BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Three new Bella Vista Property Owners Association (BVPOA) Board of Directors will be elected on Tuesday, May 19. One other person will be selected by the BVPOA since the Board voted off a director on Thursday, May 14.
Steve McKee, a former board member, was removed because of “multiple violations of POA policy,” according to a BVPOA Facebook post. McKee’s position will be filled at the discretion of the Board that will be in place by June 1, 2020.
Reasons a member may be removed are outlined in the BVPOA Policy Section VI, Removal of Committee Members:
1: Cause for removal shall include but not be limited to the following actions of a committee member:
- a. Unexcused absence from four (4) regularly scheduled meetings within the appointive year.
- b. Failure to go through organizational channels.
- c. Conduct detrimental to the committee or the Association.
2: Initiating action for removal of a committee member shall come from a majority vote of the
committee. Initiating action for removal of a committee member may also be made by the Chief
Operating Officer or the Board Chairperson.
- a. The committee chairperson, Chief Operating Officer or Board Chairperson shall prepare, in writing, a statement clearly identifying the offending action(s). A copy of the statement shall be provided to the committee member in question.
- b. Written rebuttal of such statement(s) may be offered to the Chief Operating Officer or the Board Chairperson by the member in question or other members of the committee.
- c. In a closed session, the Chief Operating Officer, the Board, and the committee chairperson if appropriate, shall consider the statement for cause. The member in question may be present at his/he discretion.
3: The Board may remove for cause any committee member by a two-thirds vote of the full Board.
MAY 19TH ELECTION
The Bella Vista Patriots is a group of about 200 Bella Vista residents, according to founder Jim Parsons. They are asking for four items to be addressed by the newly elected board members:
- Repeal the current water shut-off policy. (The POA owns the water department. Water can be disconnected if the member is 60 days past due. Suspension of Water Service for Non-Payment of Assessments, P3.09).
- The BVPOA Protective Covenants state the amenities are for the enjoyment of the members. The Patriots ask the new board to discontinue inviting non-members to come to Bella Vista to play golf. Non-members can play for less money than the members. That is wrong.
- Remove the Statement of Compliance (Loyalty Oath) from the list of documents that the candidates are required to sign to qualify as a member of the Board of Directors. (This is referencing “Board of Director’s Ethics” P1.10).
- Reduce the salaries of most of the BVPOA administrators.
January 2007 the Village members voted to incorporate Bella Vista into an official City. The Property Owners Association still governs the recreational activities, leaving the city of Bella Vista to take care of functional and infrastructure responsibilities, according to the website Bella Vista Neighbor.
BELLA VISTA 9 BOARD OF DIRECTORS, SERVE 3-YEAR TERMS; 3 SEATS COME UP EACH YEAR FOR ELECTION
Board meetings are open and are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of every month. A draft agenda is posted on the Friday before the meeting. Currently, there are six board members, a vice chairperson and a chairperson.
- Ruth Hatcher, Chairperson
- David Brandenburg, Vice Chairperson
- Jim Abrahamson, Board Member
- Jerold “Jerry” Hover, Board Member
- Mary Sinkus, Board Member
- Jerre Barron Jr., Board Member
- David Whelchel, Board Member
- Teah Bidwell, Board Member
Bella Vista is the northern most city in Benton County, Arkansas. There are 36,000 acres and the 2010 census reported 26,000+ residents. What started out as a resort destination in 1965 became incorporated as a city in January 2007. Today there are five golf courses, seven private lakes, trails for hiking and biking, swimming pools, a beach, parks, pavilions, R-V park , campground and a recreation center.
BELLA VISTA GROWTH TIMELINE
2009: 1% Public Safety sales tax was approved with the first $750,000 received annually going to the city’s public safety departments
2012: Bella Vista Street Department was established and funded by taxpayer dollars. The equipment and staff was moved from the POA to the cities operation
2014: Residents voted for additional property tax to support uniformed employees pension funds, freeing up dollars from the city’s general fund
2015: The Street Department caught fire with both the equipment and facility damaged
2015: New city logo, website, and establishment of a social media presence. New Bella Vista entry signs were installed while the first section of the Bella Vista bypass opened
2016: The first section of trails, Back 40 Trail System, was started in January … includes 40 natural surface miles and took 9 months to complete. Publicly opened in October
2016: Farmer’s Market launched in April and Fire Station #4 opened in July
2016: New Street Department facility opened in May
2017: Bella Vista District Court opened in November