Sedona AZ (March 17, 2015) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:
Five candidates will be on the ballot for the Village of Oakcreek Association Board of Directors in Sedona, Arizona. Rick Comfort, Earl Svenningsen and Jan Lisowski will be on the ballot, along with incumbents Joe Jansen and Jim Kautz, for consideration.
Three positions will be filled through this election. They include the two positions being vacated by Joe Jansen and Jim Kautz, and the unexpired term of former board member Barb Gordon, who resigned in October. Gordon alleged the VOCA Board violated state open meeting laws and VOCA bylaws. She could not in good conscious remain on the board.
VOCA homeowners, identified as several groups favoring transparency and democracy, are recommending NOT re-electing the incumbents.
The incumbents were party to the board decision to hire a Prescott management company, ignoring a petition signed by 150 homeowners asking for the right to participate in the decision.
The Board continues to be plagued by allegations of violations of state open meeting laws and VOCA bylaws. The most recent examples include information involving the golf course not shared with non-golf VOCA members, and forty (40) pages of Board policy revisions voted into action accompanied by the position, “We don’t need input from members.”
The VOCA Board of Directors will sponsor a “Meet the Candidates” event on April 7, 2015. Criticism has been expressed about the event being held well after VOCA homeowners receive ballots. It has been pointed out that homeowners won’t have time to attend the event or receive a report from the event before the voting deadline.
For more information, contact: MemberAlliance@use.startmail.com or PO Box 20453, Sedona AZ 86341.