To the Editor:
I am the president of a road association in Chilmark that has not had the easiest time with the Land Bank for the past two years. One year ago they decided they did not have to pay their share of association dues, and sent in what they deemed “fair.” After a few emails and letters over the following months, they did pay their share. Then for the 2017-18 dues, they again refused to pay the bulk of their share, and have never answered requests to complete their payment. They are aware that the original contract they signed (long before I moved to this road) to create the road association stipulated that the agreement could be revised every five years, making the summer of 2018 the time that revision could happen. Instead they choose to act independently and do what they want.
In my frustration I filed a claim in Small Claims Court for the remaining amount due. I was informed by our lawyer that they’d like to mediate, and we should be happy to accept less at the table, which still has not come to pass, though the court date has been postponed until late summer.
In a recently released Peaked Reservation Management Plan (revised April 27, 2018), it stated “E. Land Administration Oversee and police Peaked Hill Reservation on a regular basis and develop good neighborhood relations. Objective 1: Maintain good relations with abutters and neighbors. Strategies: a. Establish contact and working relations with neighbors.” For the record, their Peaked Hill property has not had any substantial maintenance since last fall; after our spring storms, one sign along the road remains down, the grass has not been cut, nor trees removed from the trails. I am trying to understand how their behavior engenders good neighborly relations or makes for a working relationship for our road association.