POA Board Meeting, Oct. 16

The acoustics in the Community Center are not good, and then the AC came on blotting out even more sound, so I missed a lot.  In general, though, here’s the roundup of Friday’s POA meeting.

The financial report was “unavailable due to other matters of priority.”

The board voted to relocate the POA office to the old 19th Hole with renovations not to exceed $48,000 plus a 20% contingency.  Reasons given were that the move will make the office more central and efficient.  The Community Center, bathrooms in the east and the west wing through the bridge room will remain if it is decided eventually to demolish the office. 

[NOTE:  IMO, the POA offices are badly outdated and very dreary.  It would certainly represent Diamondhead better if they were more attractive, and the POA staff definitely deserves far better surroundings than it has.  As usual, though, the board presented no real evidence or data to support its decision to relocate them into the renovated “cart barn.” Might be an excellent choice, but how would we know?]

Something was said by Craig Harvey about the al fresco dining project, an architect, an arbor, and one bid.  Apparently the board is “waiting” on something, and “no decision has been made.”  Sorry, if something definite had been decided I’d try to find out what, but since it wasn’t — meh.

Don Crosby was up next.  This time it was over POA member Gary Longanecker’s letter, back when, stating that, based on assaults by two different POA directors, a representative of the POA’s insurance company said it appeared the POA board had serious moral and ethical problems that required immediate remedial action. 

Mark Boyd, assigned to investigate, contacted the insurance broker who contacted the insurance carrier who said that the underwriter and the claims center said that they had no discussions with Mr. Longanecker so, ergo, his comments aren’t credible unless he names the rep.  Up to you what to believe: 

1.  Longanecker, with 22-year risk management background and multi-contacts in the industry, invents a story that an insurance rep, on hearing of two separate assaults by board directors, is appalled enough to say something critical of such a board, or

2.  insurance employees when asked by the boss whether they said that about a client would reply, “Sure, Boss, it was me who said it.”

The budget, without capital expenditures, was the last thing on the agenda, and it is supposed to have a surplus of $469,482 at the end of 2016.  Mike Schaefer objected to changes in it regarding overhead and inability to compare it to past budgets because of changes, then Kyger and Crosby got all perturbed and said things about the overhead and about Schaefer, but someone far more knowledgeable about accounting than I would be needed to explain what it was all about. 

They did say that they were not hiding things, just making managers in each of those areas (country club, golf shop, tennis) more accountable for costs.  Can we make the board more accountable for costs somehow?  Is there a way to keep a running total of overhead we pay that’s allocatable to them?  Help, all you CPAs out there!