Jack Sarsam, RCI Senior VP of Operations
With the election for an HOA Resident Director just around the corner, I thought it prudent to spend a few minutes and provide a refresher on the roles and responsibilities of resident directors. Your HOA Board is governed and directed by five directors, two of which are your current resident directors: John Chorba and Larry Varnes.
The Robson Ranch Texas HOA owns virtually everything in the developed community such as the golf course, the Wildhorse Grill, all buildings, roads, gates, sidewalks, common areas, landscaping and more. Only the sales center and models, leased plots and land yet to be developed are not part of the HOA. It is the directors’ responsibility to maintain, manage and operate that which the HOA owns. In 2017 that requires a budget cash flow of approximately $8.4 million. The costs keep increasing as more areas become part of the HOA.
Directors control costs, levy, collect and disperse assessments (such as dues) and other charges. They act as agents and representatives of homeowners and enforce use restrictions and other provisions of the HOA. The Architectural and Landscape Committee (ALC) reports directly to the directors, one of which attends each weekly meeting as a member. The charters and objectives of the Standing Committees (Golf & Green, Living Well, Facilities, Finance, Rules Compliance and Elections) are set by the directors. The General Manager, charged with operations accomplished through 170 employees, also reports to the directors.
Other responsibilities of your directors are too numerous to name here, but it is not uncommon for a resident director to spend over 60 hours in a month performing their duties. For instance, John Chorba actively participates in the weekly ALC meetings and reviews, attends and contributes to each monthly standing committee meeting, has frequent, sometimes daily involvement with the General Manager in areas of importance to the community and conducts the twice monthly New Resident Orientation and HOA presentation he created.
Another instrumental role of the current resident directors is working with the developer in the design and acquisition of additional amenities for the community. John, Larry and the appointed board advisors have championed and been instrumental in getting additional pickleball courts, two new tennis courts, a Ramada between the courts for social activities, a larger putting green and additional cart parking, additional Sports Club car and cart parking, added handicap areas and ramp, improved exterior areas at the Grill for added social activities, horseshoe pits, added trees at the softball park, assuring developer approval of the softball scorers building and Alice’s Garden, and so many, many more.
John and Larry, both vice-presidents, have assumed the majority of director responsibilities requiring less and less involvement from the other three directors. Your current resident directors have fulfilled their responsibilities to the homeowners with dedication and distinction.