Sunday, September 9, 2018

King Farm's HOA Contractors? They Are Your Employees. Treat Them As Such.

When I am at work and I see something off - I either tell the employee or I tell their supervisor. 

You know what I don't do?

I don't scream at or curse out the employee - in front of others. I don't berate them or cast aspersions on their character.

If I did, I guarantee I wouldn't be around too long....

That behavior isn't acceptable. It should not be acceptable in our HOA either. Yes, we pay money for these services - from management to snow removal to landscaping to pool oversight. And we should demand our money's worth - and when people don't deliver we should escalate appropriately. Take it to management, then the president, then the Board. That is the way it is supposed to work. If you don't feel you get satisfaction - run for the Board or encourage someone to run or keep pushing that issue.

Heck - yell at us the Board. Or at Martin, he's the President- that is what I do (just joking Martin... or am I?).  We asked for these jobs on the HOA Board/President and you guys voted us in. We are accountable to you and we are big people. We can take a little yelling. Plus, we want to hear if there are problems - really we do.

But - don't take it out on the staffer at the pool who is just trying to do a job. The snow removal guy or a landscaper. Or the office worker.

Yes, maybe they could do a better job. Yes, maybe they need more attention to detail or could answer an email faster or could pull up the crabgrass a little faster. But take it up with management or the president or the Board. And for god's sake - what are you going to gain by yelling or cursing at them except to make everyone (in management, the Board, the President and people everywhere) who hear about it (and I guarantee someone will) think, "Geez, what an ass."

You wouldn't do it to an employee at work. Or to a teacher at your child's school. Or even a cashier at a fast-food restaurant. Don't do it to employees of the HOA either.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Now the work begins....

The election is over.

Here is hoping that the new Board and President can get along and bring trust back to King Farm.

No more whisper campaigns. Confront people directly and conversationally. If we can't do at least that with the six people on the Board and President, what kind of example do we set?

Vague allegations and innuendo and hurt feelings should be things of the past. I would hope we aren't still driven by defensiveness or anger over the election results. 

The Board should set a good example. Especially the officers - such as the Chairman. 

Here is hoping that we turn the page, restore trust and that we try to live up to the promises we all made to King Farm and its residents.

That seems like the least we can do.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Vote Today in King Farm!

Today is the day. Make it count. Vote and then tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Vote Sunday April 8th
10:00 - 2:00
Saddle Ridge Community Center

Vote for President and Board of Trustees candidates

Get out, drop off your ballot or fill one out right there. It is simple, easy and it makes a difference. Make your voice heard! The HOA needs to know that people care about what is happening.

We need new people on the Board and for President.

- Barry Jacksion For King Farm Trustee

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Vote on Sunday April the 8th!

I hope every person who is eligible to vote in King Farm is able to do so.

Whoever you vote for, rather than listening to whispers - I hope you read up or talk to them about issues and about what they want to do for King Farm.

We have some excellent people who have put themselves forward to volunteer for the community. Yes, we have a sharp difference of opinion and some criticism of how the HOA has been functioning, but at the end of the day we all want the same thing - to have the HOA function smoothly and effectively and for you.

Please vote tomorrow - Sunday April the 8th from 10:00 - 2:00 at the Saddle Ridge Community Center.

You have a choice for President and Board of Trustees (four candidates vying for three seats). Vote your choices (I know who mine are).

And then stay involved. The best way to ensure that HOA does in fact do better is to be involved. Volunteer for the Budget Committee, the External Affairs committee, the Election committtee and others. Volunteer for (hopefully) improving communications or bring up other ideas (I've heard some talk about looking at and overhauling our Bylaws).

The bottom line - King Farm can be better. But to get there it needs involved people.

Friday, April 6, 2018

To Publish The Election Results or Not....

Honestly, I can't think of a reason not to publish the results of an election.

That said, if the HOA won't do it - come to the annual meeting, listen to the results, write them down and disseminate them.

Then in the future we can make sure that everyone's expectations are that vote totals will be published.

But honestly, there is a lot of stuff to fix in the King Farm elections and piublishing or not publishing the results is a pretty minor issue.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Vote April 8th - Barry Jackson For King Farm Trustee

Vote Sunday April 8th - from 10:00 - 2:00.

Or vote early - take your ballot & envelope anytime to the Saddle Ridge Community Center.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Home Stretch....

It seems like this King Farm election has gone on forever.... even though it has only been a couple about a month.

I want to bring a sunlight to King Farm as well as bring a fresh face and ask some tough questions. 

The platform I ran on is the same one that I am running on - fiscal accountability, clear communication, civility and transparency. 

Throughout this campaign these are the things I have have brought up. 

The last couple of weeks have seen a rise of rumors and innuendo the likes of which disappoint me in their vitriol. 

But whatever. I guess when you have nothing else you resort to whispers and twisting the facts. 

Here is my truth:

If I am on the Board, I'll do my best to be accountable.
If I am on the Board, I'll do my best to be civil.
If I am on the Board, I'll do my best to be communicative.
If I am on the Board, I'll do my best to be transparent. 

And if I am on the Board, I will do my best to change King Farm's HOA so that it has better communication, is more transparent, is more civil and has better fiscal oversight.

I think King Farm's HOA needs a change in its attitude. The HOA isn't your own personal playhouse. It is a residents' organization. I fear that many in the HOA have forgotten that - I want to bring it back. If you give me your vote, I will be your voice.

King Farm can be better.

On Sunday I am voting for 3 candidates for Board of Trustees-

Barry Jackson (of course)
Nancy Paul
Richard Riccardi 

We need as many people as possible with little or no baggage from the prior actions of the HOA. 

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