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16 Thursday, August 14, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Pahrump Valley Insurance Life Group Medical 727-5700 Phone & Fax Roger W. Burnley C.L.U. 1fim0000u00etu Pahrump's Only Complete Over 4,000 Plants in Stock Cactus Desert Plants Succulents (7oz)sTsaees (702) 727-8155 ~ Fax (702) 7276303 201 S. Frontage Rd. PRINTING, Inc. Quality offset printing done in P 00/UtlIUNP Monday - Friday 8am/Spm Saturday- lOam/Spm Member Pahrump Chamber of Commerce Beatty Chamber of Commerce Death Valley Chamber of Commerce Comstock Association conflict continues by 1 H. Stronach Gazette Staff Editors Note: This is the fourth part in 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, the second on July 31, and a third on August 7. Last week some Comstock Homeowner Association, board members gave an interview to the Pahrump Valley Gazette to answer several concerns voiced by a number of association members. One area of concern by some members was that meetings were not being conducted properly. Margaret Long, treasurer and Ralph Hams, vice-president said that they use Roberts Rules of Order as a guideline. One area of contention is the question and answer periods, or the lack thereof. According to Harris, in the beginning when the association was formed, the Q & A period was attempted but not successful. Harvis continued, that (the Q &A concept) doesn't work here. I tell you what - they get so rude we can't finish any of the business. We actually get so disrupted by it they just take over the meeting and we bad to put a stop to it." Long's response was," You will have here someone will give a report and then three to four people will start bad mouthing 'we don't have a say on this.' The leadership group has got to maintain some control. Since 1 have been on the board, January 1, there's an agenda and if members want to be heard they get on the agenda." In response to the questions of homeowners being advised ahead of time on large expenditures, and considering some excessive, Hams said, "When we started out this association we had absolutely nothing. Nothing. We didn't even have a hammer." Hams stressed in the beginning, they had to purchase equipment to take care of the buildings, grounds, mowing lawns, etc. In approximately four years since the association was formed they have spent about $35,000 for equipment. This included such items as two utility carts (the first one lasted only a year and a half), two computer systems (the first didn't hold up under heavy usage), a tractor, office equipment, built a game room and storage shed, major landscaping and updating a 20 year old sprinkler system.. The board's reason for not polling the members for such decisions is two-fold. First, there are only about 20-30 members, (some times as little as eight) that attend the meetings. They feel that is not representative of the association which numbers 668 members. Secondly, the board was elected to make those decisions according to the CC&Rs, written for Comstock. "The members don't do that sort of thing. The only thing the members vote on is when we change the CC&Rs or when we make a major change such as the limitation on rentals. Everyday operating expenses and capitol purchases that we need - that' s done by the board. You have the board to make those decisions in the best interest of the park," Harris said. There was an issue of how WandaBlohm was appointed assistant- treasurer to temporarily replace Long and that it was not according to procedure. Both Harris and Long said it was done according to the CC&Rs. At Long's suggestion we appointed her (Blohm) to fill in for Margaret' s role as treasurer temporarily until Margaret could get back. (Long had an extended leave due to family illness) It was a board decision, yes" Harris said. "I took a typewritten thing for the board approval for Wanda to take over when 1 was absent." Then it was presented, approved and documented in the minutes, Long said. A rumor that had circulated regarding three members of the board verbally resigning was just that, a rumor. According to Harris, when the board decided they didn't want any more abuse they said to Ken Keyes, a fellow board member, "Ken, if you were chairman and you had a board, who would you have on the board, because we are considering resigning. So he misinterpreted that and decided that meant that we all verbally resigned." "We would not leave them high and dry like that in the first place because we live here too and we' ve made a hell of a big investment in the park for years." Hams continued, "So it wasn't anything like that. That's just not a true statement, we did not verbally resign. And I can't speak for the others but I know I' m resigning." Since this interview, Harris did resign and was replaced by Ken Keyes. Formersecretary lslaTurner wasrecently replacedby Lyndee Presgrove, a previousl board member. According to Long there is a difference in interpretation among members of the CC & Rs and on how a petition recall should be conducted. She understands that it requires more than the 20% member signatures the authors oftbe petition thought was required to recall the board. As for Harris' response, he stated, "I haven't had a chance to see it (therecallpetition)ornobodyhasbroughtitby formetosign, lthink I'd probably sign it." When the board decided to hire a management firm they spoke to some local business people who thought the fees were exorbitant. According to Long, the Eugene Burger Management Company, a professional homeowners management firm, is providing financial statements. They are doing the mailing and handling all checks except payroll for $1 per member, with add on charges for things like sending additional notices, taking and returning phone calls and other inquir- ies, etc. She said, "I think they encourage membership participation and handled calls that have come. If they had someone that is legitimately interested, I think they would talk to them. I really do. I don't think they would charge us anymore." "There weren't any others that we knew of other than just people who thought they knew how to run everything." stated Harris. "So we thought we'd go to a professional organization that does homeowner associations. They have a great deal of experience with them and could bail us out of a confusion in terms of our books." Board President, John Weiss declined an interview. Weiss had requested an opportunity for equal time to respond to the issues. In the interim, Weiss changed his mind and was unwilling to grant the interview. In a telephone conversation he stated, "'Too much has been said already. I think it's been adequately covered." )