ROSH president quits as frustration from Granby Ranch residents grows
The president of the Recreation, Open Space and Housing Foundation has resigned amid growing tensions between ROSH and residents in Granby Ranch.
Twelves members from the Granby Ranch Homeowners Association attended ROSH’s meeting Monday and nine spoke during the public comment section, according to ROSH secretary Susan Baird. Soon after, ROSH President Tom Marquart resigned and Vice President Susie Peterson took over the meeting.
The resignation leaves the board, which can have up to nine members, with only five, the lowest number it is allowed to have, according to its articles of incorporation. Any appointments must be approved by the Granby Board of Trustees, but recent appointments have been repeatedly delayed.
ROSH first approached the town requesting the appointment of a seventh member in December. The ROSH board unanimously recommended Sandra Moore to replace a member who was moving out of state.
The Granby trustees raised concerns with representation on the board. ROSH receives funds from a 1% transfer fee on second sales and beyond of houses in Granby Ranch and Edgewater. The board requested ROSH return with a nominee from Granby Ranch.
ROSH came back in January with Tom Chaffin, a 10 year Granby Ranch resident. However, other Granby Ranch residents questioned ROSH’s spending and asked that the board not approve any appointments until this was resolved.
While the town’s attorney has emphasized that the decisions of ROSH are entirely separate from the town board, some trustees believe it is important to ensure the foundation’s actions are fiscally responsible and within the scope of its role.
ROSH officials have previously asserted that they have always acted within their bylaws and covenants. While Granby Ranch residents claim that ROSH funds should be used only in Granby Ranch, ROSH references a covenant with a broader interpretation.
Specifically, the covenant states the transfer fees shall be used in part “to develop recreational facilities within (Granby Ranch) or for use by the owners or residents of (Granby Ranch), as well as other owners and residents of the Town of Granby.”
Edgewater’s covenant is very similar. ROSH and Granby Ranch residents disagree on how broadly this may be interpreted with references to other parts of the covenant.
Multiple Granby Ranch residents have called for the dissolution of the board for this and other reasons, but doing so would require written consent of both the foundation and the town.
Trustees will discuss possible appointments again on Tuesday. Town staff said at the trustees’ Feb. 11 meeting that the town has received interest from many people in Granby Ranch and sent out a questionnaire to help narrow down candidates.
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