HISID board takes no action on voting rights for timeshare owners

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

HOLIDAY ISLAND--The Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District Board of Commissioners refused on Monday to make a decision regarding voting rights in district elections for timeshare owners. Instead, commissioners decided to take the issue up with state lawmakers in next year's legislative session in Little Rock. Later in the meeting that decision was rescinded and a further meeting of the commissioners, attorneys and members of the public was set tentatively for Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at the district office.

Timeshare owners have never had the right to vote in HISID elections but there is a growing concern and an ongoing lawsuit against HISID by Table Rock Landing, a collection of timeshare owners in Holiday Island. The timeshare owners are asking for a total of 56 votes. That amounts to two votes for each property, the same as for all other property owners. They are not asking for voting rights for each individual owner. That would amount to more than 1,400 votes.

According to HISID attorney Matt Bishop, the question is whether or not timeshare owners are actual property owners when it comes to voting.

In other business the board approved treating and funding of a community garden as a HIISID amenity. The garden project is being led by B.J. Dennis and was originally planned to be built in a mostly unused tennis court near The Barn. That plan has been changed and the garden is to be constructed on open land in the same area. That location will require the building of a fence at an estimated cost of $5,400 to the district.

Marina operator Kolin Paulk was congratulated for his work stopping a 300-gallon fuel spill on August 27. The spill was caused by the failure of a pressure relief valve. Some fuel did reach the lake but according to District Manager Lawrence Blood the rock formation in the actual spill area trapped most of the fuel. Paulk found the leak and shut down the fuel supply after noticing a sheen on the water. The estimated cost of the cleanup operation was $25,000. The district is seeking reimbursement from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. If they are successful then the cost to the district might be cut to an estimated $7,500.

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