*UPDATED* HI board may consider nomination exception

Friday, October 24, 2014

*UPDATED* HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Board of Commissioners will consider a request to make an exception to a regulation concerning board candidate requirements at its meeting Monday.

District Manager Dennis Kelly said he had received a letter from property owner Terry Bushay, who nominated developer Tom Dees as a board candidate for next year. (Ed. note: See Bushay's and additional letter from Roxie Howard here.) Dees was disqualified from running because he did not pay his overdue assessments until Monday, Oct. 20, the day of the nomination meeting.

According to Amendment #3, which the board made to Regulation 23-2002 in August, a nominée must be current on his or her assessments and utility bills by close of business on the business day preceding nomination day to become a candidate. Dees would have had to pay his assessments by close of business on Oct. 17.

However, in the official election notice that went to all property owners in September, no deadline is given by which to make assessments and utility bills current.

State law also does not impose such restrictions on SID candidates, only that they be resident property owners.

In light of that, Bushay is requesting the board make an exception to the regulation.

Also on the agenda, the board will look at the Matchpoint Inc. water leak detection report, a revised draft contract from the Slinkard Law Firm and the 2015 budget.

The meeting, open to the public, will take place Monday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m. at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive.

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  • They better make an exception. The BOC is what is causing Holiday Island to flop. Get rid of the Golfies, they are useless and costing us added expense.

    -- Posted by roger40 on Fri, Oct 24, 2014, at 8:14 AM
  • TO THE NON RESIDENTS PROPERTY OWNERS:

    I AM PLANNING TO ATTEND MON. MEETING.IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS YOU WOULD LIKE FOR ME TO ASK,RESPOND TO THIS ARTICLE AND I WILL TRY TO GET YOU AN ANSWER.

    -- Posted by property owner on Fri, Oct 24, 2014, at 9:50 AM
  • where did the BOC get it authority to regulate elections? This seems just one more of they're rules to insure a fellow golfer with the same ideas and philosophy is elected. He was delinquent in paying them, but the rules says not current, which he was at the time of nomination. Report this to the State Election Board.

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Fri, Oct 24, 2014, at 11:59 AM
  • The golf courses are an important part of Holiday Island. The combination of good leadership and working together can result in keeping the golf courses and losing the deficit.

    Roxie Howard

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Fri, Oct 24, 2014, at 7:15 PM
  • "OUT HERE IN THE WEEDS"

    Roxie kid, you are so wrong. There just is no way to maintain the courses and lose the deficit. Just no way Roxie. Sorry, economics 101 tells us that.

    J. Paul Brown

    Smokhous

    -- Posted by smokhous on Fri, Oct 24, 2014, at 7:55 PM
  • The economics are easy:

    1. Change course. What is being done is increasing debt. Doing nothing continues the slide toward Detroit-like bankruptcy. What will folks when do when the water and sewers stop working?

    2. Increase income by marketing the vacant lots. It is the perfect time to start marketing those lots. 10,000 people retire every day.

    3. Reduce costs as much as reasonably possible to stop the deficit plunge until the lot sales generate new income.

    Of course if the BOC or homeowners do nothing -- then you are correct - there is no way maintain the courses and lose the deficit. The BOC and homeowners need to act now.

    Roxie Howard

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Fri, Oct 24, 2014, at 9:31 PM
  • To NRHIpropertyowner, who writes I should purchase his lot; but who remains nameless, hiding his identity behind the handle NHRIpropertyowner, while running me down ("total ignorance") may wish to consider that hiding behind a handle and running potential buyers down will most likely always result in a no-sale.

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Sat, Oct 25, 2014, at 7:32 AM
  • roxielynn

    To your statement of using a handle instead of my name I do not know why NRHI does it, but for me I actually have a home there. Not being able to be there all the time I find it better if my address is not known. I will be at mon. meeting. Hope to see you there.

    -- Posted by property owner on Sat, Oct 25, 2014, at 8:45 AM
  • It appears that your opinion, the definition of "total ignorance" is a retirement home buyer seizing on a buying opportunity and purchasing a retirement home for 30 percent less than previous owner. In that case, I am so proud to be totally ignorant. Roxie Howard

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Sat, Oct 25, 2014, at 10:08 AM
  • Roxie, having read your comments would indicate to most that if you have lived here just 4 months, you haven't a clue of the goings on at H.I.. You also could not be aware of the continued allocated money being diverted to pet projects then the necessary infrastructure never gets repaired. One has to be delusional to think the golf facilities prop up home values. The exact opposite is occurring when you factor in a half a million dollar golf deficit, that would show even greater if charged for the water to keep the play ground moist and the volunteer mowing. Everything you have mentioned has been tried and failed. You need more time here and pick wisely who you listen too! Look up the word ignorance, it's not a derogatory or demeaning word. On the other hand stupid is.....

