Hi again, and thank you for your responses, as well as your patience.
It is unfortunate that these issues were not better carved in stone at the time of purchase/when the property was subdivided, etc. But it is what it is. Here is the problem I am seeing. There is no contract
(you state) or law (according to my research today) requiring that this current manager remain as such. You can't really force him to do things he doesn't want to do, just as he can't force you. He appears to have no obligation to keep the electric bill in his name, and can certainly cancel his contract with the utility company. However, that of course means that one of you other two pick up the obligation that this manager has been doing gratis, OR hire a third party to do it. Remember, if the first party passed away, someone else would have to pick up the responsibility in that regard also, either before or after the utility company turned off the power.
You mention that you all have been sharing duties, but it seems that this one has been forgotten, and left to this person endlessly. For whatever reason, he/she doesn't wish to do it anymore. What may be best, XXXXX XXXXX all don't agree to take turns being in charge of that account (say, 2 years each), is discussing the possibility of making the account JOINT in all 3 names, with each person obligated to pay his 1/3 in a timely fashion each month, directly to the utility company, so no one is in charge of anyone BUT himself.
If you can't come to terms before the 12th or 15th, you do run the risk of going without power - you COULD opt to take it in your name 'under protest', but with the understanding that you will be filing court papers to make this a 3-way somehow, OR that an independent trustee, of sorts, be retained to handle it (at a fee to him, of course), and that you will be seeking attorneys fees (which would likely end up being thousands of dollars) in the likely event that you prevail.
With regard to your question:
"but is there a legal recourse to have in our back pocket?"
- Not in the sense of a law holding him, the quitting manager, in servitude to you two other owners, and you indicate he is under no contractual obligation, but in the fact that if you can't get others to agree to what you believe to be fair and equitable resolution - you can take them to court and have it court ordered.
Consider also speaking with the utility company about each of you having your own meters and accounts, if that is physically possible. Yes, you'd all share the well, but the well's electric would go on where you are your house pushed the on button, and the charge would be to your account. Unless the other two opened accounts and had their own meters, no turning of of their water will result in the well servicing them - because they do not have service nor an account.
You'd still be left with problem of who oversees and instigates well checks, repairs, etc. - but it would solve your electric meter issue for now.
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