SOA Bylaws Changes

The following memo submitted by Steve Guderian, SOA BOD Member:

Thanks to SU for posting the info from the last SOA board meeting about the bylaw changes. SU made an interesting point about all of the community owned documents needing updated. A point that I agree with but I am not sure if this is a task that can be undertaken by the board alone in a reasonable amount of time. I also agree with the concern regarding 3 years being a long time commitment. Not only is there a possibility of board member resignations there is also a possibility of less people running for the board due to the 3 year commitment. Conversely, there really is a pretty steep learning curve for new board members and it does take a couple of years to actually get an understanding of NRS and all of the items associated with community. Overall I believe that this is a bylaw worth changing to see how things play out. Similarly, the change for the quorum change is also really needed. I would change it to 51% rather than 60% but either way works.

Over the course of reading SU posts I have seen a number of things about changing the community documents. At the very first meeting of the new SOA board this comes up and I have not seen any feedback from the Somersett Community. I would very much like to hear from the community on;

  • Any changes that need to occur to the community owned governing documents,
  • How much cost should be considered with this change
  • Follow up to cost, Should all of the documents be changed under one mailing?

Regarding cost, for the sake of this cost example lets say there are 3000 homes. This means any changes or denial of changes is going to require 1501 homes to vote. History tells us that it is going to take multiple mailings to reach this number. And there really is a chance that this number will not be met.

So, is going forward with community owned document changes a cost worth effort?

I am looking forward to hearing what the Somersett community has to say about this.

Steve Guderian
SOA Secretary

3 thoughts on “SOA Bylaws Changes

  1. First of all Steve, thanks for signing your name. I hate that the SU posts are anonymous and people hide behind this name.

    I agree with you that it would be next to impossible to get 1500 homes to vote for the changes. It would take a huge amount of time to go through the documents and the board would be tied up for many months. We have huge problems getting many Somersett people to be involved mainly because they work or are renters. I do not think going forward for these changes would be a positive or worth the cost.

    Also to my limited knowledge no one has even known how many people actually signed up to SU or even read it. The communications committee might be a better place to have some action taken as to what people are thinking or the Somersett Facebook page.

    Happy New Year to you and the board.

    Sharon Slattery a resident not afraid to sign her name.

  2. Steve

    Comprehensively re-writing the CCR’s primarily to eliminate developer references & acknowledge our ownership of the CGC is an excellent idea. Tackling bringing some of the “alluded to” standards in line with our community & City of Reno expectations (look at ReImagine Reno) should be undertaken.

    My belief is that this can be accomplished by a special rules committee – as suggested by Jim Haar in a SU post and also in a letter posted on MySomersett. Naturally they will have to make sure that they are in Sync with the PUD, AGC guidelines and Community Standards.

    My experience, albeit with smaller associations, is that interested homeowners can accomplish 99% of the document revisions. A brief legal review is required to satisfy BOD/FSR expectations. A community in Naples Florida (only 900 residences) was able to achieve this in a 6 month period – before putting to a vote of the community. They obviously had some means of “making residents vote, as I was told it passed by >800 votes to 15… If you are interested I have some insights…But remember FL HOA laws are a little different.

    Well run and managed communities rely of crisp up-to-date CCR’s which are well understood by all owners! Somersett is around 90% developed, we should be working on documentation in Sync with ReImagine Reno and conditions pertinent for 2020!

    For instance, I take exception to Sharon’s comment that getting folks to vote will be a big problem, albeit “expensive” if we use the mail, but what is wrong with using email voting?

    The big issue is that communications between the HOA and residents has always been problematic, most experiences have been adversarial! The web site is confusing (I confess that I am old and not super computer literate).. the dichotomy between the FSR site and the MySomersett now Somersett, changing log ons and passwords, befuddle me (and perhaps many others). We have been promised a user friendly website since we took over from the developer in 2012 – perhaps you can let me know whether after 5 years whether you feel that we are there yet?


    Geoffrey Brooks

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