Given the uniqueness of this year and the fact that none of us know how or when circumstances will change, I suggest that the ongoing bylaws/covenants/rules project be scrapped and that the Board focus, like last year, only on any changes that are actually necessary at this time. In that regard, I would think the focus should be on (i) how do we have a valid annual meeting and properly approve a budget given the existing terms of the bylaws, (ii) would the community support an amendment (effective at least with respect to this year) permitting a virtual meeting and electronic voting and (iii) making the noise moratorium rules more sensible (which the proposed amendments would not do), preferably permanently, but at least for this year given that we are not supposed to even visit our places before the moratorium would start. If the bylaws committee believes that certain of its recommendations are necessary rather than just advisable, those recommendations could be included as well.
With respect to the existing proposals, I think they are objectionable in numerous respects and unnecessary in most, and I am aware of a number of other owners that object to various aspects of the proposals as well (and the entire project). As everyone who has been a Tower Shores owner over the last decade knows, we have had various Boards submit proposed amendments to the bylaws/covenants/rules. The community has never asked the Board to undertake these projects. While there may be some silent support, each time there have been substantial objections. My recollection is that at one meeting there was a vote passed not to spend any more money on the project (which may or may not have been ignored by the Board). I don’t think that the problems have been a function of membership of the Board. I think that if any small group of us decided what we might think the bylaws/covenants/rules should be, we would not be aware of the perspectives and special circumstances of many other members of the community. I am not opposed to improving our bylaws/covenants/rules, but rather than continue this iterative process of having the Board prepare proposals that do not reflect community guidance or support and redoing the proposals after the objections roll in, I think we should start with determining whether the community wants amendments to address particular issues and proceeding to draft and vote only on amendments that the community has already supported.
I am prepared to submit a list of objections to the current proposals, but I have not finished reviewing all of the applicable Delaware law and hope that will not be necessary.
That said, I appreciate the Board’s efforts to deal with these difficult times.