My family has a house in a private lake association
. We have been here since before there was even an association. The access road on our side of the lake runs through my private property between our home and the water. We own down to the high water mark. I believe this is an easement
? The deed states the following..."together with and subject to the right to pass and repass by foot or otherwise over a road fourteen feet in width, situated on a portion of the premises herein described, which said road is forever to be kept open and common, its entire length as shown on a plan by ...." I interpret this to mean that as long as i keep a fourteen foot section of this road open (not fenced) for the use of others up past me to pass and repass to access their properties then I am in compliance. My problem: The self formed "road care committee" (which was formed unofficially no charter or papers that i can find making them any kind of official entity to collect contributions from neighbors
for a once a year grading after the spring run off as there were areas further up the road that were not privately owned and not maintained and would wash out making it had for them to access there camps further up the road) Our own lake association does not recognize that they are an entity that is affiliated with us at all and grant them no authority not even a mention at our annual meetings. Even though they collect "dues". Myself and several other neighbors have refused to pay their dues explaining that we maintain our own roadways on our property and do not wish to be part of their committee as we do not support what they are doing. Anyway, this road care committee and their president in particular has taken it up themselves to improve our road even on private property such as my own. They will come and dump paving grade crushed stone on even the slightest pot holes and they fill and grade the road several times a year. I have sent them a certified letter asking them to cease and desist any such improvements to my property stating the language of the deed and asking them to respect my rights as the property owner to not have improvements to this right of way
/easement. They not only do not respect this and continue to improve my property, usually when I am away, but when they have tried to do so with us here they have refused to leave the property when we have asked them very nicely to and have verbally assaulted us in front of our small child. I have called the police this last time as it was very upsetting and confrontational and literally interrupted out father's Day dinner. The President of the "Road Care committee" insists he has the right to upkeep and improve this right of way as he sees fit. I am at my whits end here. What are their rights on my property, if any, other than to pass through it? What do I need to do to reinforce this.