5 to 9 – Fuhgeddaboudit

Submitted by Joe Bower  –  Sierra Canyon Homeowner

The Somersett Board cannot unilaterally expand itself from 5 to 9 members. 9 may be the standard in Hawaii, but Somersett is not in Hawaii. Large associations (some with 5,000+ members) throughout the other 49 states are successfully run by 5-member boards.

Rather than increasing the size of its membership by 80% the Somersett Board should double the number of its open session semi-monthly meetings (6) by meeting monthly (12) a 100% increase.

That will not only enable board business to be accomplished more quickly, but also keep business more in the open and do away with having to govern by using Section 3.19 of the Bylaws which is meant to be used in emergencies: “Any action of the Board, although not at a regularly convened meeting, if assented to in writing by all of the members of the Board, shall be as valid and as effective in all respects as if passed by the board in a meeting.”

Section 3.02 of the Somersett Bylaws states: “The number of directors shall be set by the Board, provided there shall be not less than three (3) director positions and not more than five (5) . . . . .”

Section 5.04 of the Somersett Bylaws states “These Bylaws may be amended or repealed by approval of majority of the regular members” (of the association not the board)  . . . . . .  After the last go-round to push through the CC&R amendments and the Golf Club agreement, fuhgeddaboudit.

In order to “spread the workload” and perhaps add needed expertise, the board may appoint non-voting officers, such as an Assistant Treasurer.

Board members are unpaid volunteers, but the time they need to devote to the Association is the same as when they had “9 to 5” paying jobs.  Don’t have that much time to devote to Somersett, don’t run for the Board.

2 thoughts on “5 to 9 – Fuhgeddaboudit

  1. You have correctly identified the process to change the number of BOD director seats. But, I am uncertain as to why it seems you are so opposed. I have seen five-member Boards of large HOA’s get ‘hijacked’ by 3 Directors with an agenda. A larger number reduces the chance that it happens in Somersett. And, no, I don’t believe that increasing the workload for volunteers is the magic way to go. Good and capable people have other things to do than simply spend their time as volunteer.

  2. Hijacking is not necessary when all votes are unanimous. Can’t recall a Somersett board vote that wasn’t unanimous. For sure the CC&R Amendments and Golf Club Agreement had no board member dissenting views or votes. Any budget had a no vote?

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