BOD Candidate Craig Hanson Q&A

Posted by Craig Hanson SOA Board Candidate

 SU Note:  Due to prior commitments, Mr. Hanson was unable to attend the “SOA BOD Candidate Night”.  Therefore, he is taking this opportunity to provide responses to the questions asked of each candidate by the SOA Moderator.

Candidate questions (paraphrased)

(1) Are you prepared to spend many hours on board duties?  Yes

(2) Do you have outside influences which would cause you to recuse yourself?  No

(3) Did you access social media to prepare for candidate night?  Was not at the night but I have reviewed our law suits, NRS 116, CCRs and budget documents.

(4) What is the top issue you want to address?  Resolve the budget issues facing the Association particularly the golf course expenditures.

(5) What committee are you interested in?  Budget/Finance and Aesthetics

(6) How long been in community?  2.5 years. I provided a statement on why I was running. Basically to get the Association fiscally sound and less onerous.

(7) Have I reviewed the budget and reserve study?  I have looked mainly at the budget. Reserve will be next. The best resolution is to reduce our debt by examining our current loans which is the bulk of our debt and finding ways to liquidate them via sales of assets. Then you zero base the budget and eliminate any unnecessary items. These amounts are not very large compared to the loan payments. Review of staffing needs would also be reviewed.

(8) Do I understand the sub associations and why they exist? Yes. They exist as cost centers to ensure costs associated just with the sub Association are charged to them alone. This question also asked how I would use the sub associations to create cohesiveness. I would ensure they know what is happening in the common area cost arena so they are not caught unaware.

(9) Do I understand the CCRs and my role as a Board member?  Yes

(10) Are you aware of the aesthetics committee?  Yes but know little of their make-up or duties. I do know of their effects on community relations and believe they should be toned down a bit. It is a careful balance between what looks pleasing and oppressive rules.

(11) How would describe the connection between the Country Club and Somersett?   Strained. The two entities used to be largely separated until the purchase. Now it has become a bit onerous with ever increasing liabilities. The largest expenditures for Somersett are the golf course and related operational liabilities. This has strained community resources and virtually eliminated any new initiatives.

6 thoughts on “BOD Candidate Craig Hanson Q&A

  1. I strongly support Candidate Craig Hanson and look forward to a breakfast or lunch conversation with him when elected. For now, I’d like to comment on his saying sub-associations exist as “cost centers.”

    That may be one way to look at them. I prefer to look upon a sub and the master association as one would an individual state (sub) within the federal union (master). Two separate, but intertwined entities. In the case of Somersett, sub member dues (along with a large portion of the dues of its non-sub members) paid to it primarily go towards the maintenance and replacement of the master common areas that all SOA members (which include sub members) enjoy even if they don’t see them. State residents/members pay taxes to the federal union.

    The sad thing is that there need not have been subs created in the first place. Yes, Sierra Canyon is a little unusual and what could be done about it is another issue not for this post. Developers choose whether or not to make their development a sub or not. For unique reasons SC was created as a sub. Toll chose not to make The Cliffs a sub, but could have.

    This is a “heavy topic” and I look forward to discussing it with Craig.

    Joe Bower – SC Owner & SOA Member

  2. The fact that he’s campaigning on this website, did not appear at candidate’s night, and is approved by Joe Bower will make it difficult for him to win election.

    1. Terry,

      Your comments are really not very admirable, especially for a SOA Board Member. Although SU does not normally respond to reader comments, let’s address yours in the proper context:

      1. Mr Hanson had provided the SOA Election Committee as to the dates he would not be available (due to prior commitments) for Candidate Nights. For whatever reason, they were subsequently scheduled during this time. most likely for valid reasons.
      2. Given he was not available for Candidate Night, he approached me to see if he could post something on the SU website, so our readers (who constitute significantly more than those attending Candidate Nights) could read and evaluate his position on community issues. Naturally, he was encouraged to do so, as other candidates could have done and have done in the past.
      3. Your premise that his posting on the SU website, makes it difficult for him to win an election is somewhat disingenuous and has no basis in fact. Perhaps just “sour grapes” by a SGCC member who takes umbrage with SU opinions regarding controversial SOA/SGCC relationship issues.
      4. The same point about Mr. Bowers comment supporting Mr. Hanson. It would appear that you do not like Mr. Bower and somehow want to extrapolate this to the community at large. This can only be viewed as a personal attack, which we discourage.
      5. Also, it would appear from your comments, that you do not Support Mr. Hanson’s candidacy, or you would not have made them in the manner that you did. Could this be related to his position on the SGCC, which may be counter to your beliefs as a SGCC member? If so, perhaps addressing his positions would have been a more professional approach.

      If I have misconstrued your intent here, please feel free to “un-misconstrue me”.

      Jim Haar – SU Editor

    2. Terry, Craig informed SOA when he would not be available for candidate’s night, but somehow it got scheduled for that time. Was that an accident ?
      If you would have been honest and stated your conflict of interest as a SGCC member, I doubt you would have ever been elected to the board.

  3. Craig

    You should ask the SOA to post this on their website and ask the other candidates to do the same

    I went to the first night = there were 40 or so attendees
    I believe that there were about 60 + at the second night (we were not there)

    That means that ever 3000 residents are not aware about any of the candidates …

    One big complaint from the board is apathy by the residents … they need to break out the flags…

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