Incumbents reseated in Lazy KV election




MOFFAT — Two incumbents were reseated on the board of the Lazy KV Homeowners Association (HOA) Saturday, Aug. 3, following the airing of contested election issues that played out on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Jack Walker and Lupe Gonzales retained their seats in the election. Last month Michael Powszukiewicz was named president of the board.
Powszukiewicz requested that the Saguache Sheriff’s Office send a deputy to keep peace at the election, and deputy Wayne Clark was on hand for the annual membership meeting.
Everything was calm and all members were well-behaved, Powszukiewicz said. A cardboard box with a slot in the top was used to collect votes and neutral third-party volunteers from the membership counted the ballots, in keeping with the HOA’s by-laws regarding elections.
Powszukiewicz said he is preparing himself for the coming year and the challenges it may bring.
Those opposing the reseating of the incumbents claimed the current board does not have the best interests of the association’s membership at heart and have not addressed water problems, impassable roads, voting issues and other administrative irregularities.
One member, Chester Havens Sr., has filed three court actions against the HOA, successfully settling both suits. Havens maintains that the HOA, in violation of the Kiowa Act, has not held proper elections since its creation in 1972.
HOA member Tabitha Hapl, in a letter sent to the membership prior to the election, noted that proxy votes can be signed to help meet the quorum by putting a line through the proxy name location and writing in “for quorum use only.” Proxy votes also can be kept for 11 months and used to vote on other issues, Hapl wrote.
The Baca Grande Property Owner’s Association had similar problems for several years but have since arrived at a solution to their elections which satisfies both the board and the membership.
According to one source, the county is displeased with the way the water issues have been handled by the HOA, since the county public health office was not notified of the recent water line breaks. The water issue is the main concern of HOA residents.
County officials reportedly would like to include the subdivision in its economic development plan but are unsure how to resolve the many issues plaguing the subdivision. In order to begin a campaign to attract tourists and potential new residents, the unsightly settlements along Highway 17 would first need to be addressed.
Jack Walker and Lupe Gonzales retained their seats in the election. Last month Michael Powszukiewicz was named president of the board.
Powszukiewicz requested that the Saguache Sheriff’s Office send a deputy to keep peace at the election, and deputy Wayne Clark was on hand for the annual membership meeting.
Everything was calm and all members were well-behaved, Powszukiewicz said. A cardboard box with a slot in the top was used to collect votes and neutral third-party volunteers from the membership counted the ballots, in keeping with the HOA’s by-laws regarding elections.
Powszukiewicz said he is preparing himself for the coming year and the challenges it may bring.
Those opposing the reseating of the incumbents claimed the current board does not have the best interests of the association’s membership at heart and have not addressed water problems, impassable roads, voting issues and other administrative irregularities.
One member, Chester Havens Sr., has filed three court actions against the HOA, successfully settling both suits. Havens maintains that the HOA, in violation of the Kiowa Act, has not held proper elections since its creation in 1972.
HOA member Tabitha Hapl, in a letter sent to the membership prior to the election, noted that proxy votes can be signed to help meet the quorum by putting a line through the proxy name location and writing in “for quorum use only.” Proxy votes also can be kept for 11 months and used to vote on other issues, Hapl wrote.
The Baca Grande Property Owner’s Association had similar problems for several years but have since arrived at a solution to their elections which satisfies both the board and the membership.
According to one source, the county is displeased with the way the water issues have been handled by the HOA, since the county public health office was not notified of the recent water line breaks. The water issue is the main concern of HOA residents.
County officials reportedly would like to include the subdivision in its economic development plan but are unsure how to resolve the many issues plaguing the subdivision. In order to begin a campaign to attract tourists and potential new residents, the unsightly settlements along Highway 17 would first need to be addressed.
Jack Walker and Lupe Gonzales retained their seats in the election. Last month Michael Powszukiewicz was named president of the board.
Powszukiewicz requested that the Saguache Sheriff’s Office send a deputy to keep peace at the election, and deputy Wayne Clark was on hand for the annual membership meeting.
Everything was calm and all members were well-behaved, Powszukiewicz said. A cardboard box with a slot in the top was used to collect votes and neutral third-party volunteers from the membership counted the ballots, in keeping with the HOA’s by-laws regarding elections.
Powszukiewicz said he is preparing himself for the coming year and the challenges it may bring.
Those opposing the reseating of the incumbents claimed the current board does not have the best interests of the association’s membership at heart and have not addressed water problems, impassable roads, voting issues and other administrative irregularities.
One member, Chester Havens Sr., has filed three court actions against the HOA, successfully settling both suits. Havens maintains that the HOA, in violation of the Kiowa Act, has not held proper elections since its creation in 1972.
HOA member Tabitha Hapl, in a letter sent to the membership prior to the election, noted that proxy votes can be signed to help meet the quorum by putting a line through the proxy name location and writing in “for quorum use only.” Proxy votes also can be kept for 11 months and used to vote on other issues, Hapl wrote.
The Baca Grande Property Owner’s Association had similar problems for several years but have since arrived at a solution to their elections which satisfies both the board and the membership.
According to one source, the county is displeased with the way the water issues have been handled by the HOA, since the county public health office was not notified of the recent water line breaks. The water issue is the main concern of HOA residents.  
County officials reportedly would like to include the subdivision in its economic development plan but are unsure how to resolve the many issues plaguing the subdivision. In order to begin a campaign to attract tourists and potential new residents, the unsightly settlements along Highway 17 would first need to be addressed.

Advertisement


Video News