Re: Troublesome Community Members: What's a Board to do? - re work requirement
From: regine (
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 08:36:24 -0700 (PDT)
Wish you luck at Pinnacle.? At Nevada City co housing we have a work 
requirement of eight hours a month.? If you don't do it you're supposed to pay 
at the rate of $18 per hour at the end of the year. No one keeps track of work 
hours and very few people pay.? When we tried to keep track people who didn't 
want to be monitored just wouldn't fill in the work sheets so there was no way 
of knowing anything.? Any thoughts on that? 


-----Original Message-----
From: Liz Ryan Cole <lizryancole [at]>
To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 4:59 am
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Troublesome Community Members: What's a Board to do?

Please reply to this list to the extent possible as I am sure many will want to 
hear the wisdom of the group. 
We (and while we have been working together running a hospitality business for 
years no one yet lives at Pinnacle Cohousing) have a modest (will probably 
at 2 hours per week) work requirement.  We hope that serves as a filter against 
troublesome members, and will explore whether failing to comply with the work  
requirement might be grounds to ask someone to leave. 
Also - we see a difference between rental and ownership and wonder how that can 
play out with the TCM. 
looking forward to the conversation. thanks  liz 
On Aug 8, 2012, at 1:02 AM, Holly McNutt wrote: 
> Hello coho communities everywhere!  
> The board here at Nyland cohousing (Lafayette, CO) has a question for 
communities out there with an active board of directors. (Not all coho  
communities use that structure.)  
> What, if anything, can a board do to reign in, or at least contain the 
caused by, a particularly Troublesome Community Member? (TCM) 
> We're not talking about your garden-variety TCM.  We've all got those, 
we?  Rather, we're talking about those extra-special people who only come along 
once in a while and can really poison the well. The kind who threaten to sue or 
press charges about things that no one else thinks are big deals.  At worst,  
possible litigation becomes a financial risk to the community, which is in part 
why the board is concerned. 
> We realize that the Board's (and the full community's) power is pretty 
here. We can't make someone move, and we can't prevent them from ranting, 
or calling the police. But are there measures, either formal or informal, that  
others have taken in similar circumstances that have helped? Mediation isn't  
much of an option here; what's coming from TCM seems much more impulsive than  
> Fishing for ideas... Anyone got some to offer? 
> - The Nyland BOD 
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