After the June 28 meeting that was scheduled to transfer duties and expenses from Country Club of Arkansas developers to a property owners association, things have been quiet with the developers but not with the property owners.
Several property owners also are members of a new Maumelle conservative political group known as the Maumelle Residents Coalition.
Steve Mosley, who has been active in Maumelle politics, said the coalition was the result of the merger of three different groups with converging interests.
A recent coalition web post included notes from inside the June 28 meeting that excluded a Monitor reporter.
“Steve Gershner, attorney for the [Country Club of Arkansas] CCOA group, took the podium and was met with a good degree of hostility from the residents,” the post states. “Residents were shouting that they didn’t want a [Property Owners Association] POA and were told that they were required to have it and could let everything get run down and then property values would go down. With that, the crowd took off. Residents, with cooler heads, asked that the meeting be rescheduled at a time when they could furnish larger quarters and with more information to be given before the meeting.”
Later, the developers shared some of the information outlining their annual costs:
• Mowing — eight months a year for the Country Club of Arkansas Parkway;
• Electrical — paying for the Country Club of Arkansas Parkways street lights;
• Water — except in water conservation times, six months of sprinkler use on the parkway;
• Bush hogging — four months out of the year in open spaces;
• Phase 17 expenses — installing a telephone line, electricity and water sprinklers at the main gate.
Many homeowners asked for a breakdown of the open spaces for which an association would be responsible in maintaining.
Those open spaces include: private drives; Auriel Circle — 2.5 acres and a private drive of 900 linear feet; Maranes Circle — 0.75 acres and a private drive of 750 linear feet; Sologne Forest — 4.75 acres; the Quarters II — 1 acre and a private drive of 950 linear feet; Country Club Parkway — private drive of 800 linear feet; and Chantilly Drive — a private drive of 600 linear feet.
Mosley’s organization said there were 1,300 households in the area, and the shared cost shouldn’t be too much.
“Another point to consider, until 95 percent sold is attained, the developers will have controlling interest in the POA. Whatever Board members we select will still be under their control until that time,” he said.
They also note the developers should have been putting aside a portion of each closing to be put into a POA for future use, but they doubt that’s the case.
“This was not a shining moment in CCOA history, but I think the residents got a point across that they are angry at how the developers and the city treats them,” he said. “Hopefully, this poor start will get homeowners and developers at a place where we can communicate and get this right.”