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Friday, July 21, 2017

READERS, THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER HAS REPRINTED AN ARTICLE FROM JUNE 2017. I HAD VISITED THE OFFICE TO REVIEW FILES, INCLUDING THE CORRESPONDENCE FILE. THESE LETTERS WERE WRITTEN PRIOR TO A LAWSUIT BEING FILED. READ THROUGH AND DETERMINE FOR YOURSELF WHETHER THE BOARD SHOULD BE TREATING RESIDENTS LIKE THIS.

Do you have information, or an opinion - agree, or not, you can email The Wedgefield Examiner at wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com.  We'll remove your name to protect the innocent, and publish it.  P.S.  If you would like your name published, please note that on your email, otherwise we leave your name out.


A REPRINT OF THE JUNE ARTICLE:

THE BOARD FAILS TO REPORT THEIR ACTIONS TO US. IS IT BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT US TO SEE THEIR UNEVEN JUSTICE?


Readers, you'll have to stay with me, because this is complicated.  It took me awhile to verify what I had heard.  I, and other resident writers to the blog have complained about the board's apparent refusal to follow the governing documents in several areas, particularly the covenants and restrictions that should keep Wedgefield properties groomed, and truly looking like the promise we felt we had when we bought our properties.  In fact, during the June board meeting McMillin said, "I don't go out and patrol and look for issues."  I've made claims that our legal chair/vice president, often gives a board statement on an issue like the canals, or golf course, and yet there has NOT been  discussion at the board table.  I've also stated that they don't answer all the correspondence that comes in from residents, and often don't report what they are doing about a complaint during the meetings.  If you attend meetings and they report that they have had a number of complaints, and you go to verify them in the correspondence file, you find that there wasn't one written complaint.  That sets the stage for what I am about to tell you.

Several weeks ago, someone told me that a resident on the canals was very upset because they were being contacted by ARC chair/Johnson and vice president/legal/compliance chair/multiple board committee member/ Garrison, about certain aspects of their water front property.  The resident they appeared to be attacking was very concerned about that long standing feature of their property.  I made no report on the blog because I couldn't substantiate it.  Today, on a record review at the office, I happened upon this secret mess.  

I'm going to provide two communications to the board, name - addresses removed to protect the resident.  Any comments that I have to make will be noted as such and printed in RED.

LETTER # 1 DATED APRIL 27, ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT:
"Wedge field used to be a wonderful place to live.  What happened?  Keith Johnson, acting as a representative of the HOA notified me by email that he had received "many" complaints about my wife's and my dock house.  He stated that these among (missed a word) people complained about the encroachment of our dock house in the canal.  I replied that, in fact, our dock house had less encroachment than any dock in this canal.  I said he should come over to see,  and  that I wanted to put this issue to bed.  He replied back and doubled down, saying that our dock house was obstructing the views of others.  After I rejected his theory of vertical encroachment, he refused to back off his complaints of our property, by ending with a third email stating that we were possibly in violation of the 50 per cent rule, and with that he said that was his last word and he was too busy for further discussion.

I request that the HOA conduct a mediation between me and Keith at the earliest convenience.  This would be the most appropriate method of resolving this situation and should take no more than half an hour.  Let me know if you can arrange this for the best interest of the whole community.  If not, then place me on the agenda to speak at the May board meeting where I will ask for his resignation or termination for this and other causes."

COMMENTS:
Residents, I'll keep my comments to fact at this point.  Today, I reviewed the correspondence file from Sept. 2016 to current date for a number of reasons.  There was not one complaint about a dock in the file.  The file did not include any written correspondence to this resident - no Keith Johnson emails.  I checked the published WPA official minutes from January 1 through May, under Legal, ARC, Community Liaison, and Compliance reports, and there was no mention that your board had reported their actions, or this resident's correspondence.  

