HRCA appoints interim director

Seymour wants to see vacancies filled

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The Highlands Ranch Community Association board of directors wasted no time in appointing an interim director following the August resignation of Craig Ziesman.

The board unanimously appointed Backcountry delegate Dennis Seymour at its Sept. 17 meeting. Seymour, who has lived in Highlands Ranch since 2007, said he hopes to help fill the current vacancies in the delegate body as well as help to come up with solutions to improve communication between delegates and residents.

He spoke toward the end of the meeting for about 10 minutes on both topics, presenting options on how to improve each area.

“About 22 percent of the available lots within Highlands Ranch are not represented by a delegate,” he said. “This is something I want to take on and take some initiative as a director and get some input from the delegates as to how to fix this.”

Seymour said he would like to see the current process of becoming a delegate revised and suggested options including lowering the initial minimum threshold of residential support from 10 percent to 5 percent, implementing online voting by residents and allowing the board to appoint delegates when there is an insufficient number of representatives, such as there is now.

He also suggested that the HRCA increase awareness of vacancies by setting up a booth at public events to educate residents, as well as including mention on quarterly bills when there is a need for people to serve their community.

A delegate since 2008, Seymour, who works as an operations chief for United Launch Alliance and is known for building the dachshund track for Oktoberfest, joked that he was the only one who stepped forward and expressed interest in the director vacancy.

“It seemed everyone else took one step back and there I was and now here I am,” he said. “I’m here to help the delegates, help communication and help Highlands Ranch.

“I’ve got eight months and then I have a re-election coming up with a few others.”

In addition to Seymour’s seat, those occupied by Christina Caputo and board president Scott Lemmon — who like Seymour is a resident of the Backcountry sub association — will be up for election in March 2014.

“It is a very tough position,” Lemmon said to Seymour after he addressed the delegate body. “We don’t get a lot of kudos for it, but we work real hard and we look forward to having you on the board. Thank you for your volunteerism.”