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do people have to vote to become a statutory road association?

  • 23 Jan 2012 5:46 PM
    Message # 805647
    Deleted user
    We are following the steps to become a statutory road association from a non-profit volunteer association.  We are wondering, At the informational meeting or at the organizational meeting, are we required to hold a vote for all property members on the road to determine whether or not we can go forward with the change?  Or, can our steering committee move forth without opening it up for a vote.  AND What happens to our current non-profit road association should we vote to change to statutory?

  • 05 Feb 2012 1:58 PM
    Reply # 816527 on 805647
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Sorry did not reply sooner. This is an important question. You have to follow the Leadership Manual. You will see that you do not have to have a majority vote of all abutters to form under the statute. You just have to have the number stated there. Then you start to communicate with abutters and call a meeting. It should be possible to do this without a war if you have informed people why you are doing it, which I presume is to collect from all. Then, if you follow the guidelines, you can do so. There are votes taken, but the majority rules. If people choose not to participate, they still are liable for the costs if you operate correctly under the statute.
  • 05 Feb 2012 2:00 PM
    Reply # 816529 on 805647
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The old road association should not need to exist but the answer to what happens to it depends on the circulmstance. Theoretically it dissolves and people pay into the new one.
  • 06 Feb 2012 10:50 AM
    Reply # 817051 on 805647
    Deleted user
    Thank you so much.  Is the leadership manual the "guide to forming road associations" posted on the Maine gov. site.  Do you have a link to it? 
  • 07 Feb 2012 9:45 AM
    Reply # 818295 on 805647
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You've come to the right place! Click on the "Leadership Manual" tab at the top of the MARA webpage. It will open there. Keep us posted on your progress, and be of good cheer!
  • 07 Feb 2012 7:40 PM
    Reply # 818751 on 805647
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Additionally one of the better documents is A Guide to Forming Road Associations by DEP at the following site: http://www.maine.gov/dep/land/watershed/roadassociation.html

    and don't forget the Appendices at:


    The above site has considerable very good information.

    It requires considerable leg work ahead of time but it is well worth it.

    Good luck.


  • 17 Feb 2012 8:42 AM
    Reply # 827846 on 805647
    Deleted user


    DEP's website has been redesigned, and in the process many of the webpage addresses have been changed.  The Guide to Forming Road Associations (and associated appendices) is now available at:  http://www.maine.gov/dep/land/watershed/roadassociation.htm

    Many of the appendix links on the webpage noted in the previous post are broken.  It is an old version of the page and will be removed shortly.  The links on this updated page should be working.  Apologies for any inconvenience!

    For other information about unpaved gravel roads, the DEP camp roads website is now: http://www.maine.gov/dep/land/watershed/camp/road/index.htm

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