B.J. from Cook County, Illinois writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
An owner who is in violation of the one dog rule is running for the board. If elected she will have a vote on a dog policy issue. I think she should recuse herself from the vote on the basis of self-interest and fiduciary responsibility.
Mister Condo replies:
B.J., while I agree with you in theory, I think you will find that self-interest is often what propels people to volunteer to serve on their Boards. Also, she is just one vote of several. If it will take a majority of Board members to change a policy such as the “one dog rule” and she is successful, then it just might have been time that the community reacts to the current consensus of dog owners with the association. That being said, this is just one issue this new Board member will face during her time on the Board. I am guessing things like maintaining, enhancing, and protecting the community association and its assets are going to take far more of her time than simply this “one dog rule” issue. How is your Reserve Fund? How are delinquencies in your community? How is the Property Management company doing? It is her opinion and voting position on these matters that should matter to you and the unit owners that saw fit to elect her. If she somehow tries to single-handedly exempt herself from having to follow the “one dog rule” because she is a Board member, that is a different story. I am guessing she will pursue her agenda when it is convenient. Have faith in the rest of the Board to do the right thing when that time comes. All the best!