Board Governance

Can the Condo Board Chair Make Motions at Condo Board Meetings?

R.B. from Hartford County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Can the chair of the board meeting (usually President), make motions? Board is less than ten members. Thank you!

Mister Condo replies:

R.B., ideally the Chair of the Board or Board President “presides” over the meeting. That’s the meaning of the word “president” – one who presides. However, board meetings should have agendas and motions that require presenting and seconding can get a bit tedious, especially on a smaller Board. With less than 10 members, it might make sense for the Chair to make or second motions and then call for discussions and votes. Unless your governing documents specifically prohibit the Chair or President from doing so, I can’t see why they can’t make or second motions. It would be better Parliamentary form for the President to call for a motion from another Board Member and also a second but given the nature of the all-volunteer Board and the size of the Board, I don’t see a problem. All in favor? Aye!

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