(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………………………..

Supervisors move to take control of Wolf Run Drive (IN)

“Wolf Run Crossing is a homeowner association that requested that the township take over their roads over off West Pike,” Anderson said. “Close to their entrance way, they have pillars on the edge of the street, and the discussion here was whether to remove those pillars or allow them to remain. … The concerns are […]

Thompson Road repair discussion dominates Granby Board meeting (CO)

Documents relating to the road, which needs an estimated $1.5 million in repairs, do not provide a clear answer as to what entity is legally responsible for its upkeep. Legal analyses from Granby’s Town Attorney Nathan Krob and Grand Elk’s council David A. Firmin assert that neither the town nor the Grand Elk Homeowners Association […]

Dam Awareness Rises in Hurricane Season (VA)

With the rainy season moving in, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation recently began to look at area dams, reviewing certification and the rules surrounding dams in an effort to thwart any mishaps that could result in fatalities.   Read the article………………………..

HOA dispute arises over responsibility for sidewalk repair (FL)

The role of a homeowners’ association is to regulate certain matters within a Florida community, from maintenance of common areas to enforcement of regulations. This is done with the intent of maintaining the appearance of a neighborhood and protecting the property value of homes in the neighborhood. Disputes can sometimes arise when there is a […]

Pinellas County neighborhood dealing with dangerous hole in road (FL)

Residents who use Estancia Boulevard to get to their homes are fed up with a hole in the road that they say has been getting bigger for years.  “No one will take responsibility,” said Kevin Connolly, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years. “It’s dangerous and it needs to be fixed.”  […]

‘They worsen every day’: Ogden residents push for upkeep of crumbling roads (NC)

Once completed, the developer of an orphan road often hands over ownership of the road to a homeowner’s association that may not realize its upkeep hasn’t been formally transferred to the state’s department of transportation. When they do find out, the subdivision’s developer is often long gone, Hughes said.   Read the article………………………..

Helderberg Lake Dam still needs funding, but threat of removal is low (NY)

Helderberg Lake Community Association President Tom McQuade still speaks about the group’s failed tax district proposal to the town of Berne with a grumble. But, while things are up in the air in terms of funding necessary repairs to the lake’s dam, he’s optimistic that the situation will get sorted out.   Read the article………………………..

Meadow Crest Homeowners Association honored by DANR (SD)

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced that the Meadow Crest Homeowners Association public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement Award.  Read the article………………………..

Lakefront neighborhood campaigns for SADs (MI)

“(Road builders) gave us about a 15-year life expectancy for it, and we’ve far surpassed that up to 30, 35 years,” Dean Parent, Huron Pointe Homeowner’s Association vice president, said. “The roads are definitely in need of being taken care of.”  Believing the work must be done, the eastern Harrison Township group of homeowners is […]

Supervisor: Richland Township can’t accept streets not up to code (PA)

Several residents of the Skyview Estates Homeowners Association attended the Richland Township Supervisors’ meeting on Monday to request that the township absorb the development’s private roads — Bella Lane and Julz Drive.  Cindi Cort, president of the homeowners association, said residents would like its streets to be public.  However, the area of Skyview Estates is […]

Dead-End Solution Hits Pothole (MA)

Last winter’s contentious situation between residents of Marion Village Estates and developer Ken Steen over snowplowing responsibilities on Fieldstone Lane sent the newly formed homeowners association onto Town Meeting floor looking for acceptance as a town street.  Their motion failed, as the town cited the hammerhead dead end to Fieldstone Lane as a key obstacle […]

3 Common Lake and Pond Management Misconceptions (CA)

As An Aquatic specialist with more than a decade of experience, I’ve assisted hundreds of property managers with their lake and stormwater pond management needs over the years. Despite the diverse types of lakes and ponds they oversee, I’ve noticed that many clients have the same set of concerns or misconceptions about their waterbodies. These […]

Stormwater Pond: 13 Things You Ought To Know

If you are planning a development project, don’t forget to leave room for a stormwater pond!  These features have become increasingly common with the advent of formal programs regulating stormwater.  In general, concern over pollution in the country’s waters began in earnest in 1972 with the Clean Water Act.   Read the article………………………..

