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 BY-LAWS  OF

 CHAPEL HILL OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

Article 1

 

Name, Membership, and Definitions

 

 Section 1.        Name. The name of the Association shall be Chapel Hill Owners Association Inc., (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the “Association”).

Section 2.          Membership. Provisions regarding membership in the Association are fully set forth in the Declaration of Protective Covenants for Chapel Hill Subdivision, (this Declaration, as amended, renewed, or extended from time to time, is hereinafter sometimes referred to as the “Declaration”), the terms of which pertaining to membership are specifically incorporated by reference herein.

Section 3.        Definitions. The words used in these By-Laws shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Declaration, unless the context shall prohibit.

Article II
Association: Meetings, Voting, Proxies, Quorum

Section 1.          Place of Meetings. Meetings of the Association shall be held at the principal office of the Association or at such other suitable place convenient to the Members as may be designated by the Board of Directors, either in the Community or as convenient thereto as practical.

Section 2.          First Meeting and Annual Meetings.  An annual or special meeting shall be held within one (1) year from the date the Declarant’s authority to appoint any members of the Board of Directors has terminated. Annual meetings shall be set by the Board so as to occur within sixty (60) days of the close of the Association’s fiscal year. If the day for the annual meeting of the Members is a legal holiday, the meeting will be held at the same hour on the first day following which is not a legal holiday (excluding Saturday and Sunday). Any Member may attend an annual meeting.

Section 3.          Special Meetings. The President may call special meetings. In addition, it shall be the duty of the President to call a special meeting of the Association if so directed by resolution of a Majority of the Board or upon a petition signed by Owners holding at least fifty (50%) percent of the total Association vote entitled to vote thereon. The notice of any special meeting shall state the date, time, and place of such meeting and the purpose thereof. No business shall be transacted at a special meeting, except as stated in the notice. Any Member may attend a special meeting. No special meeting shall be called, other than by the Declarant until after the date the Declarant’s authority to appoint any members of the Board of Directors has terminated.

 

Section 4.        Notice of Meetings. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to mail or to cause to be delivered to each Member a notice of each annual or special meeting of the Association stating the purpose of the special meeting, as well as the time and place where it is to be held. If an Owner wishes notice to be given at an address other than his or her Residence, he or she shall designate by notice in writing to the Secretary such other address. The mailing or delivery of a notice of meeting in the manner provided in this Section shall be considered service of notice so long as Article VI, Section 4 of the By-Laws is complied with. In addition to serving notice as provided above, or as an alternative thereto, the Board may serve notice of an annual or special meeting by publishing notice in a newspaper or newsletter circulated within the Community. The date of publication shall be the date that notice is served. Notices shall be served not less than ten (10) nor more than fifty (50) days before a meeting.

 

Section 5.        Waiver of Notice. Waiver of notice of a meeting of the Association shall be deemed the equivalent of proper notice. Any Member may, in writing, waive notice of any meeting of the Association, either before or after such meeting. Attendance at a meeting by a Member, whether in person or by proxy, shall be deemed waiver by such Member of notice of the time, date, and place thereof, unless such Member specifically objects to lack of proper notice at the time the meeting is called to order.

 

Section 6.        Adjournment of Meetings. If any meeting of the Association cannot be held because a quorum is not present, a Majority of the Association vote present at the meeting, in person or by proxy, may adjourn the meeting to a time not less than five (5) nor more than thirty (30) days from the time the original meeting was called. At such adjourned meeting at which a quorum is present, any business which might have been transacted at the meeting originally called may be transacted without further notice.

 

Section 7.        Voting. The voting rights of the Members shall be as set forth in the Declaration, and such voting rights are specifically incorporated herein. It is anticipated that few substantive votes will be conducted at meetings of the Association Members and that many votes will be by referendum with no further voting to be conducted at a meeting. Unless a vote on any question is required by law or is required by the Declaration or By-Laws to be taken at a meeting (in which case a meeting shall be called and proxies shall be sent to all Members entitled to vote on the issue(s) to be decided at the meeting), elections and other matters requiring a membership vote shall be submitted on a ballot or ballots to the Members in referendum by mail or at polling places in the Community. Ballots shall be returned to the Secretary by the date specified on the ballot. The Board shall determine the method of voting, the form of all ballots, the wording of questions thereon and the deadline for return of ballots. It shall designate the number and location of polling places, if any. The Board may include on any ballot questions on which it seeks an advisory vote. Members may suggest for an advisory vote which shall be evaluated by the Board for consistency with the exercise of its duties and responsibilities. In any advisory vote, each such question on a ballot shall indicate that the vote is for advisory purposes only. Notice of referenda shall be given in the same manner as notice of meetings.

