It’s time to support the Fraser Rec District board
December 15, 2008
To the Editor:
First, I voted for the “Fraser Valley Community Recreation Center at Grand Park.” It will enhance the Fraser Valley and become another community focal point.
I have watched in silence as the not so “Concerned Citizens” have attacked the rec center. Initially, I mistakenly thought that after the “not so CC” lawsuit was dismissed by the secretary of state that our community could embrace the rec center. I decided to attend the last Board meeting.
I was quite impressed with the decorum and professionalism of our duly elected, volunteer Board (contrary to Viki Bale’s distorted view). Dan O’Connell was a calming force ” we should be proud of our representatives and countless hours of service.
As the not so “CC” attorney, Mark Rudis, stated that the recall will not affect the physical plant and it’s a wonderful facility ” I thought why all the commotion. Was there a nefarious act by the Board? There were implications that the Board did not read nor negotiate with Grand Park, a conflicted Board member (Beth Sands), our bond is at risk, and undisclosed financial issues. After listening to the open forum and reading the Board’s minutes, I conclude the following:
The Board did negotiate with Grand Park (7/22/08), the FVMRD attorney reviewed the contract; the name will be mutually agreed upon, currently it is the Grand Park Community Recreation Center (What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet. ” Shakespeare ); Beth Sands has an appearance of a conflict, but is not conflicted (proper disclosures and abstained from appropriate votes); the FVMRD owns the land; this is a municipal project; and the not so “CC” have wasted $425,000 of our community’s money.
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So what do the not so “Concerned Citizens” want? Replace the Board, then what? Is their goal to convert our Rec Center from a municipal project to a private project and persuade Grand Park to pay for it? Clearly, this public project is being built to benefit the Fraser Valley Community. For those who signed the recall petition, what do you want? The election was certified, the bonds have been sold, and our new exciting community focal point, is being built. Finally, for individuals on the sidelines waiting for the childish actions of the not so “CC” to end ” It is time to support our Board.