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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 19 - Oct. 25, 2001 RBHA Continued from page 15 hess over proposed bylaws changes that put more power into the board's hands and have creat- ed their own proposed changes that would give the general mem- bership more authority. The concerned members sent out a letter in September to Re- hoboth property owners explain- ing their efforts to reform the or- ganization. Disappointed with what they term as the "exclusion- ary" attitude of the board and its "failure to represent the member- ship on important community matters," they urged eligible peo- ple to join the RBHA and attend the Oct. 20 meeting. The letter lists four areas of im- provements they would like the RBHA to achieve: Serve as a focal point for citi- zen concerns about unenforced city codes; Take a position on current lo- cal i. les based on member input; stablish liaisons with other similar homeowner associations in the area; Create a welcome' packet of information for new homeowners and residents. "I think the Oct. 20 meeting should be constructive - not dis- ruptive - unless taking nomina- tions from the floor will be con- sidered disruptive," Bahan said. The board's slate of nominees dif- fers from that of the concerned members, save for one name, Howard Butler, to replace Howard Benjamin. Other board nominees include long-time board member Mable Granke and Steve Elkins, who was appointed this past summer to fill a seat when Phil Gambino resigned, citing the board's unwillingness to listen to the members. Two other board nominees are Jim Horty, who would replace Charles Lindberg, and Joe Knoll, to replace Harvey Waltersdorf. The concerned mem- bers' slate includes Cheryl Nor- mandeau, Stan Mills, Sue Mc- Carthy and Gary Trosclair. Con- cerned members believe that there should be shorter term limits for board members, as some have served for at least 20 years. "Some of these board members don't even contribute and a fresh perspective is necessary as well," Bahan noted. Hoyte Decker, a relative new- comer to Rehoboth politics, has also been in the forefront of the concerned members movement, citing his frustration over issues the RBHA won't air. "The key issues is the question still hanging out there  is the board willing to revert its decision to endorse candidates. If they are willing to revert to the original vote, then maybe the doors will swing open," Decker saidl "We don't want to take over the organ- ization or start our own group, but some people are taking the home- owners in the wrong direction so we're working to replace them with our own group of candi- dates," he continued. "We just want to get back on track and work within a group that's be- come exclu- sionary and counter to openness. We've reached a point where people want change." These changes also DECKER include allowing board meetings to be Open to all members. -"They should be afforded the opportuni- ty to participate without justifica- tion - it's absurd not to expand ac- cess and reach out," Decker said. Decker was invited to speak be- fore the board in September, but when he arrived with a lengthy proposal for bylaws changes and other suggestions he was asked to return Oct. 15 to make his presen- tation. In a letter inviting him to the "Oct. 15 meeting, Campbell wrote "I plan to make the RBHA bylaws revisions a tOP priority during the next year and will devote a por- tion of every director's meeting to discussions and votes on revi- sions. You will have ample oppor- tunity during these sessions to comment on your suggestions. With this approach all the mem- bership can be kept informed of progress being made and enable everyone to express their opin- ions, resulting in a broader cover- age of all concerned." ,. ii0000!i00!i:i00iiii! . , muSw Following the Oct. 15 board meeting, Decker said he was dis- appointed with the outcome. "I was permitted to make a state- ment, but a brief discussion on the primary question of endorsements by the board didn't go anywhere," he said. "I sent a letter to Mary in September raising a number of questions about significant issues and tlaey adopted a lukewarm mo- tion representing their feelings. I was given an opportunity to re- spond, but didn't want to act uni- laterally." Decker suggested they form a committee representing both sides to discuss various is- sues with the potential of moving forward, but this wasn't done. Rather, the board agreed to set up a committee of four members from both sides to study the by- laws. Campbell, who sent out a letter in August to RBHA mem- bers explaining the board's views and responding to the criticism, said she doesn't want a repeat Oct. 20 of last year's meeting. "This split is a detriment to the homeowners and the community. If they want to 'build bridges, not walls,' then we have to work to- gether and discuss these issues reasonably," Campbell said. "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me..." Stay IN TOUCH with yourself with ... In Touch Massage Call Cindi Spencer, UM.T. for appointment Now Offering - Hot Stone Therapy Located at Hair Artistry 1604 Savannah Rd. 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