There are many ways Dublin residents can stay informed. One way many residents stay informed is by belonging to neighborhood groups that maintain on-going communications with the City. In Dublin, there are three main types of groups:
Civic associations are the most informal of the three types of residential groups. Common activities for Civic Associations include, but are not limited to:
- organize neighborhood activities
- oversee common space
- provide volunteers for neighborhood projects
- support change and improvement efforts
- advocate for neighborhood interests, such as beautification projects
Although participation in civic associations cannot be required, residents can voluntary pay dues to help support neighborhood projects.
A homeowners’ association is a formal organization that is made up of property owners and is responsible for the governance, maintenance, and upkeep of the neighborhood.The groups establish a declaration of covenants and a set of bylaws must be filed in office of the recorder with the county. To view any of Dublin’s Homeowner Association’s declarations, check with the county recorder for that neighborhood.
- Franklin County Recorder: http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/recorder/
- Delaware County Recorder: http://www.co.delaware.oh.us/recorder/
- Union County Recorder: http://www.co.union.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/UC/UCDetail.aspx?page=61
The declaration and bylaws include such information as:
- how the board of directors is elected
- the number of board members
- the responsibilities and powers of the board
- how board members can be removed from office
- whether a manager or managing agent may be used
- the time and place of meetings
- information on residents’ dues
By law, all condominiums in Ohio must have a “unit owner association” that includes all owners. The condo association as they are commonly called, starts with a declaration outlining common areas and other details that is placed on file with the county recorder’s office. The association is managed by a board of directors. The board of directors can enact budgets, levy assessments, as well as enforce the declaration, bylaws, and rules of the condo. The board also has the right to make rules and manage the common areas and to grant permission to alter a limited common area or element.
Disclaimer – These descriptions should not be considered legal advice. Please consult an attorney for specific matters. Or for the complete set of guidelines regarding filing bylaws and homeowners’ associations please reference the Ohio Revised Code including (but not limited to) sections: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/531, http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/5311.01, and http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/5312.03.