An attempt to change the bylaws of the Verde Village Property Owners’ Association "went down in flames," in the words of Board President Ivan Kuipers.
With about 175 members in attendance and representing several by proxy, the association was unable to get the two-thirds majority needed to pass the bylaws update. At the Monday meeting, 143 voted in favor and 133 voted against.
The bylaws needed 224 to be accepted.
Some members argued they had not been given appropriate notification before the November meeting, when the proposed bylaws were discussed. Kuipers, wearing the robe of peacemaker, urged those who felt they did not understand the bylaws to either not vote or to vote no.
"If you like the revisions, vote yes. If you don’t like the revisions and want to talk about it, vote no," he said. "There will be no rancor here."
At this stage, the board can try again after getting more input from the members. Kuipers pointed out that the changes that were made were to bring the current bylaws – last approved in 1994 – into compliance with state statutes.