Three POA board seats will be filled in the next election.  Candidates can begin filing in December. Some “planks” for candidates to consider putting in their campaign platform:
• Operate the Village more like a public-service municipality than a private corporation.
• Establish specific annual performance goals for the CEO. Make the goals public. Post the results at the end of each year. The CEO should establish supporting goals for the POA’s top managers.
• Develop a comprehensive marketing program for the Village to attract new property owners. Create a standing committee to oversee the program. It’s too important to be folded into the Comp Plan.
• More aggressively urge local utilities to provide high-speed internet service (25 Mbps minimum) to all parts of the Village.
• Get the POA out of the real estate and restaurant businesses. It is unfair for the POA to promote its own food operations to the detriment of competitors leasing space from the POA.
• The $500,000 Comprehensive Plan should be completed when the new board members take their seats. Its implementation will be a priority. A steering committee is in place until the end of 2018. Either extend its life and/or create a standing long-range planning committee.
• Encourage constructive dissent and input from property owners. Resume the board’s monthly works sessions.
• Revoke the “Board Member Recruitment” policy.
• Create a committee of Realtors, builders, marketers and architects to solve our unproductive-lot problem. On Sept. 30, we had 10,279 unproductive lots (7,404 were 60 days or more past due and 2,875 were in the POA inventory) – 30.6 percent of our total. Explore all options, including rezoning blocs of lots for dense developments and creating mini-parks.

Frank Leeming
Hot Springs Village