My homeowners association is in the news. We have a sex offender living in the neighborhood and serving on the HOA board. Across the street from him is a sweet pastor’s wife who runs a home-based day care for a handful of kids, most of whom live in the neighborhood. And in the state of Georgia, that can’t happen. The board has used HOA dues to pay for a lawyer to close down the nice lady’s business, regardless of the fact that 67% of the homeowners signed a petition to keep the day care open. So now we’re trying to remove a few members from the board. We had an initial meeting at the local library tonight, and we had people from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution as well as Fox News. My moment of glory? The back of my head was on the nightly news tonight – and at least I was wearing my good earrings!
One of the tough questions brought up was if it’s fair to require one homeowner to move (which is what legally has to happen for the day care to stay open). The board member has been a homeowner here for 10 years, and the daycare has been open for 6. But the issue at this point is well beyond fairness. This man has resorted to some despicable tactics to attack the day care, including but not limited to deception, abuse of power, and creepy sneakiness. So if one person has to suffer consequences, it should be the man who made illegal choices, not the woman who owns a day care and not the parents who send their children to that day care.
So, Mrs. Kim, my prayers are with you, and may the key people in this situation have the wisdom to handle it appropriately.