Swimming Pools 101    

Swimming pools can be a disproportionate expense to an association and in many instances the single largest budget expenditure to an association.  The membership usually does not realize the enormous impact a swimming pool has on the association’s annual budget and many times, ironically, the swimming pool is the least utilized of all the common…

Why Must the Association Approve My???

Some in the membership may believe the association is similar to Big Brother when they wish to alter the exterior of their home or do anything that requires approval of the Board of Directors or Architectural Review Committee.  The architectural review or design review program is actually a benefit to everyone—not a burden.  The association’s…

Collaborative Decision Making

Association Boards and Managers must strive to meet the needs of the entire membership. Unfortunately, within this process, the Board and the Manager rarely please everyone. However, engaging in a proactive and collaborative decision making process can reduce or even eliminate conflicts within the association.  At the very least, the membership will understand and be…

Forming Committees

Committee Guidelines   Purpose: Defines expected results of a committees work (not what’s to be done to fulfill goal) Responsibilities: Activities/actions that must be performed to fulfill assigned purpose Organization: Number of members, method to select chair, members’ terms of office, roles of officers and board liaison, desired characteristics Operations: Time, place and frequency of…