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Election time is nigh!

Candidates needed to lead Kentlands into the future

A previous Crier article (on page 11 of the August Print Edition) announced the Elections Committee’s timeline for this fall: September 11th the Assembly mails information to Kentlands residents; October 2nd is the deadline for non-titleholders (e.g., renters, adult children) to register to vote; and October 9th is the deadline for candidate packages to be submitted.

Front cover of book, Flyblister Press, San Francisco, CA, 1996; original source of art is unknown.

For at least the last three election years (i.e., 2014, 2015 and 2016), that is the step where the process stopped, and there were no contested elections. In 2014 and 2015 there were fewer candidates than positions; in 2016 the numbers balanced. Thus no election was held and in two of the three years the Board of Trustees was forced to resort to extreme measures to fill the vacant positions.

The people of Kentlands can only express their opinions about the candidates and what the candidates propose to do as members of the Board if we have a contested election. Simply running for that critical local office is a gift of great value to our community because it allows our community to choose. Please consider offering your “blood, toil, tears and sweat” to help keep Kentlands great.

This year’s election selects three individuals for the Board of Trustees. Each is elected for a two-year term.

The Board has a total of five members. After the election, the new Board will self-organize by selecting a Chair, a Vice-chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The fifth member is simply a Trustee.

These jobs are important and they involve significant work and real responsibility. The Board makes broad decisions on how the Kentlands is managed. They vote to set the annual assessment levels and approve all the major spending decisions. The Board sets Kentlands Citizens Assembly policy. It is also the final authority on citizens’ appeals to the Kentlands Historical Trust and Board of Code Compliance decisions.

In addition, each Board position has individual responsibilities.

The Chair is responsible for managing the Board’s activities. This includes, but is not limited to, establishing the agenda for Board meetings, chairing the meeting itself, and identifying and managing action items assigned to individual Board members. The Chair also acts as the Board’s liaison to two or three specific committees by attending their monthly meetings, writes the Crier’s monthly “From the Chairman” column and reviews material submitted to the Crier to make sure it meets the Board’s minimum standards.

The Vice-chair helps the Chair manage the Board’s activities. The Vice-chair also acts as the Board’s liaison to two or three specific committees by attending their monthly meetings and reviews material submitted to the Crier to make sure it meets the Board’s minimum standards. The Vice-chair also presides over Board meetings in the Chair’s absence.

The Secretary is responsible for certifying the Board’s records are accurate. Doing this should include, but is not limited to, working with our professional staff to produce accurate minutes and making a personal record of the meeting’s events verifying the staff’s work is accurate and complete. The Secretary also acts as the Board’s liaison to two or three specific committees by attending their monthly meetings and reviews material submitted to the Crier to make sure it meets the Board’s minimum standards.

The Treasurer is responsible for working with our professional staff to manage the Assembly’s finances. This includes reviewing the monthly financial and variance reports our management company produces and directing financial issues such as how our reserve funds are invested. The Treasurer is the ex officio member of the Budget and Finance Advisory Committee (BFAC) and actively participates with the BFAC and staff to create the “next year” budget each spring and summer. The Treasurer also acts as the Board’s liaison to one or two committees in addition to the BFAC by attending their monthly meetings, writes the Crier’s monthly “From the Treasurer” column and reviews material submitted to the Crier to make sure it meets the Board’s minimum standards.

The Trustee acts as the Board’s liaison to two or three specific committees by attending their monthly meetings and reviews material submitted to the Crier to make sure it meets the Board’s minimum standards.

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