Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 28, 2012

GENERALLY SPEAKING: Tying up a few loose ends

CROSSVILLE — As my term as General Manager of the Lake Tansi Village POA comes to a close, I will take the opportunity to tie off some loose ends.

At the Tansi Community meeting on Feb. 16, 2012, open to anyone with an interest is Lake Tansi Village, a man remarked that the General Manager was favoring non-resident members. Although it was not the intent, I considered the remark as a compliment. The POA membership in 2011 consisted of 7,598 regular membership lots. Of these lots 1,056, or 14 percent, have a mailing address within Cumberland County and can be considered “residents” or locals. Dues income for regular members in 2011 was $1,216,522. Simple mathematics shows that residents of Cumberland County contribute $170,313 per year to the operating cost of the POA. What this means is that the majority of the dues income for the POA comes from outside Cumberland County. Only a foolish business would ignore 86 percent of its revenue generating customers.

The job of the general manager is to ensure that each and every member of the association is treated equally and gets a fair shake. Just because someone is a resident does not mean that they are more equal and deserve special considerations over a non residing member. The rights and privileges of membership are available for all dues paying members along with the responsibilities of membership. Each dues paying member is special to the POA by virtue of their qualification for membership by owning property in Lake Tansi Village. Each membership lot carries with it one vote. Voting privileges determine the leadership of the association and as such determine the direction and success or failure of the association.

It is dangerous to create an “us and them” attitude between local and absent owners. The POA must have something to offer each member for the association to survive, if absent owners were to begin exiting as members the financial loss would certainly destroy the POA and Lake Tansi Village as we know it today.

A statement showed up on an internet site that David Sutton will no longer be connected with the Lake Tansi Village Property Owners Association in “any way, shape, or form.” This is totally false. As a property owner and LTVPOA dues paying member, I fully intend to exercise my rights and privileges that I have by virtue of that membership.

Lastly, thanks go out to all those who have supported the efforts of the POA during my tenure as general manager. These caring people have put their individual differences aside to help the POA in any way they can. Those that have served on the board, committees, and volunteers who just help out when they can, make this community a great place to visit and to live. As long as that spirit is alive, Lake Tansi Village will be able to work through the challenges inherent with this type of organizational structure.

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