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BY-LAWS OF THE LINDAMOOR IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I

Name

The name of this Association shall be the LINDAMOOR IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED. "Lindamoor", as used in these Bylaws, shall mean the Subdivision of Lindamoor-on-the-Severn, Plats 1 and 2 as recorded in the Land Records of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

ARTICLE II

Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be the improvement of the community of Lindamoor and adjacent area in the Twenty Second Precinct of the Sixth Council District of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, as a residential community.

ARTICLE III

Membership

1. Any person who owns real property in Lindamoor or any person residing in Lindamoor shall be eligible for membership in this Association. Persons who are members of the Lindamoor Improvement Association prior to the approval of this revision to the Bylaws shall remain members. Membership is not transferable.

2. Any person desiring associate membership and not meeting the conditions in Article III 1 must be proposed for associate membership by a voting member and must be presented at a regular meeting of the Association.

3. To be elected to associate membership a person not meeting the conditions of Article III 1, must receive a favorable vote of 75% of the membership present and voting. A quorum must be present. The name of a person in this category proposed for associate membership shall be circulated to the membership at least 14 days prior to the next regular meeting of the Association.

4. Elected associate members shall be limited to no more than eight. They will not, as associate members, enjoy water privilege and water access rights. They shall have all normal member rights, with the exception of water privileges and water access rights, including the right to vote on all matters and will be eligible to hold office.

ARTICLE IV

Voting

1. Voting shall be limited to members and associate members. Each member or associate member, and each spouse, shall have one vote; provided, however, that no household shall have more than two votes.

2. No delinquent member or associate member shall have the privilege of voting. A member or associate member becomes delinquent when that member or associate member has been a debtor to the Association for a period longer than sixty (60) days.

ARTICLE V

Meetings

1. The Annual Meeting of this Association shall be held each year in either the month of March or April in Anne Arundel County.

2. Other Meetings of this association may be called by the President, or upon request to the President by five members, or of two members of the Board of Directors of this association.

ARTICLE VI

Officers

1. The officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The officers shall be members of the Board of Directors and shall hold like office thereon. Officers shall be elected from the membership.

2. The officers shall be elected by ballot at an election to be held at the Annual Meeting of this Association. A majority of votes cast by those present and voting shall be necessary to elect. A quorum must be present. Officers shall take office and shall assume the duties thereof upon the sine die adjournment of the meeting at which the election is held.

3. Officers shall hold office for one year or until their respective successors are elected and qualified.

ARTICLE VII

Duties of Officers

1. It shall be the duty of the President to act as general executive officer of the Association and of the Board of Directors; to preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors; and, further, the President shall have the right to attend all Committee meetings in an ex officio capacity.

2. The President shall have the power at any time to call a special meeting of the Board of Directors. It shall be the duty of the President to appoint all Committees, unless otherwise provided for.

3. The Vice President shall assist the President in the discharge of his duties, and, in the absence or indisposition of the President shall perform the duties of the President. The Vice President shall have the right to attend all Committee meetings in an ex officio capacity

4. The Secretary shall give notice of and attend all meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of the Association and of the Board of Directors, conduct all Correspondence, and maintain and update the master LIA Directory as required.

5. The Treasurer shall keep an account of all moneys received and expended for the use of the Association, shall collect all dues and other debts, shall have custody of all funds of the Association, shall make all disbursements as authorized by the Board of Directors of the Association, and at the Annual Meeting make a financial report to the Association. The Board of Directors may elect an Auditing Committee to verify financial accounts and records.

6. Funds in excess of $100.00 shall be drawn only upon the joint signatures of the President and the Treasurer unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VIII

Board of Directors

1. The governing body of this Association shall be the Board of Directors. It shall have general charge, management, and control of the affairs, funds, and properties of the Association. It shall authorize and control all expenditures, make all contracts and purchases either directly or by its duly authorized representatives. The Board of Directors shall have full power and it shall be its duty to carry out the purposes of this Association according to law and as provided by the Certificate of Incorporation and in these Bylaws. However, the original and final authority of this Association shall rest in the hands of the members who may direct the action of the Board of Directors.

2. The Board of Directors shall be composed of a total of ten persons, including the immediate Past President, the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Director of Marine Affairs [appointed by the Board], and four members elected by the membership at Annual Meetings. A majority of votes cast by those present and voting shall be necessary to elect. A quorum must be present.

3. At each Annual Meeting of the Association, two members other than the elected officers shall be elected to the Board of Directors for a term of two years each.

Board Meetings

4. At least four regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held during the year: one each quarter. Special meetings may be called by the President; or shall be called by the Secretary at the request of two members of the Board.

5. Any member of the Board of Directors who fails, without reason acceptable to the Board, to attend two consecutive regular meetings of the Board of Directors, which are held more than thirty days apart, shall have his status as a member of the Board of Directors terminated.

Vacancies

6. Any vacancy which may occur in any elected office shall be filled for the expired term of such office by an appointment by the President, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IX

Committees

1. All Committees of this Association, with the exception of the Auditing Committee, shall be nominated by the President and approved by the Board, and shall meet as the need arises.

