REMINDER! To those of you who can’t attend the Meeting, it’s very important that you send your Proxies to David Bennett as soon as possible. Please take a look at the last Post for instructions. Many resident owners share our concerns and have given us their Proxies; we’d like to have all Proxies before the Meeting! Keep your mail coming…you’ve asked a lot of great, helpful questions. Thanks!
This article is from New England Condominium Magazine. It contains quotes from Greg McCracken, the Board’s attorney, whom you and I are paying, about the use and misuse of so-called Executive Sessions. If only his client would take his advice!
Closed-Door Meetings Should Be Used Sparingly
By Marie N. Auger
At a Planning Board meeting in a small Massachusetts town, the members reached an agenda item pertaining to a rather complicated land deal that involved the purchase of hundreds of acres of lakefront property.
Dear Fellow Unit Owner:
In mid-October, Aspetuck condo owners received a “Notice of Special Board Meeting” to discuss and vote on a Proposal to amend the Association’s Rules to limit the number of units that can be leased at Aspetuck Village.
Most owners who read the letter probably failed to understand the ramifications of the Proposal but there were a few who understood that it would have a serious negative impact on their ability to rent their condos. They called a meeting of owners who rent their condos and the consensus was that this was all happening very fast and that we had very little time to respond and make our voices heard. It was clear that unless we came together quickly to let the Board know that we opposed the Amendment to the Rules, it would have been adopted. We retained an attorney, David Bennett.
Board meeting for 11/26/2013 has been cancelled.
At the October Board Meeting, Board attorney Greg McCraken said that the purpose of the proposed Rule is to ensure that Aspetuck can be FHA approved. Details of Aspetuck’s current FHA status were finally exposed after insistence from audience members: it is a fact that AV is NOT FHA approved. The application was rejected because it was incomplete. We are still not approved as of the date of this Post. Please note that the suggestion made by Board Member Cynthia Laveille that the rejection resulted from the “government shutdown” is entirely untrue.
”When complaints about particular directors reach a critical mass, the major recourse for unit owners has been ‘to recall them from office,’ said Greg McCracken in an article in New England Condominium Monthly. Now that’s some good advice from the Board’s attorney and advice that we are following.
Those who attended the October Board Meeting will recall that Greg McCracken, the attorney hired by it to draft and advise on the Proposals that would restrict our ability to rent, continues his refusal to return the telephone calls made to him by our attorney, David Bennett, even after our strong showing and clear interest in the Proposal. Continue reading
Some are having a problem finding the HUD/FHA site to get the information about Aspetuck’s status so here are screenshots that were taken today.
At the “Big Meeting” last Tuesday, Board Members brought up a few times the lack of participation by investors. In order to become more involved and get up to speed on: a) what’s going on and the problems that the Board has to deal with; b) to better understand what’s been going on with the FHA process and to find out, among other things, why we failed to qualify; c) to learn of other problems that we’re not aware of to even ask about; and d) to offer help and expertise, we decided to review the past year of their Meetings.
So we logged on to the Accolade site which is apparently the “official” Aspetuck Village site and we found, after searching for a while to find the right place, that nothing has been posted since 11/6/12!
Here’s the link: http://www.accolademgmt.com/ACA-Home.html We’ll send the password to those on our mailing list.