General questions

Common Grounds – Amended Oct 2003
The property along 25 mile including the pine trees, the burning bushes, the berm, and all the area from the berm to the street is a known as a common area. We have a similar area bordering our sub to the east along what will someday likely be a road named Lutchman. The island at the entrance in included in this as well.

Common areas may well exist seemingly as extensions of the homes they are behind, however, by law they are community property. Each homeowner in this sub owns 1/289th of the common area equally. The association only is granted rights and is one hundred percent responsible for maintaining the areas and in exchange the entire neighborhood gets the visual benefit. This is not optional. According to the laws of Macomb Township, if we do not appropriately maintain the common area, the township may opt to do it themselves. That event would effect a special tax assessment on every homeowner in our sub and would not take into account our concerns of taste. Your association is charged with the task of avoiding government intervention.

It is also important to point out that residents that have berms behind their property must NOT plant any plants on or behind the berms (except annuals in the beds). This is a Township ordinance. The plants that are approved are on blueprint at the township planning commission and new plants must pass the board of trustee vote prior to planting. Otherwise, fines are in order. Due to the lack of public visibility, it may take awhile for the township to discover plantings along Lucthman but they will eventually do so. Please, no planting on the berms.

Current Homeowners Association board members:

Debbie Lico, President – 586-713-4954

Denis Lentz, Vice President – 586-677-4164

Nick Lico, Secretary – 586-246-2857

Jim Crawford – 586-677-7033

An important goal of your board is actually to fulfill our obligation to collect those pesky dues.  Regardless of whether you are among those who wish your dues were included in your taxes or among those who say ‘hooray for dues’,  we all agree that we should share this burden equally.  It would not be fair if ninety percent of the homes paid the dues and the others received the benefits for free.

I would like to report that this board has seen considerable improvements in collection success, as has the previous board over the previous board, and so on.  There is a chain of events that your board must carry out to insure its dues including legal notices and liens.  These items cost all of us money, or at least cash flow.  The resident must eventually pay back these expenses when the lien is enacted.  There is a potentially large lag of time from when association incurs a legal charge to when the past due resident finally pays.  This is a cost to our entire neighborhood and your board has taken a further step to minimize this.

We have contracted a collections agency to attempt earlier recovery of dues.  Residents who refuse to pay will jeopardize their credit rating.  This service comes at a cost, but not to the association directly.  The majority of collection costs (not 100% however due to Michigan law) are paid, again by the resident responsible.  Furthermore, these costs are not incurred until the dues are paid.

Many of our readers have requested a list of non-payers.  It is your boards decision to NOT make popular such a list at this time.  It is our hope that our following the bylaws set forth, and a simple general courtesy of a few as yet unpaying neighbors will yield eventual payments.  It is unbelievable just how much of the boards time is spent in the process of collecting a few unpaid dues.  We do so loyally, but there is much more we would rather be doing.

The Homeowners Association is charged with maintaining the common areas of the subdivision. Our dues are based on what it costs us to take care of the subdivision as outlined in the Covenants that go along with the land. We review the dues every year as they relate to those costs. We have one of the lower dues rates in the area.

Yes, please contact the Association President or Treasurer and let us know. We are willing to work with you by coming up with a payment plan.

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