LETTER # 2, MAY 11, WRITTEN TO OUR PRESIDENT:

"Subject - ARC Meeting on May 9
Thank you for attending the ARC meeting Tuesday.  I will give them credit for being very embarrassed (as shown by their facial expressions, and downward glances) for the obviously false statements that Keith made about my dock.  I wish that you would provide the following for me.

1) A copy of the work permit in question
2) A statement from the HOA that my property is (and has always been) in full compliance of our HOA's conditions, covenants, and restrictions, signed by the chairperson of the ARC, who is elected to be accountable for all actions of the ARC.  This letter needs to be mailed to every waterfront home owner on (removed street name) and (removed street name) to prevent any misunderstanding from spreading.  

The second one is necessary in order to protect my investment in my home from any potentially deliberate attack by someone willing to make totally unsubstantiated statements about it.  After looking at the ARC last night I understand why Wedgefield is in such poor condition.  They think that falsifying intimidation, favoritism, bullying, and conflicts of interests, are only "politics".  I do not think our leadership positions require a college degree and a hands on tradesman, skilled worker, or entrepreneur, may even serve better but honesty and integrity should be a given.  Trying to discuss things such as "adverse possession", with someone that has difficulty communicating by email is one thing. At the meeting instead of speaking for ARC the other members would not allow Keith to speak for himself, by blurting out answers to every question I directed to him.  They not only reject mediation as a method of resolving disputes, but they also reject using reasonable fence protocol, using the excuse " That is not in our covenants", as fallback position.  They insist on sticking to the letter of the law when it favors them and rejecting the spirit of the law when it favors the home owners.  I found it amazing that before I could finish my opening question to Keith, they stopped me, saying they wanted to talk about the fence, yet they did not think to respond to the very first question I had more than one month ago.  Did he have a permit?  They continue to provide as proof their word that a permit was issued, not the document itself."

COMMENTS:
Again, no answer to the writer in the file.  No note of this apparent ARC meeting to the membership.  No mention of his second letter, and board actions in the official minutes under the report categories mentioned above.

EARTH - WEDGEFIELD WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR PETS. THIS BIG GUY HAD A LARGE SQUIRREL IN HIS CLAWS THIS MORNING. A RESIDENT REPORTED THE SIGHTING OF 2 BOB CATS, AND A COYOTE IN WEDGEFIELD AT THE BOARD MEETING.



RESIDENT WRITES THE BLOG REGARDING THE RESIDENT LAWSUIT AGAINST A SITTING BOARD MEMBER


Do you have information, or an opinion - agree, or not, you can email The Wedgefield Examiner at wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com.  We'll remove your name to protect the innocent, and publish it.  P.S.  If you would like your name published, please note that on your email, otherwise we leave your name out.

HERE IS THE RESIDENT LETTER:


Madelyn,

I read your blog and the lawsuit filed by one of our residents.  

In regards to Mr. Garrison's statement that we will all have to pay for this lawsuit.  That's just the board VP turning the tables on the resident and riling up the community against this person via their wallets.   Dividing the community further to defend the actions of a board member is not acceptable. The resident has a right to their day in court and if Keith is not in the wrong, then Mr. Garrison's pre-emptive strike did nothing but raise suspicion.  If we have to pay out, it's no one's fault but the board for abusing power and not abiding by the convenants. Are there no checks and balances with this board?  I'm guessing NOT or a lawsuit wouldn't be on the table.   Whether or not this resident wins, it's a wake up call to all of us because the allegations presented in this lawsuit are very troubling.   And I'm pretty sure there are people in this community who can relate to the complaints filed in the lawsuit.

The announcement of this lawsuit during the board meeting should've and could've been more responsible and mature, as well as non-biased.  That's how democracy works. 

I believe it's imperative that the board publicize Keith Johnson's response to this lawsuit.   We need to have access to this information because if the allegations are founded; then his actions while serving on the board could result in future lawsuits.   Transparency and honesty couldn't be more important than at this time. 

