court said Omni Home Builders at Diamondhead Resort Community LLC’s clearing of lots it acquired last year violated the community’s rules and regulations. The filing said the Evergreen, Colo., company owns 1,600 undeveloped lots. According to property records, Omni acquired the Garland and Hot Spring county real estate from Diamondhead Resort Community Inc. in July 2018 for $2.4 million.    Read the article…………………………
  • Diamondhead residents sue Colorado developer (AR)
    A class-action lawsuit filed by a group of Diamondhead property owners and residents claimed a Colorado developer is hurting property values in the gated subdivision and damaging the environment.  The complaint filed last week in Garland County Circuit Court said Omni Home Builders at Diamondhead Resort Community LLC’s clearing of lots it acquired last year violated the community’s rules and regulations. The filing said the Evergreen, Colo., company owns 1,600 undeveloped lots. According to property records, Omni acquired the Garland and Hot Spring County real estate from Diamondhead Resort Community Inc. in July 2018 for $2.4 million.    Read the article…………………………..
  • Promenade Boulevard Condo In Rogers Damaged By Early Morning Fire (AR)
    An early morning fire damaged a condo in a multi-use building on Promenade Boulevard in Rogers on Wednesday.  Firefighters were called to 2000 South Promenade Boulevard at 1:09 a.m., said Rogers Fire Battalion Chief Dusty Qualls. A small fire was reported in a third-floor condominium there.  The sprinkler system in that condo had kicked on by the time firefighters arrived, knocking down most of the fire.   Read the article…………………………
  • Bella Vista property owners sue insurer over dump fire (AR)
    The Bella Vista Property Owner’s Association and its insurance carrier have filed lawsuits against each other related to the recently extinguished stump dump fire on Trafalgar Road.   Read the article………………………
  • Remediation next for dump-fire site (AR)
    Officials are preparing to move into the remediation phase now that an underground fire that had blazed since late last summer has been extinguished.  Today marked the deadline for an underground fire to be extinguished, but contractors beat that deadline by more than a week.    Read the article…………………….
  • Bella Vista POA says Trafalgar Rd fire is extinguished (AR)
    The Bella Vista Property Owner’s Association announced today that they believe the Trafalgar Rd fire, commonly known as the Stump Dump fire, has been extinguished.  In a release posted on their website they say, “No fire, no smoke, and no elevated temperature readings from the surface of the site were apparent. A drone flight today, June 4th, also confirmed no hot spots above background. Therefore, the fire has been extinguished and no hot spots are apparent. A formal notice to ADEQ is being prepared.”    Read the article………………….
  • Bella Vista warned of unhealthy air near dump-site fire (AR)
    Residents near an underground fire should assume the air quality is unhealthy while contractors work to extinguish the fire, according to the Bella Vista Property Owners Association.  The air quality forecast for the remainder of the excavation activities is for an “unhealthy” air quality index and higher, as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to the association Web page dedicated to the site cleanup.    Read the article……………………….
  • Bentonville files lawsuit over Lake Bella Vista (AR)
    The city is asking a judge to decide what property rights it has regarding the Lake Bella Vista dam.  George Spence filed the lawsuit on behalf of the city last week in Benton County Circuit Court. Cooper Realty Investments and the Bentonville/Bella Vista Trailblazers Association are the defendants.   Read the article………………………
  • Lawsuit Filed To Foot the Bill for Trafalgar Road Fire (AR)
    A lawsuit has been filed against three entities to help foot the bill for the cleanup of the Trafalgar Road fire in Bella Vista.  Bella Vista homeowners claim the stump dump fire is still causing health concerns, even as the state is working to put it out.  On Wednesday morning resident Jim Parsons filed a lawsuit against the Bella Vista Property Owners Association, Cooper Communities, and Tom Fredericks, the owner of Blue Mountain Storage.
  • POAs violate discharge permits (AR)
    A subdivision discharging treated wastewater into upper Lake Hamilton is out of compliance with its state-issued permit after reporting numerous effluent violations since 2012.  Westwood Village off Albert Pike Road is permitted to discharge wastewater treated at a small sewer plant into an inlet south of the Highway 270 west bridge. According to the consent order the subdivision’s property owners association entered into with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality in October 2017, 124 effluent violations were self-reported from August 2014 to July 2017     Read the article……………………
  • Lawsuit blames companies for underground fire (AR)
    A Bella Vista man sued today to force two companies and the Bella Vista Property Owner’s Association to pay the cost of extinguishing and cleaning up an underground fire at a one-time stump dump on Trafalgar Road.  The cost of the work could be between $21 million and $39 million, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said.   Read the article………………..
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