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ConorM
(Illinois)

Posts:15


09/02/2013 4:55 AM  
We have a good deal of issues to deal with in our building. I try to keep all of my fellow board members in the loop, and from time to time, I need their input. Well, one is really good at responding. Then there is another, who based on a personal vendetta against me, will poo-poo on everything. I have two more who just don't respond.

While I think I need a majority to make decisions, do I really? Is it better to get the one board member in support, go ahead, and then vote after the fact at the next meeting? (better to ask forgiveness than ask permission) Need brainstorming to get things done!
TimB4
(Tennessee)

Posts:17830


09/02/2013 7:36 AM  
Conor,

The answer is YES you really do need to have a majority.


As a Director, you are authorized one vote in every issue before the board. Majority rule makes the decision.

If you are an Officer, in addition to being a Director, you only have the authority granted that office. If you perceive that you have additional authority beyond what your governing documents say the office has, you would be wrong.

JH3
(Maryland)

Posts:67


09/02/2013 3:32 PM  
Unresponsive board members are annoying to say the least. They cause more problems than they solve.

You need a majority vote to do anything.

There's two ways to get a vote in this situation, 1) keep asking until they answer, 2) kick them off the board (if your documents allow for it, almost all of them do).

The fewer board members you have, the easier it is to have a majority vote.

GlenL
(Ohio)

Posts:5491


09/02/2013 4:42 PM  
JH lets be clear here, Board members can be removed but if they were elected to the Board, then they would need to be recalled by the homeowners eligible to vote. More importantly they would need to be replaced in the same election.

Studies show that 5 out of 4 people have problems with fractions
KellyM3
(North Carolina)

Posts:1803


09/05/2013 7:24 AM  
I would say a person is more apt to find unresponsive board members in an HOA structure.
PatriciaH4
(Texas)

Posts:42


09/05/2013 8:42 AM  
Perhaps you can tell the members of the board that a non-response will be considered a yes vote?
TimB4
(Tennessee)

Posts:17830


09/05/2013 1:39 PM  
Posted By PatriciaH4 on 09/05/2013 8:42 AM
Perhaps you can tell the members of the board that a non-response will be considered a yes vote?




Being non-responsive is just that, being non-responsive.
It can not be considered a yea or a nay vote.
Heck, it can't even be considered an abstention (because that would indicate present but not voting).

It is simply what it is. Being non-responsive
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