09 June 2015
Though Lake Monticello’s controversial proposed renovation and replacement (R&R) project has gotten much attention recently, the community will also vote this month to select new leadership on the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors.
Four candidates – Stephanie Davis, James Gerling, Charles Harrelson, and Jan Shattls – are vying for two spots on the seven-member Board. One slot exists because Harrelson’s three-year term is up. The other is being vacated by Cole Hunter, who was appointed last year to fill the unexpired term of Richard Cummings.
The proposed $7.2 million R&R project, also up for vote, would make improvements to LMOA facilities, most notably renovating the Ashlawn Clubhouse, demolishing the Eagle’s Nest pro shop building, and constructing a new Bunker Recreation Center. The project would be paid for by $3.8 million from the community’s emergency reserve account (ERA), a $2 million loan from the ERA repaid over 15 years, and existing funds. It would also require a $95 dues increase, raising member dues from $693 to $788. All homeowners also pay the $150 improved property fee and spend $10 yearly per vehicle on barcodes so they may enter the Lake’s gates.
The Fluvanna Review
asked the candidates to answer five questions.Why do you want to serve on the LMOA Board of Directors? What do you have to offer the community?Stephanie Davis:
No longer working full time, I have both the time and desire to invest in enhancing our LMOA environment. Throughout my federal career I awarded and administered complex multimillion dollar contracts. I also served as a mentor to small businesses, assisting them in developing better business practices. I used my business skills while serving as president of a homeowners’ association in Illinois to improve the manner in which they did business and to protect their assets.James Gerling:
I want the opportunity to be a part of the management and decision-making process for the service and overall good to the Lake Monticello community. Others have come before me and made decisions to support and guide the community to thrive. Now I feel it is my turn to help carry the load and be a part of the decision-making process. I want to give, to pay back, and to pay forward into the future.Charles Harrelson:
I have been on the LMOA Board for the past three years. I believe I have listened to the membership and not just the most vocal. The past year has been the most enjoyable as we have accomplished much, including the R&R proposal. When this proposal passes I would like to be a part of the process to see it come to fruition.Jan Shattls:
I want to serve on the Board because we finally have a proactive not reactive Board and I would like to see that continue. Too often whatever one Board has done, the next Board dismantles. I have always taught my children that if you want to see a change, you have to be the change.