The Lakes of Northville Homeowners Association(LNHA) was incorporated on October 10, 1978. The board failed to refile documents as required by the Non Profit Corporation Act PA162 of 1982,MCL 450.2101. The last document filed was by Marjorie Banner on March 16, 2003. Peggy English filed the 2004 report. According to the LNHA 2012 directory, Ms Banner is presently serving as V.P. and Chairperson of Legal/Government Affairs. Who is responsible for filing these documents?
According to a letter to the Lakes of Northville Association on June 27, 2012, the LNHA has been legally prohibited from conducting any new business since October 1, 2007. The letter from Attorney Kimberly J. Bowlin continues, "Moreover, the board has no authority to assess and collect dues, assert authority over any homeowner, conduct activities for alleged by-laws which are null and void....". Over the past 5 years the alleged LNHA has collected over $250,000 in dues. Was this money illegally collected? If so do we get money back and from whom? This board does not have authority to conduct ANY business. Records of expenditures for 2011 and the budget for 2012 can be found on the LNHA web site.(www.lakes of northville.org.)
According to Atty Bowlin, "One cannot simply re-file corporate documents and expect that individual owners in a platted subdivision are bound." This organization was dissolved by the State of Michigan in 2007 for failure to file timely reports. In order for everyone to be bound, signatures must be collected. Homeowners may agree to be reincorporated and proper documents submitted to the State of Michigan. This is not an "instant cure" problem. It may takes months to a year to reconstitute.
Some of these individuals associated with LNHA are running for election or re-election to NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP POSITIONS. Before voting one must consider the competence of individuals who cannot perform simple tasks of filing a document for a non profit organization in the State of Michigan.
This entire revelation came to our attention as result of a LNHA resident filing a complaint about the placement of playground equipment in very close proximity to her/his lot line.
Lee Gribbs /Len Piner
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