How to Deal With Misbehavior at a Board Meeting

Question:

I’m an officer of a Kansas condominium HOA. At today’s regular monthly meeting, in regular open session attended by owners, it was my first meeting as a board member as a board member.
I’m 70 and a end-stage-kidney failure patient on life saving hemodialysis.
Two officers who somehow know I’m not a Republican, but rather a Democrat, mad political statements.
The first one by a gentleman referred to the ease of board duty as going to sleep like Biden does. I said to all that politics and political jokes are outside the scope of this meeting.
Then, a woman officer made a crack about how useless Biden is. I told her to stop and she said it was a joke.
I hope you can advise on action I may take to hold them accountable and stop the behavior for good. Thanks

– Edward

 

Answer:

Hi Edward,

It is the presiding officer’s job to maintain order during board meetings. Board meetings should strictly follow the agenda, and members who don’t have the floor should not be allowed to speak. Only members recognized by the presiding officer can speak. However, if an attendee’s comments are not relevant to the topic at hand, the presiding officer can close the discussion and even adjourn the meeting if things get too out of hand. Evicting owners from the meeting, though, should only be used as a last resort and if the owner is truly disrupting the meeting, using offensive language, or starts being physically aggressive.

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