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Questions over who pays for damaged road causing controversy

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Gene Renno lives in the Barrington neighborhood and he says he was surprised when heavy rains tore apart sections of Lakestone Court three weeks ago.

He says he was even more surprised when county officials said the homeowners association will have to pay for repairs if they own the road.

"I was totally surprised, I've never heard of it. I used to be president of this association and I served on the board for a number of years and I never heard of it," Renno, said.

County attorneys are checking to see who is responsible for the road. Even though they haven't found the answer yet, the county has started rebuilding Lakestone Court.

Renno says he hasn't seen anything that indicates that home owners are liable for the road.

"I went through my warranty deed and looked at it; read it line by line and there's nothing in there about it," he said.

Renno says when the subdivision was created in 1991 the county assumed responsibility for every road except for a 150 foot stretch of Lakestone Court because they didn't like how it was built on a dam.

Renno says Waterford Development, the developers, agreed to own the stretch of road. The company is now closed.

Renno says the Barrington Homeowners Association shouldn't be responsible for a deal that was signed a decade before the association was created.

"It's hard to see how the homeowners association can be liable seeing that it didn't exist," he said.

County officials say it will take several months to rebuild the road and they don't know how much it will cost yet.

The Columbia County Administrator's Office released this statement: "The County will not discuss who is responsible for the road at this time. Our emphasis is based on public safety and the reopening of the road."

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