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Sheffield Townhome Association Voice

A Guide for Proactive Home Ownership

Be aware of The Sheffield's board of directors' recent push to FINALLY do the YEARS of over do TREE trimming and other Neglected Landscaping! But the board approved the purchase for Porter, who had to get all his fancy gadgets, but like a shiny new toy, he stopped playing with them and always wanted something else. The board wants you to believe that they have changed. Why so much to do over the landscaping? One reason! 

They want you to give a visual BANG so you'll be willing to give them cart blanch with your proxy vote. So a group of ONLY FOUR will decide the FATE for Five Hundred and Ninty two homeowners.

VERY BAD FOR ALL OF US!

One possible answer to this unprecedented board push could be Roy Porter. Roy has told me personally on numerous occasions that Roy wants to tear down all the buildings and rebuild them.

Our RESERVE CASH is burning a hole in the pockets of the Board.

Have you ever wondered why the Sheffield Towne Association can only contract substandard contractors? For example, LANSCAPERS. Why did they use the same contractor that Even Mark Johnson, past president, knew people were unhappy with for over a decade? We'll be telling that story soon.

Elections: Conducting well-run elections with scrupulous integrity and honesty is an essential function of every association. It's of utmost importance that every association follow the rules for conducting an election that complies with Illinois law. If owners are going to trust the members of the boards that govern the affairs of their association, they first must have confidence that their election was fair and lawful.

Welcome to Sheffield Towne Voice a vibrant community of 592 town homes nestled in the scenic northwest of Schaumburg. Constructed by the esteemed Levitt & Sons from 1970-1975, our neighborhood boasts forty-four acres of professionally landscaped common areas, with a history-rich clubhouse that once served as the original sales office. This is your Sheffield Towne Association, source for the latest community news, events, and homeowner services.


Who is Permitted to Vote in the Election?

With few exceptions, only unit owners, who are members of the association, may vote in the Association’s election. An issue may arise from time to time when a spouse of a unit owner seeks to vote in the Association’s election. However, unless the spouse possesses ownership in the unit, a spouse is not permitted to vote.

One permitted exception to the general rule is that individuals who are “installment contract purchasers” may vote in board elections. An installment contract purchaser is one who has a contract in which a seller agrees to sell a unit, and the consideration for the sale is payable in installments for a period of at least one year after the buyer takes possession of the unit. In this type of transaction, the seller continues to have an interest in the property. In such a case, the installment contract purchaser has the right to vote in the board election unless the seller expressly retains such right in writing.

An additional exception exists where a unit is held in a trust or corporation. The trustee or corporate entity may designate a person to cast a vote on behalf of a trust or corporation and a beneficiary of the trust is also entitled vote.

With few exceptions, only unit owners, who are members of the association, may vote in the Association’s election. An issue may arise from time to time when a spouse of a unit owner seeks to vote in the Association’s election. However, unless the spouse possesses ownership in the unit, a spouse is not permitted to vote.

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Ballots & Proxies

Unless the Association has adopted a rule to the contrary, many condominium associations permit owners to vote by proxy. A proxy form may be used when an owner cannot attend the annual meeting to cast a ballot or wishes to submit their vote before the meeting. The proxy form allows the owner to designate an individual (the "proxy holder") to cast their ballot at the annual meeting but is not, itself, a "ballot." IS IT LEGAL FOR THE BOARD TO KEEP EXTENDING THE VOTING DATE? We shall find out!

Section 18 (a)(18) of the Act stipulates that if the Board distributes a proxy, the form must allow the unit owner to designate any person as the proxy holder and express a preference for any of the known candidates for the Board or to write in a name. It's important to note that this rule only applies to proxies distributed by the Board and not to a proxy distributed by a unit owner. Understanding this distinction is key to navigating The proxy usage process. DON'T BE A FOOL.

For owners who prefer to attend the annual meeting in person and cast their vote, the option of voting by ballot is available. The ballot form itself should include the names of all known candidates, and also provide spaces for write-in candidates, who may be identified at the annual meeting. This process ensures that all owners have a fair and transparent opportunity to participate in the voting process.

In some associations, "secret balloting" is also used, per Section 18(b)(10) of the Act. In such elections, the voting ballot is marked only with the percentage of ownership interest for the unit and the vote itself. This process permits the Association to keep the identity of voting owners confidential.

By reading this article you understand that there is no attorney client relationship between you and the article author. This article should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state. © 2017 Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit, A Professional Corporation.

Upcoming Meetings: June 24, 2024

Details about upcoming board meetings and topics of Discussion.

Do Not Give The Sheffield Towne Board Your Proxy Vote!

DID YOU VOTE NO ?