 

Section 8.        Proxies. At all meetings of the Association, Members entitled to vote may vote in person or by proxy. All proxies shall be in writing, dated, and filed with the Secretary before the appointed time of each meeting. Every proxy shall be revocable and shall automatically cease upon conveyance by the Owner of his or her Residence, upon receipt of notice by the Secretary of the death or judicially declared incompetence of an Owner, or of written revocation, or upon the expiration of eleven (11) months from the date of the proxy.

 

Section 9. Quorum. The presence, in person or by proxy, of Members entitled to cast at least twenty-five (25%) percent of the votes of Members entitled to vote on the issue(s) before the meeting shall constitute a quorum at all meetings of the Association. The Members present at a duly called or held meeting at which a quorum is present may continue to do business until adjournment, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough Members to leave less than a quorum, so long as any action taken thereafter is approved by at least a Majority of the votes required to constitute a quorum. The quorum for a referendum shall be twenty-five (25%) percent of the votes of Members entitled to vote thereon, except that there shall be no quorum requirement for advisory votes.

 

Article III
Board of Directors

 

A.        Composition and Selection.

 

Section 1.        Governing Body; Composition. The affairs of the Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors. Except as provided in Section 2 of this Article, the Directors must own property in the Community and shall be Members or spouses of such Members; provided, however, no Person and his or her spouse may serve on the Board at the same time.

 

Section 2.        Directors Appointed by Declarant. Declarant shall have the right to appoint or remove any member or members of the Board of Directors or any officer or officers of the Association until such time as the first of the following events shall occur: (a) the Declarant sells its last Lot in the Community; (b) the surrender by Declarant in writing of the authority to appoint and remove Directors and officers of the Association; or (c) the expiration of five (5) years from the recording of the Declaration. Each Owner, by acceptance of a deed to or other conveyance of property within the community, vests in Declarant such authority to appoint and remove Directors and officers of the Association. The Directors selected by the Declarant need not be Owners or Occupants in the Community. The names of the initial Directors selected by the Declarant are set forth in the Articles of Incorporation of the Association. The Declarant shall have complete control the Architectural Control Committee until six months after it sells its last Lot in the Community, unless surrendered sooner.

 

Section 3.        Number of Directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of three (3) members.

 

Section 4.        Nomination of Directors. Elected Directors shall be nominated from the floor and may also be nominated by a Nominating Committee, if such a committee is established by the Board. All candidates shall have a reasonable opportunity to communicate their qualifications and to solicit votes.

 

Section 5.        Election and Term of Office. Elected Directors may be elected by referendum. Cumulative voting is not permitted. Those candidates receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected. In the case of a tie vote, the winner shall be determined by the flip of a coin.

Referendums shall be held prior to the expiration of declarant’s right to appoint directors and officers for the purpose of electing successors.

Fifteen (15) days prior to the first annual meeting of the Association after the Declarant’s right to appoint Directors and officers terminates and fifteen (15) days prior to each annual meeting thereafter, Directors shall be elected by referendum to take office at such annual meeting. All Owners of Residences eligible to vote shall have the right to vote on all Directors to be elected as provided in the Declaration.

The initial terms of the first Board of Directors elected entirely by the Owners of Residences (other than Declarant) shall be fixed at one year. The members of the Board of Directors shall hold office until their respective successors shall have been elected by the Association.

 

Section 6.        Removal of Directors. At any regular or special meeting of the Association duly called, any one (1) or more of the members of the Board may be removed, with or without cause, by Owners holding a Majority of the total Association vote entitled to vote thereon and a successor may then and there be elected to fill the vacancy thus created. A Director whose removal has been proposed by the Members shall be given at least ten (10) days’ notice of the calling of the meeting and the purpose thereof and shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the meeting. Additionally, any Director who has three (3) consecutive unexcused absences from Board meetings or who is delinquent in the payment of an assessment for more than three (3) calendar months may be removed by a Majority vote of the Directors at a meeting, a quorum being present. This Section shall not apply to Directors appointed by Declarant.

