Sec. 1. No person shall be eligible to membership in the association except he be twentyone (21) years of age, and the owner in his own name of one (1) or more of the lots designated and set out on the plat or plan of lots of the Flat Top Lake Association, and who shall be the holder of a membership certificate legally issued to him, and shall have been elected to membership as provided in these bylaws; provided, however, that at any time following the issuance of a membership certificate, a member may amend his ownership of one or more of the lots as aforesaid, by deed of conveyance creating joint ownership with a spouse in the manner and form set out by the laws of the State of West Virginia; and provided further that such transfer of an interest shall pertain to the state of legal title to real estate only and have no effect on the rights, duties and responsibilities of the member in and about that member’s relationship with Flat Top Lake Association; and provided further that in the event the membership fails, by reason of death, resignation or revocation, then and in either of those events, such joint tenant shall be free to deal with such property rights and interests as may be necessary, except that such surviving spouse will not be recognized as a member until such time as a certificate of membership shall have been issued in due course, as provided in these bylaws. (Amended 5/6/85)
Effective June 1, 2009, each new member of Flat Top Lake Association will be assessed a one-time New Member Initiation Fee of $5,000.00. Those already members as of May 31, 2009, will be exempt from this fee. The fee is not based on the number of lots or houses owned by the member. The member may transfer his or her membership to their spouse or child of the member who becomes the owner of the lot(s). The spouse or child will not be assessed as a new member. (Amended 4/25/09).
Sec. 2. The wife or husband of a member, and their children who are living in the home of the member, and children of a legal age not living at home, and guests of members, may be admitted to the privileges of the association upon such conditions and subject to such rules, regulations and restrictions as the board of directors may from time to time prescribe and promulgate. The member will always be responsible for any and all guests that are admitted to his/her property. (Amended 5/3/04)
Sec. 3. Application for membership shall be in writing, signed by the applicant and also signed by three (3) recommending members of the association, and filed with the secretary, who shall supply the membership committee with a copy of the application. The membership committee shall investigate the applicant and report its recommendation to the next meeting of the board of directors, who shall vote by ballot separately on each applicant as to whether the applicant may become a member of the association. If the applicant receives three (3) negative votes, his application shall be rejected. In case an applicant is rejected, the same applicant shall not reapply for membership until the expiration of six (6) months from the time his application was rejected. All communications made to the membership committee or the board of directors concerning any applicant and the proceedings of the membership committee and the board thereon shall be regarded as confidential; and the name of no rejected applicant shall appear on the minute books of the association.
- 1. No one shall sign an application for membership that has a financial interest in the sale of the property. (Amended 5/3/04)
- 2. No application is to be signed by more than one (1) member of the Board of Directors of Flat Top Lake Association, Inc. and that member will be excluded from voting on said member. (Amended 5/3/04)
- 3. Effective June 1, 2009, each new member of Flat Top Lake Association will be assessed a one-time New Member Initiation Fee of $5,000.00. Those already members as of May 31, 2009, will be exempt from this fee. The fee is not based on the number of lots or houses owned by the member. The member may transfer his or her membership to their spouse or child of the member who becomes the owner of the lot(s). The spouse or child will not be assessed as a new member. (Amended 4-25-09).
Sec. 4. The provisions of the next preceding section shall not apply to any person to whom a membership certificate has already been issued by this association and to whom lot or lots designated and set out on the aforesaid plat or plan of lots have been sold or assigned by this association. All of such persons are now hereby elected members of this association with all the privileges thereof, subject, however, to the bylaws of this association and to such rules, regulations and restrictions as the board of directors may from time to time prescribe and promulgate.
Sec. 5. The board of directors may, for good cause, and by a twothirds (2/3) affirmative vote taken by ballot at any regular or special meeting, expel a member and revoke his privileges of membership and deny him the use of the association’s facilities; but before doing so, the member shall be given at least ten (10) days notice, which notice shall contain the charges against him, and he shall be given the right to appear before the board in his own defense.