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Sat, Oct 25, 2014, at 4:03 PM
  • I never professed to have all the answers. I do know that there are consequences to closing golf courses:

    http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2010/04/04/1405472/golf-gone-wild.html

    http://www.ccfj.net/HOAFLGolfCourseWeeds.html

    http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/101690528.html

    http://tomchang.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/rotonda-golf-director-talks-about-forme...

    I believe there are solutions. I do not believe all the solutions have been tried yet.

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Sat, Oct 25, 2014, at 5:52 PM
  • I share my opinion again, but that doesn't mean it will come to pass! There is little that can be done to save H.I., or for it to prosper. The assessments and water bills will raise until even the most uncaring person yells foul!

    Why? Because as a SID, guideline, rules and regulations are at play, that must be adhered too. But the biggest single factor is the BOC with the enhancements and protectionism of the 2 golf courses. As long as there is a mindset that 2 golf courses, continued expenditures that are unnecessary with low user fees, the deficit will only increase.

    Even closing of the 9 hole which I support will not lower the deficit. An Island Park in place of the 9 hole is an idea that might attract property/home buyers, but it will not change the fact the golf courses are now, and always will be a money pit.

    Times have changed with regard to golf, as the new generation of adults and they're families spend time and money that entertain they're family.

    I believe as the present golfers age and or pass, there will be even more monies required to support these courses with less attendance. I'm not saying the golf courses are going away, but there will be fewer of them and they will be more costly to maintain. For communities that diversify and add new attractions to they're community they may very well proper and even maintain or lower the golf deficit.

    This is not one of those communities nor will it be, with present attitudes and allocation of monies to cover operating expenses. I can only see business as usual, until the pockets are empty and this community goes into receivership.

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Sun, Oct 26, 2014, at 11:00 AM
  • "OUT HERE IN THE WEEDS"

    Dear Roxie,

    Would you have bought here if you had known HI 's water system was in the final stages of total collapse..? If you had known the golf courses were in a $700K deficit operating mode..? If you had know the horrific number of lots which had been quit claimed to HI..? If you had known the BOC was in the grasp of the golf course community and these Folks had perpetrated the lie that HI could not live without the golf courses..?

    Somehow I don't think so. They used the term "ignorant" against you..! I will apologize t you for that. I really think you to be misinformed or at most, uninformed. I don't believe you are one of those who "fiddle while Rome burns" as it were. Playing golf on unfunded courses while the rest of us live on rutted dirt roads with little to no water pressure.

    No Roxie, there was a reason you bought your property at such a discount. Those Folks wanted out of here..! I noticed you quit placing your name on your emails. Please don't give up that show of courage. Step up with me and don't cower behind anonymity..! OK...!?

    Take the time some evening to drive down my rutted dirt road which was a hard surfaced street when I bought here in 1999. See what is in store for all the community.

    I don't totally agree with you but you have shown common sense which is of short supply around here..!

    J. Paul Brown

    33 Thunderbird (Ln) ROAD

    Smokhous

    -- Posted by smokhous on Sun, Oct 26, 2014, at 11:35 AM
  • J. Paul Brown - Not typing my name, when my log in name is my real life first and middle name and my actual last name appears with my login name in a previous post in the thread (see above) is not being anon. I am amazed that folks automatically assume the worst and do not ask before making negative public judgments about someone.

    Quoting: "Step up with me and don't cower behind anonymity..!" Suggesting I am cowering is not only false, it represents the mean spirited nature of some folks in the community here.

    In regard to making negative judgments based on false beliefs: Quoting J. Paul Brown, "Would you have bought... Somehow I don't think so." Your assumption is again wrong. Some folks act as if buying property at Holiday Island is the end of the world. The property tax in New Jersey, where my husband and I lived prior to coming to Holiday Island, was more than $1000.00 a month. By comparison Holiday Island taxes and fees are a bargain. The roads where we lived in New Jersey had a lot of pot holes. Some folks in Holiday Island apparently see Holiday Island as some declining and decaying Detroit. I see it as a beautiful place with live.

    However, the soaring Golf deficit must end. BOC members need to make that a high priority. If they are unwilling or unable to make that high priority, they need to resign. Continuing to go nearly half a million dollars a year in the red is immoral, irresponsible and should be completely unacceptable to all home owners -- even the golfers. The BOC must begin immediately to get cost down and revenue up. If they are unable or unwilling to do so, then the property owners need to remove them. If the property owners do not remove them - then they should not complain.

