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More Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program typically sees minor changes every April and October. This April, the following policy changes will occur: Flood declaration pages will now have the following statement: Refer to https://www.fema.gov/cost-of-flood for more information about flood risk and policy rating. 2- to 4-family buildings can be considered a primary residence with the smaller…

Proposed Changes to the Pool Operating Codes in Maryland

The Delmarva Condominium Managers Association welcomed Dr. Cliff Mitchell Director of the Environmental Health Bureau, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to the monthly meeting on February 12, 2019. Dr. Mitchell reviewed changes in pool operating procedures and pending updates to COMR  10.17.01 Public Swimming Pools and Spas. As presented, the changes would allow…

The Government Shutdown & How it Affects the National Flood Insurance Program

Good News: The National Flood Insurance Program was extended to May 31, 2019. During the government shut down, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had determined not to sell new or renew flood insurance policies until funding was appropriated by the federal government. On Friday, December 28th, FEMA reversed that decision and will continue to sell…

Holiday Decorations within Community Associations

The holidays are upon us and with it comes the sparkle and shine of holiday decorations. Community associations welcome and appreciate the beauty during the holiday season, but there are restrictions and rules within the community gates. Writing violation letters for holiday decorations is not enjoyable for anyone involved and it’s important that associations follow the bylaws. The…

Storm Water Drain Cleaning to Relieve Flooding in Ocean City

Recently, the Town of Ocean City personnel discussed implementation of a storm-drain cleaning project. The project is currently underway throughout the Town of Ocean City. The focus is help alleviate flooding caused during rainfall occurrences, which is a present concern in many communities throughout Ocean City. The Town of Ocean City has done a great job throughout the years with…

Collection of Delinquent Assessments – Delaware

As the First State continues to thrive with new community associations, the Office of the Ombudsman for common interest communities is working hard to provide best practices on how to run these organizations. To that avail Chris Curtin, Office of the Ombudsman worked with the Community Association Institute and provided homeowner seminars in all three counties…

Talk Disaster Recovery with Your Municipality Before the Storm Hits

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the support system for many after a disaster strikes, but this doesn’t apply for Community Associations.  While FEMA steps in to clean up debris within an affected area, it will not support disaster recovery within Community Association gates.  This puts the burden on the association residents.  According to the…