After reading the Sun City Anthem's Association Attorney's letter to the Foundation Assisting Seniors, a sense of sadness came over me when I realized that this organization, a part of Sun City Anthem for years, has experienced the wrath of community leaders through the chill of a lawyer's pen.
My goodness, how many of us over the years have called "The Minutemen" (FAS) and borrowed medical equipment for ourselves, family, or a visiting guest?
My guess...so many that the count would be impossible since they've helped so many over the years.
Why did this horrible situation have to take place?
Because of minor rent dispute?
There has to be more to the story. A rent dispute to my knowledge had never existed over the 18 years of Sun City Anthem existence...
If that be the case, both sides should reexamine what likely amounted to a few dollars, but will cause such hardship to the residents of Sun City Anthem.
Was the association entitled to be compensated by an organization that, over the years, has spread it's wings into other communities?
Perhaps, but when it was learned that over 85% of the FAS activities have to do with bettering the lives of Sun City Anthem's 7,144 homes, maybe some form of compromise should have been achieved.
After all, the actual space used by the Foundation Assisting Seniors is limited, and not occupied most of the time.
So just how much was it costing residents to allow them to remain?
Better yet, and perhaps an even more important question, is what will become of the space?
Suggestions have been made, but none have involved any that would produce revenue.
And...that's the problem I am having with this entire matter.
If no revenue is to be generated by the use of the space, shouldn't all of this be a matter of priorities?
Just what better way could that space be used?
Additional space for employees?
A dressing room for occasional entertainment events?
More space for a TV station that few watch?
That space likely will not be used for commercial purposes.
For one reason, its location would never draw a private enterprise to open its doors. It's too hidden to allow any traffic flow.
So, with that in mind, given the above three possible alternatives, which do the residents believe would benefit them the most?
Why has this never been brought to their attention or asked of the them?
Over the years, thousands of dollars have been spent on five restaurants that have ALL resulted in loss after loss after loss.
Yet...without asking the residents, the Sun City Anthem Board has authorized the General Manager to spend thousands on a consultant to find out if another such venture is even feasible?
And...as we all know, one WILL VERY LIKELY be adopted that will require additional subsidization by residents to allow it to exist.
Expensive television equipment has been purchased with association funds without seeking approval of residents.
And so, I close this article by asking you for your opinion.
Given the choice of subsidizing another restaurant venture, expanding a TV station, or allowing the Foundation Assisting Seniors to exist on our premises, which option do you believe would be of greater benefit to the residents of a senior community?
And...let's not limit our choices to these alone.
What other ideas might you have?
Perhaps it is time to prioritize...allowing those who pay the costs of the association to make that decision, not a General Manager or Board.