Lighting, Election, Call For Candidates
- On August 19, 2021
The Board continues to assess and repair the current lighting problems associated with both the streetlamps and the landscaping lighting in and around the community.
Early preliminary assessment detected bad wiring, which is causing most of the electrical outages for the landscaping lighting and, vulnerable fixtures, that are subjected to damages caused by pedestrians and or faulty designs.
The streetlamps cause electrical shortages and blow out the bulbs because of the fixture collecting water during any rain down pour, therefore it is the fixtures that must be addressed (more than likely remove and replace the fixtures solves the problem with the streetlamps).
It is not feasible or prudent for the community to continue funding these on-going repairs and not solving the problem, therefore, we are requesting a certified electrician validate the above issues and once completed, we will move forward with the most expedient, economical, and realistic resolutions that resolves the problems and eliminate this issue.
I will update the community when a long-term resolution has been identified and ready to implement.
Voting Committee Members
The Board approved the measure to establish the Voting Committee and appointed the following committee members:
Chair: Stephen Rochon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Committee Member: Kathleen Ryan” (email@example.com)
Committee Member: Michelle Shwimer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A “call for nominations” must be sent at least 45 days prior to the Annual Meeting, with candidates required to file their petitions with the Chair of the Elections Committee. Those petitions must include the signatures of five owners of five residences. Those petitions must be filed no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. (See Article VI, secs. 3 and 4).
The LMCA amended governing documents explicitly limit Board membership to owners. Therefore, the Elections Chair needs to verify ownership – no renters or those cohabitating with an owner, who are not co-owners.
Section 3. Method of Nomination.
A call for nominations shall be sent to the Members at least 45 days in advance of the annual meeting. Candidates for election shall file a petition of Candidacy, signed by not less than five (5) Members representing five (5) Living Units with the Elections Committee or the Board if there is no Elections Committee at least 30 days before the annual meeting or by such deadline in the call for nominations, which shall not be less than 14 days after the date the call for nominations is sent out. The Elections Committee shall provide all Members with a ballot containing the names of all bona fide candidates with the notice of the annual meeting.
Section 4. Method of Election.
Election shall be by secret written ballot at the annual meeting or delivered to the Chairman of the Elections Committee or his designee prior to the start of the annual meeting. The Members may cast, with regard to each vacancy, as many votes as they are entitled to exercise under the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation. Those persons receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected and the results of the election shall be reported, with the number of votes cast for each candidate, at the Annual Meeting and shall be disseminated to all Members shortly thereafter.
Call For Candidates
The Elections Committee and appointment of committee’s members occurred at least 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting as required by the By-Laws.
Therefore, this serves as the official request for candidates to submit their nomination package to the committee chair no later than Thursday, September 23, 2021.
Each candidate must submit the attached nomination form, signed by at least five homeowners. Candidates should also submit a one-page bio/resume (please try to limit bio or resume to one page) of their experience or interest with their nomination form.
If you have any other questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at email@example.com.
- Protect Your Property
One of the top priorities of every homeowner is to protect the value of his or her home. Being involved with an HOA will put you in a better position to make and implement rules in your community. Some of these regulations will directly affect property value, especially if they require decisions about the association’s budget or routine maintenance.
- Correct Problems
Are you noticing problems in your community, such as lack of parking and maintenance? Maybe there’s a problem with unruly neighbors? You can take charge now and help to correct them by being a part of the board.
- Meet More of your Expectations
Did you have certain expectations when you bought your home in the community? Are your expectations being met? It is unlikely unless you are among the lucky few. By serving on an HOA board, you can achieve your expectations of a more perfect community much sooner by working with your neighbors.
- Gain Better Understanding of the Laws
Volunteering as a board member will make you well-versed in laws and regulations related to community associations and maintenance. It will also give you a good grasp of finances and budgeting.
- Have Fun Experiences
Taking on some of your association’s tasks does not have to be a boring. It can be fun, especially when you get to socialize, work with your neighbors, and come up with creative ideas on how to make your community run better.
- Learn Life Lessons
As an HOA board member, you learn valuable life lessons about working as a team. You learn to share your interests and responsibilities with others, and at the same time, you understand the importance of valuing others’ opinions before making decisions.
- Help Build a Resume
Did you know volunteering with a homeowner’s association can help build your resume and perhaps help advance your career? Any kind of community volunteer service is favorable in the eyes of future employers.
- Learn Leadership Skills
Serving on an HOA can teach you more than what you imagine. It gives you a chance to hone, leadership skills, take charge of issues and work with others to fix them. Your organizational skills are sure to take a leap too when you organize holiday dinners and get-togethers in your community.
- Give Back to the Community
One way to give back to your neighbors and community is to serve on your association’s board, which allows the opportunity to make good decisions that will have a positive impact on everyone.
- Meet Neighbors
An HOA meeting is the best place to meet your neighbors and to know more about them. It gives you a chance to socialize and make friends with others living in your neighborhood.
Have you volunteered on an HOA board? What motivated you to serve on it? Leave us a comment below! We’d love to read about your experiences!
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