The Estates at Dove Run is a traditional community, with 299 upscale homes, located off of Rt. 299 in Middletown, DE. Our neighborhood is walking distance to Dove Run Shopping Center, Brick Mill Elementary, Middletown High School and just minutes from Rt. 1.

Town Ordinance Reminder: Boat & Trailer Parking Prohibited on Streets

The board has received several inquiries from homeowners regarding the parking of boats, trailers and similar vehicles within the neighborhood.

Without exception, these vehicles are NOT PERMITTED to be parked within the neighborhood overnight. When parked in the neighborhood during the day, they must fit entirely within the homeowners driveway and not block or encroach upon the sidewalk. They MAY NOT be parked on public streets. Middletown police have been and will continue to enforce this ordinance, including the fines detailed below.

Excerpts from both the Dove Run Deed Restrictions (which apply to ALL properties within the neighborhood) as well as the town of Middletown ordinances are provided below:

Prohibited Vehicles

No unusual vehicle including trucks (except non-commercial pickup trucks), buses, travel trailers, boat trailers, boats, utility trailers, commercial vans, tractors, campers, aircraft, mobile homes or vehicles immobilized for any reason, shall be kept or maintained on any Lot, driveway, street or Open Space. All motor vehicles owned and operated by residents of the Subdivision must be parked over night in their respective garage or driveway. No such vehicle may be parked elsewhere on any Lot or street except for temporary parking. For purposes of this paragraph, "temporary parking" shall mean the parking of such motor vehicle on an intermittent and non-recurring basis during the period between dawn and the following midnight.

Recreational vehicle parking prohibited.

No person shall park on any public roadway or dedicated private roadway in a residential district any recreational vehicle whose length is greater than 240 inches, or whose width is over 84 inches, or whose height is over 84 inches, or whose weight exceeds 5,000 pounds. The parking of boats or trailers on public roadways in residential districts is prohibited.

For each violation of this chapter, any person, operator, lessee or owner of any vehicle, recreational vehicle, tractor, trailer, bus, dump truck, oil truck, boat or any other vehicle, or any owner, lessee or occupier of a building or premises in or on which any such violation exists, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $50 and not more than $125 for the first offense; and not less than $75 and not more than $225 for each subsequent offense. Each day a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute and be deemed a separate offense.

For more information, please contact the Middletown Police.

Notice From Middletown Police on Parking

Middletown Police are asking Middletown residents, especially those who live on a cul-de-sac, to park parallel to the curb. Police have noticed an increase in residents and their guests, parking perpendicular to the curb in cul-de-sac areas. This makes traversing the area difficult for other drivers and for the Town’s street sweepers.

Drivers should be aware that parking perpendicular to the curb is a violation of the Delaware Code. We ask for cooperation in properly parking your vehicle. Those not in compliance could face a civil penalty not less than $10 nor more than $25.

For more information, contact MPD at 376-9950.

Update: 2013 HOA Dues

The Board extends its thanks to those (about 80% of the membership) who paid the 2013 HOA assessment. On March 2, 2013, as a courtesy, a second round of notices were sent to those who did not respond to the initial payment notification. The payment due date was extended to March 15, 2013. Within the next week, we will file collection claims in JP Court. Therefore, checks beyond the court filing date must include additional charges, such as late fees and court charges.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

2013 Budget and Payment Inquiries

We are pleased to announce the approval of our 2013 budget. The final votes were 88 in favor and 19 against, with a total of 107 votes.

Assessment Letters will be mailed to the owners of record. The amount is $65, payable by February 28, 2013. Owners are reminded to pay the assessment by the due date to avoid late charges and JP Court fees. In contrast to previous years, payment reminder letters will not be mailed.

Lately, we have received inquiries from outside parties (mainly, refinancing companies) concerning the payment status of our lot owners. In most cases, the HOA was requested to provide receipts, or confirmation statements. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide this type of information. In the future, the inquirer, if they wish to confirm payment of HOA dues, will be directed to obtain a copy of the cancelled check from the applicable owner/applicant.

Call for Volunteers - Board & Committee Members

The board would like to extend an invitation to all homeowners to volunteer for positions on the board and HOA committees. Board positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Corporate Secretary and Voting Members. Committees include the Architecture Review Committee and Neighborhood Watch Committee, with interest to start an Activities Committee.

Interested parties should contact the board via the Contact Us page for more information.

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