Good luck to all involved.    I hope this is resolved quickly so everyone can move on with their lives. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A RESIDENT SUES ONE BOARD MEMBER. SOME THINGS WE ALL SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT.

Do you have information, or an opinion - agree, or not, you can email The Wedgefield Examiner at wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com.  We'll remove your name to protect the innocent, and publish it.  P.S.  If you would like your name published, please note that on your email, otherwise we leave your name out.

During last night’s board meeting, vice president/legal/compliance – member of many board committees/Garrison reported that a lawsuit had been filed against a single board member.  Garrison would not provide details such as name of resident (understandable), name of board member (not understandable), or complaint of the lawsuit (not understandable).  He went on to say that the WPA attorney of record and the insurance company would have to be notified.  At one point he mentioned that it might be frivolous, and at another that we would all have to pay.  He also says, almost in seeking sympathy for the board, “who would want to serve on the board” - what in situations like these?

Why don’t we have a right to know at least the bare minimum details when we “all will pay”?  Why aren’t our residents offended to the point of action with the right to know what our board is doing, what caused an action by a resident, when we all have to pay, because we all do pay through our assessments?  Obviously, we don’t know what this is about, because they won’t tell us!  When did that become acceptable?  When this board, each and every member individually, started voting without a review of our governing documents for themselves.  When each of them appeared to find it OK for some on this board to abuse verbally in public, anyone who questioned, because it appeared that they had a special interest following from a certain group of residents – here or there, who had something they wanted done – according to the governing documents – or not, just so they got their immediate project done.

There is a term that farmers use, I’m not one, but I grew up next to my grandparent’s farm, and it is “they will eat their young”.  Yes, here in wonderful Wedgefield you can have worked, got things accomplished out in the open – at the board table – according to the governing documents – and once the project is done, you will not only support blatant violations – things that harm Wedgefield for years forward – just for your next favored project, and sit back while some on this board abuse those who just want justice – the same rules for all in benefit of the community.    These cohesive board members have been on attack for most 7-9 years.  I don’t know what the lawsuit is about; I’m willing to pay whatever it is, in hopes that it will bring some “justice” to our community.
God only knows that there are plenty of possibilities – not frivolous Mr. Garrison.  It could be ARC enforcement, procurement practices, finance – recent expenditure of $7,950 to cut trees on private canal lots – or board decision to expend up to possibly $135,000 in reserves on canal dredging with no public discussion or vote until months after the canal lot owners depended on it, and collected money – this list could go on forever.  From what I’m hearing there a few others in the community that may start – picking away at violations to our governing documents – one little piece at a time.

On my way home from the meeting last night, my husband and I discussed who it might be that was suing the board.  I guessed it might be one of the two people whose letters I saw in the correspondence file.  One out right told the board that due to their lack of enforcing our governing documents on lot maintenance that he was going to have “to do it the expensive way”.  There was no answer in the file for him from this board, and no mention to you from the board table.  Maybe it is the resident who fought for ten months to have a shed removed, and was harassed by Garrison when he came to three meetings, and spoke out during resident comments?  No more speculation.  I value the commitment to the quality of life in Wedgefield with its assets!  I value anyone who isn’t afraid to be heard when your board and your/our neighbors will sit back and let it all happened, no matter how it happened – eat their young – in this case neighbors - eat them up alive.

Garrison is the last person to play the violin for the board!  Gee, isn’t it awful that some resident would do this to a board, or individual board member? His violin squeaks in protest of his words.  History in Wedgefield speaks to his false claim.  He was a major spokesperson in collection of funds to sue the 2009 board – not just the whole board, but also each person individually.  He expressed his hurt to me at the time, when then that board for his actions - countersued resident Garrison. 

Don’t want to be sued board?  Govern out in the open – at the board table, each board member rely on the governing documents and voting accordingly, and sanction those at the board table – in the moment, who would abuse verbally any resident who questions.
As I finished my article, I received a copy of the lawsuit from a resident willing to go to PUBLIC RECORDS.  I’ve removed the resident name from the documents, and have nothing to say about what they contain.  No, this resident is not a close friend, or neighbor, or writer to the blog.

