Despite the legal issues swirling around a group’s effort to recall eight of the nine board members that compose the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association board of directors, recall proponents will move forward with a scheduled election to replace eight board members.
“We have 11 people running,” Monteiro said. “Never in memory has there ever been that much interest or that many volunteers for board seats at one time.”
Last Saturday, Monteiro and her supporters conducted a recall election, but questions linger about the legitimacy of that process.
The election, which unofficially received participation from about 150 voters, witnessed landslide results in favor of recalling all eight of the board members listed on the ballot. An average of 92 percent of participants voted in favor of recalling the board members, which include President Paul Hoefler, Lee French, Kathleen Carey, Jim Barrilleaux, Don Bessee, David Johnson, Gene Jovich and John Keefe.
Julie Siegenthaler, who replaced outgoing board member Brad Dixon recently, was not included on the ballot.
The ASPOA board has refuted the legitimacy of the recall election, saying Monteiro neglected to follow protocol and improperly noticed the election.
The board has vowed to continue to administrate the association until told otherwise by a court.
Peter Lemmon, legal representative for the board, unsuccessfully sought a temporary restraining order Oct. 17, but a hearing was set for Nov. 7, which is expected to settle whether the recall and the election set for Nov. 2 will be legally binding.
Monteiro said she will continue to move forward with the election despite legitimacy questions because “we have followed everything we needed to follow.
“Since June, the board has placed one roadblock after another,” she said. “There is no point in continuing to delay things.”
Churchwell Tax & Business Services out of Auburn has yet to release the official results of the Oct. 19 recall election. Monteiro said her group has paid the independent consultant to tabulate the votes, but if the elections are ruled viable by a judge, ASPOA must pick up the bill.
“The expenses of the recall have to be covered by the association because it is association business,” Monteiro said.
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