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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:44 am

Where and when is a Community Center not a Community Center? In Continental Ranch and when HOA members meet there. The Board of Directors decided on a new policy of rentals for the Center which is one of the several common areas the homeowners pay assessments to maintain, but the only one which must be rented. Our swimming pools, spa, picnic areas and soccer fields can be used without a fee.

For 19 years the Senior Club, made up of seniors and retiree homeowners has used the Community Center for their Thursday morning meetings. Here they plan activities which include mulch volunteerism for their own community, Marana, and Tucson. They conclude their meeting swith games, cards, and sociability. Many of these seniors have these Thursday meeting for their only social activity because of health issues. They come with walkers in wheelchairs.

If the Senior Club is to continue the use of the communicty center, they will be charged rent that would be a hardship for some of the members who live on a fixed income. The Board of director has been asked for a waiver of the rent but they disallowed it.

A viable community activity has been denied free use of the Community Center. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Board declared the Community Center not a Community Center. Instead they decided to use it for profit making.

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