Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Board Meetings & pink poles...





I went to the HOA's board meeting last week. Walked in and sat down off to the side. A board member asked me who I was. I gave him my name.  Another board member asked me if I was the architect or with the siding contractor.  "No, just here to set in on the board meeting." A few board members looked confused and a few hesitantly introduced themselves.  The other board members busily whispered amongst themselves. 

Not really wanting to get off on the wrong foot with them, I politely told them that I had purchased one of the units,  was living there, and wanted to learn more about the property and the management thereof.
They told me it would "probably" be Ok if I listened in, BUT couldn't comment, and this was A Board Meeting and NOT the general property owners meeting.
Yes, I am aware of that, but you see in the Board Meeting Agenda you sent out it states:


I.   HOMEOWNER INPUT

II.  CALL TO ORDER
Owners are welcome and encouraged to attend.   The Open Forum time for Homeowner's input is limited to 15 minutes (3 minutes each) at the beginning of each meeting.  Once the Open Forum is closed, all Owners are welcome to stay and listen to the business before the Board of Directors, however, additional Homeowner interaction and input is only allowed if the President of the Board calls upon a Homeowner.

Apparently they don't read their own board Agenda mail outs. They finally settled down to business, while keeping a wary eye on me as I sat quietly and kept my mouth shut, mostly... 

I quietly left just before the Adjournment.  I might have heard a couple of big sighs as I was going out the door, but I could be wrong... 

Property owners meeting is next month, this is going to be interesting.

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SIL Marianne sent me a text today.  They are back at the river house through Sunday, and did I want to come and fish.  "Damn straight, I will be there with my pink pole, wine, & steaks Friday afternoon." Marianne and I both have hot pink poles.



 We have a little friendly side bet on who can catch the most fish with a pink pole. She got a lot of teasing from the guys when she first got hers, but she has out fished the guys with that thing.
I can't go sooner as Jacey's jeep is not running well, so I'm the HS bus til Friday afternoon.
Marianne said they had been fishing for two days and nothing. Today they caught eleven Walleye! Bring it on...

22 comments:

  1. Wow! Surf and Turf for dinner! :-)
    Safe trip when you go and good luck!
    God bless.

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    1. Linda, Thanks for the well wishes. Blessed be.

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  2. Hot pink fishing pole, now that I something to write home about.

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    1. Changes,
      Marianne got her's first and has had great luck with it. Dad helped me get one. We laugh because pink is not a favorite color of either of us.

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  3. Sounds like a great week-end for you. I have never lived with an HOA, but being annexed into the city has its own complications with rules we have to keep track of-- like how tall of trees we can plant.

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    1. Rain,
      I'm looking forward to being on the water again.
      Just have to wait and see how things shake out with the HOA. I don't easily take to such structured environments.

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  4. Hum, that board seemed a bit huffy and too bad you didn't have the notice with you to show them. Good luck with that.
    Sound like they have warmed up the Walleyes in time for your pink pole. Have fun.

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    1. A Patti,
      Oh, I had a copy of the notice with me, in my briefcase. Had they pushed me too far, I would have shown it to them.
      Yay, to fishing!

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  5. Good for you. HOA's can be very annoying on many levels. They say if you want to stay peaceful, avoid those meetings. At our home in AZ, I could wring the necks of various busybody neighbors who have nothing better to do than to look for dumb trouble. Keep us in the loopk!

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    1. Cheri, I have never lived even close to an HOA before, but I have sat on more than a few boards...
      I will let you know how this shakes out.

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  6. Ah yes, HOAs where good little liberals practice to be asshats. Just like so many political situations, it's all about control. Sounds like they got used to being in charge and ignored. Give them and the Walleye hell!

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    1. Woodsterman, LOL, Oh I plan to on both counts.

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  7. I had an HOA once and another time my neighbors actually invited a lawyer to come and talk to the rest of us tenants/owners about establishing an HOA in Solana Beach. It got kind of ugly. I did like living in a place where the HOA could simply double the monthly fee from $235 to $480 on a whim because they liked flower beds everywhere. OTOH, I sold my house there for much more than I paid for it.

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    1. HMS, Since being in an HOA was a new direction for me, I was concerned about my investment. The Board President, (in an effort to placate me) asked me what I paid for my unit, when I told him, he said "oh, your golden... you'll make 50-60K on it." We'll see...

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  8. Ah yes...HOA's Beware... And good luck fishing!

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    1. Old NFO,
      Do you think I might be trouble for the HOA, lol.
      Thanks for good luck!

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  9. Those bears are dancing up a storm! Good luck with the walleye!

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  10. "If you go out in the woods today, you're in for a big surprise!" Your picture reminded me of that little song.

    I go to meetings the county commissioner holds, to the electric membership cooperative meetings, that kind of thing. Not to all of them, but I go if I feel up to it. I learned a long time ago that relying on the local newspaper to tell you what went on is a big mistake.

    It never hurts to know what the "on high" are planning. If you don't go to the meetings, you often don't find out until too late!

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    1. I too don't like to rely on the lib press to tell me what is coming down the pike.
      It was interesting to learn what the HOA has in store for the complex.

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  11. That is so funny. I can relate. I attended a meeting and was promptly told it was an election of officers and I could not vote or run for President. LOL I was only there to listen and learn. I learned a lot.

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    1. Annie,
      Amazing what we can get ourselves into isn't it. We need to stay involved in our communities.

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