Giving a proxy vote to the Sheffield Towne board of directors in a homeowners association (HOA) should raise concerns for several reasons.


A proxy vote is a powerful tool in the context of an HOA, as it allows a member to delegate their voting rights to another person, significantly impacting the decision-making process within the association. Here are some reasons why a homeowner might reconsider giving their proxy vote directly to the board of directors:

  1. Concentration of Power:   Giving proxy votes to the board of directors will lead to a concentration of power within a small group of individuals. This will reduce the diversity of opinions and perspectives considered in decision-making processes, potentially leading to decisions that may only reflect the broader interests of some homeowners.
  2. Potential for Conflict of Interest:   Board members may have their interests that could conflict with the best interests of the community as a whole. If board members hold a significant number of proxy votes, they might be tempted to use these votes to influence decisions in their favor rather than in the best interest of all homeowners. The board has a history of self-interest.
    As when a board member prevented homeowners from getting cars towed because she had business at her home and did not want her customers to get towed. Or when they approved Randy Brown to be the property manager. Or when they took over a home on Oxford Ct and allowed their employees to live there, FREE, for years. Unfortunately, I could write about this all day long...
  3. Reduced Accountability: When board members hold many proxy votes, their accountability to the homeowners will be reduced. Since they have enough votes to influence outcomes, they might feel less compelled to justify their decisions or discuss their concerns and suggestions with homeowners. Remember the 5 million Dollar Nightmare we all paid for, but only one-third or fewer got the benefit? We promised all our would get the same upgrades, But we did not!
  4. Lack of Representation: Every homeowner has unique concerns, priorities, and perspectives. By delegating their vote to the board, homeowners may lose the opportunity to influence decisions that directly affect their property and community life. This will lead to decisions that must adequately represent the community's diverse views and needs.
  5. Encourages Passivity: Relying on the board to vote on behalf of homeowners will discourage active participation and engagement within the community. It's crucial for the health of the HOA that all members feel encouraged to participate in discussions, attend meetings, and vote on issues directly rather than delegating this responsibility.
To mitigate these concerns, homeowners who cannot attend in-person meetings could consider giving their proxy to a trusted fellow homeowner who shares similar views and interests rather than directly to a board member. This approach will help maintain a balance of power, ensure a diversity of opinions is considered in decision-making, and encourage active participation and engagement within the community.


The total votes outstanding in the Class membership equal 590 as of October 1, 1973

Sheffield Towne Board of Directors

  • Scott Aldrich - President- Self Appointed - 1802 Fenwick Ct Schaumburg, IL
  • Mark McLean - Secretary - 1917 Hastings Ct Schaumburg, 60194
  • Edward Callahan - Treasurer - 1800 Fenwick Ct, Schaumburg, IL 60194
  • Tom Kunzer - Member - 1030 Denham Pl APT 1, Schaumburg, IL 60194
  • Bruce Lund - Member - 1930 Cheltenham Pl, Schaumburg, IL 60194
  • Victor Solorzano - Member - 1014 Denham Place, Schaumburg, IL 60194
  • Chuck Watson - REMOVED - Not a Homeowner. Should renters be the board? They cannot and should NOT VOTE!
    We checked with the Illinois counsel and found out that our bylaws allowing non-unit owners to serve on the board had been overridden by state law. With that, Chuck Watson stepped down because he wasn't on the deed. He intends to get his name on the deed so he can rejoin, and the board appointed his wife in the interim. No decisions during his tenure were decided by a single vote. We need to confirm this.
  • Barbara Hopkins - Member - 2026 Oxford Ct, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Sheffield Towne Staff Employees:

  • Roy Porter - Propert Manager - [email protected] - Does not have a Illinois Community Association Manager (CAM) license!
  • Darshi Shah - Office Manager
  • Efren Rodriguez - Maintenance Staff
  • William Sell - Maintenance Staff
  • Juan Cortes - Maintenance Staff

Sheffield Towne is a community of 592 town homes situated on forty-four acres of professionally landscaped common areas located in the northwest portion of Schaumburg. The development was built by Levitt & Sons between 1970 and 1975. The clubhouse was the original sales office and the model homes were located on Cheltenham Court. This web site is for the people of Sheffield Towne, to express opinion about our Community and our Association.

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Which Law Governs My Association? Most homeowners associations are governed by either the Illinois Condominium Property Act or the Illinois Common Interest Community Association Act. Which law applies to your community depends on whether the homeowners association is a condominium association.

In a condominium, each member owns his or her own private residence called a unit in one or more buildings containing other units. Each member also co-owns the parts of the development that are not units called “common elements" together with the association\ other members. Condominium associations charge a monthly fee called assessments that covers the cost of maintaining and operating the common elements.

