Last year we moved into our new home. We've been very happy, overally, with the property and are thrilled to have our own single family home, even if we're paying a ridiculous amount of money for it. This past spring however, our developer came to our Home Owner's Association meeting and informed us that they had signed
a contract with a cable company to provide exclusive service to our community and we would have to pay $65.00 a month
for the next five
...whether we used the company or not.
Now the developer, since our community is still under development, owns an 80% share in the HOA, so anything they want to do, they can. But we began fighting it immediately. When we asked what justfication they had for it, they said it was in the HOA documents. We asked where. They gave us a section in the easements section where it says they can lay lines on the property. (but nothing about charging us $65.00 a month). We asked to see the contract, and they said it hadn't been signed yet
You might want to go reread the first paragraph if you don't know why I underlined that portion.
It took referring the matter to the Consumer Affairs office to even get a look at the contract. It turns out the contract is for ten
years, and they said, there's nothing to prove the contract wasn't signed the day before they got it. And you know what else, it turns out that the cable company is owned by the developer
. That's right, he's using his power to force us into an arrangement to benefit himself.
Tonight the County Council, courtesy Councilman Charles Feaga, took up a resolution that would grant this faux
cable company the power to do exactly what it wants in this situation. The bill is CB69-2006
. So, as a dedicated county resident, I came and spoke against it, along with many of my neighbors.
It was a nerve wracking and tiring experience. I'm not the best as a public speaker, especially when forced to sit down. I think and speak better on my feet. But I got up and I spoke, and despite the fact the developer will likely try and find any way he can to get a lien on my, and my neighbors who also spoke out's properties, I am proud of what I did.
They did not vote on this last night; that happens on October 3rd. So, I ask you, if you're a Howard County resident, to contact your council member
and strongly encourage them to vote against CB69-2006.
And if Councilmen Merdon or Ulman, who are up for the Executive office in November do vote for it, I want you to remind them you will remember when elections come around.