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Bylaws optional

  • 17 Sep 2021 6:57 AM
    Message # 11096305

    The Guide for forming road associations includes the characteristics of road associations. Under the Statutory Association is suggests that "bylaws are optional".  How does a statutory road association operate without having bylaws?  Also should bylaws be reviewed and voted on yearly? 

  • 18 Sep 2021 6:58 AM
    Reply # 11098973 on 11096305
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I suggest you review Mudseason 2021, my "No Surprises" article, page 11, in the Membership Section of our web site. Peter Dunn, my colleague on the MARA Board, is President of a statutory road association without bylaws. He may wish to add some details.

    We certainly review our by-laws regularly and occasionally amend with a 2/3 majority vote at the annual meeting but there is no need for a yearly vote unless your by-laws so stipulate.

    Last modified: 18 Sep 2021 7:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 25 Sep 2021 11:10 AM
    Reply # 11117996 on 11096305

    Our Road Association (RA) was formed originally as a Non-profit when RA's were first authorized however it was additionally formed as a Statutory when that type of RA was authorized by the legislature. We have managed ourselves as both types simultaneously since then. We reviewed continuing as both a few years back but was advised by a lawyer to keep both for future use as needed.

    About five years ago our membership was asked if bylaws would help RA management  and it was unanimously voted to eliminate bylaws as an management tool, therefore we exist without bylaws. To assist management we utilize the Annual Meeting option in order to decide the path to take. Affirmative voting action guides our path. 

    Good luck

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