HERE IS THE FIVE PAGE COURT FILING: 






Saturday, July 15, 2017

IT IS 5:00PM ON A SATURDAY, AND THE WEDGEFEILD EXAMINER ADDS A VIEW FROM A BACK PAGE ON THE BLOG - THE STAT PAGE

THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER MASCOT, BRADY SAYS, "TWO MORE ARTICLES WERE ADDED TODAY - THE BLOG IS BUSY!"


HERE IS THE STAT PAGE:
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OUR WPA BOARD - OUR LEADERSHIP, AND CRITICS OF RESIDENTS WHO TRY TO BE HEARD, NEED TO CONSIDER THEIR HARSH WORDS, AND LOOK AT THEIR ACTIONS.

EVEN WHEN YOU TRY AND HELP ALL OF WEDGEFIELD, WHILE COOPERATING WITH THIS BOARD, THEY SPEAK OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF THEIR MOUTHS, AND SEND THEIR SHARKS AFTER YOU TO CHEW YOU UP, AND TRY AND DISCREDIT YOU

(NOTE, that is a real picture of me sailing on life's smily face, above the sharks.  I always believe like Annie, that the sun will come up tomorrow.

This morning, as I reviewed the blog stats as to what articles people were reading, more than a few, had returned to the article republished below.  I went back to see what the article was about, and thought about some of board member Anderson's recent comments, and others further back.  He has often asked in his writings what I try to do positive for Wedgefield?  What is my plan.  Couldn't I say something positive?  Here is a RECENT, genuine attempt to help cooperatively, and with positive enthusiasm, when he brings OLD - get past it history to muck up and fail to follow through by this board.

The issue I had wrote the board about was something that was important to me, and should be to every person in Wedgefield - the golf course.  The board had spoken of the county's interest in purchasing the golf course, and the fact that a survey of residents would have to be conducted, but they wouldn't be surveying everyone.  I had been discussing this with a number of small interested groups of people, and contacted the board about our plan of action.  (See initial letter to the board further down on the blog.)  Anderson had written me back, and suggested that perhaps I'd like to work on the board's adhoc committee.  (His letter is posted in late April on the blog.)  He gets negative when he writes me, calling on old arguments.  This is the positive letter I wrote back to him.  My only request for an answer was to tell me how to get involved with the committee, I even offered to supply the board two new residents who would have contributed.

I care about Wedgefield.  I've always been willing to work, and I have dedicated many hours of work to benefit Wedgefield.  I NEVER HEARD FROM THE BOARD - LET ALONE BOARD MEMBER ANDERSON AGAIN.  Forget about me, they kissed off involving two new interested residents - on a critical issue - the golf course, and possible county purchase.  I had notified the board that I had talked to Mr. Tucker, and he was willing to speak.  I then attended the next board meeting, and the adhoc chair, Mr. Armistead (who Anderson assumed I wouldn't work with)  announced he had emailed Tucker, and a date would be set soon.  I stopped to offer my help to Armistead, immediately following the meeting.  I told him I would do anything to help.  Is that uncooperative board member Anderson - am I truly too small  of a person - a negative person, who has no plans, puts no work forward?  I never heard from Armistead either.

I attended Mr. Tucker's presentation, and wrote a fine, positive article on his presentation.  I took notes, and published them.  When the Georgetown Times printed theirs, our facts pretty much lined up.

Can't wait till next Tuesday's board meeting to see if "friends of the board" stage another public shaming of the blog.  

