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Dear ACIA members:
Through social media, it has come to the attention of the Board for the Association that there are accusations regarding board President Ric Halbrook's eligibility to serve on the board. In an effort to dispel any rumors, the following is provided: Mr. Halbrook was asked to take a vacant position on the board in April, 2014. Prior to taking the position, the Board wanted to verify his qualification as a member in the community. After research and contacting the ACIA lawyer, it was determined that Mr. Halbrook was eligible to serve and was subsequently appointed to serve on the Board. State Law does not require he share information of title with the membership generally, like anyone else in the state of Texas.
Regarding the question of shutting down a meeting because he was asked about ownership is not true. The meeting was shut down because of an uproar over the argument on the floor about not taping during meetings (audio and visual recording are not permitted). While doing so, a battery of questions came from a member and this question was a part of them. The cause of the meeting to close was not the question posed about ownership, but the uproar over some of the member’s refusal to stop recording the event. One of these community members is currently filing claims with the insurance company against the Association, with a promise of more claims to follow. Unfortunately, the Association has a $10.000.00 deductible; an unforeseen expense should these claims move forward.
The Board does not consider ADC or similar websites a source of Association information or facts and does not intend to defend allegations or comments made on them. The Board invites everyone to come to the regular meetings held on the 4th Monday of each month (except December) at 7 pm at The Overlook or visit www.aciahomeowners.org or www.sterlingasi.net. Thank you for your time and we hope to see you at the November 12th annual meeting.
ASSOCIATION WEBSITE: Just to recap, the Board of Directors does not consider or acknowledge ADC or similar websites as a site or tool for Association business. Questions posed on these websites regarding Association related matters will not be acknowledged.
If you have any questions for the Board, you may do so via www.aciahomeowners.org website or attend the monthly meetings. Unfortunately, due to legal allegations made by a member asserting claims against the associations’ insurance policy, the association will not be corresponding on any matters that might be the subject of a claim. Additionally, many of these questions have been answered or are available via the Open Records Policy, put in place to look after the members and mandated by the state legislature.
The Board of Directors would like to thank the volunteers who served in 2015 and look forward to a busy 2016.
Editorial from your ACIA President.
Social Media the Double Edged Sword:
Social media can be used to share news, hobbies, and opinions, both good and bad. When some choose to use it for smear campaigns, the truth usually gets lost in translation. Those who hide behind Avatars(fictional anonymous name or handle), confuse facts about information and people. If they are honestly confusing the facts, they should investigate further before spreading that confusion. If they know they are sharing incorrect and untrue information to further their own agenda, they are bullies and cowards, in my opinion. This will ultimately hurt our entire community. One person created an account to post a picture of a homeowner’s home with an unfinished paint job. This picture went viral, resulting in verbal abuse, unfounded accusations and overall community discord. Avatars created in 15 minutes foddered allegations against the homeowners and your HOA. Your BOT was tried and convicted of wrong doing based on assumptions. They were very wrong and it wasn’t so funny in the end, after damage was done. These same volunteers spend countless hours trying to keep our community well run, from the business side to beautification, all while staying within a budget. As a volunteer to this community, I have endured countless and never ending bashing on social media. Called out by name, with no recourse but to battle an Avatar I could name, but choose not to on Social Media.
I choose not to discuss ACIA business on a public chat site, where it does not need not to be. I feel that it would be compromising our sense of community in the ACIA area. These same Avatars come to the meetings and ask redundant questions from last year and years before, taking up valuable time and resources. Time and resources which should be used to improve and advance present and future ACIA business. They use Social Media to bundle statements that make it sound like the 2015 BOT volunteers are guilty of wrongdoing, when the opposite is true.
Without fear, they bundle actions taken by a combination of past boards. Lumping all on the current BOT. They post their gossip and untruths on public forum, bashing our community and spreading their disease like wildfire.
Members of the ACIA community, I am an honest and hardworking volunteer. It is time to step forward and say enough is enough. This virus has the potential of harming our community and retarding our growth. Members, if you have questions about YOUR community, email anyone on our website for answers. Do yourself a favor, don’t trust someone who hides behind a keyboard.
NOTICE OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING
The Board of Directors for the Atascocita Community Improvement Association will hold a regular meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00:pm., at The Overlook 20114 Pinehurst Drive, Atascocita, TX 77346.
The subject of the meeting is general business of the Association, including but not limited to, discussion of items related to the Association budget and expenditures as well as discussion of repair and maintenance of the assets owned by the Association. An appeal from the denial of an architectural application may be considered during executive session.
Discussions involving personnel, pending or threatened litigation, contract negotiations, enforcement actions, and confidential communications with the Association attorney, matters involving invasion of privacy of owners, and other matters that are confidential by request of an affected party and agreement of the Board are discussed in executive session.
We hope you will join us to hear what is going on in your community!
Very Truly Yours,
Atascocita Community Improvement Association
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