You can’t make this stuff up, people. According to board member Craig Harvey at Tuesday’s meeting, Diamondhead has some golfers who like to hang out on the golfers’ deck, but in one corner a table is placed near the deck’s edge where there’s an 8 inch drop to the ground. Every now and then, sad to say, a golfer accidentally topples over into the flower beds below.
You might think the solution would be to move the table, but you would be wrong. Since some golfers have been sitting there for 17 years now but haven’t figured out yet how to stop tumbling off the deck, it’s up to us to keep them all safe. Bless their hearts. For $8,500 (for materials only because labor is donated) LED lights will be installed, the corner will be “aesthetically improved,” and I think I heard the deck will be extended but by then, in a fit of giggles, I forgot to take notes.
Board member Uwe Seitz pointed out that we already have an aggressive capital budget with heavy overruns and asked Harvey what his justification was for the spending. “Member request,” he replied. “What will it improve? What value will it bring?” asked Seitz, reminding those who ran on a platform claiming to respect the membership’s money that this could come back to bite them if they want to run again. Harvey tried asserting that it would reduce liability costs but Seitz soon made mincemeat of that. Board member Don Crosby snarled at Seitz that the expense was minimal and “we” have lots of money.
Vice-president Jerry Weber stated that the board has overspent in every way on the budget and that this item should be moved to 2016. Board member Kelsey Johnson then asked general manager Mark Boyd for his take on how much priority should be given to deck topple-proofing, but Boyd deferred to someone in khaki and red who hopped up on the stage to answer. I’m guessing it was club manager Eli Biggers who informed us that about “67 guys” want it, they are part of the membership, it will benefit them, “a lot” of members are in favor of this, and it will generate more activity and business for the clubhouse. President John Fletcher voiced his opposition to starting a new project.
Someone called the question and the board passed the motion to approve the project, not to exceed $10,000. Crosby, Harvey, Johnson, Kyger, Montjoy, and Silcio voted for it, Fletcher, Schaefer, Seitz, and Weber against, and McCulley opted to “pass.’
In other fun, earlier in the meeting POA member C.J. Longanecker took well-worded, stringent issue with the board’s decision to destroy the view from the club dining room with a bocce ball court, asking how they dared do these kinds of things without any membership consultation. The board had no answers for her repeated questions. Johnson tut-tutted at Fletcher, apparently trying to get him to silence Mrs. Longanecker, then board member Marshall Kyger, turning his customary purple, asked Mr. Fletcher to kindly enforce board policy on muzzling POA members.
Apparently neither noticed that it was on the agenda since the manager had already reported on it. At any rate, after $38k was tacked onto the ballfields project, this most entertaining board
spectacle meeting, came to an end. On leaving the stage Kyger, sporting a floral-banded straw gambler hat that went well with his island tourist outfit, stopped long enough on his way to the 19th Hole to let Gary Longanecker know that the newly added promontory destroying the dining room view is not a bocce ball court. It’s an event lawn.
Makes all the difference, don’t cha know?