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Reminders and Notices
Upcoming Board Meeting Will Review High Desert Policies
The Board will be meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. During that meeting, the Board will be reviewing various policies that affect High Desert residents. If you are able to attend, please use this meeting invitation:
Topic: HDROA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
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Meeting ID: 882 1106 2819
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Visit our Reminders and Notices page to review the meeting agenda and all new policy proposals. The policies the Board will review include Delegation of Authority, Enforcement Policiy and Procedure, and Rental Policy and Procedure. Residents can review the existing policies here.
Support Your Community: Make a Change or Keep It the Way You Want!!
There are less than 30 days to Submit applications for the four open Board of Directors positions.
High Desert is one of the nicest places to live in Albuquerque and perhaps the best place many of us have ever lived. Do you want to make it even better? Do you want to make a change to your community? Or do you want to keep it the way you like it? If you have the desire, skills, and experience to support this wonderful community, if you see something that you would like to fix, and if you want to know your neighbors and neighborhood better, now is your chance! Submit your name for one of the open positions for a two-year term on the High Desert Board of Directors.
Among the pressing current and future issues that will require your support are:
- Elena Gallegos Open Space—Should the Board remain neutral or take a more active position on the City proposed changes to this recreational space north and east of our community?
- NM HR 425—This is a State Legislature proposal that would drastically alter the limited use restrictions that are at the very core of our governing covenants and the very reason many of us have chosen to live in High Desert. What can the Board do to counter such legislation?
- Maintenance—Common walls are deteriorating and badly in need of repairs. These repairs constitute the largest expenditure, have a direct bearing on rising association fees and the value of your property. What should be the priorities and at what cost?
- Landscaping—What should be the course for High Desert for enduring and sustainable landscaping? How should we be maintaining the arroyos?
- Water—What can be done to minimize water utilities, which are one of the larger High Desert expenses?
Not sure of what’s required of a Board Member? There are plenty of past and present, experienced Board Members who can guide and orient you. New Board Members will be trained in the financial and operational aspects of the High Desert Board. To make being a Board Member easier, the meeting times have been changed to be outside normal working hours and the Board has insurance for legal liabilities. In addition to Board meetings, future meetings may also include team-building events like dinners or lunches. Other changes are in the works to set the course for a more responsive Board.
If this vision ignites your desire to know and improve your community, please submit your Statement of Interest (SOI) by April 6, 2023. If you have any questions, please call Ray Berg at 505-366-8104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Ray when you submit your SOI so that we may know your interest. The SOI template can be accessed and completed online on the High Desert website. See this link for the Upcoming Elections process.
The Nominating Committee looks forward to receiving your SOIs. If you don’t feel you can meet the obligations for being on the Board, please talk to a past or present Board Member or please consider other volunteer opportunities on committees (such as the Nominating Committee), events, or as a Voting Member.
Ray Berg- Chair, Harry Jones-Mentor, Bomi Parakh, Mark Soo Hoo, and Millie Yamada
Voting Members' Process for April Board Elections
The current Nominating Committee’s goal is to set up a more transparent and inclusive system for the homeowners to become Board Members.
We are following the Nominating Committee Charter including collecting the Statements of Interests from candidates and ensuring they are in compliance. We are available to educate homeowners on Board responsibilities, duties, and time commitments. We will provide a forum for all candidates to discuss what they feel are HOA challenges and their visions for the future.
If you or a friend want to learn about the Board, please contact Ray Berg, Nominating Committee Chair, so we can set up an informal meeting.
Nominating and Election Schedule and Process
- For questions and answers about the nomination process contact Ray Berg, email@example.com, (505) 366-8104.
- April 6 is the last day to submit a Statement of Interest.
- The Nominating Committee will request information from the Candidates.
- Biography and responses to five questions
b. During the first and second week of April a Nominating Committee Forum will be scheduled for each candidate to:
i. Provide information on board member responsibilities;
ii. Provide the committee an opportunity to ask questions/discuss candidate responses to the questions; and
iii. Finalize the responses in preparation for distribution to the Voting Members
- On April 15, each candidate’s biography and responses to questions will be distributed to Voting Members through the Google Discussions Group and encourage Voting Members to distribute these to all homeowners.
- On April 22 (tentative) from 6 to 8 pm an open Zoom/ in person meeting will be held for Homeowners to meet the candidates and ask them questions.
- On April 27 6:30- 8:30 pm following the Annual Meeting, Voting Members will:
a. Entertain nominations from the floor for additional candidates.
b. Allow nominees from the floor an opportunity to discuss their qualifications and visions for the future (10 minutes each).
c. Allow prior nominees an opportunity for any further discussions (5 minutes each).
d. Elect new board members.
Proposed Estate Sale Policy
The previously proposed Estate Sale Policy has been revised to address feedback and will be discussed at the next Board meeting on March 21st. You can read a copy of the proposed policy here.
Upcoming Town Hall
Hello High Desert Residents,
The next Town Hall meeting is Thursday, February 16th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, please use the link below to register. Once you have registered, a link for the meeting will be sent to you from Zoom. The tentative meeting agenda is posted below. If you have any questions, please reach out to the HOAMCO office at 505-314-5862 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to a Zoom meeting:
When: Feb 16, 2023 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
Upcoming Voting Member Meeting
Hello High Desert Residents,
The next voting member meeting is Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm. The link below is to register for the Zoom meeting. Once you are registered, a link for the meeting will be emailed to you from Zoom. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the HOAMCO office at 505-314-5862 or via email at email@example.com
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jan 26, 2023 06:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
See the meeting agenda below.
Proposed Plants List Ready for Board Approval
The revised version of the Approved and Prohibited Plants List for High Desert will be discussed at the next Board meeting on January 17th. You can read a copy of the proposed plants list here.
Annual Foothills 10 Mile Run
The City of Albuquerque is sponsoring a race in the Elena Gallegos Open Space on Sunday November 13. Parking will not be allowed at the Elena Gallegos Open Space during the event and some of the foothills trails will be closed. Race participants are being asked to park at Albertsons Market and will be transported to the Elena Gallegos Open Space by buses. More information is available here.