Condo sewage leak closes shoreline south of Alki Point (WA)

Thanks for the tip about the warning signs up along part of West Seattle’s shores. Waterfront areas south of Alki Point are posted as “closed” because of water pollution. We asked Seattle Public Utilities about it and just received this statement detailing the reason for, and location of, the closures:    Read the article………………………….

Fishhawk Lake set to upgrade infrastructure (OR)

Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community, which was fined by the state over the deaths of thousands of fish after its reservoir was drained, is looking to turn the page as it nears construction of a new spillway and fish ladder at its dam.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Severe foundation problems force St. Charles family out of subdivision (MO)

Another family was forced to move out of the troubled Heritage subdivision in St. Charles.  An emotional Victoria Poletti told FOX 2’s Elliott Davis she had to leave her home after seeing severe foundation problems like deep cracks in the basement floor and cracks in the walls and ceiling.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Private York County community fighting to find solution to pay for lake repairs (PA)

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection notified the Silver Lake Community Association in 2013 that the lake’s earthen dam is deficient and requires rehabilitation and upgrades.  According to DEP, the reservoir created by the dam “has very little freeboard above the normal operating level of the reservoir.”     Read the entire article……………………………….

Beloved Carolina Beach condos return to action after battle with ‘salt, rain and wind’ (NC)

One longtime Carolina Beach condo complex is wrapping up repairs after a routine inspection last summer revealed “dangerous” corrosion in the building’s stairwells.  Read the entire article……………………………….While the Pelican Watch condo complex was deemed structurally sound last August, engineers also found substantial corrosion where the stairs attached to the main structure, said Ron Hagner, president […]

Private funding will fix a city street (NE)

Perhaps the most efficient way to get something done is to do it yourself.  The Northridge Homeowners Association appears to think so.  Representatives of the group appeared before Tekamah City Council April 14, requesting permission to pay for repairs to Lake View Drive themselves.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Blackbuck Ridge road issue returns to Burnet County commissioners (TX)

Members of The Ranches at Blackbuck Ridge Homeowners Association in the northern part of Burnet County returned yet again to the Commissioners Court seeking redress for the state of their roads. At the Tuesday, April 26, meeting, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther and county Development Director Herb Darling agreed to meet with a group of […]

A long road: Homeowners celebrate dirt road’s paving (NC)

Steven Bryant was president of the Homeowners Association a couple of decades back when the effort to get the road paved began in earnest.  Bryant said he was glad to see the project finally come to fruition.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Pitt commissioners keep Lake Glenwood dam options on the table (NC)

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners voted 5-4 on Monday to keep open discussions about aiding a property owners association with repair of a defective dam.  The motion to continue the discussions was a parliamentary procedure designed to block a proposal to end the county’s involvement with the Lake Glenwood dam, a structure that holds […]

Pitt commissioners weigh two solutions for Lake Glenwood dam repairs (NC)

There are grants available to make repairs, but initially officials believed a dam had to be owned by a local government to qualify.  The report to the board of commissioners states that one grant allows local governments to apply on behalf of a dam’s owner. However, the local government must be responsible for the design, […]

Dam jam: Wary town board again defers vote on Helderberg Lake tax district (NY)

About 30 minutes into Berne’s heated town board meeting last month, during which the board barraged Helderberg Lake Community Association officials with questions about the tax district they’ve requested to repair the high hazard Helderberg Dam, association lawyer Dave Brennan pushed back.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Saving Kauai’s Kalihiwai Reservoir Is An Expensive Problem (HI)

When Kauai’s Kalihiwai Reservoir was built in 1920, its value was tied to sugar cane, the economic engine that propelled Hawaii into statehood before competition from cheap foreign labor forced the industry to flee the state.   Read the entire article……………………………….