The strict formality of meetings in terms of asking questions and getting responses is very liming to homeowners and does not promote discussion. What other ideas of openly engaging with the community do you have?From Jennifer Allran | Salt Cedar
- Kate Bice: Again, I think it is important that the homeowner’s feel heard and have an opportunity to provide feedback to the Board and Management. I would like to thank the homeowners that do this constructively currently. I think there is more of an opportunity to have open sessions with Board members or management to provide feedback in the forms of community cafes, meet and greets, and surveys. I am also interested to hear ideas that the membership has on promoting respectful dialog and communication.
- Bob Lijana: See comments on Questions 1 and 2 (collectively finding more and varied ways to share input with each other).
- Liz Rolison: The monthly Public Board meetings are not designed for dialogue and two-way discussion with homeowners, they are business meetings where we have to devote the majority of the time to getting decisions made and moving business forward. We do have a Homeowner Forum to allow homeowners to bring their questions and issues forward and this year added responses to these questions during these sessions, but as part of a business meeting time allotted to this forum is limited.
The Town Hall sessions, offered each quarter, are the opportunity for two-way dialogue with board members. At these sessions, homeowners can ask questions or voice opinions and have an opportunity for the board to respond. These sessions last at least two hours and can be attended either in person or via Zoom. These sessions are recorded and made available for resident access on our website.
All homeowners and residents are also invited to submit their questions or issues to our management company for response. If management cannot respond, they forward these to the board members so that we can weigh in on a response.
Finally, there are opportunities for homeowners to volunteer for a committee that gives them an opportunity to work directly with the board and management on issues of importance to them.
- Tom Speer: A few years ago residents from the community led very good discussions on landscaping and another led a wastewater discussion group. I like the idea of having residents volunteer to facilitate sessions in their neighborhood with the board as it did lead to excellent discussions and also expanded the opportunities to engage face-to-face.
- William Weitz: The town halls allow for a free form format. Some have been too limited to time for questions and discussion. I would like to have moderated chats by residents.