Usually this column gives advice to the president or chair of a meeting. Today, our advice is for the “loyal opposition”, those members in the minority. Let’s say you are concerned about how the Board is handling, or failing to handle an issue. How can you best advocate for your position at an owner’s meeting?
Often some of the most challenging questions a chair must handle during an annual meeting come from members of the “opposition” who don’t believe the board is being fair to them, and who are afraid their rights will be violated by something that happens at a meeting. When owners take this type of concern to an extreme, they may appear to be conspiracy theorists, convinced that the board and manager are conspiring to deprive them of their rights.
One of the things presidents fear most about chairing their annual meetings is when emotional homeowners raise a subject that is not part of the agenda. This action could, if not properly handled, start the spiral that sends a meeting out of control. As the meeting chair, how should you handle that moment when a homeowner brings up something new and controversial? What is the best way to keep the meeting from descending into chaos?
I live in a single-family community with less than 100 homes and have the following questions:
Q: Can homeowners’ association board members be removed from office for lack of service?