 

Section 7.        Vacancies. Vacancies in the Board of Directors caused by any reason, excluding the removal of a Director by vote of the Members, shall be filled by a vote of the Majority of the remaining Directors at any meeting of the Board of Directors. Each Person so selected shall serve the unexpired portion of the term.

 

  1. B.     Meetings.

 

Section 8.        Organization Meetings. The first meeting of the members of the Board of Directors following each referendum of the membership shall be held immediately thereafter at such time and place as shall be fixed by the Board.

 

Section 9.        Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board may be held at such time and place as shall be determined from time to time by a Majority of the Directors, but at least four (4) such meetings shall be held during each fiscal year with at least one (1) per quarter. Notice of the regular schedule shall constitute sufficient notice of such meetings.

 

Section 10.      Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board shall be held when requested by the President, Vice President or by any one (1) Director. The notice shall specify the time and place of the meeting and the nature of any special business to be considered. The notice shall be given to each Director by one of the following methods: (a) by personal delivery; (b) written notice by first class mail, postage prepaid; (c) by telephone communication, either directly to the Director or to a Person at the Director’s home or office who would reasonably be expected to communicate such notice promptly to the Director; or (d) by telegram, charges prepaid. All such notices shall be given or sent to the Director’s address or telephone number as shown on the records of the Association. Notices sent by first class mail shall be deposited into a United States mailbox at least four (4) days before the time set for the meeting. Notices given by personal delivery, telephone, or telegraph company must be received at least forty-eight (48) hours before the time set for the meeting.

 

Section 11.      Waiver of Notice. The transactions of any meeting of the Board, however called and noticed or wherever held, shall be as valid as though taken at a meeting duly held after regular call and notice, if (a) a quorum is present, and (b) either before or after the meeting, each of the Directors not present signs a written waiver of notice, a consent to holding the meeting, or an approval of the minutes. The waiver of notice or consent need not specify the purpose of the meeting. Notice of a meeting shall also be deemed given to any Director who attends the meeting without protesting before or at its commencement about the lack of adequate notice.

 

Section 12.      Quorum of Board of Directors. At all meetings of the Board, a Majority of the Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the votes of a Majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute the decision of the Board of Directors. A meeting at which a quorum is initially present may continue to transact business, notwithstanding the withdrawal of Directors, if any action taken is approved by at least a Majority of the required quorum for that meeting. If any meeting cannot be held because a quorum is not present, a Majority of the Directors who are present at such meeting may adjourn the meeting to a time not less than five (5) nor more than thirty (30) days from the time that the original meeting was called. At such adjourned meeting at which a quorum is present, any business which might have been transacted at the meeting originally called may be transacted without further notice.

 

Section 13.      Compensation. Directors may not receive compensation from the Association for acting as such. Directors may be reimbursed for their actual out-of-pocket expenses necessarily incurred in connection with their services as Directors.

 

Section 14.      Open Meetings. All meetings of the Board shall be open to all Members, but Members other than Directors may not participate in any discussion or deliberation unless expressly so authorized by the Board.

 

Section 15.      Executive Session. The Board may adjourn a meeting and reconvene in executive session to discuss and vote upon personnel matters, litigation in which the Association is or may become involved, and orders of business of a sensitive nature.

 

Section 16.      Action Without A Formal Meeting; Conference Call Meetings. Any action to be taken at a meeting of the Board or any action that may be taken at a meeting of the Board may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, shall be signed by all of the Directors. A member or members of the Board may participate in a meeting of the Board by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment, by means of which all Persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. Such participation shall constitute presence in person at such meeting.

