The Owners covenant and agree that the administration of the Project shall be in accordance with the provisions of this Declaration and the Bylaws of the Association
The Project shall be managed on behalf of the Association by the Declarant until the earlier of: (a) one hundred twenty (120) days after all Class B membership terminates, or (b) the date on which Declarant elects to permanently relinquish all of its authority under this Section 5.2 by written notice to all Owners. So long as Declarant is managing the Project, Declarant or a managing agent selected by Declarant shall have the exclusive power and authority to exercise all the rights, duties and functions of the Board and the Association set forth or necessarily implied in this Declaration; provided, however, that the Association may not be bound directly or indirectly to any contracts or leases without the right of termination exercisable without cause and without penalty at any time after transfer of control to the Board elected pursuant to Section 5.3, upon not more than ninety (90) day's notice to the other party to the contract.
At the expiration of Declarant's management authority under Section 5.2, power and authority shall vest in the Board of Directors elected from among the Lot Owners. The number of directors shall be specified in the Bylaws and shall be sufficient to adequately handle the affairs of the Association. The Board may delegate all or any portion of its management duties to a managing agent or officer of the Association as provided for in the Bylaws. All Board offices shall be open for election at an organizational meeting. The Board shall elect from among its members a president who shall preside over meetings of the Board and the meetings of the Association
On behalf of and acting for the Association, the Board (or the Declarant or Declarant's managing agent as provided in Section 5.2 hereof), for the benefit of the Project and the Owners, shall have all powers and authority permitted to the Board under this Declaration and any applicable law, including but not limited to the following:
Establish and collect regular assessments (and to the extent necessary and permitted hereunder, special assessments) to defray expenses attributable to carrying out its duties hereunder and maintain an adequate reserve fund for the maintenance, repair, improvement and replacement of those portions of the Common Area or facilities which must be maintained, repaired or replaced on a periodic basis, which reserve shall be funded by the above assessments. The Association may impose and collect charges for late payments of assessments.
Obtain the services of persons or firms as required to properly manage the affairs of the Project to the extent deemed advisable by the Board including legal and accounting services, property management services as well as such other personnel as the Board shall determine are necessary or proper for the operation of the Common Area, whether such personnel are employed directly by the Board or are furnished by the manager or management firm or agent.
Obtain water, sewer, garbage collection, electrical, telephone, gas and any other necessary utility service, including utility easements and street lighting, as required for the Common Area.
Obtain and pay for policies of insurance or bonds providing Common Area casualty and liability coverage, and for fidelity of Association officers and other employees, the requirements of which are more fully set forth in Article 15.
Pay for the costs of painting, maintenance, repair and all landscaping and gardening work for all Common Area, and improvements located thereon, so as to keep the Project in a good, clean, attractive, sanitary and safe condition and in full compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations and the provisions of this Declaration The foregoing shall include- the cost of maintaining storm retention ponds or similar facilities, if any, the cost of maintaining, repairing and replacing mailbox stands that serve more than one (1) Lot, and such replacing and repairing of furnishings and equipment, if any, for the Common Area as the Board shall determine are necessary and proper.
To the extent deemed advisable by the Board, pay for the costs of maintaining and landscaping rights of way, traffic islands and medians, or other similar areas which are within or adjacent to the Project boundaries, and which are owned by or dedicated to a governmental entity, if said governmental entity fails to do so, provided, the Lot Owner at the Owner's expense (rather than the Association) shall maintain and landscape such areas as are adjacent to such Owner's Lot.
To the extent deemed advisable by the Board, pay for the cost of constructing, maintaining, repairing and replacing perimeter and interior fences, if any, and landscaping and improvements on easements, if any, which are located on or across Lots, provided, the Board at its option may require a Lot Owner at the Owner's expense to maintain, repair and replace such fences, landscaping and improvements as are adjacent to such Owner's Lot All such perimeter and interior fences shall be constructed, maintained, repaired and replaced in accordance with the Common Fence Design Standards contained in attached Exhibit B.
Enforce the applicable provisions of the Declaration for the management and control of the Project.
Contract and pay for any materials, supplies, labor or services which the Board should determine are necessary or proper for the enforcement of this Declaration, including legal, accounting, management or other services; provided that if for any reason any materials, supplies, labor or services are provided for particular Lots or their Owners, the cost thereof shall be specially charged to the Owners of such Lots.
Each Owner, by the mere act of becoming an Owner, shall irrevocably appoint the Association as his/her attorney-in-fact, with full power of substitution, to take such action as reasonably necessary to promptly perform the duties of the Association and Board hereunder, including but not limited to the duties to maintain, repair and improve the Project, to deal with the Project upon damage or destruction, and to secure insurance proceeds.
In the discharge of its duties and the exercise of its powers as set forth herein, but subject to the limitations set forth herein, the Board may borrow funds on behalf of the Association.
When and to the extent deemed advisable by the Board, to adopt reasonable rules and regulations governing the maintenance and use of the Project and other matters of mutual concern to the Lot Owners, which rules and regulations are not inconsistent with this Declaration and the Bylaws and which treat all Owners fairly and on a non-discriminatory basis The Board may impose and collect charges for late payments of assessments and, after notice and an opportunity to be heard by the Board or by a representative designated by the Board in accordance with procedures as provided in the Bylaws or rules and regulations adopted by the Board, levy reasonable fines in accordance with a previously established schedule adopted by the Board and furnished to the Owners for violation of the Bylaws, rules and regulations of the Association.
In addition to the duties and powers of the Association as specified in this Declaration, but subject to the provisions of this Declaration, the Association, acting through its Board, shall have the power to do all other things that it may deem reasonably necessary to carry out its duties and the purposes of this Declaration