Shadowmoss residents seek to oust HOA board ?

Shadowmoss residents seek to oust HOA board  ?
August 24 16:03 2016 Print This Article

Most newer subdivisions are governed by Homeowners Associations (HOAs), which hire management companies to maintain common areas and amenities. The HOAs are represented by a board of directors elected among the homeowners.

Shadowmoss Plantation in West Ashley is one of more than 40 lowcountry subdivisions which sued management company Marshland Communities and its owner Karen Colie in March for misappropriating funds. Several months later, the Shadowmoss HOA board hired Community Management Group.

Some Shadowmoss residents became concerned with the lack of oversight and transparency within its elected HOA board. The HOA rules require all checks to be signed by the HOA president and treasurer, which was not being done. Annual audits were not being conducted, as required. There was also concern about a vacant lot purchased by the HOA at the intersection of Muirfield Parkway and Shadowmoss Parkway and legal fees vastly exceeding the amount budgeted.

Homeowner Rebecca O’Grady is part of a team walking door-to-door to call for a special HOA board meeting to elect new officers to the seven-member board. There are 647 homes in the HOA. ¬†Signatures from 162 homeowners are needed to hold a special HOA meeting, and 325 on-hand or proxy votes are needed to remove current HOA board members and elect new ones. Each household gets one vote. The Charleston County RMC (Register of Deeds) office will have to certify the voters are valid homeowners.

O’Grady says that many residents became concerned about management problems in the neighborhood and attended the HOA annual meeting in November, 2015. “Many of us had never met before (the HOA meeting) and decided to do something positive,” she said. “We want a mandate to improve the neighborhood.”

Lin Bennett, who is the Republican candidate for South Carolina House of Representatives District 114, which includes West Ashley and part of Dorchester County, is a longtime Shadowmoss resident who is fed up with the confusing citation letters and property liens issued by Community Management Group. She wants to pass legislation which prohibits HOA management companies from issuing property liens on homeowners.

Steve Taylor, a 26-year Shadowmoss resident and past HOA President, wants a competitive bidding process for landscaping and legal services. He also wants to stop the practice of issuing citations and levying fines for situations ranging from cracks in the driveway to installing basketball hoops. “We’ve lost our focus here,” he says. “We have serious problems with drainage and road maintenance that are not being addressed.”