(Circle) C You in Court!
State District Judge Lora Livingston will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could ultimately alter the way the Circle C Homeowners Association does business. Or, it could be business as usual for the tightly controlled and largely secretive CCHOA board of directors, which oversees a $1 million budget drawn from homeowners’ membership fees. Austin lawyer and Circle C resident Bill Gammon last week got a temporary restraining order against the CCHOA, which effectively put the kibosh on the board’s March 26 election proceedings. Gammon said the board –Jim O’Reilly, Steve Bartlett, and Ken Rigsbee — finagled the association rules to prevent Carl Kernodle, another resident, from running against Bartlett. A board member since the association’s 1988 inception, Bartlett was up for re-election — but it wasn’t the slam-dunk that the board had grown accustomed to over the years. Gammon’s hunch is that the board arbitrarily changed the election rules to ensure Bartlett’s place on the board.