Longtime neighborhood activist Jan Doran has a few things she wants to ask the new state HOA boss at his public town hall meeting in two weeks.
Bud Stringfellow also wants to meet Gary Kujawski, HOA Information Officer, to ask about his homeowners association at Park Vista Estates.
Ditto for many other Side Streets readers who perked up at the news Kujawski will hold a town hall meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 23, in the Penrose branch of the Pikes Peak Library District at 20 N. Cascade Ave., in downtown Colorado Springs.
Now, here’s an important detail for folks who want to attend the scheduled three-hour meeting: you must reserve one of the 100 seats available. That means sending an RSVP email to the HOA Information Office and Resource Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 303-894-2292 to reserve a seat.
The event is free but Kujawski is limiting attendance to allow for more give-and-take between himself and the crowd.
“One of my goals is to have a more outreach from this office,” Kujawski said. “I want to get out and speak with people, see what they are thinking, see what they would like from this office in terms of legislative changes and education efforts.”
Larger groups make meaningful conversation difficult.
Doran hopes to get a meaningful answer to her question about why all HOAs are treated the same under state law regardless of size.
Doran is administrator for the Discovery neighborhood in Rockrimmon where dues are $30 a year for 329 homeowners. By comparison, some HOAs in the Broadmoor neighborhood, Peregrine and other areas charge upwards of $300 a month in dues and fees.
She said it’s unfair for the state to impose mandates for record-keeping and document disclosures, for example, and other time-consuming chores on HOAs like Discovery when there is no paid staff or professional property management.
“They’ve lumped everybody together — condos, townhomes, patio home complexes, large single-family developments,” Doran said. “What about little HOAs like ours? One size doesn’t fit all. It’s not fair.”
Doran would like to see Kujawski ask the General Assembly for an exemption for small, low-budget HOAs that existed prior to 1992 when lawmakers first enacted the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act, which governs HOAs. Small HOAs built after 1992 were exempt from it but not older HOAs like Discovery.
It’s important to know that if you aren’t able to attend the March 23 town hall meeting, you aren’t completely out of luck.
Kujawski said he intends to make regular visits to Colorado Springs and hold more town hall meetings.
“I really want to get a good, thoughtful discussion going,” he said. “We’ll have larger groups down the road.”