Thirteen proposals that would affect the future of Hot Springs Village will be discussed in public meetings.
Two more local town hall meetings by the Property Owners’ Association and two more forums by We the People, For the People are planned. All four meetings will be in Woodlands Auditorium.
Property owners in good standing will decide the fate of 12 proposed Declaration amendments, a well as a proposal to update the articles of incorporation, in a Nov. 30 election.
Ballots will be mailed on Oct. 26. Owners may cast ballots in person on Nov. 30, the day that final proxies and ballots will be counted. If approved, the amended articles of incorporation would go into effect next January.
Notice of approved amendments would be made next April, with the amended Declaration going into effect in April 2020.
The POA will hold local town hall meetings on Sept. 17 and Oct. 29. POA representatives are also traveling to regional meetings to discuss the proposals, and volunteers are available to speak to organizations about the proposals.
The 1993 Arkansas non-profit incorporation law is much more detailed than the 1963 law that the POA was incorporated under in 1970.
The POA mailed a 32-page document on the proposals to owners on July 13. The document can also be viewed at http://explorethevillage.com/vision/2018vote/ and https://wethehsvpeople.com/important-info.
The latter website also has a 15-page white paper written by Tom Blakeman, “Opposition White Paper 8918,” a Comprehensive Master Plan synopsis by Phil Lemler, data analysis and graphs by Frank Leeming, POA protective covenants adopted April 18, and other information.
The POA has set up a special email address for answering questions about the CMP, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact We the People through a form at https://wethehsvpeople.com/cont act.
POA officials say updating HSV’s governing documents “will eliminate or replace obsolete and confusing provisions, equalize unbalanced voting provisions, and will tailor the documents to fit the current living experience and expectations of property owners.
Conversely, they say, “Not casting an affirmative vote could mean the continuation of voting imbalances, burdensome development timelines, insufficient assessments, and financial liabilities imposed on property owners by for-profit entities.” The POA asks each owner to study the proposals carefully, then form an opinion.
In their papers, Blakeman and Lemler question each proposal. We the People, For the People opposes all 13 proposals.
Here are the 13 proposals:
This amendment updates the articles of incorporation for the POA to be governed by the Arkansas Nonprofit Act of 1993. It currently is governed by the Arkansas Nonprofit Act of 1963.