COLUMBIA—It wasn’t land-use or encroaching development or a desire for better streets that prompted the residents of Limerick Lakes to form the city’s newest homeowners association. Rather, it was a matter of practicality.
The Columbia City Council last week approved a resolution officially creating the Limerick Lakes Homeowners Association after receiving a petition from neighborhood residents. Association President Bob Cunningham said the reason for forming the group was simple: it needed to be able to charge dues to pay for maintenance and insurance of the neighborhood’s small lake.
Limerick Lakes is a well-established neighborhood in southwest Columbia, just west of Forum Boulevard. It’s a well-kept area where people like to spend time outdoors and enjoy their proximity to city services and the MKT Nature/Fitness Trail.
Resident Lori Hagglund, who was out last weekend walking her neighbor’s dog, Jenna, said she really enjoys living in Limerick Lakes.
Hagglund has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years. She said the only significant change she’s seen is “a little increase in traffic.” The city recently installed speed bumps to slow down drivers.
Waterside Drive runs along the west side of Limerick Lakes, giving properties on the east side of the street a backyard view. Prices for lakefront houses, built mostly in the early and mid-1990s, tend to run between $200,000 and $300,000. A few lakefront homes even have small docks leading to the water, for activities such as swimming and fishing.
Homes on Limerick Lane are valued around $130,000 to $200,000. This part of the neighborhood has been around a little longer, with most of these houses built in the late 1980s and early ‘90s.
James Arth, an MU pharmacy student who walks dogs for homeowners near Limerick Lakes, commented on the safety of the neighborhood.
“I walk the dogs at night, and it’s a safe place to walk at night,” he said.
Megan Anz, out strolling with her 4-month-old daughter, Anneliese, said the area is a great place for families. She moved here about 8 months ago with her husband, when he started his residency at University Hospital.
“We’ve just been thrilled to have found it,” Anz said, adding that she enjoys the diversity of their neighborhood, which ranges from families with newborns to empty nesters.
“There are some young couples and some older ones,” she said. “Our little street has block parties and stuff like that. It’s a nice community.”
The Limerick Lakes Homeowners Association has 32 members thus far. It plans to hold only one board meeting and one membership meeting each year.
Columbia has around 60 neighborhood associations. They form around common interests, such as the desire for a crime watch group or to lobby city government about matters of interest.
In order to form a neighborhood association, residents must decide on boundaries for their association and a statement of purpose. Proposed associations also must provide the city with names of the homeowners in leadership positions, a schedule of meetings and any bylaws.