2. The officers will appoint the Nominating Committee for Officers and Board Members. The Membership Committee will consist of the Board of Directors.

3. The officers shall appoint a Director of Marine Affairs and committees as may be deemed appropriate to cover these broad fields of interest:

Civic Affairs and Legislation
Community Projects
Neighborhood Beautification
Refreshments and Hospitality
Recreation and Social Safety
Security & Fire Protection
Sanitation and Pollution
Zoning and Planning
Welcoming

4. The President may appoint such special committees as may be deemed appropriate.

Auditing Committee

5. The Board of Directors may appoint an Auditing Committee consisting of three members, said committee to be appointed at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. No officers or members of the Board of Directors shall serve on this committee. The duties of this committee shall be to study and audit all financial records of this Association and to report on same to the Annual Meeting. The Auditing Committee is empowered to examine all books and financial records of the Association.

ARTICLE X

Water Issues

1. Members and their immediate families and guests have access to the water through three paths or lanes as set forth in the applicable plats of sections I and II, and have access through the property owned by the Lindamoor Improvement Association, depicted in the section II plat, at the foot of Sleepy Hollow Lane.

2. Small craft docks, such as the one accessed through the Lindamoor property at the foot of Sleepy Hollow Lane and the one accessed through the path beginning on Lindamoor Lane, which is also accessed by the path beginning on Lindamoor Drive, are for the use of members only. Vessels will be assigned docking places by the Director of Marine Affairs. Small craft docks are intended to be used by vessels such as row boats, canoes and dinghies which can be propelled by oars or paddles. The Director of Marine Affairs will, on a case by case basis, determine whether or not a vessel in question is appropriate to be docked at one of the small craft docks. Marine Affairs decisions may be appealed to the Board. The Board decision is final.

All boat owners using small craft docks will provide labor for maintenance of LIA docks and facilities when called upon by the Director of Marine Affairs.

3. Boat moorings offshore in the Cove of Cork are administered by Lindamoor as the governing body within the guidelines and conditions set by the Maryland State Group Mooring Regulations. Although the Cove of Cork is a navigable waterway, the shore line is not all public land. The privilege of establishing moorings must recognize the riparian rights of waterfront property owners. Moorings are established as follows:

a. The person requiring a mooring must be a resident of Lindamoor and must be the owner and user of the boat being moored.

b. The boat size, type, draft and availability of mooring space will be considered when considering placement and mooring approval.

c. Mooring position will be in accordance with the Group Mooring Plan and must be approved by the Director of Marine Affairs. In addition, moorings placed off riparian property owners shoreline must have their approval.

d. Mooring hardware, such as buoy, chain, anchor, etc., are to be supplied, placed and maintained by the applicable boat owner. A mooring gone adrift, abandoned or missing will result in loss of mooring privileges.

e. Any resident who divests himself of the moored boat, or becomes a non-resident shall remove the mooring or turn mooring custody over to the Director of Marine Affairs for further assignment.

f. Any transfer of mooring assignment between residents or temporary use by other than the boat owner, must be approved by the Director of Marine Affairs. Use of moorings by proxy is not allowed. Ownership of Lindamoor property does not assure the owner of mooring privileges. Promises or advertisement of the availability of a mooring position to enhance property sale is not authorized.

4. Mooring questions or assignments are subject to the Director of Marine Affairs ruling. Such rulings may be appealed to the Board of Directors. The Board's decision is final.

ARTICLE XI

Dues

1. All activities of this Association shall be conducted for the benefit of all members as a whole and not for the benefit of any individual member, and shall be financed by the dues payable by the members and by other means as set forth by the Board of Directors or by the membership.

2. The dues for members shall be determined by vote of the membership in a regular or special meeting. A two-thirds vote of those present and voting shall be necessary to establish any new dues rate. A quorum must be present.

ARTICLE XII

Quorum

Thirty percent (30%) of the members of the Association shall constitute a quorum of the Association. Five members of the Board shall constitute a quorum at a meeting of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XIII

Amendments

Any of these articles may be amended at any regular or special meeting provided (1) such proposed amendment is sponsored by five members and (2) notice of the proposed amendment has been distributed by the Secretary prior to the meeting in which the amendment is to be considered. A 2/3rds vote of these present and voting shall be necessary to carry an amendment. A quorum must be present.

ARTICLE XIV

Assets

1. No Member may acquire an interest of any kind in the property of this Association, real, personal, or mixed, except the right to take part in the use and disposition of such property under the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws.

Fiscal Year

2. The Fiscal Year of this Association shall be January l, through December 31 in each and every year.

ARTICLE XV

Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary rules as laid down in the latest edition of "Roberts Rules of Order" shall govern all deliberations, procedures, and debates when not in conflict with the Bylaws.

ARTICLE XVI

Dissolution of the Association.

If, under the Articles of Incorporation the Association is ever terminated and dissolved, all property of the Association, real, or otherwise, shall be distributed to charity as provided in the Articles of Incorporation.


Amended: March, 1996.
Amended March 2008.