I just moved into Masterson Station. Where do I get information about the homeowners association?

Why do I have to pay an annual assessment to the Masterson Station Homeowners Association? What if don’t want to join?

Why do I have to pay extra to join the pool?

I want to fence in my backyard. Do I have to get a permit or permission?

The trees between the sidewalk and the street in front of my house need trimming. Is that my responsibility?

Who can I call about cars being left in one spot on my street for days or Herbies being left at the curb all week?

What can be done about a property owner who doesn’t mow their lawn very often?

What about the loud music, power equipment or barking dogs?

What’s the speed limit in Masterson Station?

To whom do I report vandalism?

What can we do to combat vandalism?

Who is the Board of Directors anyway? Are they paid?

What if I have other questions not covered here, or want to contact a Board member outside of a meeting?

Deed of Restrictions? What is it and how does it affect me?

Is there a neighborhood wide yard sale?

Answers

Q: I just moved into Masterson Station. Where do I get information about the homeowners association?

A: Call our Proptery Manager @ 246-0911 or e-mail.

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Q: Why do I have to pay an annual assessment to the Masterson Station Homeowners Association? What if don’t want to join?

A: The assessment payable by each homeowner funds both the operating and capital budgets of the association. These budgets cover such things as grass mowing, flower, shrubbery and tree planting and maintenance of all common areas; maintenance and repair of all common area structures, such as walls, fences, entrance lights (not street lights which are the responsibility of Kentucky Utilities), street signs, electrical wiring and irrigation systems, the property manager’s services, and social events.

In short, the bulk of the assessments go toward maintaining and enhancing all the areas owned “in common” by the homeowners within Masterson Station; the proper maintenance of which enhances the look of, the property values for, the subdivision and its’ residents.

According to the Deed of Restrictions (DOR), all property owners in the Masterson Station neighborhood are automatically members of the homeowners association and subject to the assessment. You should have been given a copy of the DOR at or before closing on your home. If you need a copy of the DOR, please call 246-0911.

The amount of dues is $48 per year (as of 01/01/07) due on January 1st of each year. Dues are pro-rated for mid-year move ins @ $4 per month for each full month that is left in the year after the move in. If you sell your house in mid-year, after paying your dues, usually the settlement form for the sale will take into consideration a “credit” for the seller for the balance of the dues along with a “debit” for the buyers. Although, this will depend on the person who completes the real estate transaction. There are no “refunds” issued by the Homeowners Association after payment is made. The settlement of the dues is solely the seller’s responsibility.

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Q. Why do I have to pay extra to join the pool?

A: The Masterson Station Clubhouse & Pool are owned and controlled by the Association as of 12/29/06. More information is available here. You may call 246-0911 for information regarding renting the clubhouse.

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Q. I want to fence in my backyard. Do I have to get a permit or permission?

A: Yes, the City requires you to obtain a permit to construct a fence. According to “How to be a Good Neighbor” published by the LFUCG, a “permit from the Division of Building Inspection is required before a structure may be built, moved, added to or structurally altered. A permit is also needed for installation of a swimming pool, construction of a driveway or fence, or major remodeling of a home.”

In addition to the City’s requirements, Masterson Station’s DOR has certain guidelines and prohibitions. Anyone desiring to undertake these types of projects must submit a written request, accompanied by plans and specifications, to the property manager for approval before any work begins. Following this procedure will ensure consistent and fair DOR enforcement, protect the interest of all Masterson Station residents and possibly save the individual homeowner a lot of time, money and aggravation.

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Q: The trees between the sidewalk and the street in front of my house need trimming. Is that my responsibility?

A: Yes, according to City ordinance. All street trees are required to be trimmed at least 14 feet above the sidewalk. In addition, it is “unlawful to allow any tree, bush, or other vegetation and items like basketball goals to obstruct the view of a street or passage on a sidewalk.” Property owners are required to obtain a permit from the Urban County Government’s Division of Parks and Recreation before a street tree may be planted and before any tree larger than three inches in diameter may be removed.

Further, a homeowner is responsible for replacing defective sections of the sidewalk adjoining their property. According to the City, the sidewalk inspection program is “complaint responsive,” meaning an inspection is done when a citizen files a complaint with the Division of Code Enforcement. Homeowners should always keep in mind the issue of liability should someone be injured due to sidewalk or street trees falling into disrepair or unsafe conditions.

