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Meadow Pointe II set for board vote today

(ran PC edition)

Hundreds of property owners in the second phase of the Meadow Pointe neighborhood will have a chance today to choose a representative on their governing board.

The Meadow Pointe II property owners meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the community club house at County Line Road and Mansfield Boulevard.

Two seats were supposed to be opened to homeowners in 2000 but no one ran. So developers filled the slots. The seat being filled today is the only one of the five chosen informally by property owners. Others are chosen during a regular election.

Developer Don Buck and his associates control all five seats on the neighborhood's Community Development District's board of supervisors. A group of residents has nominated homeowner Harold Ziegler to take over one of the seats.

"What we want is self government," said Dennis Smith, who has pushed for greater resident representation in the neighborhood.

But first they need the votes. Meadow Pointe II has about 2,012 residential properties, about 500 of which are undeveloped and whose votes remain in the hands of Buck.

Neighbors have gone door to door to collect proxy votes for Ziegler from some of the remaining 1,500 property owners who can't attend the election this afternoon.