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story.lead_photo.caption Jerre Barron Jr.

Jerre Barron isn't worried about the time commitment associated with a POA board position. He's used to working long days and he knows he'll still be able to fit in the things he wants to do. Barron retired early from a job as safety and environmental specialist. He has lived in Bella Vista almost two years but owned property for much longer. He was also a regular visitor for the 27 years his father lived in Bella Vista.

Barron is interested in all the amenities because he knows the amenities draw new residents and that supports property values. If it takes an assessment increase to finance amenities, then he will support an assessment increase, he said. There may not be another way to pay for the amenities.

Nine candidates are running for the POA board of directors. There are four seats open, but one position will last only one year — completing the term of a director who resigned. Ballots are mailed on April 9. Completed ballots must be returned by May 11. Online voting begins April 9 and continues through May 15 at 5 p.m. the day of the annual membership meeting.

Members in good standing, with POA assessment fees current, are eligible to vote. One person per lot can vote but, according to the bylaws each voter can choose four candidates, one for each vacancy. The candidate who comes in fourth will have the short term.

The Weekly Vista will talk to three candidates each week until all nine have been interviewed.

A candidate forum, hosted by the POA, is planned for 6 p.m. on May 20 in Riordan Hall. All photos courtesy of the Bella Vista POA.

Many amenities are popular among all age groups, he said. Tennis and fitness centers draw from all ages but some activities, like the mountain bike trails, may appeal to the younger crowd. While you can't keep everyone happy, you have to offer something for each age group. He thinks a recent amenity use survey was a good idea. Figuring out what everyone wants is the first step. The second step is figuring out how to pay for everything.

Barron said he's planning on attending the meetings about the hydrology study. He's already heard from many residents about the nine holes of Berksdale that are closed. Leaving the course closed without addressing the cause of the damage means that there could be more damage in the future -- possibly affecting Kingswood and then the Country Club.

"When you problem solve, you look for the root causes and then you look at the cause that you can control," he said.

Barron said he's heard people who are very negative towards the POA, and he thinks the root of that problem is trust. The POA needs to be more transparent.

"We have to keep the people informed and get their input," he said. "There are smart people out here in Bella Vista."

General News on 03/14/2018

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