Board meetings give homeowners a chance to have a voice in decisions affecting Somersett
If you’ve never attended a Board of Directors meeting, then you are not taking advantage of your right to observe and participate in the decision-making process that protects and enhances your community’s assets and, ultimately, your property values.
At a recent Board meeting, members shared why they made the effort to attend. “This is my first Board meeting in 10 years,’’ said Richard Rennie, who lives in The Vue. Richard is a former member of the Board and was not able to go to meetings for years due to family issues. But he now has the time and the desire to stay in the loop on SOA matters. “I wanted to find out about what is going on,” he said.
Jonnie Overton said that the 2019 Special Assessment was a wake-up call. “I’ve lived here since February 2015 and I realized that I didn’t understand what it was about and that it’s best that I know more.’’ Jonnie lives in Sierra Canyon and has been attending both Sierra Canyon and SOA Board meetings in order to educate herself.
Once you understand what kind of business is conducted at a board meeting, and the important role that you, as a homeowner, play in making those decisions, then you just might choose to attend a meeting.
Most of the business decisions made at a board meeting have a direct impact on the property values of our community. Decisions regarding association maintenance items are the most common. Some decisions have an indirect effect, such as decisions regarding rules and regulations and financial operations. But whether they effect property values directly or indirectly, they all have some impact on our community and as a member of the community, they impact you.
There are four different phases of a board meeting:
The Executive Session, which is conducted without homeowners present in order to discuss issues related to legal issues, personnel issues and/or non-compliance hearings.
The Homeowners Comments section at the beginning of the Board meeting which, in accordance with NRS166.31085, is devoted to unit owners’ comments and discussion of items listed on the agenda only.
The Business Meeting, at which the board discusses and makes decisions based on a pre-established meeting agenda. Homeowners are not allowed to speak to the Board during this portion of the Board meeting and are encouraged to attend in order to observe only.
The Homeowners Comments section (after the Business meeting), in accordance with NRS 166.31085, where homeowners can address the Board with ideas, comments and/or suggestions that are not related to agenda items. An important point to remember is that although important issues may be brought to the Board’s attention during this comments period, don’t expect the Board to act on these issues at this time. Many issues are turned over to management for research and to determine the options available for dealing with the issues. After all, the more prepared the Board is before making a decision, the better the decision will be.
The Nevada Legislature has recognized the importance of providing homeowners with the opportunity to their community by passing legislation requiring homeowners be given a period of time to address the Board at the regularly scheduled Board meeting. Isn’t it time you recognized how important it is too!
Do you want to attend a Board or committee meeting? See this page for a schedule.