COVID-19-related state and local restrictions upon public gatherings continue to have an impact upon the ability of community associations to convene for their annual membership meetings. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced a five-phase plan for reopening the state and allowing different types of gatherings to occur as certain public health metrics are reached. The City of Chicago has established a similar plan. However, the exact timelines for transitioning between the phases of the governmental reopening plans have yet to be determined. Furthermore, even after governmental restrictions are relaxed and eventually lifted, many homeowners will remain reluctant to attend in-person annual membership meetings. To effectively address these challenges, associations may wish to use this opportunity to reconsider how they conduct their annual meetings.
In response to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders and overall health concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, many community association boards have temporarily refrained from calling board meetings. While compliance with governmental mandates and application of responsible safety measures remain paramount, associations must continue to conduct business, and open board meeting requirements still apply. Remote board meetings provide associations with an opportunity to fulfill all of these obligations.
Scott Rosenlund recently attended the 41st Annual Community Association Law Seminar of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Law Seminar is an annual event exploring trends and practices in community association law on a national basis. Topics included national case law updates, enforcement of occupancy restrictions and regulation of incivility in community associations. Scott has attended the Law Seminar for twenty consecutive years.
Several statutory and regulatory changes relevant to Illinois community associations recently became effective.
Scott Rosenlund contributed to the Fall 2019 issue of The Chicagoland Cooperator. In the article, Scott discusses board decision-making procedures.