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The bottom line on Verde Village bylaws

Editor:

There is a lot of misinformation and misconception about the new by-laws for the VVPOA, which is extremely unfortunate for the entire Association. There seems to be a lot of talk about how the Board is trying to pull something over on the people who live in the Verde Villages. The article printed in the Independent last Friday did nothing to clarify the situation. That article was written in a very unclear manner. The author, who was not sanctioned by the VVPOA to write the article, came from a place of mis-information, picking out only a few of the revisions and taking them completely out of context.

The reason that the Board of Directors moved to write new by-laws was that over the years, so many additions, and changes were made to the originals, that they are now so confusing that they make no sense at all. The Board appointed a committee to undertake the daunting task of re-writing the by-laws, and when they were finished, the Board wisely chose to have an attorney review them. The attorney the Board chose is a highly respected legal counsel for well over two hundred property owners’ associations statewide. Upon this review, the Board was informed that the by-laws as they now stand are not only confusing, they are illegal. There are certain criteria that must be met in order to comply with State regulations, and the new by-laws reflect them.

There really is no big deal here. The new by-laws change things only for the betterment of the community and the protection of the people who live here. They give a stable place from which the Board of Directors can act to protect the rights of the homeowners and maintain the property values in the Verde Villages. That’s why there is a property-owners’ association.

The bottom line here is that people who own homes here cannot see their way clear to pay their $20 a year membership. At the same time, they want to have a nice place to live without a lot of trash in the neighbor’s yard, and protection, and a community center, and a pool and all the other benefits the VVPOA provides them. They want to be protected from other people building in front of their houses and spoiling their view. They want someone to tell the neighbor to keep the dog quiet. They want support in their effort to keep their neighborhood a beautiful place to live. But they don’t want to pay $20 a year to support the efforts being made to all of the above.

What I find really interesting about all the noise being made is that the noisemakers are the ones who don’t attend meetings. There are two meetings of the VVPOA each month: one for the Board of Directors, which anyone can attend; and, one for the general membership, which, again, anyone can attend. People call and complain, and yet when they are asked to attend a meeting, or to pay their membership dues, they are quick to say "not me" while still complaining about what the Board does or doesn’t do.

The Board of Directors is constantly getting lambasted for making changes, yet what people don’t realize is that the Board is making every effort to keep the VVPOA from going under completely. The fact is, if the VVPOA doesn’t move in to the present, it will not survive the future.

Kate Riley

VVPOA Vice-President

Director,Unit 7

An ode to our new post office

Editor:

The new Cottonwood Post Office is really a joke.

Just ask any of the local folk.

To go up the steps is really a chore.

And you gotta be strong just to open the door.

The handicap parking is "way in back."

And the poor handicaps have to walk up the ramp.

So, this is the way they spend our dollar.

We should rise up and raise a hollar.

Betty M. Miles

Cottonwood

New canine will enhance police team

Editor:

The Cottonwood Police Department regrets to announce a loss of a valuable resource to the citizens of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley.

During January 2001, our police canine Rex will be retired due to inoperable cancer. For the past five years Rex has served the community in the areas of drug enforcement by assisting officers locate concealed drugs in homes and vehicles. Adult Probation, the Prescott area Narcotic Task Force (PANT), Yavapai Apache Police and other local police agencies have also used Rex in an effort to eliminate the illegal drugs within the Verde Valley.

Rex was also used in the location of suspects in businesses and homes. The use of a canine to search buildings is a common procedure used by police departments world wide, this practice provides an element of officer safety to the officers serving the community as well as a savings of time in conduction the search. Rex also goes to our local schools and other organizations as part of an anti-drug and education program.

We are committed to keeping our community as safe and secure as possible, and feel a new canine would enhance our police team. It would be impossible to replace and train the canine team without the assistance of the community members like you. In our effort to replace Rex we are seeking donations to offset the initial cost of purchase and training. Grant applications have also been filed to add funds to our ultimate goal of replacing a valuable city resource. We hope we can count on your support. Tax-deductible donation can be made to the City of Cottonwood Canine Program. Cottonwood Police Department, 816 North Main, Cottonwood.

Thank you for your support.

P. Spence

Chief of Police

Cottonwood

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