VERDE VILLAGE -- The Verde Village Property Owners Association has elected a new Board of Directors, now led by President June Hayes.
Hayes has previously served as vice-president and treasurer for the organization. She has lived in Verde Village since 1989 with a short spell in Munds Park.
Vice President is now Cathy Bucher of Unit 6, Krys Vogler of VV8 is Treasurer and Maggie Lais (#6) is Secretary.
Hayes says though there are new faces on the board, active members and volunteers are still needed. She says the new board needs to reach out for new ideas from the community.
Hayes says her personal goal is to "get the organization in a better financial situation." She believes part of that picture is to draw more members into the association. There are 4,400 lots in the Village and 3,860 owners, but the VVPOA has only 400 members. The membership is $35 annually. The association is a Property Owners Association, not an HOA, so dues are not mandatory. That is a problem that was inherited from the original incorporators.
The board meets monthly on the first Monday and a General meeting is held for anyone interested on the second Monday at 7 p.m.
Outgoing President Margaret Haddock says the walkway along the Verde River is now completed, thanks to the Friends of the Verde River Greenway. May 9 the new nature preserve will be dedicated with a free dinner for the volunteers and an open space forum. The project has taken one year from concept to completion involving multiple stakeholders. A stunning 35-acre riparian nature preserve has emerged from a previously abused and degraded habitat commonly used as a dump for mattresses, computers, and the like.