Questions left unanswered at Fraser Rec Recall Candidate Forum
February 9, 2009
Thanks, Autumn, for the forum Thursday night. It was very civil and balanced. I wish there had been time for some follow-up questions, so I hope that you and the candidates will extend the forum through the pages of the paper.
I thought the notion that the “concerned citizens” had cost taxpayers $400,000 was dispelled as being inaccurate. However, the “no” on the recall committee is still advancing this in their fliers and their Web site. Do the current rec district board members support and endorse the information being presented by the FAVR in the FAVR mailings and Web site?
Beth Sands and Dan O’Connell both said they were representative board members on the Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation (a fundraising nonprofit). What are the powers and duties of a representative member?
Beth said that Big Valley Construction donated $75,000 to the foundation for scholarships. When I reviewed the foundation Web site, I found that Big Valley made a $65,000 donation for the construction of a track at the rec center (not part of the plan approved by voters).
Big Valley was awarded the bid to construct the rec center, and Beth and Dan voted to award the bid to Big Valley (as did other board members). Big Valley is now in charge of constructing the track. What is the current cost estimate for the construction of the track? If there is a shortfall between the donation amount and the actual cost, who pays the difference?
Your paper informed us of the contributions given and the contributors to the “Concerned Citizens” group. Will you continue with your even-handed reporting and give us the same list of contributors and amounts of money donated to the FAVR (the political issue group supporting a “no” on the recall election)?
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Thanks for your help. These follow-up questions will help me make an informed decision on Feb. 17.