Hopefully by now you have read your letter
from the HOA that was received by most residents on July
26,2012, if not go read it before going any further.
If you have heard that a petition is going
around to replace the current board you heard correct. The
level of unproffessionalism contained in the letter was
totally uncalled for and definitely unbecoming of the current
board members. If you are like us and are fed up with the
board not communicating, doing as they please with our money
with no input from the residents, handing out violations
without justification, or just don't like the current members,
please join us in righting the wrongs done to our subdivisions
We are going door to door with the petition,
but it is a slow process trying to explain what is going
on and what we plan to do to correct the problems. So, in
addition to going door to door, we are going to place a
booth at the corner of Melrose and Petersburg to collect
signatures and to try to answer any questions any of you
may have. I think we can all agree that the current reputation
of the board is somewhat tarnished which directly affects
the desirability of potential homeowners to not only move
in, but also for current homeowners to stay in our subdivision.
This affects the value of our homes directly and not in
a good way. Our goal is to do everything in our power to
make Richmond Place Subdivision a once again desirable and
fun place to live, but we have to start somewhere.
Please do not blindly believe the rhetoric
that was sent out in the letters. If you have ANY questions
or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, we currently only have 175 FB fans for the Richmond
Place Residents FB page so please spread the word to your
neighbors to “like” the page. It was created to be YOUR
voice and we are fighting to be sure that it is kept as
a place where you can voice your opinions/concerns, ask
questions, or even seek help from your fellow neighbors
as some residents have done in the past couple of weeks.
The downloadable and printable PDF of the petition is linked
below and you will also see just a few of the Richmond Place
By-Laws that were violated in the letter sent out by the
If you have the same feelings and care for
this subdivision as we do then help us by signing the petition
when it comes to your door, or if you can, stop by the booth
at the Common Area on Melrose and sign there.
We thank you for your time and support.
Richmond Place Fun Faction
Petition to remove the current board members (PDF)
If you still
have your letter, please view page 1 of the letters received
on July 26, 2012 by most residents. This ballot is claimed
to be the "offical ballot" as of the June 23,
on this link to view the ballot that was posted by the
current HOA Board on June 20, 2012 at 10:45am.
The ballot at
the above link was the ballot at the meeting as Deb had
said she did not want to be on there again, Drake had already
resigned from the board and rumors were that Carolyn and
Karen were going to resign at the meeting. Why does the
ballot sent out in the letters not match the one that hasn't
been edited since BEFORE the meeting?
A quick list of Richmond Place By-Laws
violated in the letter sent out:
Richmond Place Subdivision By-Laws (PDF)
#1. By-Law 3.3 states "Written
notice of each meeting of the Members shall be given by
or at the direction of, the Secretary of the Association
or a person authorized to call the meeting, by mailing a
copy of such notice, postage prepaid, at
least thirty (30) days prior to such meeting, unless
a special meeting is called whereby circumstances arise
wherein thirty (30) days cannot be given prior to the meeting,
a fifteen (15) day notice shall be given to each Member
entitled to vote thereat, addressed to the Member
at the most recent address supplied by such Member to the
Association for the purpose of notice, or if no such address
shall be furnished, then to the street address of the Lot
owned by such Member. Such notice shall specify a reasonable
place, date and hour of the meeting, and in case of a special
meeting, the purpose of the meeting. All meetings shall
be held in Livingston Parish.
Our annual meeting took place on June
23, 2012 and we received the next official letter from the
HOA on July 26, 2012. The letter received on July 26, 2012
states that the next "meeting" shall be held on
August 6, 2012 which was 11 days notice. This is a clear
violation of our By-Laws. This "meeting" will
be held in a manner that will prevent YOU from having your
voice heard because there will be no discussion, simply
a voting booth to vote for the President's position.
By-Law 8.3 (in the section regarding Officers and Their
Duties) says "Term: The officers of the Association
shall be elected annually by the Members of the Association
and each shall hold office for one (1) year beginning the
day following the annual meeting unless he/she shall sooner
resign, shall be removed or otherwise disqualified to serve.
Our annual meeting held on June 23, did not
have a Quarum present so no elections took place. A Board
specified deadline was given as June 18 for the cutoff day
for nominations, but between that day and the meeting itself
numerous residents submitted their names or names of people
they would like to be nominated for Treasurer and other
positions. The letter sent received on July 26, 2012 says
that no other names were supplied in a timely manner however
that is not true. The letter also says that the current
board members are to keep their terms without a voting process
for them to be "elected" back into term again.
This is a direct violation of By-Law 8.3 and is preventing
us, the Richmond Place Residents, from having a chance to
make any changes. No Board member should ever be allowed
to keep themself in office without the residents having
Page 2 of the letter states that nobody requested to run
for the positions that are currently being held by board
members, yet on the FYI page of the letter you see "Blake
Gibson wants the job as Treasurer because he felt a Board
member did not do enough...." This is proof that he
DID submit his request for the position of Treasurer but
he is not allowed to be on the ballot to run against our
current Treasurer why?
Over a month passed between the Annual Meeting
on June 23, 2012 and the letter reaching our mailboxes on
July 26, 2012 and between that time, numerous other residents
have contacted the board via the only means possible (email@example.com)
to nominate themselves for the next meeting. Why are these
residents not being allowed to run for office while they
keep their seats for their 4th consecutive year?
Some issues that residents would like to discuss
but will not be allowed to do so on August 6, 2012 if the
"meeting" is held in the manner they have scheduled
for it to be held.
1. Police patrols has been the #1 most requested
thing that residents have said they would like our dues
money to be spent on.
Police detail went from $4500 in 2009 to only $120
year to date for 2012. This is an example of our voice being
$10390 was spent on the fountain near the Common Area on
Melrose in 2012.
2. Neighborhood Watch Program: A discussion
started about this on the FB page a few months ago, but
we haven't gotten any more information.