A CT dam disagreement emerges as climate change impacts state. ‘It’s for our safety… our family’

The lake is remote, nestled in the woods in eastern Connecticut, with just an appliance store and an auto exhaust servicer nearby.  Ashford Lake’s 53 acres are surrounded by residences, members of the Ashford Lake Property Owners’ Association, who enjoy kayaking in the summer and ice fishing in the winter.    Read the article…………………………….

Hidden Trouble: How Aging Infrastructure Threatens Homeowner Associations

It’s easy to overlook the critical infrastructure subtly running behind the scenes of every homeowner association (HOA) community. While residents enjoy manicured lawns, sparkling pools, and pothole-free roads, the inner workings powering these amenities face a ticking clock.    Read the article…………………………….

Spanish Main Yacht Club installs $1M of potable water pipes (FL)

Chairman of the Water Committee Tom Freiwald said Spanish Main Yacht Club was a 55-plus community in both the age of its residents and potable water lines.  Due to repeated system failures, the Spanish Main Yacht Club had to replace its potable waterRead the article……………………………. lines, which were original to the condominium’s construction in 1966.

The Essential Role of a Structural Engineer in Condominium and HOA Repair Projects

In today’s evolving infrastructure landscape, the role of a structural engineer is paramount, especially when it comes to repair projects for condominiums or homeowners associations (HOA). Their contribution not only ensures that the repair works are of high quality but also that the process remains transparent and in line with the expectations of the board […]

Alpine St. residents asking for help (WV)

“Going forward, if the homeowners association in that area would be willing to take this street into their HOA for future maintenance, that’s part of our processes and plan going forward,” said Commissioner Jeff Arnett. “With the Orphan Road Grant, there has to be a plan going forward,” he said.    Read the article……………………………

Five Years and Counting on a Fix at Beach Point (MA)

The Ebb Tide on the Bay Condominiums at Beach Point are closer to the water than any of the other Shore Road dwellings around them, and over the last several years the three buildings, comprising six condo units, have suffered damage to their foundations and decks whenever there is a big storm.    Read the article………………………..

Residents of Stonebrook not all happy with street paving assessment (MI)

A proposed project to resurface the roads in the Stonebrook subdivision isn’t meeting with rave reviews from many of its residents who are unhappy with the cost of the special assessment  The homeowner’s association for Stonebrook, located at the southeast corner of Irish and Atherton roads, submitted petitions to Davison Township signed by 51 percent […]

Councilman postpones measure allowing county to maintain eligible private roads (HI)

At a Tuesday meeting of the council’s Policy Committee on Health, Safety and Well-being, Puna Councilman Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder proposed a measure that would allow the county to perform maintenance on certain qualifying “private, nondedicated and nonsurrendered roads” in order to ensure continued access to parts of the island in the event of an emergency.   Read […]

County makes progress to replace ‘bad’ bridge near Arnold (MO)

While subdivision streets must meet certain standards before the county will take them over, Jonas, who proposed the program and coordinates it, has said he wants to bring as many bridges as possible under county control because most subdivision homeowners associations lack the financial wherewithal to maintain, replace or repair failing bridges.   Read the article………………………..

Volusia homeowners install piles as retention pond threatens foundations (FL)

As Florida prepares for hurricane season, one Volusia County couple is spending thousands to protect their property before another big storm.  Over the years, the bank of the retention pond behind their home has severely eroded, driving the pond dangerously close to their propert  Read the article………………………..

The Dramatic Results of Improved Drainage Infrastructure (SC)

This barrier island community isn’t waiting to see what happens if a once-in-a-century rainfall occurs and we’re not gambling with the speed of storm surge recovery. In 2019, the community association formed a Water Management Task Force to address existing flooding susceptibilities by optimizing our drainage system.   Read the article………………………..

HOA Capital Improvements: How to Maintain and Upgrade Community Infrastructure (CA)

As an HOA board member, you know that maintaining community infrastructure is crucial. From roads and sidewalks to community buildings and amenities, these structures play a vital role in keeping your residents safe and happy. Therefore, it is essential to plan and execute regular capital improvement projects.   Read the article………………………..

City promises to work on sinking, slimy road for desperate neighbors (TN)

ity officials have promised to work on an ongoing issue involving flooding in a Southwest Memphis neighborhood after frustrated neighbors called the WREG Problem Solvers.  Candy Banks said she was tired of seeing puddles on her street when it wasn’t raining.   Read the article………………………..

Report Reveals Dozens of Parking Garages Have Structural Problems (NY)

New York City is known for slamming the door after the horse has left the barn. When mortar worked loose from a building and killed a pedestrian, the city passed Local Law 11, now known as the Facade Inspection and Safety Program, which requires inspections and necessary repairs every five years. When faulty gas lines […]

Charlotte homeowners concerned over who’s paying to fix subdivision roads (NC)

Lawmakers in Raleigh are seeking solutions to the problems highlighted in months of WBTV investigations into HOAs, developers, and orphan roads. More than half a dozen bills were filed by state legislators and several of them are still moving forward or seeking state funding to fix the issues addressed in WBTV’s reporting.    Read the article………………………..

