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Nelson Orth

In response to Mr. Anderson’s comments about Anthem Community Council (ACC), I believe your readers would be interested in, and become more informed about ACC if I provided some background. ACC was formed by Del Webb in 1998, and remained in control until January of 2010. During that period of time Randy Watkins (a Del Webb employee) was the person in charge, and held a meeting in February, May, August, and November, the same as ACC does today. Randy Watkins ran each meeting with an iron hand. During that period of time I attended numerous meetings. The major thing I remember is that there was never any financial information provided. That was important to me because once a lot/house was sold in SCA, a monthly fee was paid to Del Webb.

In January 2010 ACC transitioned from developer control to HOA control. I was in attendance at that meeting, and at that time Jack Troia was president of SCA. The first thing he did was introduce the new Community Manager – Randy Watkins. If there was ever a conflict of interest in SCA, this was it. They accepted control announcing that six HOAs in Anthem would comprise ACC – Coventry, Solera, Country Club, Terra Bella, Anthem Highlands, and SCA. What they forgot is that there are eight HOAs in Anthem. The new board wrote those two HOAs (one is The Canyons, but I cannot remember the other one) asking them to do their civic duty, and join ACC. Their response was the Golden Finger. So, for the past 13 years six HOAs have been paying ACC, instead of the eight that reside here in Anthem. I requested to the new board that an audit of the funds received by Del Webb from 1998 to 2010 should be held. That request was denied.

I have often declared that ACC was/is the most corrupt external organization that SCA deals with. The following is just a few examples for my rationale. Around 2012 I asked, and received from the City of Henderson (COH), which were listed in their Master Plan, a listing of the acreage that both  ACC and SCA were responsible for. ACC was responsible for 97+ acres, and SCA around 206 acres. Most of ACC’s acreage was across the highway from Country Club. So what acreage is ACC and SCA now responsible for. I have no idea. Mr. Anderson states that ACC has a plan. What and where is that plan? I have tried for years, without success, to obtain documentation from ACC. Their Federal Income Tax forms are just one of the documents I would like to review.

There is now no documentation that defines what land is the responsibility of ACC and the HOAs. ACC has removed from its website their CC&Rs which is titled “Declaration of Covenants and Easements for the Anthem Community”. This document was written in 1998 by a law firm in Georgia. How do I know that? Because that information is written on that first page. Then a few months ago I went to talk to Erica Sosa from Community Development, and asked her for what acreage the organizations in Anthem are responsible for. To make a long story short, the COH has eliminated all of their previous requirements. If anyone doubts my veracity, just go visit Ms. Sosa.

ACC has never been held accountable by any official documentation. As per my request, I asked the Nevada Real Estate Division (NRED) to provide me with information. I received a letter from their Ombudsman, and I state the last sentence of that letter, “Should a conflict exist between NRS 82 and NRS 116; NRS 116 prevails”. I have provided a copy of this letter to both ACC and various SCA presidents, the  latest being Steve Anderson. I believe the date we met was September 2021. We met in the small library, and I presented my case to him, and provided him a copy  of the letter. Mr. Anderson stated I had a very strong case, and said he would take my case to the entire board. I received an email from him stating that the board had reviewed the letter, but that I was misinterpreting the contents of the letter.

So what I am hopeful for is that the new board will assign a person to oversee the day-to-day operations of ACC, and demand that transparency become an every day requirement. The first demand is for ACC to identify the land/acreage they believe they are responsible for. I am concerned that their is a land overlap between ACC and SCA, and hence double charging by the contractors. Once that is identified, then have ACC provide the contract/s for their maintenance personnel. That will provide some insight to where SCA payments go. Also, your readers need to know that the 2022 SCA budget approved $10 to $15M over a ten year period of time to ACC. Let me repeat that – $10 to $15M over a ten year period. Between that expenditure, the yearly funding of over $1M  to ACC, and the Yorktown Grill costs, one can understand why our assessments have dramatically increased. Then, until ACC commits to our requirements, we don’t need to sue ACC. Just place SCA dollars in a separate account, and let them sue us. I do not know what court jurisdiction they would go to, certainly not the Regional Justice System. And now the COH does not recognize ACC. I don’t believe the current board has the votes to move forward with any of my recommendations, but hopefully there are some new board members who will keep this issue in the minds of homeowners. I believe Robert Stern is correct when he states that we need to elect four board members who will reinstate some sanity to our board. Steve Anderson is not one of those four.