Usually, but not always, the word “Condominium" will appear in the name of a condominium association, and the associations key legal document will be called a “Declaration of Condominium". All Illinois condominiums are subject to the Illinois Condominium Property Act.

If your homeowners association is not a condominium, it is a non-condominium common interest community association. In a non-condo common interest community association, each member owns his or her own land and the private residence built on that land.

Members living within a defined area or community pay annual or monthly fees or assessments for maintenance of shared community facilities, and must also comply with architectural and other restrictions spelled out in a document typically called a “Declaration of Covenants". If a non-condo common interest community association includes at least 11 private residences and annually collects more than $100,000 from its members, it is subject to the Illinois Common Interest Community Association Act.

If you are a member of a non-condominium common interest community association that is too small to be subject to the Illinois Common Interest Community Association Act, the Illinois General Not-forProfit Corporation Act will apply if your association has been incorporated.

It's no surprise, therefore, that more and more homeowner associations are implementing technology solutions to help them better serve their communities and maximize their time, money and energy. Question for the Board


Sheffield Towne Projects: Architectural and Landscaping that Need Attention

  1. Let's get a Fence Replacement Project going. Soon!
  2. Replace all the cut-down trees.
  3. Why are there some stumps and bare patches of lawn? This needs to be fixed ASAP!
  4. A Save the Tree We need to address the potential tree removal issue. Roy Porter's comments have raised concerns that we should act to preserve our greenery, a matter we deeply care about, when he told he would like to cut down all the trres, because it would make his job easier.

Empowering Homeowners: Your Voice Matters

Proxy Voting: A Deliberate Choice Proxy voting is a pivotal tool within any homeowners association (HOA), offering a way to voice your decisions even in your absence. However, entrusting your vote to the board may not always align with the community's best interests. We advocate for a balanced power distribution, urging you to consider assigning your proxy to a trusted neighbor who shares your viewpoints. This fosters diverse decision-making and enriches our community dialogue.

Failed Projects and Renovation

Information on Phase I renovations the 2008 Feasco renovation project.

So, before you give the Board a eleven month FREE PASS to what ever they what. What happened to Phases II, III, and IV. Major Cost Overrun, Legal Fees, and Running out of MONEY! All of us paid, yet 75% of us are still waiting. Check out this village of Schaumburg report.

Projects implementation by the Current Property Manager, Roy Porter.

Sheffield Towne Association Trash Can Labels

Projects success by the Current Property Manager, Roy Porter. These include the Recycling Container Address Labels program, the tree and stump removal initiative, the landscape repair project, and the tree replacement program. Recycling Container Address Labels. Forty percent of the receptacles checked still need to include this Sheffield Towne Address Label. The program started in 2021. Why hasn't the Sheffield Towne Property manager fined or picked up all such trash cans on the property?

It's deeply concerning to witness a recurring pattern of failure in various programs, including tree and stump removal, landscape repair, and tree replacement. These failures have not only resulted in a significant waste of resources but have also compromised the safety and aesthetics of our property.

Given these past failures, it's crucial to question why we should trust Mr. Porter and the board to complete this Major Project without significant problems. VOTE NO on Proxy Voting!

This situation is eerily reminiscent of the renovation project that failed in 2004-6, and I am still waiting for my home improvements.

Another program that has yet to be implemented by the current management and board is the registration of all vehicles on the Sheffield town property.

Sheffield Towne Association Missing Auto Decal for leagal parking

Shockingly, we found that about 46% of the vehicle stickers this Schaumburg Association requires have been missing since 2018. This lack of accountability is a serious concern. Why has there been no action taken against Roy and his crew when they roam the streets of Sheffield without the required stickers? It's high time we enforce accountability.

Homeowner Concerns

Insights into homeowner concerns regarding Architectural Control Rules, proxy votes and board decisions.

Fences Homeowners are required to maintain their own back yard fences in accordance with Sheffield Townhome Fence Specifications. Contact the association office for a copy of the Fence Specifications and Architectural Control Rules.

Sheffield Towne Association Fence Specifications and Architectural Control Rules Sheffield Towne Association Fence Specifications and Architectural Control Rules Sheffield Towne Association Fence Specifications and Architectural Control Rules Sheffield Towne Association Fence Specifications and Architectural Control Rules Sheffield Towne Association Fence Specifications and Architectural Control Rules

Local Services and Merchants

Listing of local services, including appliance repair and dryer vent cleaning.

Condominium Property Act

Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986

STA ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION UNDER THE GENERAL NOT FOR PROFIT CORPORATION ACT

Rights and Responsibilities of Association Board Members

Question for the Sheffield Towne Board

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