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Q: Who can I call about cars being left in one spot on my street for days or Herbies being left at the curb all week?

A: Parking violations, including blocking of driveways, parking on sidewalks or in yards, parking at the curb for more than 24 hours, and boats and trailers parked on the street are handled by the Division of Police, 258-3600.

In addition, Masterson Station’s DOR states, “No recreational vehicle, trailer or boat shall be parked in any front yard or on any street in the Subdivision for a period in excess of twenty-four (24) hours or in any manner that may be construed as an intentional attempt to circumvent this restriction.”

The City ordinance states that Herbies should be rolled to the curb no earlier than 7 p.m. on the evening before scheduled collection and no later than 5 a.m. on collection days. They must be removed from the curb by 7 p.m. on collection days. While it may be understandable that a homeowner violates the strict letter of this ordinance once or twice, repeated violations should be reported to the property manager at 246-0911 and/or Division of Code Enforcement at 258-3270.

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Q: What can be done about a property owner who doesn’t mow their lawn very often?

A: The City considers it a nuisance when grass or weeds are allowed to grow higher than 9 inches. The Masterson Station DOR states “Each lot owner shall keep the grass properly cut, keep the lot free from weeds and trash, and keep the lot neat and attractive. If a lot owner fails to do so maintain the lot, the Developer, or its assignee, may take any action it deems appropriate to make that lot neat and attractive, and the owner shall, upon demand, reimburse the Developer for any expenses incurred plus an administrative surcharge of 25% of the total of such expenses.”

This is another area that is “complaint responsive” and your first call should be to the property manager at 246-0911.

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Q: What about the loud music, power equipment or barking dogs?

A. These fall under the City’s noise ordinance which “prohibits sound that annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.” Please refer to the publication “How to be a Good Neighbor?’ for specifics. Violations, or questions, should be directed to the Division of Police, 258-3600.

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Q: What’s the speed limit in Masterson Station?

A. As with most residential streets in Lexington, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. The Masterson Station Homeowners Association Board of Directors takes speeding on our streets very seriously. Violators should be reported to the Division of Police, 258-3600 (include license plate number, make, model and color of vehicle and time-of-day if you can).

Our streets are part of our neighborhood and we should take responsibility for safety on them: First by observing the speed limits and stop signs ourselves; and second by reporting violations regularly and often in order to get the enforcement effort we need. With enough calls (complaints) made with the Division of Police, it has been seen that they will increase the number of patrols along the main boulevard to help deter speeding.

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Q: To whom do I report vandalism?

A: Vandalism should always be reported to the Division of Police, 258-3600 and to our Property Manager. If the vandalism occurs on private property, the property owner needs to file a complaint, should they choose to do so. If the vandalism is to, or on, common area property, the Homeowners Association will pursue reimbursement for damages and any other recourse deemed appropriate. You can also pass along details to the Masterson Station Watch Group, by clicking here.

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Q: What can we do to combat vandalism?

A: Be a good neighbor and keep an eye on your neighbors’ property. Report all incidents to the Division of Police and the Property Manager. Other homeowners will be notified, if necessary, when vandalism occurs.  You can also pass along details to the Masterson Station Watch Group, by clicking here.

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Q: Who is the Board of Directors anyway? Are they paid?

A: The Board of Directors is made up of homeowners from Masterson Station. Board members give of their time and talents voluntarily to serve their community and neighbors. Regularly scheduled meetings will be held at the Masterson Station Club. Dates and times will be announced. All residents are welcomed and encouraged to attend the meetings, to be actively involved either by serving on the Board or through other volunteer opportunities and to communicate questions, ideas, suggestions and concerns to the Board.

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Q: What if I have other questions not covered here, or want to contact a Board member outside of a meeting?

A: You are encouraged to call the Property Manager at any time, 246-0911, or find the individual Board members’ names and telephone numbers and call them directly.

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Q: Deed of Restrictions? What is it and how does it affect me?

A: Click here for full details on this topic.

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Q: Is there a neighborhood wide yard sale?

A: There are multiple community-wide yard sales where members of the neighborhood are encouraged to participate. Typically, there is a spring and fall yard sale. There is a group on Facebook, where neighbors in and around the Masterson Station neighborhood can have a place to buy, sell, and trade goods and service. For more information on this, click here.