Monthly Archives: September 2016

Unfinished Business from July Board Meeting Will Most Likely Influence September Meeting

The July Board Meeting was a mixed bag.  It was cordial, but after a statement by Pres. Paiz that this board gets along well and he doesn’t anticipate any more resignations, Director Corbin read a list of grievances on how she was being treated by other board members.  These issues included:

  • No board communications with Director Corbin since April.  Meanwhile, the “no emails between mtgs” policy was violated by two other directors.
  • Directors Corbin and Bailey were left out of two meetings which could have been rescheduled.  She believes that personality conflicts and lack of common business consideration are factors.  [Directors Buhl and Pfeifer were also left out of board meetings during their terms.]
  • After calling Atty Krupnik, she didn’t receive a call back; the Association Attorney should be supporting all directors.  [Directors Buhl and Pfeifer received similar treatment during a previous term.]
  • Dir. Thompson cut her out of Neighborhood Watch communications, wouldn’t allow her to be the Treasurer, and didn’t post two requested notices. Note: NW is an organization separate from HOA management.
  • Five directors blocked her from the dispute resolution meeting that removed Jim Bailey from the presidency. Pres. Paiz claimed this was out of the board’s control because the Atty recommended it.  [Directors Buhl and Pfeifer received similar treatment during a previous term.]
  • BOD Meeting scheduling should allow all residents to attend.  Dir. Corbin does not think the board should treat some residents less well than others; they need to stop preventing residents from serving on Committees when they are capable and willing.

It appears to this former director that the Association Attorney continues to run our HOA. It’s way past time for the board to resolve old conflicts, end the power plays and resignations, follow the bylaws, and include all directors in decision-making.  Doing otherwise is unprofessional and expensive.

Other Meeting Highlights:

  • Pres. Paiz. agreed to alternate daytime and evening meetings – and change which day because of the fire department’s schedule, if nevessary.
  • Barbara Boyd resigned to pursue retirement goals.  Her vacancy will not be filled, despite M. Kaplan being next in number of votes during the election.
  • Per Vince Montoya, new HOAMCO software is causing problems with website.
  • Infrastructure: seal coat is done.  Final pmt pending.  Question over price of oil and impact on quote. Windmill Ridge 2 quote was over 150K.  Need other bids.  Planning for next June/July.  Paying out of reserves, but fee increase expected.  Budget & Finance Comm looking at it.
  • Chris Schatzman and Bruno are negotiating with Ranchland Utilities.  Aging, maintenance, operations, and pond are issues.  Spending money on upgrades – we have to maintain filters and lines that HOA is responsible for.  Inoperable valves are being repaired.
  • Financials thru June – irrigation and landscaping expenditures are impacting budget.  Reserves decreased $60K from pavement preservation.  $93K lower in total cash and A/R, operating account, plus reserve expenditures.  Balance sheet is within parameters.  Income slightly ahead of budgeted because of billing cycle.  Expenses better than last month.  Net Income at a loss (1933.93), but improving – running behind last year.  Delinquencies were previously 113K – down to 95K.  [This is up from $60-80K in previous years.]
  • Landscaping: Had an ABQ company look at irrigation clocks to better understand system.  Filters were compacted from pond algae blooms. RU says pond is HOA resp. Really affects WR 4.  Pressure dropped to 20 psi – couldn’t run pop-ups.  Asked RU to boost to 35 – they refused.  Unexplained lack of water in mid-July turned out to be failed pump motor.  Repairs/shut-offs mean street-scapes not getting water; RU installing variable drives.  Water Buffalo planned for stressed trees in WR4 and spine park.  Chair Trujillo asked for money for add’l cleaning of filters.  Installing gravel at Panther Peak park.  B&F Committee approved.  Per resident, Heads-Up removed a tree at end of Chili Line – suggested replacing with xeric plants.
  • Safety Comm: recent bobcat sitings.
  • DRC: no issues.
  • Communications: saved $4K.  New newsletter format.  Donna Naes solicits articles from residents.  Defined “Ex-Officio”.  Committee of one is a committee.
  • Town Homes: new driveways.  Going to meet every other month.  Budget OK.  Pigeons still an issue.
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive motion introduced by Dir. Thompson.  Heads-Up would drop off grocery bags at front doors – HOAMCO would pay for bags.  Concern over absent owners and potential crime.   North decided against because they didn’t want to set a precedent for other groups.  No second on motion – died.
  • Donna Naes application for Communications Committee was accepted.
  • Glen Smerage asked why people keep resigning from board.  Pres. Paiz said that people don’t understand time commitment and sometimes personalities don’t meld well; this board gets along well and he doesn’t anticipate more resignations.
  • Discussion about RV Blvd and NE/SE Connector – up to County and State.  Funding is an issue.
  • Annie McGovern asked to reconsider gravel at Panther Peak because of safety and liability issues.  Schools do not use gravel.  Also creates hot spot.

In summary, the good news is that the board, committee chairs, and HOAMCO are making progress on infrastructure and repairs.  The not-so-good news is the price tag and its impact on reserves.  Assessment increases are certainly in our future.

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Another Board Resignation

Posted for Annie McGovern by Moderator:

Word on the street is that another Rancho Viejo South board member, this time Jim Bailey, has resigned from the board. No eblast has been sent by the RVS board or Community Manager, at least I have not received one, notifying residents of this event. This makes three this term.  When Eric Sanders resigned, the board appointed Carol Thompson, a direct slap in the face to residents who obviously voted otherwise during the election.  When Barbara Boyd resigned, no action was taken, even though Marcia Kaplan had the next highest votes in the election.  Why the double standard?  Am I correct that according to Roberts’ Rules of Order, though not mandated, the person with the highest number of votes in the previous election should be the next to fill a vacancy?  And does anyone know why Jim Bailey’s resignation is all so hush-hush? My understanding is that he resigned more than a week ago – and we’re sorry to see you go,  Jim.

RVS Board Insults the Intelligence of Residents

Last week RVS residents received a “landscaping newsletter” from Vince Montoya. A newsletter usually provides information. This “newsletter” from Heads Up, our landscaping contractor, was nothing more than a free advertisement for their services. I assume the RVS Board approved this. The ad is apparently going to be a monthly occurrence. If Heads Up wants to advertise its services it can do so in our quarterly newsletter and pay for the ad, just like any other business. Does the Board think residents are so stupid that we can’t see this is a blatant subsidy of Heads Up?

There are many cases of HOAs across the country having too cozy a relationship with their vendors and service providers. Sometimes kickbacks are involved. I hope that is not happening here but I can’t be sure based on the past behavior of our Board.

If you object to this clumsy attempt to fool us and want it to stop, notify the Board president, Bernie Paiz: bernardpaiz@msn.com