Posted on November 22, 2015 by ArrowCreekTruth
I attended the Meet the Candidates night on November 17, and the issue of “transparency” was repeatedly mentioned. A group feels that the current BOD is not being “transparent”. In the last year I have been to many HOA Board meetings and at virtually every meeting Ron Duncan is present with a group of friends. They are repeatedly recognized and are often the most vocal people in the room. Wayne Kruchen is also present with the same result.
I have been appointed to the Communications Committee and Mr. Duncan and Mr. Kruchen are present at virtually all of our meetings. Susan Duncan is actually on the Communications Committee, as is John McGhee. Mrs. Duncan is also on the Communications subcommittee that I chair, so Mr. Duncan knows immediately what occurred at the subcommittee meetings.
I also attended the last meeting of the ACCC and Mr. Duncan was present with several others who were again recognized and spoke. The importance of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, John McGhee and Wayne Kruchen being present and recognized is that they are involved with the people who are opposed to the purchase of the golf land by the HOA from the FOA, so they are apparently getting plenty of opportunity to express their side and provide input.
The complaint of a lack of “transparency” is never accompanied with specifics, so I wanted to state that it appears that notice of the meetings is being given and people with various views are accorded the right to present their positions. I believe the current BOD is being very transparent and is giving the community plenty of opportunity to provide input to help guide the policymakers to proper decisions.
A Response From Mr. Duncan:
Thank you for bringing this important issue to the community’s attention. However, the above article is short on facts and long on personal observations.
The facts are that the ACHOA BOD became more transparent due to the participation of the very people referenced in this BLOG post. Prior to their participation, decisions of the BOD were totally hidden and only announced at the bi-monthly BOD Board meetings or in the ACHOA Newsletter. Committee meetings were not regularly posted to the ‘official’ ACHOA calendar so that citizens could attend those meetings, even though they are still scheduled between 9 and 5 Monday thru Friday which prevents working families, who compose a majority of the residents of ArrowCreek, from attending. Thus, a couple of people cited above are able to make those meetings and represent the majority that cannot attend. Transparency in ArrowCreek, still has a ways to travel.
Since last April, there’s been a marked increase in the visibility/ transparency of meetings, which has allowed some of the residents to attend the ‘during the day’ meetings. Prior to last April, e-mails reveal that ‘secret’ meetings were held with respect to the ‘elephant in the room (e.g. The acquisition or not of the 475 acres of Non-residential property).’ Those e-mails reveal that in April 2014 Mr. Burkett set up a meeting with Mr. Pestello, Mr. Kenny, Mr. Fox, Ms. Rakusin, Mr. Reeder, Mr. Anderson and Arnold Palmer Golf. Until a request was made by an ArrowCreek owner for these records, this meeting was shielded from ArrowCreek owners view and knowledge. Subsequent e-mails have revealed that the ArrowCreek Club Committee (ACCC) was meeting ‘in secret’ sessions, even though they were supposed to be open to ALL owners.
It’s true that this practice of not announcing committee meetings has improved and we now have greater visibility/transparency. However, the practice of holding unannounced meetings, although less frequent, continues today. A recent example was the very committee referenced in the above BLOG. The Communications Committee, which the author of the above BLOG attended, derived and put forward a balanced schedule of events to get to a vote on the acquisition of the Non-residential 475 acres. Following that meeting the Chair of the Committee took the information to ‘The BOD.’ You won’t find any minutes of that meeting. However, subsequent to that meeting the ACCC announced that they over rode the Communications Committee recommendations and came up with a ‘Holiday’ schedule to have the community vote by late December. The body of work required to support this tight schedule did not and does not match the need for the community to have enough information, or completed documentation, to make an informed decision.
So, have the BLOG named individuals enhanced ‘TRANSPARENCY’ of Committee and Board actions? YES!
Is there still more to be done? YES!
Mr. Steele, Mr. Kirtley and Mr. McDonald are committed to improving that ‘transparency’ as noted at the candidates forum on 17 November.
A Response From Mrs. Duncan:
So Hal Albright, you make the above statement: “Mrs. Duncan is also on the Communications subcommittee that I chair, so Mr. Duncan knows immediately what occurred at the subcommittee meetings.”
I pity your low mores. I was a “middleman” between two conflicting parties. My being on the communications committee or your subcommitte had nothing to do with when Mr. Duncan knew what occurred. My original stance was to wait until things got posted to the Associa website. The one-sidedness of the situation got out of hand. Communication was not a matter of fact. I had to fight off the lies and assumptions. I am still fighting.