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Lake House Review Firm to Have Public Meeting Thursday

by Dave Emke — February 6, 2017 at 11:30 am 11 Comments

Tetra building

Updated at 6:25 p.m. after the meeting time was changed from 3-5 p.m. to 3-8 p.m.

Reston Association members will have their chance later this week to address the firm hired by the RA Board of Directors to review costs associated with the Lake House purchase.

StoneTurn Group LLC will conduct the meeting Thursday from 3-8 p.m. at RA’s headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). It was announced at the RA board’s Jan. 27 meeting that the firm would conduct a review of the board’s handling of the property, at a cost of $45,000.

RA members voted in a referendum in May 2015 to allow the association to purchase the Tetra property for $2.6 million — a cost more than double its tax assessment. Renovations made on the property, which were expected to cost $259,000, ended up costing nearly three times that.

In accordance with RA’s request for proposal document, StoneTurn Group is focused on “identify[ing] areas for process improvement, potential changes to internal controls and/or modification to governance procedures to help ensure situations like the Lake House cost overrun can be avoided in the future,” according to a press release from Reston Association.

The renovated Lake House was opened to members last year, and the association is actively promoting the facility to individuals and businesses looking to lease the space.

As with the member-comment period during RA board meetings, members who would like to speak at Thursday’s meeting will be given three minutes (individuals) or five minutes (if representing a group).

  • cosmo

    “Reston Association members will have their chance later this week to address the firm …” Too bad some genius scheduled the meeting at 3:00 on a workday, which I’m sure was very intentional. Seriously, this really makes it look like RA is trying to avoid allowing public comment.

  • Rational Reston

    Scheduling such a meeting for a workday afternoon does not do much to instill confidence of a transparent, honest, and thorough process.

  • restonista

    3pm on a workday, seriously!?!

  • Adrian Havill

    Only the unemployed will be allowed to speak.

    • The Constitutionalist

      As it is with most things ran by a certain political party’s members.

  • ClusTerp

    Only RA could find a way to take a bad situation (the gross malfeasance of the $3M Tetra boondoggle) and make it worse by spending MORE money to “investigate” how the bad thing happened. It happened because you knuckleheads see our over-priced dues as your personal piggy bank to play real-estate-mogul-cum-land-planners with money that should be used to maintain the 40-year-old stuff we already have. Stop adding more stuff!! That’s not your mandate. Do we really need to take off work to come to 3:00 meetings to tell you this stuff? I’m as left-leaning progressive as my next fellow Restonian, but this is really starting to inspire me to promote limited governance. Don’t make me grab a clipboard…

    • LC

      Well in fairness I don’t think RA is the one that wants to investigate…I’m sure they’d be fine not doing an investigation. I believe the population is what requested it.

  • freestylergbb

    Will RA’s $500k attorneys be there, too? They need the work.

  • RestonWatcher

    Was this stupid scheduling a product of the same Board majority that gave us the $4.0 million Tetra-Lake House purchase-fixup, or is this another clever move by CEO Fulkerson?

  • 3pm Novice

    Will the revolution be televised or will it be a silent auction?

  • John Higgins

    According to Reston Association’s home page the meeting has been extended to 8pm.

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