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RA: Volunteers Needed for Lake House Review Firm Selection

by Karen Goff July 5, 2016 at 11:15 am 13 Comments

New Lake HouseReston Association is seeking RA member volunteers to assist the Board Governance Committee in selecting a consulting firm to review how the Lake House/Tetra project incurred a nearly $500,000 cost overrun this year.

The independent review will look at the budgetary, administrative and governance aspects of RA’s purchase, planned use, and renovation of the Lake House property (formerly known as Tetra), including the recent capital cost overruns associated with renovation of the facility, RA says.

After a member referendum in spring 2015 approved the purchase, RA closed on the 33-year-old building last July. RA said the purchase of the building, which cost $2.65 million, would fend off commercial development and add to RA’s open and community space.

RA intends to use the renovated building on the shores of Lake Newport for event rentals and afterschool care.

However, it was discovered last spring that the project was already $430,000 over budget. While RA has moved money from its operating fund to cover the deficit, it has promised to fully review how the deficit grew so large so fast.

The RA Board, after a long discussion, voted last week to organize a citizen committee to help choose paid professionals to conduct the review. RA hopes the review will be complete by September.

RA members with professional experience in accounting, auditing, law, construction project management, governance, and internal controls are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a résumé and brief letter of interest to [email protected] no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 15. Candidates will be interviewed on Monday evening, July 18. For more information, call 703-435-6570.

If selected, volunteers will meet with the RA Board Governance Committee in July and August to review responses to RA’s request for proposals and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors on firms in August.

  • cRAzy

    So, let me be sure I have this right: RA’s so-called “independent” selection committee–

    a) will comprise a majority RA Board Governance Committee–all of whose members were part of this fiasco a year ago, and

    b) three other RA members selected by the same compromised BGC to fill out the remainder of the contractor selection committee.

    What is it that this RA Board doesn’t understand about “independent”????

    I recommend that NO RA members apply to participate in this slimy, conflicted, corrupt process. The selectees won’t be helping the Reston community; they’ll just be helping these slime balls cover their asses.

    • JoeInReston

      Even in a bad scenario – say the RA board picks mostly sycophants – an independent member can still add great value, if only by shining a light on the areas being swept under the carpet.

      I hope and recommend RA members apply.

      • CanLogicPrevail

        Agree. RA members should apply.

      • cRAzy

        The only thing this group is doing is picking the contractor. They’re not doing the investigation.

        • JoeInReston

          If the contractor selection process is not done with integrity, an independent minded volunteer can bring that to light. Wouldn’t that be a good thing? And wouldn’t you want an independent minded volunteer on such a committee?

          • cRAzy

            With the selection committee controlled by the same old slime balls, why would you expect the selection process to be done with integrity????

          • cRAzy

            “If the contractor selection process is not done with integrity….”

            Most assuredly, only sycophants will be selected for the panel. Watch it!

    • Greg

      Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

  • Greg

    My advice: SELL the lake house and cut the losses.

  • CanLogicPrevail

    Not all Board Governance Committee members were part of the ‘fiasco.’

  • Another Guest

    How about a real investigation, conducted by law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities, and backed by subpoena power, now that would be a true investigation.
    Sell the lake house, providing one can find a buyer…

  • Reston Crimewatcher

    Fulkerson is incompetent and the Board protects her. Why? Anyone else, in any CEO position, would be fired in this scenario. But not at RA. Its gross negligence. But lets just make sure it doesn’t happen again instead of holding anyone accountable. I have said for years that RA is a microcosm of big government. This is just one of many examples. We are being fleeced so RA employees can keep their jobs. We should collectively withhold our dues payment until we see changes.

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