Hickory Hills Property Owners Associates

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If you like living in a virtual police state where the dues-paying homeowner has zero say, then this is the place for you. Especially very recently, this place has gone downhill, and surprisingly quickly.
Nasty board members who can't mind their own business and stare you down whenever you walk or drive past them.
Stop signs every 5 feet. The main road is littered with stop signs now; it's obnoxious. In the other 99.999% of the world, the smaller side roads get the stop signs, not the MAIN one. When I have to go through more stop signs to get from the back of the development to the front than I do to get from this town to my job in Jim Thorpe, there's a problem. For those of us who actually still work, the last thing we want to do on the way home is go through 8 stop signs... in our own development.
Poorly plowed roads; there is actually a certain intersection where the plow guy pretty much says 'eff it, good enough,' and turns around. Guess what? I live here and pay just as much in dues as everyone else; if you're not going to plow my section of the road, I want reduced dues.
Dumpster is always overflowing, and lately there is an unhealthy obsession with what people are throwing out. They just recently put in some sort of ridiculous half-circle lane in front of it so even fewer people can get to it at one time. Great thinking! And ONE bulk pickup a year? No wonder you have trouble with the dumpster.
Can't maintain their roads yet they're wasting dues money on unnecessary security cameras and yet more extraneous stop signs. When a visitor tells you "this place can afford security yet can't maintain its roads," you have a problem.
If you live here year-round and work full time, good luck getting to the pool, as it closes at 6. The weekend is also out for the pool, as all the summer trash and their nasty kids swarm it then. Way to help out those of us who actually, you know, LIVE here.
Security is a joke and arguably unnecessary; some dude, usually old or overweight, driving around in a lil' car all day. Man, do I feel safe now! Sure there's a gate up front, but I've seen it manned maybe 4 times this past year. Pick one or the other; we don't need both. Supposedly there have been break-ins, but neither I nor my neighbors have heard of any such events. And we, you know, LIVE in here.
The board members also ignore complaints filed against other board members; good to see they have each others' backs. Instead of trying to resolve issues, they simply hide behind their titles and mail out letters instead of trying to handle issues face-to-face. Threatening people with BS citations seems to be their only function. The only competent person in the entire place is the office secretary, fantastic lady. Seriously, she should run the place. Everyone needs to be voted out.
When I moved to this development a few years ago, it was much more laid back and as another reviewer said hands-off. There weren't a million stop signs. People were nicer. There was no security, as it wasn't (and probably still isn't) needed. Now everyone is trying to get in everyone else's business. I moved to the Poconos for the very reason that it is quiet and I wish to be left alone. There was a posting war this past summer up at the front of the development when people finally started speaking out against the incompetent board, and the board replied by calling anyone who questioned their methods "bad neighbors." Really? A bad neighbor is one who acts as a bully and can't mind his own business.
I cannot wait to graduate and move back to my home state. Never living in an association again.

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If you like living in a virtual police state where the dues-paying homeowner has zero say, then this is the place for you. Especially very recently, this place has gone downhill, and surprisingly quickly.
Nasty board members who can't mind their own business and stare you down whenever you walk or drive past them.
Stop signs every 5 feet. The main road is littered with stop signs now; it's obnoxious. In the other 99.999% of the world, the smaller side roads get the stop signs, not the MAIN one. When I have to go through more stop signs to get from the back of the development to the front than I do to get from this town to my job in Jim Thorpe, there's a problem. For those of us who actually still work, the last thing we want to do on the way home is go through 8 stop signs... in our own development.
Poorly plowed roads; there is actually a certain intersection where the plow guy pretty much says 'eff it, good enough,' and turns around. Guess what? I live here and pay just as much in dues as everyone else; if you're not going to plow my section of the road, I want reduced dues.
Dumpster is always overflowing, and lately there is an unhealthy obsession with what people are throwing out. They just recently put in some sort of ridiculous half-circle lane in front of it so even fewer people can get to it at one time. Great thinking! And ONE bulk pickup a year? No wonder you have trouble with the dumpster.
Can't maintain their roads yet they're wasting dues money on unnecessary security cameras and yet more extraneous stop signs. When a visitor tells you "this place can afford security yet can't maintain its roads," you have a problem.
If you live here year-round and work full time, good luck getting to the pool, as it closes at 6. The weekend is also out for the pool, as all the summer trash and their nasty kids swarm it then. Way to help out those of us who actually, you know, LIVE here.
Security is a joke and arguably unnecessary; some dude, usually old or overweight, driving around in a lil' car all day. Man, do I feel safe now! Sure there's a gate up front, but I've seen it manned maybe 4 times this past year. Pick one or the other; we don't need both. Supposedly there have been break-ins, but neither I nor my neighbors have heard of any such events. And we, you know, LIVE in here.
The board members also ignore complaints filed against other board members; good to see they have each others' backs. Instead of trying to resolve issues, they simply hide behind their titles and mail out letters instead of trying to handle issues face-to-face. Threatening people with BS citations seems to be their only function. The only competent person in the entire place is the office secretary, fantastic lady. Seriously, she should run the place. Everyone needs to be voted out.
When I moved to this development a few years ago, it was much more laid back and as another reviewer said hands-off. There weren't a million stop signs. People were nicer. There was no security, as it wasn't (and probably still isn't) needed. Now everyone is trying to get in everyone else's business. I moved to the Poconos for the very reason that it is quiet and I wish to be left alone. There was a posting war this past summer up at the front of the development when people finally started speaking out against the incompetent board, and the board replied by calling anyone who questioned their methods "bad neighbors." Really? A bad neighbor is one who acts as a bully and can't mind his own business.
I cannot wait to graduate and move back to my home state. Never living in an association again.

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I can only give HHPOA a Satisfactory review. When we bought our Hickory Hills property we were pleased with the more hands off approach and much lower fees compared to other Pocono POAs. The bylaws were reasonable and everything seemed to be in order. That said, there have been open seats on the board every year that never get filled. It seems like some of those that are there don't really know what they're doing. But is the lack of experience and attendence the POA's fault or the community's? Hard to say. We are weekend residents so it would be very difficult for us to participate so we haven't. Perhaps we only have ourselves to blame.

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I can only give HHPOA a Satisfactory review. When we bought our Hickory Hills property we were pleased with the more hands off approach and much lower fees compared to other Pocono POAs. The bylaws were reasonable and everything seemed to be in order. That said, there have been open seats on the board every year that never get filled. It seems like some of those that are there don't really know what they're doing. But is the lack of experience and attendence the POA's fault or the community's? Hard to say. We are weekend residents so it would be very difficult for us to participate so we haven't. Perhaps we only have ourselves to blame.

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