Why Borrowing is a Good Idea

By now, you’ve heard we have a big project on the horizon, and we’re currently reviewing how we’ll finance it. For a few reasons we’d be happy to explain, we don’t believe we’ll have enough funds in the association’s operating budget or reserves to cover the project’s entire bill. We understand special assessments—even though they’re…

Help Make our Community Better

Your community has lots going on, and that includes a range of upcoming social events as well several important ongoing projects. The website needs updating, there’s always room for another article in the association newsletter, and several committees—budget, landscaping, road maintenance and election oversight—are looking for volunteers. You can be instrumental in helping to plan…

Democracy in the Community

As a homeowner in this community, you have a right to participate in deciding what will be done about community issues that affect all residents. By casting your vote—either in person or by proxy or absentee ballot—you can help make important choices like renovating the community center, replacing the street lamps, approving a special assessment…

Calling all Homeowners

All meetings of the association board are open meetings. Residents are encouraged to observe meetings and read approved minutes. Residents who wish to address the board are welcome to do so during the homeowner forum conducted at the beginning of each business meeting. Here are few tips for participating: 1. Put it in writing. You…

The Purpose of Community Associations

What is this entity that collects your assessments, mows the lawn and occasionally throws a party? One way to think of our community association is as a service organization that provides three types of services to owners and residents.  Community maintenance servicescollecting trash, publishing the newsletter, orienting new owners, conducting meetings and sponsoring social…

Heading Off Burnout

Burnout is more than just stress—it’s how your mind and your body tell you a change is needed. Do you find yourself withdrawing from work and caring less about results? Are you working harder, often mechanically or to the point of exhaustion? Just going through the motions? Try a few tips for keeping burnout at…

Tips to Discourage Burglars

The association makes every effort to maintain a secure environment in our community, but there is only so much we’re authorized to do. Unfortunately, illegal entries into homes in our area—and others—happen from time to time. Residents can do more to protect themselves and their property than the association can do. Here are a few…