Voters To Decide If Town Takes Over Sewer System (VT)

The Select Board last Monday agreed to draft a warrant article for the town to assume ownership of a sewer system from the Northwoods Estates homeowners association.  Jim Dyckman, president of the homeowners association, had asked the Select Board on July 24 to sponsor a warrant article for required Town Meeting approval.   Read the article………………………..

Quechee Club hits members with surprise bill after flood damage (VT)

With a ski hill, tennis courts, a swimming pool, 36 holes of golf, a clubhouse restaurant and its own private lake, Quechee Lakes has always been a pricey place to live. Now as a result of the July storms that flooded its golf course, the members-only community just got pricier.    Read the article………………………..

FEMA help for private roads and bridges (VT)

If your privately owned road or bridge was damaged or destroyed by Vermont’s July severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide financial assistance for replacement or repairs.   Read the article………………………..

Lyman Meadows residents push for water rate review (VT)

Members of the Lyman Meadows condominium association are asking the town to review drinking water rates charged to residents of the village housing complex, arguing that they are paying the same rates for untreated water as regular users who receive treated water.   Read the article………………………..

Burlington mayor says police overtime for condo association ‘will not continue’ (VT)

The Burlington Police Officers’ Association, the union for Burlington officers, signed the first agreement with River Watch Condominium Association for extra police patrols in late October 2022, according to Samantha Sheehan, a spokesperson for Weinberger’s office. The contract was first reported by Seven Days. The condo association and union repeatedly renewed the agreement until January.  […]

Lake Iroquois achieves ‘Gold Lake Wise’ status (VT)

The Gold Lake Wise Award is granted to homeowners associations where 15 percent of the properties surrounding a lake have received an individual Lake Wise Award for participation in the voluntary Lake Wise program. The program promotes stormwater management and erosion prevention on lakeshore properties.   Read the article………………………..

24 vehicles damaged in Essex condo complex carport fire (VT)

Two dozen vehicles were damaged in what authorities are calling a suspicious fire at a condo complex in Essex.   Essex police say the carport on Densmore Drive was engulfed in flames early Saturday morning. Firefighters were able to put out the fire before it could spread to nearby buildings, but 24 vehicles were damaged, including […]

Smugglers’ Notch Resort Settles Class Action Lawsuit With Its Homeowners (VT)

Smugglers’ Notch Resort has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged it was overcharging homeowners for routine property maintenance.  A Vermont Superior Court judge on Tuesday approved a settlement that calls for Smuggs to change how it charges homeowners at the resort for services such as landscaping, snowplowing and security along its roads […]

Parties sign settlement for sand pit (VT)

Neighbors of a permitted sand pit operation on McMullen Road have signed a settlement agreement with the business operators and the town to address noise and safety, court documents show.  Members of the Winter Lane Homeowners Association have been opposed to J&M Sand’s pit since it was proposed back in 2015. The town’s development review […]

Judge rules in Hermitage condo cases (VT)

Windham County Superior Court Judge John Treadwell ruled in favor of three would-be Garmisch Court condominium owners following a hearing on Tuesday.  According to court documents, the defendants, the Hermitage Inn Real Estate Holding Company and James R. Barnes, never responded to the three lawsuits, and didn’t appear at the hearing. Treadwell acknowledged that Barnes […]

Killington condo association fined for drinking water violations (VT)

A condominium complex in Killington faces fines for failing to maintain its drinking water system.  The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that Hemlock Ridge at Killington Owners Association was fined almost $20,000 for many years of failing to properly manage and maintain the public drinking water system supplying the complex.    Read the article……………..

Pair challenges association election process (VT)

Two Chimney Hill residents are running a write-in campaign for their homeowners association board of directors. Keith Herbert and Chris Cogdill are promising to change what they say is an undemocratic system that has an impact on every homeowner in the development.  They describe a system in which the board of directors, essentially, selects its […]

Neighbors taking sand pit issue to court (VT)

A Milton homeowners’ association will appeal the development review board’s most recent decision involving a controversial sand pit project to environmental court.  Karen Ciechanowicz of the Winter Lane Homeowners Association maintains the town didn’t properly notify abutters of a hearing for J&M Sand’s proposed sand pit on McMullen Road, despite the DRB voting otherwise late […]

Former Malletts Bay homeowners cleared for speedy trial (VT)

A Vermont court has expedited a lawsuit filed by about 20 former residents of a lakeside community in Colchester — against their own homeowners association.  Those homeowners were evicted in April for violating terms of a lease on land they did not own.     Read the article………………

Stowe Mountain Lodge (VT) lawsuit is settled

A long-simmering class action lawsuit against Stowe Mountain Lodge and Spruce Peak Realty, filed in 2011, alleged the resort was charging condo owners a far greater percentage of the lodge’s overall operating costs than it should have been, and was burying key pieces of its fee structure in reams of legalese.     Read the article………..

The 2014 Legislative Agenda in New England

The old saying that the only sure things in life are death and taxes leaves out a third certainty: legislation. Across New England each year, thousands of bills get filed in state legislatures, many of them as mundane as the naming of a bridge or a new state “something”—like designating the Fluffernutter as Massachusetts’ official […]