 

C.        Powers and Duties.

 

Section 17.   Powers. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the affairs of the Association and shall have all of the powers and duties necessary for the administration of the Association’s affairs and, as provided by law, may do all acts and things as are not by the Declaration, Articles of Incorporation, or these By-Laws directed to be done and exercised exclusively by the Members. In addition to the duties imposed by these By-Laws or by any resolution of the Association that may hereafter be adopted, the Board shall have the power to and be responsible for the following, in way of explanation, but not limitation:

 (a) preparation and adoption of an annual budget in which there shall be established the contribution of each Residence Owner to the Association Expenses;

 (b) making assessments to defray the Association Expenses and other assessments authorized by the Declaration, establishing the means and methods of collecting such assessments, and establishing the period of payment for assessments;

(c) providing for the operation, care, upkeep, and maintenance of all areas which are the maintenance responsibility of the Association as determined by the Board, including maintenance or provision of services which are generally provided by a municipality, such as maintenance of street lights, and garbage pick-up;

 (d) designating, hiring, and dismissing the personnel necessary for the operation of the Association and, where appropriate, providing for the compensation of such personnel and for the purchase of equipment, supplies, and material to be used by such personnel in the performance of their duties;

(e) collecting the assessments, depositing the proceeds thereof in a bank depository which it shall approve, and using the proceeds to administer the Association;

 (f) obtaining and carrying insurance against casualties and liabilities, as provided in the Declaration, and paying the premium cost thereof;

(g) providing services to all areas that the Association is obligated to provide services for;

(h) paying the cost of all services, if any, rendered to the Association or its Members which are not chargeable to Owners of Residences;

 (i) keeping books with detailed accounts of the receipts and expenditures affecting the Association and its administration, and specifying the maintenance and repair expenses and any other expenses incurred;

 (j) depositing Association funds into interest bearing accounts; and

 (k) contracting with any Person for the performance of various duties and functions. The Board shall have the power to enter into common management agreements and other agreements with trusts, condominium associations, or other associations. Any and all functions of the Association shall be fully transferable by the Board, in whole or in part, to any other entity.

 

To the extent permitted by law, the Board shall have the power to delegate its functions to designees of the Board such as, without limitation, a management agent, committees established by the Board, and employees and independent contractors of the Association.

 

Section 18.      Management Agent. The Board may employ for the Association a management agent or agents at a compensation established by the Board to perform such duties and services as the Board shall authorize. The Declarant or an affiliate of the Declarant may be employed as management agent. The term of any management agreement shall not exceed three (3) years and shall be subject to termination by either party, without cause and without penalty, upon not more than ninety (90) days’ written notice.

 

Section 19.      Borrowing. The Board shall have the power to borrow money for the purpose of repair or restoration of the Common Property and facilities without the approval of the Members of the Association; provided, however, the Board shall obtain membership approval in the same manner as for special assessments in the event that the proposed borrowing is for the purpose of modifying, improving, or adding amenities, and the total amount of such borrowing exceeds or would exceed Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) Dollars outstanding debt at any one time.

 

Section 20.      Fining Procedure. The Board shall not impose a fine (a late charge shall not constitute a fine) unless and until the following procedure is followed:

 (a) Demand. Written demand to cease and desist from an alleged violation shall be served upon the alleged violator specifying:

(i) the alleged violation;

(ii) the action required to abate the violation; and

(iii) a time period, not less than ten (10) days, during which the violation may be abated without further sanction, if such violation is a continuing one, or a statement that any further violation of the same rule may result in the imposition of a fine, if the violation is not continuing. The Board or its designee may demand immediate abatement in such circumstances which, in the Board’s determination, pose a danger to safety or property.

 

(b) Notice. Within twelve (12) months of such demand, if the violation continues past the period allowed in the demand for abatement without penalty, or if the same rule is subsequently violated, the Board may, upon notice, impose a fine. The notice shall state:

(i) the nature of the alleged violation;

(ii) that the alleged violator may, within ten (10) days from the date of the notice, request a hearing regarding the fine;

(iii) that any statements, evidence, and witnesses may be produced by the alleged violator at the hearing; and

(iv) that all rights to have the fine reconsidered are waived if a hearing is not requested within ten (10) days of the date of the notice.

 (c) Hearing. If a hearing is requested, it shall be held before the Board in executive session, and the alleged violator shall be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard. The minutes of the meeting shall contain a written statement of the results of the hearing.

(d) Specific Fines. This section shall not diminish the Board’s authority to enforce fines specifically authorized by the Declaration.

Article IV

Officers

Section 1.        Officers. The officers of the Association shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and shall be elected by a majority of the members of the Board. Any two (2) or more offices may be held by the same Person, excepting the offices of President and Secretary.

