By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
The following KTNV Channel 13 headline caught my attention: Disabled veteran kicked out of heated HOA meeting. I expected to read a report about an HOA board member booting a homeowner out of the meeting.
The scenario is so common.
But today’s featured story has an interesting twist, because the person hosting the meeting is not a member of the HOA board, but a member of Las Vegas City Council.
According to KTNV reports, several attendees at the October meeting were not at all impressed with Councilwoman Michele Fiore’s treatment of Randall McGlade and another homeowner, who apparently dared to ask questions. Portions of heated encounters at the meeting were caught by cell phone cameras.
See for yourself…
Disabled veteran kicked out of heated HOA meeting
7:14 PM, Oct 12, 2017
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A meeting to discuss the future of a popular park in the northwest part of the valley ended with two people being kicked out after things got heated.
Pop Squires Park is part of an HOA, but many in the public also enjoy it. It’s why many people were interested in a meeting hosted by Councilwoman Michele Fiore at the YMCA to discuss saving the park from being redeveloped into apartments.
Some at the meeting claimed as the meeting began, Fiore was hostile from the start, explaining that her staff was bullied and attacked at a previous meeting, and that this was a private HOA meeting and anyone there being disrupted would be removed.
They say one person in the audience questioned Fiore and was immediately asked to be removed by marshals.
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Why is Michele Fiore, a City Council member, hosting a “private” HOA meeting to discuss development of a park used by the public?
Is it appropriate for a member of public office to initiate and conduct a meeting that is closed to anyone who is not a member of Village of Centennial Springs HOA?
According to the report, the HOA did not conduct this meeting and invite Fiore as their guest. Had the HOA taken the lead on this meeting, the board would have had the right to conduct a private (HOA-members only) meeting.
I wanted to know more, so I also viewed previous KTNV report: Developer wants to uproot park for apartments in northwest Las Vegas; homeowners say no. That report revealed that the park planned for development of apartment buildings is owned by a developer-controlled association, rather than the neighboring HOA.
The owner of the park says he has offered the park for sale to the HOA at Centennial Springs, at an asking price of $650,000. But homeowners are not prepared to pay a fortune for Pop Squires Park.
What about the history of the Village of Centennial Springs?
At least two archived Las Vegas Review Journal articles – one from 2007, and one from 2011– promote home builders in the mixed-use community, both touting Centennial Springs‘ town center, including a park.
But an offering brochure from Colliers International (posted circa 2015), promotes the Village of Centennial Springs as a mixed-use community that was born in 2005. More than a decade later, one fourth of the commercial units remain vacant, and nearly 9 acres are still available for construction. Check out what the offering says about the park, which I have emphasized in bold.
The Village of Centennial Springs Mixed Use development is a ±51,914 (GLA) square foot mixed use development comprised of 15 planned retail, o ce and residential buildings of which 8 buildings have been constructed, Building #12 (7501 Tule Springs) is owned by others and is not part of this o ering. The remaining seven buildings consist of 35,921 square feet of retail, o ce and 9,367 square feet in 7 residential apartment units.
The subject property is situated on approximately ±13.87 gross acres. The subject carries a zoning of TC (Town Center District) in the county of Clark. The developers began construction of the project in 2005. The property was designed to be a true mixed use community with residential housing units adjoining the retail and o ce development. Approximately 8.66 acres consisting 9 fully improved lots remain undeveloped. The original development design included a large club house and park that was to be acquired by the Harmony Springs LLC a residential development to the west of the subject property. These parcels were not acquired by Harmony Springs and remains as part of the Village of Centennial Springs offering for future development.
Did anyone ever tell home buyers that the beautiful park that helped sell homes would later be eliminated in favor of new apartment construction?
Perhaps that small detail was buried within Covenants and Restrictions, in the fine print?
In the meantime, Las Vegas citizens have incorrectly assumed that Pop Squires Park is a public amenity.
It is understandable that quite a few residents of Centennial Springs and their nearby non-HOA neighbors are upset about losing an attractive recreational asset.
So it should not surprise Fiore that constituents would show up at a meeting to discuss the future of Pop Squires Park.
One thing is for sure: Fiore has just aliented quite a few Las Vegas voters by forcefully excluding people from a meeting to discuss the fate of Pop Squires Park.
Fiore was recently elected to Las Vegas City Council, winning by a narrow margin over her competitor. For those who may be curious, she provides background information on her City Council profile page:
Councilwoman Michele Fiore was elected to serve as the representative for Ward 6 in the June 2017 municipal election. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in Nevada since 1993. The only child of a single mother, she was brought up with a strong work ethic and sense of independence.
Councilwoman Fiore spent two terms in the Nevada Legislature representing Clark County’s Assembly District 4.
Councilwoman Fiore worked on a volunteer basis with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s SWAT team to enhance community safety and provide secure environments for live drills, helping ensure our police are well-trained and on the cutting edge of their profession. She also served on LVMPD’s Use of Force Review Board, helping ensure accountability within the department.
In her spare time, she spends time with her mastiffs, rides ATVs in the Colorado mountains and enjoys target shooting.