by Earl W. Sutherland
On November29,2012 the POA Board held its regular Business meeting, followed by a Special Meeting convoked by Directors Moats and Garnett. Ultimately about fifty members of the community attended.
The following seemed notable in the Business meeting.
- Hammersmith (HMI) has narrowed candidates for the manager’s position to three, all local. At the Board’s request they will all be interviewed by the Board, instead of following the proposal of HMI that only their final choice be interviewed.
- The regional group of Emergency Medical Technicians is considering enlisting a single medical director for all units. This has been opposed in the past by our service, citing questions of qualification employed in other units.
- The question of access to the Karma Thegsum Tashi Gomang (KTTG) Stupa was aired yet again. The presently front-running plan envisions the purchase by KTTG of two lots a bit north of the now closed road through private property at Tranquil Way ( that closure being a separate issue which may entail litigation). A new road would then be constructed from those two lots to avoid the present poorly maintained private road south of Shumei International Institute. Important issues confronting the POA are the granting of a variance to convert residential property to one for a road and another variance to permit a road through an area of greenbelt. Nearby residents would have to agree that this betterment for the community is worth such inconvenience as they might experience. It seems progress can be made to preserve our use of this very important spiritual and touristic landmark, but the pace has been slow.
- The charter for a new committee of the Board was approved as well as its members. The Friends of the Parks includes Deanna Wilfong, Katie Getchell, Dorje Root, and Joan Scheide.
The Special Meeting then followed and its subject was the recent election for the Board of Directors. Every speaker, whether on the Board or from the community disapproved of the form and use of the current ballot. A secret ballot had been the norm until 2009; the last three years a “proxy ballot” has been used. However, the origin of the present “proxy ballot” is not to be found in the records of the POA Newsletter, nor the minutes of the meetings of the Board, nor in the memory of the president of the Board at that time. In view of the universal preference for secret ballots, the next work session of the Board will endeavor to re-develop such a ballot. Nineteen members of the community aired their opinions in a generally civil and informative manner, lending hope to the idea that the future holds promise of better managed elections.