With no active HOA, who should pay for bridge repair on private road?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com What will it take to rebuild safe access to a private 9-home community with no active homeowners’ association? It’s a neighborhood problem that has been brewing for at least 15 years. The issue: for decades, nine secluded properties on the northern end of East River Road were served by a private road crossed by Baker’s Creek Bridge. But 4 years ago, when it developed gaping holes, the city Continue ReadingWith no active HOA, who should pay for bridge repair on private road?

Town of Riverhead, Highway Supervisor neglecting roads they once maintained

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Since 2017, IAC has been following the status of legal disputes over road maintenance in several Long Island communities in the town of Riverhead. Many of the older homes in the town were originally designed with private roads. As more people moved to Long Island, driving from one part of town to another became difficult, especially in the winter. To make sure roads were safe and passable, at least Continue ReadingTown of Riverhead, Highway Supervisor neglecting roads they once maintained

IL HOAs ask Village to change policy for dedication of private roads

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities    More and more homeowners are discovering that, after a few years, the allure and prestige of living on a private road loses its charm. It’s not easy to find reliable contractors to plow snow in the winter and fix potholes in the warmer seasons. It’s hard to keep up with cracked and crumbling roads, and poor storm drainage, too. HOA board members and property owners are sick and Continue ReadingIL HOAs ask Village to change policy for dedication of private roads

How will local government deal with epidemic of crumbling private roads?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Local governments must work on solutions to repair crumbling private roads, because most homeowners don’t have the equipment, expertise, or money to maintain them. Private roads are a burden for many homeowners associations (HOAs). But the problem is even more acute for subdivisions where no HOA exists.   Ohio: homeowners can’t get in or out of their subdivision after road washed out in a flood Owners of 32 homes Continue ReadingHow will local government deal with epidemic of crumbling private roads?