    The BOC can start by terminating the Golf Pro. Isn't it obvious that Holiday Island cannot afford a golf pro? As an alternative the Golfers can create an organization to fund paying a golf pro if they feel Holiday Island needs a golf pro.

    Again, I am not sure why some folks posting messages need to make the worst assumptions and be mean spirited. I fail to see how doing that helps making the issues affecting Holiday Island any better.

    Roxie Howard

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Sun, Oct 26, 2014, at 12:44 PM
  • "OUT HERE IN THE WEEDS"

    Whoa Roxie,,! I'm on your side. I just noticed you quit signing your name when the comment was made about giving up your location. I was impressed that you were signing in. I was just afraid you had succumbed to pressure. I'm good with your approach..! OK..?

    The reference to 4 lane highways is good. Don't know it will be to HI, but certainly to Eureka. Fact is tho, when HI becomes financially sound as an investment, this nonsense of the golf course will stop. Investment giants will devour the BOC and their refusal to adhere to state law. Money talks and the BOC walks. HI will become a much sought after bedroom community for the million or so who will inhabit the quad cities of NW Arkansas. No golf course, no park, just more favored lots to sell to those who wish to live away from the multiplex.

    Meantime, we can watch the selfish people above the rim continue to "fiddle" while we loose our water system and the state takes control.

    Just say'n..!

    J. Paul Brown

    33 Thunderbird ROAD

    Smokhous

    -- Posted by smokhous on Sun, Oct 26, 2014, at 5:18 PM
  • 1. It is well-established that an improvement districts powers are limited to those that are statutorily authorized. I would like know upon what statutes the Board of Commissioners relied when drafting the election laws they are attempting to impose.

    2. In a MEMORANDUM dated September 20, 2013, From Dennis Kely, District Manager with the Subject "Voting Rules Clarification" it is written:

    "In addition to the September 16 memo [Memo addressed to Property Owners], the following items represent a further clarification and understanding of the District's past practices and are presented in an effort to clarify those past practices and avoid any potential conflicts or irregularities regarding the District's voting procedures:"

    THEREFORE, the District admits in its memo to sending one set of rules to home owners while keeping separate set of rules to enforce -- upon what Statute did the BOC rely to create two sets of voting rules?

    Roxie Howard

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Sun, Oct 26, 2014, at 8:18 PM
  • It should be obvious to everyone after the last elections, it is just a formality, as those who the BOC wants, will fill the vacated seats. Until the BOC no longer is a functioning body, nothing will change, and no one they disapprove of will ever sit in those five high back chairs.

    Normal protocol would have given Curt Johnson the vacated seat by Ken Ames. But they decided to chose one of they're own.

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Sun, Oct 26, 2014, at 10:44 PM
  • One question: Does HISID's requirement that a person be current on assessments and utility constitute a POLL TAX? If so, wouldn't that violate the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution? If so, then did HISID violate Mr. Dees Constitutional rights?

    One more question: Is it legal for a SID to discriminate between a resident and non-resident property owner for the purpose of nominations? By what Statute is HISID permitted to draft regulations preventing non-resident property owners from being nominated?

    Roxie Howard

    (Have I asked enough questions?) Come to the BOC meeting.

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Sun, Oct 26, 2014, at 11:21 PM
  • 2010 Arkansas Code

    Title 14 - Local Government

    Subtitle 5 - Improvement Districts Generally

    Chapter 92 - Suburban Improvement Districts

    Subchapter 2 - Suburban Improvement Districts Generally

    § 14-92-240 - Districts of less than six thousand lots -- Alteration of number of and method of selecting commissioners.

    "(2) Each property owner in attendance at the meeting to nominate shall be entitled to nominate one (1) district resident property owner. Each property owner shall be entitled to one (1) vote for each position of commissioner to be filled. A property owner may cast his or her vote in person at the meeting conducted to elect commissioners or may vote by an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots must be received prior to the meeting held to elect commissioners. Any absentee ballot may be requested by any property owner."

    This may be code relied upon to distinguish between resident and non-resident property owner.

    -- Posted by roxielynn on Mon, Oct 27, 2014, at 2:56 AM
  • 8 days to election! I wonder who will win, as if it matters. Non-golfers will never win the elections.....Oh! Oh! My bad, there's no non-golfers running......unless Tom Dees is allowed. I guarantee Tom wouldn't win...

    The inactions of a passive society allows evil to flourish.

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Mon, Oct 27, 2014, at 7:28 AM
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