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Lincoln Hills association and board members doing fine job

By: Craig Shuey
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I have read the piece by letter writer Ms. Pat Miller regarding the Sun City Lincoln Hills Homeowners Association and its Board of Directors.  I feel compelled to respond because of what, in my view, are misleading, false and uninformed statements by Ms. Miller. 

I previously lived for 25 years in one of the largest homeowners associations in Northern California and have now lived in the Lincoln Hills Homeowners Association for 15 years -  I have considerable experience with over 40 years of living in homeowners associations. 

In my opinion, based on my experience, the Lincoln Hills Homeowners Association is one of the finest and well-run homeowner associations that we could ask for - indeed, it is rated in the Top 50 adult communities by 55places.com. 

The Board of Directors and the executive director are some of the hardest-working board members that we could ask for. They have done much to improve the living conditions and quality of life in our community including three solar arrays, pickle ball courts, excellent and recently-improved fitness facilities, a sound financial position and sustaining a tireless working spirit meant to benefit all of us.

When we moved to Lincoln Hills in 2003, the dues were $97 a month.  Now they are $121 - a $24 increase over 15 years - a 1.5-percent increase per year.  Our Meridians Restaurant, a true amenity adding value to our homes, is not in the black but costs us less than $30 a year! Some homeowner associations have mandatory restaurant fees ranging from $60 to over $200 a month!

My suggestion to Ms. Miller and Lincoln Hills gadflies is stop sniping from the back bench. Stop pushing for a recall that will cost us money. Get on board with your neighbors, not just the disgruntled souls on social media sites. Get involved in association boards. Run for director. Change the direction of the association if you can. 

But please stop being a distraction to the fine work that the association, its directors and volunteers are doing.

Craig Shuey, Lincoln