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Riverclub Home Owners Outraged By HOA Suit

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North Augusta, SC -

The city of North Augusta is set to countersue a neighborhood association.

A homeowner filed a lawsuit on behalf of the HOA against the city last week to stop Project Jackson from happening.

Now, North Augusta city leaders say that lawsuit has forced their hand.

Ashley Bridges explains.

North Augusta's River Club is decked out for the holiday season, but some residents aren't in the holiday spirit:

"The lawsuit has spoiled my Christmas season," said Tim Campbell.  "I don't want to be on the hook for money for something I don't believe in, I don't support."

He is one of the home owners who say their HOA president - a man who has crusaded for a vote on Project Jackson- filed the lawsuit without their knowledge or a vote:

"There was no vote.  I feel betrayed by having an action taken that just isn't right"

Concerns aren't just about the lack of a democratic process; they're concerned a counter suit would cost:

"The suit could be deemed frivolous, and in that case we wouldn't just have our legal costs, but the legal costs incurred by the city," he said.  "Where does it stop?  Mr. Donahue has lost on every level he's taken this"

Another homeowner, who isn't even in favor of the ballpark, circulated a letter calling the lawsuit "divisive" and "simply antagonistic."  That homeowner has set up a for the end of this month meeting to try to remove the HOA from the suit - that's coming up at the end of the month.

Campbell hopes Donahue ends this sooner than that:

"I think he should consider resigning.  His action far exceeded his authority."

Campbell says he loves his neighborhood and his neighbors, but if this doesn't end, his time there might.

Sources tell WJBF that Donohue has said he does not plan to attend that meeting.  The HOA can move forward without him to remove the group from the suit.

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