 

Section 2.        Election, Term of Office, and Vacancies. The officers of the Association shall be elected annually by the Board at the organizational meeting of the Board. A vacancy in any office arising because of death, resignation, removal, or otherwise may be filled by the Board for the unexpired portion of the term. Officers shall serve until their successors have been elected.

 

Section 3.        Removal. Any officer may be removed by 2/3’s vote of the Board whenever, in its judgment, the best interest of the Association will be served thereby.

 

Section 4.        President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors. The President shall have all the general powers and duties which are incident to the office of the president of a corporation organized under the Alabama Nonprofit Corporation Act.

 

Section 5.        Vice President. The Vice President shall act in the president’s absence and shall have all powers, duties, and responsibilities provided for the president when so acting.

 

Section 6.        Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Association and of the Board and shall have charge of such books and papers as the Board may direct and shall, in general, perform all duties incident to the office of the secretary of a corporation organized in accordance with Alabama law.

 

Section 7.        Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have the responsibility for the Association’s funds and securities and shall be responsible for keeping or causing to be kept full and accurate financial records and books of account showing all receipts and disbursements, for preparing or causing to be prepared all required financial statements and tax returns, and for the deposit of all monies and other valuable effects in the name of the Association or the managing agent in such depositories as may from time to time be designated by the Board.

 

Section 8.        Resignation. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board, the President, or the Secretary. Such resignation shall take effect on the date of the receipt of such notice or at any later time specified therein, and unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

 

Article V
Committees

 

Section 1.        General. In addition to the committees established in the Declaration, committees to perform such tasks and to serve for such periods as may be designated by the Board are hereby authorized. Each committee shall be composed and shall operate in accordance with the terms of the resolution of the Board designating the committee or with rules adopted by the Board. The Board in its sole discretion shall obtain liability insurance covering the members of each committee and the Association for the activities of such committees, if reasonably available.

 

Section 2.        Covenants Committee. The Board may establish a Covenants Committee to advise the Board regarding violations of the Declaration, By-Laws, rules and regulations, use restrictions and design guidelines. The Committee shall also advise the Board regarding sanctions to be imposed for such violations.

 

Section 3.        Architectural Review Committee. The Declarant shall establish an Architectural Review Committee to carry out the functions provided for such committee in the Declaration. The Committee, in it’s sole discretion, may employ the services of experts for advice and may expend funds of the Association for the fees of such experts.

Article VI
Miscellaneous

Section 1.        Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Association shall be determined by resolution of the Board. In the absence of such a resolution, the fiscal year shall be the calendar year.

 

Section 2.        Parliamentary Rules. Roberts Rules of Order, (current edition) shall govern the conduct of all Association proceedings, when not in conflict with Alabama law, the Articles of Incorporation, the Declaration, these By-Laws, or a ruling made by the Person presiding over the proceeding.

 

Section 3.        Conflicts. If there are conflicts or inconsistencies between the provisions of Alabama law, the Articles of Incorporation, the Declaration, and these By-Laws, then the provisions of Alabama law, the Declaration, the Articles of Incorporation, and the By-Laws (in that order) shall prevail.

 

Section 4.        Notices. Unless otherwise specified in the Declaration or By-Laws, all notices, demands, bills, statements, or other communications required or permitted to be sent under the Declaration or these By-Laws shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if delivered personally or if sent by first class mail, postage prepaid:

 (a) if to a Member at the address which the Member has designated in writing and filed with the Secretary or, if no such address has been designated, at the last known address of the Member; or

 (b) if to the Association, the board of Directors, or the managing agent, at the principal office of the Association or the managing agent, if any, or at such other address as shall be designated by notice in writing to the Members.

 

If there are multiple Owners of a single piece of property, notice to one (1) shall be deemed notice to all. Multiple Owners may designate one (1) Owner as the Person entitled to receive notice of Association matters by so notifying the Association in writing.

 

Section 5.        Amendment. The provisions of the Declaration applicable to amendment of that instrument shall apply to any amendment to these By-Laws.

 

Section 6.        Assignment. Declarant may assign all of its rights, privileges, powers, responsibilities and obligations under the Declaration, the Articles of Incorporation, and these By-laws by the filing of a notice of assignment in the Madison County Probate Records.

 

Adopted on this the  7 th day of  July , 2003.

Chapel Hill Owners Association, Inc., Secretary