By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Shannondale Road Association's lawsuit to improve the subdivision's rutted roads has hit a legal pothole.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes has ruled that the road association cannot sue the other property residents through a class action lawsuit.
The Shannondale Road Association filed the lawsuit in March, seeking to take over the maintenance of more than 70 miles of roads in the rural, mountainous subdivision that began as a gated weekend retreat with cabins.
Over the decades, Shannondale has grown into one of the largest communities in Jefferson County, but many of the properties still are required to pay only about $20 a year in road maintenance fees.