A resident in an Upper Bucks County housing development claims that she and her neighbors are struggling to have their 24 foot-wide, 500 foot long alleyway adopted by Milford Township, and that they would like to know what they would need to do further to accomplish this.
"We have 12 homes that need to (be a) part of this township," Janet Becker of Crossings Way said at the township supervisors' Tuesday meeting. "Right now we're not even a part of our own community."
Becker claimed that the homeowners along Crossings Way pay separate fees from the rest of the development in order to comply with the requirements that were imposed by the township to possibly take over ownership of the road.
In 2017, Milford Township required the development's Homeowners' Association (HOA) to relocate a cluster of mailboxes to another area, make Crossing's Way a no-parking zone, and turn it into a one-way passage in order for the township to adopt the alley.
Becker said that the homeowners on Crossings Way had put out over $1,500 to implement those changes.
HOA representative Jim Chookagian said the 12 homeowners pay more fees than the rest of the development. He said they have tried to alleviate those expenses by eliminating lawn mowing and snow plowing. The township plowed the alley free of charge last year.
"We are going to possibly move to one payment rate for everyone to try to make everyone whole," Chookagian said. "That's the fair thing to do, but we have to do it within the guidelines and the constraints of the HOA and the agreement."
Supervisor Thomas Courduff said the alley has not yet been accepted into the township because some residents did not "take care of their end of the deal." He said residents parked their cars illegally last winter while township contractors attempted to plow the alley.
Township Manager Jeffrey Vey said there were some complaints that cars were damaged by the contractor's plows.
"This winter we are hoping to have a towing process in place so that if other residents are parked along Crossings Way 48 hours before a predicted snow, they would be towed," Becker said. "We want you to know that we are very serious about having this road accepted into the township."
Chookagian agreed that in order to comply with the township's requirements, the HOA would probably have to take a zero-tolerance policy for those parked illegally on Crossings Way.
Vey commented that the 12 homeowners were given full disclosure when they purchase their homes regarding what was required of them to have the alley adopted by the township.
"I don't think all the homeowners understood they would be owning a road," Becker said.