  HERE IS THE ARTICLE:

RESIDENT MADELINE Y. CLAVELOUX RESPONDS TO THE EMAIL RECEIVED FROM THE BOARD EARLIER TODAY (4/26/17)



It is time to stand up, and let other residents know that you are concerned.  Your comments, agree or not, are welcome, and will be published without your name.  Send your emails to:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com

HERE IS THE RESPONSE:

April 26, 2017

TO:                  WPA BOARD

FROM:             Madeline Y. Claveloux

RE:                  COMMUNITY LIAISON EMAIL DATED 4/26/17

CC:                  Wedgefield Examiner, undisclosed groups of residents 
                        involved in a resident project pertaining to the possible 
                        Wedgefield Golf course sale to the county

Please place a copy in the correspondence file, and distribute to the board.

I appreciate the board’s timely response to my email.  Thank you.  I took a little time to contact the various people working on the project I described to you, to gather feedback.  I, and they, want the unity that the board wants, open communication, and a presentation of unity to the county in any information provided.  

First, I welcome the opportunity to be considered by the board, to be a member of the committee.   I realize that it is only an invitation to be considered, as the board votes on committee members.  Yes, I couldn't agree more that we need to work together, and that usually does mean compromise.  That is why I wrote the board.

The project I described to you has been put on hold.  We won’t move forward with printing of a letter, and post card, and mailing.  We will continue the work in progress on the mailing list to all members, not as a threat, but because a few of the groups have discussed other projects that may require it.  I hope that will confirm for you our interest to cooperate.  One of our groups is working with involving new residents in projects.  While I stay out of their finite business, two names – fresh perspectives have been suggested of individuals who appear at this distance willing to work to improve Wedgefield.  I’m told one has been contacted, and would be willing to be considered for your committee, and another has been left a message.  There is no demand, but if the board is interested, I would be happy to provide their names. 

 I agree that we can’t function on rumors.  It appeared most of the concerns of the individuals who have written to me, either to have their letters (names removed) published, or stating their concerns, but asking that their writings not be published, or comments on Face Book, were negative regarding the possible county involvement.  That is why I took the time to call Mr. Tucker, and the realtor, and have taken calls from residents asking what I knew about this, or that group of people walking or driving on the golf course.  I have no stated opinion on the county’s possible purchase. My inquiry has been to the process & value of a survey, and how it would have any value, drove me to make those calls.  I found Mr. Tucker was willing to talk, put the possible county’s very early stage consideration of involvement - to put things in perspective to be helpful.  It appeared to me, and the people who were working on the project I described, that it would be helpful to have that prospective outlined by the county directly to all residents, to benefit residents’ survey answers.   

In the frankness required to work together, you have assumed incorrectly, when you state: “ I will already assume one of your responses to this letter will be that you cannot work with the existing committee because of its chairperson. To my knowledge Mr. Armistead volunteered to head this effort up. To refuse to work with his committee over a 10 year old disagreement on a completely different issue isn't indicative of a “let's all work together for Wedgefield” attitude.”  When I wrote the board in a cooperative spirit, I did not even bring that discussion to the table.  While your reference to a “10 year old disagreement” does not begin to describe the situation that is documented in WPA records, I suggest in the spirit of working together that we not jump to conclusions of one another’s reactions.  Having worked with unions and management in large company shut down situations, providing outplacement facilities, and services for both under the satisfaction of both, I learned to study the issues and personalities of both, meet with them together in meetings, without prejudicing the outcome of common goals.  We have common interests and goals, and shouldn’t assume, and taint an open working relationship.

Again, I appreciate your email.  No response is required, except to let me know, what my next steps are to be considered for the committee.  


LONG TERM RESIDENT WRITES - "RECENT UNREST"

I SAW THIS BEAUTIFUL BIRD POSTED ON FACEBOOK AND COULDN'T RESIST POSTING IT.  NO MESSAGE INTENDED - JUST THE WONDER OF NATURE
Do you have information, or an opinion - agree, or not, you can email The Wedgefield Examiner at wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com.  We'll remove your name to protect the innocent, and publish it.  P.S.  If you would like your name published, please note that on your email, otherwise we leave your name out.