It’s silly season, I mean election time again. New homeowners association boards are being elected all over the Pikes Peak region.
An especially contentious race is for three seats on the Woodmoor Improvement Association board.
The nine-member board governs the sprawling, wooded and affluent golf-course community of Woodmoor, which has 3,000 homes on 2,000 acres east of Monument.
It oversees $1.3 million in assets, income and spending and enforces covenants.
One of the big issues this election is a recent decision by the board to spend $20,000 to build a 10-space parking lot and trails on a 13.7-acre marsh on community property in Woodmoor. The marsh is in the middle of this photo from FlashEarth.
Here’s a look at the planned trails and parking lot under construction on the site.
Critics say the board should have gone to greater lengths to inform the community about the project, gathering neighbor input and holding public meetings before spending such a large amount of money.
They also criticize the board for spending thousands on beer and food for neighborhood parties. Critics say the board spent $9,000 last year. The board says it was $5,300 and a justifiable expense because so many homeowners attended.
The board has been in turmoil for a couple years. Critics say the conflict erupted with the rise to power of George McFadden, the current WIA board president. He is a polarizing figure in Woodmoor.
Although McFadden is not up for re-election on Jan. 25, three allies are on the ballot. And his name always comes up in conversations about the board, the election and the issues facing the community.
McFadden, however, declined to talk to me about it. He did the same thing a year ago when I wrote about a string of resignations from the board. At that time, as now, his name came up over and over. But he didn’t want to talk. Instead, he ripped me in emails and letters after the column ran.
McFadden did write me Tuesday, pointing me to the Web sites of the competing camps: one for his allies:
The other is for the opposition group:
And here’s McFadden’s e-mail to me on Tuesday:
I have no desire to become more involved in the WIA Elections as I am not one of the candidates running, so I offer “no comment”. I would advise all interested in the elections to review the various campaign websites.
I would also point out that both Nick Oakley and Jim Hale were appointed, by the “so called Majority”, to committees with the purpose of looking at our rules and regulations and design standards manual and suggest changes to the board. George Labesky was appointed to the Legal Audit committee by the board to review our governing documents (Declaration, Articles, and bylaws) and to bring them into compliance with the various state statutes (they are woefully out of date).
I think any and and all of the candidates running for election will serve the owners well, but the two incumbents have the experience and proven track record that the others do not.
All the info you need is either on the websites mentioned above or on the WIA webpage at www.woodmoor.org.
I hope this article will be more balanced than your last one on Woodmoor. I regret that the Gazette did not cover the very successful WIA Community Events, attended by over 1000 owners this year. If you want to review what was provided in terms of recreation (which is the first listed use of Assessments per the WIA Declaration) the newsletters which provided announcements for the events are available in PDF form on the WIA website.