Sinkhole nightmare growing at Marietta condo complex (GA)

Residents of the Bently Ridge Condominiums in Cobb County are still dealing with a sinkhole that has been growing for nearly three weeks. Dozens of resident are having to walk a long way to their units to avoid it since the road remains closed off.     Read the article………………………..

Neighbors in Henry’s Mill Flooded With Concern Over Stormwater Management (MD)

Another issue stems from Henry’s Green not having an HOA, so Henry’s Mill HOA president Candi Combs said maintenance costs fall on her neighborhood.  “Henry’s Green, they don’t have an HOA so we’re solely responsible for the maintenance of this pond, we get all their stormwater,” said Combs.   Read the article………………………..

Homeowner Association Pond Management (BC)

If you sit on the board of a Homeowner Association, you take pride in how your community looks. From clean streets, green grass, and pristine ponds. Pond management is a challenge for any HOA, whether one pond, a series of connected ponds, or water hazards on a community golf course. This blog delves into common […]

Flooding problems in Waterford create division among neighbors (MI)

…..one problem remains. Bryson says a divided homeowners association is preventing more work from being done on a private street.  “We can’t build a drain on private property. The homeowners association would have to give us a permanent easement. They haven’t been able to do that. We understand their frustration and share that,” says Bryson. […]

House Bill Would Authorize Local Governments To Create An Infrastructure Fund (MD)

House Bill 55, now pending in the Maryland General Assembly, would authorize a county or municipality to “establish a local trust fund or other appropriate fund for the purpose of repairing or rehabilitating infrastructure with communities that are subject to the requirements of the Maryland Condominium Act or the Maryland Homeowners Association Act.”   Read the […]

Quest to privatize Lakewood Ranch CDD roads hits road block (FL)

District Authority had a desire to make its gated public roads private, an attorney for the governing body said significant obstacles remain. The IDA had hoped once the bonds used to finance the roads had been fully paid, it might make privatization an easier process. IDA Attorney Andy Cohen said during a Jan. 17 meeting […]

Wood County Commission approves road maintenance association (WV)

The original developer, who still owns a lot in the area and who did not sign on to be part of the road maintenance association, claims he was exempt from any road maintenance responsibilities until 2030 as part of an original homeowners association agreement. His attorney had said the road maintenance association is a way […]

Whitefish neighborhood approaches city with road issues (MT)

The condition of the roads in The Lakes neighborhood has spurred the residents to bring the situation to the attention of the Whitefish City Council.  John Murray, a resident of the Lakes Homeowners Association, told Council at its Dec. 5 meeting that safety has become an issue when driving through the subdivision.   Read the article………………………..

The Lakes subdivision approaches Council with road issues (MT)

The condition of the roads in The Lakes neighborhood has spurred the residents to bring the situation to the attention of the Whitefish City Council.  John Murray, a resident of the Lakes Homeowners Association represented the residents at the Dec. 5 council meeting because safety has become an issue when navigating through the subdivision.   Read […]

(HOA’s) Among Those Awarded Drinking Water and Wastewater System Grants (ID)

Bear Lake West Homeowners Association, Inc. in Bear Lake County was awarded $35,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study to evaluate the current drinking water system and identify needed improvements. The total eligible project cost is $70,000, and the remaining $35,000 will be funded by Bear Lake West Homeowners Association, Inc.   Read the article………………………..

Problem Solved: Owners Squabbling Over Necessary Structural Repairs (NY)

The diagnosis. In the spring of 2017 I was called by a senior building manager of a 19-story Upper West Side condominium about the electrical service room located below a pedestrian plaza. The room had extensive water infiltration, and, as a result, the electrical equipment and its cabinets had severely corroded.   Read the article………………………..

Betterments For Condos Spark Questions For Mashpee Sewer Commission (MA)

Several residents from Summerwood Condominiums on Route 28 made public comments during the Mashpee Sewer Commission meeting last Thursday, November 10, to ask for clarification on the extent to which the Town of Mashpee and the commission are considering betterments for Summerwood and Sea Oak condominiums related to the town’s sewering project.   Read the article………………………..

County commissioners considering spreading cost of road paving across everyone’s property tax bills (FL)

Pasco commissioners took a first step this past week toward a system of paying for residential roadwork that more closely resembles Tsamis’ past experience. If approved, the county would assess residents across Pasco for neighborhood roadwork as part of their annual property tax bill and repave roads on a rotating schedule.   Read the article………………………..

In Pasco, residents must pay the cost to repave their street. That could change (FL)

Pasco commissioners took a first step this week toward a system of paying for residential roadwork that more closely resembles Tsamis’ past experience. If approved, the county would assess residents across Pasco for neighborhood roadwork as part of their annual property tax bill and repave roads on a rotating schedule.  Read the article………………………..