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On Divided Vote, RA Board Works Toward Plan on StoneTurn Recommendations

by Dave Emke — March 24, 2017 at 11:30 am 10 Comments

RA Board of Directors - March 23, 2017

The vote was not unanimous, but the Reston Association Board of Directors decided Thursday to begin working toward a plan of action to adopt the recommendations in StoneTurn Group’s review of the Tetra/Lake House purchase.

Following a public meeting on the issue Monday, it was proposed Thursday that CEO Cate Fulkerson and her staff draft and develop the implementation plan for board consideration at their May meeting. The plan is to take into account the recommendations in StoneTurn’s report as well as all input received from the community at Monday’s meeting, and it is to be designed to have all recommendations ready to be implemented by September.

“It is to share with us what needs to be done, even shifting some of [Fulkerson’s] goals down the road in order to make implementation of the recommendations from StoneTurn an absolute priority,” said Director Michael Sanio, the board’s vice president and a member of RA’s Tetra Review Committee.

The recommendations made by StoneTurn include the drafting of new foundational documents that have an overreaching principle statement to define ethical concerns that may arise during transactions such as the Tetra/Lake House purchase and renovation.

The September deadline was an issue of contention for Director Sherri Hebert, who said the timeline seemed too tight for the amount of work that needs to be done. In addition, she said, the creation of a task force and a community review group should be part of the remediation process.

“[They need to have] an oversight role to make sure that these things are getting done,” she said of the recommendations. “We’re trying to build that trust back with the community, and the community needs to be involved in this implementation.”

Director Ray Wedell said the creation of the task force should be done “immediately.” Other directors stated that if a task force is to be created, it should be the decision of the incoming board in April, after the election. Four new members will be a part of the nine-person board.

Fulkerson said the Board of Directors will have funding issues to consider during the implementation process, as well.

“There is a lot of it staff can do, but there are some things where I’m going to need outside expertise,” she said. “That’s going to cost you money, and you’re going to have to take that up and decide if that’s what you want to do.”

The motion passed by a vote of 5-3, with Hebert, Wedell and Lucinda Shannon voting against it. Director Jeff Thomas was not present.

Meeting screencap via RA/YouTube

  • Emily

    Who voted no?

    • John Higgins

      See last paragraph of the article for dissenting votes. It is my take that they were not voting against acceptance of StoneTurn’s recommendations; rather, they felt the timeline was too ambitious. In the discussion, Mr. Sanio clarified that there should be a plan completed by September 2017, but the motion itself called for full implementation by that date. If there were other reasons for the “no” votes, they were no stated.

  • Conservative Senior

    Cate is useless & needs to go.

  • james dean

    i thank sherri hebert, lucinda shannon & ray wedell for standing up for ra members….we ra members still dont have answers to many of our questions…reston2020 & some of the mediaworld group are willing to continue the review & get the answers…w/o charging us $45k or more…see reston2020….much thanks to terry maynard, tammy petrine, jill gallagher & others for the deeper investigation that they have done on these matters… even stoneturns report suggests that ra staff, legal counsel & board have not followed good business practices…ra didnt even have copies of some of the tetra / lake house docs to provide to stoneturn…by law & various regs, those types of docs & materials are required to be maintained…plus stoneturn cited ra staff, legal counsel & board for excessive executive sessions, for not taking notes / minutes of executive sessions & for not periodically publishing such executive sessions minutes / materials. tetra / lake house, pony barn, newport lake soccer field, & on & on…one expensive mess after another…now some of the current board members who made all of these problems have the gall to campaign to become officers once the new ra board members are elected & seated…these same ra board members who made the tetra / lake house referendum mistakes, then tried to sweep the renovation costs overruns under the rug, then resisted an independent review, & on & on…ra members & the new ra board members should require a totally new slate of ra officers…fellow ra members lets keep our eyes open & lets make certain to vote for new ra board members who will be transparent & stop the wasteful spending of ra funds…thanks

    • Conservative Senior

      Demand that Eve Thompson resign! She lied & swore to the lie!!!!!! Too much conflict of interest.

      • Reston Realist

        That should be the first thing that happens. She is an embarrassment to the Board and the community.

  • dudewe

    What? The RA Board is letting the fox in the hen house allowing “…CEO Cate Fulkerson and her staff draft and develop the implementation plan for board consideration at their May meeting. The plan is to take into account the recommendations in StoneTurn’s report….” And she needs outside help! What does the CEO do to earn her keep (ALMOST $200,000/YEAR) ? Fire her and get a new CEO who has the knowledge to run the RA.

    • 30yearsinreston

      And fire the drone Directors as well
      Too many chiefs and not enough Indians

  • 30yearsinreston

    In any well run organisation Ms Fulkerson would have been given her marching papers by now
    She can’t even hire competent staff

  • Reston2000

    “There is a lot of it staff can do, but there are some things where I’m going to need outside expertise,” she said. “That’s going to cost you money, and you’re going to have to take that up and decide if that’s what you want to do.” Please tell your representatives that we do not want any more outside expertise. We paid for outside expertise (lawyers, designers, contractors, LEEDS experts, independent reviewers) for the Lake House, and that’s how our costs were run through the roof.

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