Board con­sid­er­ing vot­ing op­tions for POA-owned lots

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - LYNN ATKINS [email protected]

Al­though the de­ci­sion will be made this week, the POA board is con­sid­er­ing its op­tions about vot­ing for the lots it owns. The POA-owned lots were an is­sue with POA mem­bers when an as­sess­ment elec­tion was pro­posed ear­lier this year.

It would not have been the first time the POA used those votes. Dur­ing the last as­sess­ment elec­tion, POA-owned lots were used to sup­port the as­sess­ment in­crease. The vote was very close, but that in­crease failed.

Ac­cord­ing to the agenda of last week’s work ses­sion, the board is con­sid­er­ing only two op­tions. The first is not to use the votes at all, and the sec­ond is to use the votes but split them ac­cord­ing to the pro­por­tion of to­tal votes. That way, the votes would count to­ward a quo­rum, but would not change the elec­tion out­come.

The board is ex­pected to vote on those two op­tions at to­mor­row’s meet­ing.

Mem­ber Linda Lloyd used the open fo­rum por­tion of the meet­ing to re­mind the board that elec­tions cost them about $35,000 whether there is a quo­rum or not. In 2016 elec­tion 18,832 votes were cast, which was slightly over the min­i­mum for a quo­rum.

In 2016, the board chose to vote all the POA lots one way, in sup­port of an as­sess­ment in­crease. The pro­posal failed by a small mar­gin. While there were more yes votes than no votes on each of the two ques­tions, nei­ther ques­tion reached the 51 per­cent mark nec­es­sary to pass.

This year, the elec­tion was an­nounced in Au­gust, but in Novem­ber it was “post­poned.” The plan was to ask for an added $10 for im­proved lots and $2 for unim­proved lots.

Ken Nel­son, an­other mem­ber who spoke dur­ing the open fo­rum, asked why a list of projects that were paid for with cash re­serves has not been pub­lished. He had a copy of the list which be­gins with land pur­chases from Cooper Com­mu­ni­ties for $2,700,000. More than $1 mil­lion was spent on each of three other projects: the Coun­try Club ren­o­va­tion cost $1.6 mil­lion; the Lake­point pro­ject cost $1.2 mil­lion and the Branch­wood ren­o­va­tion cost $1.1 mil­lion.

Gen­eral Man­ager Tom Jud­son said it will be pub­lished with the min­utes from the Septem­ber meet­ing. Min­utes are pub­lished af­ter the board ap­proves them, which usu­ally hap­pens at the next month’s board meet­ing.

The Rules and Reg­u­la­tions Com­mit­tee sent a set of rec­om­mended pol­icy changes to the board. The board will con­sider them Thurs­day as a first read­ing. It takes a ma­jor­ity of votes on two read­ings to change pol­icy.

Most of the changes have to do with com­mit­tee ap­point­ments. The board’s role in com­mit­tee ap­point­ments was not clear, Jud­son ex­plained. The pol­icy cur­rently states that each com­mit­tee will rec­om­mend new mem­bers based on ap­pli­ca­tions, and the board will ap­prove or deny the rec­om­men­da­tions.

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