Like any body of individuals charged with overseeing the operation of a corporation, it is necessary for co-op and
condo board members to meet on a regular basis. But just coming together at a set time and place does not guarantee an effective meeting. Rather, there are certain guidelines that boards can adopt to ensure that their meetings are harmonious and productive and that they do not drag on indefinitely.
Short and to the Point
The first thing board members have to understand is why the board exists at all, advises Howard Schechter, a partner in the Manhattan law firm of Schechter Brucker, PC. It is the purpose of a board of directors or managers to set policy for their building, and to direct the professional management they have engaged to run the building, and that's what they should be doing during their meetings.
Schechter's advice is well taken in light of the fact that some board members mistakenly use board meeting time to air their own personal grievances or to talk about matters that are not germane to the issues of the moment. By understanding and remembering the purpose of the board and why it has assembled, its members can assume the appropriate attitude to conduct business and get home at a reasonable hour.