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',;ociation dispute ComstocK by L. 1t. Stronach Gazette Staff Editors Note: This is the second part of a series on a dispute situation at the Comstock Mobile Home Park in Pahrump. The first part ran in the Pahrump Valley Gazette, July 24, 1997. A third part will run next week with further developments and Comstock Association Board Member's responses. Several members expressed the fact that they are not allowed to speak at association meetings, the homeowner meetings are being conducted as if they were living under a 'dictatorship,' and they have no right to their opinions or voting privileges. According to some members they are being told to shut up during some meetings or "we do what we want" in response to concerns raised at meetings. It appears the issue of question and answer periods after each topic on the agenda is not being handled according to rules. There have been times when no agenda has been distributed to members. At one meeting the board advised members that they were broke 4tnd using reserve funds. The membership concern is, if the association in fact is having financial problems, "where would funds be found to cover the additional expense such as paying an outside accounting firm." An added twist to the financial dilemma is expenditures not motioned, seconded and voted on by the membership, such as a purchase of a utility cart for $1,800 and an air compressor costing $300, per the May homeowners meeting. When the books were checked out, the cost was only $150. During this meeting, President John Weiss commented, "We have a situation here. A litigation that's going to arise or is already' in operation regarding a property owner here who has blatantly violated our CC&Rs,( covenants, conditions and restrictions) which we are supposed to live by. "Our attorney has been in contact with that person's attorney and it's gonna cost our association a large sum of money." He continued, "We heard from our attorneys today and they're quoting a ball-park figure of $3,500 to $5,000 to get this thing arbitrated." Association member, Mary Tummenilli, aretired seniorciti- zen, responded, "You can't ar- bitrate state law." Another member echoed her comment. Tummenilfi remarked, "Hey John, I'm the one that you're talking about and until you give my attorney every- thing he requested in that letter, we won't talk or anything." Via a telephone interview Tumminelli, currently in dis- pute with the association Board of Directors regarding certain CC&R's, contends she has not violated them. No legal action is pending at this time, but Tumminelli has retained an at- torney t6 assist in the solution of her problem. She stated, "They are claiming I needed soil preparation and a pad under my mobile home. I spoke with Gary Gilchrist, head of the State of Nevada Manufactured Home Division and he said 'it is not required.' It appears they are making the rules up as they go along." "They want me to drop my claim against them and they will drop their claim against me." said Tummeniili. Additional issues addressed were possible mutual cessation of claims by both parties with an added condition by the member that three of them, (President John Weiss, Vice-President Ralph Harris and Trea- surer Margaret Long) would resign and not reapply for five years." She continued, "Otherwise, at some point Mr. Weiss will have to go to court and answer my trespassing charge. They seem to be Gestapo headquarters. I've seen concentration camps in Europe and do not want to see that happen here. They are trying to usurp state law." The concerns of an association member (who has requested anonymity from the Pahrump Valley Gazette ) were read aloud by fellow member, J.D. Sinyard. Her introductory note stated, "I am not here to point fingers or seek revenge on anyone." Sinyard read," the board listen to the concerns I have and if there were errors or problems, correct them as soon as possible. Thank you for allowing JD to read my concerns and respond as soon as possible." Tonya Stone, association member, was interviewed. She stated she has numerous documents related to "purported" violations and has even been barred from the meetings. Stone stated she has been officially evicted, although until the home is sold and the family moves to another location they continue to reside at Comstock Park. "I can't get out of there too soon. My children and I can't even use the pool at this point," stated Stone. I support the Pahrump Seniors in their attempt to get the VOTE BACK at the Senior Center To the Nye County Commissioners: Name: Address: Telephone #: Bring to the Pahrump Valley Gazette or mail to Pahrump Valley Gazette 1330 Hwy 160 Ste. 3, Pahrump, NV, 89048 or Attention: Charlie Gronda or Gary Hollis, Pahrump Town Office 400 N. 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