Fraser Rec District Board hasn’t lived up to its responsibilities
February 10, 2009
To the Editor:
As an avid athlete and second home owner in Fraser, I voted for the recreation center and facility improvement bond last year. However, based on comments by Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Board members, Concerned Citizens and articles reported in the Middle Park Times, I agree with the Board recall.
When I voted for the new recreation center, there was no mention about a conjoined hotel or naming rights. It makes no sense to me that a publicly funded project could be named Grand Park Recreation Center. I think the board failed to act in the best interests of their constituents.
Another valid reason for the recall is their actions with board minutes. I have been president of my homeowners association, treasurer of a PTA and a member of a city task force. Minutes were complied and saved for future reference. I am aware that the law only requires that the board save minutes for 90 days, but when they are destroyed after that timeframe, it implies coverup and dishonesty to me. . Certainly the effort required to save an electronic version is minimal and would obvert the perception of covering up “misdeeds.”
Additionally, while the contract was negotiated, board member Beth Sands as an employee of Grand Park was in a position to have a conflict of interest.
I can’t wait to see the finished product. Every time I drive by I remark on the progress. A recreation center offers opportunities to the young or old, strong or weak. It will be a great asset to Fraser Valley.
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The responsibility for keeping our interests in the forefront rests with the board members. In hindsight, it doesn’t seem like that has been happening.
Let’s just make sure that we don’t get into a situation that we will regret later.