Treasurelaketalk asked former TLPOA Director Wayne Marhelski “What is your opinion on the frequency and topics of executive sessions?”
Marhelski: This board looks for any reason to discuss items behind closed doors. Given some of the comments they have made, it really isn’t surprising.
What is somewhat humorous is that a few of them, Chuck Huddy probably being the biggest offender, will make some inane comment that is printed in the newspaper and then blame the newspaper.
The executive sessions also have a tendency to drift towards being a free-for-all discussion, even though they are supposed to be restricted to those items on the agenda.
There are a few board members who had suggested in the past making the work sessions an executive session. After all, the property owners are only the ones paying all the bills, why should they have any input.
You also have board members with a tendency to attack the media for negative reporting. Of course, you’ll never see them offer evidence to the contrary.
Chuck Huddy is probably the biggest offender in this case. He doesn’t like the story being printed and he attacks the messenger; but let’s completely ignore the part about the story being factual.
Another thing to keep in mind, and the board has already played this game, is that they will have a discussion in executive session on the topics on the agenda, and then formally close the meeting. Once the meeting has been formally closed, more discussions take place on whatever people feel necessary. This of course never makes it into minutes and they believe it allows them to get around the by-laws.
Rarely has any property owner ever stayed around during the time when the executive session takes place, so this is easy to get out of control.
Having a quorum of directors present basically constitutes a meeting.
There have been times when I would not vote to approve the minutes because items were not included in the minutes.
You’d also need a board secretary willing to do the right thing and record what was discussed, not just those items on the agenda.
A perfect example was the board minutes of June 8, 2014. Once the meeting was adjourned, there were two questions posed by the GM, one on a contract and the second looking for direction on the suggestions on revisions to the by-laws. No action was taken, but there was discussion on both of these items, and that never made it into any minutes so property owners weren’t even aware of what took place.
What was especially disturbing is that Huddy suggested to Shirley (Elmore, the general manager) that the revisions be as loose as possible.