POA Miscue - What a Stunning Reversal
On 9/22, POA members were sent the following message:
LANDSCAPE AND TREE CONTRACTORS
To date the City of Delray Beach has not yet committed to entering our gated community to clear hurricane debris. All of the debris created during the hurricane on your own property must be cleared and removed by each individual homeowner. Please contact your landscapers and tree contractors and notify them to remove all debris from your property and dispose of off premises as soon as possible.
In the event that there is a change of policy in the City of Delray we will inform you.
Do not allow your contractors to dispose of debris anywhere in Delaire.
The POA Board of Directors
In short order, on 9/24 at 11:19 AM, Delaire Governance sent the below email to Delaire Members. In a matter of less than 4 hours, the POA was quick to notify Delaire Governance that members did not have to remove their own debris, but were free to wait for the City to remove it. What a stunning reversal. Read all the emails below. The days of the POA and the CC Board being able to write their own rules and dictate demands are coming to an end. Board members should remember they work for the home owners and club members. We don’t work for them.
The Delagov Times News- 9/24 11:19 AM
THE POA WANTS TO PUT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DEBRIS OF “IRMA” ONTO THE MEMBERS. THE CITY OF DELRAY BEACH ADVISED ALL CITIZENS, INCLUDING THE GATED COMMUNITIES, THAT THE CITY WILL TAKE CARE OF OF THE COLLECTION OF DEBRIS IN GOOD TIME.
On Friday, September 22nd, the POA sent a notice to all members with the following message:
“All of the debris created during the hurricane on your property must be cleared and removed by the individual homeowner.”
Many homeowners have contacted us at email@example.com irritable about the POA notice. It is the members “goal” that all of the trashes caused by a "Hurricane” must be handled by the POA, now and in the future. Single members are unfamiliar with the way of it all. Getting people to respond and remove such waste is unfamiliar ground. The POA working with contactors throughout the year have that knowledge, especially in times of strife. We have a property manager on our POA payroll, Natalie Mitchell of Mitchell Management, that has to fulfill that duty. If she cannot help in moments of "distress”, who needs her services? We also have a contingency fund to take care of such situations. That is part of our dues.
Having said the above, the "POA NOTICE” is in direct contradiction of the telephone messages of the City of Delray Beach. The POA message makes no sense and needs to be replaced with a meaningful communication “ASAP”.
WRITE OR CALL THE POA AS PER THE ABOVE. MAKE YOUR COMPLAINTS EMPHATIC AS TO THEIR FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY. WE ELECTED THEM TO PERFORM. IF THEY DO NOT SERVE US IN TIMES OF ANXIETY, WE MUST REPLACE THEM WITH THOSE THAT ARE ABLE TO COMFORT US WHEN NEEDED. TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN AND MAKE DELAIRE GREAT AGAIN.
On 9/24 Cathy Cutler sent the below email to firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Cathy C. Cutler <email@example.com>
To: delagov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: mitchel5 <email@example.com>
Sent: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 2:44 pm
Subject: Hurricane Debris Please send to membership
Sorry for the Miss understanding. If you want to wait for the City of Delray to pick up your hurricane debris that is what you pay taxes for. If you don't want to wait, have your private gardener remove your debris. The city will get to us like every other community in the area. The POA is not responsible for your debris. I have been on the phone with the city all week, THEY Will get to us.
Cathy Cutler POA President
On 9/25, a general email (below) was sent to all POA members to retract their original demand that property must be cleared and removed by each individual homeowner.
The Delaire Property Owners’ Association appreciates your patience as the City of Delray Beach continues to evaluate the clean-up from Hurricane Irma. After repeated calls to the Municipal Services Director, we have been informed that there will be a City Council Meeting tomorrow night to decide if debris shall be collected from the private communities. The general tone is that they expect this to occur. After the meeting we will inform you of the decision and give you any information we receive.
Many landscape contractors have begun to remove debris from your and we appreciate the efforts.
The Delaire POA