Courtesy of Miami Herald
Elaine Ayo/Homeowner Happenings
Posted September 25, 2005
of Kenland Bend North are gathering signatures for a petition to recall
the vice president of their property owners association after several turbulent
months of fighting among board members.
The secretary resigned last weekend, leaving the board
with four members and no majority.
''The only recourse of action is the recall, otherwise
we're deadlocked,'' said Carletto Pardo, association president. "Every step
is like swimming against the stream.''
The recall is an effort by a group of residents to restore
order after accusations of financial irregularities and illegal meetings, and
the hiring and firing of the 240-unit condominium's management company.
The petition requires 121 owner signatures from the
condominium at Southwest 88th street and 123rd Court. So far, more than 100
signatures have been collected.
''If they want a recall, so be it,'' said Jorge Correa,
association vice president, who said the association's finances are in ruin.
"My responsibility is to be able to explain the financial position. If
they're not happy with me asking, so be it. I'm embarrassed to say I have no
idea of the status.''
On July 20, Correa and two other board members -- Benito
Paredes and Carmen Moya -- met and fired the community's former management
company, Bonafide Management Group. They also hired Property Management Services
to take over maintenance for the community.
The meeting itself was determined to be illegal by a
state investigator because there was neither proper notice to the community nor
a proper agenda, Pardo said.
''The rule book says we need to post a meeting [with] 48
hours [notice] and we put it up three days before,'' Paredes countered.
"I have been here for 17 years. I know these
The state's determination does not affect the decision
to switch management companies, however, because the decision was made by a
majority, Pardo said.
But their termination of the contract with Bonafide
Management Group could cause problems for the association because the contract
required written notice at least 30 days prior to July 31.
''They hadn't done the financial statements,'' Correa said
as to why he supported firing the company. Property Management Services had
worked for the community previously. Bonafide, which was hired in August of
2004, faced problems left over from previous boards and had trouble obtaining
records from a third management company that handled the condominium's
maintenance before Bonafide, said Pardo.
''There is no continuity, some new presidents come in and
get rid of everything,'' Pardo said.
At the last official board meeting in August, the board
agreed to seek legal advice on the management company switch. However, the board
has not had an official meeting since due to the lack of a quorum.
''As soon as the recall takes effect, we'll have a
functioning board,'' said Pardo. "I'm thinking we are at the pinnacle of
Meanwhile, residents want to move on.
go forward,'' said Armando Martinez. "Most people feel the same way.''