2014 DCA Candidats Forum

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    Editor
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    The Diamondhead Community Association will hold its series of candidate forums again this year at the Diamondhead Country Clubâs Ballroom from 7pm till 10 pm on May 6th and May 8[sup]th.

    May 6th will be for those who are running for the board of directors of the Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association, Inc. May 8th[/sup] will be for those who are running for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the DHCC&POA, Inc.

    The format will be that each candidate will have 3 minutes as an introduction. Two questions supplied by the DCA will be ask of each candidate by the moderator with 3 minutes for each response. Each candidate will be given a closing statement of up to 2 minutes.

    Both forums will be moderated by Judge Walter Gex

    There will be no admission charge.

    Submit your suggestions for questions to the candidates here:

    #6739

    vsimons
    Participant

    Question to Mr. Peppenger, INCUMBENT BOARD MEMBER and CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT:
    At the March 21 meeting, you said, very emphatically: “WE WERE ELECTED TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOU!”
    Is there some POA Covenant, Rule or By Law prohibiting Members from questioning Board decisions?

    #6740

    vsimons
    Participant

    Question to INCUMBENT Treasurer Bob Marshall:
    You have been quoted saying that candidate John Fletcher “cost the POA A MILLION DOLLARS”.
    HOW did you come up with this number?
    WHAT specific costs are you counting?
    Please provide FACTUAL details to back up YOUR statement which is circulating in certain circles here in Diamondhead.

    (At the April 3 POA Board Meeting President Marshall Kyger said very loudly that your “million dollar” exaggeration is NOT true!)

    #6741

    vsimons
    Participant

    Question for INCUMBENT SECRETARY NANCY SISLOW:
    According to Pres. Kyger, YOU Chaired the Search Committee that resulted in hiring the new General Manager. Did this Search Committee ALSO offer his Fiance a job?
    (Mr. Irwin said at the Dec. 2013 POA Board Meeting that during the “INITAL STAGES OF INTERVIEW”, WE were up front about “it would be great if we could BOTH be employed.”)
    Did the Search Committee offer such a “dual employment” option?

    #6774

    Jerry P. Moreau
    Participant

    Who are the candidates who will support the following proposition?
    A UNIFIED CITY OF DIAMONDHEAD
    Most residents do not want two forms of government. ALL property and amenities controlled by the POA should eventually be conveyed to the City of Diamondhead. This will be done in a similar matter that the streets, drainage and security were conveyed to the city. This should begin with the new members of the POA and culminate in 2020 when the POA covenants expire. This of course will eliminate the POA as we know it. Several POA employees would be hired as city workers. The city will now operate the golf courses, tennis courts, recreation centers, parks, marina, airport and even the country club.
    There is one major advantage from this proposal. Taxes to the City are paid to the County Assessor. Unlike dues paid to the POA, an owner of a vacant lot pays the same fee as an owner of a $300,00 home. Taxes are based on the assessed value of property. More importantly, it will become easier to collect taxes from property owners who previously were delinquency in paying POA dues. The Assessor has the means to be more effective in collecting taxes. A more efficient means of paying for amenities by those who use them would be formulated.
    Since dues to POA will be eliminated, the overall city taxes for many property owners will be reduced. As revenue from business sales taxes increase, taxes will be reduced further. The possibility of a casino in Diamondhead would be dramatic toward this endeavor. Public officials are more easily held accountable for their actions than are volunteers who run a POA. Residents would have a greater voice in city matters.

    #6785

    rohboat
    Participant

    Attended the Tuesday evening parade of nincompoops. Actually I missed part of the show. When it really got rolling i had a painful sense of nausea and had to seek fresh air.
    I find it difficult to believe that eventually someone said something meaningful.

    #6789

    barber1980
    Member

    Wow, what an ass. I am good friends with one of those nincompoops. Not all candidates are part of the old guard and just maybe there are people who think positive about our future as a community. NEGATIVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE JUST AS MUCH THE PROBLEM AS THE ELITIST.

    #6794

    rohboat
    Participant

    Obviously you are one of the nincompoops
    For one hour I heard nothing that indicates that any of these clowns have any perception of what the problems are in this community or how to smooth it out.
    Tell me sir just what did you hear at this meeting that encourages you.
    All I heard was the same arrogant attitude that we now already have. Going on and on that we have to be willing to contribute whatever they say in order to keep certain facilities up to the standard that they want.
    I will give an exception to Mr. Silcio who seems to be taking a thinking approach to at least one of the problems.
    And just who is your friend and what is his position on the problems we face.

    #6799

    barber1980
    Member

    Mr. Silcio.

    #6800

    Jerry P. Moreau
    Participant

    I also attended the forum for Directors on Tuesday. Although none were outstanding, I did prefer two men over the others: Jesse Flies and Donald "Pat" Laird both had the same agenda: i.e. Downsize the POA by conveying POA duties to the City. A question from the floor concerned a 2009 referendum passed by the POA stating that the POA "WILL ALWAYS EXIST". I disagree and think the POA can be abolished. In 2020 the covenants will expire. The city is in the process of creating Ordinances which will replace the covenants. These two men propose that amenities run by the POA will gradually be moved to City control. Eventually DH WILL HAVE A UNIFIED CITY with one form of government. They have my vote. Two other men will not get my vote because they are part of the same-o same-o POA. They are Paul Monjoy and Chuck Perry. They specifically spoke about continuing the plans of the current POA policies.

    #6801

    Jerry P. Moreau
    Participant

    I spoke with Mr. Silcio after the meeting and told him he should have said more about the 2nd question asked by the commentator; i.e. "How do you see the POA and city in the future". Mr. Silcio’s major concern was the construction of a large Sports Complex to attach outside teams to play in DH. If he had taken a closer look at the audience he might have seen that 90% were over the age of 60. Activity for kids is a worthwhile endeavor but should not be the major concern at this time. that should be left to the city to develop. You cannot downsize the POA by starting another major capital improvement.

    #6802

    rohboat
    Participant

    moreau Very Very good overview

    #6803

    Jerry P. Moreau
    Participant

    Thank you, Mr. rohboat. Good to know someone is listening. Too bad more DH residents do no tune in to this web site– thread– to express their views. There are approximately 5400 POA members in DH. Only a few were represented at the meeting on Tuesday. Most people in DH do not have a clue as to what is going on in DH with the POA and the city. All they know is how much dues and taxes they have to pay.
    I am concerned that this election is somewhat rigged for the "old guard". One of the Proxy Ballots gives the incumbent Secretary and President the right to cast your vote. This is a new twist in the election. Residents who are not well informed will mail in this proxy. Hopefully, they will simply not vote.

    #6805

    barber1980
    Member

    the city says recreational facilities are a poa issue. A POA is only benificial if they can help raise and protect property values. Question: Who is Buying…….? Young Families. Let’s not build a tennis clubhouse. Lets develop instead a sports complex to attract the Family Buyer. tennis world has about 50 members. Diamondhead has roughly 1400 kids. The 125 people in attendance at the forum already have their minds made up who they will vote for. I believe this will be the largest voter turnout in POA history. The younger voters will vote. We are tired of know ot being considered. I speak to the older people I our community and plenty of them feel the same way.

    #6814

    TomLaird
    Member

    I was disappointed in the mix of members who attended the POA candidate forum last night. I am 66 and I felt like a young buck. I wondering where the members were that are under forty or a least under 50. I heard several candidates says we are now a family community and not just a retiree village. We need the younger voters. Barber1980 please talk to this segment of members when they come into your shop. I’ll talk it up with the younger parents I know.

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