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Getting Out The Vote

Door Prizes, Proxies Are Used to Boost Annual Elections

While the election format in a condominium community is pretty much the same as  for any other club or organization, property managers and board members are  looking to make the process easier and increase unit owner participation. Unit  owner participation, in particular, can be a challenge as some condos find it  hard to get enough members for a quorum at their annual meetings.  

 To combat low attendance, some community associations are using raffles, or  offering prizes –drawing names from returned ballots at the annual meeting, or combining the  meeting with a cookout or other social event. Other communities with low  attendance are trying to increase proxy voting. And the use of online voting is  definitely trending upward as more business is conducted by computer.  

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FEMA Debris Removal Rules for Costal Associations

Summary: FEMA adopted new debris removal rules in 2006 that may impact private roads and gated communities, particularly in coastal areas.

by Kevin Davidson
Administrator
Property Owners Association of Ono Island, Inc.

Reference:  Department of Homeland Security, Region IV Memorandum for Infrastructure Staff of 7 July 2006.
 
Subject: Debris Removal from Roadways in Private or Gated Communities.
 

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Beware Conflicts When You Hire Board Members’ Companies-Part 1

When you recruit people to serve on your HOA board, experts recommend that you look for people–like lawyers and insurance brokers–with expertise that can help you make good decisions.

Can you take that concept a step further and hire those board members or their companies when your association needs help? For example, if one of your board members is an association attorney, can you hire that board member’s firm to represent your association in a legal matter? What about hiring a board member who’s a CPA to file your association’s tax returns?

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