30 Oct

If you've ever owned a home in a Homeowners' Association, chances are your memories are not sweet.  I can honestly say that I had the privilege to serve on one that was, for over four years!  When we moved into our home in Charlotte, there was a very hardline group in charge.  They used regulatory freedom to punish and penalize.  At the next homeowners annual meeting, a different group of owners announced their intent to run for office.  They promised totally fairness and opportunity to appeal without a problem.  Rules were to be followed, but in a good-neighbor fashion.  We were impressed and followed their first year with interest.  They delivered.  Highland Creek was a joy to live in. Each board selected officers each year and with two year term limits, each would be eligible to run again at their anniversary.  One of the members dropped out and I was selected to serve the remainder of his term.  I was re-elected for a two year term twice.  We had a representative of a Management Firm to attend all meetings and she told us, over and over, that our board was the most fair and finest of all she worked with.  We did it right and never had any opposition for the full time I served.  We had monthly meetings and allowed homeowners to request time that was set aside prior to the official meeting.  We had only a handful of problems to handle. Our biggest issue had to do with some owners who walked the property regularly and requested that we issue a key to our fine clubhouse so they could use our restrooms.  Since they would be only a few blocks away from their own restrooms, we thought it best to not issue keys.  We had security cameras installed around the clubhouse after we experienced some vandalism and that put a stop to that problem.  Our cameras picked up a purse-snatching incident that allowed the police to apprehend the culprit. I will always think fondly of Chuck and the others on that board. Probably not another quite like them.

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.


James G Austin'69

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