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HOA board faces recall vote

Posted: July 29, 2016 7:20 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2016 7:20 p.m.
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The five board members of the West Creek and West Hills Community Association face a rare recall vote next month.

The vote was scheduled for Aug. 18 after more than 5 percent of the association members signed a petition calling for a new election, according to a letter mailed to homeowners.

A mailer urging homeowners to vote in favor of the recall lists numerous grievances – alleging improper and excessive spending and a lack of transparency.

According to the mailer, the board has taken actions, such as purchasing $54,000 in umbrellas and launching a Facebook page, before approving those actions with formal votes. Homeowners leading the recall effort also say they are given minimal notice for meetings, which are held at inconvenient times.

The homeowners association sent out a community bulletin to residents saying the information on the mailer is misleading and inaccurate.

The association’s website does not list any contact information for board members or the association, and Property Management Professionals LLC, which manages the homeowners association, would not provide contact information for the board members.

Jim Frayer, a homeowner in West Creek who is running for the board and helping lead the push for a recall, said he was upset when the board approved a homeowner’s landscape project and then rejected it after the work was done.

“It’s the only avenue that homeowners have if they feel the board is not acting in their best interest,” Frayer said of recalls.

Brad Watson, president and owner of Property Management Professionals LLC, said recall votes are fairly uncommon.

“It’s a democratic process. If the membership does not approve of the way a current board is managed, they have the right to recall a board,” he said.

Watson would not comment on the situation at the West Creek and West Hills Community Association, but speaking in general terms, he said recall efforts take a lot of work. He said homeowners usually act when they feel there are problems which could affect home values.

“Usually, it’s just when the homeowners feel they’re not being well represented and they feel the issues with the board are pretty serious and pretty egregious since they cannot wait until the annual election,” he said.

A new board takes office each January.

Watson said there have been four recall attempts at four separate homeowners associations his company manages in the last seven years. The company manages 110 homeowners association.

Watson said recall votes, if requested by at least 5 percent of homeowners, are held for the entire board rather than individual board members.

The board will be recalled if at least 25 percent of members vote Aug. 18 and a majority of those voters approve of the recall. If that occurs, secret ballots for new directors will be counted.

Candidates must be nominated at least 30 days before the meeting.

 

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