Mosley: Thanks for your response on term limits
By MARION MOSLEY
Governing Board President
Thank you all for responding to my blog regarding Governing Board member term limits. It appears that we have mixed feelings about this subject. I tossed the suggestion out to you to get your input. While your comments were fairly evenly split about term limits, you all felt that Board members should be year-around residents as well.
One comment I received said that since our residents seem to be content with the way the Association is run, the board can do whatever they want. I tend to disagree. First of all, you are correct in the comment that our residents seem to be happy. After all, things are not changing drastically. However, that does not give the Board carte blanche to do what we want. We are very concerned about our community and will take measures to protect that. When something or someone gets out of line, the community does come forward. I have seen that on several occasions. Let me give you an example. Last week in the February Board meeting, the Board had a motion on the table to approve having staff seek out and approve a contract to construct the ARC building. Governing Board Treasurer Jim Young abstained when asked to vote, stating that he is a member of the club and felt it to be a conflict of interest. That, folks, is honesty and integrity in my books.
While the current position of Board members is that they should be year-around residents, we do have policies that allow time to get away. For example, the Governing Board does not convene meetings in July and August. If, for some reason, an emergency occurs where a Board member needs to rule on an issue, there is always someone in town. It is seldom that all nine members are gone at the same time. Even then, one member is normally reachable by phone if necessary.
I would not worry that term limits for Board members will change anytime soon. First of all, it would be a change in our bylaws. Yes, you would be required to vote on the change. Your responses to my blog were close enough that gaining a majority would be difficult. Besides, the Board has more pressing items to address.
Once again, I thank all of you for your responses. It makes me feel good that my articles are actually being read.