Update Of ASPPPO Board Member Richard Matthews CSA Petition Activities
Thursday, I sent an email to Mark Griffith, Board Chair of CSA. I included an update on the number of valid Sea Pines property owners that signed my petition. I explained what is needed and requested by over 600 of CSA’s constituents is a public hearing to review all terms and conditions of the gate agreement in the spirit of complete transparency. I suggested the meeting needed to take place immediately and that a lengthy email that attempts to justify an agreement - that was not presented to even the CSA gate committee, let alone the general citizenry - simply would not do. As elected representatives, the CSA Board members should face their constituents in public and engage in a detailed discussion. Transparency benefits everyone.
Friday, Mark replied by email denying the request for a public hearing. Instead, he said Bret Martin would address this issue in a detailed email (which was later sent), to be “vetted” (after the fact) at the next community coffee to answer any remaining questions. He pointed out that the final agreement would be posted, even though “it is not policy or required by law to release such documents”.
At no point in his email did Mark Griffith mention that the CSA Board intended to inform the citizens of the rationale of their decision, or ask/encourage citizen participation in the decision, until AFTER the agreement was signed. It seems clear that our discovery of the agreement, and posting of same to the public has created an inconvenient situation for the CSA Board members who have been elected to represent the Residential Property Owners.
It remains a great mystery to me as to why these particular Board members fear informing their constituents of their intentions and actions. Reasonable people of goodwill differ all of the time. This is how a consensus is formed. Why this current group of RPO representatives cannot grasp this is beyond me.
E-Mail Sent to Mark Griffith on Thursday July 19, 2018:
Attached is a recent spreadsheet of those folks that have signed my petition asking for a public meeting to address and discuss the Gate Agreement. This file shows a total of 774 and as I write this we now have around a total of 830. We have identified those with duplicate addresses and those that have no verifiable Sea Pines address. No doubt there are 650 legitimate signatures (voters) - just over 10% of total property owners - who are concerned enough about the Gate Agreement to seek redress in a public meeting.
It is my hope that you will call for such a meeting at the earliest opportunity. It is never too late to do the right thing and engage your constituency in a matter of great importance to them. A lengthy email that attempts to justify an agreement that was not presented to even the CSA gate committee, let alone the general citizenry, simply will not do. As elected representatives, the CSA Board members elected by Residential Property Owners must face their constituents in public and engage in a detailed discussion. Transparency benefits everyone.
ASPPPO Board Member,
Response from Mark Griffith Friday, July 20,2018 is reproduced below:
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2018 8:17 AM
To: Richard Matthews
Subject: Gate Agreement
Thank you for sharing your petition. Today Bret will be sending a letter to property owners addressing the recently approved and executed Gate Agreement. CSA will also be posting a document addressing history of the gate and various agreements control our actions comcerning gate fees. Additional we will post a FAQ document that should be helpful.
Finally we have requested and received approval from the Resort and SPC to release the final Agreement. CSA has requested approval of it’s Board as well, as it is not policy or required by law to release such documents. We should have this approval later today. Once approved we will post the final executed agreement.
In terms of vetting by the residential property owners there is an upcoming Coffee where Bret and Michael will be available for questions should there be further.
I am away from the Island until 8/11, otherwise I would also participate.
I must let you know that this process was not what we envisioned. Christopher somehow got his hands on a draft of the Gate Agreement and posted it to Facebook. I find this inappropriate and not responsible, this has created considerable misunderstanding and confusion. Had CSA been able to
communicate with our property owners as we originally planned this would have been much less contentious for all.